There’s been plenty of new bonuses and rewards to collect in Pokemon Go this week.
Stardust has been in abundance, with Niantic now unlocking another great deal.
For those that don’t know, one of the benefits of the new Pokemon trading feature is that you have a chance at receiving a Lucky Pokemon.
Lucky Pokémon differ from regular ones in a few big ways, including being more likely to be strong opponents in battle, requiring less Stardust to power up, and appearing with a shimmery effect in the Pokédex.
The only downside is that although Pokémon turn into Lucky Pokemon at random when traded, the longer you have a Pokémon, the greater the chances that they will become Lucky Pokémon.
But there isn’t any real way to get a guaranteed Luck Pokemon… Until now.
Starting now, if you trade a Pokémon that has spent time in a Trainer’s Pokémon storage since July 2016 to August 2016, it is guaranteed to become a Lucky Pokémon.
This is the latest bonus from Niantic, following the launch of many others this week.
“Lucky Pokémon that result from a trade will be more powerful than ever before,” a message from Niantic explains.
“Lucky Pokémon will still require less Stardust to power up, so your new Lucky Pokémon can quickly become much stronger.
“If you and your friend have received 10 or more Lucky Pokémon, the guarantee won’t be in effect, so keep that in mind.
“Now is the perfect time to bring old friends back to Pokémon GO and work together to complete your Kanto Pokédex.”
This new bonus is on top of the existing rewards unlocked by Niantic this week.
Currently available in-game, Pokemon Go players can enjoy 3× Catch Stardust, 2× Hatch Stardust, and a guaranteed 3,000 Stardust when completing Raid Battles until September 10.
But wait, there’s more! Niantic has also made it so Star Pieces will stay active for twice as long, meaning a whole hour of boosted Stardust.
It follows news that the new Nintendo Direct is going to include some surprise Pokemon franchise news.
Another rumoured Switch game that is allegedly in the works is a new Pokemon game separate to Pokemon Let’s Go and the new mainline series entry coming in 2019.
It’s been claimed an Amazon listing, which was taken down after going up, could indicate two 3DS Pokemon games are getting ported to the Switch.
As revealed in a post by Twitter user @CrocOclock, three unannounced Nintendo Switch games were in August listed by Amazon.
One of them had the Pokemon logo next to it and was labelled as ‘Switch Title 23 - (Nintendo 3DS)'.
Upcoming Nintendo Switch games, as well as 3DS titles, will be showcased during the 35 minutes long Nintendo Direct.