If you happen to get an invite from Niantic, you are one of the chosen players to participate in a remote user study.
Niantic is sending invites to selected players all around the world, asking if they are willing to participate in a remote Niantic user study.
The interview will be in English, a 45 minute 1:1 session remotely done over video chat.
The best part is that the ones that decide to participate will get $100 as gratitude.
Only selected players will be able to participate. The user study is scheduled for beginning in mid-June 2021.
Get ready for a Special Raid Weekend, where you will be able to earn bonus Candy and find more raids!
Date + Time
Saturday, June 12, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Sunday, June 13, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. local time
As a reminder, Regirock, Regice, and Registeel will be appearing in raids until Thursday, June 17, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.
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Summer is prime time for “Pokemon Go.” The sun is out longer. Players have more free time on their hands. It also happens to be when the game’s fifth anniversary is held (It launched July 6, 2016.) and when its flagship event, Pokemon Go Fest, drops.
That’s what makes the Season of Discovery so exciting. Players should expect some major announcements and celebrations in the next three months. Niantic is already off to a good start with the raids, wild Pokemon and egg changes.
The most obvious adjustment is in the amount of spawns during nonevent days. Niantic increased the diversity and tied them more to the environment. In cities, players will encounter Alolan Rattata, Magnemite and Porygon while forests will have more spawns such as Bellsprout, Skorupi and Doduo. Mountainous areas will see a Rhyhorn, Nosepass and Dwebble while Magikarp, Marill and Wailmer appear near water. All these Pokemon can be shiny.
DIVERSITY OF POCKET MONSTERS
What’s more notable though is that Niantic appears to have increased other types of spawns. They included hemisphere-exclusive Pokemon such as Alolan Diglett (shiny available), Staryu (shiny available), Barboach (shiny available), Petilil, Treecko (shiny available), Torchic (shiny available) and Mudkip (shiny available)in the northern part while the southern hemisphere, where it’s growing colder has Alolan Sandshrew (shiny available), Alolan Vulpix (shiny available), Shellder (shiny available) and the Sinnoh starters — Turtwig (shiny available), Chimchar (shiny available) and Piplup (shiny available).
The rarer spawns in the northern hemisphere are Sableye (shiny available), Scyther (shiny available) and Combee while the southern hemisphere has Lickitung (shiny available), Chimecho and Cubchoo (shiny available). Summer and winter form Deerling will be in each area respectively. Beyond that though, it appears Niantic has added full grown versions of some Pokemon into the mix as well. I’ve encountered Swampert, Charizard and Machamp in my travels. They’re nice surprises when you’re catching your 15th Rhyhorn of the day.
The raids are off to a good start with players having a chance at the Regi trio. Regirock, Regice and Registeel are all available until 10 a.m. June 17. If players haven’t caught a shiny version of each, now is the perfect time to do that. Plus, Registeel is a force in Great League PvP. From 10 a.m. June 12 to 8 p.m. June 13, players will see more five-star and Mega raids. That’s in addition to a boost in candy for catching Pokemon and a higher chance at obtaining Candy XL.
The egg situation for the next few months will switch up as well with Meditite, Buizel, Spritzee, Swirlix and other Pokemon are in 2km eggs. Players should hope they have the luck to hatch a shiny version of Meditite and Buizel. Meanwhile, Togepi, Gligar, Skarmory, Bonsly and more will be coming out of 5km eggs. The shiny versions of Togepi, Wynaut and Bonsly should be high on fans’ must-have list.
Lastly, Timburr, Rufflet, Goomy, Noibat and others are hatching from 10km eggs. Now that Gible Community Day is done, the desirability of the land shark Pokemon has fallen, but players should hope for a shiny version of Timburr, Rufflet or Riolu. The rarest of the pool is still Axew.
As for June, it already went through a strong start with the aforementioned Gible Community Day and players are enjoying the introduction of Galarian Slowpoke and its evolutionary line with A Very Slow Discovery event. Running from 10 a.m. June 8 to 8 p.m. June 13, players will encounter more Slowpokes as well as pocket monsters associated with laziness and activity such as Slakoth, Gulpin, Spoink, Slowbro and Vigoroth.
The shiny Pokemon that players should aim for during this event is, of course. Slowpoke. Be careful when catching them because the shiny version looks quite similar to the normal form. (Just check for the shiny symbol by the CP.) It’s a little paler than usual. On the other hand, shiny Slowbro is obvious because of its purplish skin. The other big get is a shiny Snorlax, which players have a chance to obtain via three-star raids. Players can solo it with the right counters such as a powered-up Machamp, Hariyama, Conkeldurr or Lucario. Shadow versions of the first two work even better.
When it comes to Galarian Slowpoke, they are worth picking up if you’re into Go Battle League. With the improvements to poison moves, this rare poison- and psychic-type pocket monster is surprisingly useful in both Great and Ultra leagues. Players want Poison Jab as the fast move and Sludge Bomb and Focus Blast as the charge moves, according to analyst JRE47. With its unusual typing and stats, the Galarian version of the Hermit Crab Pokemon should have a role in the meta.
The June Spotlight Hours are decent and with a good mix of Pokemon that also feature the normal bonuses. I’d concentrate on June 15 because of a chance at shiny Slowpoke if you weren’t able to get one during A Very Slow Discovery event. The double candy transfer could help out players who need more space after the epic Gible Community Day. Swinub on June 22 is also another Spotlight Hour worth players’ time. Swinub’s final form, Mamoswine, is an excellent ice type for raids against dragons. Lastly, June 29’s Aipom Spotlight Hour will be good for those who still need a shiny version of the Long Tail Pokemon, but the biggest benefit is the double Stardust.
Players can expect two other events for June, which include a Solstice Event that happens from 10 a.m. June 17 to 8 p.m. June 20, which also happens to be the longest day of the year. The final June event is a mystery but it will happen 10 a.m. June 25 to 8 p.m. July 1. It could have a food theme as Niantic wrote that “trainers will be able to sink their two front teeth into an unexpected event.”
The June Breakthrough Research is disappointing. Players will encounter Clamperl, which isn’t the most exciting catch. This time around and Niantic shifted the weekly free Remote Raid Pass to be included with Breakthrough Rewards, which also has double the XP.
Pokémon GO carried out something that many trainers had believed was a pipe dream. Yesterday… Gible Community Day finally happened. After years of stringing out Gible as a Pokémon rarer than a Shiny, then releasing its own Shiny and using it as a dangling carrot in raids and Eggs through all of 2020 and half of 2021, the day finally happened, allowing the masses to get a chance at Shiny Gible. Did this day live up to the hype?
What worked in this Pokémon GO event
What didn't work in this Pokémon GO event
Nothing. Community Days have been hit or miss since 2020, but this was all hit.
Gible Community Day will go down as a historic moment in Pokémon GO, and will hopefully set the pattern once more for future pseudo-Legendaries to come.
So… Deino. It looks like you're going to be the next Shiny Niantic dangles over our heads all year. All good… as long as we can expect a Community Day like this.
Nearly five years after the game's release, Pokemon Go remains incredibly popular, as players around the world continue looking for new ways to catch them all. In an impressive showing, one player has now set a new record in the game for most XP ever obtained for a single catch! The record was shared on Twitter and Reddit by user AirBenderSteven, who gained an astounding 73,760 XP on a single catch, thanks to a number of stacked bonuses. AirBenderSteven received bonuses for the catch being a new Pokemon (a Swirlix), getting an Excellent throw, catching on the first throw, and more.
For those that don't play Pokemon Go, it's hard to overstate how difficult this task would be to achieve! There are so many things that had to go perfectly right to pull it off. Getting an Excellent throw off a curve ball on the first throw for the first catch of the day is... a lot, to say the least! The player also used a Lucky Egg to boost these numbers even more. Some of AirBenderSteven's fellow Reddit posters pointed out that he's missing a Collector Bonus, but that bonus can't be stacked with the bonus for "New Pokemon.".
It's impressive to see how Pokemon Go continues to find so much success after all these years! The game has definitely come a long way, adding new features and options to keep people playing. Until Niantic adds new bonuses to the game, it seems there won't be a way for other players to top AirBenderSteven's accomplishment. However, the developer remains dedicated to finding ways to evolve the game. AirBenderSteven has set a record, but we'll see how long it lasts!
Another season of the Pokémon GO Battle League has concluded, which means it’s time for another to start right up. Rather than offering multiple leagues to choose from at once, the Great League is the only one going on here at the start of June. More people may be interested in the Great League than usual too, as Mienfoo has been introduced to the game exclusively as a reward in the Pokémon GO Great League. This is why you will really want to have the best team to rank up and get your own Mienfoo, so we have compiled a list split into three tiers of the best Great League Pokémon for June 2021.
The Best Great League Team (June 2021)
Pokémon GO has multiple variants of the GO League that have been around since it was first introduced, but one of the two most common of them is the Great League. This is the most simplistic of the leagues, with the only requirement being your Pokémon are no more than 1500 CP. With this lower level of CP, the Great League often finds some very interesting Pokemon that you might not expect to be used, so that’s why we have broken down the best Pokémon for Great League down into three tiers for June 2021.
The Pokémon GO Battle League is all about the current meta and matchups, so it’s not just picking the three strongest Pokémon you have at 1500 or under CP. Picking just the top three Pokemon from our list below also isn’t always your best bet, as those are the Pokémon that people will know to try and counter most often. As a result, you’ll want to find the best team with more “Resists against” and less “Weak to” as best you can. This is our Great League tier list for June 2021.
Note: If a Pokémon is marked with (XL) that means means to reach this potential you will need to power it up with Candy XL. They are usually still good choices without the XL candy, but if they are far from the 1500 XP cap you will have to power them up with candy or find other Pokémon to use.
Pokémon Go’s first big event for the Season of Discovery will introduce Galarian Slowpoke, a beloved Pokémon introduced in the Pokémon Sword and Shield expansion. It features a Slowpoke with a distinct gold coloring down the middle of its back and comes with a pair of two new evolutions, Galarian Slowbro and Galarian Slowking. Unfortunately, Galarian Slowking will not be making its appearance for this event, so we’ll have to find out how to evolve Galarian Slowpoke into this Pokémon in the future. The Very Slow Discovery event kicks off on June 8.
There will be a Slowpoke-themed Collection Challenge alongside the event, which means players will have to hunt down specific Pokémon and capture them when the event goes live. We can expect to see the standard version of Slowpoke being chosen and other Water-type Pokémon that will be available during the event.
Not only is Galarian Slowpoke going to be featured in the event, but Mega Slowbro will be making its debut in Mega Raids. All trainers can evolve their standard Slowbro Pokémon in this mega evolution after defeating it in battle and earning enough candy.
Players can expect to see Slowpoke, Slakoth, Gulpin, Spoink, and several other Pokémon appearing throughout the wild. For those keen on capturing Galarian Slowpoke, you can encounter it in one star raids alongside Alolan Grimer, Shellder, Shinx, and Timburr. In three star raids, you’ll be seeing Snorlax, the standard Slowking, Slaking, and Toxicroak.
The Very Slow Discovery event will also feature exclusive Slowpoke-inspired avatar items players can choose to grab at the store to add to their avatar’s clothing collection. These items will only be available for a limited time.
The Very Slow Discovery event begins on June 8 and continues until 13.
The makeup bonuses for Galarian Ponyta are rolling out in Pokémon Go, which means players will have some additional content to look forward to over the next week.
From June 1 to 8, Galarian Ponyta will be appearing more often in 7km Eggs, with new Timed Research going live to complete, too. Niantic is launching this makeup content due to an error that accidentally disabled Shiny Galarian Ponyta encounters from May 18 to 24.
During that period, players were supposed to have an increased chance at encountering Shiny Galarian Ponyta since they finished the Fairy-type Catch Challenge. The bonus was live until the start of the Luminous Legends Y event, but players pointed out the error starting on social media.
So if you plan on making the most of the makeup Galarian Ponyta bonuses, here are all of the Limited Research tasks and rewards.
Galarian Ponyta Limited Research
Galarian Ponyta Limited Research page one
Total Rewards: Galarian Ponyta encounter, 1,000 Stardust, and 1,000 XP
Galarian Ponyta Limited Research page two
Total Rewards: Galarian Ponyta encounter, one Incense, and 1,000 XP
Season of Discovery is the next Season that takes place in Pokémon GO, lasting from June 1, 2021 to September 1, 2021, and picking up where Season of Legends left off with the release of Yveltal and Xerneas.
From encountering Pokémon that have never appeared in Pokémon GO before, to discovering new things about the ones we’ve grown to know and love, this Season will be all about the spirit of discovery in Pokémon GO.
Season of Discovery executive summary
Raid changes in the Season of Discovery
The Season of Discovery kicks off with Regirock, Regice, and Registeel returning to five-star raids!
They will be appearing from Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time to Thursday, June 17, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.
After Regis leave the five-star raids, a surprise Pokémon will appear in five-star raids. No word on which Pokémon this will be.
Future raid bosses
Mega raid changes
Wild spawns during the Season of Discovery
During the Season of Discovery, Niantic is bringing in quite a few changes to Pokémon that will be available in Wild Encounters. This time around, the focus is on biomes and spawning Pokémon that are thematically tied to a biome:
New wild Pokémon will be tossed into the mix on top of this change. More biomes could be affected as well.
Egg hatches during the Season of Discovery
Some different Pokémon will be hatching from Eggs! Here’s a look at which Pokémon you might find.
Note: During the Season, you can check each type of Egg to see a list of which Pokémon can hatch from it.
Additional changes and bonuses
Pokemon Go Fest returns. Niantic's annual Pokemon Go celebration will take place from July 17 - 18 and to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Pokemon Go, this year's Go Fest ticket will have a celebration price of $5 (usually $14.99).
Pokemon Go Fest is an annual event where players can purchase a digital pass that unlocks unique challenges and rewards that can be experienced in-game. This year's Go Fest will be themed around a music festival with the players serving as the show's director.
Pass holders will help Professor Willow put on a concert celebration. There will be Special Research activities with unique rewards, including an encounter with a Mythical Pokemon, a shirt avatar item, an avatar pose, and more.
Players will begin by choosing between Pikachu Rock Star or Pikachu Pop Star. Depending on your choice, the music theme for your concert will change. There will be brand new tracks for the Go Fest composed by Junichi Masuda to accompany each genre.
Along with the music festival storyline, players will have a chance to catch rare Pokemon and participate in raids all weekend. Here's the two-day schedule below.
Saturday, July 17, from 10 am to 6 pm Local Time:
Jungle habitat features Scyther, Aipom, Froakie, and more.
Desert Mountain features Skarmony, Shildon, Hippotpotas, and more.
Ocean Beach features Dratini, Swablu, Alomomola, and more.
Cave features Roggenrola, galarian Stunfisk, Deino, and more.
Jungle: Unown F, Unown G, Ludicolo, Chatot, Leafeon, and Serperior
Desert Mountain: Flareon, Unown F, Unown G, Tyranitar, Flygon, and Throh
Ocean Beach: Gyrados, Vapereon, Azumarill, Unown F, Unown G, and Sawk
Cave: Umbreon, Unown F, Unown G, Gardevoir, and Galvantula
Sunday, July 18 from 10 am to 6 pm Local Time:
Pokemon Go is also partnering with Google Play for this year's event as an official sponsor. Players can earn 4x Google Play Points on all purchases made in Pokemon Go starting on May 30.
Players can purchase Pokemon Go Fest tickets starting today through the Pokemon Go app.
Pokemon Go Fest has been hosted in various cities in the past, but due to the pandemic, last year's event was all digital.