The term “Biomes” is often confused with what a like to call “Terrains”. The technical definition of “Biomes” is a property of of a spawn point that determines what Pokemon that spawn point Generates.(https://pokemongohub.net/pokemon-go-biomes/). This means you do not have to be in a certain enviorment that would match the type of pokemon as if in the real world. The term Terrain is the COMPLETE opposite. It means that if you were near a Lake or Ocean, The number of Water type Pokemon would outnumber the other types by a decent margin. Another Example could be if you were in a Forest or Jungle(and somehow managed to have cell signal) then you would notice a large spike in the number of grass type spawns. There is a difficulty in tracking Terrains For 2 Reasons: 1. Double-Typing/ 2. Type Events.
By Double-Typing I am talking about the common occurrence of a Pokemon having more than one type. Take Pidgey for example, Pidgey is Easily the most common Pokemon in Pokemon GO, It is a Double-Typing being Both a Flying and Normal Type Pokemon. This makes Tracking Terrains slightly more difficult considering it takes way more than one day to determine the type of terrain if every Pokemon in the area has a double-Typing.
By Type events I am Referring to In Game events that increase the Spawn rates of the chosen type of Pokemon. Events we have already seen include:
- Halloween Event- Ghost,Dark
- Water Festival- Water
- Global Bloom- Grass
- Adventure Week- Rock
- Solstice Event- Fire,Ice
This also throws of the chance of being able to identify a terrain as Pokemon of the event typing spawn rate increases by a lot so they take over other terrains so that you can only begin to identify them once the event is over.
The upside of identifying Terrains over Biomes is the fact that terrains are kinda Self Explanatory because if you’re at the beach it will obviously be a water terrain.
In my next couple Articles I will be trying to identify the terrain of my Neighborhood by keeping a chart of every Pokemon I see and also its type!