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Pokémon GO Finally Adding Trading this Week

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The basic Pokémon tenet of trading Pokémon has been noticeably absent from Pokémon GO. Now, nearly two years after launch, Niantic Inc has finally announced that trading, gifting, and an actual friends list are being added to Pokémon GO later this week.

To add friends you’ll need to exchange Trainer Codes, not unlike how Nintendo operates their friends lists. Plug in the code and you can send a friend request and add them to your new friends list.

To trade Pokémon you must be physically near someone you’ve added to your friends list, both Trainers must be at least level 10. Trading Pokémon requires Stardust, but the traded Pokémon earns Candy in the process. The amount of Candy depends on how far away the two Pokémon were caught from each other. You can lower the Stardust trading requirements by building your friendship level.

Each friend has a friendship level that can be increased through gifting or cooperative battles. Gifts are received through PokéStops, and can’t be opened normally. Instead you have to trade them to friends, which they can open for a showering of loot, and a postcard of the PokéStop location.

Rare Pokémon such as Legendaries require a Special Trade. A Special Trade is limited to once per day, and only between a Great or Best Friend with high enough friendship level. It’ll also cost a bunch of Stardust.

Trading has been a highly requested feature for Pokémon GO since launch. Niantic had promised it was a forthcoming feature. Pokémon GO originally launched in Summer 2016 and went on to become a global phenomena, and introducing much of the world to the magic of an AR mobile game.

The trading and friends update should hit later this week.

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Pokémon GO Fest Returns This Summer

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Niantic has announced the Pokémon GO Summer Tour 2018, which includes the return of Pokémon GO Fest in Chicago, Illinois on July 14-15.

Pokémon GO Fest 2018: A Walk in the Park will feature activities for Pokémon GO players of all ages. It takes place within a 1.8 mile stretch in Lincoln Park in Chicago. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, May 11. Single-day passes will cost $20, and nearby hotels will offer discount rates. Event details have not yet been announced.

Seeing Niantic return to a large-scale physical meet-up is interesting. Last year’s Pokémon GO Fest, which also celebrated the one-year anniversary of the hit mobile game, was an unmitigated disaster. The network was down for much of the event, preventing most ticket holders from actually playing the game. Niantic would later issue mass refunds to everyone who attended.

The Summer Tour also includes Safari zones for Europe and Asia. These are similar to Pokémon GO Fest but they are non-ticketed and open to everyone at public parks. The first takes place in Dortmund, Germany June 30 and July 1.

In addition to these events, Pokémon GO will continue to feature monthly Community Days. Community Days last only a few hours and feature a specific Pokémon with some added bonuses. The next Community Day is on May 19, when trainers will find a lot more Charmanders in the wild.

Pokémon GO launched on mobile devices in Summer 2016, becoming a global phenomenon and popularizing the AR genre. Its popularity has noticeably died down, though Niantic continues to support the game with frequent events and updates.

Pokémon GO Fest 2018 takes place in Chicago on July 14-15. Tickets will be available this Friday.

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Discover More Gen 1 Pokémon in Pokémon GO this Week

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With the recent arrival of Mythical Pokémon Mew comes an increase in all first generation Pokémon in Pokémon GO. Those are Pokémon who appeared in the Kanto region, the setting of the original Pokémon Red and Blue games of the late 90s. The Kanto Celebration is going on now and ends April 17.

Initially the Gen 1 Kanto Pokémon were the only Pokémon available when Pokémon GO launched in Summer 2016. In the nearly two years since, Pokémon GO has added Pokémon from Gen 2 (Johto) and Gen 3 (Hoenn), which technically makes it more difficult to capture any specific Pokémon.

Certain rare Kanto Pokémon such as Snorlax and Aerodactyl will appear in Raid Battles during the event, allowing trainers to team up and capture them. Trainers can acquire special boxes containing Raid Passes to challenge these Pokémon.

Capturing any Kanto Pokémon during the event will reward double the Candy.

Recently Pokémon GO added an all new daily quest system called Field Reserach, which give short-term goals and rewards such as capturing a certain type of Pokémon or visiting PokéStops. More long-term goals were added as Special Research. The first works toward unlocking Mew, the original Mythical Pokémon from the Kanto region.

The Kanto region Celebration event ends April 17.

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Pokémon GO Celebrates Earth Day with Special Event

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Niantic, Inc is teaming up with charitable organization Playmob to host an Earth Day Clean Up event with Pokémon GO on April 22.

“Earth Day is an incredible movement and opportunity to team up with friends and neighbors to focus on making the world and our own communities healthy and sustainable,” said John Hanke, founder and CEO of Niantic. “We’re looking forward to joining Trainers around the world in their efforts to clean up and preserve the environment in support of the world’s oceans and Mission Blue.”

The Pokémon GO Earth Day Clean Up is a series of events that invites the Pokémon GO community to join together and help clean up the environment in certain areas. A total of 37 events are listed in 12 countries. Find the list of area events here.

“We know gaming can be an amazing force for good” adds Jude Ower, founder and CEO of Playmob. “It’s a pleasure to work with such a purposeful and innovative studio and the inspirational and devoted teams behind Mission Blue and all the supporting NGO partners, collaborating on what we see as the start of a bigger movement towards global solutions through play.”

Trainers will receive a special avatar item to celebrate Earth Day. Rewards will be unlocked for all trainers if enough people participate in the Earth Day event, which lasts 48 hours. If at least 1,500 people join, everyone will receive twice the Stardust when catching Ground, Water, and Grass type Pokémon. With 3,000 participants, trainers will receive three times the Stardust.

The Pokémon GO Earth Day Clean Up even takes place April 22.