One of the absolute biggest complaints players have made about Pokemon GO in the past is that there just aren’t enough Pokemon in rural areas. It’s something that city players will likely never understand, and it’s a major factor that influences whether a rural player will quit or whether they will continue to play the game.
Yesterday, Niantic posted to their official Pokemon GO social media accounts informing the world that rural players will finally be seeing more Pokemon spawning in the wild at parks and other outdoor locations.
The actual post reads: “Trainers, we’ve observed increased numbers of Pokémon sightings in parks and other outdoor locations in urban and rural areas,” and could be a huge step in the right direction for bringing rural players back to the game just before Christmas.
But what does this update actually mean for rural players? The announcement is intentionally ambiguous; using phrasing such as “parks”, “outdoor locations”, and “urban and rural areas”. What do Niantic define as a “park” or a “rural area”? Who will actually see an increase in Pokemon spawning?
This is just an anecdote, so don’t pay it too much importance, but I’m at home for the holidays in a rural town and haven’t noticed any difference in Pokemon spawns since this new update. Not at the local park, not in “outdoor locations”, not anywhere.
Some trainers over on Reddit have been trying to figure it all out, and one user, WoodWoseWulf, has found that state parks and national parks (that are listed on Google Maps) have received an increase to the Pokemon spawn rate, while parks that are not listed on Google Maps have not.
But what do you think about this new update? Have you noticed more Pokemon spawning in your area? If so, were you at a state or national park, or was it at the local park down the road? Let me know your thoughts and experiences in the comments below!
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