Ever since its launch last Summer Pokémon GO fans have been clamoring for Niantic Inc to expand the roster. In December a handful of select Pokémon from Generation 2 (Pokémon Gold…
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.
Catching ’em all has just become easier. Pokémon Bank has finally been updated to add support for Pokémon Sun and Moon. This is big news for Pokémon fans, as now it’s possible to transfer any Pokémon into Sun and Moon, including those not found in the game. The update also allows players to transfer Pokémon from the eShop Virtual Console versions of Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow into Pokémon Sun and Moon via the free Poké Transporter app.
The update includes two new features for Pokémon Bank: Pokédex and adventure records. The Pokédex gathers all the information for Pokémon into a single place. Adventure records pulls the stats from each Pokémon game that a player has connected to Pokémon Bank, such as number of Pokémon caught.
Pokémon Bank is an app you can download onto the Nintendo 3DS from the Nintendo eShop. It allows you to transfer Pokémon from one game into the app, which stores up to 3,000 Pokémon. You can then transfer your Pokémon into another game, making it the easiest way to transfer Pokémon from one game to another without needing a second 3DS.
While the app is free to download and install, Pokémon Bank uses a subscription service. An annual usage fee of $4.99 gives you access for one year.
To date, Pokémon Bank is now compatible with the following titles: Pokémon Black, Pokémon White, Pokémon Black 2, Pokémon White 2, Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon Red/Blue/Yellow (N3DS Virtual Console), Pokémon Sun, and Pokémon Moon.
Players who access Pokémon Bank between now and October 2 can claim a limited-time Mewnium Z, the Z-Crystal for Mew. Z-Crystals are a new feature to Pokémon Sun and Moon, giving Pokémon access to powerful one-use abilities.
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!
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