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PokeGo is once again hosting an in-game Halloween event. The rewards are the same as last year's:
  • doubled candy when catching, hatching & transferring pokemon

  • your buddy will earn candy twice as fast

Other highlights: Pikachu will have a special hat. Your avatar can wear Mimikyu's disguise hat. And in addition to the already existing ghost pokemon, we will see some ghost types from Gen 3.

Official announcement
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inkstone: The Gotcha screen from Pokemon Go (PokeGo)
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Hello trainers! An update began rolling out over the weekend. The patch notes are relatively minor -- "Various bug fixes and performance updates" -- so it doesn't look too exciting, but you never know.
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Oct. 11th, 2017 06:44 am

Apologies!

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Hello trainers!

Your mod would like to apologize for being absent the past month. I kind of got swallowed up by work. Sorry for not reporting in with news and updates. ^^;

So. How have things been with you guys?
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inkstone: The Gotcha screen from Pokemon Go (PokeGo)
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Apologies for being a few days behind on these items!
  • A new update is rolling out across the app stores. Details here

  • We bid farewell to the legendary birds (Moltres, Articuno & Zapdos) and says hello to the legendary beasts (Entei, Suicine & Raikou)! Their raid appearances at gyms will be following a schedule as noted here.

What's going on in your neck of the woods, trainers?
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So, at the bequest of my nephew, I've had a really Pokemon-heavy weekend.

First, though, the public announcement part: Kangistan is roaming in the wild in several European cities until the 21st August. London is one of those cities, but the place where my nephew lives is not ...

Just on the way to the station on Saturday morning and home again tonight, though, I caught three Unown's and three Kangistans (two out in Zone 3) so - they seem to be reasonably populous, if people are thinking of daytrips in response to the news.

My nephew was really keen that, in addition to generally playing Pokemon *all day* yesterday, that we should tackle as many legendary raids as possible. As I've never managed to coordinate raiding with others at all, I was glad of the opportunity. Of course, we defeated 5 legendaries and I managed to catch *none* of them, but at least I've seen them in action, and I had a chance at them, which is more than I could say before, and nephew caught 3 of them, but not the Lugio he wanted most of all. Kudos to the Pokemon playing population of Nephew's town for being *super* welcoming and supportive, inclusive, and friendly, and making our day better in many dimensions.

I kind of wish there was some in-game mechanic for coordinating meet-ups, though. I don't really know where to start here in London (not least because "London" isn't a useful geographic area for this kind of thing, being altogether too big to be reasonable), and having some way of ID-ing "other Pokemon Go players within N distance of you right now" would be *really freaking useful*, and is clearly technically feasible as so many other apps are based on doing exactly that.
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Looks like problems continued to plague Chicago PokeGo Fest, so if you're one of our Chicago players who attended, here's something for you.

For the rest of us, there's an event to celebrate the addition of legendary pokemon to the game (as Raid Bosses) for the next 48 hours!
  • double stardust

  • double candy

  • double XP (use those lucky eggs for quadruple XP!)

  • reduced hatching distance (looks like this only applies to new eggs put into incubators; an egg I already had in an incubator didn't update the distance)

  • reduced buddy distance

  • increased encounters

(Full details)

Get out there & walk!
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Jul. 22nd, 2017 04:53 pm

Uh oh

inkstone: The Gotcha screen from Pokemon Go (PokeGo)
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PokeGo Fest is running into some problems.

I know some of our members are from Chicago. Hopefully, you weren't one of these people! :/

(I feel like these were predictable issues? Oh Niantic.)
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Official announcement here: http://pokemongolive.com/en/post/legendarypokemon

Probably coming worldwide shortly after the Chicago GO fest, as I imagine them unlocking it is pretty much a foregone conclusion. Though it seems like Legendaries will be releasing gradually into the raid pool. I'l also heard scuttlebutt that Legendary raid eggs will have an extra-long lead time, to make it easier to coordinate a large group, though I'm not sure where that info comes from.

Someone over on the Silph reddit also did a pretty nice write-up on which pokemon that you can raise now will be most useful for Gen 1-2 Legendary raids: https://www.reddit.com/r/TheSilphRoad/comments/6ogm5u/last_minute_preparation_for_legendary_raids/



For me, right now I've got one Bite/Crunch Tyranitar and one Rock Throw/Rock Blast Golem, plus the usual complement of Eeveelutions and one each excellent Scizor w/Bug, Houndoom w/Dark and Dragonite w/Dragon, so that's a start at least. Sadly neither of my Omastars have the useful legacy rock moveset, oh well.
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Good morning trainers!

A new update for PokeGo is rolling out to the app stores. Check out the list of changes.
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Jul. 11th, 2017 02:42 pm

Egg Change

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Eggs have changed again – multiple species added (includes Gen II starters)!

Generation II Egg Chart

I'm quite pleased. So happy that Mantines and Pinecos are in 5 km eggs now. It was awfully frustrating to walk a 10 km egg and get a freakin' Mantine. Also really glad Swinubs are in 5 kms and Chinchous in 10 kms. I got my first Chinchou today! And I need Swinubs for ice medals and candy for the eventual Mamoswine evolution.

I'm at level 28 now!
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And to celebrate, starting today at 1PM EDT until July 24 1PM EDT, there'll be an anniversary event in-game.

Highlight #1: A special pikachu wearing the Ash Ketchum hat from the Pokemon anime series. (Your mod cannot deal with the cuteness.)

Highlight #2: The shop will be selling giftboxes that contain incubators, max revives, ultraballs & raid passes.

Original announcement here.
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Jun. 24th, 2017 10:18 am

Raids!

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As of last night, raids are now available to players 25 and up, and at a "wide variety of gyms" throughout the world. I've got two gyms in map-sight of home; one of them has a level one raid this hour, and the other has a level four raid coming up in a bit over an hour. Hopefully an achievable raid comes soon to a gym near you!

*edit* ha, and the third gym that's just slightly out of sight has.a level three raid in an hour and a half.

*edit 2* and now the first gym has a raid back up again, level two. So I'm feeling pretty good about the frequency.*

blathering about my suburban raid experience thus far )


Raid info from niantic: https://support.pokemongo.nianticlabs.com/hc/en-us/articles/115009004747-Raid-Battles
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Iiiiiiiiinteresting!

I like the new battle pre screen, and the animation of fights.

New battle scoring on the one hand slows things down (you eat away at the defenders will to fight rather than 1000 points per win) on the other hand I like how the "injured" pokemon gets weaker. Also having revive and health available inside the gym interface

Winning a gym = getting a badge, but just claiming a gym slot does not, and nor does spinning a gym picture, which is what the text suggests.

No sign of coins for having pokemon on a gym...
<- artifacts of my posting about experiences in the first 30 mins or so of gyms being live.

How is everyone else getting on?
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The update with all of the previously mentioned changes is hitting the app stores! My android phone just got it.

(Gyms are still disabled, however.)
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