Pokémon Moves and Dodging Changes

There have been some recent changes made to the moves of Pokémon as well as a nerf to dodging attacks while in Gym battles.

Dodging Nerf

Based on changes to one of the master game files it looks like you will now still take 25% of the damage, even if you successfully dodge an attack. This should make defending gyms a little bit easier for people!




Changes to Pokémon Moves

The move sets of certain Pokémon have been changed. It currently looks like these moves haven’t been updated for everyone, but should be rolled out shortly. You can view a full list of the changes below:

  • Chansey
    • Old move Psybeam has been removed and replaced with Hyper Beam
  • Diglett
    • Mud Shot has been removed and replaced with Mud Slap
  • Dugtrio
    • Mud Shot has been removed and replaced with Mud Slap
  • Gengar
    • Sludge Wave has been removed and replaced with Sludge Bomb
  • Golem
    • Mud Shot has been removed and replaced with Mud Slap
  • Graveler
    • Mud Shot has been removed and replaced with Mud Slap
  • Grimer
    • Acid has been removed and replaced with Poison Jab
  • Gyarados
    • Dragon Breath has been totally removed.
  • Hitmonlee
    • Stomp has been replaced with Brick Break
  • Jigglypuff
    • Play Rough has been removed and replaced with Dazzling Gleam
  • Koffing
    • Acid has been totally removed.
  • Mew
    • Hurricane has been removed and replaced with Blizzard
  • Muk
    • Acid has been removed and replaced with Lick
  • Porygon
    • Quick Attach has been removed and replaced with Zen Headbutt
  • Seel
    • Water Gun has been removed and replaced with Lick
  • Starmie
    • Quick Attack has been removed and replaced with Tackle
  • Staryu
    • Quick attack has been removed and replaced with Tackle
  • Weezing
    • Acid has been totally removed.

It is worth noting that even though Mew can’t currently be caught, the Pokémon is in the game and Niantic are most likely making balance changes from internal testing.

Several users on Reddit have already noticed this change go live in their game, however it may be a staggered release as not everyone seems to have had this take effect. Source




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