'Pokémon Go' Starbucks update: Promotion brings glitches and bug, but no new Pokémon
Pokémon Go players hitting Starbucks yesterday for a Pokémon-themed Frappuccino also found comedy waiting for them, thanks to the recent update.
The creation of 7,800 new PokéStops and gyms overnight was bound to create some issues for Pokémon Go. Players on The Silph Road subreddit have been chronicling these bugs and a few of them are pretty funny.
Pokémon Go Starbucks update: Promotion creates PokéStop and gym errors.
The relevance of the Starbucks promotion is of course tied to population and Starbucks location densities. Some Pokémon Go players may notice no change to their local playing environment whatsoever. Other players could find radical changes following the partnership going live on Dec. 8.
So far, Pokémon Go players are uncovering instances of gyms appearing right on top of one another and PokéStops packed together densely (making for potentially prime Pokémon Go real estate if each PokéStop had a lure running).
Pokémon Go Starbucks update: Some locations are not spawning properly.
A tripling of PokéStops may not have been intentional, but it's not harmful. Special promotional PokéStops not appearing over the correct Starbucks locations is also probably not what Niantic intended, but could hypothetically prevent some Pokémon Go players from taking full advantage of the promotion.
When locations can be packed together as closely to one another as Starbucks stores can, some errors are likely inevitable. Just imagine if McDonald's ever throws a Pokémon Go promotion.
Pokémon Go Starbucks update: Still no new Pokémon
While funny bugs related to the Starbucks promotion are being reported, there are no reports of new Pokémon so far. It appears that Pokémon Go players hoping for some Gen 2 Pokémon today might be disappointed.
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If you were waiting anxiously to taste a new Pokémon Go drink, you may also want to check out Mic's Pokémon Go guides. Here's the new top 10 attackers list and the new top 20 rankings following the balance update, guides on post-update Chansey and Rhydon, everything you need to know about finding the long-awaited Pokémon Ditto, creating new PokéStops, how to maximize your chances of catching Pokémon and fresh information about how PokéStops distribute Pokémon eggs.