Pokemon GO Update
New Pokemon GO Appraisal Feature

Another Pokemon GO update is here and surprisingly, this one has nothing to do with addressing bugs or resolving server issues. It is a brand new feature that allows players to ask their team leaders anything about the power, the attack and defence capabilities of any Pokemon in their possession.

Niantic calls this new feature – ‘Pokemon appraisal.’

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While Pokemon GO players will find this feature helpful, it is not clearly explained and if you don’t know where to look, chances are you won’t find it.

Well, we’re here to walk you through the process.

But first get the latest Pokemon Go update on your phone.

Update your Pokemon GO app to 1.5.0 (iOS) or 0.35.0 (Android).

Pokemon GO Update – How To Get Your Pokemon Appraised?

At least not at a gym! That means the new Pokemon GO update eliminates the need for you to waste time looking for a gym.

  • Go to your Pokemon screen where all your captured Pokemon are. Tap on the Pokemon you would like to learn more about.
  • Tap on the circular menu button in the lower right-hand corner of the screen to open the menu. You will find three options: Favorite, Appraise and Transfer.
  • Tap on the Appraise option. Your team leaders – Blanche, Candela or Spark – will pop up at the bottom of the screen to find out if you want to know more about the Pokemon.
  • Tap on the screen a few times to read the text from your team leader. Make sure to note what the leader says in the second dialogue box, because that information can come in handy later.
  • Through various screens, the team leader will explain everything about the Pokemon, including its strengths and weaknesses.

You will also find out what size the Pokemon is, whether it is large or tiny. Knowing the size can be helpful as there are some achievements for capturing small Pokemon.

There is also a belief among Pokemon GO players that the heavier Pokemon are better at hitting while the smaller Pokemon are better at dodging. Does this sentiment stem from something Niantic said? No! Niantic hasn’t confirmed this yet.

Understanding The Appraisals

Now that you have your Pokemon appraised, what does it mean to you? How are you going to use the information you received from your team leader?

Shortly after the Pokemon GO update rolled out, smart Pokemon GO players have begun decoding the messages from the team leaders. They came to the conclusion that the information can actually be used to decipher the Individual Value (IV) of your Pokemon.

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A Reddit user ‘ygorwr’ has all the answers for you in the following image:

Pokemon GO Update
This chart helps you decipher the Individual Value of each one of your Pokemon

Once you download the Pokemon GO update, you can use the new Pokemon GO Appraisal feature to converse with your team leaders and find out how many really strong Pokemon you managed to capture.