Pokémon GO: Here’s What You Need To Know About Seasons

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2016-07-06

In about a week, Pokémon Go is going to experience a big change once the GO Beyond update drops. There’s no question that a lot of changes are arriving to the hit mobile game. To celebrate this upcoming update, developer Niantic has launched its 12 Days of Friendship event, which you can learn more about here.

Once of the changes coming is about leveling up. In particular, the level cap has been increased to level 50. Read more about that here. And now we are looking into another big change, which is the introduction of Seasons.

What this new feature does is it allows Pokémon Go to function much more like real life. For example, the real world seasonal cycle, going through winter, spring, summer, and autumn. Thus, each three months Trainers can expect to see a new season in Pokémon Go. As each season arrives, Pokémon Go will experience major changes, which include:

  • Different Pokémon appear more often in the wild, hatching from Eggs, and appearing in raids.
    • Some Pokémon are going to be more difficult to find depending on the Season.
  • Based on what hemisphere Trainers are located in, they can find different Pokémon appearing in the wild each Season.
    • In the first Season, for example, Trainers in the northern hemisphere are going to see Pokémon related to winter appearing in the wild.
    • In the same Season, those in the southern hemisphere get Pokémon that are related to summer.
  • Different forms of Deerling also appear in the wild depending on the hemisphere.
  • In-game events are going to be themed based on the Season they occur in.
  • Seasons are continually updated with more features and content.

Other Changes Arriving with Seasons

That’s not all, as with each new Season that arrives, there’s also going to be updates to Mega-Evolved Pokémon. For instance, different new Mega-Evolved Pokémon will appear in raids each Season. There’s also going to be certain Mega-Evolved Pokémon that have limited periods where they get increased total CP. Trainers also have more chances to use these Mega-Evolved Pokémon more easily.

The arrival of Seasons also bring with it changes to the Go Battle League. In particular, the number of tanks are going to be expanded from 10 to 24. Additionally, the top four ranks are going to have all-new names as well as corresponding badges. The Go Battle League itself is going to occur in tandem with the overarching Seasons and will rotate formats on the same three-month schedule.

The first Season starts on December 1 at 8:00 AM, local time.

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