Hints of new moves and more datamined from latest Pokémon GO APK

Hints at moves such as Gen 3’s Doom Desire have been discovered, plus some anti-cheat tweaks and performance enhancements.

Pokémon GO is a source of constant refinement — over time we’ve seen the addition of an entire generation of Pokémon (100+, to be precise) and then a few more for Halloween. The fine folks at The Silph Road have been datamining the APKs and finding hints of new things for a while — and today have uncovered the visual FX files for new moves and more!

Version v0.81.1 of Pokémon GO’s official release notes state:

  • Resolved a bug that prevented Trainers from powering up Pokémon to their max CP.
  • Resolved a bug that caused Trainers’ contributions to reset when rejoining a Raid Battle.
  • Various bug fixes and performance updates.

Among an update to the engine powering the game, some blacklist tweaks to continue blocking GPS-spoofing apps, and other changes not visible to users, the most significant thing to come out of the update are hints, through visual FX files (used for animating moves), that we’re getting some new moves from the third- and fourth-generation games! From The Silph Road via Reddit:

Though no new moves were added to the APK’s move database (where usable moves are listed with IDs), there arehints of at least seven new moves that might be heading our way!

Hidden in the visual FX metadata we see effects for the following new moves added in v0.81.1:

  • Doom Desire
  • Draco Meteor
  • Psycho Boost
  • Surf
  • Waterfall (quick move)
  • Yawn (quick move)

and Take Down (which was previously included in older versions of the APK as a charge move, but is has been changed to a fast move)!

Keep in mind that the moves themselves aren’t in the game’s code yet — again, just some files used to animate the moves. Still, a lot can be speculated from just these hints alone — are we getting generation 4 Pokémon sooner? Will we have plenty of new dragon Pokémon with Draco Meteor? Does Doom Desire being a move suggest Jirachi will be coming to GO?

What do you think of the update?