Pokémon Go News

Pokémon Go Fest Chicago and Dortmund events announced

Pokémon Go Fest Chicago and Dortmund events announced

"After getting off to a bumpy start..."

Chicago will once again host this year's big Pokémon Go Fest, following last year's inaugural event which ended up marred by technical issues.

Two smaller events will also be held in Dortmund, Germany and in Yokosuka, Japan on separate dates.

Now a two-day affair, Pokémon Go Fest 2018 will be held in Chicago's Lincoln Park on 14th and 15th July. Developer Niantic is promising "a unique and immersive gameplay experience" not seen before, with "physical installations and exclusive activities". The surrounding area will see "additional in-game activities and appearance of rare Pokémon". Tickets will cost $20.

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Pokémon Go got Stephen Fry to narrate its new trailer

Have you played Pokémon Go lately? There are bunch of new monsters to track down plus some snazzy new in-game weather effects which play into the game's various systems.

All of this may be old news to those who log on regularly (hello!), but it's the gist of this pretty new TV ad for the game - perfect for the more lapsed players.

Stephen Fry has been roped in to lend his dulcet tones to the narration, while the music comes from George Fenton, the Academy Award-nominated composer of various David Attenborough BBC documentaries.

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Niantic launches regular Pokémon Go Community Days to bring local Trainers together

Niantic has announced Pokémon Go Community Days, a new global event initiative, designed to encourage local meet-ups and bring players together once a month.

"Pokémon GO Community Day is an opportunity for Trainers around the world to meet up at their local parks to make new friends and experience what it means to be a part of this special community", explains Niantic in its Community Day launch announcement.

The company will incentivise this rather lovely idea by releasing a special Community Day Pokémon that will only stick around for the duration of a single event. When caught, this event-only Pokémon will know an exclusive move.

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Pokémon Go rotates region exclusives in a cool nod to original games

Pokémon Go's Christmas event concluded last night with an unexpected surprise for fans: the rotation of two creatures' in-game region exclusivity.

Upon waking this morning, players found the two recently-released Pokémon Seviper and Zangoose had suddenly switched their region availability.

The snake-like Seviper and feline mongoose Zangoose launched as part of Pokémon Go's first Gen 3 update back in early December.

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Pokémon Go getting game-improving and iPhone-exclusive AR+ feature soon

Those of you with a newer iPhone will be able to make use of an enhanced augmented reality (AR+) feature coming to Pokémon Go "soon". You'll need an iPhone 6s or newer, and iOS 11.

AR+ makes the game work better when catching creatures with the camera, basically. Not only will be pokémon be more accurately positioned and sized according to their surroundings - and how near or far you are from them - you'll also be able to go closer to trigger a special capture bonus. You'll have a greater chance at getting Great or Excellent Throw bonuses. You can even unlock a special Expert Handler bonus providing more Stardust and XP.

But approach too quickly and pokémon may flee. You'll be able to gauge how you're doing using an on-screen awareness meter, and even if you fail you can potentially get another chance by tapping tall grass nearby and making the pokémon reappear.

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Pokémon Go adds dynamic weather-based gameplay and 50 Gen 3 creatures

UPDATE 9/12/17 8.30am: Slightly later than we were expecting, Gen 3 spawns have now been switched on - meaning 50 new creatures are now available to collect in Pokémon Go.

The game's weather feature is also live, contrary to one earlier report which had it pegged for later in the month.

Several of the new Gen 3 creatures (Mawile, Absol) are now available in raids (with Shiny versions). Various critters are also available to hatch from eggs.

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Pokémon Go Gen 3 artwork leaks on App Store, suggesting launch imminent

Pokémon Go artwork advertising the arrival of Gen 3 has leaked onto Apple's own App Store.

We say 'leaked' - it's likely someone behind the scenes simply uploaded the image a little bit too early.

The promotion's subheading still references Go's Halloween event which featured the game's first handful of Gen 3 Pokémon and which also, funnily enough, popped up ahead of time on the App Store.

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Pokémon Go raid rewards are getting better

Mewtwo requirements tweaked, too.

Pokémon Go's raids are some of the best things in the game - a way to meet other trainers and capture ultra-rare Pokémon or, if you're a solo player, simply a way to gain a big dollop of XP and snag a 'mon with high stats.

Pokémon Go event to unlock Farfetch'd

UPDATE: 1.5bn catch milestone reached, more rewards live.

UPDATE 23/11/17 9.40am: Three days in and the Pokémon Go community has passed the halfway point to Farfetch'd and the Travel event's 3bn catch end goal.

Pokémon Go trading, player versus player battling features reconfirmed

Pokémon trading and player-versus-player battling are still planned for mobile hit Pokémon Go - despite no word recently on either feature being in the pipeline.

Both features - hallmarks of the main Pokémon series - have been touted in the past, but never so concretely, and never by the boss of The Pokémon Company Tsunekazu Ishihara (who should probably know).

"We've only accomplished 10 per cent of what Pokémon and Niantic are trying to do," Ishihara told Bloomberg. "Going forward we will have to include fundamental Pokémon experiences such as Pokémon trading and peer-to-peer battles, and other possibilities."

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Australasia-exclusive Kangaskhan headed to Pokémon Go in Europe

Australasia-exclusive Kangaskhan headed to Pokémon Go in Europe

London! Belfast! Birmingham! Cardiff! Glasgow! Manchester!

Pokémon Go's region-exclusive species Kangaskhan will be available in Europe for the first time from today.

Kangaskhan, an armoured kangaroo-like marsupial, is usually only available in Australia and New Zealand.

But for the next few weeks, until 21st August, you'll also be able to find them in London, Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow and Manchester - plus various other cities in mainland Europe. The full list is below.

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New Pokémon Go update tweaks gyms further

A fresh update is rolling out to Pokémon Go with new tweaks to the game's recently-revamped gym system.

The new version - 1.39.0 for iPhone/iPad and v0.69.0 for Android - also brings some much-requested quality of life changes to the game.

Critically, players will be able to heal their Pokémon defending gyms from afar. You won't get as much health back from using a berry as you would from going to the gym yourself, but it does mean you'll have an oppurtunity to bolster your monster if it comes under attack.

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Pokémon Go raid battles launch, currently locked to players level 35+

Pokémon Go raid battles launch, currently locked to players level 35+

UPDATE: Now playable for users with accounts level 25 and up.

Update 3: As we enter the weekend the requirements continue to drop, with user accounts at level 25 and above now eligible to participate in Raids.

It's also worth noting there has been significant changes to how PokéCoin drops work, too. In case of any further changes to either Raid level requirements or PokéCoins, the prior links to our guide pages should keep you up to speed.

Update 2: It's happening again! Niantic has lowered the raid barrier to entry to 28. Nice!

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Pokémon Go raids confirmed

Pokémon Go raids confirmed

We've played the app's big summer update.

Pokémon Go's big summer update has at last been confirmed, including multiplayer raids to battle with other players against super high-level Pokémon - and, eventually, the chance at Legendary Pokémon.

I was able to try the new features at E3 last week, in a sunny car park around the back of the Los Angeles Convention Centre. Rollout of these new features will begin in the near future, I was told.

There, myself and other players took part in raids, which are centred around Pokémon Gyms. Each gym now has a countdown clock, and when this reaches zero a powerful boss Pokémon will emerge.

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Pokémon Go Ice and Fire event, new multiplayer gameplay detailed

Pokémon Go Ice and Fire event, new multiplayer gameplay detailed

Plus real-life meetups across the globe.

Pokémon Go developer Niantic has detailed some of its plans for this summer, including an Ice and Fire-themed event coming next week.

Could this be a cheeky nod to the impending launch of new Game of Thrones episodes? (For the uninitiated, the Game of Thrones book series is named A Song of Ice and Fire.)

The event will take place from next week, on 13th June, feature larger numbers of Fire and Ice-type creatures plus XP bonuses for perfect Pokéball throws and discounted Lucky eggs.

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Pokémon Go Easter egg event announced

This Easter holiday weekend will be marked in Pokémon Go with a special event - the Pokémon Go Easter Eggstravaganza. Yup.

Starting today at 9pm UK time and lasting a full week, until next Thursday 20th April at the same time, you'll be able to hatch more Pokémon from eggs than usual.

Specifically, you'll be able to hatch rarer creatures from 2km eggs - the variety which takes the least steps to hatch. You'll also earn more candy for hatching eggs, too.

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Famous red Gyarados among the first Shinies added to Pokémon Go in latest update

Shiny Pokémon have arrived at last in Pokémon Go.

There are only two available for now: the gold-coloured Shiny Magikarp, and it's evolution, the Shiny red Gyarados.

Players will likely recognise the Gyarados in particular from their time with Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal in the main series: red Gyarados is the first canonically recognised Shiny Pokémon, appearing in the anime series as well as at the Lake of Rage in a scripted encounter within the games.

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This week, Pokémon Go gets its biggest update since launch

This week, Pokémon Go gets its biggest update since launch

UPDATE: 80 new Gold and Silver Pokémon are now live.

UPDATE 16/02/2017 11.24pm: Gold and Silver Pokémon are now live. It looks like our Tom Phillips has even snagged a few out in the wild.

As you can see, such creatures include Hoot-Hoot, Ledyba, Swinub and Gligar. Legend has it that our Ian Higton even captured a Sneasel.

Here are the full patch notes for what's been added:

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Starbucks may have just spoiled a big Pokémon Go update

Starbucks may have just spoiled a big Pokémon Go update

UPDATE: New Pokémon confirmed to be joining Go very soon.

UPDATE 7/12/16: Pokémon Go developer Niantic has now confirmed the imminent arrival of new monsters into the game.

The confirmation comes just a day after an internal memo to Starbucks staff leaked online which mentioned the upcoming release event.

From an earlier leak of the game's files, everything points to the arrival of Pokémon Gold and Silver's expanded menagerie. Those games introduced 100 new species including Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Totodile and Togepi.

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Pokémon Go's latest update gives players more of a reason to unlock medals

Pokémon Go's latest update gives players more of a reason to unlock medals

Earn a capture bonus the more Pokémon you catch.

Pokémon Go players will be rewarded for collecting medals as part of today's update.

Previously serving as in-game achievements that catalogued in-game progress, certain medals will now reward players with a Catch Bonus for certain Pokémon elemental types.

For example, earning the bronze Kindler medal - by catching 10 Fire Pokémon - will increase your chances of capturing Fire creatures in future, with additional bonuses available when unlocking silver and gold tiers.

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Pokémon Go update with buddy feature, Plus support finally live in the UK

After keeping us here in Europe waiting, Pokémon Go's new update is now live.

Download it now and you'll be able to select a Pokémon as your buddy, to appear in your profile page and slowly generate candy the longer you walk together.

You'll need between 1-5km to generate one candy for that Pokémon family, with rarer breeds needing you to walk farther.

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Pokémon Go Plus device launches next week

Nintendo launches its long-awaited Pokémon Go Plus device on Friday 16th September. That's next week!

The Plus device is a little clip-on Bluetooth accessory that vibrates when a PokéStop or Pokémon is nearby. You can even catch Pokémon with a simple button press - we've explained everything else you need to know about the Plus here for you, too.

Pokémon Go Plus is designed to let you play the game without being tied to your phone screen, although there's no knowing if the Plus - like the app - will also be a drain on your phone battery.

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Pokémon Go announced for Apple Watch

Pokémon Go announced for Apple Watch

App passes 500m downloads.

Pokémon Go has been announced for Apple Watch.

The shrunk-down version of the app will notify you when are near a Pokémon or Poké Stop, and keep track of eggs you have hatching as you walk.

Pokémon Go for Apple Watch also keeps track of your activity stats such as your steps. Handy!

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New Pokémon Go Buddy feature coming

Have your own Ash-Pikachu moment.

You're my favourite pokémon - now off you go back into your tiny ball-cage until I need you again old friend. I probably won't feed you. Bit dodgy isn't it? Much better to have the kind of out-of-cage relationship that Ash and Pikachu have because they're the best of friends. Well now you can, with a new Buddy feature coming to Pokémon Go.

Pokémon Go update adds new Appraisal feature for finding a monster's Poképotential

You'll soon be able to view the potential strength of your pocket monsters via a fresh update to Pokémon Go.

The app's new Appraisal feature is designed to reveal which Pokémon are worth feeding with your hard-earned Candy and Stardust.

It's a useful addition for any semi-experienced to hardcore player interested in training up monsters to take on gyms (which, a month or so in, is likely where many folk still playing are now headed).

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3DS sales nearly doubled last month in US retail following Pokémon Go craze

3DS sales nearly doubled last month in US retail following Pokémon Go craze

The aging handheld tops hardware charts, Monster Hunter leads software.

Despite being five years old, the Nintendo 3DS became the most popular selling system in US retail for the month of July, according to Nintendo via analyst group NPD.

While Nintendo didn't disclose exact figures, it noted that sales of the 3DS skyrocketed up 80 per cent compared to July 2015.

It's worth noting that this includes all models of 3DS: the original, the budget model 2DS, and the premium Nintendo New 3DS.

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Pokémon Go developer explains why it shut down third-party apps

Because of a "negative impact on game resources".

Pokémon Go developer Niantic, Inc. has been under fire lately for its decision to shut down third-party apps that help people find Pokémon. This has turned many off of the game, especially if they live in rural areas where augmented reality creatures are few and far between. As it turns out, Niantic was doing this to free up its server resources so it could launch the game in Latin America.

Pokémon Go update removes broken nearby footprints feature

Pokémon Go update removes broken nearby footprints feature

Spawn locations changed, PokéStops removed, extra safety warnings added.

Pokémon Go has received its first major patch. Two features known to be not working or causing issues have been binned, another safety warning has been added, but the app now seems faster and more stable overall as a result.

The app's broken footprint feature, designed to narrow down nearby Pokémon by the number of paw prints displayed next to their names, has been removed. Developer Niantic has said it was aware the feature was not working, and in the meantime has apparently decided to excise it completely.

Pokémon Go's battery saver feature, which dimmed the screen when the phone was held at your side, is also gone on iOS. Users had reported it was the cause of crashes, which is likely why it has been culled from the app as of now. Again, hopefully its disappearance is only a temporary measure - pending a full fix.

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Yeah yeah yeah your Pokémon's CP might be through the roof, but have they got rhythm. The official Japanese Pokémon has come good once again, delivering an amazingly heartfelt, stirring and emotional ditty that's all about why Magikarp is the absolute greatest.

Pokémon Go has a lot of uses. It's an enjoyable pastime that entices people to exercise. It encourages socialisation. It can be used by politicians for awkwardly delivered dad jokes. But the best utilisation of Pokémon Go has to go to the Muncie Animal Shelter in Muncie, Indiana, who decided to use the app's popularity to recruit volunteer dog-walkers.

Holocaust museum pleads: stop playing Pokémon Go here

UPDATE: Pokémon Company tells museum to fill out its contact form.

UPDATE 13/7/16 9.55am: The Pokémon Company does have a system for delisting buildings from Pokémon Go, it has told Eurogamer, but it requires the company or institution in question to log onto its support website and fill out a contact form.

These new Pokémon are some of the weirdest yet

UPDATE: A mud horse! A piece of fruit! Some petals!

UPDATE 19/7/16 2.05pm: The Pokémon Company has just released a fresh trailer showing off new critters to be introduced in this Christmas' Pokémon Sun and Moon for 3DS, all of which are named in English for the first time:

Pokémon Go will let you trade Pokémon in future update

Pokémon Go has not long made its debut on smartphones, but developer Niantic is already teasing what's next for the location-based game.

While the app encourages players to work together to locate and lure Pokémon out in the wild, there are plans to introduce one of the mainstays of the franchise - trading - in a future update.

While specifics on how this work have yet to be revealed - such as whether it will be location-based, or work direct from player-to-player - CEO John Hanke described it as a "kind of a core element", according to Business Insider.

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Pokémon Go is a phenomenon that's pushing people together

And that's an unpredictable thing indeed.

Pokémon Go, in the places it has been released (which don't include the UK yet), is a phenomenon. The search term Pokémon has never been as popular and the game has rocketed to the top of the American iOS chart, making an estimated $1.6m a day. It's a top 10 Android game in the US.

UK release of Pokémon Go "paused until we're comfortable"

UPDATE: European launch "within days" says Wall Street Journal.

UPDATE 11TH JULY: Now then, the Wall Street Journal has today run a report that says Pokémon Go will "likely be available in other regions, including Europe, Japan and other Asian nations within a few days". That info comes from "people familiar with plans for the game", apparently.

Watch Pokémon GO parodied by Square Enix

From the creators of Hitman GO and Lara Croft GO.

Square Enix Montréal, the developer of Hitman GO, Lara Croft GO, and the upcoming Deus Ex GO, has released the following short video of what its version of Pokémon GO might have looked like:

Pokémon GO hides Sandshrew at police station with hilarious results

"Please be advised that you don't actually have to step inside."

GPS-based augmented reality game Pokémon GO is out now in Australia and New Zealand, sending prospective Pokémon Trainers to all sorts of real world locations seeking invisible monsters. One such locale is the Darwin Police Station in Australia where the Sandshrew is hidden. This has led to players shuffling in and out of the station to the point where the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services had to address the issue on Facebook.

Pokémon has a Super Bowl trailer

Pokémon has a Super Bowl trailer

Gotta watch 'em all.

This year marks Pokémon's 20th anniversary - a milestone that will be celebrated with a shiny new Super Bowl TV spot.

Pokémon has never appeared during the prestigious Super Bowl adverts slot before and, somewhat strangely, is getting promoted this year despite the fact there are no new mainline games heading for release.

2016 will see the launch of Pokkén Tournament for Wii U, as well as smartphone spin-off Pokémon Go (where you collect monsters as you travel around in real life).

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