Pokemon Masters - content update for April 6th, 2020

[Events] The latest Legendary Event is a re-run of The Beast That Devours The Sun, and it’s now live (available until April 24th)

[Missions] While the re-run of The Beast That Devours The Sun, a special set of Missions is available for you to tackle (available until April 24th)

[Training] The latest Bug-Type Training Event is now live, and it features 4★ Viola & Surskit (with an expanded sync grid) (available until April 20th)

[Missions] While the Bug-Type Training Event is running, a special set of Missions is available for you to tackle (available until April 20th)

Journalist makes insensitive Pokemon-related remark during a moment of silence for China's coronavirus victims

French journalist Emmanuel Lechypre decided to whisper an insensitive comment during a news broadcast when he thought the mics were turned off.

Lechypre was involved in a segment concerning the passing of numerous people in China due to the coronavirus. China was hosting three minutes of silence for those who lost their lives in the coronavirus battle, which the news program was airing. During the segment, Lechypre's mic was live, and he whispered that China was "burying the Pokémons" to others on the show.

The comment obviously upset many viewers and lead to numerous complaints. Lechypre offered up the following apology.

This morning on BFM TV, I allowed myself a totally inappropriate remark during the broadcast of a tribute to the victims of the virus in China. These inappropriate comments were broadcast on the air when I thought the microphones were closed. I sincerely apologize.

As of right now, Lechypre still holds his job at the network, and it's unsure whether any further action will be taken.

Pokemon Masters "Lurking Shadow" event returning soon

The Legendary Event "Lurking Shadow" already had a run in Pokemon Masters, but it appears to be coming back. While we're not quite sure when it'll take place, we do have word that Lurking Shadow will run again soon. This event introduced the Sync Pair of Main Character & Solgaleo.

Pokemon GO updated to Ver. 0.171.3 (Android) / Ver. 1.137.3 (iOS)

Pokemon GO has been updated to Ver. 0.171.3 (Android) / Ver. 1.137.3 (iOS). Unfortunately, we'll have to wait for dataminers to figure out what's in this patch, as no official patch notes were released. This update takes up 55 MB on Android and 287.5 MB on iOS.

Tips for Pokémon Masters’ Battle Villa, Pokémon GO’s GO Battle League, and More

Top tips for trainers

Thanks to mobile games like Pokémon Masters and Pokémon GO, you're never far from an exciting adventure in the world of Pokémon. If you haven't spent a lot of time with these titles, it may be time to give them a go. We understand that diving into a new game might be a lot to take in at first, but we have a collection of useful strategy guides filled with loads of useful tips and tricks that will set you on the path to victory. So whether you're hoping to strengthen your sync pairs for the Battle Villa or power up your Pokémon for the GO Battle League, check out these articles. Even if you've been playing these games for a while, you're bound to find some useful information in here!

Pokémon Masters

For those who are just starting out in Pokémon Masters, you'll definitely want to read our Pokémon Masters beginners' guide, which explains the concept of the Trainer/Pokémon partnership known as a sync pair. Of course, the guide is also crammed full of tips for leveling up and evolving your sync pairs as well as useful battle strategies. Once you've mastered the basics, check out our how-to for quickly and easily leveling up your sync pairs.

You'll want to get your team in tip-top shape in order to take on one of Pokémon Masters' more recent additions: the gauntlet-style Battle Villa. Fortunately, we have a guide that will prepare you for the Battle Villa. You'll learn the best sync pairs to bring, tips for battling bosses, the benefits of lucky skills, and more.

As Pokémon Masters continues to evolve, we'll continue providing useful strategies and updates. Check Pokemon.com frequently for the latest news about this exciting title.

Pokémon GO

Pokémon GO has been around for a while now, but it's always a good time to begin catching Pokémon in a real-world setting. One of the more thrilling aspects of Pokémon GO is its Raid Battles, in which you face off against powerful Pokémon—including Legendary Pokémon. These matches can prove challenging, though, so read our advice on powering up the Pokémon on your team before taking on these formidable battles.

The GO Battle League is a recent feature to Pokémon GO that lets Trainers engage in Trainer Battles against opponents from around the globe. It's also a fun way to earn in-game rewards. Before heading into battle, though, be sure to read our tips on getting started in the GO Battle League. This article will give you an overview of how the GO Battle League works, help you build a balanced team, and show you how you can increase your rewards.

Like Pokémon Masters, Pokémon GO is frequently updated with new special events and features. Pokemon.com will keep you informed of the latest details, and you can always read our other Pokémon GO strategy articles for all sorts of useful advice.

Other Great Pokémon Games

Of course, Pokémon Masters and Pokémon GO aren't the only Pokémon games available on mobile devices. You can experience all the fun and excitement of a Pokémon Trading Card Game match with Pokémon Trading Card Game Online, which is available to play on smart devices as well as PCs. If you collect Pokémon TCG cards, you can even redeem the Pokémon TCG Online codes found in many Pokémon TCG products to add to your Pokémon TCG Online collection.

For a more lighthearted Pokémon mobile game, don't miss the adorable Pokémon: Magikarp Jump. This delightful game has you feeding and training a series of Magikarp to help them learn to leap as high as they possibly can. Be sure to read up on the many failures of Magikarp to get some (slightly silly) insight as to what this game has to offer.

If you just want to kick back with your mobile device and watch a little something, you can grab the Pokémon TV mobile app, which gives you access to dozens of episodes of Pokémon the Series at no charge.

Have fun experiencing the many mobile Pokémon adventures, Trainers. And remember to keep checking Pokemon.com for the latest news about Pokémon Masters, Pokémon GO, and, well, just about everything Pokémon!

Spring into the Pokémon TCG Online

Now's the perfect time to start!

Now's a great time to battle in the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online! Throughout April 2020, players can earn a special weekly log-in bonus that includes digital booster packs and Trainer Tokens. Plus, you'll earn double the usual Trainer Tokens from Daily Versus Rewards.

The Pokémon TCG Online is the free-to-play, online version of the Pokémon Trading Card Game that features all the latest cards, including the entire Sword & Shield expansion. Experience the fun of battling with amazing Pokémon V and incredible Pokémon originally discovered in the Galar region!

Get all the info on the Pokémon TCG Online, and download the installer to start playing today!

Home Fun for Pokémon Fans

Keep yourself entertained while hanging at home

Discover all the ways you can enjoy Pokémon from the comfort of your home. From cool games to exciting animation to fun activities, Pokémon is never far away.

Printable Activities

Looking for something the whole family can have fun doing? Check out fun printable activities for Pokémon fans of all ages, including word searches, origami, Pokémon TCG Bingo, and much more.

Pokémon Animation

When it comes to Pokémon animation, check out Pokémon TV, where you can stream hours upon hours of your favorite movies, episodes, and specials for free! Remember that you can watch Pokémon TV here on Pokemon.com, as well as via the Pokémon TV mobile app.

Pokémon movie marathon, with more full-length cinematic Pokémon adventures added every week

Pokémon the Series seasons in the Alola region, as well as classic episodes featuring adventures in Kanto and Sinnoh

The new Twilight Wings limited series, featuring intriguing short stories set in the Galar region (also on the official Pokémon YouTube channel)

If you're a Netflix subscriber, you don't have to go far to find Pokémon, either. Right now, Netflix is showing the very first season of Pokémon the Series, as well as every season of Ash's adventures in Alola. Plus, you can watch Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!, Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us, and Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution.

Hulu subscribers have a ton of options, too. All three XY seasons are available on the service, as well as three movies: Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages, Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction, and Pokémon the Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel.

Additionally, Amazon Prime subscribers can watch every episode from the three Black & White seasons, as well as select episodes from the Diamond & Pearl and XY seasons.

And for a limited time, the hit live-action film POKÉMON Detective Pikachu is available to stream for free on HBO NOW and HBO GO.

The Pokémon Trading Card Game

Looking for a way to get the whole family involved in Pokémon fun? Recruit them for exciting Pokémon Trading Card Game matches!

Watch a tutorial series that shows folks the basics of the game

Download the free-to-play Pokémon TCG Online and battle with players around the world

Pokémon Video Games
There's so much going on in the world of Pokémon video games that we couldn't fit it all in just one article.

Check out our Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield roundup to see what's going on in Galar.

A primer for new adventurers

Max Raid Battle tips

Tools for developing a competitive team

See the changes Pokémon GO has made to make it easier to play wherever you are.

GO Battle League changes

Catch bonuses and rewards

In-game shop deals

Get into Pokémon GO, Pokémon Masters, and more with our mobile games and apps overview.

Pokémon Masters starter guide

Pokémon Masters Battle Villa tips

GO Battle League overview

Play as a Pokémon in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX for Nintendo Switch.

Start exploring with our primer

Pokémon Playhouse

Got a younger Pokémon fan at home looking for their own way to have fun? Be sure to check out Pokémon Playhouse, a mobile app geared toward children ages 3–5. It's filled with adorable Pokémon and fun activities.

Those are just some of the great Pokémon activities you can enjoy anywhere and at any time. Be sure to keep checking Pokemon.com over the coming months for updates on more fun you can have with the world of Pokémon!

April Pokémon GO Spotlight Hours

Spotlight on fun!

Thank you for all your feedback on Pokémon Spotlight Hour and Mystery Bonus Hour. We’re continuing to test these minievents, and we’re happy to report that we’ll be combining them into one weekly event for the month of April. We wanted to provide some information on this combined event in advance so you can prepare.

For the month of April, Pokémon Spotlight Hour will take place every Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. local time, but this time around, both a Pokémon and a special bonus will be featured! For each Pokémon Spotlight Hour, you can expect a different Pokémon and bonus.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020: Purrloin will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the XP for catching Pokémon.
Tuesday, April 14, 2020: Magnemite will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the Candy for catching Pokémon.
Tuesday, April 21, 2020: Wobbuffet will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the Candy for transferring Pokémon.
Tuesday, April 28, 2020: Pidgey will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the XP for evolving Pokémon.

Please be aware of your surroundings 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. Let’s GO!

Pokemon the Movie: Coco pre-sale tickets delayed in Japan due to coronavirus

Pre-sale tickets for Pokemon the Movie: Coco were set to go live on April 17th, 2020, but that's no longer the case. Pokemon Co. has decided to push the ticket sales back due to the coronavirus impacting movie theater business. The movie is still slated to release on July 10th, 2020, but there's no word on when the pre-sale option will go live.

Spring into Spring 2020 with Pokémon GO

Spring has sprung in Pokemon GO

Spring has sprung for those of you in the northern hemisphere, and what better way to celebrate than with a springtime event! Buneary joins the celebration by wearing a flower crown, while egg- and spring-themed Pokémon are appearing more often in the wild! Pokémon Eggs just got eggs-tra special too, as Pichu and Togepi with flower crowns will be hatching from them.

We're continuing to prioritize Pokémon GO experiences that can be enjoyed in individual settings. You’ll receive 1/2 Hatch Distance when Eggs are placed into Incubators until further notice, so be sure to turn on Adventure Sync and make every step count.

Date + Time

From Thursday, April 9, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. to Thursday, April 16, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. local time


The following Pokémon will be appearing more often in the wild: Exeggcute, Chansey, Mareep, Marill, and Torchic. If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny Exeggcute!

Buneary wearing flower crowns and Pikachu wearing flower hats will also be appearing in the wild! If you’re lucky, you might encounter Shiny ones, too!

The following Pokémon will be hatching more often from 2 km Eggs: Pichu wearing a flower crown, Togepi wearing a flower crown, Happiny, Munchlax, Tyrogue, Chingling, and Riolu.

All Eggs received from Gifts during the event will be 2 km Eggs.

There will be event-exclusive Field Research tasks that reward encounters with Alolan Exeggutor, Azumarill, and—if you’re extremely lucky—Audino!

A Togepi-themed bag and hoodie will be available in the in-game shop!

2× Hatch Candy
Lucky Eggs will last for one hour

And remember that as mentioned above, a 1/2 Hatch Distance bonus is ongoing until further notice—which means it will be applied during this event! Just make sure to place your Eggs into Incubators while the bonus is running.

Be sure to follow us on social media, opt in to receive push notifications, and subscribe to our emails to stay updated.


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