Thanks to being relatively easy to get, and being a freaking beast when battling at Gyms, Vaporeon has largely dominated Pokémon Go. But now, a huge software update this weekend appears to balance -- or as they say in gamer parlance, "nerf" -- the Water type Pokémon's powers, along with several other significant changes to the game. Hold on to your Bulbasaurs, folks.
As explained in a report by Kotaku, Pokémon Go players took to Reddit on Saturday after the game's developer, Niantic Labs, quietly reduced the power of Vaporeon's killer Water Gun attack from 10 to 6 and increased -- or "buffed" -- its Hydro Pump attack by 50%. The change effectively erases much of your Vaporeon's badass edge over other Pokémon in battle, although it looks like its other stats like stamina remain the same. Unfortunate as it may be, the tweak to Vaporeon appears to be just one of many changes to several Pokémon in the game, as detailed in a helpful chart by Archangelus on Reddit.
Worse yet, Kotaku reports that another quiet change under the game's hood appears to have broken Pokémon tracking maps and tools like Pokévision, which basically use the game's raw data to help players pinpoint all the nearby Pokémon real time. The most recent tweet from Pokévision is, well, not very promising: