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Pokemon Go has turned into a buggy mess after the latest update

Published Mar 27th, 2017 2:49PM EDT
Pokemon Go Shiny Pokemon update
Image: Niantic

Pokemon Go shot back up the charts once again last week thanks to the arrival of the Water Festival event and the introduction of Shiny Pokemon into the game. Unfortunately, the update that rolled out alongside the event has been a minor disaster, as players are running into multiple never-before-seen bugs.

While most of the bugs aren’t game-breaking, they all make the game more difficult to play. Pokemon Go Hub has a comprehensive list of all the bugs that players have reported so far, but here are some of the worst:

  • The “Nearby” tab will randomly go blank, as if you’re going over the game’s speed limit.
  • Performing standard actions takes longer than usual. For example, encounters take longer to load after tapping a Pokemon, Pokemon spawns load slowly on the map, PokeStop Photo Discs spin forever.
  • The app will crash if you try to scroll through a gym too quickly.
  • The low battery notification for Pokemon Go Plus is busted, leading to connectivity issues.

There are temporary fixes for some of these bugs (such as opening and closing the Journal to reload the “Nearby” tab or replacing the battery in your Go Plus to solve connectivity issues), but if you don’t want to wait for Niantic to release another update, you can roll back to the previous version of the app.

If you do decide to roll back, you’ll still be able to participate in the Water Festival and catch shiny Magikarps. The only thing you’ll be missing out on are the minor UI additions that were included in the update.

Jacob Siegal
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.