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Sniff out Legendary Pokémon in the Searching for Legends Pokemon GO event

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Another special event is coming to Pokemon GO, and it's set to launch on March 9th, 2021. This one involves Nosepass, and you can get full details below.

We’re kicking off the Season of Legends with a search for Legendary Pokémon! Any successful search requires a good sense of direction—and if there’s one Pokémon equipped to help in that regard, it’s Nosepass. The Compass Pokémon will be appearing in greater numbers to help you sniff out leads alongside a variety of Ground-, Rock-, and Steel-type Pokémon.

Date + Time

Tuesday, March 9, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Sunday, March 14, 2021, at 8:00 a.m. local time

Features

The following Pokémon will be appearing more often in the wild: Diglett, Geodude, Magnemite, Nosepass, Aron, Baltoy, Roggenrola, Drilbur, and more. If you’re lucky, you might find a Shiny Nosepass!
The following Pokémon will be attracted to Incense: Alolan Diglett, Alolan Geodude, Magnemite, Nosepass, Aron, Lairon, Beldum, Roggenrola, Drilbur, and more.
The following Pokémon will be hatching from 5 km Eggs: Magnemite, Nosepass, Aron, Baltoy, Beldum, and Drilbur.
The following Pokémon will be appearing in one-star raids: Alolan Diglett, Nosepass, Roggenrola, Drilbur, Ferroseed, and Klink.
The following Pokémon will be appearing in three-star raids: Alolan Graveler, Magneton, Skarmory, and Metang.
Complete event-exclusive Field Research tasks and Timed Research to encounter Pokémon like Nosepass!

Reminder: Pokemon GO's Season of Legends begins today

Perfectly Seasoned

Here's a reminder just in case you forgot. The Pokemon GO Season of Legends starts today! Read on below to see what's available to participate in now.

Pokémon appearing in raids

Therian Forme Tornadus, Therian Forme Thundurus, Therian Forme Landorus, and more will all be coming to Pokémon GO, along with some Mega-Evolved Pokémon that haven’t appeared in Pokémon GO yet! Check out our March events blog for more details on upcoming five-star raids and Mega Raids.

Pokémon appearing more often in the wild in the northern and southern hemispheres

During this Season, the kinds of Pokémon that will be appearing more frequently in the wild exclusively in either the northern or southern hemisphere will be greatly expanded! Look forward to a diverse and exciting array of Pokémon appearing in the wild.

Northern hemisphere: Foongus, Tangela, Miltank, Shuppet, Finneon, Ducklett, Karrablast, Ponyta, Lotad, Patrat, and more.
Southern hemisphere: Paras, Yanma, Stantler, Drifloon, Remoraid, Buizel, Shelmet, Vulpix, Seedot, Zigzagoon, and more.
Pokémon hatching from Eggs

2 km Eggs: Growlithe, Cubone, Magikarp, Hoppip, Wooper, Dunsparce, Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip, Meditite, Volbeat, Illumise, Wailmer, Spoink, Swablu, Budew, Minccino, Bunnelby, Fletchling, and Litleo. Volbeat or Illumise will also hatch from 2 km Eggs, depending on where you are.

5 km Eggs: Voltorb, Lickitung, Eevee, Ralts, Feebas, Clamperl, Blitzle, Roggenrola, Gothita, Solosis, Chespin, Fennekin, and Froakie. Certain other Pokémon will also continue to hatch from 5 km Eggs depending on where you are.

10 km Eggs: Nincada, Shinx, Gible, Riolu, Audino, Timburr, Darumaka, Emolga, Alomomola, Klink, Litwick, Axew, Golett, Rufflet, Espurr, and Noibat. Sigilyph will also hatch from 10 km Eggs, depending on where you are.

Niantic Showcases Proof-of-Concept Pokémon GO AR Demo at Microsoft Ignite 2021

The future of Pokemon GO

Pokemon GO already uses AR to immerse players in the game, but developer Niantic thinks they can take things much further. In a new video released today, Niantic showcases a proof-of-concept Pokemon GO AR demo that they worked on with Microsoft in order to showcase new tech. You can see that proof-of-concept above, and read all about the project below.

At Niantic, we see the transformative potential of augmented reality to make lives better for people, especially our Niantic Explorers around the world. AR can enrich daily routines like taking a walk in your neighbourhood or visiting your favourite local spot. There are tremendous benefits to getting outside and connecting with one another, and this is how we envision the true benefits of AR technology: in service of people and communities.

We’ve enabled many moments and memories through our signature Niantic experiences and we’re working to enable even more planet-scale experiences for next-generation AR hardware. But this is only the beginning. When we talk about AR, we are talking about the beginnings of a fundamental shift in computing where the world itself (the atoms) comes alive with information and experience (the bits). While this shift will occur over time, important software and hardware advances are laying the foundation today.

For our part, we’re committed to leveraging and expanding our platform to build real-world AR experiences for as many devices as possible and reaching a diverse set of players no matter their physical location. This includes building with others that share a common vision for how technology can facilitate deeper social connection and spark a sense of adventure in the real world.

At this year’s Microsoft Ignite conference, we announced we are collaborating with Microsoft on new kinds of experiences that advance innovation at the seam of the digital and physical world, and connect people together in brand new ways. We offered a glimpse of the potential for new AR experiences by showcasing a proof-of-concept Pokémon GO demo. While this demo is not intended for consumer use, it offers an early glimpse into the future evolutions in both software and hardware.

We’ve only scratched the surface. We know the years ahead to be filled with important achievements which will serve as waypoints in AR’s journey to become a life-changing computing platform. We’re thrilled to be leading the way.

Therian Forme Tornadus, Therian Forme Thundurus, and Therian Forme Landorus Make Their Pokémon GO Debut in the Season of Legends Today

The new season starts today!

We've already fully detailed Pokemon GO's Season of Legends activities, but that was a couple weeks back. The action officially kicks off today, and you can read a recap on what's included below.

Pokémon GO's first Season, the Season of Celebration, is coming to an end. And with the conclusion of this Season comes the beginning of another one, and the next Season is sure to be legendary. 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. Best of all, three Legendary Pokémon will make their Pokémon GO debut during the Season of Legends—Therian Forme Tornadus, Therian Forme Thundurus, and Therian Forme Landorus will be appearing in five-star raids, providing you an opportunity to fill out your Pokédex. And Professor Willow's Season of Legends Special Research will give you a chance to learn more about these Pokémon while earning fun rewards.

The Season of Legends has plenty of other excitement in store, too. Throughout the new Season, different Pokémon from last Season will be appearing in the wild, hatching from Eggs, and appearing in raids.

In the northern hemisphere, Trainers might encounter Pokémon such as Tangela, Scyther, Dratini, Turtwig, Chimchar, Piplup, Combee, Croagunk, Cottonee, Ducklett, and Spring Form Deerling. Trainers in the southern hemisphere may encounter Mankey, Yanma, Pineco, Bagon, Buizel, Snivy, Tepig, Oshawott, Woobat, Autumn Form Deerling, Ferroseed, and more.

During the Season of Legends, Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip, Budew, and more will be hatching from 2 km Eggs. Pokémon like Drowzee, Azurill, and Munna will be hatching from 5 km Eggs. And you might find Pokémon like Nincada, Alomomola, and more hatching from 10 km Eggs.

To help you make the most of the new Season, you'll receive additional XP for winning five-star raids. And you'll be able to get free Remote Raid Passes throughout the Season, so check the in-game shop early and often.

Make this a legendary new Season, Trainers!

A new Season is coming—and so are March’s Pokémon GO events

Marching ahead

Not a month goes by without a slew of things to do in Pokemon GO, and March 2021 is no different. Niantic has detailed the huge lineup of content for March on the way, and you can get the full details below.

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

Incoming: New Team GO Rocket Special Research!

It appears that after a few months of rest, Giovanni and his Grunts are up to no good once again! What’s worse, they’ve obtained more Shadow Pokémon—including Shadow Legendary Pokémon! Early investigations into Giovanni’s movements suggest he’ll be using these Shadow Legendary Pokémon at different times.

March 2021: Shadow Articuno
April 2021: Shadow Zapdos
May 2021: Shadow Moltres

Starting on Sunday, February 28, 2021, at 12:00 a.m. local time, play through this Season’s new Team GO Rocket Special Research to earn a Super Rocket Radar and take down Giovanni! There will be other opportunities to earn Super Rocket Radars at the beginning of each month this Season, so stay tuned for more information!

March Research Breakthrough encounter

From Monday, March 1, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8) to Thursday, April 1, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7), you’ll encounter Gible 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 March.

Incarnate Forme Landorus will be appearing in five-star raids from Monday, March 1, 2021, at 8:00 a.m. to Saturday, March 6, 2021, at 8:00 a.m. local time. If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny one!

Incarnate Forme Tornadus will be appearing in five-star raids from Saturday, March 6, 2021, at 8:00 a.m. to Thursday, March 11, 2021, at 8:00 a.m. local time. If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny one!

Incarnate Forme Thundurus will be appearing in five-star raids from Thursday, March 11, 2021, at 8:00 a.m. to Tuesday, March 16, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time. If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny one!

Therian Forme Thundurus will be appearing in five-star raids from Tuesday, March 16, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.

Therian Forme Tornadus will be appearing in five-star raids starting Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.
In addition, the following Mega-Evolved Pokémon will be appearing in Mega Raids.

Mega Blastoise, Mega Pidgeot, and Mega Ampharos will be featured in Mega Raids from Monday, March 1, 2021, at 8:00 a.m. to Tuesday, March 16, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.

Mega Houndoom, Mega Abomasnow, and a surprise Mega-Evolved Pokémon will be appearing in Mega Raids starting Tuesday, March 16, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.

Every Wednesday in March will feature a Raid Hour event from at 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time. Raid Hours will feature the Pokémon appearing in five-star raids that week. A bonus Raid Hour will be taking place on Monday, March 15, 2021, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time. As a reminder, when the Season of Legends begins on March 1, 2021, you can gain extra XP for completing five-star raids!

Stay tuned for the April events blog for more details on the next Pokémon to be featured in raids.

Pokémon Spotlight Hours

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

Tuesday, March 2, 2021: Krabby will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the Candy for transferring Pokémon.
Tuesday, March 9, 2021: Drowzee will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the XP for evolving Pokémon.
Tuesday, March 16, 2021: Voltorb will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the Stardust for catching Pokémon.
Tuesday, March 23, 2021: Surskit will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the XP for catching Pokémon.
Tuesday, March 30, 2021: Slugma will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the Candy for catching Pokémon.

March Bonus Hours

We will be testing Bonus Hours throughout the month of March. These tests will take place on the listed Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. local time, and each one will feature a unique bonus!

Thursday, March 4, 2021: GO Rocket Hour — Team GO Rocket Balloons will be appearing more frequently. Be on the lookout, Trainers!

Thursday, March 11, 2021: Mega Bonus Hour: Candy — You’ll earn more Candy when you catch Pokémon that share a type with your active Mega-Evolved Pokémon.

Thursday, March 18, 2021: Mega Raid Hour — Mega Raids will be happening more frequently.

March Community Day Featuring Fletchling

Join us on Saturday, March 6, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. local time for a fiery Community Day featuring Fletchling. Evolve Fletchinder (the evolved form of Fletchling) during the event or up to two hours afterward to get a Talonflame that knows the attack Incinerate. For more information, be sure to check out the blog here.

Upcoming new events

Look out for more details coming soon for these events.

Searching for Legends—From Tuesday, March 9, 2021, to Sunday, March 14, 2021, join us as we begin our journey to search for Legendary Pokémon! And what better way to sniff out these Legendary Pokémon than with the Compass Pokémon, Nosepass? Who knows—if you’re lucky, you may even encounter a Shiny Nosepass!

Incense Day: Psychic-Type and Steel-Type —We are hearing reports that on Sunday, March 14, 2021, more Psychic-type and Steel-type Pokémon will be attracted to Incense, including Beldum!

**Charge Up!**—From Tuesday, March 16, 2021, to Monday, March 22, 2021, get amped for an event where Electric-type Pokémon will make their Pokémon GO debut!

Weather Week—From Wednesday, March 24, 2021, to Monday, March 29, 2021, experience a whirlwind of weather-themed Pokémon appearing in the wild and new avatar items, all to celebrate the Therian Formes of Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus coming to Pokémon GO.

A Special Raid Weekend event featuring Legendary Pokémon will take place on Saturday, March 27, 2021, through Sunday, March 28, 2021.

Stay tuned for more details on each of these events!

Weekly free bundles

Every Monday in March, a free one-time bundle containing 10 Ultra Balls, 10 Razz Berries, and a Remote Raid Pass will be available in the shop.

Quality-of-life updates

We’re excited to share some updates to Candy XL that will help acquiring this resource in Pokémon GO be more fun and accessible.

Trading Pokémon will have a chance of rewarding a Candy XL for the Pokémon you’ve traded. The chance of receiving a Candy XL will increase the greater the distance between Pokémon catch locations is.

Walking with your Buddy Pokémon will now have a chance of earning you a Candy XL.

Catching Legendary, Mythical, or evolved Pokémon is now guaranteed to reward you with Candy XL.

Niantic punishes over 5 million cheaters across Pokemon GO and their other mobile games

Cheating their way to a ban

Pokemon GO is played by hundreds of millions of people around the world, and unfortunately, millions decided to cheat their way through the game. Niantic is well aware that cheaters ruin the experience for legit players, which is why they've worked hard to squash those cheaters out there.

Niantic's efforts to stop cheaters continues every single day, but the developer has made serious progress since Pokemon GO launched. In a new blog post from Niantic, we learn that the company has punished over 5 million cheaters across their various mobile games, Pokemon GO included. You can see Niantic's full details on cheat prevention and punishment below, along with their commitment to fighting against other cheaters still at large.

We don’t talk much about our anticheat efforts, partly because we don’t want to provide cheaters with information that can help them understand our detection mechanisms better. But, rest assured our reluctance to share is not due to a lack of effort or intent from our side.

Having said that, we have made a commitment with all of our players towards promoting fair gameplay, preserving the integrity of our games and improving transparency with our players. As part of this commitment we’d like to provide an update on some of our recent efforts to curb cheating in our games:

Since the beginning of 2020, we’ve issued punishments to more than 5 million cheaters across Pokémon GO, Ingress and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, where over 20% of the punishments were permanent bans.

More than 90% of users who received their first warning, stopped cheating afterwards. This is quite encouraging for us, as we continue to find the right balance between punishing casual cheaters versus the more egregious ones.

We have invested in new & emerging technologies, while continuing to grow our team, to improve our detection and enforcement capabilities. We’ll continue to act against those who violate our terms of service and we’ll be reinforcing our efforts in the coming weeks.

We are constantly tweaking and improving our existing detection methods by collecting ground truth from player reports and other channels of feedback, to ensure we are accurately detecting cheaters and minimising false positives.

We are always listening to our players and are exploring ways to leverage our community to ensure our games remain fair. To empower all Ingress Agents, we’ve rolled-out a new Fast Track process, which would enable them to request for a quicker manual intervention, before the rogue Agent can cause more damage to the gameboard. Since then, we’ve received more than 4K Fast Track requests, of which ~70% were eligible for an expedited review; and after investigating, appropriate actions were taken against those reported Agents. We’ll continue to iterate and improve the process based on the feedback we receive from the community.

To address concerns of remote Ingress Portals getting spoofed during Ops, we’re working on introducing additional security measures to reduce the impact of such egregious cheating on the game board. We’ll be sharing more information about our Compartmental Access Level measures in the coming weeks on the Ingress forum and our other social channels.

We are committed to ensuring fair gameplay across our game portfolio. Every day newer forms of cheating or spoofing tools are made available on the internet, and we are continuously working to combat these cheaters and focus on improving our detection and enforcement; as they have no place in our games.

As a reminder, please only use the official versions of our games available on Google Play Store, Apple App Store and Samsung Galaxy Store; and note that we do not support jailbroken or rooted devices.

Thank you all for your continued support and patience.

Pokemon GO updated to Ver. 0.201.0 (Android) / Ver. 1.167.0 (iOS)

Pokemon GO has been updated to Ver. 0.201.0 (Android) / Ver. 1.167.0 (iOS). Check out details on this update below.

- adds option to mass transfer Legendary and Mythical Pokémon
- various bug fixes

Pokemon GO Season of Legends and GO Battle League Season 7 start March 1st, 2021

March madness!

Pokemon GO trainers, you better clear your calendar. You have a very busy March coming in soon! Both the Season of Legends and GO Battle League Season 7 kick off March 1st, 2021, and you can get full details on each below.

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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Is there a more apt time for Season 7 of the GO Battle League to begin than with the Season of Legends? We’re excited to share how this GO Battle League season will be the most legendary one yet! As we continue to work on bringing interesting and competitive experiences to the GO Battle League, you can look forward to new cups that upend team expectations in familiar leagues and a surprise sometime between Monday, March 29, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, April 5, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7).

Season 6 rewards, Season 7 timeline, and what to expect

When Season 7 begins on Monday, March 1, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8), your end-of-season rewards for Season 6 will be available on the Battle screen, including an Elite Fast TM if you reached rank 19 or higher. Your rating will be reset. Stay tuned—we’ll update you if anything changes.

The Great League will run from Monday, March 1, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8) to Monday, March 15, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7).

The Ultra League and its Premier Cup will run from Monday, March 15, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, March 29, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7).

The Master League, Master League Classic, and the Great League will run from Monday, March 29, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, April 5, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7). Only Pokémon that haven’t been powered up with Candy XL are allowed in Master League Classic.

All three leagues will run from Monday, April 5, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, April 12, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7).
The Great League and a new cup called Great League Remix will run from Monday, April 12, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, April 26, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7). See the Cups section below for more details.

The Ultra League and its Premier Cup will run from Monday, April 26, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, May 10, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7).

The Master League, Master League Classic, and the Retro Cup will run from Monday, May 10, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, May 17, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7). Only Pokémon that haven’t been powered up with Candy XL are allowed in Master League Classic. See the Cups section below for more details.

All three leagues will run from Monday, May 17, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, May 24, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7).
Ranked play will end on Monday, May 24, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7).

An unranked Kanto Cup will run from Monday, May 24, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, May 31, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7). See the Cups section below for more details.

Season 7 will have the same rank structure as Season 6.

What’s new in Season 7?

There are some notable changes coming to the GO Battle League during Season 7.

You won’t want to miss these Season 7 rewards. The Pikachu Libre avatar items will be a reward for Trainers who reach rank 10. Trainers who reach Legend rank will earn avatar items and a pose inspired by Elesa, who made her first appearance in Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version. At rank 19, you’ll receive an Elite Charged TM, and you’ll also receive an Elite Fast TM as an end-of-season reward.

Some of the Pokémon you’ll encounter as you reach certain ranks will be inspired by Elesa. Additionally, players who reach rank 20 are guaranteed to encounter the Legendary Pokémon that is appearing in five-star raids at that time.

Rank 1: You’ll be guaranteed to encounter Zebstrika, one of Elesa’s partner Pokémon in the Pokémon RPGs.

Rank 1 and up: You’ll be able to encounter Pokémon such as Poliwhirl, Flaaffy, Pupitar, Galvantula, and more.

Rank 10 and up: You’ll be able to encounter Pokémon such as Medicham, Frillish, Stunfisk, and more.

Rank 15 and up: You’ll be able to encounter Pokémon such as Scraggy, Lampent, and Rufflet. Don’t forget—if you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny Rufflet!

From rank 20 and up: You’ll be able to encounter the Legendary Pokémon that is appearing in five-star raids at that time.

Ace rank and up: You’ll be able to encounter Deino!

Legend rank: You’ll be guaranteed to encounter a Pikachu Libre. This will be the only time you’ll be able to encounter a Pikachu Libre during the season.

You’ll earn more Candy XL than normal when you catch these Pokémon in GO Battle League reward encounters: Poliwhirl, Flaaffy, Pupitar, Medicham, Scraggy, Galvantula, Lampent, and Stunfisk.

Stay tuned for details on the GO Battle League cups to be featured in the second half of Season 7.

Cups

You can look forward to the following cups this season!

Great League Remix: The 10 most-used Pokémon in the Great League will not be allowed in this version of the league. We’ll share the list of ineligible Pokémon shortly after the Great League ends on March 15. We’re excited to see which Pokémon will emerge as the rising stars of Great League Remix!

Retro Cup: This cup will be a throwback!! Only the first 15 Pokémon types, excluding Dark, Steel, and Fairy types, will be usable in this cup, and the CP limit will be 1,500.

Kanto Cup: The CP limit for this cup will be 1,500, and only Pokémon with a Pokédex number from #001 to #151 will be allowed. You rating won’t be affected during the Kanto Cup, so feel free to get creative!

And one more thing! We’ve decided that the previous walking requirement to unlock battles will not return to the GO Battle League.

Stay tuned for more updates on GO Battle League Season 7, including some Trainer Battle attack updates.

Close out the Pokemon GO Pokémon Day weekend with a Kanto-themed Raid Day

What a way to celebrate!

The Pokemon GO Pokemon Day celebrations are going out with a bang next week. Niantic has announced a Kanto-themed Raid Day, and you can get full details on the event below.

We’re closing out the Pokémon Day weekend festivities with a Kanto-themed Raid Day! Join us to celebrate some fan-favorite Pokémon as the Season of Celebration comes to an end.

Date + Time

Sunday, February 28, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. local time

Features

Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres will be appearing in five-star raids! If you’re lucky, you might even encounter a Shiny Articuno, Shiny Zapdos, or Shiny Moltres!

We’re hearing reports that Giovanni will be returning with a different Shadow Legendary Pokémon in his clutches. Get ready to complete some new Team GO Rocket Special Research to save this Pokémon, Trainers!

Pick up a free bundle of three Remote Raid Passes in the shop starting on Saturday, February 27 at 1:00 p.m. Pacific time to Monday, March 1 at 1:00 p.m. Pacific time.

Earn up to five free Raid Passes by spinning Photo Discs at PokéStops or Gyms during event hours.

During the event period, you can use a Charged TM to help a Shadow Pokémon forget the Charged Attack Frustration.

Team GO Rocket Grunts will be appearing more frequently at PokéStops and in balloons throughout the event window.

Everything you need to know before Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto

All your questions answered!

Pokemon GO's Kanto Tour is sneaking up, and there's a lot to look forward to. If you need a recap on what to expect, check out the official press release below.

Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto is almost here! To help you prepare, we’ve put together some tips on how to make the most out of your event experience.

Ticket holders, here’s what you need to know.

Version selection: Your adventure will begin after choosing either Red Version or Green Version of the event. Not sure which to pick? Check out our blog here for more info on what makes each one unique.

Collection Challenges: Once you begin the event, you’ll gain access to 10 Collection Challenges, and they’ll remain available until Sunday, February 28, 2021, at 7:59 p.m local time.

Special Research: When you begin your Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto adventure, make sure to tap on the Special Research icon after Professor Willow appears in order to claim your new Special Research. Once you do, it can be completed at any time during or after the event.

Masterwork Research: After finishing the Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto Special Research, you’ll be granted access to a new, more challenging type of research: Masterwork Research! Masterwork Research is designed to be completed over a long period of time, and the first story—All-in-One #151—will result in an encounter with Shiny Mew!

Free items: Be sure to claim the free item bundles in the shop to give yourself a boost on your adventure! These item bundles are included with your ticket and will grant you three Remote Raid Passes and 200 Poké Balls.

Extra daily Raid Passes: Claim up to nine daily Raid Passes during event hours.

Incense: Incense will attract version-exclusive Pokémon during the event, so make sure to use it!

Social media: Share photos on Twitter or Instagram using #PokemonGOTour, and you may see them featured in-app during the event!

No ticket? No worries!

All Trainers will be able to enjoy the following during the Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto event.

Featured Trainer characters will be appearing as GO Tour Challengers during the event. Find and battle them at PokéStops to complete event-exclusive Timed Research and earn rewards!
Evolve certain Pokémon during the event to get a Pokémon that knows an exclusive attack.
Evolve Ivysaur—the Evolution of Bulbasaur—to get a Venusaur that knows Frenzy Plant.
Evolve Wartortle—the Evolution of Squirtle—to get a Blastoise that knows Hydro Cannon.
Evolve Charmeleon—the Evolution of Charmander—to get a Charizard that knows Blast Burn.
Event hours themed after locations from the Pokémon Red and Pokémon Green games will be occurring during the event. Check out the schedule here.
Turn up that audio! Each location-themed hour will feature music inspired by Pokémon Red and Pokémon Green, created by those games’ original composer, Junichi Masuda!

Have questions? Check out this Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto FAQ.

Tickets are still available! You can pick one up in the shop and join your fellow Trainers. Let’s GO!

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