Pokemon Go Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Pokemon Go RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Niantic Hatches Evolution Event for Pokemon GO https://www.gameskinny.com/uk26g/niantic-hatches-evolution-event-for-pokemon-go https://www.gameskinny.com/uk26g/niantic-hatches-evolution-event-for-pokemon-go Thu, 05 Dec 2019 11:38:12 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Pokemon GO is celebrating its first-ever Evolution event starting December 5. The event runs until December 12.

On December 5 at 1 p.m. PST/4 p.m. EST, Pokemon with different evolution methods will appear in raids and in the wild more often. These Pokemon will also be easier to find through field research. 

Some of the Pokemon you can expect to find during the Pokemon GO event include Onix, Roselia, Burmy, and Eevee. The Burmy you come across might even be Shiny Burmy.

Raids will also host other Pokemon with different evolution methods, such as Scyther, Togetic, Ralts, and Lickitung. You'll also end up with more 2km Eggs for Tyrogue, Burmy, Feebas, and Tyrogue.

Many of these Pokemon require special items to evolve, and fortunately, the field research tasks during Evolution Day will reward you with the evolution items you need. You might get evolution items from raids as well, and you'll get double XP from evolving Pokemon.

There's an evolution raid sub-event on December 7 too, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in whatever time zone you're in. During this event, you'll

  • Encounter Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle in one-star raids.
  • Encounter Ivysaur, Charmeleon, and Wartortle in two-star raids.
  • Encounter Venusaur, Charizard, and Blastoise in four-star raids.
  • Receive up to five additional Raid Passes during the Raid Day time period when you spin a Photo Disc at a Gym. These Raid Passes will not be available after the event period is over. You cannot hold more than one Raid Pass at once.

Evolution Day ends December 12 at 1 p.m. PST/4 p.m. EST. You can check out the full event details here.

If this isn't enough Pokemon GO goodness for you, don't forget that the Looming in the Shadows quests and rewards are still live.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Pokemon GO news and information as it develops.

Niantic Bringing Supereffective Week, New Legendaries to Pokemon GO for November https://www.gameskinny.com/p9mnn/niantic-bringing-supereffective-week-new-legendaries-to-pokemon-go-for-november https://www.gameskinny.com/p9mnn/niantic-bringing-supereffective-week-new-legendaries-to-pokemon-go-for-november Fri, 15 Nov 2019 09:55:09 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Pokemon GO's November events calendar is getting pretty full. First there was — and still is — the Looming in the Shadows Special Research mission set, tasking players with finding and defeating Team GO Rocket's Leaders. Now, Niantic is adding a couple more events to keep players busy through the end of the month.

Pokemon GO Supereffective Week

First up is Supereffective Week. You're not guaranteed supereffective moves at all times during the event. Instead, it's focused around Looming in the Shadows and will see an increase in Pokemon with moves and types that are supereffective against Team GO Rocket. Specifically, Fairy and Bug types.

These will be appearing in the wild, in raids, and in Field Research, from November 19 at 4 p.m. EST/1 p.m. PST until November 26 at the same time.

There will also be an increased chance of running into shiny Tentacool, who will hopefully evolve into a shinier example of Pokemon-hood than its Alolan counterpart.

Of course, the special event will bring bonus rewards, as well. Here's what you'll be getting:

  • 2× Stardust from Trainer Battles
  • More Potions and Revives from PokéStops
  • Guaranteed Charged TM from three-star raids

Terrakion in Pokemon GO

The legendary Pokemon Terrakion, of Unova fame in Pokemon Black, White, Black 2, and White 2, is at last making its debut in Pokemon GO. You'll have a chance of encountering the Ground-and-Fighting Type in five-star raids from November 26 at 4 p.m. EST/1 p.m. PST until December 17 at the same time.

Pokemon GO Friend Fest

Finally, Niantic is including a seasonal event called Friend Fest. It celebrates friends and family by giving you an increased chance to encounter family-themed Pokemon like the Nidoran male and female lines, among others, both in the wild and in Field Research.

Bonuses abound during Friend Fest as well:

  • 1/2 Stardust trade cost
  • You can make two special trades per day
  • Attack boost when you raid with friends

Pokemon GO's Friend Fest starts November 27 at 4 p.m. EST/1 p.m. PST and runs through December 2 at the same time.

The full announcement has a bunch more details, too, so be sure to check it out. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Pokemon GO news and updates as they roll out.

Prepare for Trouble — Team Rocket GO Leaders Appear in Pokemon GO https://www.gameskinny.com/10x14/prepare-for-trouble-team-rocket-go-leaders-appear-in-pokemon-go https://www.gameskinny.com/10x14/prepare-for-trouble-team-rocket-go-leaders-appear-in-pokemon-go Thu, 07 Nov 2019 13:57:20 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Following on from Pokemon Go's Halloween special event, three Team GO Rocket Leaders are starting to appear in Niantic's mobile Pokemon spinoff. The Leaders are just the beginning of the GO world's trouble, though, as their arrival precedes the arrival of Team Rocket and Team GO Rocket boss Giovanni.

All the GO Rocket Leaders are packing new and stronger Shadow Pokemon as well, but you can't take them down willy-nilly.

First, you'll need to complete Professor Willow's new Special Research task, Looming in the Shadows (which requires completing the previous A Troubling Situation quest).

It's not quite as easy as it sounds for a few reasons, but we spell it all out in our comprehensive Looming in the Shadows guide.

In between finishing the Special Research tasks, you'll be catching Shadow Pokemon, Purifying them (which you can find out about here), and taking on the three Team GO Rocket Leaders in preparation for the big showdown against Giovanni himself. Plus, you'll have the chance to catch a legendary Shadow Pokemon.

The quest is live now, and you can check out the full announcement here. It's all still unfolding over the next week or so, though, so check back for more details as they develop.

Pokemon GO Looming in the Shadows Guide: Giovanni, Leaders, Mysterious Components https://www.gameskinny.com/ll9qk/pokemon-go-looming-in-the-shadows-guide-giovanni-leaders-mysterious-components https://www.gameskinny.com/ll9qk/pokemon-go-looming-in-the-shadows-guide-giovanni-leaders-mysterious-components Thu, 07 Nov 2019 13:19:58 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

The latest Special Research task for Pokemon GO is Looming in the Shadows, which follows on from the recent quest, A Troubling Situation, that introduced Team GO Rocket. Now you have the chance to take on Giovanni himself. 

Looming in the Shadows is built around Team GO Rocket and ups the challenge by introducing stronger Shadow Pokemon, Team GO Rocket Leaders, and the chance to capture legendary Shadow Pokemon.

This Pokemon Go guide will tell you everything you need to know about Looming in the Shadows, including how to start it, how to complete each quest step, how to get mysterious fragments, and what you need to do to find Giovanni. 

Let's get started. 

Pokemon Go: How to Start Looming in the Shadows

You won't actually see Looming in the Shadows in your Special Research tasks unless you've completed A Troubling Situation. If you haven't done that, go ahead and get it taken care of so you can get started with this latest quest.

Pokemon Go: Looming in the Shadows Quests

Looming in the Shadows is split up into six quests. Each quest has individual tasks to complete. You're rewarded with items for completing each task and the overall step. Here's each one, as well as the tasks you need to do to complete them. 

Looming in the Shadows Step 1

The first step in Looming in the Shadows involves three tasks.

Task Reward
Spin 10 PokeStops 500 XP
Defeat 5 Team GO Rocket Grunts 500 XP
Purify 1 Shadow Pokemon 500 XP

If you don't know how to purify Shadow 'mon, check out our Pokemon Purification guide for more info.

The overall reward for completing Step 1 of Looming in the Shadows is 500 Stardust, 10 PokeBalls, and 10 Razz Berries. You'll need the Razz Berries for catching Shadow Pokemon and eventually catching a legendary Shadow Pokemon.

Looming in the Shadows: Step 2

Step 2 is a bit different because it takes five IRL days to finish.

Task Reward
Spin a PokeStop 5 days in a row 750 XP
Purify 15 Shadow Pokemon 750 XP
Win 5 Raids 750 XP

For tips and tricks on how to win raids, check out our Raid guide for some quick strategies. The overall reward for Step 2 is 1,000 Stardust, 3 Hyper Potions, and 3 Revives.

Looming in the Shadows: Step 3


Task Reward
Use 6 super-effective Charged attacks in Gym battles 1000 XP
Win 3 Great League Trainer battles against another Trainer 1000 XP
Defeat 6 Team GO Rocket Grunts 1000 XP


 The overall reward for completing step 3 is 1,500 Stardust, 15 Great Balls, and 5 Pinap Berries

Looming in the Shadows: Step 4


Task Reward
Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Arlo 1,250 XP
Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Cliff 1,250 XP
Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Sierra 1,250 XP


 The overall reward for clearing step 4 is 2,000 Stardust, 3 Golden Razz Berries, and the Rocket Radar needed to find Giovanni

Looming in the Shadows: Step 5
Task Reward
Find the Team GO Rocket Boss 2,500 Stardust
Battle the Team GO Rocket Boss 1,500 XP
Defeat the Team GO Rocket Boss 3 Wepar Berries

 The overall rewards for completing Step 5 are 3,000 Stardust, 1 Fast TM, and 1 Charged TM.

Looming in the Shadows: Step 6

Everything in Step 6 is listed as complete, and you get a total of:

  • 6,000 XP
  • 3 Max Revives
  • 20 Ultra Balls
  • 3 Rare Candies

Pokemon Go: Team GO Rocket Leader Battles

While you wait for those five days to pass, you can still work your way toward fighting the Team GO Rocket Leaders: Cliff, Sierra, and Arlo.

To do that, you'll need to gather six Mysterious Components so you can form the Rocket Radar. 

How to Get Mysterious Components in Pokemon GO

Gathering up those Mysterious Components is fairly simple. You'll just need to battle Rocket Grunts.

It seems like getting a Mysterious Component drop is random, but on the plus side, defeating Grunts is required for the Special Research, and it gives you a chance to catch (and Purify) Shadow Pokemon.

How to Find Team GO Rocket Leaders

After you gather 6 Mysterious Components, you'll be able to build the Rocket Radar. Use the Rocket Radar to change the map overlay and pinpoint where a GO Rocket Leader is.

PokeStops with a Leader will have the Rocket "R" logo over them, and you'll be able to actually see the Leader as you approach the PokeStop. Leader Hideouts vanish at 10 p.m. and re-appear at 6 a.m. the next day.

You can always roam around and see if there are any other Rocket-invaded PokeStops, though it's not certain right now if the Leaders are locked to individual players until they spawn again the next day.

Keep in mind, however, that you won't be able to collect any more Mysterious Components until you complete a Leader battle and lose your Rocket Radar.

Pokemon Go: Team GO Rocket Leaders Battles

Courtesy of Reddit user u/skewtr, here's what to expect for every Team GO Rocket Leader, including the Shadow Pokemon they'll have. All GO Rocket Leaders have the same starting Pokemon, plus two others that could each be one of three different Shadow Pokemon.

Leaders are like Grunts, but more difficult. Their Pokemon have significantly higher CP values. They also have two Protect Shields that negate your first two charged attacks. Force the Leader to use these Shields on their first Shadow Pokemon, which is always the weakest of the team.

Winning gets you 1,000 Stardust and the following:

  • 2 Revives
  • 2 Max Potions
  • 2 Hyper Potions
  • 2 Max Revive
  • 2 Sinnoh Stones
  • 2 Unova Stones
Leader Cliff Team Lineup and Shadow Pokemon
Battle Position Pokemon
First Shadow Pokemon Meowth
Second Shadow Pokemon Sandslash, Snorlax, Flygon
Third Shadow Pokemon Tyranitar, Infernape, Torterra


Leader Sierra Team Lineup and Shadow Pokemon
Battle Position Pokemon
First Shadow Pokemon Sneasel
Second Shadow Pokemon Hypno, Lapras, Sableye
Third Shadow Pokemon Alakazam, Gardevoir, Houndoom


Leader Arlo Team Lineup and Shadow Pokemon
Battle Position Pokemon
First Shadow Pokemon Scyther
Second Shadow Pokemon Gyrados, Magnezone, Crobat
Third Shadow Pokemon Charizard, Dragonite, Scizor


Pokemon Go: Looming in the Shadows Giovanni Battle

Right now, it doesn't appear that you need to complete the entirety of Looming in the Shadows to challenge Team GO Rocket Leaders. However, it's looking like you will need to complete the quest, defeat all three Leaders, and battle Grunts to get the Super Rocket Radar that lets you track down Giovanni.

Pokemon GO Giovanni Battle

Here's Giovanni's Pokemon GO roster:

Battle Position Pokemon
First Shadow Pokemon Persian
Second Shadow Pokemon Dugtrio, Rhydon, Hippowdon
Third Shadow Pokemon Articuno


Once you defeat Giovanni, you'll get the chance to catch a legendary Shadow Pokemon — the one in his roster.

Right now, only Shadow Articuno is available. However, Battle Position Pokemon First Shadow Pokemon Scyther Second Shadow Pokemon Gyrados, Magnezone, Crobat Third Shadow Pokemon Charizard, Dragonite, Scizor " target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Niantic has said the Giovanni Special Research will renew once per month each month, meaning you can take on the Rocket Boss again next month. Presumably, his lineup will include Shadow Moltres and Shadow Zapdos as well, giving you the chance to catch all three legendary Shadow Pokemon shown off in the event trailer.

For more tips, tricks, and strategies, be sure to check out our other Pokemon Go guides

Can You Trade Darkrai in Pokemon Go? https://www.gameskinny.com/6ali0/can-you-trade-darkrai-in-pokemon-go https://www.gameskinny.com/6ali0/can-you-trade-darkrai-in-pokemon-go Fri, 01 Nov 2019 13:26:41 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Darkrai was the latest legendary Pokemon to appear in Pokemon GO, but as with the old pumpkins glowering at passersby on your front porch, its time has passed with the end of Halloween.

Since Darkrai's appearance in Pokemon GO was a limited-time affair, the natural question is whether you can get Darkrai in a trade.

The answer is based on Darkrai's status in the game.

Can You Trade Mythical Pokemon in Pokemon GO?

And that answer is no. Darkrai, like all the other limited-time legendaries, is tagged as Mythical, which is basically a fancy way of saying "special event Pokemon." The only way to obtain these is, unfortunately, by taking part in the event while it's running. Meltan is the sole exception to this rule, likely just due to promotional reasons.

Mythical Pokemon are those like Jirachi, Mew, and Celebi. So far, we haven't seen rotating distributions or chances to acquire them; once the event is done, that's it.

That doesn't mean there will never be another chance to catch Darkrai, but it does mean it probably won't happen for a while.


Meanwhile, be sure to check out our Raid guide to brush up your skills for the next round of legendary and Mythical Pokemon destined for Pokemon GO.

Leak Hints at Galar Forms in Pokemon GO, New Team Rocket Content https://www.gameskinny.com/p339h/leak-hints-at-galar-forms-in-pokemon-go-new-team-rocket-content https://www.gameskinny.com/p339h/leak-hints-at-galar-forms-in-pokemon-go-new-team-rocket-content Thu, 24 Oct 2019 16:54:29 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Pokemon GO gets regular content updates, some small, some big. But a new leak from Pokeminers making the rounds on Reddit suggests there's a juicy update coming, full of new Pokemon, new quests, and more.

Pokeminers are known for taking apart code files in Pokemon GO to determine what Niantic might have in store for the future and have a track record of being accurate, hence the decision to report this rumor.

Galar Pokemon in Pokemon GO

The biggest piece of information in the leak is Galar Pokemon coming to Pokemon GO. Note that these are Galarian forms, though, like Galarian Weezing — not actual Gen VIII Pokemon like Wooloo. We haven't even got Gen VI in GO yet, after all.

So far, the only two making an appearance in the code are Galarian Weezing and Galarian Zigzagoon, though we'd be rather surprised if the recently-revealed Galarian Ponyta didn't show up as well.

Team GO Rocket

The datamining also reveals a lot of new information pertaining to Team GO Rocket, though not to Shadow Pokemon. Should Pokeminers turn out to be correct again, then it looks like we'll be taking on quests to piece together a map pointing to Team Rocket's hideout. There shall be battles between players and Rocket Executives, then eventually a battle against Giovanni himself.

The code apparently mentions Rocket decoys, too, so it won't be easy making it to the Rocket Boss. Should you be victorious, you'll be awarded a new Badge, too.

However, it also seems there won't be 24/7 access to RocketStops. Though, in exchange for more limited access, we will be getting a Rocket Radar to make finding them easier.


There's a lot of additional information in the datamine dump, all of which can be found here. As always, this is still technically a rumor until officially confirmed, so stay tuned to GameSkinny for more info as it develops.

Take on the World in Pokemon GO Global Battle League, Coming 2020 https://www.gameskinny.com/jrll6/take-on-the-world-in-pokemon-go-global-battle-league-coming-2020 https://www.gameskinny.com/jrll6/take-on-the-world-in-pokemon-go-global-battle-league-coming-2020 Tue, 22 Oct 2019 13:31:32 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Niantic made a somewhat vague announcement recently about the coming of global battling in Pokemon GO.

The company called it the "GO Battle League" and said it's designed to build on existing battle mechanics and will use a matching system to set players up with other opponents around the globe. That means you're no longer limited to just one location and just people on friends your lists, either.

Presumably, the "existing mechanics" part refers to the tier system and CP cut-off levels that already define PvP in Pokemon GO. However, the announcement had one interesting point Niantic didn't elaborate on:

Trainers will be able to walk in order to earn entry into the GO Battle League, then battle opponents from around the globe through an online matching system and rise in the ranks of the league.

What sort of walking requirements will gate entry into the global Battle League remain to be seen.

Meanwhile, be sure to check out this year's Pokemon GO Halloween event, and stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on Pokemon GO's online battling as it develops.

Source: Niantic

The Spooktacular List of Games with Halloween Events 2019 https://www.gameskinny.com/dnx32/the-spooktacular-list-of-games-with-halloween-events-2019 https://www.gameskinny.com/dnx32/the-spooktacular-list-of-games-with-halloween-events-2019 Mon, 07 Oct 2019 12:56:55 -0400 Joshua Broadwell


Ark: Survival Evolved


Running from October 22 to November 5 on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One, Ark's Halloween event is scarier than a velociraptor opening a door. Fear Evolved 3 brings a ton of ghoulish surprises to the survival game, including pumpkins, skeletal dinos, and more. 


There are "new items to collect, cool skin costumes to try out, and a Blood Moon casting a pale shadow over it all." Players will be treated with increased XP, harvesting, and breeding rates. Here's a list of everything you can expect: 

  • New cosmetic items: Jack O' Lantern Mask, Hockey Mask, Headless Neck Stump, Halloween-inspired Dino Colorization Candy and event-themed undergarments (tops and bottoms)
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  • New emotes: Panic, Spooky Dance and Zombie
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  • Event-themed wild dinosaur spawns
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  • Randomly spawning gravestones, scarecrows and pumpkin patches
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  • A candy corn-themed supply drop brings an abundance of useful Halloween treats for players, surprises like berries, cooked meats, heal brews, veggie cakes, consumable buffing soups, dino Halloween candy and dino skins from past Halloween events.
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  • The environment and trees to be Halloween themed
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Two Point Hospital


Not to be outdone by Tropico 6, Two Point Hospital also has a Halloween event going on right now. Of course, the hospital sim was already kinda' spooky with ghosts floating about, but things are even more terrifying with the "boo-tiful update."


From now until November 1, players can decorate hospitals with Halloween bits and bobs, listening to scary music over the hospital PA, and duck boisterous bats in the hallways. 


Certain illnesses will even get Halloween-themed updates, such as Lightheadedness getting renamed Firghtheadedness, with patients sprouting pumpkins for heads instead of lightbulbs. 


those who don't already own the game can grab it for 66% off on Steam until November 1. 


Tropico 6


Even city-builder Tropico 6 is getting in on the Halloween festivities. From now until November 7, players will see new content updates bringing Autumn foliage, pumpkins, Halloween palace decorations, and a themed main menu to the game. 


The update is live across all platforms, including PS4, Xbox One, and PC. El Presidente is in the spirit. 




Elder Scrolls Blades


The Elder Scrolls Blades is celebrating the spooky season with the Witches Festival. New quests have been added to the game alongside a spell overhaul, new Nightmare Town, and brand-new decorations. 


The 1.4 update includes myriad fixes to combat, weapons, armor, items, and more. It even squashes a few pesky bugs. But(!), it doesn't squash spiders, which feature heavily in because Halloween. 


Creatures lurk in dark caves and mysteriously abandoned villages dot the land. Are you brave enough to venture out into the land of the living dead? 


Mortal Kombat 11


Fighting game fans can celebrate Halloween with one of the most macabre fighting games around: Mortal Kombat


The free Halloween-themed event starts on October 25 and runs through November 1. There will be four new boss fights, all with spoopy modifiers such as witches and bats and pumpkins. There are even new terrifying Brutalities to be had. 


The Masquerade Skin pack will retail for $5.99 and include skins for Jade, Kabal, and Liu Kang. 


Hitman 2 Halloween Escalation Contract


Hitman 2 is even getting in on the Halloween shenanigans with a special, Halloween-themed Escalation Contract. This new contract is included as part of October's free content update for those who downloaded the Hitman 2 Starter Pack, and it takes place in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand.


Along with the obligatory skeletons, pumpkins, and other spooky accouterments, the Contract includes special rewards for those who manage to survive the horror-filled wasteland that awaits them: the Tactical Wetsuit and Bat Shuriken.


The Contract is live now, and you can check out the event's official trailer here.


Gears 5: Pumpkin Ball and More


Gears 5 is bringing Pumpkin Ball back for Halloween this year, which is basically a pumpkin version of dodgeball, and it's also giving you the chance to earn a special Frankenstein skin by winning 13 matches of Pumpkin Ball before the event ends on November 4.


This isn't your typical game of dodge, er, Pumpkin Ball, though. Players automatically revive unless you target specific, zombie-like weak points, including the head or the universal weakness to massive explosions.


The event started on October 22, with more planned sometime this week as well, so stay tuned for more info as it becomes available.


Elder Scrolls Online: The Witches Festival


The Witches Festival returns once more in Elder Scrolls Online, bringing with it a gaggle of ghoulish goodies for your Halloween pleasure. The event starts October 24 at 10am EST and ends November 4 at the same time.


One way to get the party started is earning tons more XP, and to do that, you'll need to complete "The Witchmother's Bargain" quest from the Crown store then use the Whistle you get as a reward.


The Witches Festival has plenty more on offer as well, including Festival-themed collectibles and costumes, Dremora Plunder Skulls (complete with new items) earned through defeating special bosses once per day, and the Glenmoril Armor set.


See the set in all its glory, and find out all the details about The Witches Festival here.


Mario Kart Tour Halloween Event


Mario Kart Tour is joining in the spooky fun this season, with some sort of Halloween event centered around a Luigi's Mansion course. The official tweet announcing the event only said we can get tricks and treats out of it.


Sort of unrelated to the event, but not really because it is Luigi's Mansion after all, is the announcement that Luigi is coming to Mario Kart Tour as of now. (Apparently, he lost his keys and couldn't get there when the game first launched).


Much to Luigi's undoubted dismay, the Halloween event is adding King Boo as a playable character too.


Don't Starve: Hallowed Nights 2019


Klei Entertainment's lovable death simulator Don't Starve Together's Halloween 2019 event is the return of Hallowed Nights, starting October 24. The Klei blog post announcing the event's return said it'll largely include the same things as last year, with a few new treats and tricks.


That means Candy items, Halloween Decorations, and Trinkets you can give to the Pig King for Candy. Candy is good in Don't Starve, because unlike other food items, it never spoils.


Last year's Hallowed Nights also introduced the Mad Science Lab, where you could engineer a number of potions with a variety of positive effects — but at the expense of your sanity.


Though not technically part of Hallowed Nights, October 24 is when we'll see Wurt the Merm make her debut in Don't Starve as well.


Dragalia Lost: Halloween Fantasia 2


Dragalia Lost's popular Halloween Fantasia event returns as the game's big Spooktober event, bringing with it new items, quests, and summons. It all kicks off at 2am October 18.


First is the Trick or Treasure! Facility Event, which introduces Nightmare difficulty, new items to obtain, and more. It's accompanied by a new set of Daily and Live Endeavors that'll run through October 31 as well.


Thanks to Perfectly-Nintendo distilling the patch notes, we also know the special Halloween Fantasia summoning event will include the following:

  • Halloween Mym (Adventurer)
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  • Halloween Maritimus (Dragon)
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  • Halloween Lowen (Adventurer)
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  • Halloween Odetta (Adventurer)
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and a few more, all of which will be available until the end of Halloween.


Sea of Thieves: Fort of the Damned


Things are taking a decidedly spooky turn for Xbox One and Windows 10 players this month in Sea of Thieves. The game's monthly content update this time around is, naturally, Halloween related, and it's no barebones update either.


Old Boot Fort has been overrun by the forces of evil, turning it into the Fort of the Damned, managed by the Shadow of Fate Skeletons.


This fort can be activated as long as the requirements are met, and it brings with it new Voyages, new Contracts from Duke, and some big rewards. More importantly, these additions aren't just for October; they'll continue on as a permanent part of the game.


There'll also be new arena rules, new items and pets from the Emporium, and even a new way to play Shanties. The full details are here.


Fallout '76 Mischief Night


Fallout '76's Halloween event this year is Mischief Night, letting you take full advantage of the day to wreak utter havoc on Whitespring. Mischief Night kicks off at noon EST on October 26 and runs until the same time on November 5, and it begins "every hour, on the hour." It's a public event, which means free fast travel too.


You'll start off at the Mischief Pyre near the Springhouse Gazebo, and after hearing about the rogue Eyebot JES-2R's dark plans, you're in for a quick tour of the resort area.


From there, you can destroy property and vehicles, vandalize buildings, risk getting tricked at one of the treat bowls, and basically do whatever your little black heart desires — as long as the Whitespring Elite Security Force doesn't catch you.


Complete JES-2R's missions to earn rewards, and wearing or crafting your own costume helps further your progress towards unlockables.


Check out the full details here.


For Honor's Otherworld 2019 Event


For the past two years, Ubisoft's For Honor has hosted an event centering around the Otherworld concept, with plenty of spooky challenges, quests, special rewards, Halloween versions of familiar characters, and of course, loads of lootable gear.


The event usually runs well beyond Halloween too. As yet, like with many others, there aren't any concrete details about For Honor's Halloween event, but we'll update as soon as we find out more.


Hearthstone Hallow's End: Doom in the Tomb


Blizzard finally lifted the lid on Hearthstone's Hallow's End 2019 event. This year's special Halloween event is Doom in the Tomb; it starts October 8 at 10 a.m. PDT/1 p.m. EDT and runs for three weeks until October 30 at 9 a.m. PDT/12 p.m. EDT.


As always, there'll be unique Tavern Brawls with rewards for completing missions under a certain time, plus trials in the Haunted Temple for both good and E.V.I.L. to overcome. Naturally, the Headless Horseman will be making his appearance as well.


Some of the Tomb's treasures might seem familiar to longtime players as well, with classic cards like the Druid, Imp Gang Boss, and Imp Burglard making a return.


There's a lot more involved, and you can read about it plus all the rewards on offer here.


Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Dark Arts Month


While Harry Potter: Wizards Unite might not generate quite the same levels of interest as Niantic's other AR mobile game, it's still got plenty to offer for Dark Arts month.


Fighting Forces Brilliant Event Part 1: October 8-14

  • A new quest featuring the spine-chilling Brilliant Death Eater and an Azkaban Escapee
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October Community Day: October 19

  • Expect more uncanny creatures including Vampire, Werewolf and Doxy oddities appearing more frequently in the game
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Fighting Forces Brilliant Event Part 2: October 22-28

  • A new sinister quest featuring the Brilliant Sirius Black and a Dementor
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Exclusive Halloween Quest: October 31

  • Get ready for an exciting and exclusive Dark Arts-themed Wizarding Challenge Fortress Chamber and quest with limited-time rewards.
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More details will be announced on the game's Twitter and Facebook pages throughout the month.




Those are most of the games hosting Halloween events this year. Be sure to bookmark this article and check back throughout the month for updates and new games. 


Killing Floor 2: Grim Treatments


Tripwire Studios' Killing Floor 2 Halloween event is already underway, with the launch of Grim Treatments earlier this month.


Grim Treatment is a free update that brings in a variety of Halloween Zeds, up to their ears (or whatevers) in blood and gore, a brand-new map in the form of Ashwood Asylum, special cosmetic items, and Nuked Objective Mode.


Nuked has special quests and cutscenes, but the main objective centers around the attempt to rescue a small child in the aftermath of nuclear fallout, and of course, there are plenty of Zeds trying to stop you.


League of Legends The Harrowing 2019


The Harrowing is basically an institution in League of Legends. It's a yearly fright-fest that ties in with the game's lore, focusing on the Black Mist and, well, death. Because it's Halloween.


The big draw in The Harrowing tends to be the special Champion skins on offer, plus various ranks of gear, and plenty of other additions to get you in the Halloween spirit.


So far, there's absolutely nothing about this year's Harrowing, but since we're well into October now, that'll likely change soon.


Star Wars Battlefront 2 Halloween Event


There will, in fact, be a Star Wars Battlefront 2 Halloween event this year. Shared on EA Star Wars' official Twitter account, the event will begin on October 23 and end on October 31. 


The event might not feature ghouls and ghosts, but it will allow players to earn 2X experience for the entire period. That includes all game modes. 


The event will center around the Ewok hunt on Endor, which, unsurprisingly, will be at night. 


It's worth mentioning that Battlefront 2 will have events the entire month of October, even though there is only one Halloween-themed event. 

  • October 4-6: Battle Point Event
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  • October 18-20: Battle Point Event
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Dead by Daylight Withering Blight Event


This year's Dead by Daylight Hallowed Blight event, called Withering Blight, was leaked during the Stranger Things event over the summer. That said, only the existence of the Halloween event was leaked. Since then, we've learned a little bit more. 


The event will run from October 22 to November 1. Not only will it bring "spooky decorations" to the world of Dead by Daylight, but items from Halloweens past, including: 

  • The Will O' Wisp flashlight
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  • The All Hallows' Eve lunchbox
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  • The Pustula Petals offering
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Per the game's official blog: 


You can find these limited-time items scattered throughout newly generated Bloodwebs and in chests for the duration of the event. You will keep any leftover items and be able to use them year round, but be warned: Any unused Pustula Petals will stay in your inventory, but will not be useable after the event period. 


Following feedback from the Hallowed Blight event last year, Pustula Petals will instead create a pair of event Hooks and Generators for each Offering used. Survivors who burn one of these Offerings will receive bonus Bloodpoints whenever an event Generator is powered, and Killers receive a bonus each time a Survivor is hooked on a special event Hook. If you don’t burn an Offering, you’ll still receive some bonus Bloodpoints, but not as many as those who do. 


The event will also bring new challenges and rewards to Dead by Daylight. Putrid Serum will be a new currency for the event, which can be used to acquire cosmetics. Though there are a finite number of these items in the event, finding them all will net you "six hallowed cosmetics."


Last year's event featured an adrenaline-filled rush to gather antitoxins to fend off an army of mutated creatures bent on destroying everything in sight, plus the slightly less tense inclusion of new items and gear.


Rainbow Six Siege Halloween Event


Last year, Ubisoft treated us to the Mad House Halloween event in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, and while the company's been silent so far about this year's Halloween event, a set of rather frightening looking skins was recently leaked.


obutu3_ posted a video on YouTube showing off new skins for Doc, Ela, and Vigil, among others, all of which are pretty obviously meant for Halloween.


If it's anything like last year, expect to see plenty of Halloween decorations around the Rainbow Six Siege world and, hopefully, see the previous year's skins available again as well.


Call of Duty Halloween 2019


Just like we can count on a new Call of Duty game every year, we can count on a Call of Duty Halloween event, too. Only — Activision hasn't announced one yet.


Last year's was all about Black Ops, and the year before focused on Infinite Warfare. This year saw Call of Duty Mobile finally launch, so it's possible any new event could center around that since Modern Warfare won't release until October 25. Of course, we could also see something in Black Ops 4 ... 


Either way, these usually involve the same thing: new skins, stickers, and gear, all won through reaching specific tier levels and completing certain missions.


Stay tuned for more.


Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery Halloween Event


Harry Potter and Halloween are perfect matches for each other, not least because something interesting — or deadly — always happens on Halloween.


Hogwarts Mystery will be no different this year. The game's official Twitter account teased the game's Dark Arts Month earlier this month on Twitter.


We know what's going on with Wizards Unite, but we're still in the dark about Hogwarts


PUBG Mobile and The Walking Dead


PUBG Mobile is getting its own Halloween crossover event with The Walking Dead in the form of daily boardgame missions.


Players can log in every day to complete special The Walking Dead-themed missions to unlock a special version of Daryl Dixon's motorcycle, plus enter for a chance to win a new iPhone 11.


More details about the events and giveaways are going to be shared on Twitter through the month.


PUBG Halloween 2019


PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is getting a special set of Halloween skins this year. They're pretty much what you'd expect from Halloween costumes, too, ranging from The Wizard of Oz-themed Kansas and Scarecrow sets to pirate gear, and more, though the, er, happy Lion costume has received some changes since it first launched.


These costumes will all be sold individually and can be bought as sets for a discount.


Crash Team Racing Halloween Grand Prix


Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled has made a name for itself by offering regular Grand Prix events, and it's a theme Beenox is continuing with a special Halloween-themed event: the Nitro-Fueld Spooky Grand Prix.


Top on the list is the return of Nina Cortex as a new playable character, complete with new karts and a brand-new track. There'll be missions and challenges to complete, tiered rewards to earn, skins, items, and lots more.


The Spooky Grand Prix kicked off on October 4 and runs through November 3, and you can find out all the specifics here.


MapleStory Hallowkitty Event


MapleStory's usual Hallowkitty event is back in full force this year as part of the Fabled Melody content update, but it won't start until October 23 at 7 p.m. EST.


It's a big event, too. There's a disco-themed set of Halloween items to purchase:

  • Hallows Disco Chair: Ghost: 1,500 Mesos. Untradeable.
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  • Hallows Disco Chair: Mummy: 15 Million Mesos. Untradeable.
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  • Hallows Disco Chair: Frankenstein: 15 Million Mesos. Untradeable.
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  • Hallows Disco Chair: Vampire: 150 Million Mesos. Untradeable.
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  • Hallows Disco Chair: Skull: 150 Million Mesos. Untradeable.
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  • Hallows Disco Chair: Master
    • Non-Reboot worlds: You can obtain the Master chair through the Ghoulish Meso Cascade Mount event.
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    • Reboot world: 1,500,000,000 Mesos. Untradeable.
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And there are plenty of disco activities, too, with stat growth rewards for hanging out and greeting friends, plus costumes you can earn.


Finally, there is a Halloween-themed monster hunt event, complete with daily missions and plenty of rewards. You can check out the full details here.


Destiny 2: Festival of the Lost 2019


Festival of the Lost is back once more as Destiny 2's Halloween event in 2019. What's more, New Light players — those playing the new free-to-play Destiny 2 version —can take part in Festival of the Lost, so long as their power level is at least 770.


As always, Eva Levante is your host, and she brings with her all manner of Halloween decorations and costumes. And candy. Lots of candy, which you'll earn and can use towards rewards like the Braytech Werewolf Legendary Auto Rifle.


Weapons will serve you well in the Forest trials, 15 minutes of terror fighting against monsters galore, but there's plenty of Halloween customization for those who just want to make some haunting memories for the future too.


You can see all the details here.




Borderlands 3: Bloody Harvest


Borderlands 3's Halloween event is part of a brand-new content update, and, as always, it's called Bloody Harvest. Bloody Harvest starts October 24 and lets you take on haunted enemies, challenge a new boss, earn rewards by completing challenges, and, of course, don new skins for your Vault Hunters. What kind of Halloween would it be without dressing up, after all?


You can see the full details in the event's announcement video below.


Overwatch Halloween Terror 2019


Now that it's actually begun, Blizzard released details about this year's Overwatch Halloween event. Dr Junkenstein makes his return, changing all the heroes into spooky Halloween versions of their usual selves and bringing along new weekly challenges as well as the usual Junkenstein's Revenge seasonal brawl.


Here are the full details:

  • Weekly Challenges are back for Halloween Terror, allowing you to unlock limited-time rewards by winning nine games.
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  • Rewards include the Legendary Demon Hunter Sombra skin, as the final earnable skin in the 3rd Weekly Challenge.
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  • Emotes
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  • Player Icons
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  • Sprays
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  • Voicelines
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5 Legendary Skins 

  • Pharoah Ana
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  • Warlock Ashe
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  • Demon Orisa
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  • Will-o’-Wisp
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  • Scorpion Widowmaker
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3 Epic Skins

  • Inferno Junkrat
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  • Vampire Baptiste
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  • Gorgon Lucio
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Final Fantasy XIV: All Saints' Wake 2019


All Saints' Wake returns for Final Fantasy XIV's Halloween 2019 event, and yes, the spoopy Moogle carriage is included.


If you're looking for some Final Fantasy Halloween fun, head to Gridania Woods from October 17 to November 1 to check out the Continental Circus and its special Ahriman attraction, which is something you'll have to see to believe, or so they say.


As always, there's a bevy of in-game items to earn during the event, but here are some of the highlights:

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    Circus Resonator mount - this unique voidsent was bred by the Continental Circus

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    Pumpkin Carriage - embrace the spirit of the season with this spooky - but regal - outdoor furnishing item

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    Fantastical All Saints’ Wake Advertisement - a notice that will be a welcome reminder about this year’s spooktacular event.

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If you didn't get around to last year's event, you'll get the chance to purchase some of the special themed items you missed out on.


The full announcement is here.


Rocket League Haunted Hallows


Psyonix has revealed new information regarding Rocket League's Halloween 2019 event. This year, things get a little peculiar with the game's Stranger Things crossover during the Haunted Hallows event. 


The Farmstead map gets transformed into the Upside-Down, reminiscent of the opening portions from Stranger Things Season 2. The map is now steeped in red with the Mind Flayer lurking in the background. 


The event runs from October 14 to November 11. During that time, players can earn unique toppers, banners, titles, decals, avatar borders and more. These fiendish flourishes will be available for a certain number of Candy Corn, which players can earn by playing matches. 


There are even golden pumpkins that hold special surprises. 


Pokemon GO Halloween 2019


Pokemon GO's 2019 Halloween event kicks off soon, on October 17 at 4pm EST/1pm PST and runs through November 1 at the same time.


The first big feature of the event is adding Darkrai to five-star raid events, which you can find out more about here


There's going to be more Shadow Pokemon at your local PokeStop. Specifically, you'll have a chance to see

  • Weedle
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  • Kakuna
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  • Beedrill
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  • Electabuzz
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  • Magmar
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  • Lapras
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  • Mareep
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  • Seedot
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  • Nuzleaf
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  • Sableye
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  • Trapinch
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  • Cacnea
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  • Shuppet
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  • Duskull
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If you're not quite sure what to do with these Shadow Pokemon once you catch them, check out our Shadow Pokemon and Purifying guide.


Additionally, Yamask will make its debut, along with its shiny variant (if you're lucky), amidst a slew of other Ghost types that will be more common, like Gastly and Murkrow.


Other Pokemon, including Cubone, Pikachu, Charmander, Squirtle, and Bulbasaur, might appear in raid battles donning special Halloween costumes.


And on top of that, there's a range of Halloween-themed avatar items is coming to the Style Shop, including a Pikachu onesie, Litwick cap, and Mimikyu bag.


You can see the full details here.


Apex Legends Fight or Fright


Respawn Entertainment will be adding a bevy of Halloween goodies and tweaks to Apex Legends with the first ever Fight or Fright event, starting October 15 and running through until November 5.


Fight or Fright introduces new cosmetic items for weapons and Legends, some of which can be obtained through completing special, limited-time challenge missions.


King's Canyon is getting a spooky, night-themed makeover, but it's the new mode Shadowfall that brings the biggest change.


Legends who fall in battle will be reborn as zombies and receive new abilities, like a vicious melee attack and, in true Titanfall fashion, the ability to run up walls.


Once the field only has 10 living Legends left, the game changes to an escape mode. It's a race for the 10 Legends to make it to the evacuation ship while the undead zombie Legends do all they can to stop the evacuation from happening.


You can head over here to check out the full details and get a glimpse at some of the skins.


Fortnite Halloween 2019


Epic Games hasn't yet announced any Halloween events for Fortnite, but fans are expecting something soon. Expectations were heightened when Twitter user HYPEX posted information gleaned from datamining, reportedly showing at least part of the Halloween skins that might be added to Fortnite sometime this month. 


HYPEX is a well-known dataminer in the Fortnite community, but as always, it's just a rumor until Epic confirms the information.


Bloodborne: The Official Return to Yharnam


Bloodborne's Halloween event is fully organized by the Bloodborne fan community. It's an unofficial official event (just go with it), and rules are determined on the Bloodborne sub-reddit based on which suggestions get the most upvotes.


Currently, the rules include choosing and creating a specific costume, like the Grim Reaper or Masked Hoonter, and using the invasion and resonance bells as often as possible.


The event started on October 5 at midnight and runs all the way through November 5. This is still very much an event in the making, so it's bound to change as more rules develop.


This is Halloween — well, almost.


This is early October, which means it's time to get ready for all your favorite games to kick off their spooktacular Halloween events.


From Fortnite and Apex Legends to Call of Duty, Hearthstone, and even Star Wars Battlefront II, there's a lot going on this Halloween.


We've gathered together a sampling of some of the biggest Halloween events set to start sometime this month. While not every game has begun its festive happenings yet, we will continue updating this piece all month, so check back regularly for more information as it pops up.

Get Ready for Unova Pokemon in New Pokemon GO Update https://www.gameskinny.com/7tvl1/get-ready-for-unova-pokemon-in-new-pokemon-go-update https://www.gameskinny.com/7tvl1/get-ready-for-unova-pokemon-in-new-pokemon-go-update Mon, 16 Sep 2019 11:19:55 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Niantic and The Pokemon Company announced that Pokemon from Generation V — Black and White, then Black 2 and White 2 — will be appearing in Pokemon GO later today.

As with previous generation rollouts in Pokemon GO, the entire Unova Pokedex won't be available all at once. However, there's still a wide variety of Unova critters coming.

Here are the 'mon we'll be seeing soon:

  • Snivy
  • Tepig
  • Oshawott
  • Blitzle
  • Patrat
  • Lillipup
  • Purrloin
  • Pidove
  • Drillbur
  • Foongus
  • Litwick
  • Ferrosseed
  • Klink
  • Deino
  • Golett

Of these, Lillipup, Patrat, and Klink will be available in raids, and raids are the only way to encounter Klink in the wild. There's also a chance of encountering Shiny Lillipup and Shiny Patrat.

There are other ways of nabbing some of these Pokemon, though: Eggs.

  • 2km Eggs: Patrat, Lillipup, Purrloin, Pidove
  • 5km Eggs: Snivy, Tepig, Oshawott, Blitzle, Foongus, Drillbur
  • 10km Eggs: Klink, Ferroseed, Litwick, Deino, Golett

The official Pokemon GO Twitter account also dropped a new trailer showing some of these 'mon in action.

Naturally, players can evolve these Pokemon as well, though some, like Litwick's first evolution, Lampent, will need the new Unova stone to reach their final forms. This special evolutionary stone can only be acquired through research breakthroughs.

Note, too, that the Elemental monkeys and two others are region-specific.

  • Pansage the Grass-type is exclusive to the Asia-Pacific region
  • Pansear the Fire-type is exclusive to Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and India
  • Panpour the Water-type is exclusive to Greenland and the Americas
  • Durant the Steel/Bug-type is exclusive to the Eastern Hemisphere
  • Heatmor the Fire-type is exclusive to the Western Hemisphere

Usually, region-exclusive Pokemon get shuffled around over set periods of time, so while there's no indication the above Pokemon will be in other regions at any point, it's always possible.

Niantic promised even more Unova Pokemon over the coming months, so rest easy: everyone's favorite trash bag will probably be coming soon.

Pokemon GO Celebrates Its Third Birthday with 1 Billion Downloads https://www.gameskinny.com/r5o8k/pokemon-go-celebrates-its-third-birthday-with-1-billion-downloads https://www.gameskinny.com/r5o8k/pokemon-go-celebrates-its-third-birthday-with-1-billion-downloads Thu, 01 Aug 2019 11:22:35 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Pokemon GO turned three last month, and with its birthday came some new statistics showing how well the mobile monster-catching game has done in its relatively short lifespan.

Since Pokemon GO first debuted on July 6, 2016, it's been downloaded more than 1 billion times and ranks as one of the highest-grossing Western mobile games.

The news comes via a set of new trailers The Pokemon Company released, the longest of which can be seen above. Per our resident Japanese expert and editor Ashley Shankle, the specific nugget of information is right at the end.

According to a statement Niantic made right before the game made it to Apple devices, half of these downloads — 500 million — came within the first three months after Pokemon GO launched (thanks Gamasutra).

One thing worth noting is that these numbers don't necessarily mean each download is from a unique user. However, it's unlikely the additional 500 million downloads within the past two and a half years came from re-downloads.

Mobile data analyst group Sensor Tower released new information in July showing how these numbers ultimately translate to profit as well. In its first three years, Pokemon GO brought in $2.65 billion, making it the second most profitable Western-developed mobile game on the market, far beyond Candy Crush Saga and only surpassed by Clash of Clans.

Thirty-five percent of that spending, or $928 million, comes from U.S. players, with Japanese players close behind at 29%, or $779 million. Interestingly, Germany sits ahead of the rest of Europe with with six percent of the game's revenue, or $159 million. Whether that's why Pokemon GO's summer tour always hits Germany or if it's because the festival is held in Germany isn't clear, though.

What is clear is that Pokemon GO isn't going anywhere anytime soon. In fact, Niantic is still adding to the game, with the inclusion of Team Rocket and Shadow Pokemon being the latest expansion keeping players busy around the world.

Pokemon GO Purification Guide: Purify Those Pokemon! https://www.gameskinny.com/44alf/pokemon-go-purification-guide-purify-those-pokemon https://www.gameskinny.com/44alf/pokemon-go-purification-guide-purify-those-pokemon Thu, 25 Jul 2019 13:54:47 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Pokemon GO's latest major update introduced Shadow Pokemon, Purified Pokemon, and Team Go Rocket, as well as the ability to purify Shadow Pokemon to turn them into productive members of Poke-society (see: your team).

The introduction is a nod to the GameCube spinoff games, Pokemon Coliseum and Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness. However, there's a bit more to Shadow Pokemon and purifying them in Pokemon GO, though.

We've detailed which Pokemon are Shadow Pokemon, how to get them, and why you should care about purifying them.

What Are Shadow Pokemon?

Shadow Pokemon are 'mon that have been corrupted by darkness, which means they have been corrupted by Team GO Rocket. Shadow Pokemon have different movesets and primarily rely on Frustration.

As you'd expect, Shadow Pokemon look different from their regular counterparts, with sinister red eyes and a shadowy aura.

Obtaining Shadow Pokemon is tied to the recently-introduced Team GO Rocket. Periodically, Team Rocket will invade PokeStops at random.

Reddit user meier-anderson discovered these invasions last roughly 30 minutes. If you notice one happening, it's best to jump on it right away.

When a PokeStop is invaded, you'll see it take on a darker appearance, and the icon jerks around. Although invasions are random, Niantic has apparently increased their frequency since the mechanic first went live.

Once you challenge Team Rocket and defeat the Grunt's team of Shadow Pokemon, they'll leave one behind. You can then capture it in the same way you would for a Raid capture.

From there, you can choose to keep it as a Shadow 'mon or work to Purify it.

Have Nanab Berries handy when you encounter a Shadow Pokemon to make capture easier.

How to Purify Shadow Pokemon

Purifying Shadow Pokemon is a lot easier than in the spin-off games where they first appeared.

  1. Open your storage
  2. Choose the Shadow Pokemon you want
  3. Then choose Purify

Shadow 'mon have a purple flame next to their icons. You can find the Purify option near the Power-Up and Evolve options.

Also, you don't actually have to Purify. If you use Shadow Charmander to turn into Shadow Charmeleon, that's certainly possible to do.

But if you do choose to Purify, it costs a set amount of Stardust and Candy that's related to the specific Shadow Pokemon. This is where Purifying early comes in handy since it requires more Candy to Purify evolved Pokemon.

Purified Pokemon have a blue star next to their icon in your storage.

Why Purify Shadow Pokemon?

There are a lot of reasons why you'd want to Purify your Shadow Pokemon, and Reddit user ControvT compiled a list of them.

  • IV levels in each stat will increase by 2, which is handy if you're trying to get a perfect Pokemon
  • Level increases, up to level 25
  • Learns Return, a 3-bar Normal-type move
  • Candy cost for strengthening or evolving the Pokemon decreases by 10%
  • Stardust cost for strengthening or teaching a secondary move decreases by 20%

Another reason to Purify is thanks to an update introduced on July 25. Along with decreasing Shadow Pokemon capture rates as mentioned, the update makes it impossible to trade Shadow Pokemon.

Purified Pokemon can be traded, though. Given the IV improvements Purifying offers, it means your chances of getting a perfect 'mon ultimately improve when you Purify, i.e. a 13/13/13 Shadow Pokemon would be perfect after Purification.

Which Shadow Pokemon are Available?

For now, a handful of Gen I Pokemon are the only ones available as Shadow Pokemon in the game, with one Gen III 'mon making an appearance as well.

  • Bulbasaur
  • Charmander
  • Squirtle
  • Ratatta
  • Zubat
  • Snorlax
  • Dratini
  • Mudkip
Datamined/Rumored Shadow Pokemon

Over on Reddit, u/martycochrane presented a huge list, found via datamining, of Pokemon that could be appearing in the future as Shadow Pokemon.

These cover all the Generations currently represented in Pokemon GO, but it's not certain if the entries mean evolved Shadow Pokemon will be capturable or if these are just assets tied to evolved forms of base Shadow Pokemon you catch.

As always with information found from datamining, there's no guarantee any or all of this is true, especially since it seems slightly odd we'd get Shadow Mudkip, but no Shadow Treecko or Shadow Torchic.

Here's the list:

  • Weedle
  • Kakuna
  • Beedrill
  • Ekans
  • Arbok
  • Sandshrew
  • Sandslash
  • Nidoran Female
  • Nidorina
  • Nidoqueen
  • Nidoran Male
  • Nidorino
  • Nidoking
  • Vulpix
  • Ninetales
  • Oddish
  • Gloom
  • Vileplume
  • Venonat
  • Venomoth
  • Meowth
  • Persian
  • Psyduck
  • Golduck
  • Growlithe
  • Arcanine
  • Poliwag
  • Poliwhirl
  • Poliwrath
  • Abra
  • Kadabra
  • Alakazam
  • Machop
  • Machoke
  • Machamp
  • Bellsprout
  • Weepinbell
  • Victreebell
  • Magnemite
  • Magneton
  • Grimer
  • Muk
  • Drowzee
  • Hypno
  • Exeggcute
  • Exeggutor
  • Cubone
  • Marowak
  • Hitmonlee
  • Hitmonchan
  • Koffing
  • Weezing
  • Scyther
  • Electabuzz
  • Magmar
  • Magikarp
  • Gyarados
  • Lapras
  • Porygon
  • Omanyte
  • Omastar
  • Articuno
  • Zapdos
  • Moltres
  • Mareep
  • Flaffy
  • Ampharos
  • Bellossom
  • Politoed
  • Misdreavus
  • Wobbuffet
  • Gligar
  • Scizor
  • Shuckle
  • Sneasel
  • Houndour
  • Houndoom
  • Porygon2
  • Larvitar
  • Pupitar
  • Tyranitar
  • Seedot
  • Nuzleaf
  • Shiftry
  • Ralts
  • Kirlia
  • Gardevoir
  • Mawile
  • Carvanha
  • Sharpedo
  • Trapinch
  • Vibrava
  • Flygon
  • Cacnea
  • Cacturne
  • Absol
  • Bagon
  • Shelgon
  • Salamence
  • Beldum
  • Metang
  • Metagross
  • Turtwig
  • Grotle
  • Torterra
  • Chimchar
  • Monferno
  • Infernape
  • Mismagnius
  • Stunky
  • Skunktank
  • Weavile
  • Magnezone
  • Electivire
  • Magmortar
  • Gliscor
  • Porygon-Z
  • Gallade


We'll update if these datamined 'mon do end up coming to the game. Meanwhile, check out our other Pokemon GO guides for help catching and raising your Pokemon horde.

Pokemon Press Conference Reveals New Games, Hardware, and More On The Way https://www.gameskinny.com/civkl/pokemon-press-conference-reveals-new-games-hardware-and-more-on-the-way https://www.gameskinny.com/civkl/pokemon-press-conference-reveals-new-games-hardware-and-more-on-the-way Wed, 29 May 2019 10:27:43 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

The Pokemon Company held a press conference in Tokyo today (yesterday for American audiences) and announced multiple new projects spanning this year and early 2020, including new games.

The project fans will see the soonest is a brand-new mobile game for Android and iOS: Pokemon Masters

Masters features concepts and art from Pokemon legend Ken Sugimori and is a lot like the Pokemon World Tournament in Black 2 and White 2. It includes famous trainers from throughout Pokemon history, such as Elite Four members like Lance and Cynthia and well-known Gym Leaders like Brock and Misty.

Not much else was shown or discussed about the game, though the very brief reveal trailer showed what looks like three-on-three Pokemon battles, with one clip showing Brock using something akin to Z-moves. More information will be revealed in June.

Pokemon Sleep and GO ++

Pokemon GO is getting an extensive new upgrade as well in the form of Pokemon Sleep. Niantic is building on the game's quality of life emphasis, dubbed walking as entertainment, with a new initiative — sleeping as entertainment.

Pokemon GO++ is a new accessory expected to release in 2020 that tracks users' sleep via an accelerometer. GO++ gets placed on the bed when the user goes to sleep and sends the information it collects to the user's smartphone via Bluetooth. The time spent sleeping will translate into some kind of in-game reward, but what kind remains a mystery for now.

The idea is to encourage healthy sleep habits and make people look forward to waking up the next day. It also functions the same as the original GO+, meaning it can be used during the day or night. In honor of that worthy goal, sleeping Snorlaxes can be found in Pokemon GO all day today.

Pokemon Home

With a new generation of Pokemon on the way, and plenty of other ways to experience Pokemon already, the Pokemon Company recognizes that players want ways of keeping Pokemon from earlier games. Thus, Pokemon Bank is getting a new replacement in 2020 in the form of Pokemon Home.

Pokemon Home will let players transfer Pokemon from Bank, the Let's GO games, Sword and Shield, and Pokemon GO all to one location. It also aims to make trading easier and faster than ever before by allowing players to connect via their smartphones through Pokemon Home and trade anytime, anywhere.

Detective Pikachu Sequel

Following on from Detective Pikachu's success on the 3DS and at the box office, the Pokemon Company will be releasing a sequel for the Nintendo Switch sometime in the future. The game will tie up the many loose ends left by the original Detective Pikachu, but nothing else was said about what fans can expect.

Pokemon Style

Finally, Pokemon fans will be getting a new way to express their passion for the franchise: Pokemon Shirts. The line of collared shirts features designs for all 151original Pokemon and lets buyers customize patterns and colors when they place their orders. It was previously limited to Japan and Asia but is expanding to North America and Europe in the near future.

All this comes just a week before a new Pokemon Direct will air, covering new information about Sword and Shield, potentially giving us even more reason to be excited about the upcoming Gen VIII games.

Pokemon GO Extraordinary Raid Week Includes Shiny Lapras Day https://www.gameskinny.com/2r55y/pokemon-go-extraordinary-raid-week-includes-shiny-lapras-day https://www.gameskinny.com/2r55y/pokemon-go-extraordinary-raid-week-includes-shiny-lapras-day Fri, 17 May 2019 10:24:58 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Niantic recently announced a big new Raid event for Pokemon GO, which will include a chance for high-level Raid bosses, extra Raid events, and Shiny Lapras.

The Extraordinary Raid Week begins on Tuesday, May 21 at 4 p.m. EST/1 p.m. PST. It ends at the same time on May 28.

During the event, GO players will get double the amount of Raid Stardust and Raid XP. Plus, they'll have a chance to take on a number of Raid bosses, including some of the most powerful Pokemon in the game so far.

What follows is the list of potential Raid bosses. GO players should keep in mind that Raid bosses have perfect IVs, and this is a good opportunity to track down some more elusive Shiny Pokemon as well. Pokemon that may be Shiny are included in italics.

Tier 1:

  • Machop
  • Slakoth
  • Shinx
  • Bronzor (Note that Bronzor is a new Shiny Pokemon)

Tier 2:

  • Misdreavous
  • Kirlia
  • Mawile
  • Feebas
  • Clamperl
  • Bibarel

Tier 3:

  • Alolan Raichu
  • Chansey
  • Scyther
  • Aerodactyl
  • Floatzel

Tier 4 is where the big hitters are, though.

Tier 4:

  • Alolan Marowak
  • Dragonite
  • Tyranitar
  • Absol
  • Metagross

Tier 5 is a bit more special, since it's region specific:

Tier 5:

  • Uxie (Asia-Pacific region)
  • Mesprit (Europe, Middle East, Africa, India)
  • Azelf (North and South America, Greenland)

The so-called Dinner Raid Hour is making its return as well. It will be on Wednesday, May 22, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. (local time). It's a chance for an extra Raid, useful for those Raid passes burning a hole in trainer avatars' pockets, and Niantic said all Gyms in the local area should hatch a random Egg at the same time.

Finally, Lapras Day will be Saturday, May 25, in the Americas, Greenland,  Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and India from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., and the following day at the same time in the Asia-Pacific region (local time again).

Lapras will be joining Raid battles during that time, and there's a chance players will encounter its Shiny variety as well. There's no need for concern about Raid Passes either, since all players will receive five free Raid Passes during the event.

Both Lapras forms will have two special legacy moves only available for that day: Ice Shard and Ice Beam.

Considering Lapras was only made available on a limited basis, first at Safari Zone Sentosa and then in the wild via special Research Tasks, this is a fairly significant event.


If you need a refresher on the best Raid battle techniques and how Raids work in general, check out our Pokemon GO Raid guide.

Pokemon GO Eggstravaganza Introduces Shiny Buneary, Candy Bonuses, More https://www.gameskinny.com/0fi2z/pokemon-go-eggstravaganza-introduces-shiny-buneary-candy-bonuses-more https://www.gameskinny.com/0fi2z/pokemon-go-eggstravaganza-introduces-shiny-buneary-candy-bonuses-more Thu, 11 Apr 2019 12:07:41 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Niantic recently revealed the Pokemon GO Eggstravaganza 2019 start date and special features, including shiny Buneary and many other extras.

This year's Eggstravaganza runs from April 16 at 4 p.m. EDT to the same time on April 23. 

One of the event highlights is the chance to encounter Shiny Buneary, which would eventually evolve into Shiny Lopunny. However, players will also find Smoochum, Magby, and Pichu in 2k Eggs, with the chance to find different Pokemon from usual in other Eggs.

There are plenty of other bonuses planned as well. Players will receive twice the amount of Candy when their Eggs hatch, and Incubators and Super Incubators will work twice as well. That effectively cuts the time it takes for Eggs to hatch in half and makes it easier to get even more Candy.

The announcement mentions the idea behind making Eggs hatch faster is increasing players' chances of obtaining Shiny Baby Pokemon.











Niantic provided a chart detailing exact distances required for Eggs to hatch under the Eggstravaganza circumstances.

  • 2 km: Incubator —1 km (0.62mi); Super Incubator — 0.67km (0.41mi)
  • 5 km: Incubator — 2.5 km (1.55 mi); Super Incubator — 1.67 km (1.04 mi)
  • 7 km: Incubator — 3.5 km (2.17 mi); Super Incubator — 2.33 km (1.45 mi)
  • 10 km: Incubator — 5 km (3.11 mi); Super Incubator — 3.33 km (2.07 mi)

Additionally, Lucky Eggs, the items used to gain twice the amount of experience during battles, will last for an hour, doubling their usual effect length. The event announcement gives an extra tidbit of advice for how to use these too. It's recommended to use Lucky Eggs right before your batches of Eggs hatch to provide an extra XP boost when they do hatch.

Special Field Research tasks — Egg-focused, of course— are also planned for the event, though details about those will be announced at a later date.

Lucky Eggs aren't the only Lucky things getting more attention in Pokemon GO right now. Niantic recently announced the inclusion of the Lucky Friends feature, designed to streamline the process of obtaining Lucky Pokemon.

All this comes along with the Pokemon GO Summer Tour announcement as well, making it a busy year indeed for the 3-year-old mobile game.

Lucky Friends and Avatar Poses Making Their Way to Pokemon GO https://www.gameskinny.com/jv3yh/lucky-friends-and-avatar-poses-making-their-way-to-pokemon-go https://www.gameskinny.com/jv3yh/lucky-friends-and-avatar-poses-making-their-way-to-pokemon-go Tue, 09 Apr 2019 15:00:11 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

The official Pokemon GO website announced that the long-awaited inclusion of Lucky Friends and avatar poses will soon be live in the game.

Being Lucky Friends with another player means that once per day, two players can trade Pokemon with each other, and both Pokemon in the trade will be received with the Lucky status.

Getting Lucky Friends status with someone requires the players to be Best Friends in the game as well. After that, they have the chance to become Lucky Friends after meeting certain conditions:

You will have this chance once per day when you and your Best Friend trade Pokemon, open a Gift from each other, team up in raids and Gym battles, or challenge each other to a Trainer Battle.

Pokemon GO players will receive a notification telling them they are Lucky Friends, and they can also see the update on their Friend List and on that friend's profile page.

After the trade, the friends' status will return back to Best Friend, though the process can be repeated the next day. Nothing was mentioned about a cap on how many times this process can be performed.

Avatar poses are also planned as an update. These will allow the player to customize their avatar's poses on their Trainer profile, in the Friends List, in raid lobbies and Gyms, and in battle previews.

The statement mentions players will need to acquire these poses, but it does not mention how they can be acquired.

Both updates address things fans have asked for in previous months, namely, more customization beyond the already available options and a streamlined process for acquiring Lucky Pokemon.

Previously, Lucky Pokemon could only be acquired by chance through trades, often depending on how long it had been since the player encountered one before. Since Lucky Pokemon have increased IV stats all around and require 50% less Stardust to level up, they are highly desirable.

When the update goes live is not yet certain. The statement is phrased as if the update is live now, but as of the time of writing, players aren't seeing any differences or available poses.

Regardless, between this update, the recently announced Pokemon GO Summer Tour, Earth Day rewards, and new Legendary Pokemon, it seems 2019 is set to be another busy year for Pokemon GO fans.

Niantic Announces Dates for Pokemon GO's 2019 Summer Tour https://www.gameskinny.com/nn7es/niantic-announces-dates-for-pokemon-gos-2019-summer-tour https://www.gameskinny.com/nn7es/niantic-announces-dates-for-pokemon-gos-2019-summer-tour Thu, 04 Apr 2019 16:38:44 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Today, Niantic unveiled details about this year's Pokemon GO Fest and its place in the larger Summer Tour.

Pokemon GO Fest 2019 is twice as long as last year's event. Where the previous event was two days long, this year's runs from June 13 until June 16 in Chicago's 300-acre Grant Park.

Tickets will cost $25, and the event lasts from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Tickets will go on sale later this month via an in-game app Niantic is including in Pokemon GO.

However, GO players can only purchase tickets for one of the four days. Per the Niantic website, "Pokmon GO Fest 2019 attendees may only purchase tickets for one day of the four-day event."

The event will feature a wide range of Pokemon for players to catch, missions to complete, and global goals to work towards.

There will also be rewards for conducting Special Research in the park, along with Team Lounges based on Team Mystic, Team Valour, and Team Instinct where players can relax and meet up with their fellow teammates.

Niantic's CEO, John Hanke, said:

Last year’s Pokemon Go Summer Tour brought hundreds of thousands of Trainers together at real-world events around the world which left us with some truly unforgettable moments and stories.

This summer, we’re looking to continue to build upon that success and create even more ways for Trainers to enjoy and interact with these incredible parks and cities and build lasting friendships throughout their journeys of encountering Pokemon in the ‘real-world.

Pokemon GO's Summer Tour continues in July, in Dortmund, Germany, based on the success of the previous Pokemon Safari there.

It will finish in Asia, though no details about the event or final location have been announced yet.

In each region, the goal is the same as the one behind Pokemon GO in general: encouraging people to connect with each other and the environment around them.

Specific details about challenges and special events will be announced at a later date, and you can follow the event here.

Niantic Offers Rewards To Pokemon GO Players Participating In Earth Day Events https://www.gameskinny.com/kvpus/niantic-offers-rewards-to-pokemon-go-players-participating-in-earth-day-events https://www.gameskinny.com/kvpus/niantic-offers-rewards-to-pokemon-go-players-participating-in-earth-day-events Wed, 27 Mar 2019 12:13:27 -0400 QuintLyn

Earth Day is quickly approaching. To celebrate, Pokemon GO developer Niantic has announced its second annual Earth Day event, which will run from April 13 to April 28 and offer both Pokemon GO and Ingress players a way to do some good while taking part in their favorite augmented reality games. 

To encourage players to participate, Niantic will be offering global rewards to both Pokemon GO and Ingress players based on the number of players involved. There are three tiers in all: 2,000, 5,000, and 7,000.

If 2,000 players attend the cleanup, Pokemon GO players will see an increased amount of Ground-type Pokemon. Ingress players will see increased chances of obtaining heatsinks, multihacks, shields, and power cubes.

At 5,000 players, Pokemon GO will offer a Shiny Digglet and increase the appearance of Ground-type Pokemon even more. Ingress will offer players 2x AP linking.

If the cleanup hits the 7,000-player mark, Pokemon Go players will be offered double Stardust and Candy for Event spawns while Ingress players will get double AP fielding.

Last year, Niantic teamed up with Playmob, a gaming-for-good platform, to host 68 events across the world and clean up 6.5 tons of garbage.

This year, Niantic and Playmob have joined forces with 15 non-profit organizations (NGOs) to host even more cleanups, and the companies are inviting all players to participate. 

Those interested can sign up to host a group via the Earth Day Clean up website. Players can also sign up individually, to participate solo, by tagging the Niantic Labs Twitter account using the hashtag #AugmentingReality.

Currently, the event's website shows cleanups registered all around the world. Those wanting to participate can use the search option to find events near them.

Pokemon Go Players Can Now Catch Shiny Meltan For A Limited Time https://www.gameskinny.com/sn4bj/pokemon-go-players-can-now-catch-shiny-meltan-for-a-limited-time https://www.gameskinny.com/sn4bj/pokemon-go-players-can-now-catch-shiny-meltan-for-a-limited-time Tue, 05 Feb 2019 17:58:30 -0500 QuintLyn

Pokemon GO players may already have caught Meltan — and even transferred it to their copies of Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! or Pokemon: Let's Go, Eevee! on the Nintendo Switch — but they still don't have a Shiny Meltan.

There's a good reason for that: The shiny version of the mythical metal pokemon hadn't appeared in the game until today.

Now, players everywhere have a chance to obtain a Shiny Meltan whenever they open a Mystery Box in Pokemon GO

In order to obtain a Mystery Box, players will need to link their Pokemon GO accounts to their copy of Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! or Pokemon: Let's Go, Eevee! Once a box is acquired, players just need to open it for a chance to catch the Mythical Shiny Meltan.

Keep in mind, though, this is a limited-time event. Players will need to open Mystery Boxes between today and March 4. The best news is that Niantic has shortened the wait time between box openings, giving players more chances to catch Meltan before the event ends.

Meltan is a special pokemon that was originally introduced in October as part of a campaign to encourage players to connect their Pokemon GO accounts with Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! or Pokemon: Let's Go, Eevee! when the games launched on the Nintendo Switch.

The pokemon's introduction consisted of a series of videos featuring Pokemon GO's Professor Willow and Let's Go!'s Professor Oak trying to solve the mystery around a previously undiscovered pokemon. As the video's continued, the duo discovered that it's not only an ancient pokemon but that it has some very unique abilities.

Both Let's Go! games allow Pokemon GO players to transfer pokemon captured in the mobile game into them, giving them a chance to build their Let's Go! collections even while they're away from the game. The system also encourages Pokemon GO players to stick with the mobile game.

Pokemon GO Introduces New Legendary Pokemon https://www.gameskinny.com/5nc5j/pokemon-go-introduces-new-legendary-pokemon https://www.gameskinny.com/5nc5j/pokemon-go-introduces-new-legendary-pokemon Tue, 18 Dec 2018 22:56:01 -0500 William R. Parks

While Pokemon GO's recently added Trainer Battles may be keeping some players occupied, Niantic continues to add new PvE experiences to its mobile game. One such offering has just been made available in the form of a new Legendary Pokemon, Heatran.

Heatran is a Fire- and Steel-type Pokemon, and brave trainers can now battle it as Pokemon GO's newest Raid Boss. It is available for capture until January 15 at 4pm EST.

This new Legendary Pokemon is a fierce opponent, with 251 Attack, 213 Defense, 209 Stamina, and a Max CP of 3,754. As such, it is recommended that high level players tackle the encounter in groups of three or more while lower level trainers should have a squad of at least eight players.

Furthermore, players should be aware of the weather before they take on Heatran, as it is boosted by sun and snow. These weather effects will increase its capture CP to a maximum of 2,681 — a significant increase from the 2,145 maximum capture CP of an un-boosted Heatran.

When selecting Pokemon to battle against this new Legendary, it is important to note that it has a double weakness to Ground-types, and it is also vulnerable to Fighting- and Water-type Pokemon. This makes Groudon (with Mud Shot and Earthquake) and Rhyperior (with Mud-Slap and Earthquake) the premiere counters to Heatran.

Rhydon, Swampert, Golem, and Kyogre comprise the next tier of suitable counters, and trainers without access to any of these Pokemon can look towards other Ground- and Fighting-type Pokemon. However, it is not recommended to engage Heatran in a small group, or when boosted, without one of the aforementioned counters.

With the addition of Heatran, Pokemon GO receives yet another Gen 4 Pokemon. These Pokemon were featured in Pokemon Diamond and Pearl, and they have been slowly introduced into the mobile game since October.

Unfortunately, Heatran's move set leaves something to be desired, however, this new Raid Boss is a great opportunity for players to add a Legendary to their stables. Perhaps its utility will be confined to PvP, but many players are certain to be happy just to have some new PvE content to explore.

More details on tackling the Heatran encounter can be found on Pokemon GO Hub.

Pokemon GO's PvP Is Live, But It's Not Perfect https://www.gameskinny.com/g8cxl/pokemon-gos-pvp-is-live-but-its-not-perfect https://www.gameskinny.com/g8cxl/pokemon-gos-pvp-is-live-but-its-not-perfect Thu, 13 Dec 2018 14:59:58 -0500 QuintLyn

Niantic has officially begun the process of rolling out Pokemon GO's PvP, known as Trainer Battles. As part of their plan, the company began rolling the system out to level 40 players first, giving them time to assure the new mode works well.

As it turns out, it seems this was probably a good move. As Eurogamer reports, the current iteration of Trainer Battles has some problems -- particularly for player who are trying to challenge other players via their friend lists or using QR codes.

Players are discovering a variety of issues such as not having attack buttons in combat, or combat simply not taking place at all. In some cases players throw out their Pokeballs only to stand in place for the rest of the battle, waiting for it to time out. Other issues include trainers starting battle out of sync, attacks not registering, and battle freezes.

The good news here is that -- as mentioned above -- Niantic is more-or-less running a testing phase on the content with the roll-out system, so hopefully by the time Trainer Battles roll out for everyone these issues will be fixed.

As for what's contained in the PvP battles, the update adds a second Charge Attack slot all Pokemon in the game. It must be purchased for Stardust after which players can use it in Trainer Battle, gyms and Raids. The addition of this new attack slot  also means a change in the game's hud, with the buttons being replaced with meters.

Players can battle AI characters, training against three team leaders and earning sweet rewards. They'll also want to do this in order to earn the Ace Trainer badge.

Eventually, these features will be available to everyone. However, Niantic hasn't stated when lower level players can expect it. In the meantime, if you'd like to keep up with the changes Niantic will be making to the new system, you can follow the Pokemon GO action here on GameSkinny.