Niantic is readying its next big Pokemon GO update, and while there's still no sign of a proper tracking feature, we can expect an interesting tool to help us pick our team for battle.
Version 0.35.0 for Android and 1.5.0 for iOS devices is in the process of rolling out, according to Niantic. The biggest new feature to be added will be 'Pokémon Appraisal'.
According to Niantic, "Trainers will now be able to learn about a Pokémon’s attack and defense capabilities from their Team Leader (Candela, Blanche or Spark) to determine which of their Pokémon have the most potential for battle."
It has to be said that this sounds like a useful feature. It's tricky to get a handle on Pokemon GO's vague systems at the best of times, but deciphering how your Pokemon will perform in battle seems to be a dark art.
As it turns out, the CP figure is only part of the equation. There are also hidden values that determine your Pokemon's attack, defence, and stamina abilities.
There are tools out there to help you figure out your Pokemon's precise capabilities. For example, PoGoToolkit enables you to feed in the figures that are known about your Pokemon, and figure out how to maximise its combat potential. Niantic's update, however, should provide an official means to identify your best battlers.
Besides this handy addition, the latest Pokemon GO update will feature "minor bot fixes". And as for that tracking issue? Niantic assures us that it's still working on "several new and exciting features to come in the future of Pokemon GO."
Watch this space, in other words.