Niantic Revamps Pokémon GO Battles

Niantic Revamps Pokémon GO Battles
Players now need to be good at swiping to ensure that they win trainer battles.

(CCM) — Pokémon GO trainer battles have been given a radical makeover in the latest version of Niantic's augmented reality game, and the change may spell disaster for players who are good at frantically tapping onscreen icons, according to an Engadget report.

That’s because the Charged Attack mechanic in trainer battles has been changed so that players now have to swipe on the screen Fruit Ninja style to collect ions to power up their monsters, rather than tapping on the screen to collect them, like in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, the report says.

Trainer battles were first introduced late last year and provide a way for players to set up battles between their own monsters and friends' or other players' that they meet.

The update also introduces an improved and easier to understand in-game appraisal system. The game now displays Pokémons' "Individual Values" (IVs) as three bar charts which turn red when they get to their maximum values. Users can switch between their Pokémon with a single tap for quick comparisons.

The new version of Pokémon GO has been released in the U.S. and will be rolled out to other countries around the world on Android and iOS over the next few days.

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