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Pokémon Go Update Removes Three Step Bug, Nerfs Pokémon, Kills PokéVision

Niantic Labs has released a new update for Pokémon Go which comes with a number of improvements and bug fixes, including one which temporarily “fixes” the renown “three step bug”.

The update, which should be available across the iOS and Android app stores, is a pretty big one compared to previous updates which added “minor text fixes”. This particular update will now allow you to re-customise your character, though the same old clothing options are there, it has also rebalanced Pokémon, changed up spawn points, and allows you to lock Pokémon from being transferred – something which many of us have accidentally done.

Probably one of the biggest changes is the fact that Niantic Labs has removed the three step bug, but before you go cheering and hunting down nearby Pokés, their “fix” is a bit of a cheat. Rather than actually fixing the bug, the developers have removed the feature completely, with Nearby Pokémon having no indication as to how far away they are.

To make matters worse, it looks as if the order of the Pokémon on the Nearby screen has been completely randomised, meaning if you see a Pokémon you’re really after, there’s every possibility that it’ll spawn next to you, despite being right at the bottom of the list.

What’s more, it seems as if the scan radius has shrunk down somewhat, meaning you’ll need to be much closer to Pokémon in order for them to spawn, which makes tracking even more difficult.

Finally, the final nail in the coffin comes in the form of the closure of the most popular Pokémon tracking site, PokéVision, who as of this morning is “respecting Niantic Labs and Nintendo’s wishes” and has stopped functioning.

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Is seems this update, and previous comments from Niantic Labs, have also been in an effort to ensure sites like this no longer exist or function.

This new update does require users to log back into the game and will automatically push you to a Google Login page. Please remember which account you logged into prior, otherwise logging into a different account will start your Pokémon journey again. (Though if this happens, you can just log back in to your original account).

Here’s the full changelog for Pokémon Go:

  • Avatars can now be re-customized from the Trainer profile screen
  • Adjusted battle move damage values for some Pokémon
  • Refined certain Gym animations
  • Improved memory issues
  • Removed footprints of nearby Pokémon
  • Modified battle damage calculation
  • Various bug fixes during wild Pokémon encounter
  • Updated Pokémon details screen
  • Updated achievement medal images
  • Fixed issues with displaying certain map features
  • Minor text fixes
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