Alongside the launch of Generation III in Pokémon Go, developer Niantic introduced two new systems to the game: dynamic weather effects and an AR+ mode for iOS users. While the new augmented reality feature, which allows trainers to encounter Pokémon in a new way, has been working just fine, the weather system has experienced a strange hiccup.
Around 9 p.m. PT on January 2nd players were noticing the weather system was no longer present in the game. Of course, with the appearance of dynamic weather gone, so too were the bonuses that appear, including increased spawn rates, higher IV Pokémon, and boosts to a creature’s attack stat. Trainers took to Reddit and other Pokémon Go online community pages to voice their concerns, and thankfully, Niantic acknowledged the issue a few hours later. Posting to the Niantic Support Twitter, seen below, the team stated they were working on a fix.
We’re currently investigating an issue which is preventing Trainers from experiencing the dynamic weather system in Pokémon GO. Thanks for your patience as we work on a fix. https://t.co/TYjuDDNL2Q
— Niantic Support (@NianticHelp) January 3, 2018
By 5 a.m. PT the weather system was back online, bringing back all of the benefits players were missing. There has been no official word about why the feature was absent for a brief period, but the incident did, at least, reveal how helpful the weather system can be for trainers.
When the dynamic weather was first announced, it was met with mixed to mostly negative reception from the community, as it seemed like another gimmick, like the EX Raid battles, meant to keep the focus away from the lack of PvP and trading in the game. However, after experiencing the increase spawn rates of certain types of Pokémon in the different weather options, trainers have been taking to Reddit forums to state how much they enjoy the new take on encounter options. It seems Niantic has found a unique way to make a player’s current location feel fresh and new day to day. In turn, with the feature missing, it became even more apparent how important weather is in making Pokémon Go hold a player’s attention.
The good news is Niantic can continue to perfect the weather idea moving forward to benefit the new features the team will have to add to keep in line with the already established mainline Pokémon games. The weather was likely introduced now because of the original Generation III games, Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, first introducing weather in their stories. Next, Niantic will have to figure out how to incorporate abilities for Pokémon, which provide unique buffs in and out of battle, first used across Generation III and IV.
Pokémon Go is available for iOS and Android.