'Pokémon Go' Features: New Battle Details Revealed; Plus Trainer Customizations And More

Pokemon Go
"Pokémon Go" for Android and iOS. Official Pokemon Channel/YouTube/Screenshot

It has only been a few months since we have seen any real details regarding the forthcoming mobile app "Pokémon Go," but now thanks to the official Pokémon website we know much more about the iOS and Android title. 

The section on gym battles have been expanded to explain how players can alternate between your Pokémon's two main battle moves and how swiping left or right will move your Pokémon to avoid incoming attacks. The section also goes into detail about becoming a gym leader. The section reads: 

"Use your Pokémon's two attacks to battle the defending Pokémon. You can also dodge the defending Pokémon's attacks by swiping left and right. If your Pokémon wins the battle, then the Gym's Prestige is reduced. When the Gym's Prestige is reduced to zero, the defending team loses control of the Gym, and you or another player can then take control of it by assigning a Pokémon to it. Once your team has control of the Gym, you can increase its Prestige (and level) by training your Pokémon with the defending Pokémon. As the Gym gets to a higher level, your team has the ability to assign more Pokémon to defend it. You can also team up with your friends and battle at a rival Gym together to take down stronger Gyms faster."

The new details further go on to show users that they can customize the look of their trainers. 

"When you first play Pokémon GO, you'll get to customize the look of your Trainer, choosing apparel and accessories to give him or her a cool look. Your customized character will appear as you move around on the map, as well as on your profile page. Plus, other players will see your character when they visit a Gym you control."

The webpage also confirms microtransactions in the form of PokéCoins, revealing the PokéCoins will act as in-game currency and will be used for extra items, enhancements and much more. The section reads: 

"Pokémon GO will be available for download at no charge on the App Store and Google Play. Pokémon GO is free to play, with loads of fun things to do and Pokémon to discover at every turn. For players who want to enhance their Pokémon GO experience even more, certain items and features can be accessed via in-app purchases. Players can spend real money on PokéCoins, the in-game currency of Pokémon GO. PokéCoins can then be exchanged for power-ups, extra items, and other enhancements."

Furthermore, the website offers a more detailed description of the bluetooth device, the Pokémon Go Plus. As well as gaining levels and adding Pokémon to your Pokédex. The site also offers a look at the game in 15 new screens. We see more Pokémon in the real world, what looks to be a gym battle and an evolution. Check out the images here.

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William Cannon

William Cannon is a Tech and Entertainment writer for Latin Times. Cannon joined the Latin Times team April 2013 and holds a B.A. in Convergent Journalism from MSU Denver. William is an avid gamer who drops slanderous profanity while playing games, a foodie that believes in four unhealthy meals a day, a hat afficianado and a techie.