Pokémon Go is holding its first ever evolution-themed event and will be giving out items that could help you finally get that elusive species. From December 5th at 4PM until December 12th at 4PM EST, you'll encounter more monsters that evolve in "unique ways" in the wild, in raids and in the game's Field Research quests.
Some of the critters you'll see more frequently are Onix, Eevee, Roselia and Burmy -- you may even meet a Shiny Burmy if you're lucky. You'll also encounter more Lickitung, Scyther, Togetic and Ralts in raids, where you can get evolution items, as well. Each of those Pokémon is unique in different ways: Eeevee, for instance, can evolve into multiple species through several methods.
You'll also find Tyrogue, Feebas, Burmy and Happiny hatching more frequently out of two-kilometer eggs. If you're looking to get a certain Pokémon, though, you may want to check out the event-specific Field Research tasks. Those quests will dole out evolution items as rewards, and you can use them to evolve particular monsters.
In addition, lure modules will last one hour for the duration of the event, and you'll get twice the XP for evolving monsters. On December 7th, from 11AM to 2PM in your local timezone, Pokémon Go will also hold an Evolution Event raid day, wherein you can encounter Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle and their evolved forms.
Pokemon GO is expected to have a holiday event this year, and players are hotly anticipating the return of Delibird and festive hat Pikachu/others. Info on the upcoming event is not available yet, but we can speculate some things about the event based on previous years.
What Happened Holiday 2018 for Pokemon GO?
Last year, there were four stages to the event, each involving a different bonus:
This boost also included the release of many Pokemon from Generation 4, as well as a boost to Ice-type Pokemon spawns.
What to Expect in 2019: More Unova?
Pokemon that could be arriving this year from the Unova region are likely to be Ice-types. Vanillite, the ice-cream style Pokemon, seems to be a top contender. Last year only a few of the Ice-type Pokemon from Gen 4 were made available, so Pokemon arriving in this upcoming wave may not be associated with the winter season.
Mainstream cable news is finally catching onto Pokemon GO PvP!
FTW Philly, a recurring segment on eSports from the NBC Philadelphia affiliate, recently spotlighted a tournament that took place on August 31 this year. The tournament was actually a conglomeration of tournaments taking place across a large group of players.
Notable PvPers such as ValorAsh, Miss Mystic, and JFarmakis are featured during the video that showcases many of the features of the game!
You can find out more information on the tournament specifics at this link here.
The tournament was organized by Pokemon GO PvP organization GO Stadium, which has organized several tournaments since the filming of the event.
Since January 2018 and the first Pokémon Go Community Day, this monthly event has become a fixture of Pokémon Go. This guide will give a general overview of Community Day, along with basic Tips and Tricks for a successful Community Day. For Guides and News on Specific Community Days – search Community Day on the Hub.
Community Day in Pokémon Go
Community Day is a special event held every month. Each month one Pokémon is featured – this means spawns are greatly increased for the event window, the Shiny Form of that Pokémon is introduced, and an Exclusive Move is available to that Pokémon Family. Additionally, other bonus are also in effect during the event window.
Community Day takes place every month at a specific time, and this Event Window is when all of the below features occur. Normally, this is a 3-hour window in the afternoon on a Saturday or Sunday.
Increased Spawns and Shinies
The main staple of Community Day is the introduction of the shiny form of the Featured Pokémon. The new shiny becomes available at the start of the Event Window and is available even after the event ends; however, during the window the number of spawns and the shiny rate of the the Featured Pokémon are greatly increased. Research points to the shiny rate being increased by a factor of 15! The current trend is that every other month the new shiny is a Starter Pokémon, being released in the order of the Pokédex.
The other major fixture of Community Day is the release of an Exclusive move for the Featured Pokémon’s family. Typically this move is learned by the final evolution, is powerful, and experiences STAB. The Featured Move is ONLY available from evolving during the Event Window, it can not be learned from TM or a second Charge Move. The Featured Move is guaranteed with every evolution, during the window. In a welcome charge since the first Community Day the Exclusive Move Event Window lasts 1 hour longer than the increased spawn rates.
One trend that has been observed is that the Starter Pokémon get the same Exclusive Moves, dependent on Type.
Another element of Community Day is the additional bonuses. These have included Stardust, XP, or Candy multipliers, reduced Egg hatch distances, or increased lure duration.
It has become commonplace that each Community Day a special Event Box is available for purchase. This box typically complaints the Additional Bonuses in effect during Community Day.
One final feature to note is that during Community Day most of the Research Tasks change to Community Day related Quests. They are typically to Catch a certain number of the Featured Pokémon, and give out various rewards that will help in catching the Featured Pokémon.
Community Day Tips and Tricks
To get the best out of Community Day here are some general Tips and Tricks for a successful event.
Before Community Day
Before Community Day starts, every trainer should do some preparing. The two most important, in-game preparations are: Clearing Box Space and Having Ample Items. First, it is important to clear up some space in your Pokébox. The more space cleared out, the less transferring that has to be done on the spot during the event. It’s always a major drag when you get the dreaded “No More Space” message.
Next, it is important to ensure you have enough items to last through the event. This means enough Pokéballs and Berries to catch with. Obviously, you can still spin Stops and complete Task during the event, but there is another worse than finding a shiny and having no Pokéballs to catch it with.
In addition to items for catching – make sure you have all the Lucky Eggs, Starpieces, Incense, Lures and Incubators that you plan to use. These items definitely can compliment the additional bonuses, and keep in mind the added bonuses as you might not need six of each to last all event. These items can often be found in the Event Box, so be smart about what you need and plan to use.
Here are a few other minor preparations that can come in handy. It can be helpful to look up and print charts of the 100% IV Pokémon for the event (although this has become less relevant since the introduction of the 4* search feature), as well as CP ranges that will fall closest, but under 1500 and 2500 when evolved. If you’ve saved any High IV or CP Pokémon to evolve for the Exclusive Move, mark them. Also feel free to trade before the event, this can get you a Lucky Pokémon and always gives Candy. Some people like to preset an alarm to go off every 30 minutes as a reminder to reapply Lucky Eggs, Star Pieces, and or Incense. If you don’t want your Go Plus or Pokéball to catch during the event, remember to turn that feature off.
Most important is have a day of Game Plan. Know where you are going, what to do if there is inclement weather, are there restrooms available, etc. Decide if you plan to walk or ride (Please Please NEVER play Pokémon Go and drive). Pack all your supplies: batteries, charging cords, snacks, rain gear, sunscreen, water, etc. Lastly, charge your devices!
During Community Day
You’ve made it to Community Day! Here are a few tips for making the most of the three hours. Get there early, so you are in place to start. Once the event starts activate any Lucky Eggs, Starpieces, and/or Incense. Don’t drop lures before the event starts; some evidence points to lures activated pre-event severely under-perform. If the sprites of the featured Pokémon don’t appear, or fully load, when the event starts restart your app. Now it’s time to start catching. Some trainers like to Quick Catch – this is a trick that allows you to skip the Catch Animation. It is highly recommended to catch everything, this will result in tons of Candy, plus it is easy to forget which Pokémon have already been Shiny Checked. As the event nears its end, last 5-10 minutes, Shiny Checking can definitely trump catching.
Remember to keep an eye on any Incubators, Lucky Eggs, Starpieces, and/or Incense – you’d hate to miss out. Make sure you spin stops and complete the tasks, it’s easy to run out of supplies during the event. Additionally, monitor your Box and Bag, both can easily fill and it’s never nice getting surprised by an Full Box/Bag Warning Message. The best way to clear your Pokébox during the event is to search ‘0*, 1*, 2*’ and transfer everything that shows up, because they have lower IVs. Be careful doing this if you are after some specific IV combinations for PVP.
First Hour After Community Day
Even after the spawns and bonuses end, you can still obtain the Exclusive Move for 1 Hour after Community Day. Use this hour to appraise, trade and evolve. Type ‘3*,4*’ in the box search bar to weed out some of the better IV Pokémon you caught during the event, they will most likely be the ones that you want to keep.
Remember trading away all your excess Pokémon instead of just transferring them gets you an extra Candy. Plus there is always the change for a Lucky Pokémon. Once you’ve appraised traded, and transferred your Pokémon, it is time to evolve and get the Exclusive Move. Remember you only have an hour, and the move is usually pretty good. Also, it easy to TM away an exclusive move after the fact, but not possible to get an Exclusive Move again. (December 2018 say an extended Community Day featuring all 11 previous Pokémon and allowed access to their Exclusive Move again. While it is likely to happen again, DO NOT bank on this.)
Friend Fest 2019 is a special Pokémon GO in-game event that features 1/2 Stardust trade cost, two special trades per day, attack boost when raiding with friends and increased spawns of “family themed” Pokémon in the wild.
Friend Fest 2019 event is now live in Pokemon GO! Starting November 27th until December 2nd, players can encounter plenty of new stuff in the game, including shiny Niodoran!
Increased “Family” Pokemon Spawns in the Wild
The following Pokemon spawns are boosted during the event:
✨ means that the Pokémon is available in Shiny form. It looks like the “family themed Pokémon” referred to in the original announcement are actually Pokémon with multiple heads, be it in their normal, or their evolved forms. Nice one!
Reduced Stardust cost on trades
That’s right folks, Stardust cost on trades is reduced once again to 1/2!
2 Special Trades per day
You read it right, during this event we have not only one Special Trade per day, but two! Combined with the reduced Stardust cost mentioned above, Friend Fest is an excellent way to trade two rare Pokemon (such a legendary or shiny variants) for the price of just one! Still reading? Stop and go and trade!
Damage Boost when batting with Friends in Raids
This is the perfect time to gather some friends and do Raids like crazy, because damage in raids is also increased when battling with friends.
So, get ready to battle with your friends, catch some Pokemon, do Special Trades, and have fun this week in Pokemon GO!
Two Events Incoming: Legendary Raid Hour
November 27, 2019, marks the arrival of two events that were previously announced.
Legendary Raid Hours have been happening for the majority of this year on Wednesdays from 6 PM to 7 PM in every local time zone.
Players will have the chance to encounter Terrakion in every Gym from 6 PM to 7 PM tonight. Gyms that have an Egg or Raid already active during that time will have another raid activated within the designated hour if it expires.
Terrakion has a lot of counters and can be taken down with two trainers and a Best Friends boost(pre-Friend Fest event). Check out these guides to taking down the Fighting and Rock-type Legendary!
Friend Fest 2019
The other event confirmed to be happening today is Friend Fest 2019. Players will be able to make an additional special trade, trades will cost half the amount of Stardust, and friendship attack bonus for raids is increased.
Spawns will also be changing to family-themed Pokemon including the Nidoran lines.
The friendship event will last until December 2, 2019.
How do you feel about all these events Niantic has put on this year? Are you excited about any winter-themed events that might be coming at the end of the year? Let us know in the comments below!
Niantic's latest event for Pokemon Go is beginning soon, this time featuring a heavy focus on trading and cooperative gameplay.
1/2 Stardust Trade Cost
This will be a good chance to nab that unregistered Pokedex entry or Shiny Pokemon from a friend, as it will save some precious stardust!
Two Special Trades Per Day
Niantic is definitely telling us that it's time to trade, as we'll have two ever-so-meaningful special trades per day
Friendship Attack Bonus Boost
This should make raiding far easier for most players, and make otherwise unobtainable short-man runs possible for a time
To get ready for this even, you can take a look at some of our related guides so that you can start planning out a few priorities.
Alongside this event, Terrakion has seen its grand release into the raid scene.
Terrakion is poised to join Pokemon Go as an outstanding Rock-Type attacker, and you can expect more in-depth information about the Cavern Pokemon and its expected performance from Gamepress soon!
Celebrate the spirit of family and friendship with the first-ever Friend Fest!
Date + Time
Wednesday, November 27, 2019, at 1 p.m. PST to Monday, December 2, 2019, at 1 p.m. PST (GMT −8)
Encounter family-themed Pokémon—such as Nidoran♀, Nidoran♂, their Evolutions, and more—in the wild and in research tasks.
It's 2019, and someone you know/love is a huge fan of Pokemon GO. The game's been out since 2016 and has earned Niantic over $3 billion, but what can someone buy for a Pokemon Master that'll make them excited this Christmas?
This page will list a few ideas to get you shopping smart. From new phones to stocking stuffers, we'll have it here.
If you really wanted to have an optimized experience, you're going to want the latest iPhone to play Pokemon GO on. Especially if you're trying to do serious challenges like Trainer Battles and PokeDraft.
The iPhone 11, 11 Pro, XR, and XS will be buy one, save $700 on a 2nd one at Verizon. You must sign up for their Unlimited service plan as well, and the $700 comes in credit over a 24 month period.
If you're looking for a deal on a phone without the carrier hassle, Amazon has a pretty good deal on an unlocked iPhone XS: $645.99 with free shipping.
Android Phone Deals
Samsung is arguably one of the best brands of Android phones to have for Pokemon GO. The dedicated app store, the Galaxy Store, has been known to hold discounts on in-game currency.
The official Samsung store has a pretty good deal on the Galaxy S10 right now; save $200 right off the bat, then trade in a phone for up to $260. You also get a free pair of their Galaxy Earbuds, a wireless earbud offering that is supposed to compete with Air Pods, I suppose.
If you are shopping for a new Android phone, you may want to be wary of certain brands that have been known to have issues with Pokemon GO in particular. Check out the info on that below.
This official piece of Pokemon gear syncs with not only Pokemon GO, but also with Let's Go! Eevee and Let's Go! Pikachu. Even Sword and Shield have compatibility with this one.
It isn't as fully featured as the Pokemon GO Plus though; it can only spin stops when you press the button. It can't catch Pokemon for you.
Pokemon GO Plus
The original Pokemon GO accessory is still around when you can find it, but its functionality has come into question quite a few times. It's supposed to catch Pokemon and spin PokeStops when you press the button, giving information on what action it is according to what color the button turns. However, users across a wide swath of devices report issues connecting their phones to it. It's also worth noting that the successor to this device has been announced this year.
The Go-tcha is the device that the dedicated Pokemon players want. Anyone who syncs this up to their Pokemon GO-playing phone can automatically spin stops and catch Pokemon without ever even needing to touch it. It is succeptible to bad firmware updates from time to time, so there is a small chance you'll encounter some incompatibility issues. It's still the best device on the market.
This device is the hidden secret Adventure Sync users don't want to spread around too much. With your "phone wiggler", if your phone is placed in the cradle and rocked with Pokemon GO closed, you can gain steps through the Adventure Sync feature. Getting 50 km every week for those sweet rewards is as easy as putting down your phone!
Mobile phone gaming is hard on anybody's phone battery. Having extra juice for your phone on the go is vitally important, especially for those Community Day events.
Anker is one of the most trusted names in power accessories, and their slim 10,000mAh power bank can be found for as low as $24.99.
For a large portion of the Pokemon GO population, Christmas means cold weather. Getting out of the house and playing a phone game is tough when the temperature drops below freezing. Touchscreen-sensitive gloves are a must have; we recommend GliderGloves(they run a bit small).
For a more heavy-duty cold, outdoor apparel sites like The North Face would be worth checking out. It is worth mentioning that the heavier the glove, the harder time you'll have getting the touchscreen gloves to register.
Official Pokemon merchandise is never difficult to find. Pokemon didn't become the biggest media franchise in the world without having some great merch; the Official Pokemon Store is the best place for the latest stuff. If you want to look for something more unique, there are literally thousands of Pokemon-specific options on Etsy, a market for creators to sell their wares.
When in Doubt, Gift Card it Out
Look, nobody ever said no to free in-game currency. Pokemon GO has added a plethora of uses for PokeCoins these days; Rocket Radars, different Lure Modules, and even a medallion to change your team affiliation.
A $20.00 gift card in the iOS and Google Play Store can be found at just about any retailer and gets a player 2,500 PokeCoins. That can get you a team change medallion AND an Ultra or Adventure Box, which are combo packs that include Raid Passes, Egg Incubators, and more.
Trainers! Giovanni is here with his team leaders, and it looks like they are out to cause some trouble this weekend to make their presence felt! The good folks at the Pokémon headquarters have intercepted some communications on the Team Go Rocket network that indicate that they are planning something big in YOUR area this weekend!!
This Sunday, November 24th from 11:00pm to 1:00pm in your time zone Team Go Rocket Grunts will be taking over every Pokéstop in your area for the entire duration of the event. Professor Willow has also prepared some special Research Tasks for us to complete during the takeover.
GO Rocket Box saves you from fighting 18 Grunts to encounter Arlo, Sierra and Cliff.
Some tips to participate in this event
Share your best Team Go Rocket stories and tips in the comments below, we’d love to hear them! Team Go Rocket will be everywhere, and who knows what sort of trouble they’ll brew up for us! So, as always, be safe out there and good luck sending Team Go Rocket blasting off again!
Team GO Rocket Increased Activity is a mini event taking place on November 24, 2019 in Pokémon GO. The event features Team GO Rocket taking over every PokéStop in the Pokémon GO world for three hours.
On Sunday, November 24, 2019, Team GO Rocket will be invading the Pokémon World in a big way! From 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in your local time zone, Team GO Rocket Grunts will be taking over every PokéStop for the duration of the take-over!
During the event, Professor Willow will be handing out Exclusive Field Research tasks designed to help us gather more information on Team GO Rocket.
Our mission during the event is as follows: