JR West donates Pokemon GO headmark to Tottori prefecture

JR West runs train lines in the western part of Japan, and in the near future, they'll be adding a bit of Pokemon GO flair to their transportation. The company has created a Pokemon GO headmark for Tottori prefecture, which will be placed in front of the train. It will include the words “Pokemon GO Safari Zone Tottori Sand Dunes” as well.

Pokemon GO's latest update alerts you to hazardous weather

As you probably know, the latest Pokemon GO update includes real-world weather effects. Depending on what's going on in your area, the in-game weather will match it. In the Tweet above, we can see that the game goes one step above adding weather into Pokemon GO. Looks like the gang at Niantic is worried about your safety!

Thanks to AlienboyVA for the heads up!

Big Changes Come to Pokémon GO! (official PR)

Get ready to do a lot more exploring as Pokémon GO introduces a huge update that will expand your Pokédex and change the way you play! Dozens of new Pokémon originally discovered in the Hoenn region are appearing for the first time. Now you'll be able to catch Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip, and many others, with even more Pokémon waiting to be discovered in the next several weeks.

Pokémon from the Hoenn region aren't the only new addition to Pokémon GO. The game also introduces a dynamic weather system that affects how Trainers discover, catch, and interact with Pokémon! Now the in-game map will be updated with cool new weather visuals based on your local weather patterns. The real-world weather also influences which Pokémon you're likely to discover. For example, Water-type Pokémon will be more plentiful during rainy weather.

Likewise, attack types are affected by certain weather conditions. A Charizard with Fire Spin, for example, will attack with even greater heat when battling on a sunny day. Now, rain or shine, you're bound to have new—and even more exciting—Pokémon GO adventures!

50 Pokémon Originally Found in the Hoenn Region Now Available to Discover, Catch, and Collect in Pokémon GO

SAN FRANCISCO—December 6, 2017—Dozens of Pokémon originally discovered in the Hoenn region are now available to discover, catch, and collect in Pokémon GO. Pokémon including Treecko, Torchic and Mudkip can now be discovered “in the real world,” with more Hoenn region Pokémon arriving in the coming weeks. Niantic, Inc., and The Pokémon Company International have also introduced dynamic weather gameplay in Pokémon GO, which will add unique ways for Trainers to engage with Pokémon based on real-world weather.

For the first time in an augmented reality mobile game, real-world weather will now be a factor in the gameplay experience. As Trainers are exploring the world around them in search of Pokémon, the current weather in their vicinity will be visible on the in-game map. The real-world weather around Trainers will impact the gameplay of Pokémon GO in a variety of ways that include changing Pokémon habitats and where they can be found, increasing Combat Power, and earning more Stardust after catching a Pokémon.

Ace Trainers can take advantage of their climates to level up their Pokémon GO experience. Trainers can look forward to finding Mudkip splashing when it rains, Cacnea basking in the sun, and Snorunt huddling together in the snow. Certain Pokémon will be more likely to appear in the weather that suits them the most, so Pokémon GO Trainers will be excited to learn more about their local weather patterns and ecology to find these rare Pokémon and make progress on their Pokédexes. As the seasons change, they’ll encounter different Pokémon, thereby keeping their gameplay experience fresh.

Whether they're looking for the largest Wailord at a beach, chasing Swablu blowing on the wind, battling alongside their Salamence, or making their Feebas feel beautiful, players will know that as sure as the seasons change, Hoenn Pokémon have arrived. Rainy days just got more interesting for that next outdoor excursion.

To learn more about Pokémon GO, please visit the official Pokémon GO blog at PokémonGOLive.com.

Gen 3 ad for Pokemon GO spotted on Apple Watch app store

Looks like Pokemon GO is getting a boost to its Gen 3 lineup, according to an ad on the Apple Watch app store. The text in the ad is outdated, but the image of Gen 3 Pokemon is certainly new. Looks like these 3 are on the way soon, and potentially more will come with them.

Pokemon GO - Ho-Oh available for an extra 48 hours

Looks like we'll have another couple of days to grab Ho-Oh in Pokemon GO. The distribution will now extend to Dec. 14th, so get out there and take advantage while you still can!

Milwaukee County settles Pokemon GO lawsuit

Milwaukee County plans to settle a lawsuit from an augmented-reality game developer that challenged an ordinance requiring companies to get local permits for apps like Pokemon Go to be played in parks. Under the settlement agreement, the county won't enforce its rule and will pay $83,000 in attorneys' fees for California-based developer Candy Lab Inc.

Full report here

Pokémon GO Travel Global Catch Challenge Complete

What a week! Over the past seven days, our Pokémon GO Travel hosts, iHasCupquake, Coisa De Nerd, and Rachel Quirico, took us on all kinds of adventures across Japan. We’ve been to Tokyo Tower for a Tyranitar Raid Battle, to the foot of Mt. Fuji to catch a Lapras, to the streets of Kyoto for a Stardust challenge, and finally to the dunes of Tottori to play alongside thousands of other Trainers during the Pokémon GO Safari Zone event.

Meanwhile, millions of Trainers from more than 140 countries participated in the Pokémon GO Travel Global Catch Challenge, where they came together to collectively catch over 3.36 billion Pokémon in under seven days. After this incredible milestone was reached, Farfetch’d began showing up worldwide, Kangaskhan was spotted in East Asia, and Ho-Oh started appearing in Raid Battles for the very first time. Now it's your turn to get in on the action. Grab your friends and battle Ho-Oh in Legendary Raid Battles at Gyms near you before it disappears on December 12, 2017!

While the Pokémon GO Travel Global Catch Challenge was taking place, the Tottori Prefecture hosted a Pokémon GO Safari Zone event in the Tottori Sand Dunes from November 24 to 26. At the event, 89,000 Trainers came to the Tottori Sand Dunes to catch over 12 million Pokémon, including the mysterious Pokémon Unown. We’re constantly amazed by the dedication of our Trainers and are honored to have so many join us in person at events around the globe!

This Pokémon GO Travel event may have come to an end, but your adventure is just beginning. On a trip? Venturing to a new part of town? Share your adventures with us on your preferred social media channels by using #PokemonGO, and look out for ways to get involved in future Pokémon GO events taking place around the world.

Study finds that Pokémon Go led to increase of traffic accidents and fatalities

Purdue professors Mara Faccio and John J. McConnell have studied over 12,000 accident reports in Tippecanoe County, Indiana. They looked at data both before and after the launch of Pokemon GO, and have come to quite a scary conclusion.

Based on detailed police accident reports for Tippecanoe County, Indiana, and using the introduction of the virtual reality game Pokémon GO as a natural experiment, we document a disproportionate increase in vehicular crashes and associated vehicular damage, personal injuries, and fatalities in the vicinity of locations, called PokéStops, where users can play the game while driving. The results are robust to using points of play, called Gyms, that cannot be used to play the game while driving as a placebo. We estimate the total incremental county-wide cost of users playing Pokémon GO while driving, including the value of the two incremental human lives lost, to be in the range of $5.2 million to $25.5 million over only the 148 days following the introduction of the game. Extrapolation of these estimates to nation-wide levels yields a total ranging from $2 to $7.3 billion for the same period.

This is some serious stuff we're talking about here. Not exactly a fun topic to cover, but still important. You can read more from the study here.