GDC 2020: how Niantic adapted the game

How do you adapt a game that relies on the three pillars of: exploration, exercise, and social activity during a global lockdown? Well, that’s exactly what Niantic had to do with Pokémon Go back in March, when the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic struck. We know now that Niantic’s changes and additions proved to be a roaring … Read more

Raids – legendary raid boss month

If you want to catch the best Pokémon, you’re going to have to participate in Pokémon Go raids. These are difficult events that pit you against a variety of your favourite monsters alongside your friends, providing you with a bunch of rewards if you succeed. You’ll also get a chance to catch the monster you fought, … Read more

Update – v1.151.3

Pokémon Go is a very busy game. Niantic has settled into a nice rhythm of providing a wealth of content via Pokémon Go updates, which introduce new events, features, and more to your favourite mobile game. There is so much happening on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis that it’s actually really challenging to keep … Read more

The new scan feature

Pokémon Go news comes thick and fast, with a big new feature, event, or update arriving on a near-daily basis at times. While that’s positive, as it means new stuff in your favourite mobile game, it is difficult at times to keep up with all of the changes. Well, until now, that is, as this Pokémon … Read more

Upcoming Events

Pokémon Go event – Every single upcoming Pokémon Go Event listed: Go Battle League Season Four The latest Pokémon Go Battle League, season four, will kick off on Monday, September 14 at 13:00 PDT, and will feature a myriad of changes and rewards. Here are the full details: Season five will commence with the Great League on … Read more

In-Game Events & Features

In-Game Events Giovanni Rocket Special Research – Start of each month No new Giovanni Special Research from May until the end of September Changes to Items, Features, and Bonuses (Effective Globally Until Further Notice, Unless Otherwise Specified) PokéStops and Gyms The distance from which you can interact with Gyms and PokéStops has been temporarily doubled. … Read more

Inviting Friends to Raid Battles

Note: This is a new feature; details related to this feature may change in the coming weeks or months. Trainers who join a Raid Battle in-person can invite up to 5 friends to the Raid Battle, regardless of their friends’ locations. However, invited Trainers can’t invite their own friends to the same lobby, and the … Read more

Mega Evolving

Unlike regular evolving, which is permanent, Mega Evolving temporarily transforms your Pokémon, changing their appearance, improving their performance in battle through a significant boost in stats, and offering other unique benefits. You can tell if a Pokémon is eligible for Mega Evolution if you see a “Mega Evolve” button and “Mega Energy” on their summary … Read more

Team GO Rocket Balloons

Team GO Rocket balloons float above Trainers and contain members of Team GO Rocket that you can challenge to a Trainer Battle. When you see a round shadow near your Trainer avatar in the Map View, zoom out and look around to find the hovering Team GO Rocket balloon. Team GO Rocket balloons only stay … Read more

Dodge the driving lockouts

Pokémon Go does everything it can to prevent people from playing while driving, and that’s a very good thing. Unfortunately, it also prevents people from playing while being passengers in cars, buses, trains, and other forms of transportation. There are different levels of lockout. The first is the 10 KM/H limit for egg hatching and … Read more