‘Pokemon GO’ Update Changes CP As Niantic Confirms Thanksgiving 2016 Event

Niantic has rolled out the latest update to Pokemon GO, and it has sent the entire PoGO community in a frenzy. Without any warnings whatsoever, the developer behind the world’s most successful augmented reality mobile game has opted to radically change the CP levels of numerous Pokemon in the game, with some getting a notable buff and others receiving a cruel nerf. Apart from this, the developer has also confirmed that a special Thanksgiving event would be rolled out from November 23 to November 30.

Thanks to the fast efforts of the team from The Silph Road, the Pokemon GO-themed Reddit community has managed to provide a rather complete list of the current Pokemon in the game who have been hit by the CP level changes. Among the most notable monsters to receive a buff are Alakazam, Rhydon, and Gyarados, whose CP levels were buffed to such a degree that numerous players remarked the creatures had become their strongest Pokemon overnight. Considering Pokemon GO‘s strict grinding system, numerous players have extended their appreciation of the new update and the changes it brought, with many stating that it is quite refreshing to have previously weak Pokemon becoming 2000+ CP monsters in a flash.

This is not to say that the entire Pokemon GO community has been happy about the update, however. While players with a good number of creatures like Gyarados and Rhydon might be ecstatic about the CP changes, gamers who have invested time and effort on Pokemon such as Arcanine, Parasect, and Wigglytuff are definitely not. After all, some of the nerfed creatures have been very significant in gym defense strategies so far. Thus, the nerfs to Pokemon such as Blastoise came as a very unwelcome surprise to numerous players.

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Here’s a brief list of the monsters who received notable CP changes.

Confirmed Buffed

Gastly, Haunter, Gengar, Gyarados, Abra, Kadabra, Alakazam, Vaporeon, Flareon, Jolteon, Rhyhorn, Rhydon, Chansey, Aerodactyl, Beedrill, Cloyster, Tauros, Charizard, Arbok, Sandshrew, Sandslash, Electabuzz, Tangela, Horsea, Seadra, Scyther, Rattata, Raticate, Magmar, Primeape, Voltorb, Electrode, Kabuto, Butterfree, Snorlax, Muk, Omanyte, Omastar, Krabby, Kingler, Geodude, Graveler, Golem, Machop, Machoke, Machamp, Jynx, Magnemite, Magneton, Pinsir, Mr. Mime, Shellder, Cloyster, Starmie, Hitmonlee, Hitmonchan, Kabutops, Rapidash, Doduo, Dodrio, Diglett, Dugtrio, Dragonite, Fearow, Onix, Tentacool, Tentacruel, Marowak, Venomoth, and Kangaskhan.

Confirmed Nerfed

Growlithe, Arcanine, Jigglypuff, Wigglytuff, Nidoran (M), Nidorino, Nidoking, Oddish, Gloom, Vileplume, Bellsprout, Weepinbell, Victreebell, Slowbro, Zubat, Golbat, Porygon, Lickitung, Nidoran (F), Nidorina, Nidoqueen, Meowth, Persian, Squirtle, Wartortle, Blastoise, Vulpix, Ninetales, Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, Venasaur, Paras, Pidgey, Pidgeotto, Pidgeot, Psyduck, Golduck, Seel, Dewgong, Poliwag, Poliwhirl, Poliwrath, Koffing, Weezing, Slowpoke, Parasect, Exeggcute, Exeggcutor, Farfetch’d, Clefairy, Clefable, Drowzee, Hypno, Pikachu, Raichu, Eevee, Magikarp, Venonat, Ekans, Weedle, Kakuna, Caterpie, Metapod, Grimer, Charmander, Charmeleon, Dratini, Dragonair, Ponyta, Mankey, Staryu, Cubone, and Spearow.

For the full list of confirmed CP changes, The Silph Road has provided a spreadsheet that contains all the pertinent information about this most recent rollout from Niantic.

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As the Pokemon GO community attempts to adjust to the repercussions of the CP changes in the most recent update to the game, Niantic has also confirmed that a Thanksgiving event would take place in the game, much like the recently held and extremely successful Halloween event. According to the developer, the Thanksgiving event would give Pokemon GO players double the amount of XP and Stardust when completing in-game actions. The Pokemon GO Thanksgiving event would officially start on November 23 and end on November 30.

Considering that Pokemon GO‘s Thanksgiving event would feature much more rewards for completing tasks within the game, players of the popular augmented reality mobile title would be wise to start gathering up the monsters which received notable buffs in the recent update. With Pokemon GO changing the CP of the majority of its monster lineup, there has never been a better time to start walking and grinding away for those Gyarados and Rhydons.

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