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Marshadow is a New Fighting/Ghost Type Coming to Pokémon

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The Pokémon Company have revealed the newest addition to the 700+ Pokémon roster. Marshadow is known as the Gloomdweller Pokémon, and is the very first with the unique dual typing of Fighting and Ghost. Marshadow’s moves and abilities have been teased out, but there are no details on when or how Marshadow will be added yet.

Known as the Gloomdweller Pokémon, the Mythical Pokémon Marshadow conceals itself in the shadows. It never appears before humans, so its very existence is the stuff of myth. Marshadow sinks into the shadows of others, and is able to copy their movements and power. Marshadow is a very cautious Pokémon. It sinks into shadows and observes what is going on around it in such a way that no one else will notice it. This may be the reason why is so rarely seen.

Marshadow has the Technician Ability, which powers up any moves of 60 or less a solid 50%.

pokemonMarshadow has several unique qualities, including an exclusive move, a unique Z-Move, and a special visual effect that turns its body partially green when attacking with full power.

The exclusive move is Spectral Thief. It allows Marshadow to steal any stat boosts from its opponent and then attack.

Marshadow’s signature Z-Move is Soul-Stealing 7-Star Strike. The special Z-Move has a unique animation where Marshadow attacks from its trainer’s shadow with a barrage of ghostly punches.

To unleash the Z-Move Marshadow must have Spectral Thief learned and hold the Marshadium Z-Crystal. As a post-launch addition that Z-Crystal cannot be obtained in-game. It will most likely be attached to Marshadow similar to how Munchlax came with Snorlium Z when Pokémon Sun and Moon launched.

Details on how and when to obtain Marshadow have not yet been announced. Based on previous post-launch Pokémon it will most likely be a limited time download code obtained either online or through GameStop.

 

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Massive Pokémon GO Update Revamping Gyms, Adding Co-op Raids

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The single biggest update is coming soon to Pokémon GO. The upcoming patch will revamp how Gyms and Gym battles work as well as adding a new cooperative Raid Battle feature.

Gyms will soon feature six permanent slots that can be filled with its controlling team’s Pokémon. Each Pokémon must be unique – no more stacking Dragonites and Snorlaxes! Opposing teams will have to battle them in the order in which they were assigned.

A new motivation system will be integrated with Gyms. Pokémon will lose motivation over time while in a Gym, especially if they lose a battle. As they lose motivation their Combat Power will decrease, making it easier to assault bulky Gyms after awhile. Gym owners can raise their Pokémon’s motivation by giving them berries, giving berries a much more important use. If a Pokémon’s motivation bar is completely drained, it will leave the Gym and return to its Trainer after its next loss.

Gyms will also provide items the same way PokéStops do. New Gym Badges can be leveled up by gathering Gym items every day as well as giving Gym Pokémon berries.

Raid Battles are an entirely new feature. A Raid Boss will take over a Gym, kicking out the current Pokémon. The Raid Boss initially appears as a giant egg with a countdown timer, signaling that a powerful boss will soon appear. Up to 20 trainers will work together to defeat the Raid Boss within a five-minute time limit, and the chance to catch a powerful Pokémon.

You’ll need a Raid Pass to join the fight. You can earn one free Raid Pass per day by visiting a Gym, but you can only hold one at a time. More will be available for purchase in the in-game shop.

New items are being added as rewards for winning Raid Battles. Rare Candy works like a wild candy, letting you use it on any Pokémon. Golden Razz Berries increase the chance of catching a wild Pokémon as well as fully replenishing a Gym-assigned Pokémon’s motivation bar. Two new Technical Machine items let you teach Pokémon new moves.

The Gym portion of the update is being rolled out soon, which will temporarily disable all Gyms during the transition. Then the Raid Battle feature will be added over the next few weeks, beginning with a beta for select players.

 

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Pokémon GO Fest and Solstice Event Celebrate One Year Anniversary

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We’re coming up to the one year anniversary of Pokémon GO, which has hit 750 million global downloads. Niantic will be celebrating with two events – one in-game and one in the real world.

The Solstice Event starts June 13. The in-game event will feature more Fire and Ice-type Pokémon as well as bigger XP bonuses for accurately thrown Poké Balls. The XP boosting Lucky Eggs will also be discounted in the in-game shop.

In preparation for an upcoming update that includes “collaborative group gameplay features,” Gyms will be temporarily disabled for a short period of time.

The real-world event is the Pokémon GO Fest, which will take place in Chicago, Illinois on July 22. Tickets will go on sale on June 19 at 10:00 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern. Actual details of the event should be announced before that time as well.

Japan is getting a “Pikachu Outbreak” event in August. European trainers are getting a Pokémon GO Event across the continent from June to September in partnership with a shopping center. Details and schedules for these events are still forthcoming.

Pokémon GO initially launched on July 6, 2016. It had a rocky launch full of server issues and bugs. Despite its near constant problems, Pokémon GO enjoyed a level of widespread mainstream success far beyond most video games. The combination of capturing Pokémon and an AR camera resonated with millions of people around the world.

In the year since Pokémon GO has provided updates and seasonal events. Earlier this year it finally added Gen 2 Pokémon. Some core features, such as trading, still aren’t available, however.

 

“Big Pokémon News” Coming in Nintendo Direct Tomorrow

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A special Pokémon-centric Nintendo Direct is set to air early tomorrow morning, 7 am Pacific/10 am Eastern. The Pokémon Direct promises “big Pokémon news.”

The Direct will last for only eight minutes. Nintendo and The Pokémon Company will most likely announce the new Pokémon game coming this year. Nintendo had previously confirmed that Pokémon will be coming to the Nintendo Switch.

The popular rumor is that they will announce Pokémon Stars as a third version of Pokémon Sun and Moon. Previous generations of Pokémon Games have received expanded or remixed third versions six months to a year later. The last generation, Pokémon X and Y, were the only games to oddly never receive a third game.

This will be the first Pokémon Direct in over a year. The last one aired in February 2016. It announced the series 20th anniversary and revealed Pokémon Sun and Moon. You can read our review  of Sun and Moon here.

A main Pokémon game coming to a home console would be huge news. In its 20 year history Pokémon has been home to Nintendo’s handheld systems, with only spin-offs reaching home consoles. However, the Nintendo Switch acts as a unique hybrid between home console and handheld due to its portability.

You can watch the Pokémon Direct live at 7 am Pacific/10 am Eastern. It should be found later on Nintendo’s YouTube channel. More information will be available at Pokemon.com as well as coverage here on Pixelkin.

 

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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.