Niantic Teases Pokemon Go Capture Bonus

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For those of you still trying to catch 'em all, Pokemon Go developer Niantic on Wednesday announced a new capture bonus, which you collect when earning medals for catching certain types of Pokemon.

"These new bonuses will give you a better chance of capturing Pokémon with a related type," Niantic said in a blog post. "For example, as you reach a higher tier for the Kindler Medal, your bonus to catch Fire-type Pokémon such as Charmander, Vulpix and Ponyta increases."

Trainers can work their way to a new tier by catching a number of same-type Pokemon. If a monster has multiple types, your bonus amounts to the average of your bonuses for each type. So if you snag a flying-and-psychic character—one worth plus-one and the other plus-three—your average bonus equals plus-two.

Capture bonuses are "coming soon," Niantic says.

Last month, Niantic introduced a new "buddy" system. Trainers can now choose one of their Pokemon as a companion; the creature appears alongside your avatar on the profile screen, and earns Candy for walking a certain distance.

After a blockbuster launch, Pokemon Go mania has cooled somewhat. Daily active users dropped from a high of 45 million in July to about 30 million in late August, but that's still not too shabby for a mobile game.

Last month saw the arrival of the long-awaited companion device Pokemon Go Plus, a Bluetooth-connected bracelet that notifies wearers about events in the game using LED and vibration. The game is also expected to arrive on the Apple Watch by the end of this year.

Pokemon Go recently rolled out to an additional 31 countries, including Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Egypt, South Africa, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Mauritius, and Mozambique.

For more, see our roundup of Completely Inappropriate Places to Play Pokemon Go, as well as Pokemon Go: How to Get Started and Catch 'Em All and Features We Want to See in Pokemon Go.

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