All of you collecting medals in Pokémon GO will reap the benefits of your hard work with the next update. Niantic has confirmed that the next update will grant catch bonuses determined by the number and type of medals in your collection.

For example, catching enough water Pokémon to earn a water medal will give you a +1 bonus when catching water Pokémon in the future. It’s a system that feeds into itself and makes you a stronger trainer in the long run. I mean, that’s starting to sound like a real RPG! See the full details in Niantic’s description below.

We are adding a new feature which grants a catch bonus when you earn medals based on catching certain types of Pokémon (Kindler, Psychic, Gardener, etc.). These new bonuses will give you a better chance of capturing Pokémon with a related type. For example, as you reach a higher tier for the Kindler Medal, your bonus to catch Fire-type Pokémon such as Charmander, Vulpix and Ponyta increases.

Trainers can work their way to a new tier by catching many Pokémon of the same type. If a Pokémon has multiple types, your bonus will be the average of your bonuses for each type. For example, Pidgey is both Normal and Flying type. Your bonus in this case would be the average of your Normal-type and Flying-type bonuses.

Just seven more Magikarps to go until I get my Gyarados. Maybe it’s time to fire up Pokémon GO and get some medals. It’s been a while since I last played.