Next Pokemon GO Raid Day cancelled in Japan, South Korea, and Italy

Niantic has announced that the Pokemon GO Raid Day set for Sunday, March 1st, is now cancelled in Japan, South Korea and Italy. The event was cancelled due to the current public health concerns about the coronavirus. A rescheduled date for this Raid Day in the impacted regions has not been announced.

Dataminers get early details on Pokemon GO's next Community Day

A day for Gen 1 fans

Dataminers are constantly digging around in Pokemon GO to see what they can discover, and they've once again dug up fresh info. Check out details on the next Community Day below.

- the next Community Day will take place on March 15th
- the Community Day will focus on Abra
- the Community Day will feature Special Research that requires a paid ticket
- players can participate in the "Investigating Illusions" bonus event during the Community Day by buying a ticket
- reference to another paid Special Research event named "A Drive to Investigate" was found
- the Drive to Investigate event will take place on March 22nd from 10 AM to 8 PM local time

Pokémon GO’s Pokémon Day Celebration Event Features Armored Mewtwo and Clone Pokémon

What a Day it is!

Pokémon Day is almost here, but the festivities are kicking off a bit early in Pokémon GO. From Tuesday, February 25, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST to Monday, March 2, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST, you can take part in the Pokémon Day Celebration event, featuring Armored Mewtwo and Clone Pokémon in Raid Battles and with party-hat Pokémon galore!

Mewtwo Strikes Back

The Legendary Pokémon Mewtwo is the star of the latest Pokémon animated movie, Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution, which arrives on Netflix on Pokémon Day, February 27, 2020. To commemorate the occasion, Armored Mewtwo will return to Pokémon GO in five-star raids during the Pokémon Day Celebration event, and this time it'll know the exclusive Charged Attack Psystrike! If you need a little assistance taking down this powerful Pokémon, check out our strategy guide for catching Armored Mewtwo in Pokémon GO.

You'll also be able to encounter Clone Pokémon in Pokémon GO. Look for Clone Pokémon like Venusaur, Charizard, and Blastoise in four-star raids. If you use GO Snapshot during the event, a Clone Pokémon might even appear in your photo, and you might be able to catch it.

Pokémon Are Ready to Party

Keep a lookout for Pikachu and Eevee wearing party hats appearing in the wild—plus, Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle with party hats will be hatching from 7 km Eggs and appearing in one-star raids. There's a chance you'll come across Shiny versions of these partying Pokémon, too. In addition to all this, you'll be able to make up to two special trades per day during the event.

A Classic Confrontation

If you've ever played Pokémon Red, you might recall the iconic intro sequence that features Nidorino battling Gengar. That beloved moment will be honored during Pokémon GO's Pokémon Day Celebration in a Raid Day event on Sunday, March 1, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in your local time zone.

During this time, Nidorino wearing party hats will be appearing in two-star raids, and party hat–wearing Gengar that know Lick and Psychic will be appearing in four-star raids. If you're lucky, you might encounter a Shiny Nidorino or Shiny Gengar wearing a party hat!

To tackle more raids during this time frame, you can receive up to five Raid Passes at no cost during the Raid Day event by spinning Photo Discs at Gyms. Be sure to use each Raid Pass, though—you can hold only one at a time, and they will not be available after the Raid Day ends.

There's a lot to do in Pokémon GO during the Pokémon Day Celebration event, so get out there and have fun, Trainers!

Pokemon GO Ryhorn Community Day now live

Rhyhorn is a GO

Don’t forget! During Community Day, you can evolve Rhyhorn into Rhyperior during the event or up to two hours afterward for the exclusive attack Rock Wrecker. And if you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny Rhyhorn!

To evolve a Rhydon (Rhyhorn’s evolved form) into Rhyperior, you will need 100 Rhyhorn Candy and a Sinnoh Stone. From Saturday, February 22, at 12:00 a.m. to Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. local time, you’ll be able to earn two Sinnoh Stones per set of regular- or premium- track GO Battle League battles completed, regardless of whether you win or lose! With the limit of five sets of GO Battle League battles each day—or 25 battles in the GO Battle League total—Trainers have the opportunity to obtain up to 10 Sinnoh Stones! For more information on the GO Battle League, check out this blog post and this help center article.

Congrats to everyone who voted for this Pokémon! The Community Day featuring the winning Pokémon will take place on Saturday, February 22, 2020. The featured bonus will be 3× Catch Stardust. Per an earlier update, Community Day for Trainers in the northern hemisphere will run from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. local time, while in the southern hemisphere, it will run from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. local time.

Explore historic Philadelphia with the Pokemon GO City Explorer Pass during Safari Zone Philadelphia

Grab a cheesesteak and catch some Pokemon

We’re excited to announce the details of the upcoming Safari Zone Philadelphia event happening in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from Friday, May 8, to Sunday, May 10, 2020.

On the southern end of this sprawling park filled with woodlands, waterfronts, and historic sights, Trainers will have the chance to encounter Voltorb, Alolan Sandshrew, Unown P, Bronzor, Rufflet, and more in the park during the event period. Attendees who haven’t yet had a chance to catch Mr. Mime, a Pokémon typically only available in Europe, will be in luck—Mr. Mime will be appearing in the park as well. If you haven’t guessed the theme yet, then here’s a hint: most of these Pokémon are red, white, or blue in color! And if you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny Voltorb! Regular Voltorb is red and white, but Shiny Voltorb is blue and white. See what we did there? Notice something new here? Don't worry Trainers! Rufflet will be available globally for all Trainers before this event.

Interested in traveling to the historic city of Philadelphia? You can grab a ticket to the Safari Zone event once tickets go live this Monday, February 24, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. EST / 5:00 a.m. PST! Tickets will be first come, first served. General admission tickets will be $12, and early access tickets will be $18, plus taxes and fees. Early access ticket holders will be able to access event gameplay early and receive two additional hours of gameplay.

We’re excited to test out the City Explorer Pass as well, which will be available for purchase alongside Safari Zone tickets for those who want to get up and GO for the full event weekend—even outside the Safari Zone event area! The City Explorer Pass will be $8, plus taxes and fees, and will be available for purchase only along with a Safari Zone ticket. It cannot be purchased after a ticket order is complete and is not eligible for refunds or transfers.

With the City Explorer Pass, you’ll be able to take part in City Explorer Raids, hatch Eggs faster throughout Philadelphia, and access other exclusive bonuses for the full event weekend. City Explorers will enjoy the following benefits.

10 City Explorer Raids on a 72-hour timer will take place at iconic city locations that will be chosen in partnership with the City of Philadelphia. These raids will be accessible only by City Explorers. With varying levels of difficulty and a wide variety of Pokémon to battle, these raids will offer challenges that City Explorers of all levels can enjoy! Access to these raids will be included in the City Explorer Pass—no Premium Battle Passes needed.

Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres will be available in three five-star City Explorer Raids.

Braviary, the Evolution of Safari Zone Philadelphia’s featured Pokémon Rufflet, will be available in a two-star raid.

The Legendary Pokémon and EX Raid Pokémon that are available in general while the Safari Zone is running will be appearing in two five-star raids.

The other four City Explorer Raids will feature one Raid Battle each from each level of difficulty from one star to four star.

1/2 Hatch Distance when Eggs are placed into Incubators within the city.

Exclusive Field Research tasks will be granted by PokéStops throughout the city.

Regular Lure Modules will last four hours if placed by City Explorers within the city. All Trainers will benefit from those four-hour Lure Modules, not just City Explorers.

One-hour Incense duration within the city.

The City Explorer Pass gameplay experience will last the full weekend, from Friday, May 8, at 6:00 a.m. to Sunday, May 10, at 10:00 p.m. EDT. We know that Trainers come to our Safari Zones from all over to experience a special one-day Pokémon GO live event. By offering an additional experience that spans the entire weekend, we hope that City Explorers and their friends can embark on even more adventures throughout the host city. We’re excited to bring Pokémon GO adventures to the whole area and to explore the city together!

Be sure to make plans early to ensure you obtain transportation and accommodations for the event. We’re super excited for even more events coming up in 2020 and look forward to sharing more details soon. We can’t wait to see you, Trainers!

Increase Friendship Levels Faster and Earn Bonus Candies during Pokémon GO’s Friendship Weekend Event

I want candy!

Whether you're battling, trading, or simply exploring, Pokémon GO is more fun when you're playing with friends. From Friday, February 21, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. to Monday, February 24, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. in your local time zone, the friendship weekend event will allow you and your friends to celebrate the bonds you've formed.

Throughout the event weekend, your friendship levels will increase twice as fast, making it easier to deepen your connections with your pals. It'll also be a great time to make any Pokémon trades you've been meaning to do, as trades will reward you twice the normal Candies and require only half the regular amount of Stardust.

To further help you raise your friendship levels during this event, you'll be able to carry up to 20 Gifts at a time and open up to 40 Gifts each day. Be sure to visit lots of PokéStops to stock up on Gifts to send to your friends!

Have fun during the friendship weekend event, Trainers!

Pokemon GO tying up with McDonald's in Latin America

Don't get your phone greasy

Niantic has announced that they're teaming up with McDonald's locations in Latin America for a special Pokemon GO collab. Over 2,500 PokeStops and gyms will be set up at McDonald's locations, where trainers can get exclusive field research tasks and EX raids. More details will be shared on this event in the near future. Check out the list of participating locations below.

Argentina, Aruba, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, the Virgin Islands and Uruguay

Pokemon GO updated to Ver. 0.167.1 (Android) / Ver. 1.133.1 (iOS)

Pokemon GO has been updated to Ver. 0.167.1 (Android) / Ver. 1.133.1 (iOS). Check out details on the update below.

In this update, we’re excited to announce more changes focusing on Trainer Battles! Over the next couple of weeks, you’ll see some changes in Pokémon GO’s various combat systems. We’re excited to see the teams you build with these changes, Trainers. Stay tuned, as we’ll be sharing more updates like these in the future. Good luck on the battlefield!

During Pokémon GO’s February Community Day, Evolve Rhyhorn into Rhyperior That Know Rock Wrecker

A rocky road ahead

The results are in for the first-ever Pokémon GO Community Day vote, and the star of February's Pokémon GO Community Day will be Rhyhorn, the Spikes Pokémon! In the northern hemisphere, Rhyhorn Community Day will take place on Saturday, February 22, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. local time. In the southern hemisphere, the event will take place on Saturday, February 22, 2020, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. local time.

During this time, Rhyhorn will appear much more frequently in the wild and in raids. If you're lucky, you might even find a Shiny Rhyhorn for the first time in Pokémon GO! If you evolve Rhydon (the evolved form of Rhyhorn) into Rhyperior during the event or up to two hours afterward, the Rhyperior will know the Rock-type Charged Attack Rock Wrecker, which it can't normally learn.

In addition to encountering legions of Rhyhorn, you'll benefit from a couple of bonuses during Community Day: Lure Modules activated during the event will last for three hours, and you'll earn three times as much Stardust for catching Pokémon.

Thanks for taking part in the February Community Day vote, Trainers, and have fun on Rhyhorn Community Day!

Start eggs-cavating, Trainers—fossil Pokémon are now hatching in Pokemon GO from 7 km Eggs

For hard-boiled trainers only

It appears something strange has happened with the Eggs you can receive from Gifts: 7 km Eggs are now hatching only fossil Pokémon!

Here’s what we know so far.

The fossil Pokémon Omanyte, Kabuto, Aerodactyl, Lileep, Anorith, Cranidos, Shieldon, Tirtouga, and Archen are now the only Pokémon hatching from 7 km Eggs.
These fossil Pokémon will no longer be hatching from 2, 5, and 10 km Eggs.
Riolu will now be hatching from 10 km Eggs.

We aren’t sure how long this phenomenon will last, but we can assure you that Spark is on the case. Be sure to follow us on social media, opt in to receiving push notifications, and subscribe to our emails to stay updated. Let’s GO!


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