In addition to some rulesets and small changes to the battle system, Niantic is also adding a lot of new moves, changing some of the added effects, and filling out the movepool for some Pokémon in Pokémon GO before the GO Battle League launches in 2020.
You can tell a lot of these changes are being made because certain moves, while often used on specific Pokémon, don’t provide those mons a significant competitive edge. Now, there are effects for some of those moves that can really help a trainer out while building their team.
First, here are all of the moves that are getting an added effect or are having the text changed. All of these effects are exclusive to Pokémon GO and are not the same as the usual text used in the main series games.
|Night Slash||The energy requirement has been reduced in Trainer Battles, and it now has a chance to greatly increase the user’s Attack stat.|
|Icy Wind||The move now decreases your opponent’s Attack stat when used.|
|Hydro Cannon||Now deals less damage in Trainer Battles.|
|Frustration/Return||Now takes longer to charge in Trainer Battles and deal more damage.|
|Mud-Slap||Damage for Mud-Slap has been increased in Gyms, raids, and Trainer Battles.|
|Sand Tomb||When used in Trainer Battles, Sand Tomb now charges more quickly, deals less damage, and decreases your opponent’s Defense by one stage.|
|Earthquake||Its damage has been increased in Gyms and raids.|
|Overheat/Draco Meteor/Psycho Boost||These attacks now charge up quicker in Trainer Battles, but they sharply decrease your own Pokémon’s Attack after use. (Some damage values have been adjusted down to maintain balance.)|
|Close Combat||The attack now charges up quicker in Trainer Battles, but it sharply decreases your own Pokémon’s Defense after use.|
Along with those changes, Forretress, Torterra, Garchomp, and Gliscor can also learn Sand Tomb once this update goes live.
There is a list of new moves coming to the game, which will also be available for some existing Pokémon as the movepools expand.
|Move||Description/Effect||Old Pokémon Update|
|Octazooka||It’s a slower Charged Attack that may sharply reduce your opponent’s Attack.||Octillery and Kingdra|
|Mirror Shot||It’s a quick Charged Attack that may also reduce your opponent’s Attack.||Forretress, Magnezone, Ferrothorn, and Klinklang|
|Fell Stinger||It’s a quick Charged Attack that also increases your Attack after use.||Beedrill, Qwilfish, Vespiquen, and Drapion|
|Aura Sphere||It’s a powerful Fighting-type attack.||Lucario|
|Superpower||It’s a powerful Fighting-type attack that charges up quickly but reduces the user’s Attack and Defense after being used.||Pinsir, Snorlax, Hariyama, Rhyperior, and Melmetal|
In the official announcement, you can also see an extensive list of Pokémon that are getting new moves, like Cloyster getting Icy Wind and an updated pool of Pokémon that can learn older attacks that were removed from their movepool.
Niantic has stated that it will likely be making many more changes once the Battle League is up and running, so keep your eyes peeled for more moves gradually being tailored to the growing competitive scene of Pokémon GO.