Pokémon GO APK Teardown [0.53.1]

Hi everyone and welcome back to another Pokémon teardown. These versions have a lot more than what is described in the official changelog, so let’s take a peek with Android version 0.53.1.

Costumes, Gender, Species and More

It appears as noted in previous teardowns that

  • Species
  • Gender
  • Costume
  • Shiny

will be filter options for Pokémon in the Pokédex. We can already see Gender on some Pokémon with this version, so this change must be nearing completion of development.

While all Pikachu prior to this version had the male sprite, we see some in the latest update have turned to female! A male Pikachu has a flat ended tail while the female has a heart shaped one.


News, News, News

We found some interesting lines added this version.


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Included with those news articles were the download links for both Android and iOS versions. It seems weird to have the download links for an application inside said application so I’m curious how those will be used.

You can see from the added icon, that this will more than likely appear on the main screen alongside settings and other buttons.


Gen2 – Unown & forms coming?

There was a new class added called “FormSettings” and for those familiar with Pokémon know that Unown has a ton of forms. They range from Unown A to Unown Z with a couple of random punctuation characters like ! and ?



It seems that Pokémon Go will support this unique characteristic.


More Moves!

Added were the following Fast & Charged moves. The data on these moves will be automatically added to our Pokédex once the data hits the servers. Right now we simply have the move names.

Quick Counter
 Quick  Powder Snow
 Charged Close Combat
 Charged  Dynamic Punch
 Charged  Focus Blast
 Charged Aurora Beam
 Quick Charge Beam
 Quick  Volt Switch
 Charged  Wild Charge
 Charged  Zap Cannon
 Quick  Dragon Tail
 Charged  Avalanche
 Quick  Air Slash
 Charged  Brave Bid
 Charged  Sky Attack
 Charged  Sand Tomb
 Charged  Rock Blast
 Quick  Infestation
 Quick  Struggle Bug
 Charged  Silver Wind
 Quick  Astonish
 Quick  Hex
 Charged  Night Shade
 Quick  Iron Tail
 Charged  Gyro Ball
 Charged  Heavy Slam
 Quick  Fire Spin
 Charged  Overheat
Quick  Bullet Seed
 Charged  Grass Knot
 Charged  Energy Ball
 Quick  Extrasensory
 Charged  Futuresight
 Charged  Mirror Coat
 Charged  Outrage
Quick Snarl
 Charged  Crunch
 Charged  Foul Play

Avatar Personalization

Additional customizations were added

  • Belt
  • Glasses
  • Necklace

A variety of customizations have been added for the past few versions but not enabled. To remind everyone, we now have this list of items to customize. Whenever this gets enabled, avatars will have no end to customization.

  • Hair
  • Shirt
  • Pants
  • Hat
  • Shoes
  • Eyes
  • Backpack
  • Gloves
  • Socks
  • Belt
  • Glasses
  • Necklace


Evolution Requirements

Like some Pokémon in Generation II. You need more items to evolve a Pokémon. We can see


Cross referencing this with the new items added in this version, we can assume the following items are for evolving:

  • Sun Stone
  • King’s Rock
  • Metal Coast
  • Dragon Scale
  • Up Grade

While in the code, these items are lacking images. My guess is much like Pokémon images are now, all new assets for this game will be loaded server side. This prevents leaking details until they are released.



The sponsors list has grown again. However, most of these don’t make much sense to an average eye. I’ll bold the ones added, but here is the current list.

  • TOHO
  • PAN
  • BBQ

The list started off as real companies and then moved towards kitchen accessories. My thought – Codenames for their real sponsors. They are tired of us and other blogs (cough starbucks) ruining the surprise of upcoming sponsors.


While chuck full of changes, the bulk of these changes will have to be activated with a server side change. Rest assured when that happens, the Internet will know.