Pokemon Go Data Mining: information on Legendary Pokemons, experience caps and more

Pokemon Go is a game that provides players with little instructions – once you learn how to throw a Pokeball, you’re on your own!  Since the game’s launch, players from the community have shared their strategies, tricks, and even theories on how to optimize your gameplay experience from increasing capture rates to ways to find rare Pokemons.  Recently, many of these theories were finally proven, as “data miners” were able to finally decode the game, and decipher a lot of useful information about the game’s current and future design.  The following information have been revealed thus far (source: pokemonfortress.com and Reddit):

  • The Trainer Level Cap is 40.
  • Egg’s cap at Level 20, so if you get an Egg at Level 37 it’ll still hatch at the same quality as if you were level 20.
  • Wild Pokemon cap at Level 30, meaning after Level 30 everyone will find the same max CP Pokemon and it’ll be a matter of spending the candy and stardust to upgrade them to your level’s cap based on their CP arc.
  • Curveballs and Accurate Throws (Nice, Great, Etc) have been confirmed as helping with the capture chance of a Pokeball throw.
  • There may be future Incubators that reduce the amount of kilometers needed before they hatch. (There is an incubator called “distance” in the code)
  •  Moves have an Accuracy and a Critical Hit Rate.
  •  Each unique Pokemon has it’s own Capture and Flee rate.
  •  Move Damage may go up with Trainer Level.
  •  Pokemon do become harder to catch as you level up.
  •  Mewtwo, Moltres, Zapdos, Articuno are Legendary.
  •  Mew is Mythic.
  •  Farfetch’d is out there… somewhere. As is Ditto.
  •  The Charge Meter is filled 0.5 for each 1 HP of damage dealt. This means a super effective move that does more damage will charge the special attack faster – that is actually really important to know.
  • To level from 39 to 40 takes FIVE MILLION EXPERIENCE, and going from 1 to 40 takes Twenty Million. On my best day I can get about one hundred thousand exp, maybe 125k. So that’s like 3-4 months to go from 39 to 40. Won’t be seeing that any time soon! lol
  • Pokemon have a base Attack, Defense and Stamina (HP) – thus they do not have a Attack and Special Attack stat like in the 3DS games.
  • Dragonite has the strongest base attack for non-legends, at 250.
  • MewTwo has a base attack of 284.
  • Moltres has the highest base attack of the three legendary birds.
  • Articuno has the highest base defense of the three.
  • Zapdos is almost as high as Moltres in base attack but is likely lower due to Type Advantage.
  • Pokemon have an evolution modifier AND a HP modifier when they evolve both CP and HP go up a set multiplier.
  • Defending Pokemon at a Gym attack every 1.5 seconds.
  • The Master Ball is in the game, no clue where it is found.
  • The Legendary Pokemon do have a spawn rate – BUT – they have no capture rate, could this mean they require a Master Ball?
  • STAB is present in the game, giving a 25% Bonus to an attack move. STAB stands for “Same Type Attack Bonus” and means if a Grass Pokemon uses a Grass move it will hit harder than if a Ground Pokemon used the same Grass move. This is a big deal confirmation.

There’s a good few references to the Legendary Pokemons, and it is expected that players will be able to capture them by participating in limited-time co-op events (raids) similar to those in popular MMOs such as World of Warcraft.  Don’t hold your breath just yet though, as it’s also confirmed that Legendary Pokemons will not be available until Pokemon Go is available worldwide; as of now, Pokemon Go is only available in 36 of the 155 global iOS App Stores.

1 Comment

  1. Elaine

    Guys who of you play Pokemon GO? Amazing game, yesterday i caught rare pokemon Gyarados using pokebusterbot !
    No ban so far, still using it. You should too.


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