Next Pokémon GO Update to introduce Capture Bonus mechanic

The gist – catch a lot of Pokémon of the same type, and earn a Capture Bonus for that typing!

The next update for Pokémon GO is yet to arrive, but we have some idea of what will be in it. Niantic’s Pokémon GO Twitter account and website have given the following information about a ‘Capture Bonus’ mechanic:


We want to give you a sneak peek of a feature coming soon to Pokémon GO. We are adding a new feature which grants a catch bonus when you earn medals based on catching certain types of Pokémon (Kindler, Psychic, Gardener, etc.). These new bonuses will give you a better chance of capturing Pokémon with a related type. For example, as you reach a higher tier for the Kindler Medal, your bonus to catch Fire-type Pokémon such as Charmander, Vulpix and Ponyta increases.

Trainers can work their way to a new tier by catching many Pokémon of the same type. If a Pokémon has multiple types, your bonus will be the average of your bonuses for each type. For example, Pidgey is both Normal and Flying type. Your bonus in this case would be the average of your Normal-type and Flying-type bonuses.

Look forward to this new feature coming soon!

This gives new meaning to catching more Pidgey for instance – a high medal count for Normal Types means it will be easier to catch the likes of Dragonite, or Snorlax.

Examples of the medal ranks you can obtain in the game.
Examples of the medal ranks you can obtain in the game and the corresponding Capture Bonus.

What do you think about this idea to reward players who caught many Pokémon of the same type?

Edited by 5qwerty.