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Pokémon GO Update: Niantic Nerfed Almost All Fast Moves In The Game

By Kim Chan , Feb 23, 2017 04:10 AM EST
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Niantic has once again, made huge changes to all the fast moves but in this time, virtually all the moves have been significantly nerfed. (Photo : PhillyBeatzU / YouTube)

Niantic has been quite busy as of late especially with regards to incorporating various changes and updates in Pokémon GO. Today, the developers have once again, made a huge update on the GAME_Master file which was later known to be the changes for almost all Fast moves in the game. Apparently, most of the changes are going to nerf virtually all Fast moves except for a few ones which will all be listed down below.

Pokémon GO Patch Notes: New Buffs and Nerfs

As reported by GO Hub, Niantic has once again made a huge balance update on all Pokémon including the newly added Gen 2 Pokémon particularly on their Fast moves - where most of the existing ones are getting significantly nerfed. This is by far one of the biggest changes to all Fast moves in the game. Here are the highlights of the changes:

First, the duration of all Fast moves has been reduced. Second, the Power of nearly all Fast moves has been reduced.Third, Energy gain from nearly all Fast moves was generally reduced and lastly, only a few Fast moves were buffed.

As mentioned above, you should expect the changes to be mainly of a nerf to all fast moves. But do not fret as there are some that were actually buffed. To start off, we'll be looking at all the buffed quick moves.

Buffed Fast Moves

Fast Move

Changes

Power

Duration

Energy Gain

Volt Switch

Increased from 12 to 20

N/A

Increased from 20 to 25

Air Slash

Increased from 12 to 14

N/A

N/A

Astonish

N/A

Increased from 1050 to 1100ms

Increased from 6 to 7

Hidden Power

Increased from 10 to 15

N/A

N/A

These four Fast moves are the only ones that received buffs on all departments. Meanwhile, the rest of the remaining fast moves were either completely nerfed or have been incorporated with mixed changes. Here are some of the significant nerfs:

Nerfed Fast Moves

Fast Move

Changes

Power

Duration

Energy Gain

Spark

Reduced from 8 to 6

Reduced from 1200 to 700ms

Increased from 8 to 9

Thunder Shock

Reduced from 6 to 5

Reduced from 1100 to 600ms

Reduced from 9 to 8

Sucker Punch

Reduced from 8 to 7

Reduced from 1200 to 700ms

Reduced from 9 to 8

Bite

Reduced from 10 to 6

Reduced from 1000 to 500ms

Reduced from 6 to 4

Wing Attack

Reduced from 10 to 8

Reduced from 1250 to 800ms

Reduced from 10 to 9

These are some of the most significant nerfs currently live in the game. To view all of the changes, check out GO Hub here. It's worth noting that these changes are just part of the upcoming updates that will soon be dropped in the game in the next couple of weeks. We may be seeing a lot more nerfs and buffs depending on the feedback from the community.

While these changes may truly be disappointing to some, Niantic makes up for it with some of the hidden features currently in the game. Earlier we reported that the developers have finally incorporated the friendship evolution in evolving Eevee into either Espeon or Umbreon. You can check the full guide here. Check back for more Pokémon GO News and Update!

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