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Pokémon GO March Events Include Legendary Raid Weekends

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Mobile Catch ‘Em All Pokémon GO is hosting several special events throughout the month of March, including five-star Legendary Raids every weekend – including Shiny Legendaries.

  • Darkrai Special Raid Weekend takes place March 6 – 9.
  • Altered Forme Giratina Special Raid Weekend is from March 13 – March 16.
  • Cobalion Special Raid Weekend will happen from March 20 to March 23.
  • Lugia Special Raid Weekend is scheduled for March 27 to March 30.

All raids begin at 8 am Friday and end 10 pm Monday, local time.

In addition, a new story event, A Drive to Investigate, will take place March 20 to March 23, featuring the arrival of Genesect. The event will include a limited time Story Event where you’ll encounter Genesect – but tickets must be purchased to participate.

Tickets cost $7.99 and can be purchase in-game between March 20 and March 26. Tickets also include battle passes, incubators, TMs, star pieces, and more research objectives that lead to special encounters, including Durant, Scizor, and other Bug and Steel-type pokémon.

During the special event everyone can earn double Stardust rewards from catching and hatching pokémon. Karrablast and Shelmet will hatch more often from 5km eggs, and Normal, Fire, Water, Electric, and Ice-type pokémon will appear more frequently in the wild.

The following weekend, March 27 to March 30, will see the return of the Psychic Spectacular event. Psychic pokémon will appear more often in the wild, in raids, and from eggs, including Solosis during the day and Gothita during evening hours.

March will also feature hour-long mini events. The Pokémon Spotlight Hour takes place every Tuesday between 6 and 7 pm local time, and features a large boost in wild pokémon. The Mystery Bonus Hour will run Thursday from 6 to 7 pm and offer a login bonus such as Candy, Stardust, or XP.

Pokémon GO is available on iOS and Android mobile devices.

Pokémon GO Battle League Preseason Begins this Week

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Pokémon GO is about to get a lot more competitive. The GO Battle League has begun rolling out to Pokémon GO players, based on trainer level.

The GO Battle League is Pokémon GO’s online competitive multiplayer mode. As per the announcement last year, the GO Battle League features three different leagues (Great, Ultra, Master), though only one will be available at a time, rotating throughout a season.

During the preseason everyone will start with the Great League, before rotating to Ultra and Master every two weeks. Ultra League will be available starting Monday, Feb. 10, and Master beginning on Feb. 24, with Great League returning March 9.

Ranks begin at 1 and go up to 10, though ranks will partially reset when Season 1 officially begins. Niantic has not yet determined how long the preseason – or any season will be, a factor that will be determined throughout the preseason.

To access the Battle League you’ll need to walk five kilometers (3.1 miles) to unlock five online matches, which can be done up to three times a day. You can also spend PokéCoins to skip the walk and jump right into battle. Your first set of matches will be free, however.

Winning matches earn large amounts of Stardust as well as items and exclusive pokémon encounters. The first exclusive GO Battle League reward pokémon will be Pikachu Libre.

Pokémon GO is also in the middle of its Lunar New Year event, causing more red pokémon like Charmander, Vulpix, and Magikarp to appear in the wild and hatching from eggs. A Limited Research event tasks you with encounter Minccino, and because of the Year of the Rat, you’ll find lots of mouse-themed pokémon in the wild, such as Sentret and Pikachu.

The Pokémon GO Lunar New Year event ends Feb. 3.

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.

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Pokémon Go Celebrates Sword and Shield with Galarian Weezing

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Mobile AR game Pokémon GO is celebrating the recent release of Pokémon Sword and Shield on Nintendo Switch. An exclusive Galarian version of Gen 1 Pokémon Weezing can now be found in raid battles.

Galarian Weezing is a regional variant Pokémon, which were first introduced in Pokémon Sun and Moon with the Alolan Region. Regional variant Pokémon use a similar base model but have a different appearance and different typing than their base counterparts. In this case, Galarian Weezing is Poison and Fairy type.

New avatar items based on clothes from Pokémon Sword and Shield have also been added to Pokémon GO.

In addition to Galarian Weezing, Pokémon GO is hosting several events throughout November.

The Supereffective Week runs through next Tuesday, Nov. 26. During the week you’ll find more Pokémon who are particularly effective against Team Rocket. You will also earn double the Stardust from Trainer Battles and receive more potions and revives from PokéStops.

The following week, from Nov. 27 through Dec. 2, is the Friend Fest event. During that week, you will encounter more family-themed Pokémon in the wild, such as Nidoran and Nidorano. You’ll also gain an attack boost when raiding with friends, and get a 50% stardust discount on trading Pokémon with friends.

Finally, Terrakion, the Legendary Cavern Pokémon will be added to Pokémon GO later this month. Beginning Nov. 26, Terrakion will begin appearing in five-star raids, through Dec. 17.