New Pokémon GO Update Brings Some Welcome and Unwanted Changes

If you’re still playing Pokémon GO, you may have noticed when you booted it up yesterday that some things have changed. Namely, you may have believed that your profile has disappeared. Don’t worry! You’re probably using the wrong email! (I mean… that’s what happened to me, don’t tell me I’m the only one!)

Okay, well, other than that, you may have noticed some other changes. Here’s the rundown on the iOS app store:

  • Trainer avatars can now be re-customized from the profile screen.
  • Adjusted some Pokémon battle move damage values.
  • Refined certain Gym animations.
  • Improved memory issues.
  • Removed footprints of nearby Pokémon.
  • Adjusted battle damage calculations.
  • Various bug fixes during wild Pokémon encounter.
  • Updated Pokémon details UI.
  • Updated achievement medals art.
  • Fixed issues with displaying certain map features.
  • Minor text fixes.

So, let’s start at the beginning. You can now change your avatar’s outfit and gender! And there I was running around in blue clothes as a Team Valor member… Now, to do this, click on your avatar’s profile in the bottom-left of the screen, then click the three-lined button in the bottom-right of the screen. You’ll see the “CUSTOMIZE” option which will let you dress up in the colours you want, change your hair, eye colour, and even your gender!

Unfortunately, at the moment, they’ve taken away the footprints underneath the nearby Pokémon. NOW DON’T PANIC! DON’T DELETE YOU APP! DON’T THROW ALL YOUR POKEMON TO PROFESSOR WILLOW! Niantic Lab’s CEO, John Hanke has stated that this bug is a very high priority and once the servers are stable (which they seem pretty good in Australia) and it’s released everywhere it needs to be around the world, a fix is coming. I see taking the tracker down as progress, so they can look into it more and fix it as soon as they can.


Wild Pokémon encounters seem to have had all the bugs I was facing fixed, which is WONDERFUL! No more Pokéball freezes or freezing if I open the bag as soon as a Pokémon runs away (you can’t even access your bag if they run away), and much less unwanted curveballs. Not only that, but it seems a lot smoother than before.

This isn’t that major, but they’ve updated the art on some of the medals you have on your profile page. They look nice!


Now, here’s some stuff they haven’t specified; they’ve taken away battery saver mode. I’m not sure why. Perhaps it’s to fix the bug where if you flip your phone upside down to turn the screen off, sometimes it’d freeze.

Not only that, but they’ve changed how you transfer your Pokémon back to Professor Willow. Rather than finding the “TRANSFER” button further down your Pokémon’s profile, they’ve moved it to the menu on the bottom-right corner of the screen. No more accidental transfers!

You may have also noticed that some Gyms or PokéStops aren’t where they were before. A little while ago, Niantic sent out forms to have places added or taken away as Gyms or PokéStops and they have respected the wishes of some house owners/churches/shop fronts that no longer want loiterers or disrespectful people damaging property or annoying others.

In some places you may have realised that some of the Pokémon you were seeing around places have been replaced! Some of the spawns have been swapped around. For example, at a lake in Bendigo, it was filled with Electabuzz, but now Jynx spawn instead!


Lastly, because of the three-step bug rendering tracking useless, other developers ciphered through Pokémon GO‘s code to help provide exact locations and de-spawn times for Pokémon all over the world. It brought back some of the fun of searching for the Pokémon you needed or didn’t have to fill your Pokédex, but it was also completely not allowed and frowned upon by Niantic. As of the update, apps and websites like PokéVision no longer work and we’re now finding Pokémon completely blind.

Is there anything we haven’t found yet? Let us know in the comments! We’ll keep you updated with more Pokémon GO news in the future!