Pokemon GO - Shiny Charmander spotted on Community Day

Want another reason to check out Pokemon GO's May 2018 Community Day? The event is live in a few parts of the world, and players are already reporting that they've seen and caught Shiny Charizards. They most likely won't stick around too long, so make sure you get in on the Community Day action while you can!

Pokemon GO - Ho-Oh’s Legendary Return Heats Up Raid Battles!

Get ready for a surprise: The Legendary Pokémon Ho-Oh will return to Raid Battles in Pokémon GO on May 19! A powerful Fire- and Flying-type Pokémon originally discovered in the Johto region, the Rainbow Pokémon Ho-Oh will appear in Gyms across the globe alongside Latias and Latios, which will remain in their designated regions. Plus, if you’re fortunate, you might be able to encounter a Shiny Ho-Oh after you win the battle! You can challenge Ho-Oh until June 7 and seize the opportunity to add this Legendary Pokémon to your Pokédex. So, gather your strongest party to take on Ho-Oh before it returns to the skies!

Pokémon GO – Ver. 0.103.3 (Android)/1.73.3 (iOS) available

Pokémon GO – Ver. 0.103.3 (Android) / 1.73.3 (iOS)

- File size: 54MB (Android) / 245MB (iOS)

Patch notes:

- Trainers can now transform Rare Candy to a specific Pokémon’s Candy in bulk.
- Various bug fixes and performance updates.

Pokemon GO - New in-game storage space option available

If you're looking for some more space to store all your Pokemon GO virtual goodies, Niantic has answered your prayers. You can grab yourself the backpack seen above, which holds up to 2,000 items. That's one hell of a backpack if you ask me!

Charmander Burns Bright on Pokémon GO Community Day

The latest Pokémon GO Community Day is upon us! Community Days are monthly worldwide festivities dedicated to celebrating Pokémon GO's vast community of Trainers who have helped make the game such a phenomenon.

This month's Pokémon GO Community Day will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2018, and Charmander will be the featured Pokémon of the day. During a three-hour window that day, wild Charmander will appear with much greater frequency than normal. You'll want to catch as many as you can during that time period. Charmander evolve into Charmeleon, and if you evolve a Charmeleon into Charizard during those three hours, it will know the attack Blast Burn! Only Charizard that evolve or are caught during the Community Day festivities will learn this awesome move.

In addition to all the Charmander excitement, all Pokémon caught during the event hours will award three times the usual Stardust. Plus, Lure Modules will remain active for three hours, helping Trainers get the most out of the occasion. Check below to find out when the event hours fall in your region of the world:

The Americas: May 19, 2018, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (PDT)

The Asia-Pacific region: May 19, 2018, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (JST)

Europe, the Middle East, and Africa: May 19, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (UTC)

So stock up on Poké Balls, get your Lure Modules ready, and prepare to meet up with fellow Trainers to celebrate the Pokémon GO community! When you share your experiences on social media, remember to use the hashtag #PokemonGOCommunityDay so everyone sees your accomplishments. We'll see you on May 19, and make sure to mark your calendars for the upcoming Pokémon GO Community Days on Saturday, June 16, and Sunday, July 8!

Pokemon GO Battle Showdown 2018 event ending Monday

Pokémon GO Battle Showdown 2018 event

- due to end on Monday
- fighting-type Pokémon appear in increased spawns
- receive 2x XP in Gym and Raid Battles
- 3000 Stardust and a Rare Candy guaranteed
- receive double points for all gym actions

Take a Walk in the Park at Pokémon GO Fest 2018 in Chicago

Are you ready to take a walk in the park? On May 11 at 9:00 a.m. PDT, tickets to Pokémon GO Fest 2018: A Walk in the Park will go on sale! Get your tickets and join us on July 14 or July 15 in Chicago for a unique and new Pokémon GO experience in the city’s historic Lincoln Park.

Your ticket gives you access to a 1.8-mile walking course featuring a variety of Pokémon habitats. As you walk through the park, you’ll encounter Pokémon with affinities for those habitats. You’ll also have an opportunity to conduct new Special Research that leads to exciting rewards. When you’re not out researching Pokémon habitats, you can relax in special team lounges and meet new friends.

While Pokémon GO Fest 2018 will take place over the course of a weekend, Trainers will only be able to interact with the Pokémon habitats within the park for a single day. In other words, a Trainer who purchases a ticket to the event on Saturday will be unable to catch Pokémon within the park on Sunday–even if they’ve purchased a Sunday ticket. Tickets to this event are $20 per person for a single-day experience, so make sure to coordinate with your friends and family and grab them on our event website before they’re gone.

Can’t make it out to Chicago or unable to purchase a ticket? Don’t worry! Trainers will be able to celebrate Pokémon GO Fest 2018 in a unique way all over the world. Stay tuned for information on how you’ll be able to participate in the fun.

Latias and Latios Soar in Pokémon GO (official PR)

Latios has moved on to new locales, and now Latias has taken its place atop Gyms in the Americas and Africa. It'll be available only until June 5, 2018, so don't delay. Trainers in Europe and Asia will instead encounter Latios.

Latias and Latios can be caught only with the Premier Balls you earn from defeating them, so you'll need your Pokémon to perform well in battle to maximize your chances. You can participate in Raid Battles even if you're not high-level or if your Pokémon aren't the strongest, but you'll have an easier time if you prepare. Check out our guide to training Pokémon in Pokémon GO to get tips on strengthening your team, and then read on.

Suggested Pokémon

Latias and Latios are Dragon- and Psychic-type Pokémon, so you'll be able to battle both of them using similar Pokémon. Both are weak to Ice-, Bug-, Ghost-, Dragon-, Dark-, and Fairy-type attacks. They aren't doubly vulnerable to any type, so you should tailor your team based on the high-CP Pokémon you have available from these types. Stay away from Fire-, Water-, Grass-, Electric-, Fighting-, and Psychic-type attacks, as they'll deal reduced damage to Latias and Latios.

If you've put in the effort to train the mighty Dragonite, Tyranitar, or Salamence, it'll pay dividends in these encounters. These Pokémon deal massive damage with their high stats and their Dragon- and Dark-type moves. Rayquaza is another great choice if you were able to capture and train one, while the strongest Dark-type Pokémon for this encounter after Tyranitar is the elusive Absol.

There are few powerful Ghost-type and Ice-type Pokémon available, but some are fantastic for this encounter. If you trained Ice-type Pokémon like Cloyster, Jynx, Lapras, Articuno, or Walrein to battle Groudon or Rayquaza, they'll be solid contributors once again. Options for Ghost-type Pokémon are more limited—only the frail Gengar is particularly adept at dealing heavy damage.

Latias and Latios will struggle to take down some other Psychic-type Pokémon. The stout Lugia can deal solid damage over a long period if it knows Dragon Tail, the Dragon-type Fast Attack. Mewtwo's Fast Attacks won't deal much damage, but its Shadow Ball is devastating enough to justify its selection. Gardevoir's Fast Attacks won't fare any better, but it'll be great on defense as a Fairy- and Psychic-type Pokémon, and its Dazzling Gleam will be overwhelming.

Steel-type Pokémon resist both Dragon- and Psychic-type attacks, so they're great on defense in this encounter. Unfortunately, only a few will deal enough damage to help maximize your Premier Ball rewards. Scizor is the Steel-type star because of powerful Bug-type attacks like Fury Cutter and X-Scissor. A Metagross that knows only Steel-type attacks is very solid, but its damage output is middling.

Don't Wait an Eon

You won't get many Premier Balls to catch Latias or Latios once you've defeated them, so make your throws count. Before each throw, use a Golden Razz Berry, being sure to stock up on them beforehand by defeating other Raid Bosses.

The odds of capturing a Pokémon are greatest while the target ring is at a small enough diameter to score Nice, Great, or Excellent Throws, and throwing Curveballs can improve your chances further. But work within your abilities—if you don't think you can hit Excellent Curveballs reliably, aim for Nice or Great Throws rather than risk missing the target ring completely.

You may waste your Premier Balls if your target is moving around when you throw them. Wait for it to start acting up and for the target ring to disappear while it's a size you're comfortable throwing into, then time your throw so that the Premier Ball lands as the target ring reappears.

Legendary Pokémon are tough to catch, so don't be discouraged if you don't catch your quarry. Stock up on useful items like Max Potions and Max Revives, and try again later. Good luck with your Legendary Pokémon adventures, and remember to check back at Pokemon.com/Strategy for more Pokémon GO, video game, and Pokémon TCG tips.

Niantic CEO details how this year's Pokemon GO Fest will avoid the issues of last year's event

The Pokemon GO Fest in Chicago last year was an absolutely disaster. 30K people attended, and the event was plagued with issues almost the entire day. It turned into a major blunder for Niantic, but they aren't letting that stop them. The gang is returning to Chicago for Pokemon GO Fest: A Walk in the Park, and Niantic CEO John Hanke is determined to set things right this year. In an interview with IGN, Hanke explains what went wrong last year, and how they plan to keep things going right for this year's event.

“Go Fest was a challenge for us, there’s no doubt. As the person who stood up on stage and directly faced the consequences of having the technical challenges, nobody felt it more strongly than I did. Particularly with all of you in the press there to witness that with us, and all of my board members, all of our partners…It was one of the most challenging days of my professional career.

Shortly after Chicago, we got to work on Yokohama, which was already scheduled and there was no dodging that. So we just had to make sure that we didn't screw up Yokohama.

We dove much, much deeper with the cellular network partners over there and really figured out how to talk to them and explain to them the technical requirements of an event like ours.

We made some changes to the way we plan the event. We organized it so that everybody wasn’t concentrated in the same place all the time, and, you know, we made it. There were some close calls that week. There were some times when the network slowed down, but it never went offline, and it was a huge success.

“We kind of learned how to do those. We’re coming back at it this year with all that experience and it’s exciting to go back to Chicago. I’m going to be there and I’m looking forward to it.

We will be lining up things across the city of Chicago as well as what’s happening in Lincoln Park to encourage that kind of flow that we resorted to at the end of the day last year as we were trying to figure out how to make a diving catch there in the afternoon. The evening [after last year’s Go Fest] in Chicago, despite the fact that the day had been so trying, was kind of a golden hour there. As people were out across the city, the weather kind of let up on us. There was a bit of rain a lot of the day, but a lot of the evening, it was nice and kind of cool, and people were out on the streets of Chicago having fun playing Pokemon Go. That’s the part of last year that we want to try to recapture this year.

All of the major carriers are deploying COWs (Cells on Wheels), so there will be mobile network hotspots from all the major carriers set up in such a way that we believe we will have full coverage, efficient coverage, for everybody throughout the park.
And again, our understanding and our ability to communicate with our partners exactly what the network traffic looks like, and really technically profiling it and communicating it on a technical level, we’re much better at that than we were a year ago, so that’s been the formula that we used last year in Yokohama and Tottori and other places, to really work closely with those network providers.”