Note to the community: new attacks and updates in the Trainer Combats
In the note for the previous community we mentioned a series of changes that would arrive to Pokémon GO and that would affect the performance of the Pokémon in raids, in addition to other novelties for the game. In this update, we are pleased to present more changes focused on Trainer Combats.
In an ongoing effort to turn Trainer Combats into a fun and competitive experience, changing Pokémon will now briefly pause the battle. This way, you will have more time to choose the Pokémon that you want to summon and it will prevent the Pokémon from causing damage to each other while they are being extracted from the Poké Balls. The loaded attack will also be enhanced with new and fun sliding and pulsar mechanics. (Want more information? See our Niantic help page for information).
There will also be more attacks on Pokémon GO!
The following Pokémon can learn attacks they did not know before:
- 026 Raichu de Alola – Hierba Lazo : Raichu de Alola currently can only learn attacks of Electric and Psychic type. Grass Lazo will give you more type coverage and help you protect your weakness against Earth-type attacks.
- 045 Vileplume – Sludge Pump : Sludge Pump provides Vileplume with a powerful charged Poison type attack to make the most of its Plant and Poison types.
- 097 Hypno – Fire Fist, Ice Fist and Thunder Fist : these attacks provide Hypno with coverage to help him in the Super Ball League.
- 101 Electrode – Dirty Game : all the attacks that Electrode can learn now are Normal or Electric. Foul Play provides more type coverage to Electrode.
- 142 Aerodactyl – Thrower : Thrower allows Aerodactyl to compete in the Super Ball League against other Flying-type Pokémon such as Altaria.
- 144 Articuno – Past Power and Frozen Singing : Iceed Singing will help Articuno use his most frequently charged attacks in combat. Past Power gives you additional type coverage.
- 145 Zapdos – Power Past and Peak Drill : Zapdos can now only learn charged attacks of the Electric type. Pico Taladro gives you another type option and, in addition, it is a natural complement to this Pokémon. Past Power provides Zapdos with additional type coverage.
- 146 Moltres – Past Power and Wing Attack : Wing Attack provides Moltres with a fast attack alternative to Fire Twist; and Past Power brings a new type to your charged attacks.
- 254 Sceptile – Dragon Claw : Dragon Claw gives Sceptile additional coverage to compete with Dragon type Pokémon in the Super Ball League and the Ultra Ball League.
- 306 Aggron – Anti-aircraft : the fast attack Antiaircraft should make Aggron a formidable option that can be used in any league.
- 344 Claydol – Fango Bomb : this Earth-type alternative to Claydol’s Psychic Fast attack provides additional type coverage. In this way, their abilities improve against the Pokémon resistant to the attacks of Psychic type.
- 437 Bronzong – Terratemblor and Psicocarga : Terratemblor and Psicocarga are loaded attacks that Bronzong can take advantage of to differentiate themselves from other Pokémon of Psychic type or Steel like Metagross.
- 466 Electivire – Ice Fist : all the charged attacks that Electivire can learn at present are of the Electric type. Fist Ice provides more type coverage to Electivire.
New attacks in Pokémon GO
Certain Pokémon will soon be able to learn attacks never seen in Pokémon GO.
- Charm – A fast attack of Fairy type : Raichu, Clefable, Wigglytuff, Wobbuffet, Granbull, Donphan, Gardevoir, Delcatty, Latias, Togekiss and Gallade.
- Header – A charged attack of Normal type that improves the user’s defense statistics 100% of the time : Blastoise, Raichu, Lapras, Snorlax and Rhyperior.
Coaches, we are delighted to see the teams that you create with these changes. Stay tuned, as we will communicate more updates as you are later. Good luck on the battlefield!
-The Pokémon GO team