Pokemon Go update brings new monsters to capture

The Pokemon Go update will  offer new items to evolve Pokemon differently.
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The Pokemon Go update will offer new items to evolve Pokemon differently.

Fans of the mobile game Pokemon Go won't get close to catching them all any time soon.

Niantic Labs, the studio behind the hit game, and The Pokemon Company announced on Thrusday a massive update expected to arrive this week introducing 80 more Pokemon to capture, as well as tweaks to how players snag them.

The 80 Pokemon were originally discovered in the Pokemon Gold and Silver released in 2000 for the Game Boy Color. They include creatures such as Chikorita, Cyndaquil and Totodile.

The update will also offer new items to evolve Pokemon differently, as well as berries that can slow the creatures' movements or yield more candy, used to make Pokemon stronger.

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"Today is a momentous occasion for our team here at Niantic which has been hard at work to deliver these additional Pokemon and build upon the encounter and capture mechanics for our passionate global community of trainers," said Niantic chief executive John Hanke in a statement.

The game launched last July and became a viral sensation. The augmented reality experience features pocket monsters players search for near their location using a GPS map.

When players find a Pokemon, they capture the creature using their smartphone camera, offering the illusion players see Pokemon in the real world.

Pokemon Go sparked countless images on social media of players and the unusual places they discover Pokemon.

The game raced to the top of app charts, breaking Apple's App Store for the most downloads during its first week.

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 - MCT

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