Details on the New Pokémon GO Update (8-22-16)!

Niantic Labs just released a new version of Pokemon Go, Android (0.35.0) and iOS (1.5.0). Know more about the update here!

ONE Store Beta Now Available

Niantic Labs just released a new version of Pokemon Go for Android (0.35.0) and iOS (1.5.0).


There are Two (2) key improvements in the new update:

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Pokémon GO Update (August 22)

  • Fixed a bug that kept defeated Pokémon at 1HP; these Pokémon will now return as fainted Pokémon. Currently working on rebalancing the training battle.
  • Implemented Pokémon Appraisal: 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.


The Pokémon Appraisal

We have shared in our previous article that each Pokémon is ‘born’ with specific Individual Values (IVs) which varies from 0 to 15 based on your current Pokémon level when you caught or hatched them.

Learning about your Pokémon’s IV would be very helpful in fighting in gyms and determining which Pokemon to evolve or which needs powering-up. Each Pokémon’s Stamina and Defense are very important when defending in gym battles.

Several 3rd Party providers (independent of Niantic) have released tools like the Poké Assistant IV Calculatorfor you to easily determine these IVs.

Now with the new update, there is a less of a need to use these tools because of the in-app feature of Pokémon Appraisal.  Through their team leaders, Candela, Blanche, or Spark, will inform you of your Pokémon that have the most potential for battle including it’s Health Point, Stamina, Attack and Defense.

To use the appraisal feature, view the Pokémon you wish to appraise, click on the circular Pokémon option button, and click on the ‘Appraise’ link.

Pokemon GO Appraisal

Venausaur appraised by Spark. He says it requires more improvement (power-up) for battles.


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Blanche is impressed with Magikarp’s (555 Sardines) stats. Photo Courtesy of E. Mabunga


Understanding the Appraisals

From have shared their interpretation on what each Team Leader’s appraisal.

Team Leader Appraisals

Team Leader Appraisals vs IVs Source: –


There you go!  Time to update your app! Visit GooglePlay and Apple AppStore and find out who among your Pokémon will really help you become the very best! 



To learn more about the game, and to get to know the tricks and tools of the trade, you can check out these articles: