I’ll be the first one to say it; there’s nothing worse than running into trash Pokémon when you’re out on the hunt for a Dragonite or a Lapras. You know the trash I’m talking about. Pidgey, Rattata, Zubat, Weedle, Spearow, Drowzee, etc, etc.
Combined, these pests make up approximately 50% of all worldwide Pokémon spawns, which is a serious bummer. Or I should say, it used to be a serious bummer, because Niantic have just announced that some of these nuisance Pokémon won’t be spawning as frequently as they did in the past.
More specifically; Pidgeys, Rattatas, and Zubats, Pokémon who collectively made up around 35% of all Pokémon spawns, will be spawning less frequently. And, to make things even better, the spawn rates of other Pokémon will be boosted, so as to maintain the same overall spawn volume.
(Note: Since Zubats will be spawning less frequently now, it is super important to stock up on as much Zubat candy as possible for the release of Crobat when the second generation Pokémon come out. It will probably need 100 candy to evolve!)
Another piece of information Niantic released was that players will no longer be able to hatch Pidgeys or Rattatas from 2km eggs; which makes 2km eggs all the more attractive since you’ll now have a higher chance of obtaining one of the three starter Pokémon, or a Pikachu.
And, to finish it all off, Niantic told us that Eevee would no longer hatch from a 10km egg, and will now instead hatch from a 5km egg. This is good news for people who love hatching eggs, as Eevee was one of the most complained about Pokémon since it is significantly more common than any other Pokémon in the 10km egg category.
Overall this is a very good update, and a sign that Niantic are finally listening to the wants and the needs of their players. The only negative point I can make about this update is that since it will be harder to find Pidgeys, it will also be harder to mass-evolve them with the Lucky Egg trick.
What do you think about this update? And, more generally, do you think Niantic have been doing a good job over the last few weeks? Let me know what you think in the comments below!