Man, Niantic can’t catch a break with Pokemon GO, can it? Every time the company tries to fix a problem or improve a system, it seems to create a new issue, and the latest update has created a giant problem in the most literal sense: giant Pokemon.
Earlier today, I logged into the game and checked my Pokenon. Everything seemed normal, but then I logged on a few minutes ago, and I found this strange image:
My Rhydon, whom I named Rhinox because Beast Wars is awesome, is so big he almost completely obscures his CP number. And he isn’t the only one suffering from gigantism. My Snorlax, Homer, seems to have packed on a few extra pounds, and unlike Rhinox, he completely obscures his CP number:
Almost every single one of my Pokemon is larger than normal, as if they ransacked the Mushroom Kingdom and stole every single Mushroom they could find. Many Pokemon, such as Ursaring, either partially or completely block the CP numbers. Others, such as Kingdra, partially obscure their names. As for Dragonite, well, I’m putting mine on a diet until his posterior is at a more manageable size:
The majority of smaller Pokemon make it out of this colossal conundrum mostly unscathed. Many unevolved Pokemon, including Mareep and Houndour, are small enough for me to see their names and CP numbers, as are naturally small, fully-evolved Pokemon such as Omastar:
However, this glitch has not supersized all Pokemon. Gyrados, for instance, is roughly the same size as before, but he seems to have developed a shy streak. Not only is he too embarrassed to let me see his name, but he’s hiding most of himself below the invisible border of the stats page:
And Steelix, well:
That might be the smallest Steelix I’ve ever seen. What makes this glitch even stranger is that Steelix’s pre-evolution Onix is larger than usual.
This bug is probably nothing more than a camera issue in the stats page, as the shape, position, and animation of the Pokemon determines what, if anything, is blocked. Just look at Skarmory. She’s almost completely horizontal, so she doesn’t block her name or CP number, but she is lower on the screen than usual:
I would not be surprised if something in the new gym update is causing this glitch. However, I can’t find any information on the official Pokemon GO site, so this is nothing more than a theory. Though, what I do know is that I’m not the only one with this problem, at least according to the Pokemon GO Pro fan forum. With luck, this issue will be ironed out before the gyms reopen for conquering.
Niantic has confirmed via Twitter that this issue has ben resolved in the update. I just checked and my Pokemon have returned to their original sizes.