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It’s Christmastime at Hogwarts in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery

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Mobile RPG Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery’s next seasonal event celebrates Christmas, beginning today. All four wizarding houses will feature a prominent Christmas tree. Players can jump onto the official social media channels to vote for their favorite ornament.

To celebrate the holidays, each Hogwarts House is getting an appropriately themed Christmas tree: red for Gryffindor, green for Slytherin, blue for Ravenclaw, and yellow for Hufflepuff.

Starting on December 6 through December 12, players can vote on their favorite ornaments. The ornaments will be shown via the official Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

The winner will be displayed on each Christmas tree on December 13 via a special video. This tree-reveal video will also tease a new limited time side quest featuring the Weasleys. It was also reveal DIY instructions on how to create your own real world replica of the winning tree ornament.

“Players of Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery are highly engaged in not only the secrets, spell- casting and classes of Hogwarts, but also its rituals and celebrations,” said Josh Yguado, Jam City President and COO. “The winter holidays are a special time at Hogwarts, and we invite players to join us in bringing the cheer and trimmings of the season to the legendary school. We’re excited to celebrate the holidays with fans, and look forward to the many adventures ahead!”

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is available on iOS and Android.

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Pokémon GO Reveals Details on PvP Trainer Battles

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After teasing the upcoming PvP update earlier this week, Niantic has revealed a few more important details on how Trainer Battles will work in Pokémon GO.

Trainers will be able to battle each other via one trainer scanning a QR Code of another. Trainers can be complete strangers, but if you’ve reached a certain level of friendship via gifting (Ultra and Best), you can challenge each other from any distance.

Both trainers must compete within the same Battle League, which was previously announced as three separate leagues divided by max CP per Pokémon. Great League is 1,500, Ultra is 2,500, and Master has no upper limit.

Trainers will battle each other using a team of three Pokémon. Like the Gym and Raid battles, combat is in real time and plays out quickly. Trainers will be able to execute regular attacks and charged attacks. Trainers can also use a Protect Shield to avoid critical damage if they use it at the right time, though you’ll only have a limited number of shields to use. Stardust and Candy can be used before a fight to unlock another charged attack.

Although Trainer Battles are designed for PvP, you will be able to battle your respective team leader, Spark, Candela, or Blanche, once per day as a training exercise. You can earn rewards such as Stardust. Regular Trainer Battles will net rewards for both the winner and loser, including a chance at highly-coveted evolution stones.

Trainer Battles are coming later this month for Pokémon GO.

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Pokémon GO Teases PvP Trainer Battles, Coming Soon

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Over the last several days the official Pokémon GO twitter account has been teasing the next most requested feature for the game: Player versus Player. Trainer battles are still teased as “coming soon,” but we finally got some official screenshots and a few choice details on how they’ll work.

Three new Battle Leagues will be available for PvP Trainer battles: Great, Ultra, and Master, named after the PokéBalls. Each Battle League restricts which Pokémon you can use to a maximum CP amount. For the Great League the max CP per Pokémon is 1,500. Ultra League is 2,500 and Master really takes the wheels off with no max CP limit at all.

You’ll want to start organizing and preparing your team to get just under the values of those leagues. A Battle League team is made up of three Pokémon.

“When designing Trainer Battles, we wanted to create an experience that everyone can enjoy and ensure that different kinds of Pokémon can show their strengths,” states the official Pokémon GO twitter account. “With Leagues in Trainer Battles, we hope to create a system that’s accessible to many Trainers.”

That’s all the information we know so far on Battle Leagues. We don’t yet know how Trainers will be able to start these battles or what rewards will be offered.

Pokémon GO recently added the Adventure Sync. The Adventure Sync lets you sync the game’s walking speed with your smartphone, allowing you to hatch eggs and find Buddy candy without opening the app. Adventure Sync is enabled in the Settings menu.