ByDan O'Halloran, writer at
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Pokémon GO received an updated on Saturday, July 30th to both the iOS and Android clients with these notes:

  • Avatars can now be re-customized from the Trainer profile screen
  • Adjusted battle move damage values for some Pokémon
  • Refined certain Gym animations
  • Improved memory issues
  • Removed footprints of nearby Pokémon
  • Modified battle damage calculation
  • Various bug fixes during wild Pokémon encounter
  • Updated Pokémon details screen
  • Updated achievement medal images
  • Fixed issues with displaying certain map features
  • Minor text fixes
Pokevision, a Pokémon GO spawning tracking site
Pokevision, a Pokémon GO spawning tracking site

In-game footprint tracking removed

Many players are upset that the footprint feature has been removed, which used to indicate how far away a Pokémon was from your current location. But that feature was widely known to be broken, causing it not to update as that player changed locations (aka the 3 step glitch), possibly due to server overload.

This has caused many players to use third-party websites that have collated information on locations of spawns and spawn timers. Niantic, the makers of Pokémon GO, have come out against these Pokémon tracking sites as they often access the back-end data of the game that is specifically off limits according to the game's Terms of Service.

But many players feel justified using these tracking sites citing the fact that it's one thing to randomly find a Pokémon, its another to be told it's nearby but given no indication where or what direction. However, on Sunday, Niantic disabled Pokevision's access to the game data and that site is now non-functional.

Battery Saver Mode removed

Also, eagle-eyed Redditors have discovered a few undocumented changes:

  • Removed Battery Saver Mode from the iOS version
  • Favoriting Pokémon will make them not transferrable
  • Male character now has a blue option for clothes

  • Female character now has orange options for clothes

While many players may be shocked that a battery draining game like Pokémon GO would removed a Battery Saver Mode, it did so because it was useless for iPhone players. The iPhone uses an LCD screen so the dimming function of Battery Saver Mode did not, in fact, save any battery power.

The function remains for the Android version which runs on phones that have OLED screens which do gain a power saving benefit from a screen dimming mode.

Stealth spawn rate change

There are also reports that Niantic has changed the spawn rates of the more rare Pokémon nests around the world. These are unconfirmed and based on reports from players who have noticed the usual spawn points in their area have suddenly changed from usually spawning one type of Pokémon to now another.

This could be an attempt by Niantic to make it easier for players to catch 'em all, as the physical geography in some areas didn't allow for great diversity of Pokémon, a big complaint among rural players, for example.

Battle damage modified

Battling at the gym is a little... simple. With this patch it looks like Niantic is trying to make it more strategic. With Pokevision down, finding the highest and strongest CP Pokémon isn't the only way to beat a gym anymore. From now on, you can't just Quick Move your way to victory in a Gym. Make sure to use your Charges, Stabs, and Specials which all do much more damage now.

Here's a handy chart explaining the changes:

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