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Pokemon GO seeing update to Ver. 0.159.0 (Android) / Ver. 1.125.0 (iOS)

A new update for Pokemon GO is currently making its way around the world. This update, which is Ver. 0.159.0 (Android) / Ver. 1.125.0 (iOS), adds in a few new bits of content. Check out the patch notes below.

- adds new content related to Team GO Rocket
- adds Galarian Pokémon: Zigzagoon, Linoone, Weezing
- adds option to collapse the Special Research list
- provides various bug fixes

Pokemon GO player shot and killed after witnessing an armed robbery

We are very sad to report that 21-year-old Cayla Campos has been shot and killed after witnessing an armed robbery. Campos was seated in her car during the robery, having just drove to the park with her boyfriend to play Pokemon GO. When Campos saw two individuals commuting an armed robbery against someone in another car, she started to speed away. The individuals opened fire, and hit Campos in the neck as she was driving away. Campos was taken to the hospital, but died shortly thereafter.

Niantic announces a series of improvements to the Pokémon GO experience (more items, different shop bundles, and more)

A better experience

Niantic is constantly tweaking Pokemon GO to make for the best experience for all players. It's a never-ending struggle, but Niantic wanted to share some of the work they've been doing behind-the-scenes on the game. Check out their most recent community note below.

In an effort to create an even more meaningful experience for you, we’ve been implementing gameplay adjustments around the world. Adjusting features is standard practice for the technology and mobile-gaming industries, and we consider ourselves lucky that Pokémon GO has a community that is helpful in determining what works and what can be improved.

For some time, we’ve been implementing various game-design changes, such as providing more items in areas with fewer PokéStops, introducing different shop bundles, and tailoring raid levels to fit the communities where the raids appear. These tests are meant to help us provide the best experience for different players around the world. A recent experiment was the launch of Legendary Raid Hour, and your feedback was instrumental in improving this now widely enjoyed event, where communities around the world work together and create Pokémon GO memories.

In the near future, you may notice a few changes in the game between large feature launches. To ensure Trainers have a seamless experience, we’re taking a close look at Pokémon GO’s features and how Trainers access them. While changes do take time, we’d like to thank you for your ongoing support, and with your continued feedback, we look forward to continuing to grow and evolve the game. Our intention is to roll out changes to all Trainers once we’ve determined what the best experience is, based on what we learn together in the small-scale tests.

Pokemon GO Willow Report: Looming in the Shadows

What's the good professor have to say?

Professor Willow has kept a detailed log of his research concerning Team GO Rocket. He’s shared this log with us in hopes we can support him and the team leaders when it comes to this threat. We’ve prepared his report for you below and will continue to update as he shares more of his findings.

Stay safe and stay alert, Trainers!

Date: 10/22/19

Subject: [Willow Report] Mysterious Components

During my investigations of these take-overs, I came across these strange objects that Team GO Rocket Grunts would drop upon being defeated in battle. For the sake of this report, I will refer to them as Mysterious Components. The exteriors of these objects seem to be made of some metal alloy, and they’re cold to the touch. The glass screens radiate a light-purple color. I touched the screen of one of the objects to see if it would react, but nothing happened.

I had a hunch that the Team GO Rocket Grunts were using some sort of device to take over PokéStops and collect resources. Based on what I know so far, these Mysterious Components I’ve found seem to be able to serve that purpose. But considering how advanced this technology is, there must be another use for it. I’ve been working on something in my lab with the help of the team leaders, and I think we might be able to use these components to track down where Team GO Rocket is hiding. I need to continue my research. We must get to the bottom of this.

—Professor Willow

Pokemon GO 'Battle League' coming in 2020

2020 is going to be BIG!

2020 isn't here yet, but Niantic is already teasing something big for Pokemon GO players. Get ready for the Battle League, which you can read about below!

Battling has been a core part of the Pokémon universe since the very beginning. We’re excited to announce the development of a feature that will build upon Trainer Battles, the current form of player vs. player battling that exists within Pokémon GO. This feature will be called GO Battle League.

Like many Pokémon GO features, GO Battle League will encourage players to get out and explore the world with Pokémon. Trainers will be able to walk in order to earn entry into the GO Battle League, then battle opponents from around the globe through an online matching system and rise in the ranks of the league. We hope this feature will make the Pokémon GO battling experience more competitive and accessible to more Trainers.

GO Battle League is slated for release in early 2020. We’ll be sharing more details in a special Dev Insights video soon. Stay tuned, Trainers!

Thanks to Andreslop24 for the heads up!

Pokemon GO Halloween leaflets released in Japan

It's big news!

The Pokemon Co. has released Pokemon GO Halloween campaign leaflets in Tokyo, Japan. The leaflets give players a rundown of info for the Halloween campaign, including details on how to participate.

"Get fired up for Chimchar on November Community Day!" promo video

Get fired up, Trainers—November’s Community Day Pokémon will be none other than Chimchar, the Chimp Pokémon! 🙊

Pokémon UK gives us our first look at the inside of Pokémon Center London, opening this week

Plushies everywhere!

Pokemon GO Trapinch Community Day rescheduled for Oct. 26th, 2019, new spawns happening today

It's a busy time for trainers!

The upcoming Pokemon GO Trapinch Community Day has been rescheduled for Oct. 26th, 2019 due to a typhoon in Japan. On Oct. 26th, 2019, for three hours in each region, Trapinch will appear, as will the chance of Shiny Trapinch. During the event, when you evolve Vibrava into Flygon, it will know the move Earth Power, which is exclusive to this event.

That's not the only Pokemon GO news, though. It appears that during the night, some spawns in Pokémon GO have been changed up. Previously unobtainable, evolved Hoenn Pokémon such as Salamence, Sceptile, Blaziken, Slaking and more are now spawning in the wild.

Pokémon GO’s November Community Day Features Chimchar and a Special Move

This event is fire

This month’s Pokémon GO Community Day event features Chimchar, and you can get an Infernape that knows a special move.

The Fire-type Chimchar is the hot Pokémon for November's Pokémon GO Community Day, and you'll definitely want to catch as many of this Pokémon as you can during the event. This month's Community Day event will happen on Saturday, November 16, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. local time.

Chimchar will appear much more frequently in the wild during this time, and if you're lucky, you might even find a Shiny Chimchar! If you evolve Monferno (the Evolution of Chimchar) into Infernape during the event or up to two hours afterward, the Infernape will know a move it can't normally learn. Also during this time, Lure Modules will last for three hours and Eggs will hatch in one quarter of their usual distance.

Check back soon to find out the name of the special move, and have fun on Chimchar Community Day, Trainers!

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