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Pokemon GO will soon be receiving a new update. On iOS, version 1.11.2 will be deployed soon while Android users can expect version 0.41.2.

The upcoming update introduces a few new things. This includes the catch bonus, updated gym training, and egg/incubator screens.

Head past the break for the official notice and full patch notes from Niantic.

Miitomo has been updated with new content once again. Players can nab some new items in the latest Miitomo Drop stage, “Trick or treat! Happy Halloween #2”.

Available items include:

– Jack-o’-lantern mask
– Jack-o’-lantern costume
– Bat tights
– Witch’s familiar

Users can select Miitomo Drop stages from the Shop tab. Miitomo coins or game tickets are needed to play.


SurveyMoney published a new report about Pokemon GO. The game’s retention rate is explored in-depth, with the company ultimately concluding that “it’s quite respectable; it’s competitive with those of other top-performing games.” That comes in contrast to some of the things we’ve been hearing about Pokemon GO’s decline.

It’s true that Pokemon GO’s player retention rate is dropping, but it stacks up favorably when compared to other top mobile titles. SurveyMonkey even proclaims that Niantic’s mobile release is “performing very much like a typical top mobile game.”

It’s illustrated further with the following comparison to Clash of Clans, which has fewer active users but a similar retention rate:

– Clash of Clans currently has ~3.85 million weekly active users (WAU). With a weekly retention rate of 75% (a weekly churn rate of 25%), Clash loses ~960 thousand players from week to week.
– Pokemon GO has 15.4 million weekly active users. With a weekly retention rate of 75%, it loses ~3.9 million users from week to week.

Since some of the initial hype surrounding Pokemon GO has died down and casual players are leaving, that leaves the app to more loyal users. SurveyMonkey says “it wouldn’t be surprising for the weekly retention rate to level off, mostly ending its current gradual decline.” Also, given Pokemon GO’s retention at the moment, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the game ended up as “one of the most widely-used smartphone games in the U.S. for a long time to come.”

You can find more analysis about Pokemon GO’s retention at the source below.


Miitomo has been updated with more content. Users will find a new stage, along with some brand new items.

“Trick or treat! Happy Halloween #1” is the new stage. It includes the following:

– Witch hat (set)
– Witch dress (set)
– Witch boots (set)
– Spiderweb tights

And as far as the new items go, you can nab the following:

– Knit cap w/ skull pin
– Basic bomber jacket
– Turtleneck knit dress
– Big buckle + jeans
– Checkered pencil skirt
– Camo pumps
– Lace ankle boots
– Costume jewelry
– Witch’s broom


Yesterday, Niantic gave a sneak peek at a feature on the way to Pokemon GO. An update coming soon will make it easier to catch rare Pokemon.

Niantic also has plans to improve the training gameplay, as the company revealed in a blog update today. Here’s what players can look forward to:

“As we continue to make improvements to Pokémon GO, we have made an enhancement to the Gym experience for Trainers of all levels. In an upcoming version of Pokémon GO, when training at a friendly Gym, Trainers will be able to bring six Pokémon to battle instead of one. In addition, the CP of the Pokémon you are training against may be temporarily adjusted lower during your training session to generally match your Pokémon’s battle capabilities.

No matter what your level, you can now have an impact on your team’s Gym. Walk with your Buddy Pokémon to that nearby landmark and show your Team Leader that you can battle with the best!”

Niantic hasn’t said when this will be going live, but it shouldn’t be too far in the future. We’ll let you know when we hear anything.


Niantic is giving Pokemon GO players a sneak peek of a new feature on the way. Sometime soon, functionality will be introduced “which grants a catch bonus when you earn medals based on catching certain types of Pokemon”.

With bonuses, you’ll have a better chance of capturing Pokemon with a related type. As one example, catching Fire-type Pokemon will be easier as you reach a higher tier for the Kindler Medal. Tiers can be increased by catching many Pokemon of the same type.

Here’s the full explanation and some screenshots of the upcoming feature:

Miitomo has been updated with new content once again. Players can nab some new items in the latest Miitomo Drop stage, “Wear your sweet tooth! Sweet Treats #3”.

Available items include:

– Custard hat
– Sweet dress w/ sprinkles
– Fruitcake pumps
– Candy cane pin

Users can select Miitomo Drop stages from the Shop tab. Miitomo coins or game tickets are needed to play.


Pokemon GO has been delivered to another slew of countries. The lineup includes: Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Rwanda, Seychelles, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Chad, Gabon, Sao Tome and Principe, Egypt, Morocco, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mauritania, Niger, Sierra Leone, Togo.

Last Thursday, Niantic made Pokemon GO available in five new countries. That was followed a day later by its launch in six more territories.


Pokemon GO fell to the fourth spot as the highest-grossing iPhone games in the U.S. on September 29. However, it’s now number one again, based on new data from Sensor Tower and App Annie. It now seems that it’s “settled into a plateau,” as GamesBeat points out.

As for Android, Pokemon GO remains at the third spot. MZ’s Mobile Strike and Game of War are still leading the way on Google Play.

Pokemon GO is generating more revenue than any other iPhone app in 15 other countries besides the United States, including Canada and the United Kingdom plus emerging regions such as the Philippines. But in Japan, it’s the fifth highest-grossing iPhone game, behind the messaging app Line and Shadowverse, Monster Strike, Puzzle & Dragons.


Update 3: Sold out at GameStop now as well. Didn’t last long there either!

Update 2 (10/4): Back up on GameStop

Update: Annnd gone. Didn’t last long unsurprisingly!

Original (10/3): Pokemon GO Plus is currently available on Amazon once again. To place an order, head on over here. It’s unclear how long it’ll be in stock, but if the launch is anything to go by, it may not be for long.


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