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Quick Thought: Pokemon Go’s Latest Update Sucks Eggs

Pokemon Go's Eggs Have a ProblemI don’t have the time nor inclination to write up a full blown 800 word article on this, but I still wanted to share my thoughts. So introducing the first Random Tower Quick Thought. These are meant to get something that is nagging me off my chest and to spark a conversation. You don’t have to confine the whole conversation to the opening topic either.

On Monday, December 12, Niantic dropped its latest update on Pokemon Go players. Many people, such as myself, were expecting Gen 2 Pokemon to arrive. Well, they kind of did that. Instead of dropping the entire Gen 2 catalog on us, they gave us just the baby pokemon, minus Tyrogue. However, you can’t catch these new pokemon in the wild yet. You can only get them from hatching eggs. Sounds cool at first.

The big problem, as I recently learned, is that eggs are locked into hatching specific pokemon when you receive them from Pokestops. So that big list of nine 5k eggs are only going to give you Gen 1 pokemon. You won’t get a chance of hatching Gen 2 babies until you burn through your existing eggs and replace them. There is no way to get rid of eggs except by hatching them.

There is a really easy fix for this that I think Niantic should do. Change the behavior of eggs to where they pick the pokemon that hatches from them when you start incubating the eggs. This way, existing players aren’t punished for having a full slate of eggs when this update dropped.

That’s it for today’s Quick Thought.

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