Raining outside? Sidewalks covered in snow? Better run out and play… Pokemon Go!

It’s an interesting time to be a Pokemon Go player. Niantic’s put out two events that greatly reduced the game’s grind and setting community goals, granting regional ‘mon back-to-back. But the company still seems susceptible to weird missteps in its progress, and the latest news only reinforces that reality. Not only is the company slowly releasing new Pokemon later this week, but it’s rolling out changes that ensure real-life weather affects the game.

While Niantic (wisely) didn’t mention whether fires, sandstorms, or lightning are included in the new mechanics, effects like sun, rain, and snow are, which still might seem like a bad idea if you live in a place that has seriously bad weather. Depending on the weather, you may see more Pokemon that fit in with the environment (and you’ll snag some bonus stardust) while you’ll also find that relevant move types increase in damage. In other words, Niantic is incentivizing you to play Pokemon Go in terrible climate conditions. Even fog is included, and while I’d love to see more mysterious Pokemon spawning in my fog-heaven-hometown, maybe enticing out-of-towners who aren’t used to driving in it at 3 a.m. with rewards isn’t the best idea Niantic’s ever had.

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kgptzac

In other words, Niantic is incentivizing you to play Pokemon Go in terrible climate conditions.

I think MSM will want to write about this ;)

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Kala Mona

I wonder how mankind survived the past few thousand years with all kinds of rains and snow and fog. Really, you make it sound like rain can kill you in minutes.

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kgptzac

If you live inside a sewer then yeah, there’s a higher chance rain can kill in minutes than people who live outside of a sewer ;)

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Jack Pipsam

Well it’s coming summer here so i’ll let you all know if there’s a special bushfire mode lol.

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zoward

I’m not sure what else Niantic is supposed to do? Their flagship game (both of them, for that matter) are played outside, and the northern hemisphere is headed for cold, damp weather that typically keeps people insde, dwindling their playerbase. It makes sense to entice players with extra rewards to brave the less favorable weather. Hopefully the players’ ingrained sense of self-preservation will keep them from freezing to death, going out in hurricanes, etc. (then again, it didn’t keep them from driving while playing, so …).

I may take a few walks down to the foggy lake at the bottom of my hill (which is also a pokestop) and see if anything unusual appears. Besides, I like rainy walks and night walks, so this is right up my alley.

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squidgod2000

Been seeing more and more people arranged in circles, standing on the sidewalk staring at their phones the past couple weeks. Glad to hear they’re just geeks and not a cult trying to summon some kind of techno Cthulhu.

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