Shiny Smeagle will be making its debut in Pokemon Go. This guide will show players how to find and capture this Pokemon. Pokemon Go will soon be celebrating an event to celebrate the release of New Pokemon Snap. This is the first new entry in the series since the original and plans to bring back the rail-snapshot-shooter gameplay fans of the original have wanted for generations. New Pokemon are featured in the game from Unova, Sinnoh, Kalos, and more. Players will now have the opportunity to see what all the hype was about for an entirely new generation. During this event, players will have the chance to find their own Shiny Smeargle in Pokemon Go. This guide will show players how they can find it.
This event will run from April 29th to May 2nd, leaving just a few days to obtain Shiny Smeargle. Once the event is over, the Shiny version will be removed from the game, preventing players from capturing it until a future event brings it back. This will make Shiny Smeargle one of the rarest Pokemon in the game. Finding an original one requires tons of patience but it can be rewarding to find it for the first time. Here is how players can find a Shiny Smeargle in Pokemon Go.
As mentioned, Shiny Smeagle will only appear in the game from April 29th at 10 am local time to May 2nd at 8 pm local time. Once the event is over, it will be removed from the game. In order to find it, players will need to take a ton of Snapshots using their camera item. Make sure to turn off the AR+ mode to make it easier to take snapshots. Now, players will just need to spam until Smeargle appears in the photo. Once Smeargle appears, it will show up on the map and players will have a chance to capture it. Finding the Shiny version will take even longer since the odds are extremely low.
Just continue to do this process and it should appear eventually. This event is increasing how many Smeargles will appear in snapshots. Smeargle will only appear in snapshots a limited number of times. Niantic has confirmed that Shiny Smeargle will appear for a future event. It's unknown what that event will be but it sounds like it won't be for a very long time. Don't miss out on your chances to find it.
I know I love games that are free to play without any secret in-game costs. For a very long time, I considered Pokemon GO to be the leader of this group since I did not invest a single penny in it to play as long as I wanted. There were of course some purchases that could be paid with real money, but it was our own choice whether we wanted to do this or not.
In the last few months, it seems that this has changed. For instance, the Spring into Spring event had a Flower Crown Happiny as an event-exclusive Pokemon that was achievable only through hatching Eggs. Indirectly, Niantic made some of us want to spend our money on Incubators so we could get it. Little did we know, its hatch rate was surprisingly low, and there was no guarantee of getting it after 20 hatched Eggs.
Community Days have become a part of this money-pit too. Every Community Day event features a $1 exclusive Special Research Story which is going to be available to you if you pay the amount of money. There are bigger events that you can participate in, but only if you pay the cost of the ticket which is usually over $10USD.
Many players started realizing that Pokemon GO could become one of those games that suck your money from your wallet for every single thing. One of those players is GabeBito8, the player that wrote a Reddit post containing the smallest details of what is happening in the game.
The beloved Rare Pokemon are now featured as Raid Bosses only or as part of an Egg list, and not to mention the new Field Research tasks that have become quite painful to complete. The problem with the Raids is that you can only participate in them if you have a Raid Pass. If you do now own one and you want to get the Rare Pokemon, you would need to purchase it from the in-game Store. And if you beat it, nobody guarantees you that you will catch the Pokemon.
The irony is that this will not stop as long as the game is making money, but without a doubt, Pokemon GO is one of the most interesting games on the mobile market.
Pokemon Go Players not Getting Double XP for Friendship Level Increase due to Delayed Notification Bug
Pokemon GO players have come across a new bug that causes Trainers not to receive double experience for Friendship level increases while using a Lucky Egg, Niantic stated on their blog. However, the problem is not the Lucky Egg, it is the delay in notifications. Niantic has made the title a bit misleading, making players believe that the issue is in the Lucky Egg.
In normal circumstances, when you level up your friendship level, a notification on your screen should come right up but in this case, it comes after some time when the effect of the Lucky Egg has finished, resulting in getting a regular amount of XP instead of double XP.
As per Niantic:
When using a Lucky Egg, Trainers do not receive doubled experience as their Friendship levels increase.
Issue description: Trainers may see a delayed notification after the effects of the Lucky Egg have run out, causing them to not obtain doubled experience for their Friendship level increases.
Issue status: Investigating
It seems that there is a broader bug in the game that causes notifications to come with a delay for each task, action, and catch that you complete. There are many records of this bug, so we advise Niantic to fix it as soon as possible because many players are losing XP.
The New Pokémon Snap is set to release at the end of April for Nintendo Switch, and to celebrate the occasion, Pokémon Go will be holding a Pokémon Snap-related event. Players will be given special research tasks and quests to take snapshots of wild Pokémon throughout their neighborhood. Many of them will be making an appearance in the New Pokémon Snap Lentil region. During the event, players also have a chance to encounter a shiny Smeargle.
These Pokémon encounters will need to be of wild Pokémon, not the ones you’ve already captured. There will be an event exclusive Timed Research where players have to take pictures of specific Pokémon. Some of these tasks could prove difficult because these Pokémon spawns are random, and there’s no direct way to encourage certain Pokémon to appear. Players will have to find Lotad, Cacnea, and Ducklett in the wild. Smeargle has the chance to photobomb random pictures, and this is likely how players will have to capture the shiny version of this Pokémon.
The only way to encounter Smeargle during the event is to take snapshots. However, all players have a certain number of Smeargle that can appear from a picture. The amount is normally five. If you do not encounter a shiny Smeargle during this event, there is a chance you encounter a shiny one in future events whenever Smeargle has a chance to show up. It’s all random, so best of luck to anyone hoping for the shiny version of this Pokémon.
Certain Pokémon will be appearing in raids, such as Vaporeon, Meganium, and Trapinch. While these choices are not connected to any of the snapshot quests, they’re also making an appearance in the New Pokémon Snap.
The New Pokémon Snap event comes to Pokémon Go at the end of April. Niantic did not share the exact date, but with the Friendship event happening on April 24, we imagine it’ll be shortly after this, and likely overlapping with New Pokémon Snap’s official release on April 30.
Pokemon Go Will Give Away Remote Raid Passes and Add In-Game Bonuses If Players Pick Up Trash and Plant Trees
Pokemon Go's Sustainability Week event will feature multiple rewards if players adopt one of several different kinds of sustainability practices. Earlier today, Pokemon Go announced details about its upcoming Sustainability Week event, which kicks off on April 20th. The event will feature the debut of Binacle, a Rock/Water-type Pokemon that first appeared in Pokemon X and Y, along with the Shiny form of Trubbish. The event will also feature several tiers of in-game bonuses that will only be unlocked if players show proof that they performed one of several actions designed to encourage sustainability within one's community.
Sustainability has been one of Niantic's major philanthropic causes over the years, and the company has encouraged its players to participate in various cleanup events organized by local non-profits. Due to the global pandemic, Niantic is instead encouraging players to take individual action to support the planet. In a blog post, Niantic noted that "if we all do something small, it can add up to big things."
Niantic is encouraging players to perform actions that fit into one of three categories - Take Care of Your Community, Adopt a New Sustainability Practice, or Help Out a Local Cause. Examples of those actions include picking up trash in your neighborhood, planting trees or shrubs, or volunteering in the neighborhood. Players who post a photo and description of what they did on social media with the hashtag "#SustainableWithNiantic" will have their post count towards global bonuses that will unlock tiers of rewards within Pokemon Go and Ingress.
For Pokemon Go, 2,500 posts will unlock more 5-Star Raids, 5,000 posts will unlock a free bundle with three Remote Raid Passes, and 10,000 posts will unlock a 2x Catch XP bonus for the duration of the event.
Players will also have access to special event Field Research and Timed Research over the course of the week. The Sustainability Week event will run from April 20th through April 25th.
Many Pokemon GO players have been complaining about receiving unwarranted bans from Niantic.
Players who are found on one offense of cheating typically receive a seven-day suspension. Recently, though, suspended players have been returning to Pokemon GO after a week to find that they have a second seven-day ban to wait out, potentially missing out on events like the Spring into Spring event. Some players have even found third or fourth penalties and are still waiting to play the game again.
Niantic currently has a very clear policy against cheating. They operate on a three-strike system. The first strike will get a player a seven-day ban, while a second offense will be punished with a ban for as long as a month. A third offense could lead to the cheater’s account being permanently banned.
Given this system, it is rare for players to even get to the second offense. According to Niantic, 90% of players who got the first ban stopped cheating afterwards and never got a second strike.
Now, however, players who get only one suspension continually find new suspensions on Pokemon GO, preventing them from playing the game again. Many players have tried to address the issue by emailing an appeal to the secondary suspensions, but they either receive generic copy and paste responses or no response at all.
A majority of the players who received their suspensions were for spoofing Pokemon GO. Spoofing is a process by which someone can trick the GPS on their phone to make it appear as though it is being used in another location.
A litany of posts on Reddit, Twitter, and other social media platforms have emerged about this issue. While some continue to protest their innocence, many spoofers openly admit that they were trying to hack the game. They understood why they deserved their initial ban, just not the subsequent ones.
Niantic has yet to make an official response to this issue. However, it is likely that there is a bug that they will patch out soon. Niantic is, at the moment, dealing with errors from Team GO Rocket encounters, so they might have their hands full for a while.
Team GO Rocket Balloons give Pokemon GO players the opportunity to battle Team GO Rocket Grunts and, if they have activated a Rocket Radar, Team GO Rocket Leaders. However, these balloons have not been appearing in Pokemon GO for the past several days, and some fans may be wondering about what is going on. Shining some light on this matter is the exact purpose of this guide, and players that read on will know why they are not currently encountering Team GO Rocket Balloons.
To put things simply, Pokemon GO developer Niantic is investigating "errors associated with Team GO Rocket encounters" at the time of writing, and the related balloons have been made "temporarily unavailable" while that investigation is underway. All of this was confirmed by the Niantic Support Twitter account in a Tweet made on April 9, and it is further indicated that updates on the situation will come from that same account as soon as they are available.
With resect to the specifics of the "errors" referenced by the Tweet, it appears that some players' devices were freezing when they attempted to interact with Team GO Rocket Balloons in PoGO. While there were several workarounds for the issue, such as entering and exiting a team leader battle before interacting with a balloon, those were certainly not known by all players. As such, temporarily disabling the Team GO Rocket Balloons does seems like the cleanest solution.
Unfortunately, there is currently no information on when the aforementioned updates will come, and players will need to busy themselves with some of the game's other activities while they wait for Team GO Rocket Balloons to make their return. For example, fans can currently work on Pokemon GO's Season of Legends Special Research or even the All-in-One 151 Masterwork Research. Indeed, these offerings give players the chance to earn a variety of rewards, and they are certainly not the end of what is available in-game right now.
Once the Team Go Rocket Balloons do return, players will be able to easily do battle with Cliff, Sierra, and Arlo in PoGO. Defeating these Leaders may not be such a simple endeavor, though, as some of their lineups can pack quite a punch. Fans may thus want to spend some time getting solid counters in order while the balloons are absent so that they can dispatch these foes without issue when they are back in the game.
It seems Pokemon Go players can expect to see a lot more creatures from the sixth Pokemon generation in the near future. The PokeMiners Twitter account has shared new image assets that have been datamined from the game. These images include a number of Pokemon that first appeared in the Kalos region, including Sylveon, Hawlucha, Dedenne, and more. In addition to the regular versions of each Pokemon, Shiny versions can be seen in the assets as well. It's unclear exactly when Niantic will bring these Pokemon to the mobile game, but players can likely expect to see them sooner, rather than later!
Pokemon X and Y added 72 new creatures to the Pokedex, but it also added the concept of Mega Evolutions, as well. These designs are temporary evolutions that offer stronger versions of popular Pokemon. Pokemon Go has brought in several Mega Evolutions of late, but it seems players can expect to see even more from X and Y and Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire in the coming months. The PokeMiners Twitter account shared images of the following Mega Evolutions: Mega Khangaskhan, Mega Pinsir, Mega Mewtwo X/Y, Mega Aerodactyl, Mega Sableye, Mega Mawile, Mega Sharpedo, Mega Banette, and Mega Rayquaza. Image assets for those Mega Evolutions can be found right here.
Pokemon Go has a tendency to slowly roll out new Pokemon, so it's impossible to say exactly when these new creatures will become available in the game. Of course, there are only so many Pokemon that can be added, and the mobile game will have to take its time to make sure it doesn't catch up to the current generations too quickly. As such, it might be better if Niantic takes its time!
Tomorrow, the Spring into Spring 2021 event will come to its end in Pokémon GO. Let's take a look at what this event brought to Niantic's hit mobile game.
What worked in this Pokémon GO event
What didn't work in this Pokémon GO event
This was the platonic ideal of a Pokémon GO event: a great Shiny release, Costumed Pokémon, great and diverse spawns, and bonuses that have actual in-game use. While the Collection Challenge was questionable, that is something that, I feel, is a long-term issue for Niantic to work on. Overall, this was a terrific event.
Pokémon Go Spring into Spring event Collection Challenge: How to complete the Collection Challenge and Spring into Spring Event's field research tasks
The Spring into Spring event has begun in Pokémon Go, bringing us both the Spring into Spring Collection Challenge and exclusive field research tasks.
As the name suggests, Collection Challenges involve hunting down and catching a specific list of Pokémon which are connected to the event's theme, which, in this case, is spring.
These Pokémon can be found in the wild, by winning raids, completing field research tasks and other activities. Once you've caught all of the required Pokémon, you'll be able to collect a number of useful rewards.
List of Pokémon and rewards for the Spring into Spring Collection Challenge in Pokémon Go
The Spring into Spring Collection Challenge in Pokémon Go tasks you with catching 10 Pokémon which, however loosely, are connected to spring.
Here are the Pokémon you need to catch for the Spring into Spring Collection Challenge:
Completing the Spring into Spring Collection Challenge will reward you with 2500 XP, 50 Lopunny Mega Energy and a Lucky Egg.
Tips for completing the Spring into Spring Collection Challenge in Pokémon Go
Here are some tips which will help you catch every Pokémon for the Spring into Spring Collection Challenge in Pokémon Go:
Field research for the Spring into Spring event in Pokémon Go
There will be a number of exclusive field research tasks available during the Spring into Spring event in Pokémon Go. While these tasks will only be available during the event itself, you can save them in your field research collection and complete them once the event ends.
Below you can find the Spring into Spring field research tasks along with their rewards: