Pokemon Go’s new ‘Appraisal’ feature: What it is and how to use it


Your team leader will tell you all about your Pokemon’s fighting qualities.

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has finally gotten another update and those elusive team leaders finally have a job after a couple months of rumors and hopeful wishing from players.

Team leaders now teach players about a Pokémon’s attack and defense capabilities. Niantic calls this new ability a “Pokémon appraisal.” Luckily, you don’t need to find a gym to speak with your team leader.

Go to your Pokemon screen and tap on the one you would like to know more about. Tap the round button in the lower right-hand of the screen to open the menu. Instead of trading the Pokemon in for candy, tap the Appraise option.

Your team leader, Candela, Blanche or Spark will pop up on the screen and will ask if you want to know more about the Pokemon.

Tap the screen. After reading the text, tap the screen again to continue the conversation. Your team leader will tell you the Pokemon’s strengths and weaknesses through various screens.

The team leaders will also tell you if your Pokemon is large, or on the puny side. Some believe that heavier Pokemon hit harder while smaller Pokemon dodge better, though this hasn’t been confirmed by Niantic. There are some achievements for capturing small Pokemon, so knowing the size can be helpful.

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