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Hatch More Eggs with the Pokémon GO Eggstravaganza

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Pokémon GO’s seasonal Easter event has returned, the Pokémon GO Eggstravaganza. The event is live now this week and Easter weekend, ending April 23 at 1 pm Pacific/4 pm Eastern.

The Eggstravaganza is all about eggs, naturally. During the event you’ll be able to find rare Pokémon Pichu, Smoochum, and Magby in the smallest 2 km eggs. More varied Pokémon will hatch from all kinds of eggs. And the bunny Pokémon Buneary will make more frequent appearances, including in ultra rare shiny forms.

Throughout the event incubators will hatch eggs twice as quickly and net double the normal candy rewards for hatching. The EXP-granting Lucky Eggs will also last twice as long.

Finally any new Field Research gained during the event will be geared toward egg hatching.

Remember that trainers can turn on the optional Adventure Sync to track their steps without having the game open. This makes hatching eggs much easier just by walking around with your phone.

The Eggstravaganza ends April 23. Also going on this week is the Pokémon GO Snapshot Challenge, using the new Snapshot feature. To participate, simply post your entries to Twitter or Instagram using #GOsnapshot.

The SnapShot Challenge will run throughout the next several weeks and include three separate challenges. The first challenge is going on now, and tasks you with taking a buddy picture with your Pokémon using the AR camera.

Pokémon GO is available on iOS and Android.

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Pokémon GO Organizing Second Annual Earth Day Cleanup Event

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For the second year in a row, Pokémon GO developer Niantic is partnering with Playmob to organize a series of global events for Earth Day (April 22). You can register for a number of events around the world throughout the month of April.  Participants can earn in-game rewards.

“As an organization with millions of players around the world, we see it as part of our responsibility to help ensure things such as ocean pollution and global warming are at the forefront of conversation and action,” writes Yennie Solheim Fuller, Social Impact, Niantic. “By participating in these Earth Day cleanups and learning more about local NGOs, players can have a larger impact on their communities and the health of the planet. Long term impact projects include educational initiatives for school programs and community organizations, as well as replacing pollution with new plants.”

Niantic is offering in-game rewards based on the number of attendees at these cleanup events. If at least 2,000 players attend, then Ground-type Pokémon will appear in Pokémon GO more frequently. At 5,000 attendees players will also have a chance to catch a Shiny Diglett. If over 7,000 players attend the cleanup events in April, then Pokémon who appear as part of the event will net twice the Stardust and Candy, and Groudon will appear in Raid battles.

Cleanup events are restricted to ages 13+. Cleanup events last for about two hours. After registering for an event you will receive email confirmation. In-game rewards will appear within 48 hours of the end of the campaign, which is on April 28.

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Pokémon GO Fest Returns for a Third Year this June

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Niantic, Inc. and The Pokémon Company have announced the return of the annual Pokémon GO Fest as part of the Pokémon GO Summer Tour 2019. The tour will consist of three international events in Chicago, Germany, and Asia.

Pokémon Go Fest: Chicago will take place June 13-16 in Grant Park, Chicago, Illinois. The event has been expanded to four days. Tickets cost $25 per person (on sale later this month), and attendees are limited to one ticket purchase for one day. Park times are open from 11 am – 7 pm.

“Last year’s Pokémon GO Summer Tour brought hundreds of thousands of Trainers together at real-world events around the world which left us with some truly unforgettable moments and stories,” said John Hanke, founder and CEO, Niantic, Inc. “This summer, we’re looking to continue to build upon that success and create even more ways for Trainers to enjoy and interact with these incredible parks and cities and build lasting friendships throughout their journeys of encountering Pokémon in the ‘real-world.’”

During the event Grant Park will feature interactive physical activities in the 300+ acres of walking space.

As with previous events, those not attending Pokémon Go Fest can still participate in the special global challenges. Details for these challenges will be revealed in the weeks leading up to the events.

The first annual Pokémon GO Fest was a well-documented disaster. But since then Niantic have successfully hosted numerous physical events, including last year’s Pokémon GO Fest. Spreading out attendees into four days should help alleviate crowding issues.

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You Can Now Switch Teams in Pokémon GO, For a Price

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One of the fist steps in creating an account in popular mobile AR game Pokémon GO is choosing which color team to join. Team Instinct (yellow), Team Mystic (blue), and Team Valor (red) compete with each other for control of gyms around the world.

You may have joined team yellow because all your friends were doing it. But since then you’ve realized that team blue is way stronger and more popular in your home town. For the last three years we’ve had to live with that initial big decision. In an update hitting later today, you can finally change teams, with some notable limitations.

Starting today, Feb. 26,  at 1 pm Pacific/4 pm Eastern you’ll be able to purchase a Team Medallion. Team Medallions cost 1,000 PokéCoins from the shop. It’ll wait in your inventory until you’re ready to use it. Once activated, it will guide you through the team selection step as if you were creating a new account. Choose wisely, however. To avoid team hopping, Team Medallions can only be purchased once every 365 days.

Any Pokémon currently defending your old team’s gyms will be returned to you once they’re defeated – without earning you any PokéCoins. And no, you can’t turn around and battle your own Pokémon. If you return to a gym with your Pokémon defending your old team, they will be returned to you.

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Hatch More Eggs in Pokémon GO Hatchathon

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Many New Year’s Resolutions involve getting more exercise and losing weight. What better motivation to get moving than hatching eggs in Pokémon GO? From now until Jan. 15, Pokémon GO trainers will receive bonuses for using Adventure Sync to track walking distance.

Adventure Sync is a recent addition to Pokémon GO that tracks your distance using your smartphone. Once you activate Adventure Sync in the Settings, Pokémon GO will automatically track your distance without having to keep the game open. Walking distance is useful for generating candy with your Buddy Pokémon, hatching Pokémon eggs, and earning weekly rewards.

During the Hatchathon event, any egg you hatch will result in double the candy and stardust. You’ll also have a greater chance of receiving the bigger 5 km and 10 km eggs from PokéStops and Gyms. Eggs are a good way to collect rarer Pokémon, especially the 10 km eggs. Time to get moving!

The Hatchaton event ends January 15 at 1 pm Pacific/4 pm Eastern. Recently Pokémon has also begun rolling out Trainer battles, which finally feature player vs player combat. Trainer Battles are limited to local multiplayer and online with friends, and can net rewards and bonuses.

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

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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.