Pokémon Go 0.31.0 Update

Niantic is rolling out new updates to Pokémon Go this weekend. There are a number of UI and functionality changes that will likely alleviate some frustrations players may be experiencing.

The newest update is 0.31.0 and includes the following changes to the game. 

  •  Avatars can now be re-customized from the Trainer profile screen.
  •  Adjusted battle move damage values for some Pokémon.
  •  Improved memory issues.
  •  Removed footprints of nearby Pokémon.
  •  Modified battle damage calculation.
  •  Various bug fixes during wild Pokémon encounter.
  •  Updated Pokémon details screen.
  •  Fixed issues with displaying certain map features.
  •  Minor text fixes.

Many of the the changes are aesthetic, including updating the the achievements to feature unique badge icons and refining the gym animations during battles. Niantic has also made some changes to the games UI.  Transferring Pokémon is now easier by putting the option at the top of the page, rather than requiring players to scroll down to it. Pokémon Go now also features more overt safety warnings for those who need to have things spelled out for them.

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margin: auto;
#gallery-1 .gallery-item {
float: left;
margin-top: 10px;
text-align: center;
width: 33%;
#gallery-1 img {
border: 2px solid #cfcfcf;
#gallery-1 .gallery-caption {
margin-left: 0;
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Gameplay remains the same, although the Niantic has removed the footprint mechanism for tracking Pokémon. This will likely not be missed, as it has been broken for quite some time. The update also modifies the attack damage of some Pokémon. Although it does not specify which ones or how, some users on Reddit have attempted to better document those specific changes. The update also address bug fixes for catching wild Pokémon and improved memory issues, so the game should run more smoothly going forward.

Pokémon GO Update 0.31.0 No Feet

Players can no longer track specifc Pokemon.

Niantic also appears to be working on removing pokestops from controversial areas. Some sites, such as the World Trade Center Memorial in New York, have already been removed and the company has been open to requests for other removals.  This may have fallout for non-sensitive areas as well, as a number of players have been reporting that pokestops have also been removed from local parks and other businesses. No word on what changes, if any, have been made to improve server stability.

If you want to get the most out of Pokémon Go, see our Tips and Tricks page.

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