Trainers prepare to ‘GO Beyond’ as Pokémon GO is set for big changes

Trainers prepare to ‘GO Beyond’ as Pokémon GO is set for big changes

Niantic are preparing for a big update to Pokémon GO at the end of November. Higher trainer levels, expanded leagues and Kalos region Pokémon to name a few.

Big changes are afoot in Pokémon GO. Niantic have announced that the next evolution of the popular augmented reality game will include some significant updates from November 30th and throughout December.

Level Up!

In a major update Niantic will finally increase the maximum trainer level from 40, where it currently sits, to 50. In a bid to rebalance the way trainers level up, Niantic have revisited each update they’ve made over the last four years and made changes that will make levelling up more fun.

If, like me, you haven’t made it to level 40 yet, Niantic’s blog post reveals that trainers will find it easier than ever before with adjustments being made to the ways that XP can be earned.


Just like the real world, trainers will soon experience different seasons within Pokémon GO. Every three months the landscape of the game will change to reflect that of the real world.

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With seasonal changes come seasonal Pokémon. Certain Pokémon will appear more frequently in winter than in summer and vice versa. For those of us in the Northern hemisphere, we’ll be experiencing winter, in-game, from November 30th. Meanwhile, those in the Southern hemisphere will be enjoying summer.

In-game events will also be seasonally themed, different Mega-Evolved Pokémon will appear in raids and Go Battle leagues will be expanded from 10 to 24 ranks.

Read more about seasonal changes in greater depth here.

12 Days of Friendship.

To kick-start things, a new 12 Days of Friendship event launches today. Running until November 30th, the event is designed to help trainers prepare for the update. Friendship levels can be increased more quickly, greater XP can be earned and more gifts can be opened each day. Find out more here.

Kalos Region.

From December 2nd Pokémon first discovered in the Kalos region will begin to appear in Pokémon GO. Different types will appear with differing frequency depending on the season. For a full list of Pokémon coming to the game check out the blog post here.

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Exciting times. Pokémon GO was launched more that four years ago and continues to expand and improve whilst maintaining a loyal userbase.

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