Pokémon Go gets iOS exclusive AR features, more Pokémon on the way

by Daniel VuckovicDecember 21, 2017

Niantic has announced a brand new augmented reality mode for Pokemon Go, there’s just one caveat. It’s only for iOS devices and it’ll only work on iOS and you’ll need an iPhone 6S or new.

AR+ uses the new ARKit framework in iOS to enhance the AR modes in Pokemon GO. This means Pokemon are now fixed in a point in space on the screen and you can walk up close to them. You’ll have to make sure you don’t startle them either as now if you get too close they’ll run away.

Pokémon will run away if they become aware of the Trainers getting close, so be careful. You can sneak up close to earn an Expert Handler bonus, but think twice before running right up to that Charizard! You’ll need to be extra cautious so you don’t scare it away. An awareness meter will appear next to the Pokémon, and if the meter fills up, the Pokémon will flee. If it does, you can try tapping on the tall grass nearby, which may cause the Pokémon to reappear and give you an additional chance to catch it.

There’s also a bonus for catching a Pokemon in close proximity;

Think you have what it takes to be an expert Pokémon handler? While in AR+ mode, you’ll finally have the chance to prove it! If you’re able to catch a Pokémon while in close proximity, you’ll have a better chance at earning Great and Excellent Throw bonuses, as well as an all-new Expert Handler bonus that awards even more XP and Stardust.

Niantic has also shown IGN a new build of the game with 20 new Gen 3 Pokemon, they could possibly land this weekend. There’s also a Christmas event planned, which means Delibird is finally on the way.

We’re not sure when this all launching, Niantic’s site says its out now, but it’s not in the game at the time of writing.

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