You Can Now Trade Evolve Certain Pokémon in Pokémon GO

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Pokémon GO has recently received another feature from the main Pokémon series: trade evolutions. Certain Pokémon will evolve when traded. Alongside this new update will be several new Pokémon appearing from Gen 5 (Black and White).

Trade evolutions work a bit differently in Pokémon GO. Instead of relying on trading to evolve pokémon like Haunter, trading certain pokémon lowers their evolution Candy cost all the way to zero. The following pokémon benefit from this trade evolve discount: Kadabra, Machoke, Graveler, and Haunter.

The update also works retroactively. If you already have one of these pokémon as a trade, their evolution will cost no Candy.

More Gen 5 pokémon are now appearing in the wild, including Roggenrola, Tympole, Dwebble, Trubbish, Karrablast, Joltik, Shelmet, and more. Boldore, Gurdurr, Karrablast, and Shelmet all benefit from the new trade evolutions.

New Gen 5 pokémon can also be hatched from eggs:

  • 2 km Eggs: Venipede and Dwebble
  • 5 km Eggs: Roggenrola, Tympole, Trubbish, Karrablast, Joltik, and Shelmet
  • 10 km Eggs: Timburr, Tirtouga, Archen, and Axew

The new Gen 5 wave also features region-exclusive pokémon. You’ll need to get some plane tickets (or some international friends) to catch ’em all.

  • North America, South America, and Africa: Throh (also available in 10 km Eggs)
  • Europe, Asia, and Australia: Sawk (also available in 10 km Eggs)
  • Southern United States, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America: Maractus
  • Egypt and Greece: Sigilyph
  • Eastern hemisphere: Red-Striped Form Basculin
  • Western hemisphere: Blue-Striped Form Basculin

Pokémon GO is free-to-play on iOS and Android mobile devices.

Get Walking with Adventure Sync Hatchathon in Pokémon GO

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The Adventure Sync Hatchathon event has returned to Pokémon GO in January 2020. During the event you’ll gain extra rewards from from hatching eggs, which is done by recording steps in Pokémon GO.

During the Hatchathon event you can find special hat-wearing Pokémon from certain eggs. Specifically, Wurmple and Pichu wearing party hats can emerge from 2km and 7 km eggs.

In two-star raids you’ll be able to find Raticate and Wobbuffet sporting party hats, while wild hat-wearing Pikachu can be found in the wild. And all of the hat-wearing pokémon have a rare chance of appearing as their shiny variants.

Hatching during the event will also grant double the candy and stardust. If you manage to walk 50 km before the event ends, you’ll earn a whopping 50,000 stardust, 15 rare candies, and a Unova Stone.

Adventure Sync is an option that was added in 2018. It must be turned on in the settings menu of Pokémon GO. Doing so allows the game to track your steps using your phone’s built-in pedometer, without having the battery-draining app open, and makes hatching eggs way easier.

The Adventure Sync Hatchathon ends January 16 at 1 pm Pacific/4 pm Eastern.

In other January Pokémon GO news, more Unova generation Pokémon will be coming to Pokémon GO soon. Heatran will appear in five-star raids between Jan. 7 and Feb. 4, and special Research Breakthroughs can lead to catching a Lapras that knows Ice Shard and Ice Beam, from now until Feb. 1.

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.