'Pokémon GO' updates: Starter Pokémon spawn more often for a limited time

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The New Year event for the hit ARG "Pokémon GO" lets trainers catch more of the starter Pokémon Charmander, Bulbasaur, and Squirtle. For a short period of time, Niantic will increase the spawn rate of the said Pokémon.

According to Game Rant, Niantic pushed out an update last week which made it much easier to encounter more starter Pokémon in the wild. As such, players who are looking to evolve their Charmander, Bulbasaur, and Squirtle will now have more reasons to walk around.

Unfortunately, the update will only last until the afternoon of Jan. 8. This is on top of the increased spawn rate of Pokémon in rural areas as well. Additionally, the spawn rate for the starter Pokémon also applies to their evolved counterparts, which means players have a higher chance of spotting Charizard, Blastoise, and Venusaur in the wild.

This could be Niantic's answer for the long time complaint voiced by most players, which is basically the fact that additional starter Pokémon are very hard to find. With this, it is certainly a boon for players while it lasts, especially with Niantic selling some holiday bundles that give players more edge with the event.

The success of the event depends on whether or not more players will return to the game. It is no secret, after all, that the player base for the "Pokémon GO" game has a diminished fan base ever since the game peaked in the summer of 2016, but its generous revenue still makes it one of the most profitable mobile apps around.

Additionally, Game Spot reports that the game's lure modules will run for 60 minutes instead of 30 minutes during the event. What this means is that people can continue trying to catch more Pokemon without having to move around.

"Pokémon GO" playable on iOS and Android mobile devices.

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