In a new update from Niantic Labs, Pokémon Go now includes a new “Appraise” feature which allows trainers to see how well their Pokémon will do in gym battles.  It does this by analyzing its stats, looking particularly at its defense and attack, and giving overall feedback. Players will be allowed to access this after gaining a level 5 status and choosing alliance with Team Valor, Team Mystic, or Team Instinct.

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This update follows Niantic’s warning to players using GPS-spoofers to catch Pokémon without physically being the area.  In a statement made by Niantic Thursday night, they have stated:

“Moving forward, we will continue to terminate accounts that show clear signs of cheating.” 

Players who have been accused of cheating will be issued an e-mail following the termination of their account.  Those who believe they have been wrongfully accused may issue a claim for reinstatement of their account.

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