Regional Catch Challenge, Raid Logs and importing Phone Contacts spotted


A new set of strings have been spotted in Pokémon GO’s network traffic, hinting at an upcoming Regional Catch Challenge, a new Raid Logging system and importing phone contacts as Friends. Sylveon clothing has also made an appearance – at least in text form.

As usual, information obtain via data mining or network traffic sniffing is subject to change, not endorsed by Niantic and always speculative in nature. The discovery was made by PokéMiners and shared via Reddit.

Regional Catch Challenge

RESOURCE ID: regional_catch_challenge_event_name 
TEXT: Regional Catch Challenge 

RESOURCE ID: regional_catch_challenge_reward_event_name 
TEXT: Regional Catch Challenge Rewards 

RESOURCE ID: today_view_catch_competition 
TEXT: Regional Catch Competition

A new Today View Challenge seems to be on the way, named Regional Catch Challenge. No additional information is available at this time. Prepare your quick catches and curveballs, it’s time to fight other Regions.

Raid Logging System

A new feature called Raid Logging is on its way to Pokémon GO. For those of us who’ve been in gaming for a while, logs are an incredible resource for game owners, third party developers and fans, as they provide an in-depth look at the core mechanics of a game.

In the case of Pokémon GO, logs are aimed to help Niantic debug and improve raids, by giving them an option to check real world data in an instant.

Server side logs often differ from client side logs, and having access to these files gives Niantic an opportunity to see the game through the eyes of a player.

Check Warcraft Logs for an idea on what kind of statistical data can be extracted from Logs.

We’re not clear when this will go live, but the new strings reveal the following:

  • You can store a log for your latest Raid for 24 hours. After that, the data disappears from your device.
  • You have an option to enable or disable Raid Logging
  • You have an option to upload logs outside of your device

It’s not clear if the logs will be shareable, aka will you be able to share them with us, or another fan made website, but we’ll keep a keen eye on this feature.

We do have plans in place to create a system that analyses players’ logs and provides useful statistics on top of those.

Here are the new strings pertaining to Raid Logging:

RESOURCE ID: log_verbose_raid_modal_desc_cache
TEXT: This raid’s data will be stored for 24 hours or until your next raid, and you can upload it at any time before then in the Settings menu.

RESOURCE ID: log_verbose_raid_modal_desc_info
TEXT: With the Raid Logging feature, you can upload data from raids you participate in, which will help Niantic improve future raids.

RESOURCE ID: log_verbose_raid_modal_desc_url_desc
TEXT: To learn more,

RESOURCE ID: log_verbose_raid_modal_desc_url_link
TEXT: visit this website.

RESOURCE ID: log_verbose_raid_modal_disable_description
TEXT: If you disable Raid Logging, any raid logs that you haven’t uploaded will be deleted.

RESOURCE ID: log_verbose_raid_modal_disable_title
TEXT: Do you want to disable Raid Logging?

RESOURCE ID: log_verbose_raid_modal_title
TEXT: Help Improve Raids!

RESOURCE ID: log_verbose_raid_modal_upload_desc_info
TEXT: You’re about to upload XX MB of data. If you aren’t connected to Wi-Fi, data rates may apply.

RESOURCE ID: log_verbose_raid_modal_upload_desc_title
TEXT: Do you want to upload now?

RESOURCE ID: log_verbose_raid_settings_desc_awaiting
TEXT: Your raid log is ready to upload. (Upload size: {0} MB)

RESOURCE ID: log_verbose_raid_settings_desc_complete
TEXT: Upload Complete!

RESOURCE ID: log_verbose_raid_settings_desc_none
TEXT: You don’t have a raid log stored.

RESOURCE ID: log_verbose_raid_settings_desc_thanks
TEXT: Your raid log has been uploaded. Thank you for your contribution!

RESOURCE ID: log_verbose_raid_settings_desc_upload
TEXT: Uploading Raid Log

RESOURCE ID: log_verbose_raid_settings_disable_log
TEXT: Raid Logging Is Disabled

RESOURCE ID: log_verbose_raid_settings_enable_log
TEXT: Raid Logging Is Enabled

RESOURCE ID: log_verbose_raid_settings_header
TEXT: Current Raid Log

RESOURCE ID: log_verbose_raid_settings_title
TEXT: Raid Logging

RESOURCE ID: log_verbose_raid_settings_upload_button
TEXT: Upload

RESOURCE ID: help_center_raid_log_link

Importing Friends from your Contact List

You should be able to add Pokemon GO friends from your phone contacts in the nearby future. Not much to talk about here, it’s really that simple:

RESOURCE ID: abi_new_player_onboarding_list_header
TEXT: Easily find friends using your contact list on your phone to:

RESOURCE ID: abi_new_player_onboarding_title
TEXT: Pokémon GO is Better with Friends!

RESOURCE ID: abi_address_book_button

RESOURCE ID: abi_contact_signed_up_notification
TEXT: People in your Contacts List have started their adventures in Pokémon GO! Add Friends to join them!

RESOURCE ID: abi_new_player_onboarding_accept_button_text

RESOURCE ID: abi_new_player_onboarding_extra_info
TEXT: You choose which contacts to be friends with and this can be disabled anytime in settings.

Sylveon Clothing


As previously announced in the Luminous Legends Y Event Announcemen we will be getting some new Sylveon clothes. The assets have not been added yet.

RESOURCE ID: avatar_f_hat_sylveonitems_00_bundle_icon
TEXT: Sylveon Bow

RESOURCE ID: avatar_f_shirt_sylveonitems_00_bundle_icon
TEXT: Sylveon Hoodie

RESOURCE ID: avatar_f_shoes_sylveonitems_00_bundle_icon
TEXT: Sylveon Shoes

RESOURCE ID: avatar_m_hat_sylveonitems_00_bundle_icon
TEXT: Sylveon Headband

Miscellaneous findings

  • A few catch bonus rewards were found, potentially in preparation of the Regional Catch Challenge:
    • +100 Catch XP
    • +200 Catch XP
    • +3 Catch Candy
  • New player onboarding has received a few new strings, namely introducing newbies to various Pokémon GO features
  • A handful of strings were updated for Weather and Inventory error messaging. Nothing exciting here.

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