New Pokemon Go Update Available Now, Here's What It Does (Not Much)

The latest patch is now available to download and makes some quality-of-life improvements.

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Niantic has rolled out a new update for Pokemon Go. The patch, version 1.59.1 for iOS and 0.89.1 for Android, is a fairly minor one and doesn't introduce any major new features to the mobile game, but it does make a number of quality-of-life improvements.

Along with an assortment of unspecified bug fixes, the new update adds the ability to sort the Pokedex by region. Niantic has also improved incubator sorting and "the way Pokemon scale throughout the map." Finally, the update resolves an issue that caused the Pokemon selection screen to scroll back to the top after you evolved or transferred a Pokemon.

You can read the full patch notes for the latest Pokemon Go update, courtesy of the game's official website, below. This will likely be one of the final updates certain iPhone users will be able to install, as Niantic has announced it will soon end support for some older iOS devices. Beginning February 28, Pokemon Go will no longer be compatible with iPhones and iPads that can't be updated to iOS 11, such as iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c.

Niantic recently announced a new, monthly event for Pokemon Go called Community Days. The inaugural Community Day takes place this Saturday, January 20, and unlike the Pokemon Go Fest and Safari Zone events, it's available to players around the world. Each Community Day will feature a special Pokemon that knows a move it isn't typically capable of learning; during Saturday's event, players will have a chance to catch a Pikachu that can use Surf.

A new Legendary Pokemon is also now available in Pokemon Go. From now until February 14, players can encounter Kyogre in Raid Battles at Gyms. Similarly, The Pokemon Company announced a year-long series of distributions for Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon called the Year of Legendary Pokemon. Each month, players will be able to receive a free Legendary in the 3DS games.

Pokemon Go iOS Version 1.59.1 / Android Version 0.89.1 Patch Notes

  • Resolved a bug that caused the Pokémon collection screen to scroll to the top after evolving, transferring, or renaming a Pokémon.
  • Added the ability to sort the Pokédex by region.
  • Improved incubator sorting order when selecting an incubator.
  • Improved the way Pokémon scale throughout the app.
  • Various bug fixes and performance updates.

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