The update needed for Niantic to release trading has been released overnight! (It is important to note that the features discussed in yesterday's news article are not yet live). Let's dive into what the dataminers discovered!
NEW SPRITES: All of the Alolan forms had all of their regular and Shiny sprites found in the network traffic yesterday evening. Click here to view them.
Chrales, the dataminer who has discovered a copious amount of sprites in the network traffic (including the prior-mentioned Alolan sprites), has discovered some sprites for items. These sprites would be used in the in-game shop if Niantic ever sells a bundle pack of Premium Raid Passes, Egg Incubators, or Super Incubators.
A NEW MOVE: A new move was found in the APK: Hydro Cannon. This move is the Water-type equivalent of Frenzy Plant and Blast Burn. This furthers the speculation that Squirtle will be the next featured Pokémon for Community Day with Hydro Cannon as Blastoise's exclusive move.
NEW LOADING SCREEN: Move over Professor Willow and Mew! A new loading screen has been released, featuring Alolan Exeggutor and some other tropical Pokémon.
TRAINER & EVENT MARKERS: There is now a new event classification in the code: Summer 2018. There are now also classifications for your account: normal, spoofer, and bot.
SPINDA SUPPORT: Niantic have continued to work on support for the unreleased Pokémon Spinda. The update gave us a Pokédex update that would support this panda-like Pokémon.
NEW BADGES: Four new badges were found in the APK. They are for trading, trading distance, befriending, and Pokémon GO Fest 2018.
NEW CODE: There are also, obviously, a large amount of new code for the trading, gifting, and friending features. We won't go over it here, as it is rather long.
Thanks for reading, Trainers! We plan on releasing our Alolan Dugtrio preview later today, so stay tuned.
SOURCE: Chrales, GO Hub Datamine
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