Pokémon GO Celebrates Halloween with First In-Game Event

Posted by | October 25, 2016 | Mobile, News, Video | No Comments

Pokémon GO has been out for three months. Despite huge popularity, major updates have been slow to come. This week we finally see our first official seasonal event in Pokémon GO. You can’t exactly trick-or-treat, but you can earn extra candy during the Halloween event.

“The excitement of Pokémon’s 20-year celebration continues this Halloween with the first-ever in-game Pokémon GO event,” said J.C. Smith, senior director of marketing at The Pokémon Company.

The Halloween event begins tomorrow, Wednesday October 26. Spooky Pokémon such as Gastly and …err… Zubat will have “increased global encounters.” The three ghost Pokémon are normally quite rare. They mostly come out at night. Mostly.

The total Pokémon spooky enough for this event are:

  • Gastly
  • Haunter
  • Gengar
  • Zubat
  • Golbat
  • Drowzee
  • Hypno

“We anticipate seeing many Pokémon-themed costumes during this anniversary year,” said Smith. “Now Trainers can add Pokémon GO to their trick-or-treat route to receive candy and add some of the spookier Pokémon to their Pokédex.”

Additionally, every time you gain candy – you’ll get more candy! Hatching, transferring, and the buddy system will all reward more candy during the Halloween event.

“It’s been incredible watching people explore their neighborhoods and catch wild Pokémon all summer,” said Tatsuo Nomura, senior manager at Niantic. “We would like to trick-or-treat in our own special way by giving Trainers the chance to catch more Pokémon and earn extra candy this Halloween.”

Candy is used to train your Pokémon and make them stronger. Candy is specific to each Pokémon. It can be difficult to acquire candy for rare Pokémon. I think we could all do without seeing any more Zubats, however.

The Halloween event ends November 1.

Eric Watson

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