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:
Developer Niantic has confirmed the final 2019 Community Event for Pokemon GO, and it features a return of every monster that was featured in the same event this year. The mobile pocket monster title has long been ruled as a fad by some, but the game has been chugging along just fine. Recently, Pokemon GO passed $3 billion in lifetime revenue, cementing its status as one of the largest mobile titles ever released. Plus, the game has continued to grow in new and interesting ways.
Adding new Pokemon has long been a major part of the growing experience, while other ventures like adding Team Rocket to Pokemon GO have made for interesting iniatives. The one monthly draw that has often captured the attention of Pokemon GO users, however, are the Community Days that place a creature into the limelight and populate the game with increased odds of encountering it as a shiny. As expected, December will feature another Community Day, but this one will be a much bigger deal to fans.
All of the Pokemon that were previously featured in Community Days in 2019 will be returning for December's event that runs from December 15th through to the 16th. This includes a list featuring a number of fan-favorite mons, such as: Totodile, Swinub, Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip, Ralts, Slakoth, Trapinch, Bagon, Turtwig, and Chimchar. Best of all, 2018's Pokemon GO Community Day creatures will be returning in Raid Battles, which include Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Pikachu, Eevee, Dratini, Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Mareep, Larvitar, and Beldum.
The creatures and raids can be found roaming the world of Pokemon GO from 9am to 9pm for players' local times. It's also important to note that Totodile, Swinub, Treecko, Torchic, Slakoth, and Bagon can be more commonly found between 11am and 2pm on December 15th. Meanwhile, on the 16th, Mudkip, Ralts, Trapinch, Turtwig, and Chimchar are more likely to be discovered during that same 11am to 2pm window. All in all, there's enough to keep players quite busy.
It's been a weird time to be a Pokemon fan in recent months given the ongoing controversies surrounding Pokemon Sword and Shield. Fans were initially upset that the games cut the National Dex, and the backlash only snowballed from that point on. Fortunately for Niantic, Pokemon GO looks to have gotten through that unscathed and this event should do wonders in engaging a community that may have felt scorned. Shiny Pokemon are always a boon, after all.
As part of this fall's seasonal activities, today Pokemon Go kicked off Supereffective Week, a weeklong event dedicated to Pokemon type effectiveness. The event is now live and will run through 1pm PST / 4pm EST / 9pm BST on Tuesday, November 26.
Throughout Supereffective Week, you'll earn double Stardust from battling trainers and receive more Potions and Revives from PokeStops. Three-star raids completed this week will also guarantee Charged TMs. This ought to make it easier to customize your Pokemons' move sets to suit their type effectiveness.
Just as importantly, developer Niantic says that "Pokemon that might be strong partners in battle against Team Go Rocket and other Trainers will be appearing more often in the wild, in raids, and in Field Research." It's not exactly clear how this will affect the spawn rates of certain Pokemon, as virtually all Pokemon can be effective when trained and used in the right way. That said, if you're interested in battling Team Go Rocket in the events to come, now's a good time to build up your team.
If you're happy with your lineup already, the event's got one more reward to entice trainers and collectors alike: Shiny Tentacool will spawn throughout Supereffective Week. If you're hurting for a water-type Pokemon, you can't go wrong with evolving this unassuming jellyfish into Shiny Tentacruel, which is easily one of the flashier Shinies out there (I can neither confirm nor deny that I'm biased toward water Pokemon).
Kyarorina, a Pokemon Go Trainer hailing from Japan, become the first player in the history of the game to reach the titanic milestone of one-million Pokemon captures today
Assuming that Kyarorina began playing on the day of Pokemon Go's release, that totals 3 years, 4 months, and 12 days of gameplay, or simply 1,230 days as of November 18, 2019.
This means that in order to each this huge milestone, it would take an average of just over 813 catches per day in order to reach this total, and would result in at least 100,000,000 stardust without factoring in any bonuses. That is enough stardust to max out 444 lv.20 Pokemon to Lv.40. That is a remarkably impressive total, and one that shows just how dedicated some Pokemon Go players can be.
On behalf of all the staff at Niantic, we would all like to give a hearty Congratulations to Kyarorina! We will be cheering you on to break 2 million next!
In order to celebrate the launch of Pokémon Sword and Shield, Niantic is hosting a special Galarian Weezing raid hour today, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in your local time zone. We’ve already prepared our Galarian Weezing Raid Counters guide, so check that out as well.
Galarian Weezing Raid hour takes place on Saturday, November 16, 2019, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in your local time zone, immediately following your Chimchar Community Day.
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Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield have been released on Nintendo Switch! In celebration of the latest games in the Pokémon series, Galarian Weezing will be appearing in four-star Raid Battles around the world right after November Community Day ends!
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You might notice that Galarian Weezing looks different than Weezing from the Kanto region! It’s adapted itself to the environment in the Galar region, which is where Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are set. Galarian Weezing even has two types—Poison and Fairy!
Get ready to show your love for the Galar region! In celebration of the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield release, you can receive new avatar items based on the main characters’ clothes in the Style Shop for free! It’s time to gear up and take on Galarian Weezing while sporting a fresh look from the Galar region.
For more information on Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, see here.
Remember, Trainers! Be respectful of your surroundings and of others nearby while playing Pokémon GO.
—The Pokémon GO team
Niantic Just Announced the November Schedule for ‘Pokemon GO’ Featuring Various Bonuses and Specials for Players
Pokemon GO (Free) has had quite a bit of activity in recent months through multiple events and upcoming features. Niantic revealed plans for a few events set to take place beginning next week and going into December as 2019 comes to a close. This includes events to get special Pokemon, bonuses, and more. Supereffective Week begins from November 19th and will go on for a week. This will feature Pokemon that are strong against Team GO Rocket. There’s going to be a chance to encounter a Shiny Tentacool during this week as well and double Stardust from Trainer Battles.
Terrakion is coming to five star raids. This Legendary Pokemon can be challenged with Water, Grass, Fighting, Ground, Psychic, Steel, and Fairy-type Pokemon from November 26th until December 17th. Friend Fest begins on November 27th and will be on until December 2nd. This will feature family themed Pokemon like Nidoran, evolutions, and more. You will be able to make two special trades per day during this period and raiding with friends nets you an attack boost. There will probably be another event revealed later around the holiday season and maybe something for Pokemon Sword and Shield. Level 40 trainers can now submit PokeStop and Gym noiminations from within the app as well if you’ve been looking forward to that.
Now is a great time to get into (or back into) Pokemon GO with all the new social content, trainer battles, and more that have been added. With Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield set to release tomorrow, expect some crossover events. Head over to our forum thread for more discussion around Pokémon GO. Have you been playing it daily?
Niantic officially released their Niantic Wayfarer program to the masses, allowing players from all over the world to approve PokeStop submissions from their area.
The Niantic Wayfarer system is meant to approve points of interest from both Ingress and Pokemon GO submissions. However, the PokeStop submission process for Pokemon GO has not been released in all countries, including the US.
We’re excited to announce the worldwide rollout of Niantic Wayfarer, a tool for determining PokéStops and Gyms, to level 40 Trainers! In addition, level 40 Trainers worldwide will now be eligible to submit PokéStop and Gym nominations within Pokémon GO.
We hope that the launch of Wayfarer, and the global expansion of PokéStop and Gym nominations, will help in our continued efforts to create an engaging experience worldwide and give Trainers like you the opportunity to shape Pokémon GO.
You can learn more about Niantic Wayfarer and what makes a quality review by visiting wayfarer.nianticlabs.com.
Thank you for exploring with us, and as always, let’s GO!
—The Pokémon GO team
A variety of Pokemon already in Pokemon GO will get Galarian Forms some time after the launch of Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield. Today we’re taking a peek at what’s known and expanding on what’s already in the game Pokemon GO to make some next-level analysis a reality! We can make some big stabs at the near-release future of Pokemon GO here now largely due to the leak of the Pokemon Sword and Shield Pokedex last week!
If you’ve not already seen it, you really should take a peek at the feature Pokemon Sword and Shield full Pokedex leak will definitely break some hearts. Warning: It’s not pretty! Or at least for fans of the elder Pokedex, it’s a heartbreaker. That’s for sure.
Largely due to the intrepid works of one Doomnova over at The Silph Road, we’re taking a peek at what’s most likely appearing in the new Galarian Pokedex in Pokemon GO. The Pokemon that appear in Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield with new Galarian forms are as follows:
While most of these Pokemon will look pretty neat, only a few will make the top-10 for usefulness in Pokemon GO for their respective types. Galarian Farfetch’d is a good example here – as it changes to a Fighting-only type and might no longer be restricted to spawns in Europe. Both Farfetch’d and Sirfetch’d will be essential for a full Pokedex, but neither will be super great for Pokemon battles.
The exceptions are the biggest and the baddest of their sort! Cursola might be one of the best Ghost-type Pokemon in the game once it’s released in Pokemon GO. Its base stats suggest it’ll have the third-highest damage-per-second, just after Chandelure and Gengar.
Galarian Darmanitan is likely set to become the biggest damage-per-second hitter in the Ice-type category. Galarian Darmanitan has a higher DPS than Mamoswine, the current Ice king of Pokemon GO. We’ve not quite gotten to Generation 5’s full Pokedex in Pokemon GO, so it’s unlikely we’ll see this monster any time soon, from any region – but you never know!
Maybe this release will trigger both Darumaka and Darmanitan, then go on to trigger the beastly Galarian Darmanitan. Per the leaks of Pokemon Sword and Shield, Galarian Darmanitan (Zen Mode) has a higher potential attack (323) than the vast majority of Pokemon in the game, lower only than Deoxys-N and Deoxys-A.
It’ll be interesting to see if the clues dropped in code in Pokemon GO mean they’ll bring on Galarian Pokemon before the rest of the generational Pokemon they’ve yet to release. It wouldn’t make a whole lot of sense to include “Galarian” in the code for the game already if they’re not close to a big release, right?
Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield were announced to be released on November 15, 2019. That’s this week! Cross your fingers Pokemon GO comes along for the ride!
Giovanni Pokémon GO counters are Pokémon that will help you defeat him with ease, regardless of which line-up Giovanni uses. Giovanni is the Team GO Rocket Boss and his signature Pokémon is a Shadow Legendary Articuno. You can catch a Shadow Articuno by defeating Giovanni.
Giovanni’s Pokémon Line Up
Giovanni always uses a Persian as his first Pokémon. Giovanni’s second Pokémon can be a Dugtrio, a Rhydon or a Hippowdon. His third Pokémon is Articuno.
The following Pokemon are good Giovanni counters, no matter which Pokémon line-up he has:
Other recommended Giovanni counters include Machamp (Counter, Cross Chop), Kyogre (Waterfall, Hydro Pump), Gyarados (Dragon Brath / Waterfall and Hydro Pump), Melmetal, Torterra (Razor Leaf, Frenzy Plant, Stone Edge).
Countering Giovanni’s Pokémon
Persian uses Dark and Normal fast moves, and it uses Dark, Rock or Fairy charge moves. We recommend starting with Tyranitar simply because it helps him charge up Stone Edge in preparation for Articuno. You should switch to a Fighting type as soon as you can. You should use Fighting types with counter and easy-to-charge Charge moves to burn Giovanni’s shields.
Giovanni’s second Pokémon will be Dugtrio, Rhydon or a Hippowdon. All of them are easily countered by Swampert or Kyogre.
Dugtrio uses Ground and Dark fast moves, and Ground or Rock charge moves. Dugtrio’s counters rarely resist Sucker Punch, which is unfortunate. Luckily, Hydro Cannon almost always overpowers Dugtrio before it can chip through your health pool. Burn the remainder of Giovanni’s shields here.
Rhydon uses Ground or Fighting fast moves, and Water, Ground or Rock charge moves. Rhydon is one of the easiest Giovanni’s Pokémon, as it has a double weakness to Water and Grass. Remember to shield against charge moves.
Hippowdon uses Electric, Ice, Fire or Dark fast move, and Rock, Ground or Normal charge moves. Luckily, our good old Swampert takes reduced or normal damage from anything Hippowdon throws at it. Shield against every Charge move.
Giovanni’s last Pokémon is Shadow Articuno, a Flying and Ice type with a double weakness to Rock.
Articuno uses Ice fast moves, and Ice and Rock charge moves. Articuno’s double weakness to Rock makes him very fragile versus strong Rock types. Switch in your charged up Tyranitar and lay waste to Giovanni’s Aricuno!
Trainers, we’ve just got confirmation! Engadget’s recent Pokémon GO article is correct – Wayfarer will indeed be launching next week for all Level 40 players. We apologize to our readers for this delay in reporting, but seeing that only a few media outlets reported the date made us vary.
After confirming with Niantic, we are happy to report that, yes, Wayfarer worldwide release is indeed planned next week 🎉. Prepare yourself for the Wayfarer Test for Reviewers and stay tuned for updates. No concrete date was mentioned, but next week looks like the release candidate. This information was shared in an internal Press Event at Niantic Headquarters yesterday.
Here’s what TechCrunch had to say in their report:
“This is going to be launched for Pokémon GO players next week,” Niantic CEO John Hanke told a handful of reporters at a press gathering yesterday. “So worldwide people will be able to submit and rate and review these locations. That’s for GO now, and it’ll be in other games in the future. You can imagine that Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, and other games as they come online, will also share this capability.”
Niantic told TechCrunch that they’ve seen 27 million waypoint locations submitted by users so far, with 26 million having been reviewed, and 9.4 million approved and in-game. Even in these early stages, the company says it’s seeing about 1 million nominations per week.
For those of you who passed the test before Wayfarer’s Pokemon GO Access got Shut Down, your results should still be recorded and you should be able to review without retaking the test. Same goes for your contributions, they should be recorded.