Pokemon GO 0.93.3 APK teardown: bug fixes aplenty, but still no Quests


Trainers, GO Hub’s APK teardown of Pokemon GO’s newest update (0.93.3 on Android) is complete. Unfortunately, the code related to the new quest system is still missing, after it’s removal in Pokemon GO 0.91.2 APK data mine: bug fixes and quest code removal.

Here’s what we’ve found, but adjust your expectations, as the update is mostly bug fixes and code refactoring, despite the big bump in version number. You can get the 0.93.3 APK on APK Mirror.

Huge number of code changes and potentially bug fixes

We are seeing massive shifts in the code base, with various tracing plugins being added and removed. More than anything else, the 0.93.3 update is dedicated to bug fixes and refactoring – the process of reworking the existing code base. We can’t emphasize this enough, but here are some raw numbers behind code changes:

  • 21164 lines removed
  • 44581 lines added
  • 663 intra-line modifications
  • 65745 line differences total

From data mappers to map renderers, almost every code section was touched and modified, and it seems that a lot of code was shifted around in preparation for something. Niantic is heavily investing in the code base, as it will / already does form the basis of their upcoming titles.

Pokemon GO Plus code changes

PGP, or Pokemon GO Plus code base was also modified, adding a ton of new network requests, flags and internal states. The game is now much more aware of what is going on with your PGP. Additionally, several tracing systems were put in place, likely to make future bug discovery easier.

Here are some states from the code base (section headers are bolded):


New move sound discovered: Weather Ball

Author’s note: ZeChrales informed us that the Weather Ball sound and UI Encounter sprite atlas were present before, probably skipped by me in a previous APK mine. We didn’t report on it before, so we’ll keep it in the article. Kinda sad, makes the update even less exciting.

Just as we were ready to end this APK teardown with a sad grin, we decided to dump the sound assets from the current APK. Lucky us, as we found a new move inside the sound files! Everyone, meet Weather Ball, Castform’s signature move introduced in Generation III!

Here’s the sound file in question (Github link):

Be aware that the move is not yet present in the code base and we don’t think it will become available soon.

In addition to Castform’s move, we found a mysterious switch in a file named SpriteAtlasTexture-UIENCOUNTER. We have no idea what the switch is for at this moment, but it’s addition is curious.

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Antonio started the Hub in July 2016 and hasn't had much sleep since. Software developer. Discord username: Zeroghan. 29 years old.

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