‘Pokemon GO’ latest update: Gym mechanics tweaked just days before Chicago Fest

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A promotional image for the "Pokemon GO Fest" event. (PokemonGoLive)

With just a few days before the “Pokemon GO Fest Chicago,” Niantic Labs released its latest update for the game. The changes interestingly affect the recently overhauled Gym system.

According to a report by Eurogamer.net, version 1.39.0 for iPhone/iPad and v0.69.0 for Android rolled out this week. With the update in effect, players do not need to return to a gym just to feed their Pokemon berries. Now, players can simply visit their Pokemon’s info screen to feed them berries from afar.

However, the new remote feeding technique is notably less effective compared to feeding done in the Gym. Moreover, Gamespot reported that players now have the ability to spin a Gym’s Photo Disc after completing a Raid.

Meanwhile, the recent update also addressed a number of bugs and issues. According to the official patch notes, Niantic added new icons on the Pokemon Information screen. These present the details about how the players captured the Pokemon.

It also “improved Pokémon Collection screen search functionality,” as said in the patch notes. In addition, it also “fixed an issue where Trainers were unable to complete Raid Battles started before time expired on the map view” and solved the problem of Pokemon not being “returned to their Trainer after defending a Gym.”

Last week, Niantic confirmed that players who cannot be physically present in the Pokemon GO Fest in Chicago can still join the festivities. Those residing outside of the city will have their own set of challenges and corresponding rewards. The developers encourage players to catch as many Pokemon as possible within the challenge window. Doing so will extend their special bonuses.

Moreover, players from Europe will also have their own special Safari Zone-themed events sometime this summer. These events will first take place in Denmark and the Czech Republic on Aug. 5. Sweden, Germany, France, the Netherlands, and Spain will follow this month through September. Players can expect to see previously unavailable Pokemon on the European continent.

On the other hand, the Chicago festivities will take place on July 22 and three phases will make up the said event. There these phases include the Catch Challenge, the Mystery Challenge, and the Global Reward.