A new Update was released yesterday bring some minor but useful changes:
- Recording items earned from Raid Battles and gyms in the journal,
- Players can now search by “defender” and “Legendary” to further filter their search results,
- Bug Fix – Issue that prevents certain image assets from loading into the game. This will return all hats to their Pikachu unscathed.
Previously auto selected Pokemon were based on Stamina, highest Stamina Pokemon’s were selected to fight a Raid Boss. In theory, the idea made sense: use a Pokemon that can withstand intense HP loss while dealing damage to the Raid Boss. In reality, many of these high Stamina Pokemon were terrible choices against bosses, because they soak up damage while dealing minimum damage back.
Now, instead of selecting high stamina Pokemon. auto select focuses on one of two Pokemon types. Either the game will select a Pokemon that is the most effective against a Raid Boss, or the game will choose a Pokemon that’s resistant to the boss’s Pokémon type. Electric Types will be chosen against Water Types, for example, because Electric Pokemon can deal significant damage to Water Pokemon. Meanwhile, Electric Pokemon can be auto selected against Flying Pokémon, as the former can withstand intense attacks from the latter.
Video of new Auto Select:
Auto select’s new improvement is a welcome enhancement for practically ever Pokemon Go fan. For casual players, it assures the best Pokémon is brought out during a Raid, regardless of whether the player knows their Pokemon’s own counters. And for hardcore trainers, they won’t have to worry about a teammate accidentally bringing a weak Pokemon out into battle during a Raid. That’s good news regardless of who’s playing, so long as the Raid ends well.