Pokemon Go maker Niantik details how to raise the level cap of the game for the first time since it was launched in the summer of 2016.
This change was made as part of Pokémon Go’s biggest update to date, initially given the flashy name “Go Beyond.” Among the many other features included are additional seasons, competitive league-ranked rework, platinum-level medals, and the first release of sixth-generation creatures from the Kalos region.
Everything unfolds in the week starting on Monday, November 30th.
Let’s start by increasing the level cap from 40 to 50. This should correspond to both players remaining on the ladder up to the current level 40 cap and players who have earned the amount of XP needed to reach level 40 multiple times.
With leveling above 40, you need to reach a certain XP total and complete certain challenge requirements. These challenges aim to reward players for their game knowledge, skills, and dedication to play, such as “Evolving the evolution of all Eevee” and “Catching 200 Pokemon in a day.” Both require a certain amount of dedication.
Depending on your level, you may need to earn a new Platinum rank with your profile badge (which tracks the number of Pokemon caught in Pokedex in different regions, etc.). It is not yet known how many of these medals will have the new Platinum Tier.
However, what is clear is that these levels are intended to last for some time, even if you have already accumulated XP requirements. Thankfully, if you already meet the level requirements, you don’t need to grind XP further. The total of XP so far is counted.
For players on the road to level 40, the total XP required to reach the previous cap has not been adjusted, but the XP awards from the overall game activity will be enhanced and easier to ride. .. Catch, evolution, hatching, adding new dex entries, and other activities will increase XP up to twice the previous total.
Those who have reached level 40 by the end of 2020 (including those who are already there) will win a Legacy 40 profile medal to recognize their early shatter (or just rub it in December). Win a timed study that awards a pretty attractive Gyarados hat.
Levels above 40 not only become pride badges, but also come with special cosmetics and other bonuses. You can also use the new XL candy items to level up your Pokemon over 40. XL candies will be distributed throughout the game where regular Pokemon candies are currently found. Alternatively, you can batch convert Pokemon candies to XL candies instead.
Next, let’s move on to adding seasons. Pokemon GO reflects the passage of real-world seasons every three months, with the first season of the game starting December 1st at 8am local time.
Each season, it affects the Pokemon available in the wild, eggs, and raids and is reflected in themed in-game events.
The first season of Pokemon Go is a festive season, which includes events on the theme of celebrating the creatures featured in various Pokemon regions. The season ended at the end of February 2021 and Niantic described it as “a whole new global event experience” in time for the 25th anniversary of the Pokemon franchise.
During the festive season, winter creatures appear in the Northern Hemisphere, and summer-themed creatures (Niantic refers to Burmy and Darumaka) appear in the Southern Hemisphere. This is affected by the local weather, in addition to the usual in-game changes seen during the event.
Seasons also serve as a way to rotate different mega Pokemon in and out of the focus of the game. Different seasonal Mega Pokemon will appear in the raid, but certain Mega Evolved creatures will benefit from the total CP buffed at certain times.
Nothing has yet been announced about the next Mega Pokemon to be released, after features were bumpy a few months ago and various subsequent fixes were made to address fan concerns. Niantic said it is still evaluating future changes to the Mega Pokemon formula and there is no news of further changes today.
The Go Battle League also adjusts its structure for the wider seasonal model of Pokemon Go. The GBL season also has an expanded 24-rank structure, but lasts for three months.
Niantic explained that too many players are in the bottleneck per rank 7 in Mode’s current 10-rank league. Increasing the number of ranks will increase the rewards for rank up and tie items to this season’s theme.
And finally, the 6th generation Pokemon arrived from the Kalos region. It’s a pretty big problem in itself. These creatures will begin appearing in the wild and eggs from December 2nd.
As you can imagine, the first wave of this Pokemon includes the 6th generation starters Chespin, Fennekin, Froakie and their evolution. Common creatures such as Bunnelby, Fletchling, and Litleo are also included as they evolve.
There are also new regional Pokemon. France exclusively obtains the key ring Pokemon Klefki.
Niantic also teased the arrival of another new Pokemon available from the one-star Raid Egg-although it keeps this creature’s identity a mystery for now.
And that’s more or less it! Certain Australian players will have their XP caps raised today, so Niantic can test their capabilities (and it’s not bad to hit 41 first in the world!).
For everyone else, the new 12 Days of Friendship event is unveiled today and will count down until November 30th. Increased friendship leveling rate (one of the easiest ways to get big XP bonuses), further increased raid completion XP, and increased attack power when fighting raids with friends. You can also open more gifts every day.