Pokemon GO Genders, Shinies, Trainer Customization

Pokemon GO version 0.49.1 brought some welcome changes to the game. That’s just on the surface.
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Dataminers have been digging through the code and have found some interesting bits and pieces. Pokemon GO genders, Shiny Pokemon, new trainer customization and potential Gen 2 Pokemon have been found, among other fun stuff. Let’s go over what they’ve dug up.

Pokemon GO Genders, Shinies, Trainer Customization

Pokemon GO Breeding, Costumes, Trainer Customization and Gen 2 Pokemon

Version 0.49.1 of Pokemon GO launched mere hours ago. It introduced some very useful changes to the game, mostly to provide more info on-screen. These are the official patch notes:
  • Trainers will be able to transfer multiple Pokemon at a time to Professor Willow. To use this function, press and hold on a Pokemon.
  • Pokemon type icons have been added to the Gym battle approach and Gym battle screen.
  • The total Candy count for your Buddy Pokemon has been added to the buddy information screen.
  • The total kilometers a buddy has walked has been added to the information screen of each Pokemon that has ever been your buddy.
  • Minor text fixes.

This, however, is just on the surface. There’s much more hiding in the code of the game. Dataminers have been hard at work sifting through it, and boy, they’ve discovered some great stuff.

First off, it seems that we can expect Pokemon breeding soon. The patch code apparently contains gender markers for Pokemon. You can’t see it in the game yet, but it might be a sign that we’ll be able to breed Pokemon soon. Many trainers have requested this feature, so we’ll see what happens.
There’s also a new buddy position, called “Baby”. Whether or not this has something to do with breeding or not, we don’t know yet.

Then there’s the fact that there are sound files for an extra 100 Pokemon on the client. There were 151 files before the update; now there’s 251. This is likely another confirmation that Generation 2 Pokemon are coming to the game very soon.

Niantic have added more code for Shiny Pokemon. For those new to the concept, shiny Pokemon are basically recolored Pokemon. However, they’re very rare and therefore a very prestigious collector’s “item”.
Speaking of Pokemon appearances, the code apparently hides costumes for Pokemon to wear. The first batch we’ll likely see is called “Holiday”, and you can easily guess what holiday they have in mind.

The code also contains future trainer customization options. We’ll have more options to modify our trainers exactly how we want to. Moreover, some of the customizations will be purchasable, but some will be unlockable. It’ll certainly be a fun to figure out how to unlock trainer features.

Are you excited about these possible new features? What do you expect in the future of Pokemon GO? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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A language teacher and video game enthusiast turned rogue, Joe is on a quest to become the ultimate gaming journalist. This is somewhat hampered by his belief that the golden age of gaming ended with the PlayStation One, but he doesn't let that stop him. His favorite games include Soul Reaver and Undertale. Other interests are D'n'D, dad rock, complaining about movies, and being the self-appointed office funny man, which nobody else agrees with.


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