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Find More Rock Pokémon During Pokémon GO Adventure Week

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Spring time is a great time to get outdoors and walk around. You might as well fire up Pokémon GO as well. Niantic Inc. are adding some incentives to the popular app with the Adventure Week celebration. The event begins May 18 at 1 pm Pacific/4 pm Eastern and ends on May 25.

“Pokémon GO was developed for people to easily experience classic Pokémon gameplay on their mobile device and catch Pokémon in the real world,” states the news post. “As a result, every day, people around the globe go outside, explore the world around them, make some new memories, and get some exercise along the way.”

The Adventure Week will see an increase to Rock-type Pokémon. Hopefully we can find elusive Rock-type fossil Pokémon such as Omanyte, Kabuto, and Aerodactyl. PokéStops will also award more items during the event, similar to how the First PokéStop of the Day rewards bonus items. Finally, your assigned Buddy Pokémon will find Candies four times as fast while you walk around.

Adventure Week also adds a new cosmetic avatar item, the Explorer’s Hat, and Poké Balls will be 50% off in the game shop.

The Pokémon GO Team encourages players to share pictures of their game in AR camera mode, and post them on social media using the hashtag #PokémonGO.

Pokémon GO Adventure Week begins this Thursday, May 18.

 

Pokémon GO Easter Event Hatches Egg-Themed Bonuses

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Pokémon GO’s steady seasonal event tie-ins continue with an Easter Event, which lasts throughout the next week. Naturally, it’s all about the eggs.

The biggest bonus of the Easter Event can be found in the smallest 2 km eggs. Normally these easy to hatch eggs usually contain common Pokémon. During the Easter Event, you’ll find a greater variety. You’ll also be rewarded with more candy for each Pokémon you hatch.

To continue with the egg theme, Lucky Eggs will be available to purchase in the in-game shop for half off. Lucky Eggs double the amount of experience you earn for 30 minutes.

Finally, everything you do during the Easter Event, from catching Pokémon to earning medals, will earn double experience.

It’s a shame that the precious egg incubators are not given the same discount treatment. Having multiple incubators is the best way to hatch eggs. In a true nickel and dime scenario, the eggs may be nicer but the incubators will cost you.

Pokémon GO remains popular even if its incredibly explosive launch has faded in the public consciousness. A steady stream of seasonal events and bonus rewards are a nice incentive to keep playing. The most recent event, the Water Festival, gave us a bunch of extra water Pokémon to find and catch.

I still play regularly, though casually, and I never feel the need to spend money. In fact, this Easter Event may be a great time to finally use some of those Lucky Eggs I’ve been hoarding.

The Pokémon GO Easter Event ends April 20.

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Pokémon GO’s Water Festival Event Brings Out the Water Types

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Pokémon GO’s next seasonal event has begun. Although Spring just started, the Water Festival has more of a Summer vibe. It’s a simple event: you’ll find more water-type Pokémon. Specifically the update names Magikarp, Squirtle, Totodile, and their respective evolutions. Squirtle and Totodile are both Starter Pokémon from Gen 1 and 2, making them relatively rare, and their evolutions even more so. Magikarp’s evolution is the mighty Gyarados, which is normally very difficult to find and evolve.

In areas where water-type Pokémon are normally found (hint: near bodies of water) you’ll also find more Gen 2 Pokémon, including the rare Lapras. The Water Festival update also adds a new avatar item, the Magikarp Hat.

The Water Festival comes on the heels of a minor update. Last November, Pokémon GO added daily bonuses and 7-day streaks for PokéStops and capturing Pokémon every day. Niantic has increased the rewards for getting a full 7-day streak of collecting a PokéStop at least once a day. Now in addition to the bonus XP and Stardust, you’re rewarded with a random evolution item.

In related news, some Pokémon GO players are posting screenshots and videos of Shiny Pokémon. Shiny Pokémon were introduced in the second generation of Pokémon games. They are ultra-rare and come in an alternate color scheme. They are the Mt. Everest for Pokémon collectors. Neither Niantic nor The Pokémon Company have confirmed or announced the existence of shiny Pokémon in Pokémon GO.

So far only Shiny Magikarp and its evolution Shiny Gyarados have been found. The catch is that the Shiny Pokémon don’t show up as Shiny in the wild. Gotta Check ‘Em All!

The Pokémon GO Water Festival ends on March 29 at 1p Pacific/4p Eastern.

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Pokémon GO Celebrates Valentine’s Day With More Candy

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In case you’re still playing Pokémon GO, Niantic Inc wants to share the love this week. To celebrate Valentine’s Day this year you’ll receive double the normal amount of candy for catching, hatching and transferring Pokémon. Your buddy Pokémon will also find candy twice as fast from walking. The seasonal event begins today, Feb 8, at 11am PST/2pm EST. It lasts for one week, ending at the same time on Feb 15.

More candy won’t be the only special feature in the event. Chansey, Celfable and “many other adorable pink Pokémon” can be found more often. I just strolled through the original 151 Pokémon that makes up Pokémon GO’s roster and found Jigglypuff, Wigglytuff, Clefairy, Mr. Mime and Jynx that could be included in the event. You could also include Slowbro, Slowpoke and Lickitung depending on how far you stretch the word “adorable.”

From the 2nd generation of Pokémon you’ll see an increase to Cleffa , Igglybuff and Smoochum when hatching from eggs. Currently the only Gen 2 Pokémon available are the babies, and only acquired through eggs. I’ve been hatching eggs since they added Gen 2 and yet to find any, but hopefully you’ll have better luck.

Lastly Lure Modules will see a huge boost. Normally a Lure Module lasts 30 minutes, but during the week-long event a single module will last six hours. Expect to see many Poké Stops with the sparkly sign of a module this week. Catch ’em all, love your Pokémon and hope Niantic and The Pokémon Company realize what the game really needs is more Pokémon.

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Pokémon GO Expands Holiday Event with Free Incubators

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Two weeks ago Pokémon GO kicked off a limited Holiday Update that added Pikachus wearing Santa hats, as well as a few select Pokémon from the second generation games. Niantic recently announced they are expanding the Update in two different ways. The first will reward free egg-hatching incubators, while the second sees an increased chance to finding the original Gen 1 starters and their evolutions.

“As the year draws to a close, we want to give you a great way to celebrate the end of the year with Pokémon GO,” states the press release. “For the next couple of weeks, you’ll have even more reason to explore the world with your friends and family while you enjoy our year-end event.”

Running right now through January 3, 2017 (“afternoon PST”), you can earn a free single use incubator each day upon visiting a PokéStop. This is a huge boon since incubators are limited use. All the newly added Gen 2 Pokémon like Togepi and Pichu can only be found by hatching eggs.

The Update also adds “a greater chance of finding [Gen 2] Eggs.” If you’re like me and have played Pokémon GO every day and still haven’t found a Santa-sporting Pikachu, Niantic is keeping them around longer as well, and increasing their spawn rate.

The second update hits on December 30 and runs through January 8, 2017 (“afternoon PST”). During this period the original Kanto starters, Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle, and all their evolutions will see an increase to their spawn rate. These are some of the rarest and most sought after Pokémon.

As an added bonus, Lure Modules during this time will last 60 minutes instead of the usual 30. Gotta Catch More of ‘Em!