Should you’re nonetheless taking part in Pokémon Go over 4 years after it first set cell gaming data (and near-record income numbers in July counsel there are many you on the market), you’ve got in all probability been caught on the recreation’s expertise cap of Stage 40 for some time now. If that’s the case, you may be glad to listen to that degree cap will probably be elevated for the primary time ever, to Stage 50, as a part of an upcoming replace branded Pokémon Go Past.

“Leveling up is without doubt one of the most essential and significant points within the recreation,” Niantic Product Supervisor Philip La mentioned throughout a press presentation. “Reaching the present cap of 40 is a ‘badge of honor’ that different trainers will acknowledge. Some have reached it a number of occasions over. Now’s the fitting time [to increase that cap]. Many devoted gamers have achieved so many milestones and [are] in search of new challenges.”

Whereas Niantic is not discussing particular timing for the extent cap replace (past “quickly”), the corporate did say that trainers who hit the present degree 40 cap by midnight on Dec. 31 will obtain a “Legacy 40 Coach” badge and extra “unique rewards.” That appears to counsel leveling previous 40 will probably be accessible in early 2021, if not as quickly because the 12 months transfers over. A couple of fortunate Stage 40 gamers in Australia will get to check the brand new degree cap within the coming weeks.

If you have not hit Stage 40 but, Niantic will probably be doing what it will possibly that can assist you get there. Beginning Nov. 30, just about each motion within the recreation will probably be “rebalanced” to provide extra XP than it did beforehand. And beginning Nov. 18 by way of the top of the 12 months, catching Pokémon will probably be price double the conventional XP. Throughout a “12 Days of Friendship” occasion, additionally beginning Nov. 18, you can open extra items every day and enhance your Friendship degree quicker for every reward opened.

Should you’ve already hit Stage 40, any extra expertise you’ve got collected since hitting the cap will immediately depend towards reaching the brand new larger ranges. However XP alone will not be sufficient to get previous Stage 40—subsequent ranges may even require gamers to finish new Stage-Up Analysis duties, comparable to making “wonderful” throws or evolving all of the variations of Eevee, as an illustration.

“When you hit [Level] 40, the ‘endgame’ expertise ought to really feel like a brand new recreation,” Senior Sport Designer Matt Ein mentioned in a press Q&A. “You want greater than XP. It’s essential to be a well-rounded coach.”

Larger coach ranges additionally means the flexibility to energy up your high Pokémon to larger ranges as properly. However doing so would require a brand new “Sweet XL” merchandise, which will be acquired by catching Pokémon or by “changing and mixing” customary sweet. Trainers who have not gotten to Stage 40 but may even see new, larger caps for powering up their Pokémon.

Signal of the occasions

Except for a brand new degree cap, the “Past” replace may even see the rollout of recent Pokémon from the Kalos area, first seen in 2013’s Pokémon X and Y. The replace may even introduce a brand new calendar-sensitive “seasons” system, the place totally different Pokémon turn out to be roughly frequent relying on the precise season within the outdoors world. This technique will replicate variations in hemisphere as properly, so Pokémon which might be frequent within the Northern winter could also be unusual through the concurrent Southern summer season.

The “Past” replace’s change comes as Pokémon Go has been struggling to stay playable as increasingly more individuals more and more keep dwelling and keep away from group gatherings through the COVID-19 pandemic. All through 2020, Niantic has rolled out numerous updates that “prioritize… Pokémon Go options and experiences that may be loved in particular person settings… primarily based on the present international well being scenario.”

“2020 has been tough on everybody in several methods,” Niantic Product Advertising Supervisor Veronica Saron mentioned. “Our crew had a set of plans coming into this 12 months that we have been extraordinarily enthusiastic about, however when the world modified in 2020 we needed to pivot. Over the course of this final 12 months we got here collectively as a crew to satisfy our followers the place they have been. We made positive we might proceed to convey the very best experiences to trainers all over the world, despite the occasions.”

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