Pokémon GO update adds new features to gyms & data miners pull information on Legendary Raids

It has been a few weeks now since Niantic Labs pushed out their las big update in Pokémon GO. Releasing Pokémon Raids and revamped Pokémon Gyms, the update has since created newfound interest for both new players and returning players. More importantly the update also coincides with an event that’s soon to take place in Chicago which is better known as Pokémon GO Fest Chicago.

The event celebrates the one year anniversary of the game’s release as well as a mystery event. The assumption of course about the mystery event is the release of Legendary Pokémon that players will finally be able to catch through their recently released feature to the game – Pokémon Raids. Of course with everything on the internet we take things with a pinch of salt but data miners have found that in the update that’s about to be released is a new raid pass (an in-game item that allows you to participate in raids at Pokémon Gyms) that is in fact specifically for legendary Pokémon raids.

Looking past speculation however let’s take a look at what was officially announced by Niantic coming from the update. The update for android is known as 0.69.0 and iOS is referred to as 1.39.0. One of the update’s features included that is in my opinion the most intriguing, is the fact that players will now be able to give their Pokémon (that are currently defending Pokémon Gyms) berries remotely. This is to increase their CP (health points or referred to by Niantic, the Pokémon’s motivation). Currently to do this players have to be standing in the range of the Pokémon Gym to revitalise their defenders in the gym. With players being able to do it remotely it’ll mean that a team can hold down a gym even longer. Of course the reward for defending a gym is that players are rewarded in game currency to purchase a wide variety of items to assist trainers on their Pokémon adventures. Also included in the update are a few aesthetic changes but lets take a look at the full list of changes coming with the update below.

Pokémon GO updated to version 0.69.0 for Android and 1.39.0 for iOS


Pokémon GO is in the process of being updated to version 0.69.0 for Android and 1.39.0 for iOS devices. Below are some release notes and comments from our development team.

  • Added icons to the Pokémon information screen to indicate how the Pokémon was caught.
  • Added the ability for Trainers to spin the Photo Disc at a Gym after completing a Raid Battle.
  • Added the ability for Trainers to send Berries to their Pokémon defending Gyms through the Pokémon info screen when they are not nearby. Motivation regained will be less effective through this method.
  • Added the ability for Trainers to give Berries to Pokémon defending Gyms if their motivation meter is full.
  • Improved Pokémon Collection screen search functionality.
  • Fixed an issue where Trainers were unable to complete Raid Battles started before time expired on the map view.
  • Fixed an issue where Pokémon are not properly returned to their Trainer after defending a Gym.
  • Various bug fixes.

—The Pokémon GO team

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