Trainers,

We’re excited to announce that the Sustainability Week event is coming! In partnership with the Niantic Sustainability Campaign, you and your fellow Trainers can earn in-game bonuses by achieving various sustainability-related goals in the real world. In addition, Binacle will be making its Pokémon GO debut, and there will be a free Sustainability Week T-shirt avatar item available in the shop.

Date + Time

Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Sunday, April 25, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. local time

Features

  • Binacle, the Two-Handed Pokémon, will be making its Pokémon GO debut!
  • Pokémon like Grimer, Drilbur, Trubbish, Ferroseed, and more will be appearing more often in the wild. If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny Trubbish!
  • The following Pokémon will be hatching from 5 km Eggs: Diglett, Tangela, Goldeen, Budew, Cherubi, Finneon, and Drilbur.
  • Vileplume, Alolan Exeggutor, Trubbish, Binacle, and more will be appearing in raids.
  • Complete event-exclusive Field Research to earn encounters with Cottonee, Chespin, Binacle, and more.
  • There will also be event-exclusive Timed Research for you to enjoy.
  • A free Sustainability Week T-shirt avatar item will be available in the shop!

Unlock Rewards

You can work alongside players of other Niantic games to unlock special tiered in-game rewards by participating in the Niantic Sustainability Campaign in the real world. The following rewards will be available on Sunday, April 25, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. local time.

  • Tier 1(2,500 activations): Five-star raids will appear more often.
  • Tier 2 (5,000 activations): A free bundle containing three Remote Raid Passes will be available in the shop. The rewards from Tier 1 will remain active.
  • Tier 3 (10,000 activations): A 2× Catch XP bonus will be live. The rewards from Tiers 1 and 2 will remain active.

For more details on how to unlock these rewards, please see the Niantic blog post here.

Please be aware of your surroundings and follow guidelines from local health authorities when playing Pokémon GO. Upcoming events are subject to change. Be sure to follow us on social media, opt in to receiving push notifications, and subscribe to our emails to stay updated. For the latest on in-game events and feature updates, be sure to check this help center article.

—The Pokémon GO team

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Synopsis

A live-action film based on the popular Pokémon franchise. Plot details are unknown right now. Artwork is from the first Pokémon movie.

The 20-year old franchise, Pokémon, started as a pair of video games created for the original Game Boy console. The game was created in 1995 by Satoshi Tajiri. The Pokémon Company is a shared franchise copyright of three companies namely Nintendo, Game Freak and Creatures. Nintendo, however, is the sole owner of the trademark.

Game Freak developed the video games with Nintendo as the publisher. To date it has spawned many more video games, comic books, animated tv shows, trading card games, and other merchandises such as toys, clothes, accessories, and school supplies.

Pokémon is the contraction of Pocket Monsters, which has evolved into seven generations of fictional species to date. Tajiri took inspiration from one of his childhood pastimes, collecting insects. Players take the role of Pokémon Trainers who want to collect every Pokémon. Their duties include taking care of the eggs until they hatch and training the monsters until they are ready to battle it out with the Pokémon of other players.

The most popular species of Pokémon is Pikachu. The character was created and designed by Atsuko Nishida and Ken Sugimori. The species first appeared in the first generation game, Pokémon Red and Green (Blue replaced Green in North America), and went on to become one of the main characters in the Pokémon anime series. Pikachu is the mascot of the franchise, and one of Nintendo’s biggest stars.

The game’s main character is a Pokémon trainer named Ash Ketchum, a 10 year old kid aspiring to become a Pokémon master. A Pokémon researcher, Professor Oak, gives him Pikachu who at first made it difficult for Ash to train him. They soon form a loving bond and throughout their journey they befriend and battle a lot of trainers and Pokémon.

The franchise celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2016 in a big way. It released the augmented reality game Pokémon Go, which can be played using mobile phones. It also released its first two seventh generation games, Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon.

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Trainers,

The Tricky Pokémon event is back, and mischievous Pokémon seem to be causing more trouble than usual! Throughout Thursday, April 1, 2021, Pokémon prone to mischief will be appearing more often in the wild—some of them may even be Ditto in disguise! Some of them appear to be causing trouble for Team GO Rocket, too, so it’s the perfect time to complete Team GO Rocket Timed Research and rescue Shadow Zapdos from Giovanni’s clutches!

Date + Time

Thursday, April 1, 2021, from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. local time

Features

  • Pokémon prone to mischief—like Aipom, Croagunk, and Purrloin—will be appearing more often in the wild!
  • Sources tell us that Team GO Rocket Grunts will only have Shadow Aipom on their teams during the event. They thought catching Aipom would put a stop to their pranks—but how wrong they were!
  • Team GO Rocket will be appearing more often at PokéStops and in balloons.
  • The Team GO Rocket Timed Research launching during this event will be available from Thursday, April 1, 2021, at 12:00 a.m. to Thursday, April 8, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. local time. Complete it within that time to earn a Super Rocket Radar and other rewards!
  • The switch timer in the GO Battle League will be cut in half! Could this be more Pokémon mischief at work?
  • Take a few snapshots for a surprise!
  • Ditto will be appearing more frequently in the wild during the event, so be sure to catch Pokémon that Ditto are known to transform into! We’ve also received reports of Ditto transforming into one more Pokémon species than before, and it seems this phenomenon will continue after the event concludes.

Please be aware of your surroundings and follow guidelines from local health authorities when playing Pokémon GO. Upcoming events are subject to change. Be sure to follow us on social media, opt in to receiving push notifications, and subscribe to our emails to stay updated. For the latest on in-game events and feature updates, be sure to check this help center article.

—The Pokémon GO team

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Have you noticed that there are no Team Go Rocket balloons or grunts in Pokémon GO lately? Lots of players have, as the feature seemed to disappear overnight. In fact, that’s basically what has happened. And if you were trying to beat Arlo, Cliff, Sierra, or Giovanni then the absence is hard felt. To help explain, here’s the reason why there are no Team GO Rocket balloons or grunts in Pokémon GO.

Why are There no Team GO Rocket Balloons or Grunts in Pokémon GO

UPDATE: Team GO Rocket will return soon.

Original Text: Niantic has disabled the spawning of Team GO Rocket balloons and grunts in Pokémon GO, but only temporarily. The announcement was released on April 9th, late at night on the east coast of the US. It reads, “Trainers, while we investigate errors associated with Team GO Rocket encounters, they will be temporarily unavailable. We’ll update here with more information. We apologize for any inconvenience.”

What were those errors? Pokémon GO around the world were encountering freezes on the latest version of the game. While only a small portion of the community was actually on this version, it was rolling out to others more and more all the time. And so, instead of letting players encounter these bugs Niantic has removed the Team GO Rocket team from the game.

Balloons won’t appear every six hours, and Poké Stops won’t feature the usual level of grunt activity. And even if you have your Rocket Radar (regular or Super) equipped, you won’t see Arlo, Cliff, Sierra, or Giovanni (UPDATE: Rocket Radars still work for some, so equip them if you wish). So just hold off on that battle for now, but hopefully you aren’t working on your Special or Timed Research quests for them. Everyone simply has to wait for a new version of the game to release with the bugs patched out.

Hopefully now that you know why there are no Team GO Rocket balloons or grunts in Pokémon GO you can have the patience to wait out this time.

– This article was updated on:April 22nd, 2021

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We apologize for the long maintenance period, and we thank you for your patience while we performed some much needed background work!

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April 21

The day is finally here, Bulbapedia is open again at last! Over the past several weeks, Bulbapedia tech has been hard at work behind the scenes upgrading and bringing the wiki to modern standards and cutting back on a lot of the technical debt that has accumulated over the years. Because this was the first time in quite some time we performed work of this nature, this ended up being a much lengthier process than expected. There’s been a whole host of bugs that have been addressed too. Below is a small list of some of the new features that you will now encounter as you browse through the site. Note that you may also need to reset your cookies for the site due to several changes in the back-end as well.

  • New features you may notice
    • Two factor authentication (2FA) for logging in has been enabled to keep your account secure.
    • Toolbars – The edit box now has an updated toolbar. To reenable the old version, you will have to go under “Gadgets” under “Preferences” and select the legacy bar.
    • An overall smoother site experience
    • Extension:Math – Yes, we can finally display equations properly!
    • Default edit rate enhanced – Those of you that like to watch BulbaBot do its work may notice that they start to move a little faster now, you will too if you can edit that fast!
    • Recent changes and Watchlist changes – These are now powered with JavaScript and introduce some lovely new features that improve their usability, including filters and even live updates.
    • Enhanced diff pages – Allows for some more action options when viewing page diffs.
    • Password issues – You will be notified and be suggested that your password be changed if it is in the list of 100,000 commonly used passwords that are considered bad passwords. Also, your username cannot be included in your password (e.g., if your username is “Spriteit” your password can not be “SpriteitsPassword”).
    • Additional features that we will announce once more testing is complete.

If you notice any bugs (aka surprise features) please don’t hesitate to let us know so we can fix it as soon as possible. That being said, we are aware that some users are experiencing log in issues following the update. If you are experiencing any log in issues/lockouts, please Direct Message @BulbaTech over on the Bulbagarden Discord with the following information:

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Rayquaza returns to Pokémon GO raids tomorrow, Saturday, March 27th at 8 AM local time for a Special Raid Weekend that will last until Sunday, March 28th at 8 PM local time. Let’s take a look at the top counters to help trainers take down Rayquaza, a dual Dragon/Flying-type, which can be encountered in its Shiny form. With this Raid Guide, you can prepare a team to take on this Legendary from the Hoenn region, perfect your catching strategy, and understand Rayquaza’s 100% IVs.

Rayquaza in Pokémon GO. Credit: Niantic

Top Rayquaza Counters

Pokebattler, which calculates all possible combinations of Pokémon and moves, lists the top 10 Rayquaza counters as such:

  • Shadow Mamoswine (Powder Snow, Avalanche)
  • Shadow Weavile (Ice Shard, Avalanche)
  • Shadow Mewtwo (Psycho Cut, Ice Beam)
  • Mega Abomasnow (Powder Snow, Weather Ball)
  • Galarian Darmanitan (Ice Fang, Avalanche)
  • Mamoswine (Powder Snow, Avalanche)
  • Glaceon (Frost Beam, Avalanche)
  • Weavile (Ice Shard, Avalanche)
  • Shadow Articuno (Frost Beam, Ice Beam)
  • Shadow Abomasnow (Powder Snow, Weather Ball)

It is recommended to power up your counters as much as possible, but creating that amount of strong Shadow or Mega Pokémon with their moves unlocked is a tall order for even the most practiced players. Here are ten additional non-Shadow and non-Mega counters that can help take down Rayquaza with efficiency.

  • Mewtwo (Psycho Cut, Ice Beam)
  • Jynx (Frost Beam, Avalanche)
  • Beartic (Powder Snow, Ice Punch)
  • Vanilluxe (Frost Breath, Blizzard)
  • Kyurem (Dragon Breath, Blizzard)
  • Abomasnow (Powder Snow, Weather Ball)
  • Articuno (Frost Breath, Ice Beam)
  • Piloswine (Ice Shard, Avalanche)
  • Alolan Ninetails (Powder Snow, Weather Ball)
  • Mr. Rime (Ice Shard, Ice Punch)

How Many Trainers Are Needed?

Rayquaza has a double weakness to Ice-types and as such can be defeated with two trainers as long as only Ice-types are used. If you cannot guarantee the top counters with maxed out CP and the best moves, your best bet is to make sure you have three or more players.

Using the Circle Lock Technique to guarantee Great or Excellent throws, along with Golden Razz Berries, is the best way to catch Rayquaza. Rayquaza has a large hit circle but is rather aggressive with its attacks, so be patient.

Shiny Odds & 100% IVs

The Shiny rate for Legendary Pokémon is approximately one in twenty.

When looking for a Pokémon with the best stats, the 100% IV Rayquaza will have a CP of 2191 in normal weather conditions and 2739 in boosted conditions.

Happy raiding, fellow trainers!

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Trainers,

We hope you’re prepared for a month of exciting Pokémon encounters and bonuses!

Save Shadow Zapdos from Giovanni

This month, Giovanni will have Shadow Zapdos in his grasp! If you haven’t already, complete the latest Team GO Rocket Special Research, The Higher They Fly…, to earn a Super Rocket Radar. This will help you track down the Team GO Rocket Boss and save Shadow Zapdos! You can also receive a Super Rocket Radar from Timed Research that’ll be available during the first week of April.

Team GO Rocket never rests, Trainers, and neither can we! For more information, please see this help center article.

April Research Breakthrough encounters

From Thursday, April 1, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. to Saturday, May 1, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7), you’ll encounter male Frillish in Research Breakthrough encounters.

Featured Pokémon in five-star raids and Mega Raids

The following Legendary Pokémon will be appearing in five-star raids throughout April.

  • Therian Forme Tornadus will make its Pokémon GO debut in five-star raids on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time and will depart on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.
  • Therian Forme Landorus will make its Pokémon GO debut in five-star raids on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time and will depart on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.
  • Incarnate Forme Tornadus, Incarnate Forme Thundurus, and Incarnate Forme Landorus will be appearing in five-star raids starting on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time. If you’re lucky, you might even encounter a Shiny Tornadus, Thundurus, or Landorus!

In addition, the following Mega-Evolved Pokémon will be appearing in Mega Raids.

  • Mega Houndoom, Mega Manectric, and Mega Abomasnow will appear in Mega Raids until Sunday, April 4, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.
  • On Sunday, April 4, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time, a surprise Mega-Evolved Pokémon will be appearing in Mega Raids. It will continue to appear in Mega Raids for the rest of the month. Stay tuned for more details!
  • Mega Gengar and Mega Manectric will appear in Mega Raids from Sunday, April 4, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.
  • Mega Venusaur and Mega Abomasnow will appear in Mega Raids beginning on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. local time.

Every Wednesday in April will feature a Raid Hour event from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time. Raid Hours will feature the Pokémon appearing in five-star raids that week. As a reminder, you’ll gain extra XP for completing five-star raids throughout the Season of Legends!

Stay tuned for the May events blog for more details on the excellent Pokémon that’ll be featured in raids after April concludes!

Pokémon Spotlight Hours

In the month of April, Pokémon Spotlight Hour will take place every Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time, and each of these hours will spotlight a different Pokémon and special bonus!

  • Tuesday, April 6, 2021: Buneary will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the Candy for transferring Pokémon.
  • Tuesday, April 13, 2021: Mankey will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the XP for evolving Pokémon.
  • Tuesday, April 20, 2021: Grimer will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the Stardust for catching Pokémon.
  • Tuesday, April 27, 2021: Finneon will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the XP for catching Pokémon.

April Community Day featuring Snivy

Join us on Sunday, April 11, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. local time for a Community Day event featuring Snivy. Evolve Servine (the Evolution of Snivy) during the event or up to two hours afterward to get a Serperior that knows Frenzy Plant. For more information, be sure to check out the blog here.

Upcoming new events

Stay tuned for details about these upcoming events.

  • Team GO Rocket Timed Research: From Thursday, April 1, 2021, at 12:00 a.m. to Thursday, April 8, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. local time, be sure to complete Timed Research to get a Super Rocket Radar, which you can use to battle Giovanni!
  • Spring into Spring: From Sunday, April 4, 2021, to Thursday, April 8, 2021, you can look forward to a spring-themed event! Look out for Chansey, Blissey, and Happiny wearing flower crowns, as well as other spring- and Egg-themed surprises!
  • Rivals’ Week: From Tuesday, April 13, 2021, to Sunday, April 18, 2021, Pokémon that are rivals will be featured, including some Pokémon making their Pokémon GO debut!
  • Sustainability Week : From Tuesday, April 20, 2021 to Sunday, April 25, 2021, you can look forward to a sustainability-themed event! Pokémon like Grimer, Trubbish, and more will be appearing more often in the wild, and it’s up to all of us to catch them!
  • Friendship Day: On Saturday, April 24, 2021, celebrate friendship with a brand-new event!
  • April will end with a snappy event that will continue into May, so keep a lookout for more details later in April!

Weekly free bundles

Every Monday in April, a free one-time bundle containing a Remote Raid Pass and other items will be available in the shop.

Please be aware of your surroundings and follow guidelines from local health authorities when playing Pokémon GO. Upcoming events are subject to change. Be sure to follow us on social media, opt in to receiving push notifications, and subscribe to our emails to stay updated. For the latest on in-game events and feature updates, be sure to check this help center article.

—The Pokémon GO team

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Travel between the real world and the virtual world of Pokémon with Pokémon GO for iPhone and Android devices. With Pokémon GO, you’ll discover Pokémon in a whole new world—your own! Pokémon GO gives you the chance to explore real locations and search far and wide for Pokémon. More and more Pokémon continue to appear around the globe, including rare and powerful Legendary Pokémon.

As you move around the places where you live and visit, your smartphone can vibrate to let you know when you’re near a Pokémon. Once you’ve encountered a Pokémon, take aim on your smartphone’s touch screen and throw a Poké Ball to catch it—but be careful, or it might run away! Also look for PokéStops located at interesting places—such as public art installations, historical markers, and monuments—where you can collect more Poké Balls and other items.

Are you ready for an exciting challenge? You can now take on another Trainer at any time in Pokémon GO. With Trainer Battles, you can match up against another Trainer by using a Battle Code, then face off using a team of three Pokémon. When the battle is over, both participants receive great rewards, including a chance at rare Evolution items.

The fast-paced battles take place in real time, and your Pokémon can use both their Fast Attacks and Charged Attacks. Just keep an eye on your opponent’s attacks, and deploy a Protect Shield to save your Pokémon from taking critical damage. Be careful, though—you only have a limited number of Protect Shields before your Pokémon will be left defenseless against big attacks.

Your opponent will usually have to be nearby for you to initiate a Trainer Battle. But you can challenge Trainers you’re Ultra Friends or Best Friends with from any distance. Good luck, Trainers!

Get connected with your real-life friends in Pokémon GO, and you can interact with them in a variety of exciting ways. After exchanging Trainer Codes, you will see your friends on your Friend List.

One way that you’ll be able to play with your friends in Pokémon GO is by giving Gifts. When you spin a Photo Disc at a PokéStop or Gym, you have a chance of collecting a special Gift. Although you can’t open these Gifts yourself, you can send them to someone on your Friend List. The Gifts contain a variety of helpful items (and occasionally special Eggs) and come with a postcard showing where the Gift was collected.

You can increase your Friendship level with others by sending Gifts or participating in a Raid or Gym Battle with them. As your Friendship level rises, bonuses can be unlocked.

There’s another way to build your Friendship level, and that’s by trading Pokémon! If you are near a friend and have a Trainer level of 10 or higher, you can trade Pokémon with them. Completing a trade requires Stardust, but it earns a bonus Candy for the Pokémon you traded away, and that bonus increases if the Pokémon the two of you trade were caught in locations far apart from each other.

Each Pokémon in the trade might become a Lucky Pokémon—you’ll know right away by a new sparkly appearance. These Lucky Pokémon require less Stardust to power up, too. And Lucky Pokémon can be detected by the Pokédex so you can keep track of them. The longer the Pokémon have spent in storage, the higher the chance that they will become Lucky Pokémon when they’re traded.

When you first play Pokémon GO, you’ll get to customize your Trainer, choosing apparel and accessories to give them a cool look. Your customized Trainer will appear as you move around on the map and on your profile page. Other players will also see your Trainer when they visit a Gym you control or when you interact as friends (see below).

In Pokémon GO, you will gain levels as a Trainer. At higher levels, you’ll be able to catch more powerful Pokémon to complete your Pokédex. You’ll also have access to stronger items to heal your Pokémon after battle, improved Poké Balls to give you a better shot at catching Pokémon, and useful Berries. Keep exploring and catching Pokémon to raise your level.

There are other ways to add Pokémon to your Pokédex. If you catch the same species of Pokémon enough times, you may be able to evolve it! And you may find Pokémon Eggs at PokéStops, which will hatch once you’ve walked a certain distance with it in an incubator—perhaps resulting in a Pokémon you’ve never seen before!

As you’re out exploring, keep an eye on the real-world weather, as it will influence which Pokémon you’re likely to discover. For example, Water-type Pokémon will be more plentiful during rainy weather.

At a certain point in the game, you’ll be asked to join one of three teams. Once you join a team, you’ll gain the ability to assign your Pokémon to open Gym locations or to a Gym where a teammate has already assigned a Pokémon. Each player can place only one Pokémon per Gym, so you’ll need to work together with other members of your team to build up a strong defense. Like PokéStops, Gyms can be found at real-world locations.

If a rival team has claimed a Gym, you can challenge it by using your Pokémon to battle the Pokémon defending the Gym. You choose which of your Pokémon will join in the battle. Each Pokémon has two kinds of attacks, and can also dodge the defending Pokémon’s attacks if you swipe left or right. If your Pokémon win the battle, the motivation of the defending Pokémon is reduced. When the motivation of each defending Pokémon drops to zero, the defending team loses control of the Gym, and you or another player can then take control of it by assigning a Pokémon to defend it.

Take on tough solitary Pokémon in exciting Raid Battles at select Gyms. These Raid Bosses are more difficult to battle than the Pokémon you’d ordinarily catch in the wild—so tough that you’ll need to join up with other Trainers to take one of them on. If you can defeat the Raid Boss, you’ll earn a chance to add the powerful Pokémon to your team and get extremely rare items.

Professor Willow, your guide through the world of Pokémon GO, needs collaborators to help with his research as he investigates mysterious events all over the world. There are two types of research that Trainers can help with: Field Research and Special Research. Field Research tasks can be found by spinning the Photo Disc at PokéStops and Gyms. You will receive objectives to complete, such as discovering and catching certain Pokémon or engaging in battles. Professor Willow will present the Special Research himself with story-driven activities that will take you further into the world of Pokémon GO than ever before!

There’s no limit to the number of research tasks that can be completed each day, and they grant rewards such as useful items. The more difficult the task, the greater the reward, so hard-working Trainers will benefit quite a bit.

A portable device called the Poké Ball Plus enables you to enjoy the game even when you’re not looking at your smartphone. The device connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth and notifies you about events in the game (such as the appearance of a Pokémon nearby) using an LED and vibration. In addition, you can catch Pokémon or perform other simple actions by pressing the button on the device.

There is also a deep connection between Pokémon GO and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region that you’ve caught in Pokémon GO can be brought into these two new Nintendo Switch games.

Connecting Pokémon GO to Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! is also a great way to meet the new Mythical Pokémon Meltan and its evolved form, Melmetal. Sending Pokémon from Pokémon GO into one of the Nintendo Switch titles gets you certain items in the app, such as Candies for the species of Pokémon you sent. However, the first time you send a Pokémon, you’ll also be able to get a very special item: a Mystery Box!

Opening a Mystery Box in Pokémon GO causes Meltan to appear for a limited time. Touch a Meltan you see on the field map, and then try to catch it with a Poké Ball. By collecting 400 Meltan Candies, you can evolve this Steel-type Pokémon into the powerful Melmetal.

Exploring is a breeze with the Adventure Sync feature in Pokémon GO. With Adventure Sync, you can record how far you walk even while Pokémon GO is inactive. Plus, you keep earning Buddy Candy and making progress toward hatching Pokémon Eggs as you walk.

You receive notifications when your Buddy Pokémon finds Candy for you and when an Egg is about to hatch. Then, at the end of each week, Adventure Sync provides a summary of your activities, including how much Candy you collected and how far you walked. You even earn rewards for every distance milestone you cross.

You can opt in to Adventure Sync at any time, and the feature connects to both the Health app on Apple devices and Google Fit on Android devices.

Dive deeper into the fun of Pokémon encounters with AR+ mode, a feature available on iPhone 6s and newer models running iOS 11 or higher. AR+ mode takes Pokémon GO’s augmented reality feature even further by placing the Pokémon you encounter firmly into the scene in front of you. With AR+, you can get closer to a Pokémon to make it easier to catch, or line up the perfect picture. But be careful as you approach the Pokémon, or you might scare it off!

Pokémon GO is available for download at no charge on the App Store and Google Play. Pokémon GO is free to play, with loads of fun things to do and Pokémon to discover at every turn. For players who want to enhance their Pokémon GO experience even more, certain items and features can be accessed via in-app purchases. Players can spend real money on PokéCoins, the in-game currency of Pokémon GO. PokéCoins can then be exchanged for power-ups, extra items, and more.

When you encounter a Pokémon in the wild, you can turn on the camera feature, putting the wild Pokémon into the live scene where your camera is facing. Line up your shot and hit the shutter button to take the photo. You can then save the snapshot to your smartphone for you to share however you’d like.

Pokémon GO features all-new music composed by GAME FREAK’s Junichi Masuda. Mr. Masuda has worked on Pokémon games since the very beginning and has composed many of the classic and memorable songs that have inspired fans for decades.

With the Buddy Pokémon feature, you can choose a Pokémon from your collection to travel at your side, opening up in-game rewards and experiences. Your Buddy Pokémon will appear alongside your Trainer on your profile screen and reward you with helpful bonuses—including Candy—as you walk with it.

Visit the Pokémon GO official site for more details.

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Trainers,

During the Season of Celebration, we got to explore and celebrate regions of the Pokémon world, all leading up to Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto! Now, we’re excited to announce the next Season: the Season of Legends!

From Legendary Pokémon to legendary Trainers, this Season will celebrate legends in Pokémon GO. The Season of Legends will run from Monday, March 1, 2021, at 8:00 a.m. to Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time!

Read on for an overview of what you can expect during this Season, and look out for a detailed blog once the Season starts.

More Pokémon will make their Pokémon GO debut in Legendary Raids and Mega Raids!

This Season will start with some Legendary Pokémon making their Pokémon GO debut—Therian Forme Tornadus, Therian Forme Thundurus, and Therian Forme Landorus! Stay tuned for more details. There might be some other Legendary faces making their Pokémon GO debut appearing later in the Season, too!

Starting March 1, different Mega-Evolved Pokémon will be appearing in Mega Raids, and other Mega-Evolved Pokémon will be making their Pokémon GO debut over the course of the Season. Keep an ear out for more details soon, Trainers!

Different Pokémon will be appearing in the wild!

As the seasons change, different kinds of Pokémon will be appearing in different habitats in the wild! For example, you might find Mantine or Frillish appearing near water, or maybe you’ll happen upon a Voltorb or Glameow while in the city! If you happen to be traversing near grassy and forested areas, you might find Hoppip floating peacefully in the air. These and many more Pokémon will be appearing more often in the wild, so keep a lookout and stay tuned for more details!

Hemisphere-exclusive Pokémon

During this Season, the kinds of Pokémon that appear more often in the wild exclusively in either the northern or southern hemisphere will be greatly expanded from last Season!

In the northern hemisphere, you’ll be able to encounter Pokémon like Tangela, Combee, Croagunk, Ducklett, and many more in the wild! First partner Pokémon originally discovered in the Sinnoh region—Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup—will also be appearing in the wild, alongside Spring Form Deerling. If you’re extremely lucky, you might even encounter Pokémon such as Scyther, Dratini, or Cottonee in the wild!

In the southern hemisphere, Pokémon like Mankey, Yanma, Buizel, Woobat, and many more will be appearing in the wild, alongside first partner Pokémon originally discovered in the Unova region—Snivy, Tepig, and Oshawott! If you’re extremely lucky, you might encounter a Pineco, Bagon, or Ferroseed. Keep your eyes out for Autumn Form Deerling, too!

Different Pokémon will be hatching from Eggs!

Pokémon like Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip, Budew, and more will be hatching from 2 km Eggs. Drowzee, Azurill, and Munna will be hatching from 5 km Eggs, and intrepid Trainers might find Nincada, Alomomola, and more hatching from 10 km Eggs! Stay tuned for more details.

Season-exclusive Special Research

Toward the start of the season, all Trainers will be able to access the Season of Legends Special Research. Follow Professor Willow as he makes exciting discoveries about Therian Forme Tornadus, Therian Forme Thundurus, and Therian Forme Landorus, the first three Legendary Pokémon featured during this Season. Complete this Special Research to earn Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus Candy as well as other rewards.

Be on the lookout for bonuses and items throughout the Season!

You can look forward to even more goodies this Season, such as the following bonuses and items.

  • Players can receive increased XP from five-star raids throughout this Season only.
  • Free Remote Raid Passes will be available at certain times during the Season. Stay tuned for more details on when these Remote Raid Passes will be available in the shop!

Throughout the Season, you’ll have even more opportunities to be legendary! March Community Day, GO Battle League Season 7, all-new events, and more will be coming. You can also look forward to a series of events toward the end of the Season that will certainly be legendary.

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—The Pokémon GO team

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