Earn Ice-Type Pokémon During the Pokémon GO Holidays Event

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The Pokémon GO Holidays 2019 Event is running now through the stroke of midnight on the New Year’s Day. The event includes new Field Research tasks, increase spawn-rates for Ice-type Pokémon, and new Shiny Pokémon.

During the event you’ll see more Ice-type Pokémon such as Jynx, Delibird, Stantler, and Snover, as well as winter hat-wearing Pikachu and Pichu. They can be found in the wild, in raid battles, and hatched from eggs. Delibird can also appear as a Team Rocket Shadow Pokémon.

Here’s the breakdown of event tasks and their rewards:

  • Take 5 snapshots of Ice-type Pokémon – Cubchoo
  • Catch 5 Ice-type Pokémon  – Snover
  • Catch 5 Delibrid or Snover – Pikachu (with hat)
  • Catch 10 Ice-type Pokémon – 1000 Stardust
  • Hatch 7 eggs – Lapras

Additionally, there will be a global bonus for all Pokémon GO players every two days during the event.

  • December 24-25: Double candy from catching and transferring.
  • December 26-27: Double the stardust from catching.
  • December 28-29: Double the XP from catching.
  • December 30-January 1: Eggs hatch twice as quickly (half the distance needed).

And finally, since it’s the season of gift-giving, you’ll be able to carry up to 20 gifts from friends, and open up to 40 gifts each day during the Holidays event. To help with egg-hatching, trainers will also receive a free single-use Incubator per day.

The Pokémon GO Holidays event ends January 1, 2020.

LEGO Builder’s Journey is a Puzzle Adventure, Now on Apple Arcade

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Light Brick, an excellently-named new internal games studio from LEGO, has released their debut game exclusively on iOS through Apple Arcade. LEGO Builder’s Journey is an adventure-puzzle game where players solve a series of building challenges.

“We’re excited to bring digital LEGO brick building into new genres and reach new audiences with a different kind of game experience,” said Karsten Lund, creative director and head of studio, Light Brick. “LEGO play stands for the power of systemic creativity where sometimes you have to think differently and try new approaches in order to get new results. And we’re definitely tapping into that vibe.”

Unlike the more action-adventure LEGO games, LEGO Builder’s Journey is designed for all ages as a soothing puzzle experience with meditative music and zero dialogue. Build bridges and pathways and use bricks to manipulate the tiny cube worlds to help the pieces find their way home.

LEGO Builder’s Journey is available exclusively through Apple Arcade on iPad, iPhone, and Apple TV. Apple Arcade is a gaming subscription service that launched earlier this year, and includes over 100 mobile games, for $4.99 per month.

LEGO Builder’s Journey requires iOS 13.0 or later, and has a 4+ age rating.

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Get Civ 6 DLC Free on Mobile During Holiday Giveaway

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Aspyr Media is celebrating the holidays with a generous free giveaway: no fewer than six Civ and Scenario DLC packs for the mobile version of Sid Meier’s Civilization 6.

The only catch is that you’ll need to download them as they become available throughout the next two weeks, with a new DLC going free every three days. Here’s the schedule of free DLC:

  • Dec. 18-20: Poland Civilization & Scenario Pack (Normally $4.99)
  • Dec. 20-22: Vikings Scenario (Normally $4.99)
  • Dec. 22-24: Australia Civilization & Scenario Pack (Normally $4.99)
  • Dec. 24-26: Persia and Macedon Civilization & Scenario Pack (Normally $8.99)
  • Dec. 26-28: Nubia Civilization & Scenario Pack (Normally $4.99)
  • Dec. 28-Jan. 1, 2020: Khmer and Indonesia Civilization & Scenario Pack (Normally $8.99)

In addition to the smaller DLC packs, the two larger expansion packs, Rise and Fall ($29.99) and Gathering Storm ($39.99), are also available as in-app purchases.

Civilization 6 originally launched on PC in 2016, with the mobile version arriving in 2017. It’s since come to consoles, including Switch, and enjoyed several DLC releases. Rise and Fall added new golden and dark ages, while Gathering Storm introduced climate change and natural disasters.

The mobile version is available for iOS only (iPad Air or better or iPhone 7 or better). It’s free-to-download but limited to a 60-turn skirmish with pre-set Civs. The full game can be unlocked for $19.99.

Sid Meier’s Civilization 6 is rated 12+ on the App Store.

It’s a Christmas Calamity in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

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I always found it odd that a school so blatantly celebrated a religious holiday, but I suppose Hogwarts is anything but a typical school. Christmas has always been a major part of the series, and it’s no different for mobile AR game Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.

The Christmas Calamity Brilliant Event will consist of several events beginning on December 3, and features special scenes and memories from the Hogwarts Yule Ball, as well as helping Hagrid return lost magical creatures.

Here’s the official schedule of events:

Christmas Calamity Brilliant Event Part 1: December 3-10

  • Relive the winter wonderland of the Hogwarts Yule Ball, including memories of couples like Hermione and Viktor, as well as Hagrid and Madame Maxime.

Christmas Calamity Brilliant Event Part 2: December 17-24

  • Reflect on Yule Ball memories from Ron and his friends, including memories of Parvati and Harry, as well as Fred and Angelina.

In addition, Wizards Unite will have a Community Day on December 14. During the one-day event, players can find special Portkeys that will teleport to Hagrid’s Hut to unlock rare magical creatures. Developer Niantic is also teasing a 12 Tasks of Christmas Event, with details to follow in the coming days.

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is free-to-play on iOS and Android.