Pokémon Go is receiving a new “exciting feature” that gives players catch bonuses for earning certain medals.
In a new blog post, Niantic Labs explained that the bonuses are dependent upon the type of Pokémon captured. Pointing out Kindler, Physics, and Gardner as examples, the developer further clarified that the new bonuses increase the odds of capturing creatures related to the type.
“For example, as you reach a higher tier for the Kindler Medal, your bonus to catch Fire-type Pokemon such as Charmander, Vulpix, and Ponyta increases,” Niantic Labs explained.
This new feature in turn helps trainers to level up quicker by catching many Pokémon of the same type. In the case of a Pokémon that has multiple types, the final bonus will be an average of your bonuses for each type.
As lovely as it sounds, there’s no concrete release window for now. According to Niantic Labs, catch bonuses are “coming soon.” That’s probably the most vague assurance ever.
Pokémon Go released in July and instantly garnered a following in the millions. Since then it has registered more than 500 million downloads and according to a recent report, brings in almost $2 million a day. CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara recently revealed that the initial response to the game was “10 times or even 100 times bigger” than what Niantic was expecting.
However, the craze of Pokémon Go is slowly but surely fading away. People have either moved on, found interest in something else, or gotten tired of Niantic’s stance against third-party helpers. The developer is confident, though, that upcoming features and content updates will help bring some of that lost player-base back.