Niantic has begun its launch of the third generation of monsters in Pokémon Go with fifty creatures from the Hoenn region, and more planned for later in the year. However, the most surprising thing is that Pokémon Go is about to require going out to rain and snow to capture each monster thanks to a new climate system.
Hoenn starters like Treecko, Torchic and the beloved Mudkip are now available in nature, along with a group of other third generation monsters. That much, everyone expected.
The new weather system, however? It sounds great and a little wild:
While coaches explore the world around them in search of Pokémon, the current climate in their surroundings will be visible on the game map. The real-world climate around the coaches will affect the gameplay of Pokémon GO in a variety of ways including changing Pokémon habitats and where they can be found, increasing combat power and earning more Stardust after catching a Pokémon.
Ace Trainers can take advantage of their climates to level up their Pokémon GO experience. Coaches can expect to find Mudkip splashing when it rains, Cacnea sunbathing and Snorunt crowding in the snow. It is more likely that certain Pokémon will appear in the climate that suits them best, so Pokémon GO trainers will be happy to learn more about their local weather patterns and their ecology to find these rare Pokémon and progress in their Pokédex. As the seasons change, they will encounter different Pokémon, thus keeping their gaming experience fresh.
Whether you are looking for the largest Wailord on the beach, chasing Swablu by blowing into the wind, fighting alongside your Salamence or doing your Los Feebas feel beautiful, players will know that, with the certainty that they change stations, the Hoenn Pokémon have arrived. The rainy days became more interesting for the next outdoor excursion.
The main games have had a previous climatic dynamic, but it's completely digital: you're not in the rain for hours to capture the Pokémon you really want. But as of now, Pokémon Go players will need to get a little more hardcore if they want to catch them all. The good news is that catching Pokémon in a special climate will at least be worth more thanks to an increase in combat power and extra Stardust.
Here are some images of the new meteorological system in action: