Before today, catching Unown in Pokemon GO was one of the most impossible tasks in the game – not least of all because of the scale of the breed. This Pokemon is not only rarer than any other – it comes in an entire alphabet of different versions. Letters A through Z are included with the Pokemon in the game today – which makes getting the hidden medal for this elusive monster more difficult than any other.
An update this week – reflected past our first Unown catcher’s guide – shows the Unown in their letter forms. Instead of just indicating in the Pokedex that an odd set of Unown were caught, the letters appear. The letters have appeared in their standard Roman / Latin alphabet form before – now they’re showing up as the Unown themselves.
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Where before this update it was a matter of knowing what each Unown represented in the alphabet, now it’s a matter of knowing which shapes are already caught. Would that you were to see an Unown whilst on a city bus, for example, this update makes the decision to jump off the bus all the easier. Before now, there was an extra step involved.
Above is the standard Unown alphabet. In this chart is the set of letters a user would have needed before to figure out if they’d had one of these monsters already in their Pokedex. Of course, whenever someone sees the ultra rare Unown of any shape, they’ll probably head out to get it. This update just makes it easier to know whether the trip will be merely interesting or wholly rewarding.
ABOVE: What Unown looked like in the Pokedex until the most recent update. BELOW: What Unown looked like in the Pokedex when the most recent update was downloaded and loaded and tapped. We’ll expect about 16 more changes to this Pokedex listing before it’s finalized.
The other most recent update to the game with regard to Unown changed their silhouettes. Where before the update, all Unown had generally the same shadow form, now each one is different depending on if they’ve been caught by the user. Good news, that is, for those shadow-hunting Pokemasters that aim for the full Pokedex.
The rarity of Unown does not seem to have changed recently according to the game’s code, but the appearance of these monsters seems to have become SLIGHTLY more common over the past several weeks. No confirmation has been given by Niantic, but it would not be a supreme surprise to see an Unown event in the near future. Our money’s on a few more updates to the Pokemon Gym first – we’ll see!
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