Pokemon Go Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Pokemon Go RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Niantic Pledges Support to Black Charities, Development Programs https://www.gameskinny.com/95875/niantic-pledges-support-to-black-charities-development-programs https://www.gameskinny.com/95875/niantic-pledges-support-to-black-charities-development-programs Thu, 04 Jun 2020 16:31:55 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Niantic have pledged to donate proceeds from Pokemon GO 2020 Fest to Black creators, developers, and communities. The commitment is for at least $5 million in support. 

The announcement comes by way of a memo from Niantic's CEO, John Hanke, which was published on June 3 on the company's official blog. The statement was also released on Twitter. Hanke said:

Half of the proceeds donated will be used to fund new projects from Black gaming and AR creators that can live on the Niantic platform, with the ultimate goal of increasing content that represents a more diverse view on the world. The other half will go to US nonprofit organizations that are helping local communities rebuild.

On top of that, Hanke pledged Niantic to a $100,000 donation to the Marsha P. Johnson Institute, with employee donation matching up to $50,000. The Marsha P. Johnson Institute is an organization dedicated to promoting human rights for Black trans people.

Niantic will also be increasing its work with Gameheads, which focuses on helping "low-income youth and youth of color" gain employment in games and tech, by providing money for scholarships and helping create a new augmented reality development program.

There's more to Niantic's involvement than these initiatives, including diversity and inclusion training and apprenticeships, which will continue well into the future. 

These initiatives don’t end with an announcement. The work to follow through will require years of effort to yield the impact we seek. Along the way, we’ll be looking for even more opportunities to deepen these initiatives.

You can read Hanke's full statement here

Johto Throwback Pokemon Go Challenge Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/grhxe/johto-throwback-pokemon-go-challenge-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/grhxe/johto-throwback-pokemon-go-challenge-guide Fri, 08 May 2020 15:24:05 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

The Johto throwback Pokemon Go event is live now through May 15 at 1 p.m. local time. For the next week, Niantic's Pokemon mobile spinoff will let you partake in much Johto-themed goodness, including a Throwback Challenge giving you a shot at a rare Ho-Oh that knows Earthquake.

Here's everything you need to know about the Johto throwback Pokemon Go event.

Johto Throwback Pokemon Go Challenge Guide

Stardust, Encounters, and Dunsparce, Oh My!

It should come as no surprise, but Pokemon hailing from the Johto region (Pokemon Gen 2) will be more common for the event's duration. So look forward to finding more Skarmory, Gligar, Shuckle, and the like, and you'll get chances to battle Johto Pokemon in Raids as well (including remote Raids).

The following Pokemon will come from 7km Eggs during the Johto throwback event:

  • Chinchou
  • Yanma
  • Girafarig
  • Phanpy
  • Shuckle
  • Gligar
  • Dunsparce
  • Skarmory
  • Pineco

Speaking of Dunsparce, you may even get lucky and run into a Shiny Dunsparce in the wild (read: near your home).

Finally, you'll get twice the Stardust and twice the Raid Stardust while the event lasts, and there's an Umbreon hat for Pikachu.

Johto Throwback Pokemon Go Challenge

The other big draw for the Johto Throwback event is the Throwback Challenge tasks leading up to a Ho-Oh encounter. Completing each week's Timed Research tasks means you'll get a Genesect at the end of the last throwback event too.

As always, each of the nine steps is broken into three parts, and we've got them listed below.

Johto Throwback Step 1

  • Catch three Grass, Water, or Fire-type Pokemon
    • Reward: 10 Poke Balls
  • Send a gift to a friend
    • Reward: Encounter Dunsparce (could be Shiny)
  • Catch a Flying-type Pokemon
    • Reward: 500 Stardust

Completing Step 1 gets you 1 Silver Pinap Berry, 2 Golden Razz Berries, and an encounter with Xatu.

Johto Throwback Step 2

  • Play with your buddy (more on Buddy Pokemon)
    • Reward: Spinarak encounter
  • Give your buddy three treats
    • Reward: 5 Razz Berries
  • Catch a Bug-type Pokemon
    • Reward: 500 Stardust

Finishing Step 2 means you'll get 1 Golden Razz Berry, 2 Silver Pinap Berries, and a run-in with Pineco, which could be Shiny.

Johto Throwback Step 3

  • Make three Great Throws
    • Reward: 1 Charged TM
  • Hatch an Egg
    • Reward: Snubbull encounter
  • Catch a Normal-type Pokemon
    • Reward: 500 Stardust

At the end of all this, you'll net 2 Golden Razz Berries, 1 Silver Pinap Berry, and, if you catch it, a Miltank.

Johto Throwback Step 4

  • Evolve a Pokemon
    • Reward: Sudowoodo encounter
  • Catch 5 different species of Pokemon
    • Reward: 10 Great Balls
  • Catch a Ghost-type Pokemon
    • Reward: 500 Stardust

Finishing Step 4 drops 1 Golden Razz Berry and 2 Silver Pinap Berries into your lap, plus gives you a Misdreavous encounter.

Johto Throwback Step 5

  • Take 3 snapshots with your buddy
    • Reward: Shuckle encounter
  • Make 4 Nice curveball throws
    • Reward: Mantine encounter
  • Catch a Fighting-type Pokemon
    • Reward: 500 Stardust

Two more Golden Razz Berries and a Silver Pinap Berry will be yours upon finishing Step 5, along with the chance to encounter Hitmontop.

Johto Throwback Step 6

  • Catch an Electric-type Pokemon
    • Reward: 1 Incense
  • Power up Pokemon three times
    • Reward: Mareep encounter
  • Catch a Steel-type Pokemon
    • Reward: 500 Stardust

The big encounter for finishing Step 6 is with Skarmory, and you'll get 1 Golden Razz and 2 Silver Pinap Berries too.

Johto Throwback Step 7

  • Evolve a Pokemon
    • Reward: King's Rock
  • Catch a Water-type Pokemon
    • Reward: Gligar encounter
  • Catch an Ice-type Pokemon
    • Reward: 500 Stardust

Piloswine will lumber your way after finishing Step 7, and surprise(!), you get 1 Silver Pinap and 2 Golden Razz Berries.

Johto Throwback Step 8

  • Take a snapshot of an Ice-type Pokemon (like Piloswine)
    • Reward: 1 Dragon Scale
  • Battle another Trainer
    • Reward: 10 Ultra Balls
  • Power up a Pokemon six times
    • Reward: 500 Stardust

This time, you'll meet Donphan, along with the obligatory berries — 2 Silver Pinap and 1 Golden Razz this go around.

Johto Throwback Step 9

This isn't really a challenge. Making it this far rewards you with three sets of 3,000 XP and, more importantly, puts a Ho-Oh in your path. It could be Shiny, and it'll definitely know Earthquake.

Finishing the Johto Throwback Challenge in Pokemon Go also gets you five Rare Candies; it was originally advertised as 10, but the missing five will be available on the first page of next week's Hoenn Throwback Challenge.

Johto Throwback Timed Research

Aside from the Johto Throwback Challenge itself, you'll get access to a set of Timed Research Tasks that offer a chance at nabbing a unique Pokemon. Some of these could help meet your Throwback Challenge requirements as well:

Task Reward
  Catch 3 Fire-type Pokemon  Quilava encounter
  Catch 3 Normal-type Pokemon Dunspace encounter
  Earn a heart with your buddy  Bayleef encounter
  Hatch an Egg  Phanpy encounter
Make 3 curveball throws  Noctowl encounter
  Play with your buddy  Totodile encounter
  Trade a Pokemon  Aipom encounter
  Use 5 Berries to help catch Pokemon  Pineco encounter


Like the rest of the event, these last for the next week.


The Johto throwback Pokemon Go event is just part two of the five-week-long Pokemon Go throwback celebration. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Pokemon Go news and events as they unfold. Be sure to check out our Pokemon Go guides hub for more! 

Catch an ESP-ecially Elusive 'Mon in Pokemon GO Abra Community Day https://www.gameskinny.com/j7u1n/catch-an-esp-ecially-elusive-mon-in-pokemon-go-abra-community-day https://www.gameskinny.com/j7u1n/catch-an-esp-ecially-elusive-mon-in-pokemon-go-abra-community-day Fri, 24 Apr 2020 13:53:24 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Pokemon GO's Abra Community Day event is back this year, bringing with it the chance to catch the elusive Psychic type. There's the usual bonus items like Stardust too, but this year's Abra day is also offering a brand-new Special Research task.

Abra Community Day in Pokemon GO starts April 25 and lasts from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in your local time zone. During the event, you'll have a higher chance of encountering Abra in the wild, and more importantly, an even higher chance of finding Shiny Abra. If you evolve your Abra into Alakzam during the event or up to two hours after it ends, the Alakazam will learn Counter — a move it never learns otherwise.

There's a number of ways to get additional, helpful items during the Community Day event too. There's a new bundle available in the Item Shop as a one-time purchase. For 1,280 PokeCoins, you'll get an Elite Charged TM, three Incense, 30 Ultra Balls, and three Super Incubators (helpful if you're hatching Eggs for the Volbeat Buddy event too).

Your Buddy Pokemon will bring even more items to you as well if they're Great Buddy level or higher. Any Incense you use during the event lasts for three hours, and you'll earn three times the normal amount of Catch Stardust while the event lasts.

Finally, Abra Community Day is introducing the Investigating Illusions Special Research event. There's a bit of a catch, though, as you'll need to spend $1 to unlock it. If you complete it, you'll get 13,000 Stardust, a Poffin, a Rocket Radar, plus other rewards that are being kept quiet until the event goes live.

And best of all, you can still take part in the Pokemon GO Abra Community Day Event without venturing too far from your house, thanks to changes Niantic implemented so people could play without putting themselves and others at risk.

The full details are on the Pokemon site. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Pokemon GO news as it teleports our way.

Pokemon GO Volbeat, Alolan Meowth Available During New Buddy Event https://www.gameskinny.com/e20ie/pokemon-go-volbeat-alolan-meowth-available-during-new-buddy-event https://www.gameskinny.com/e20ie/pokemon-go-volbeat-alolan-meowth-available-during-new-buddy-event Tue, 21 Apr 2020 17:30:11 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Under normal circumstances, Pokemon GO Volbeat locations are locked to specific regions; they usually appear in Europe, Asia, and Oceania, making it rather difficult for players in the Americas to actually catch 'em all. That's changing with the brand-new Buddy Up event, though.

The latest Pokemon GO Buddy Up event is live now through April 27 at 10 p.m. local time, and it introduces a chance to obtain a number of usually elusive Pokemon.

Pokemon GO Volbeat Locations

The biggest part of the Pokemon GO Buddy Up Event is Volbeat and Illumise being made available worldwide in the wild and in Eggs. You'll find them anywhere, even close to your home, so it's a perfect chance to nab a Pokemon you couldn't get before.

If you don't want to search for one, you can also obtain Volbeat through completing Field Research Tasks during the event. As is the case with these types of events, there's even a chance you'll run across a Shiny Volbeat (or Shiny Illumise).

Pokemon GO Buddy Up Event

The latest Buddy Up event introduces a number of other surprises and treats. The first is Woobat. For the first time ever, you'll get the chance to encounter Woobat in the wild after completing associated Field Research Tasks. After the Buddy Up event ends, it'll still appear in the wild and possibly in 2k Eggs.

These Pokemon will also be more common during the Buddy Up event:

All these, except Chansey, will be more common in 5k Eggs during the event as well.

Finally, you can take part in a number of special Field Research Tasks specifically designed for the Buddy Up Event. You'll get bonus Stardust for these tasks, plus the chance to encounter Alolan Meowth and Illumise, along with Volbeat and Woobat as we mentioned before.

Pokemon registered as Buddy Pokemon will bring you gifts more often. It'll be easier to get your Buddy 'mon excited, and the event halves the distance required for Buddy Candy. They'll stick around you for longer, too, if you feed them Poffins and Berries.

Finally, you'll get double XP for evolving any Pokemon, Buddy or otherwise.


That's all you need to know about Pokemon GO Volbeat locations and the latest Pokemon GO Buddy Up event. The full event notes are over on the Pokemon GO Live site. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Pokemon GO guides and news.

Niantic Outlines Pokemon GO Remote Raids, Play at Home Features https://www.gameskinny.com/2v8qs/niantic-outlines-pokemon-go-remote-raids-play-at-home-features https://www.gameskinny.com/2v8qs/niantic-outlines-pokemon-go-remote-raids-play-at-home-features Wed, 15 Apr 2020 12:53:58 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Niantic unveiled the details for Pokemon GO Remote Raids today. These include new Remote Raid passes, information about how these Raids work, and plans to scale back on Remote Raiders' power over time presumably since it's a "mobile" Pokemon game.

The news comes from an update on the Pokemon GO Live website, not long after Niantic first announced plans for Remote Raids in Pokemon GO as part of its efforts at making Pokemon GO play from home possible.

First up, Niantic is introducing the Remote Raid Pass. These will be available for 100 PokeCoins, but there are also plans for bundles in the Pokemon GO shop that include Remote Raid Passes for just one PokeCoin.

These Passes work pretty much the same as the regular Raid Pass — for now. You can join Raids in your Nearby view with up to 20 other players, but Niantic says the number of Remote Raid participants per Raid is limited. How limited, though, they didn't say.

Remote Raid participants' attack power will also be limited compared to those participating in Raids on-site, but there's also no word on when this power reduction will take place.

The announcement reads:

At launch, Trainers battling in raids remotely will have the same attack power as Trainers who are able to battle at the raid location in person. At a later time, the attack power for Trainers battling remotely will be reduced.

Afterward, a Trainer battling at the raid location in person will have higher attack power than a Trainer battling remotely.

On top of Remote Raids, Niantic is adding special research tasks for Pokemon GO players at home that they can get once per day without spinning a PokeStop. These focus on tasks you can reasonably complete from home, so you don't have to put yourself and others at risk just to have fun.

A slew of other tweaks is coming as well. You can use all the required Candy and Stardust to get your desired CP at one time. You can also use multiple Lucky Eggs, Incense, and Star Pieces at once to enhance their respective effects, up to 200 of each item at one time. Obviously, they'll disappear after that, so be aware of what you're using.

Last of all, you'll get Gift items from Buddy Pokemon instead of from PokeStops.Your Buddy ventures out when your Gifts get low and snags some for you. D'awwww...

For a game built around interacting with the outside world, it's pretty impressive how Niantic is adapting Pokemon GO to still function while we're at home.

The original story is over on the Pokemon GO site if you want to check it out. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Pokemon GO news as it develops.

Get Egg-Cited for the Pokemon GO Spring 2020 Event https://www.gameskinny.com/njmgg/get-egg-cited-for-the-pokemon-go-spring-2020-event https://www.gameskinny.com/njmgg/get-egg-cited-for-the-pokemon-go-spring-2020-event Wed, 08 Apr 2020 12:56:38 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Pokemon GO's spring 2020 event is coming soon, and it's all about finding cute Pokemon, Pokemon wearing cute hats, and hatching cute Pokemon. The latest event in Niantic's monstrously successful mobile Pokemon game kicks off April 9 at 8:00 a.m. local time and runs through April 16 at 10:00 p.m. local time.

During the event, you're more likely to find Exeggcute, Chansey, Mareep, Marill, and Torchic in the wild, and Exeggcute has a higher chance of being Shiny. If you happen across Pikachu or Buneary in the wild, they'll be wearing "festive spring headwear," too.

The event is bringing some new Field Research Tasks as well. Completing them gives you a chance at encountering Alolan Exeggutor, Azumarill, and possibly the elusive Audino.

Eggs received from opening Gifts during the event will be 2km Eggs, and all 2km Eggs have a higher chance at producing:

  • Pichu
  • Togepi
  • Tyrogue
  • Chingling
  • Happiny
  • Munchlax
  • Riolu

Pichu and Togepi that hatch will pop out wearing flower crowns. It's probably best we don't know how that works in terms of Pokemon biology, though.

Finally, you'll get double Hatch Candy, and Lucky Eggs last for an hour during the event.

Fortunately, Niantic's made it easier to find Pokemon in Pokemon GO while staying at home, so you can fully enjoy the event without putting yourself — and others — at risk. You'll even be able to do Pokemon GO Raids from home.

You can check out the full announcement over on the Pokemon website. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Pokemon GO news as it incubates.

You Can do Pokemon Go Raids at Home Soon https://www.gameskinny.com/lhr3x/you-can-do-pokemon-go-raids-at-home-soon https://www.gameskinny.com/lhr3x/you-can-do-pokemon-go-raids-at-home-soon Tue, 31 Mar 2020 17:10:14 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Earlier this month, Niantic announced it was making some adjustments to Pokemon GO to help accommodate players dealing with self-isolation and social distancing. Now, Niantic is taking things even further and said it's planning to make even more of Pokemon GO playable at home. The mobile 'mon catcher is about to be a lot less mobile.

The news comes from a blog post on Niantic's website. The post highlights two specific areas where we can expect modifications. The first is Raid battles. These normally require several people gathering at a specific location to take down a strong or even Legendary Pokemon. That's obviously not such a hot idea right now, so Niantic is working on making Raids playable at home.

How that will work and when it rolls out, though, remains to be seen.

The other area getting some tweaks is the new GO Battle League. Niantic is dropping the walking requirement that gates entry into the league to zero.

The post also mentions Niantic is exploring other ways to deliver live events like the annual summer Pokemon GO Fest to people at home. It's not surprising after events like E3 2020 were cancelled in recent weeks, and it'll be interesting to see how Niantic delivers on this promise.

The full blog post is on the Niantic website. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Pokemon GO news as it develops.

Coronavirus Might Be Spreading, But You Can Still Play Pokemon GO https://www.gameskinny.com/evvak/coronavirus-might-be-spreading-but-you-can-still-play-pokemon-go https://www.gameskinny.com/evvak/coronavirus-might-be-spreading-but-you-can-still-play-pokemon-go Fri, 13 Mar 2020 14:24:00 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

In the midst of all the negative coronavirus news, there are a few shining nuggets of positivity out there. Niantic is making it easier to play Pokemon GO at and around your home, so you can still catch Pokemon in AR.

Niantic made the statement to Polygon. In the statement, Niantic said it is:

Prioritizing updates to Pokemon GO features and experiences that can be enjoyed in individual settings.

While we’ve made these updates based on the current global health situation, we also encourage players to make decisions on where to go and what to do that are in the best interest of their health and the health of their communities.

Habitats are getting changed about so you'll find more Pokemon closer to home. Incense — items that make increase the number of Pokemon you come across — is getting a steep 99% discount in the in-game store, and its effect time was increased to one hour.

Eggs will hatch in half the time, and PokeStops are dropping gifts more frequently as well. However, there's no word yet on how this might affect March's Pokemon GO events and Raids.

Still, it's one positive note among the discord of coronavirus delays and cancellations. And we're quite sure staying home won't dampen Uncle Pokemon's enthusiasm at all.

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

Pokemon GO Battle League Season One Kicks Off Soon https://www.gameskinny.com/c3sb6/pokemon-go-battle-league-season-one-kicks-off-soon https://www.gameskinny.com/c3sb6/pokemon-go-battle-league-season-one-kicks-off-soon Thu, 05 Mar 2020 11:26:16 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

After an extended pre-season, the Pokemon GO Battle League is finally set to go live on March 13 at 1 p.m. PST/4 p.m. EST. Niantic is introducing a bevy of bonuses and chances to catch strong Pokemon leading up to that point as well. Here's what to expect from the AR 'mon catcher's very first battle league.

Leading up to the event's launch and shortly after, you'll have the chance to catch super-strong Legendary Pokemon: Darkrai, Altered Form Giratina, and Thundurus. The periods for Darkrai and Giratina's appearances coincide with the same times these Legendaries are available in March in general. Thundurus is available at "all other times."

From now until March 13, all three leagues — Great, Ultra, and Master — are available for anyone as well to help wet your battle whistle.

Two more special events are running prior to the Battle League's launch on March 13, too. From March 10 at 8 a.m. to March 12 at 10 p.m. local time, more strong Pokemon will appear in Raids, including Skarmory, Swampert, and Shieldon for four-star Raids and Registeel and Cressellia for five-star Raids.

From the time the GO Battle League launches on March 13 until March 16 at 10 p.m. local time, a number of bonuses are available:

  • Win the Premium Pass if you win all five battles in a set
  • More chances to encounter Pokemon strong in the Battle League
  • Bonus Stardust for league fights
  • Complete seven sets of Battle League battles in one day

Finally is the League's timeline and the anticipated start date for the GO Battle League's Season 2:

  • The Great League will run from Friday, March 13, at 1:00 p.m. to Friday, March 27, at 1:00 p.m. PDT.
  • The Ultra League will run from Friday, March 27, at 1:00 p.m. to Friday, April 10, at 1:00 p.m. PDT.
  • The Master League will run from Friday, April 10, at 1:00 p.m. to Friday, April 24, at 1:00 p.m. PDT.
  • All three leagues will be available from Friday, April 24, at 1:00 p.m. to Friday, May 1, at 1:00 p.m. PDT.
  • Season 2 will begin Friday, May 1, at 1:00 p.m. PDT.

There are other adjustments to ranks, Pokemon, and rewards related to the Battle League as well, and you can check those out on the official Pokemon GO website if you're interested.

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

Pokemon GO March Event Guide: Everything You Need to Know https://www.gameskinny.com/jflv6/pokemon-go-march-event-guide-everything-you-need-to-know https://www.gameskinny.com/jflv6/pokemon-go-march-event-guide-everything-you-need-to-know Mon, 02 Mar 2020 16:42:28 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

It's a new month, and that means plenty of brand-new Pokemon GO events to look forward to. And we mean plenty. March is packed full with chances for new Shiny Pokemon, legendaries, and more Team Rocket antics.

Here's what to expect from the AR monster catcher in March.

Pokemon GO Shadow Entei

Starting March 1, the rewards for defeating Team GO Rocket boss Giovanni switched over to Shadow Entei. Like always, you'll need to complete your round of Team GO Rocket Special Research to get access to this fight.

It's not Looming in the Shadows anymore, but it's basically the same thing with some tweaks to how many fights you need to win and how many Shadow Pokemon to Purify.

Team GO Rocket March Global Takeover

There's a Team GO Rocket Global Takeover event from March 6 at 8 a.m. to March 9 at 10 p.m. local time, and it's a doozy. Here's what it entails:

  • More Poison and Dark Pokemon encounters
  • More chances to encounter Absol
  • Increased chances of Shiny Skorupi

Then, on March 7 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. local time, the Takeover itself occurs. You get:

  • Higher chances of finding Rocket leaders and Giovanni
  • Shiny Shadow Pokemon
  • Chance to rescue all six Shadow Pokemon from GO Rocket Leaders
  • Twice the usual Stardust from winning against Grunts and Leaders

You can also use a Charged TM to change a Shadow Pokemon's Frustration move to something else (but it'll still be Return if you Purify the Pokemon

Pokemon GO March Research Breakthrough

The March Research Breakthrough Pokemon is Ferroseed. It's available all month long, until April 1 (and that's no joke), plus it comes complete with a special Stardust bonus.

As a reminder, Ferroseed is a Grass/Steel type that evolves into Ferrothorn, a Pokemon Niantic gently reminds us is worth raising for competitive battles.

Pokemon GO March Raid Events

Starting March 2 at 4 p.m. EST/1 p.m. PST, you'll get the chance to encounter legendary Unova Pokemon Thundurus in five-star Raids as well. Since Thundurus is Electric- and Flying-type, Rock or Ice moves will be your best bet here.

That's not all the Raid goodness planned for this month either. Each weekend will see a brand-new Raid event featuring a different Legendary Pokemon. All of these have a chance at being Shiny Pokemon as well.

  • Darkrai Raid Weekend — March 6 at 8 a.m. local time until March 9 at 10 p.m. local time.
  • Altered Form Giratina Raid Weekend — March 13 at 8 a.m. local time until March 16 at 10 p.m. local time.
  • Cobalion Raid Weekend — March 20 at 8 a.m. local time until March 23 at 10 p.m. local time.
  • Lugia Raid Weekend — March 27 at 8 a.m. local time to March 30 at 10 p.m. local time.

Pokemon GO Special Weekend Event

There's another special event running March 20 to March 23, from (surprise!) 8 a.m. local time to 10 p.m. local time. Here's what it's all about and what you'll encounter:

  • Normal, Fire, Electric, and Ice Pokemon will be more common in wild encounters
  • Chance to catch Nincada, which may be Shiny
  • More chances for hatching Karrablast and Shelmet from 5km Eggs.
  • One- to Four-Star Raids more likely to feature Bug and Steel types.
  • 2x Capture Stardust Bonus
  • 2x Hatch Stardust Bonus

Pokemon GO Psychic Spectacular

Finally, the Psychic Spectacular is making a return. This time, it's from March 27 at 8 a.m. to March 30 at 10 p.m. local time. Here's what you'll find during that weekend:

  • Psychic Unova Pokemon — Solosis in the morning, Gothita in the evening. Also available in 5km Eggs
  • 2km Eggs — Abra, Drowzee, Ralts, Spoink, Baltoy, Wynaut, Beldum, Gothita, Solosis
  • Shiny Baltoy

You'll also be running into Psychic-type Pokemon more often in Raids.


The full event list lives on the Pokemon GO website.

That's a lot of events in March, but Niantic still has a few other things up its sleeve, like the next Pokemon GO Community Day Event. We'll be keeping our (third) eye on that, so stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Pokemon GO event news as it develops.

Pokemon GO: Best Master League Pokemon Tier List https://www.gameskinny.com/eu0z6/pokemon-go-best-master-league-pokemon-tier-list https://www.gameskinny.com/eu0z6/pokemon-go-best-master-league-pokemon-tier-list Mon, 02 Mar 2020 12:12:01 -0500 Sergey_3847

Master League in Pokemon GO is now at full swing, which is a great opportunity for all PvP enthusiasts to show off the skills of their strongest Pokemon. Since there is no cap on CP in Master League, players can use whichever Pokemon they want. Naturally most stick to tier lists.

All Pokemon in this list are categorized in three tiers: S, A, and B. The S-Tier Pokemon are obviously the best, but if you haven't had the chance to catch them yet, then stick to A and B tiers.

We also provide you with the list of the best moves and match-ups for each of these Pokemon in Pokemon GO's Master League.

S-Tier Pokemon

Giratina (Origin)

  • Best moves: Shadow Claw, Shadow Ball, Ominous Wind

This legendary Ghost and Dragon type Pokemon has a max CP of 3683. It is currently the best charger and attacker in the game.

The performance of this Pokemon is further boosted by foggy and windy weather, which will make its moves even more dangerous.

Best match-ups for Giratina (Origin):

  • Metagross
  • Kyogre
  • Mewtwo

  • Best moves: Dragon Breath, Iron Head, Draco Meteor

Dialga is another legendary Pokemon of Steel and Dragon type. It has a max CP of 4038.

This Pokemon can act as an amazing addition to any team, and it also has a huge advantage in close combat.

Best match-ups for Dialga:

  • Giratina (Origin)
  • Dragonite
  • Kyogre
Giratina (Altered)

  • Best moves: Shadow Claw, Dragon Claw, Ancient Power

The altered form of Giratina is quite different from its Origin form. It has a slightly lower CP of 3379, and it is mainly used as a defense Pokemon due to its high defense stats.

However, under the right circumstances it can be just as devastating with its charge moves, just like the Origin form.

Best match-ups for Giratina (Altered):

  • Kyogre
  • Mewtwo
  • Togekiss

  • Best moves: Dragon Breath, Dragon Claw, Outrage

Dragonite is a Dragon and Flying type Pokemon that has a max CP of 3792. Just like most flying Pokemon it gets a serious boost during a windy weather.

If you haven't caught Dialga yet, then Dragonite can be an excellent addition to your team. It also has some of the strongest charge moves among all non-legendary Pokemon.

Best match-ups for Dragonite:

  • Giratina (Origin)
  • Kyogre
  • Snorlax

A-Tier Pokemon


  • Best moves: Charm, Ancient Power, Flamethrower

This is another Flying type Pokemon that has a max CP of 3332. In addition to windy weather Togekiss gets a significant boost during cloudy weather as well.

Togekiss is probably the most balanced Pokemon when it comes to attack and defense abilities.

Best match-ups for Togekiss:

  • Dragonite
  • Giratina (Origin)
  • Snorlax

  • Best moves: Lick, Body Slam, Earthquake

Snorlax has a max CP of 3225, and it is mainly used for close range combat due to his Lick fast move.

This Pokemon has a huge stamina pool of 260-272 points, which makes it highly consistent in all battles.

Best match-ups for Snorlax:

  • Giratina (Origin)
  • Dialga
  • Metagross

  • Best moves: Psycho Cut, Psystrike, Ice Beam

Mewtwo is a legendary Psychic type Pokemon that has a huge CP of 4178. Unlike its armored counterpart, Mewtwo is mainly a charger with a massive  237-248 attack stat.

Psystrike is currently its most devastating charge move, which can achieve up to 20 DPS.

Best match-ups for Mewtwo:

  • Dragonite
  • Togekiss
  • Snorlax

  • Best moves: Waterfall, Surf, Blizzard

Kyogre is a legendary Water type Pokemon that has a max CP of 4115. Since it's a water Pokemon it gets a significant boost during rainy weather.

Kyogre's charge attacks, such as Surf and Blizzard are his trademarks, and can subdue even the strongest Fire type Pokemon.

Best match-ups for Kyogre:

  • Metagross
  • Togekiss
  • Mewtwo

B-Tier Pokemon


  • Best moves: Bullet Punch, Meteor Mash, Earthquake

This is the strongest Steel type Pokemon in the meta right now with a max CP of 3791.

It has quite a few weaknesses, but it is resistant to Poison attacks, which makes Metagross quite a valuable team member.

Best match-ups for Metagross:

  • Dragonite
  • Dialga
  • Togekiss

  • Best moves: Thunder Shock, Superpower, Rock Slide

Melmetal is a great alternative for Metagross with a slightly lower CP of 3599.

Just like most Steel type Pokemon, Melmetal is boosted by snowy weather.

Best match-ups for Melmetal:

  • Dragonite
  • Dialga
  • Togekiss

  • Best moves: Snarl, Dark Pulse, Focus Blast

This is a mythical Dark type Pokemon that has a max CP of 3739. It is mostly effective in close combat, and it has a huge charge power.

Darkrai has a pretty low stamina but a huge attack power of 233-237 points.

Best match-ups for Darkrai:

  • Giratina (Origin)
  • Dialga
  • Metagross

  • Best moves: Mud Shot, Outrage, Earthquake

Garchomp is a Dragon and Ground type Pokemon that has a max CP of 3962. It is mostly weak to Ice element.

If the weather is sunny, then Garchomp will get a boost to its charge moves that are especially good at close range.

Best match-ups for Garchomp:

  • Giratina (Origin)
  • Metagross
  • Snorlax


These were the best Pokemon for Master League, and for more Pokemon GO guides, check out the list below:

How to Beat Armored Mewtwo in Pokemon GO https://www.gameskinny.com/7orxy/how-to-beat-armored-mewtwo-in-pokemon-go https://www.gameskinny.com/7orxy/how-to-beat-armored-mewtwo-in-pokemon-go Thu, 27 Feb 2020 10:20:57 -0500 Sergey_3847

The infamous Armored Mewtwo is back in Pokemon GO raids as a part of the Pokemon Day celebration event. Armored Mewtwo is one of the hardest five-star raid Pokemon you will ever encounter, and this guide will show you how to beat him once and for all.

This raid is recommended only for higher level trainers and it should definitely involve a teamwork. This means that it will be easier for you to take Armored Mewtwo down with the help of two or even three trainers at once.

How to Beat Armored Mewtwo

Armored Mewtwo Stats

Before getting into the list of the best counters for Armored Mewtwo here are his stats:

  • Max CP: 3187
  • Attack: 182
  • Defense: 278
  • Stamina: 214

This means that Armored Mewtwo is a tanky defensive Pokemon, but don't underestimate his Psystrike attack, which can be quite devastating.

Weaknesses and Resitances

Armored Mewtwo is a Psychic Pokemon, which means that his main weaknesses are:

  • Ghost
  • Dark
  • Bug

He also has two main resistances that protect him from damage of such Pokemon types like:

  • Fighting
  • Psychic
Armored Mewtwo's Movesets

His movesets are also quite unusual for a Psychic Pokemon. They include:

  • Fast moves:
    • Confusion (Psychic)
    • Iron Tail (Steel)
  • Charge moves:
    • Futuresight (Psychic)
    • Earthquake (Ground)
    • Dynamic Punch (Fighting)
    • Rockslide (Rock)
Best Counters

Taking all this into account we can now estimate which Pokemon will be the best counters against Armored Mewtwo, and which moves will be most effective. Here they are:

Best fast move
Best charge move
Darkrai Snarl Dark Pulse
Giratina Origin
Shadow Claw Shadow Ball
Hydreigon Bite Dark Pulse
Chandelure Hex Shadow Ball
Gengar Lick Shadow Ball
Volcarona Bug Bite Bug Buzz
Mewtwo Psycho Cut Shadow Ball
Tyranitar Bite Crunch
Weavile Snarl Foul Play
Honchkrow Snarl Dark Pulse
Banette Shadow Claw Shadow Ball
Absol Snarl Dark Pulse


Now you should be able to catch Armored Mewtwo in no time. For more Pokemon GO guides, check out the list below:

Gird Your Poke-Loins: Pokemon GO's Armored Mewtwo 5-Star Raid Live https://www.gameskinny.com/7qfs9/gird-your-poke-loins-pokemon-gos-armored-mewtwo-5-star-raid-live https://www.gameskinny.com/7qfs9/gird-your-poke-loins-pokemon-gos-armored-mewtwo-5-star-raid-live Wed, 26 Feb 2020 10:58:40 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

We recently reported on Niantic's plans for Pokemon Day in Pokemon GO, including the return of Armored Mewtwo in Pokemon GO and special clone Pokemon like clone Pikachu. The latest event for Niantic's smash-hit mobile game is now live, and Niantic has released a special trailer showing Armored Mewtwo in action.

It comes with its brand-new charge move Psystrike and also brings a number of new challenges with it. These mostly revolve around clone Pokemon, including clone Blastoise, clone Charizard, and clone Venusaur, all from the Pokemon film Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution.

Armored Mewtwo will only be available in five-star Raids, so bring your best game if you plan on challenging it.

Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution debuts in the West on Netflix tomorrow, the actual Pokemon Day, so all of this is very timely.

It's not all gloom and cloned doom, though. To celebrate Pokemon Day, there'll be plenty of partying Pokemon, plus the chance to get a Pikachu photobomb if you use #GOsnapshot. These events all run until March 2.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Pokemon GO news as it emerges from the test tubes.

Pokemon GO February Community Day: All About Rhyhorn https://www.gameskinny.com/3k1nk/pokemon-go-february-community-day-all-about-rhyhorn https://www.gameskinny.com/3k1nk/pokemon-go-february-community-day-all-about-rhyhorn Wed, 19 Feb 2020 14:38:50 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Pokemon GO's February Community Day is this weekend, February 22. This time around, the mobile 'mon catcher is giving you the chance to nab some Rhyhorn, plus some special bonuses.

Community Days are short, three-hour events featuring specific Pokemon, and Rhyhorn is the first Community Day Pokemon chosen solely by fans. The February Community Day starts February 22 at 11 a.m. local time and runs until 2 p.m. local time.

During the event, you'll be more likely to encounter Rhyhorn in Raids and wild battles and more likely to encounter Shiny Rhyhorn. The special bonus for this Community Day is a catch bonus of 3x Stardust.

Also during the event, you get the chance to evolve Rhyhorn into Rhyperior and teach it the special move Rock Wrecker. That means bypassing the Rhydon stage completely, so if you're wanting the ultimate Rhyhorn experience, this is the way to go.

There's been a lot happening this month in Pokemon GO, and it's not over yet. There's still the special Pokemon Day event in Pokemon GO to look forward to.

You can check out the official Community Day announcement for more. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Pokemon GO news as it evolves.

Pokemon GO Valentine's Event Washes the World in Pink https://www.gameskinny.com/k982c/pokemon-go-valentines-event-washes-the-world-in-pink https://www.gameskinny.com/k982c/pokemon-go-valentines-event-washes-the-world-in-pink Fri, 14 Feb 2020 10:41:52 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

It's Valentine's Day, the season of love — and Pokemon, it seems. Whether you're taking a solo stroll or traveling about with friends and loved ones, Niantic's got some hot-pink reasons for you to jump back into its AR 'mon catcher this weekend.

The Pokemon GO Valentine's event starts February 14 at 8 a.m. local time and runs through February 17 at 10 p.m. During the event, you'll be seeing a lot more pink Pokemon around. They'll be in Eggs, encounters, research tasks, and basically everywhere else.

Audino, the Unova version of Chansey, is making its debut, along with everyone's favorite misfit fish, er... "Caring Pokemon"... Alomomola. But new as they are, these two won't be easy to track down, as they're rare encounters.

Fortunately, your Lures are getting a boost and last for six hours, making it easier to find Pokemon. There's a 2x Candy bonus into the bargain too. If you don't get lucky finding Audino or Chansey you may happen across Shiny Happiny in an Egg or Shiny Chansey in the wild.

February 15 will feature a pink-themed Raid Day as well, with a four-star Lickitung that knows Body Slam up for grabs.

If Valentine's Day isn't your thing, though, there's still some Pokemon GO goodness to look forward to. More Shadow Pokemon made their appearance this month, and there's some special happenings on the horizon for Pokemon Day on the horizon as well.

The Pokemon GO website has the full event rundown. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Pokemon GO news as it blossoms.

Taiwan's Uncle Pokemon Runs 67 Phones at Once to Play Pokemon GO https://www.gameskinny.com/5pm1f/taiwans-uncle-pokemon-runs-67-phones-at-once-to-play-pokemon-go https://www.gameskinny.com/5pm1f/taiwans-uncle-pokemon-runs-67-phones-at-once-to-play-pokemon-go Mon, 10 Feb 2020 13:35:56 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

70-year-old Taiwanese grandfather Chen San-yuan made international headlines in the years following Pokemon GO's launch for his intense dedication to the mobile game. Known affectionately as Uncle Pokemon, the Feng Shui master has a grand total of 67 smartphones running at once to play the game.

The picture above comes from the recent Pokemon GO event in Taiwan celebrating the Lantern Festival.

Most of the phones are attached to his bike, which is specially modified for the purpose of playing lots of Pokemon GO. However, he's known for carrying at least two phones in his pockets to increase his chances of catching 'em all as well.

Chen started out with just one phone, gifted by his son. After Chen's grandson taught him how to play Pokemon GO, though, he moved up to 24 phones as of last March and had caught 45 million Pokemon.

Now he's almost tripled the number of phones at his fingertips, and we can't even imagine how many Pokemon he's managed to catch in the past year. Being a Pokemon GO master isn't Chen's main job either. He works as a Feng Shui expert and fortune teller by day, sometimes staying up long into the night to continue catching his favorite critters.

Computer and GPU manufacturer ASUS even asked him to be their brand ambassador for the launch of the Zenfone Max Pro M2.

If anything, this is proof that Pokemon transcends age, and a grandfather in Taiwan could probably beat you down so hard in Pokemon it's not even funny. Fortunately for competitive players, Uncle Pokemon declines PvP battles. He doesn't want to overwhelm opponents with his advantage.

Pokemon Day 2020 Brings the Five-Star Party (Favors) to Pokemon GO https://www.gameskinny.com/bpbc0/pokemon-day-2020-brings-the-five-star-party-favors-to-pokemon-go https://www.gameskinny.com/bpbc0/pokemon-day-2020-brings-the-five-star-party-favors-to-pokemon-go Wed, 05 Feb 2020 12:19:38 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Pokemon Day is February 27. It's the day the first Pokemon titles launched in Japan, and Pokemon GO always observes it with a special event. This year's jamboree is Mewtwo and clone-Pokemon themed, celebrating the arrival of Pokemon: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution on Netflix on Pokemon day.

The event runs from February 25 at 4 p.m. EST/1 p.m. PST (yes, before the actual Pokemon Day) through March 2 at the same time, and it brings with it the chance to catch some unique Pokemon. 

Armored Mewtwo (from the film) is striking back in Pokemon GO, returning to five-star raids and sporting a special Charged attack called Psystrike. Its bringing Clone Pokemon like Clone Blastoise, Clone Charizard, and Clone Venusaur along with it in four-star raids as well.

If you use #GOsnapshot during the event, Niantic says there's a chance Clone Pikachu will make an appearance as well.

No celebration is complete without a party, and Pokemon GO's Pokemon Day celebrations include a number of partying Pokemon as well. You might run into Pikachu and Eevee wearing party hats, and you'll get party-hat-wearing Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle from 7km eggs, all of which could be Shiny as well.

Finally, as a limited-time bonus, Trainers can perform up to two Special Trades each day during the event. Special Trades are trades that let you transfer Shiny and Legendary Pokemon, among other things.

While all that's going on, don't forget Pokemon Sword and Shield are getting a brand-new mythical Pokemon on Pokemon Day, and the month-long GIgantamax Toxitricity event will be going on then as well.

The full announcement can be found here. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Pokemon and Pokemon Day news as it parties on.

Three Shadow Pokemon Join Pokemon GO https://www.gameskinny.com/od5x0/three-shadow-pokemon-join-pokemon-go https://www.gameskinny.com/od5x0/three-shadow-pokemon-join-pokemon-go Wed, 05 Feb 2020 10:12:27 -0500 Calen Nakash

The Pokemon Company recently announced that Pokemon GO trainers raiding nearby Team Rocket Pokestops will find several new versions of shadow Pokemon to purify and make happy again (or keep weak and evil-looking). This Pokemon include Vulpix, Mawile, and Beldum, and there's even a legendary waiting at the end for players who face off against Team Rocket's boss, Giovanni.

That's not all of the new Pokemon players will be encountering at the dark Pokestops, either. Look out for Ninetales, Exeggcute, Exeggutor, Omanyte, Omastar, Misdreavus, Carvanha, and Sharpedo when spinning the telltale dark Pokestop and battling for the fate of one unhappy Pokemon (and some extra items).

To face Team Rocket's boss, Giovanni, players will need to complete the Looming in the Shadows Research and obtain a Super Rocket Radar. The radar will show Giovanni's location, and as well as the location of the final Pokemon battled and caught during this event, the Legendary Shadow Pokemon Raikou.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on Pokemon GO. For tips on the mobile monster-catching game, be sure to check out our library of Pokemon GO guides

Pokemon Day 2020 is Bringing New Mythical Pokemon to Sword and Shield https://www.gameskinny.com/kswoo/pokemon-day-2020-is-bringing-new-mythical-pokemon-to-sword-and-shield https://www.gameskinny.com/kswoo/pokemon-day-2020-is-bringing-new-mythical-pokemon-to-sword-and-shield Fri, 31 Jan 2020 12:52:23 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

February 27 is officially Pokemon day — so official, it's even recognized by the Japan Anniversary Association. Last year, we got the Pokemon Sword and Shield reveal Direct during the celebration of all things Pokemon. This year, we're getting a brand-new legendary/mythical Pokemon added to Sword and Shield, plus some other goodies besides.

What this brand-new legendary Pokemon will be hasn't been revealed. Game Freak is continuing its trend of not teasing and revealing absolutely everything beforehand, so we'll just have to wait until February 27 to find out. Whatever it is, it will also be the star of this summer's Pokemon film.

Sword and Shield are also getting a special Max Raid event, and some events are planned for Pokemon mobile games, including Pokemon GO and Pokemon Masters.

All this plus the rollout of Pokemon GO's Battle League should be enough to tide us over until the first part of the Pokemon Sword and Shield DLC expansion, the Isle of Armor, releases this June, with its new-old Pokemon and brand-new open-world areas to explore.

The full announcement can be seen here. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Pokemon news as it pops up.

Take the Field in Pokemon GO Battle League's Preseason https://www.gameskinny.com/zl3f5/take-the-field-in-pokemon-go-battle-leagues-preseason https://www.gameskinny.com/zl3f5/take-the-field-in-pokemon-go-battle-leagues-preseason Tue, 28 Jan 2020 14:04:54 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Pokemon GO's much-anticipated Battle League launches today, with a special preseason session acting as a tester.  As we reported before, the Battle League revamps Pokemon GO's PvP element and lets Trainers battle other Trainers at similar levels regardless of where they are.

The Battle League is divided into three Leagues: Great, Ultra, and Master. These are open to Trainers who have reached specific levels and with qualifying battle levels. Entry qualification depends on Trainer level — though Niantic hasn't mentioned what the minimum requirement is — and you'll have to walk five kilometers to earn entry into the first tier, which unlocks five battles.

The League rotates every two weeks, so while it starts with the Great League today, the Ultra League will kick off February 10, and the Master League two weeks after that.

Preseason is a bit different. Niantic is using it to

optimize and balance the GO Battle League feature during this time.

We will also be taking this time to learn about how the GO Battle League is being used in order to determine things like ideal length of seasons, rating thresholds for ranks, and more.

That means your Battle Level won't carry over exactly the same to the regular Battle League once it begins, as it will have to be partly reset.

There are more tangible rewards on offer for taking part as well, in addition to playing against more people.

  • Pikachu Libre and other avatar items
  • Premium Battle Pass, similar to the Premium Raid Pass, with better rewards every time you win
  • Stardust, Candies, and special encounters.

The PokeMiners dug into what some of these encounters will include as well. 

The full announcement can be found here. So far, Niantic hasn't mentioned an anticipated end-date for the Preseason period, but we'll be keeping up with it all. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Pokemon GO and Battle League news as it pops up.