What Does a Blue Background Mean in Pokémon Go?

What Does a Blue Background Mean in Pokémon Go?

If you’ve ever played Pokémon Go, you have probably noticed that the game has a lot of different concepts that are quite specific in the world of (mobile) gaming. Pokémon Go was truly a revolutionary phenomenon as it enabled users around the world to make their childhood dreams of being a Pokémon Master come alive in some form at least. The virtual reality game was a hit for Niantic and is still played by millions of players around the world, being one of the most popular mobile games ever. In today’s article, we are going to explain what a blue background behind some Pokémon in the game means. If this has, indeed, been confusing you, keep reading!

A blue background behind a Pokémon in Pokémon Go means that the Pokémon was caught recently, i.e., within the last 24 hours. The game has a mechanism that shows recently caught Pokémon and a blue background, which disappears the next day, is one of them.

Pokémon, which is short for Pocket Monsters, is a media franchise created by Satoshi Tajiri and Ken Sugimori back in 1995. It is a fantasy franchise set in a world where humans live together with creatures called Pokémon, who take on different shapes and sizes. It started off as a series of video games for the Game Boy console, but soon expanded to other media. The video games and the anime (including the connected films) are the most popular brands today, although the franchise has expanded to even live-action movies like Pokémon Detective Pikachu. Today’s article is going to focus on the Pokémon Go video game and one of its concepts, so stick with us to the end.

Why is Pokémon Go such a phenomenon?

In 2015, Niantic announced the development and the release of an augmented reality (AR) Pokémon video game for mobile phones. The game would allow players to take on the role of a Pokémon trainer and travel around and catch Pokémon. It was a dream come true for every Pokémon fan out there. In 2016, Pokémon Go was officially released and has since become a global phenomenon played by millions of people around the world.

Pokémon Go uses a very simple concept of gameplay. A player must create an account, either with Niantic or using an e-mail. After that, you chose your Gen I starter Pokémon and go on your journey. Using PokéBalls, you catch wild Pokémon, you travel around gaining experience and walking distance, spin PokéStops, and battle in gyms. The goal of the game is to collect all of the Pokémon and reach level 50.

Along the way, you’ll be battling other trainers, participate in raids to catch rare Pokémon, do field and special research quests, collect PokéCoins, add friends, who you are going to fight and trade Pokémon with, and a lot more.

The game has significantly evolved since its debut and now includes a lot of additional elements such as GoSnapshots, long-distance battles and raid invitations, with Niantic constantly increasing the scope of the game with new elements and new Pokémon.

For all those that wanted to be Pokémon Masters when they were little, Pokémon Go is probably the closest they’ll ever come to the status, which explains the game’s enormous popularity.

What does a blue background in Pokémon Go mean?

Pokémon Go has a lot of interesting concepts, some of which might confuse new players. And while the game itself provides more than enough explanations for most of its concepts, some of them still remain unexplained. There is also the case of lazy players who just skip over the instructions and learn to play the game while playing. In both cases, the players have some unanswered questions and we’re here to provide the answer for you.

If you scroll through your Pokémon collection in Pokémon Go, you might notice that there is a blue background behind some of your Pokémon, especially if you’ve caught (and not transferred) a lot recently. It looks like this:

If you observe carefully, you’ll notice a blue background behind the Cubone, two Horsea and the Staryu. If you have played the game, you probably noticed this on your mobile phone screens as well. So, what does this mean, exactly?

A lot of people thought it was something random or something to do with the Pokémon’s stats, but it has nothing to do with either of the two. Namely, a blue background signifies – simply – that the Pokémon was caught recently. How recently? Within the last 24 hours. The background is darker when you catch the Pokémon and becomes lighter as the hours go by until it finally disappears the next day.

The blue background does not have anything to do with a specific Pokémon as it appears behind all Pokémon caught within the last 24 hours. If you decide to sort your Pokémon based on when they were caught and chose to start with the most recent ones, there is a chance that you’ll have a series of blue backgrounds on top of your list. We’re not sure whether Niantic explained this properly, but if you were wondering as to the meaning of the background, you now know everything.

What does a blue background behind a friend in Pokémon Go mean?

Some players have also noted the appearance of a blue background (ring) in their friend lists and have wondered what it means. The blue background is the same as the one behind the Pokémon and it looks something like this (courtesy of a friendly Reddit user):

Does this blue background have a different meaning? Aside from being related to your friends and not your Pokémon, it doesn’t really. Namely, a blue background behind a friend’s avatar means that you have interacted with them during the day and that you’ve increased your friendship level for that day. As with the Pokémon, it shows your recent activity, but it is related to a separate game mechanism. This background likewise disappears the next day, when you’re able to increase your friendship level once again.

And that’s it for today. We hope you had fun reading this and that we helped solve this dilemma for you. See you next time and don’t forget to follow us!

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