With updates, activities, events, and more coming out every single week in Pokémon GO, we thought it was about time to take a look at this week, and how it stacks up with what we have seen in previous years. “This Week in Pokemon GO History” is a series on GO Hub that takes a look at this calendar week throughout 2016, 2017 and 2018.
This week we will be taking a look at week 40 of this year, which takes into account October 1st to October 7th.
With fun coming around at every corner, at some points it’s hard to keep up, take this week of 2018 as an example:
This event put a spotlight onto Psychic-types, a typing that is often ignored for its rarity nowadays. To celebrate the event, more Psychic-type Pokémon such as Slowpoke, Abra, Baltoy, Beldum and of course, Drowzee; The latest Shiny to have been added, would start appearing in the wild. To follow along with this, more Psychic-type oriented research tasks would start to appear, and Unown would start to show up to different events. For some unknown reason however, a brand new Hat Pikachu would also make its appearance but for only a limited time of 48 hours.
Having been announced the week prior after a load of EX Pass controversy, Trainers were finally able to go out and catch their very first Deoxys, however this time around, only featuring Normal Forme Deoxys. To go along with the new EX Pass sharing feature, Trainers shared videos of them taking down Deoxys in a Duo-Trainer match. Based on its sudden appearance, many Trainers have speculated that it may have only been a field test.
October Field Research
As with every month, a new Legendary made its way to the Field Research Breakthrough system; Suicune (Zero’s favorite Pokémon)! Which brought along Water-type oriented research tasks that introduced us to a brand new Shiny; Krabby! And as with every month, a brand new Spinda Form was added; Pattern 1! Being the third pattern of Spindas that has been released.
Game Data Changes
This time around we found references to a new Background mode and Weekly fitness goals, a new feature we can expect in the coming weeks! Meteor Mash has been added to the base code, hints at a new event, battle party improvements, and a new ban acknowledgement. Overall, a pretty stuffed roster!