Niantic are on a roll again. Mere hours after announcing the double XP and stardust event, they took to the official Facebook page and informed players that they had just made huge changes to the way CP was calculated, which has resulted in CP changes for (nearly) every Pokemon in the game. What does this mean for your favorite Pokemon? Keep reading to find out how the great Pokemon GO CP change of 2016 will affect you.
In the post, Niantic mention that Alakazam, Rhydon, and Gengar will have their CP increased, while some other Pokemon will have theirs lowered. This has been done to make gym battles more balanced, and to make some Pokemon more competitive. Overall, it’s a good thing.
But the post itself is quite vague when you consider just how many Pokemon they’ve actually changed. They mention only three Pokemon in the post, when in reality, every single Pokemon in the game (except for Lapras) have had their CP changed.
If you want to see exactly how your favorite Pokemon was impacted, you can do so by checking out this handy spreadsheet, courtesy of Cshikage from over at the Silph Road subreddit.
What’s not super obvious from the spreadsheet is just how much this Pokemon GO CP change has altered certain Pokemon. If you’re not a mathematically inclined person, you might see the 51.78% increase for Rhydon and think “so what?”, but it actually is quite a big deal, and has seen Rhydon go from an “average” Pokemon to the third strongest in the game (when looking solely at CP).
Here’s an updated list of the top 10 Pokemon (purely in terms of CP), courtesy of the team over at The Silph Road on Reddit:
- Dragonite: 3581 CP
- Snorlax: 3355 CP
- Rhydon: 3300 CP
- Gyarados: 3281 CP
- Vaporeon: 3157 CP
- Lapras: 2980 CP
- Exeggutor: 2916 CP
- Golem: 2916 CP
- Flareon: 2904 CP
- Machamp: 2889 CP
As you can see, Rhydon has been added to the big boys table, with Dragonite and Vaporeon also receiving a sizable buff. Something else that should be noted is that Alakazam, a Pokemon known for being uncharacteristically weak in Pokemon GO, has been promoted to the 11th spot in terms of CP with a maximum CP of 2887!
If you’ve got the time, I highly recommend you take a look at the spreadsheet and get familiar with all of the changes that have occurred, because everything is different now, and it can’t hurt to stay up-to-date.
What do you think about the Pokemon GO CP change? Do you think Niantic are listening to the players when buffing/nerfing these Pokemon, or do you think they’ve unfairly targeted certain Pokemon? Also, which of your favorite Pokemon got nerfed/buffed? Let me know in the comments below!