Datamining Report: Pokémon Encounter and Buddy Updates

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Hello Trainers! Some updates have been pushed to the game and it includes some Quality of Life updates to some Pokémon to make them easier to catch, and some updates to help some Pokémon appear better on the buddy screen, and on the map.

💡 Disclaimer: You know the drill by now, everything in this article is data mined, and therefore subject to change or not even being released at all. This is particularly appropriate with this post than most like this, as there are things in this article that could very well change by the time this content is released.

Updated Evolution Requirements

Helioptile now requires a Sun Stone to evolve.  It requires a Sun Stone to evolve in the core games, so this isn’t surprising at all.

Pokémon Encounter Updates

Collision Size Adjustments

These Pokémon have had adjustments to the size of the area where a ball can hit them during an encounter. 

Pikachu: Range has decreased
Helioptile: Range slightly increased
Heliolist: Range increased
Carbink: Range slightly increased
Bergmite: Range significantly increased
Avalugg: Range significantly increased

Raid Boss Encounter Update

Absol is now slightly further away
Skorupi is now slightly further away
Drapion is now slightly further away
Tepig is now further away
Carbink is now further away
Avalugg is now further away

Shadow Base Catch Rate Update

Slowpoke Galar is now 50%, up from 5%

Shadow Dodge Updates

Alolan Diglett
Alolan Dugtrio

Camera Updates

The following Pokemon had their camera distances updated:

Carbink is now larger
Bergmite is now larger
Avalugg is now significantly larger
Hoopa Unbound is now 1-meter shorter

Size Updates

Drapion is now 0.4 meters taller

Buddy Updates

Position Updates

The following Pokémon have had their location in relation to your avatar on your profile screen updated.

Aerodactyl is now farther away from you
Vanilluxe is now farther away from you
Heliolisk is now farther away from you
Trevenant is now farther away from you and marked as a big buddy
Bergmite is now farther away from you
Avalugg is now farther away from you
Hoopa Unbound is now scaled up 13%, moved farther away, and marked as a flying buddy

Portrait Update

These Pokémon have had changes to the way they appear as your buddy in the Preview mode.

Grimer Alola is now significantly closer
Carbink is now lower in the window
Bergmite is now aligned more to the center
Avalugg is moved quite a bit back

Map Appearance Updates

Carbink will now be a little off the ground
Treevant will now be larger on the map
Bergmite will now be a little off the ground
Avalugg will now be slightly above Bergmite in placement
Hoopa Unbound appears higher on the map

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I've been playing Pokemon Go since the game launched way back in 2016, I am a loyal Valor player and also a content creator on YouTube going by the name Professor Glaw.

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