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Pokémon Go players won’t find as many Pidgey, Rattata and Zubat

Expect to find some new Pokémon on your walks

Pokémon Go: A photo of a phone showing a Pidgey on screen Michael McWhertor/Polygon
Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Pokémon Go players will likely find themselves encountering fewer and fewer of the game’s most common creatures — namely Pidgey, Rattata and Zubat — on their outdoor journeys, according to tweets from developer Niantic. Instead, trainers may find other Pokémon hanging out on Pidgey, Rattata and Zubat’s turf.

The official Pokémon Go Twitter account said today:

It appears that change has already been rolling out for Pokémon Go players. Paired with another “discovery” from Professor Willow, it will mean fewer birds and snakes being sent back for processing.

Niantic confirmed the Eevee hatching change earlier today, making it easier on players who had put in extra steps only to birth a normal type Pokémon. That’s good news for trainers still on the hunt for less common Pokémon, though response to Niantic’s changes strongly indicate that what players really want is a proper tracking system.

Earlier this week, Niantic announced that Pokémon Go is getting daily bonuses as part of an update to the popular game, giving players new reasons to check in with the Android and iOS app.

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