If you live in the United States and you are not in a major city, you’ve probably noticed that you don’t get a whole heck of a lot of Pokemon. Well, Niantic is finally addressing this problem and is doing some server-side fixes. This will allow users who live in more rural or suburban areas to encounter more Pokemon regularly. Although this change doesn’t call for an application update, it is in the works and people are noticing the difference. There have been reports from users in low population areas in the United States claiming that they have noticed a 10% – 15% increase in Pokemon spawns around them!
Before the update, Pokemon would pop up and then disappear pretty quickly if you weren’t on the app to catch them right away. With the update, Pokemon will now remain in the world for 30-60 minutes before jumping back into the bushes to hide. This will mean that players in less populated areas can hop on the app very infrequently and still have a solid chance to bag a couple Pokemon. Even Pokemon that run away when attempting to be captured have a higher chance of reappearing fairly quickly, sometimes as low as 10-15 minutes.
While the types of Pokemon will be pretty standard and common, you will get more of them and they will change with every nest migration. That means you can get some easy Pokemon Candy and start evolving your low-level fellas. I’m sure you’re sitting on a stack of Weedles and Rattatas that you just want to evolve. Now you’ll get that opportunity and even get some trainer levels in the process. Unfortunately, this update has no effect on PokeStops or Gyms. If you don’t have any around you, it doesn’t look like anything will be coming your way.
Niantic has been putting in some serious work these past few weeks and they’re beginning to unveil some major plans for the summer. If things keep rolling like this, I think Pokemon Go could easily be one of the hottest games for two summers in a row. Especially if they decide to implement a legendary event that they have been teasing. With shinies running wild, more Pokemon around the world, Unowns being caught all over, and big events in store, this game is picking up some steam once again.