Arcanine and these other Pokémon are now way stronger due to this secret Pokémon Go update

Niantic seems to have secretly rolled out a major balancing update for Pokemon Go which saw the moves and attack powers of many Pokemon being altered. Pokemon who had an unfair advantage in battle, such as Vaporeon, saw its moves being nerfed while others who seemed a tad underwhelming got major buffs.

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The move seems to be aimed at making the game play more challenging, and offers trainers a more balanced play field. One of the most popular Pokemon in the game, Arcanine, has now become way more powerful thanks to this update.

Source: go-poke.tk

Source: go-poke.tk

His fire blast attack’s damage per second (DPS) is now 100, compared to the previous 60. His fire fang attack also got a boost from 7 to 10 DPS. A lot of other Pokemon in the game have also received a buff. Check out the full list below showing which powers got just a little bit stronger (thanks to SliphRoad sub reddit):

Pokemon who got a power buff

  • Aerial Ace: 25 -> 30
  • Air Cutter: 25 -> 30
  • Ancient Power: 30 -> 35
  • Aqua jet: 15 -> 25
  • Blizzard: 60 -> 100
  • Bubble: 15 -> 25
  • Bubble Beam: 25 -> 30
  • Bug Buzz: 50 -> 75
  • Bulldoze: 30 -> 35
  • Confusion: 12 -> 15
  • Cross Chop: 55 -> 60
  • Cross Poison: 20 -> 25
  • Dazzling Gleam: 45 -> 55
  • Dig: 55 -> 70
  • Dragon Pulse: 50 -> 65
  • Draining Kiss: 15 -> 25
  • Drill Peck: 30 -> 40
  • Drill Run: 40 -> 50
  • Earthquake 60 > 100
  • Fire Blast: 60 -> 100
  • Fire Fang: 7 -> 10
  • Fire Punch: 35 -> 40
  • Flame Wheel: 35 -> 40
  • Flamethrower: 50 -> 55
  • Flash Cannon: 55 -> 60
  • Gunk Shot: 60 -> 65
  • Heat Wave: 60 -> 80
  • Hurricane: 60 -> 80
  • Hydro Pump: 60 -> 90
  • Hyper Beam: 70 -> 120
  • Ice Beam: 50 -> 65
  • Ice Shard: 12 -> 15
  • Icy Wind: 15 -> 25
  • Leaf Blade: 45 -> 55
  • Moon Blast: 60 -> 85
  • Mud Bomb: 25 -> 30
  • Mud Slap: 6 -> 15
  • Megahorn: 55 -> 80
  • Night Slash: 25 -> 30
  • Ominous Wind: 25 -> 30
  • Play Rough: 50 -> 55
  • Petal Blizzard: 50 -> 65
  • Power whip: 60 -> 70
  • Psychic: 50 -> 55
  • Rock Smash: 5 -> 15
  • Seed Bomb: 30 -> 40
  • Sludge Bomb: 50 -> 55
  • Sludge Wave: 60 -> 70
  • Solar Beam: 70 -> 120
  • Stomp: 25 -> 30
  • Stone Edge 55 > 80
  • Thunder: 65 -> 100
  • Thunderbolt: 50 -> 55
  • Twister: 15 -> 25
  • Water pulse: 30 -> 35
  • X-Scissor: 30 -> 35

The list is still being updated since more users are reporting if their Pokemon have been buffed as well. This is a welcome update as many in the community felt that the game gave an unfair advantage to trainers who owned certain types of Pokemon.

Image: comicbook.com

Image: comicbook.com

This also shows that Niantic is closely following the various Pokemon Go communities and keeping a tab on player feedback, and are determined to make the game play of Pokemon Go a more balanced and enriching experience.