Trainers, buckle up because Pokémon GO is throwing us a curveball, and it’s one you’ll want to catch. Niantic is giving a whole new meaning to ‘taking steps in the right direction’, they’re tweaking the Zygarde Cell spawn mechanics. If you’re a Routes fan, you’re going to love what comes next.
Remember those days when Zygarde Cells would just magically appear next to you like a Pokémon Fairy Godmother had paid you a visit? Yep, those days are history. Niantic’s pulling us into the future, and it’s all about Routes, baby! For anyone who may not be familiar with this topic, Routes is this super-cool feature where you select a PokeStop or Gym, hit ‘Record,’ and, voila, you’ve created your own trail of dreams (and hopefully, Zygarde Cells).
But what if you’re the Indiana Jones of Pokémon GO and prefer exploring someone else’s uncharted territory? Easy-peasy. Open up the Nearby menu (you’ll find it snuggled under the magnifying glass on your home screen), and check out the ‘Routes’ tab. Fellow Trainers have been busy mapping out their routes, and you’re invited to the party. Just a heads up, though, Niantic is still rolling out the ability to create Routes globally. So, if you can’t yet map your own adventures, chill, it’s coming.
Alright, let’s get down to the meat and potatoes, the new spawn rules. No more Zygarde Cells popping up willy-nilly next to you. Now, when you’re about a football field and a half away (that’s 150m for the metrically inclined) from completing a Route, a Zygarde Cell will make its grand entrance about 100m from the endpoint. This might not sound like a big deal, but remember those ‘cell spawn ticks’? Forget ’em. The new system is smoother than a Jigglypuff’s lullaby.
Speaking of gaming the system, for those who used to drive backwards to snag a Zygarde Cell, nice try. Those loopholes are getting closed up. You can still stretch your Route to trigger an early spawn but expect that cell to be hanging out near the endpoint.
So there it is, folks. Niantic flipped the script, making Zygarde Cell hunting more exciting and fair. How do you feel about these changes? Do you have any epic Routes to share? Drop a comment and let the community know. Happy hunting, Trainers.