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Pokémon GO Celebrates its Second Anniversary



Pokémon GO is celebrating its second anniversary with Pikachu. Players have the opportunity to catch a new version of a Pikachu that is wearing a hat. Players who have earned the gold Pikachu Fan Medal will be able to purchase Pikachu related items from the Pokémon GO store.

None other than Pikachu has joined in to celebrate this momentous occasion, so keep an eye out for Pikachi and Pichu as they will appear more frequently tomorrow (July 6 PT) until July 31. Plus, this year, you can say hello throughout the month to a special “Summer Style” Pikachu, that’s decked out in a straw hat and sunglasses.

Players who have earned the gold Pikachu Fan Medal will be able to purchase special items, including a Pikachu shirt and Pikachu ears. You can find these items by selecting your Pokémon GO avatar, tapping “style” and scrolling through the hats and tops.

Pikachu ears cost 180 PokéCoins. The Pikachu Fan t-shirt is bright yellow, with long sleeves, and a large Pikachu on the front. It costs 250 PokéCoins. The way to obtain PokéCoins is to spend real-world currency in the Pokémon GO Shop. There are a variety of bundles to choose from, depending on how many PokéCoins you want to buy.

The Pikachu Fan medal can be earned by catching Pikachu. It doesn’t matter if the Pikachu you catch have a certain kind of hat, or no hat at all. They all count towards the medal. Players must earn the bronze and silver versions of a medal before they can earn the gold version.

To earn the Pikachu Fan bronze medal, players much catch 3 Pikachu. The silver medal requires a player to catch 50 Pikachu. The gold medal can be earned by players who catch a total of 300 Pikachu.


Pokémon GO will Include Trading and Gifting



Pokémon GO will be adding three features that I think will make many players very happy. The new features are: Friends, Trading, and Gifting. The Trading feature seemed to be in the video that was released when Pokémon GO first launched. Soon, players will actually get to make trades with their friends.

We’re excited to share brand-new ways to interact with your friends on Pokémon GO! The Friends feature will start rolling out to Trainers later this week, allowing you to connect with your real-life friends and keep track of their adventures in Pokémon GO. You’ll be able to send them items, earn bonuses – and even trade Pokémon!

The way to add someone as a friend in-game is to ask them to share their Trainer Code with you. Enter that Trainer Code and then send the person a friend request. If they hit “accept”, they will appear on your Friend List.

Spin a Photo Disc at a Pokéstop or Gym and you have a chance of receiving a special Gift. You cannot open the gift yourself, though. Instead, you must sent that Gift to a friend who is on your Friend List. He or she will be able to open it.

The Gift comes with a postcard showing where you picked it up. It will contain helpful items. Some Gifts might contain an Egg that, when hatched, will contain an Alolan form of a Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region.

Trading can happen between two players who are on each other’s Friends List and who each are Trainer Level 10 or higher. You can trade a Pokémon you caught for a Pokémon your friend caught. Completing a trade earns you a bonus Candy for the Pokémon you traded away. That bonus can increase if the Pokémon you traded were caught in locations far apart from each other.

Trades are powered by Stardust. Build your Friendship Level with the friend you want to trade with, and you can complete the trade with much less Stardust.


Pokémon GO May Community Event Features Charmander



Pokémon GO will have a May Community Day that features Charmander. It will take place on May 19, 2018, starting at 11:00 AM PDT and ending at 2:00 PM PDT. Players are encouraged to get out and play together in their local community parks on Pokémon GO Community Day.

For just a few hours each month, you can encounter a special Pokémon in the wild. During these hours, there’s a chance to learn a previously unavailable move for that Pokémon or its evolution, as well as earn some Community Day bonuses. Celebrate what it means to be a part of the Pokémon GO community and make new friends along the way!

Players who want to find a Community Day event where they live are encouraged to try searching for their city name in conjunction with Pokémon GO in their preferred search engine. Another suggestion is to look for groups on their favorite social media channels, apps and websites.

On May 19, 2018, Charmander will appear in the wild more frequently for three hours. If you evolve a Charmeleon to a Charizard during that three-hour window, it will learn an exclusive move that will be revealed soon. The special move will only be available for Charizard that are evolved or caught during Community Day.

The May Community Day event will include a 3x-Catch Stardust bonus, and Lures that last for 3 hours.


Pokémon GO Added Quests



Pokémon GO has added quests to the game. The quests are based around a storyline that involves Professor Willow. Players are asked to help him find out if a series of mysterious happenings occurring all over the world are connected to the Mythical Pokémon Mew.

There are two different types of research you can contribute to: Field Research and Special Research. Gather Field Research tasks by spinning nearby PokéStops, which will give you objectives that include discovering and catching certain Pokémon or engaging with battles, among other things. Special Research may be requested by Professor Willow himself, and will take you on a journey to make important discoveries!

Pokémon GO isn’t calling these new research tasks “quests”, but that’s exactly what they are! Completing the quests gives you rewards, including “a variety of useful items and even encounters with certain Pokémon.” The tasks have different levels of difficulty. The more challenging a Research task is, the greater the reward.

Players can earn one Stamp per day by completing at least one Field Research task. When a player has obtained seven stamps, they can achieve a Research Breakthrough to receive even greater rewards. The new quests could freshen up the game and give players more to do.


Pokémon GO Eggstravaganza Returns!



The Pokémon GO Eggstravaganza has returned! It begins on March 22, at 1:00 p.m. PDT, and will end on April 2. If you missed out on last year’s Eggstravaganza event, now is your chance to participate.

This year, an even greater variety of Pokémon will be found in 2 km Eggs, and only those Eggs will be available from PokéStops throughout the event! This means that Pokémon that normally hatch from 5 km or 10 km Eggs, such as Wynaut or Raults, will be found in 2 km Eggs until the event ends on April 2 at 1:00 p.m. PDT. There will also be an increased hatch rate of certain Pokémon, such as Pichu and Togepi.

Players who participate in the Eggstravaganza will receive bonus Candy for every Egg hatched during the event. Double Stardust will also be available throughout the event. The Pokémon GO in-game shop has special boxes which include Super Incubators and Star Pieces.

The emphasis in this year’s event is the same as last year. The overall goal is to hatch as many Eggs as possible before the event ends. The difference is that last year’s event offered players double XP (experience points), but this year’s Eggstravaganza doesn’t.


Pokémon GO Will Discontinue Support for Some Apple Devices



Pokemon Go logoPokémon GO announced an upcoming update that could potentially affect your ability to continue playing Pokémon GO. Players are warned that Pokémon GO will discontinue support for Apple devices that are not capable of upgrading to iOS 11.

This change is a result of improvements to Pokémon GO that push the application beyond the capabilities of the operating systems on such devices. This change will take effect on 02/28/2018. After that date, Trainers using affected devices may no longer be able to access their Pokémon GO accounts from that device, or use their PokéCoins or other items in their Bags.

If the Apple device you play Pokémon GO on is affected by this change, and you want to keep playing the game, you will need to switch to a device that can upgrade to iOS 11.

Pokémon GO has more specific information about devices that it will discontinue supporting. They include:

  • iPhone 5c – released in 2013 – Model numbers A1456, A1507, A1516, A1532
  • iPhone 5 – released in 2012 – Model numbers A1428, A1429, A1442
  • iPad (4th generation) – released late 2012 – Model numbers A1458, A1459, A1460
  • iPad (3rd generation) – released early 2012 – Model numbers A1416, A1430, A1403
  • iPad mini (1st generation) – released late 2012 – Model numbers A1432, A1454, A1455
  • iPad2 – released 2011 – Model numbers A1395, A1396, A1397

50 More Pokémon will be Added to Pokémon GO



Starting later this week, 50 more Pokémon will be added to Pokémon GO. In addition, the game is going to have new weather features added. Players might see certain Pokémon more often based on what the real-world weather is.

The new Pokémon include Treeko, Torchic, Mudkip, and others that were originally discovered in the Hoenn region in the Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire video games. Those three Pokémon will be the first to appear, and more from the Hoenn region will be added over the next several weeks.

The Pokémon GO map in-game will be updated with weather effects. This includes new visuals that change based on the weather where you are. For example, if it is raining outside where you are, the in-game map will show a dark, cloudy, sky and rain falling down.

Soon, the weather in the real-world where you are playing Pokémon GO will have an effect on the Pokémon that you see in Pokémon GO. Players odds of discovering Mudkip will greatly improve on rainy days. That’s just one example. Some other Pokémon will be more commonly found during various weather conditions. The real-world weather will also cause some Pokémon’s attacks to be more effective than usual.


Pokémon GO is Doing a Global Catch Challenge



Pokémon GO started a Global Catch Challenge on November 19, 2017. It will conclude on November 26, 2017. There are global rewards that can be unlocked after players collectively catch a certain number of Pokémon.

Ever since Pokémon GO launched, we’ve loved hearing stories of Trainers venturing abroad and playing together with new friends from different countries. That’s what inspired us to create Pokémon GO Travel, a new video series to see the world through the eyes of a Pokémon Trainer. To kick things off, Pokémon GO Travel is taking a diverse group of Trainers from around the world to Japan to host our first-ever Global Catch Challenge.

The potential Global Catch Challenge rewards and bonuses include:

Bronze: 500M catches
2X XP
6 Hour Lure
More Pokémon appearing globally

Silver: 1.5BN Catches
2X XP
6 Hour Lure
2X Stardust
Even more Pokémon appearing globally

Gold: 3BN Catches
2X XP
6 Hour Lure
2X Stardust
Farfetch’d available worldwide (for 48 hours)
Kangaskhan available in East Asia (for 48 hours)

Some progress has already been made. On November 20, 2017, the Pokémon GO Twitter account announced that the Bronze level of rewards and bonuses has been unlocked.


Niantic has a Pokémon GO AR Photo Contest



Niantic announced that it is holding a Pokémon GO AR Photo Contest. The contest is extremely easy to enter and involves taking an AR photo of any Pokémon that is in a “real-world” environment. There are prizes associated with this contest. The AR photo contest started on October 11, 2017, and will end on October 25, 2017.

Starting today, we’re challenging you to snap epic Pokémon GO AR photos and post them on Instagram using the hashtag #PokemonGOcontest. If your AR photo is selected as one of the top 10 submissions, you’ll win a Pokémon GO Prize Pack containing a Pokémon GO Plus, a poster autographed by the Pokémon GO team, and wireless Bluetooth earbuds. You have until October 25 to submit your best AR photo, so go on an adventure, take a photo, and share it with us on Instagram!

As always, it is a good idea to take the time to read the official rules (which are located on the same page as the contest announcement). Here are a few key things to know:

To be eligible for the contest, the entrant must be at least the age of majority in their country, state, province, or jurisdiction of residence (and at least 20 years old in Taiwan) at the time of entry.

Entrants must not be a resident of a country where Pokémon GO has not been officially released as of October 11, 2017.

Entrants must use the augmented reality (AR) camera feature of the Pokémon GO app on their mobile device that displays their capture of a Pokémon as they use the Pokémon GO app.

Photos where an individual appears in or is identifiable in the photo will not be considered and will be deemed void.

Niantic strongly encourages entrants to use caution when taking photos in connection with the contest. They do not condone taking photos in areas or dangerous situations that may involve certain health related risks, including risk of physical injury. Niantic does not want entrants to trespass on private property.

There are 10 Grand Prizes available.


Niantic Updates Pokémon GO Safari Zone Event



Niantic has been offering several special Pokémon GO events. There was one in Chicago, followed by one in Yokohama. Soon, it will be time for players in Europe to participate in the Pokémon GO Safari Zone event.

The first series of Pokémon GO Safari Zone events in Europe are just around the corner! On September 16, official Pokémon GO Safari Zone activities will be taking place at Unibail-Rodamco Shopping Centers located in CenterO in Oberhausen (Germany), Les Quatre Temps in Paris (France) and La Maquinista in Barcelona (Spain).

At each event, players will receive an in-game medal and special 2km Eggs from the various PokéStops found and each of those shopping centers. Lures will be activated all day at each PokéStop at the events so players can catch Pokémon together.

Some of the Pokémon players might find include Kangaskhan, Chansey, Larvitar, and others. There is also a chance that players will spot Shiny Pikachu, Shiny Magikarp, and various forms of Unown. Gym and Raid Battles will not be available at those shopping centers during the events.

Niantic states that attendees will receive Trainer kits for joining the day’s Pokémon-catching activities. There will be special offers for Pokémon GO Trainers in each of the participating shopping centers and in select stores.

Soon, players will be able to reserve free, nontransferable tickets to each of these Pokémon GO Safari Zone events that will take place on September 16, 2017. It sounds like the tickets will have a QR code, which is required in order to participate in the event. Everyone who claims a ticket must be over the age of 13 and must present a valid photo ID.

In addition, Niantic has announced a few more Pokémon GO Safari Zone events:

October 7, 2017
* Fisketorvet – Copenhagen, Denmark
* Centrum Černý Most – Prague, The Czech Republic

October 14, 2017
* Mall of Scandinavia – Stockholm, Sweden
* Stadshart Amstelveen – Amstelveen, The Netherlands.