Pokémon GO has been updated to Version 0.193.1 (Android) / Ver. 1.159.1 (iOS). As usual, Niantic is very quite on patch notes here. The only details we have are that this update includes bug fixes, but no specific bugs were mentioned.
The year may be coming to a close, but it’s not over yet! We’ve got lots of fun in store to wrap up 2020 as we head into the holiday season. Let’s GO!
December Research Breakthrough encounter
From Tuesday, December 1, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Friday, January 1, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8), Trainers will have a chance of encountering either Lapras or Unovan Darumaka in Research Breakthrough encounters, and catching either will reward bonus XP.
The Legendary Pokémon Kyurem returns to raids, and Mega Abomasnow arrives in Pokémon GO
The Legendary Pokémon Kyurem will be appearing in five-star raids from Tuesday, December 1, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Friday, January 1, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8). Don’t miss your chance to encounter the Boundary Pokémon!
In addition, Mega Abomasnow will be appearing in Mega Raids beginning Tuesday, December 1, 2020, at 1:00 p.m PST (GMT −8), replacing Mega Blastoise. Until then, Mega Blastoise will be appearing more frequently in Mega Raids, so be sure to challenge it while you can!
Pokémon Spotlight Hours
In the month of December, Pokémon Spotlight Hour will take place every Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. local time, and each hour will spotlight a different Pokémon and special bonus!
- Tuesday, December 1, 2020: Seel will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the XP for evolving Pokémon.
- Tuesday, December 8, 2020: Swinub will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the Stardust for catching Pokémon.
- Tuesday, December 15, 2020: A surprise Pokémon will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the Candy for catching Pokémon.
- Tuesday, December 22, 2020: Snorunt will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the Candy for transferring Pokémon.
- Tuesday, December 29, 2020: Snover will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the XP for evolving Pokémon.
Double Catch XP bonus ends Thursday, December 31, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. local time
As part of our huge GO Beyond update in December, we’ll be increasing the level cap to 50! To help Trainers level up during this time, a double Catch XP bonus has been live since Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at 1:00 p.m., and it’ll stay in effect until Thursday, December 31, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. local time.
More exciting feature updates
Managing your Pokémon is about to become much easier with the introduction of Pokémon tagging and other general search updates. Pokémon tagging will allow you to create different colored tags, apply them to Pokémon, and use them to filter Pokémon in your collection. The Pokémon search function will also be updated to allow for enhanced usability. When you tap into the search bar, a new screen will appear with recommended search terms, such as Pokémon Type, Region, Buddy Level, Shiny, and more.
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
Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf are now available in Pokémon GO Raid Battles. Need a little help catching some of these to add to your collection? Pokemon Co. has put together a handy feature that gives you some great tips and tricks to help out in battle. As long as you follow their guidelines, you should be able to catch whoever you want! Check out their feature here.
The Pokemon GO City Spotlight has wrapped, and brings with it a city competition winner. Want to see who ended up victorious in the end? Check out the full recap of the event in the press release below.
Our first-ever Pokémon GO City Spotlight has wrapped! We hope Trainers in participating cities enjoyed their time exploring with their Buddy Pokémon and discovering new locations while remaining socially distant. We also hope Trainers took the opportunity to support local businesses.
Thousands of Trainers in Auckland, New Zealand; Busan, South Korea; and Tainan, Taiwan participated in City Spotlight. Here’s a peek at what they were able to do in just eight hours.
Trainers caught nearly 3.58 million Pokémon.
Trainers completed over 415,000 Timed Research tasks.
Trainers took over 792,000 snapshots while completing the Timed Research tasks.
Trainers completed over 34,000 AR Mapping tasks.
Trainers earned 669,000 hearts with their Buddy Pokémon.
Trainers each walked nearly 11 kilometers on average.
Trainers did a great job completing AR Mapping tasks in their cities. The scans created during these tasks will help us introduce exciting, new features in the future, and we’re grateful for the continued support in our work to create cutting-edge experiences in Pokémon GO.
The city-versus-city AR Mapping competition was exhilarating. We’re excited to announce that Trainers in Tainan, Taiwan won the competition and earned the bonus event! Congratulations! From Saturday, November 28, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. to Sunday, November 29, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. local time, Trainers in Tainan, Taiwan will benefit from a one-quarter Hatch Distance bonus.
Thanks again to all the Trainers who joined us for City Spotlight. We look forward to hosting more Pokémon GO experiences in the future.
Pokemon GO always has something new going on, and players around the world have some exciting things to get in on. For those in Asian Pacific regions, the Lake Legends event is rolling out. From now until Nov. 30th, 2020, trainers will get increased lake-themed spawns, and raids featuring Azelf, Uxie and Mesprit.
Along with that, the GO Battle League Season 5 has now shifted to the Catch Cup format. This allows for Pokémon caught since November 9th, 2020, and they can have a max CP of 1500. This format will run for one week until November 30th, 2020.
Just in case you forgot, the Magmar Community Day is now live in Pokemon GO. You can get a refresher on what's taking place for the event below.
Date + Time
Saturday, November 21, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. local time
Magmar will be appearing more frequently in the wild. If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!
Evolve Magmar during the event or up to two hours afterward to get a Magmortar that knows Thunderbolt.
Take a few snapshots during Community Day for a surprise!
There’ll be a special one-time-purchase Magmar Community Day Box available for 1,280 PokéCoins, featuring an Elite Charged TM, three Super Incubators, three Lucky Eggs, and 30 Ultra Balls.
Event-exclusive Timed Research and Field Research tasks will be available! By completing Timed Research tasks, you’ll be able to earn Sinnoh Stones and other items.
For US$1 (or the equivalent pricing tier in your local currency), you’ll be able to access the Magmar Community Day–exclusive Special Research story, No Match for Magmar.
Magby will be hatching from 2 km Eggs.
Stay tuned for when tickets for the No Match for Magmar Special Research story go live! Tickets are nonrefundable (subject to applicable law and the exceptions set forth in the Terms of Service). Please note that this Special Research will not include an in-game medal.
1/4 Hatch Distance for Eggs placed in Incubators during the event.
Incense activated during the event will last for three hours.
Niantic put some temporary bonuses in place at the start of the pandemic, and then rolled those back recently. Now Niantic has rethought their stance, and they're bringing some of those temporary bonuses back. Check out full details on what's returning below.
To continue adapting to the changing global environment, and in response to the situation becoming more difficult for many of our players, we are returning the following bonuses to the game beginning Thursday, November 19, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. PST:
Incense effectiveness will be increased, now attracting Pokémon to you more often.
Your Buddy Pokémon will now bring you more Gifts each day, up to five gifts at once and up to three times a day.
These bonuses are temporary, but they will remain in the game at minimum through June 2021. We’ll give at least one month’s notice before they change.
Also look out for the following bonuses to show up during select upcoming events, making sure they have components that can safely be played regardless of your situation:
Incubator distance reduction
Trade distance increases
1 PokéCoin bundles
Niantic has announced that the Pokemon GO City Spotlight event in Kyoto has been cancelled. The event was called off due to the pandemic. That said, the events planned for Tainan, Auckland and Busan are still going forward. They'll take place November 22nd, and run from 10:00 to 18:00 local time. Anyone who purchased a ticket for the Kyoto event will get a refund.