Niantic Has Done Some Big Changes in Pokémon Go- Nerfing, Buffing & Spawn Nests Changing

Heads up trainers! Niantic has done some big changes in Pokémon Go. These changes include nerfing and buffing of some Pokémon moves and, the change in spawn points for some rare Pokémon.

After the not-so great update about the “minor text fixes”, Niantic have dropped the bomb secretly by making some big changes to the moves of Pokémon without even telling us. Players began to notice, around a couple of hours ago, that the power of certain moves on their Pokémon had changed. Some went up, some went down, and some stayed the same. This is both good news and bad news, depending entirely on which Pokémon you like to use. So who got hit the worst?

Well, first of all, Vaporeon got nerfed. Hard. Really hard. I’m not quite sure where VapeNation will be ranking in terms of “The Best Pokémon” now, but there’s a very good chance it won’t be in the top 3 anymore.

Vaporeon got hit with two pretty big downgrades to its power. The biggest nerf was to Water Gun, which is Vaporeons fast attack. Water Gun was reduced from a power of 10 to a power of 6, and while Power alone is meaningless, when we look at the damage per second (DPS), Water Gun has almost halved, going from 20 DPS to 12 DPS.

And then there’s Vaporeons strongest Charge Attack, Aqua Tail. Aqua Tail used to have a power of 50, and it’s now been reduced to 45. DPS wise, this is a decent hit to Vaporeon. The DPS for Aqua tail was 21.8, and now, it’s 19.6. Not a huge drop, but still noticeable.

 ThePhrancium has documented
some of these changes and you can check out the master list below:

Vaporeon before:

 

Vaporeon after:

 

ThePhrancium has documented some of these changes and you can check out the master list below:

BUFFS:

      Aerial Ace: 25 -> 30

      Air Cutter: 25 -> 30

      Ancient Power: 30 -> 35

      Aqua jet: 15 -> 25

      Blizzard: 60 -> 100

      Bubble: 15 -> 25

      Bubble Beam: 25 -> 30

      Bug Buzz: 50 -> 75

      Bulldoze: 30 -> 35

      Confusion: 12 -> 15

      Cross Chop: 55 -> 60

      Cross Poison: 20 -> 25

      Dazzling Gleam: 45 -> 55

      Dig: 55 -> 70

      Dragon Pulse: 50 -> 65

      Draining Kiss: 15 -> 25

      Drill Peck: 30 -> 40

      Drill Run: 40 -> 50

      Earthquake 60 > 100

      Fire Blast: 60 -> 100

      Fire Fang: 7 -> 10

      Fire Punch: 35 -> 40

      Flame Wheel: 35 -> 40

      Flamethrower: 50 -> 55

      Flash Cannon: 55 -> 60

      Gunk Shot: 60 -> 65

      Heat Wave: 60 -> 80

      Hurricane: 60 -> 80

      Hydro Pump: 60 -> 90

      Hyper Beam: 70 -> 120

      Ice Beam: 50 -> 65

      Ice Shard: 12 -> 15

      Icy Wind: 15 -> 25

      Leaf Blade: 45 -> 55

      Moon Blast: 60 -> 85

      Mud Bomb: 25 -> 30

      Mud Slap: 6 -> 15

      Megahorn: 55 -> 80

      Night Slash: 25 -> 30

      Ominous Wind: 25 -> 30

      Play Rough: 50 -> 55

      Petal Blizzard: 50 -> 65

      Power whip: 60 -> 70

      Psychic: 50 -> 55

      Rock Smash: 5 -> 15

      Seed Bomb: 30 -> 40

      Sludge Bomb: 50 -> 55

      Sludge Wave: 60 -> 70

      Solar Beam: 70 -> 120

      Stomp: 25 -> 30

      Stone Edge 55 > 80

      Thunder: 65 -> 100

      Thunderbolt: 50 -> 55

      Twister: 15 -> 25

      Water pulse: 30 -> 35

      X-Scissor: 30 -> 35

NERFS:

      Aqua tail: 50 -> 45

      Body Slam: 50 -> 40

      Bug Bite: 6 -> 5

      Discharge: 40 -> 35

      Dragon Claw: 40 -> 35

      Frost Breath: 12 -> 9

      Iron Head: 40 -> 30

      Lick: 10 -> 5

      Metal Claw: 12 -> 8

      Mud Shot: 12 -> 6

      Poison Jab: 15 -> 12

      Pound: 8 -> 7

      Psycho cut: 15 -> 7

      Scratch: 10 -> 6

      Shadow Claw: 16 -> 11

      Vine whip: 10 -> 7

      Water gun: 10 -> 6

      Wing attack: 12 -> 9

      Zen Headbutt: 15 -> 12

Another thing that Niantic changed in Pokémon Go is the spawn points of some rare Pokémon. Some Pokémon nests appears to have been massively reshuffled in the last few hours where certain common and rare spawns are now occupied with brand new types of Pokémon instead.

This was spotted by reddit user pulsivesilver and he’s currently compiling a massive list of what nests may have changed to new nests. You can check the master list below for reference:

#1 Bulbasaur –> #1 Bulbasaur…

#4 Charmander –> #1 Bulbasaur

#7 Squirtle –> #4 Charmander

#10 Caterpie –> #7 Squirtle

#21 Spearow –>

#23 Ekans –> #21 Spearow

#25 Pikachu –> #23 Ekans

#27 Sandshrew –> #25 Pikachu

#29 Nidoran♀ –> #27 Sandshrew / #25 Pikachu

#32 Nidoran♂ –> #29 Nidoran♀ / #27 Sandshrew

#35 Clefairy –> #32 Nidoran♂ / #29 Nidoran♀

#37 Vulpix –> #35 Clefairy / #32 Nidoran♂

#39 Jigglypuff –> #37 Vulpix / #35 Clefairy

#43 Oddish –> #39 Jigglypuff

#46 Paras –> #43 Oddish / #39 Jigglypuff?

#48 Venonat –> #43 Oddish

#50 Diglett –> #46 Paras

#52 Meowth –> #48 Venonat

#54 Psyduck –> #50 Diglett

#56 Mankey –> #52 Meowth / #50 Diglett

#58 Growlithe –> #54 Psyduck / #52 Meowth

#60 Poliwag –> #56 Mankey / #54 Psyduck

#63 Abra –> #58 Growlithe / #56 Mankey

#66 Machop –> #58 Growlithe

#69 Bellsprout –> #60 Poliwag

#72 Tentacool –> #66 Machop? / #63 Abra

#74 Geodude –> #69 Bellsprout / #66 Machop

#77 Ponyta –> #69 Bellsprout

#79 Slowpoke –> #72 Tentacool

#81 Magnemite –> #74 Geodude /#72 Tentacool

#83 Farfetch’d –>

#84 Doduo –> #77 Ponyta

#86 Seel –> #79 Slowpoke / #77 Ponyta

#90 Shellder –> #81 Magnemite / #79 Slowpoke

Nothing? –> #83 Farfetch’d

#92 Gastly –> #84 Doduo / #81 Magnemite

#95 Onix –> #86 Seel / #84 Doduo

#96 Drowzee –> #86 Seel

#98 Krabby –> #90 Shellder

#100 Voltorb –> #92 Gastly

#102 Exeggcute –> #95 Onix / #92 Gastly

#104 Cubone –> #96 Drowzee / #95 Onix

#106 Hitmonlee –> #98 Krabby / #96 Drowzee

#107 Hitmonchan –> #100 Voltorb / #98 Krabby

#108 Lickitung –> #102 Exeggcute / #100 Voltorb

#111 Rhyhorn –> #104 Cubone / #102 Exeggcute

#114 Tangela –> #111 Rhyhorn / #104 Cubone

#115 Kangaskhan –> #116 Horsea? / #111 Rhyhorn

#116 Horsea –> #114 Tangela? / #111 Rhyhorn

Nothing? –> #115 Kangaskhan

#118 Goldeen –> #116 Horsea

#120 Staryu –> #118 Goldeen

#122 Mr. Mime –> #118 Goldeen

#123 Scyther –> #120 Staryu

#124 Jynx –> #123 Scyther / #120 Staryu

#125 Electabuzz –> #124 Jynx / #123 Scyther

#126 Magmar –> #125 Electabuzz / #124 Jynx

#127 Pinsir –> #126 Magmar / #125 Electabuzz

#128 Tauros –> #127 Pinsir / #126 Magmar

#129 Magikarp –> #127 Pinsir

Nothing? –> #128 Tauros

#133 Eevee –> #129 Magikarp

#147 Dratini –> #133 Eevee

Nothing? –> #147 Dratini (RIP)

A few notes about the specifics of this shift. Not all nests seem to be changed. It seems likely that a certain percentage may be left alone and are not flipping to a new Pokémon.

Take note that not all nests have changed. Common Pokémon are still spotted everywhere, like your Pidgey, Rattatas and Zubats. Most of these changes seem to be for more rare-tier Pokémon. In Chicago, a place forever infested with Drowzees, it still seems to be infested with Drowzees, so something that common may not have changed with this update, even if it’s technically “rare” elsewhere.

This is making me interested enough to go out an explore again, something I have not done for a few days now, as nearly nothing ever appears on my nearby screen I haven’t seen before. With that said, even after this switch, the three-footstep tracking bug is still in place, so even if you do see something new, it’s going to be blind luck if you can actually find it.

I know that for some, these changes may be annoying but I think there’s an upside to all of these. One benefit that I could give is that these changes makes Pokémon Go more engaging. If Niantic plans to roll-out a weekly or monthly update, changing moves and changing Pokémon spawn location, then for sure trainers will be pleased to know that they’ll have a different adventure every time they log in to Pokémon GO. But I just hope that Niantic will give us some heads up when you they employ such big changes like this. Specially the nerfing and buffing.

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