‘Pokemon Go’ New Capture Bonus Feature Announced: How It Works

'Pokemon Go' is available now for iOS and Android devices. (Nintendo)

‘Pokemon Go’ is available now for iOS and Android devices. (Nintendo)

Niantic has just revealed the next major Pokemon Go feature.

In a post on its website on Wednesday, the developer of Pokemon Go said that the next update to the game will feature a brand new capture bonus feature. How it works is that players will receive an extra bonus after unlocking medals, and this bonus will increase the likelihood of capturing Pokemon.

There are a variety of medals in the game that are given out for catching specific types of Pokemon, such as the Bug Catcher medal, given out for catching a certain amount of bug Pokemon. With this new feature, when you get a Bug Catcher medal, you’ll also in the future have better odds of capturing bug Pokemon.

Prior to this feature being announced, some trainers complained that the medals were essentially pointless, as they did not give players any XP or really serve any purpose other than to be fun collectibles. Now, trainers are given an incentive to earn these medals, as doing so will actually make the game easier.

This new feature will likely be added to the game in the next update which, seeing as Niantic has generally released updates every two weeks, should hit the app stores sometime within the next few days.

Here is Niantic’s full statement about the new Pokemon Go feature:


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!