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:
Professor Willow has discovered that you may encounter other Pokémon where Pidgey, Rattata, and Zubat were previously more commonly found.— Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) November 3, 2016
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.
Professor Willow has discovered that Pidgey & Rattata no longer hatch from Eggs. He also found that Eevee now hatches from 5 km Eggs only.— Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) November 3, 2016
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.