No Thunder Stones needed – just take that Pikachu Candy out of your stocking!
Just in time to count down the 12 PokéDays until Christmas, Niantic dropped a massive update to Pokémon GO — and there’s one Pokémon that’s way more festive than the rest. The holiday-themed Pikachu, it turns out, also evolves into an equally festive holiday Raichu.
So far the update allows you to hatch a Tokepi or a Pichu by walking a ton, and the festive Pikachu are all over the wilds of your backyard, office, or home. Lucky hoarders who have the Pikachu Candy to spare can evolve that Holiday Pikachu into the Holiday Raichu immediately upon capture.
This comes a week after initial tease about an impending Generation 2 update to the mobile phenomenon including Pokémon from Gold and Silver.
Historically, evolving a Pikachu is no small feat in Pokémon GO as Pikachu tend to be rather rare and players need 50 Pikachu Candy to evolve it into Raichu. Players can assign Pikachu as a Buddy to earn an additional one candy per kilometer walked, which helps, especially while you’re busy hatching those eggs anyway. Catching a Pikachu will get you three Candy, and sending a Pikachu to the Professor will get you another single Candy. Between these methods, even new players could be hanging out with a Holiday Raichu with as few as 50km walked after catching a Holiday Pikachu! So you better strap on those running shoes and start pounding the pavement.
Fortunately, it also appears that Holiday Raichu can also indeed appear in the wild — no evolution needed:
You better hurry. The limited Holiday Pikachu — and his more evolved counterpart — will be returning to the North Pole on December 29, so be sure to catch them while you can.
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Professor Willow has discovered Togepi and Pichu hatching from Eggs! Starting later today, Trainers will have the opportunity to hatch these and several other Pokémon that were originally discovered in the Johto Region in Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver video games. These are the first of more Pokémon coming to Pokémon GO over the next few months. Be sure to use the hashtag #PokemonGO on Twitter to share your experiences as you explore your local neighborhoods with family and friends, walk to hatch these Pokémon from Eggs, and register them to your collection this holiday season. We can’t wait to see what Pokémon you’ve hatched!
We also have another special treat for you. Starting later today through December 29, 2016, 10:00 A.M. PST, you’ll find limited edition Pikachu all over the world. These Pikachu will be wearing a festive hat to celebrate the season! Use the Pokémon GO AR camera when you encounter them in the wild to take their picture and share it with us using #HolidayPikachu.
—The Pokémon GO team
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If you caught a festive pickachu! Be sue to use the hashtag!
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In a last-ditch effort to get you to open up Pokémon Go for the first time since July, Niantic is adding a new species to the lineup: Ditto.
As you may recall, Ditto is the pokémon that has the ability to mimic other creatures it sees. And that’s exactly what Ditto does in the game: hide under the guise of other pokémon. In order to catch Ditto, you may have to catch a bunch of other scrub pokémon to find the real deal — even the Pidgeys and Rattatas. How else was Niantic gonna make sure you kept walking around and playing?
Once you have Ditto, you can take it to battle at the gym, where it can transform itself to copy the first pokémon it sees and retain all the moves for the remainder of the fight. If it sees another Ditto, however, things stay the same and you’ll just have to aggressively tap your way to defeating the opponent.
If your family is anything like mine, they’ll be pretty convinced Pokémon Go is still very much a thing and won’t question much if you decide you’ve had enough Thanksgiving and need to go for a Ditto hunt. At least that’ll be my excuse to step out of the room.
Niantic has today released a new update for Pokémon Go on both iOS and Android, bringing with it a handful of new features and capabilities. On Android the update brings the app to version 0.450, while the iOS update bumps it to 1.15.0…
First off, the update adds the ability to earn bonuses for the first Pokémon catch and PokéStop visit each day. This means that if you’re the first to visit a location and catch a Pokémon, you’ll earn a bonus, with that bonus increasing if you’re the first for seven days in a row.
Next up, if you defeat the Gym Leader at a rival Gym, there will be a brief amount of time when the ability to place a Pokémon in the open Gym will be exclusive to you. Building on that, the amount of Prestige a rival Gym loses when you defeat a regular Gym member has increased with today’s update, while the amount of Prestige gained by training at a friendly gym has decreased.
Today’s update comes following the scheduling of the first in-game event for Halloween last week, which brought with it exclusive benefits and perks for players.
The full changelog for the update is available below:
- You’ll earn bonuses for the first Pokémon catch and PokéStop visit each day. You’ll receive a larger bonus when you do this seven days in a row.
- When you defeat the Gym Leader at a rival Gym, there will be a brief period of time where only you will be able to place a Pokémon in the open Gym.
- The amount of Prestige a rival Gym loses when you defeat a regular Gym member has increased. The amount of Prestige gained by training at a friendly Gym has been lowered.
- Minor text fixes
Download the latest version of Pokémon Go from the Play Store and App Store for your device.
Pokemon Go Gen 2 references have been found by enthusiasts in game’s code following APK teardown. As for when the Gen 2 Pokemon might be available, here are the details.
Gamers may have cooled on Pokémon Go and the worldwide phenomenon that saw the game at the center of news stories surrounding both the good and bad aspects of gaming. Whilst interest may have begun to wane, Niantic and the teams behind Pokémon Go continue to work on the game, adding features and fixing bugs in order to lengthen the title’s time on people’s smartphone Home screens. Generally, they have done a pretty good job of exactly that, and if a new rumor is accurate, the next generation Pokémon may be on the way.
Having dug around in the Android app’s code, the folks at The Silph Road have highlighted that “100 new Pokémon are now referenced in the game’s code.” That’s a lot of new Pokémon if you ask us, that’s for sure.
It may not be time to dust the Pokémon Go game down and dive right back in, however, with The Silph Road seeking to clarify exactly what it has found and what that means for fans of the game. Here’s what they have to say about it.
Presently, no moveset data has been assigned to the new species. Furthermore, the moves themselves haven’t even appeared in the code yet. This means a server and client-side change will have to occur before Gen 2 is launched. So nothing to hold your breath for, travelers. It may yet be a few more weeks or months. But Niantic has certainly been picking up momentum. At this point, it’s anyone’s guess when these major additions might find their way into the Pokemon GO universe.
Given that they believes that both a client and server-side update may be required in order to bring some of the new Pokémon to the game, the update could be anywhere from a few weeks to months away from release to general public.
That said, with Niantic barely stopping long enough to draw breath, it’s clear that the hype surrounding Pokémon Go may have died down a little, but the game is far from dead.
With the latest Pokemon Go update beginning to roll out for some Android users, the determined researchers over at The Silph Road have already started hunting for new easter eggs added to the game. You might expect it to take some time to dig anything up, but, to our surprise, one secret has already been uncovered.
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It turns out that after you walk with Pikachu as your Buddy Pokemon for 10 kilometers, he’ll hop on your shoulder. If you’ve ever seen the Pokemon TV show, you probably know that this is where Ash’s Pikachu spends most of his time.
At the time of writing, this is the only easter egg to have been proven, but keep in mind that most trainers haven’t even received the update yet.
Here are the other easter eggs that The Silph Road is currently testing:
- Walk every Pokemon to acquire 1 candy for each one
- Walk a certain Pokemon (Helix?)
- Walk a Pokemon of each type and acquire one candy for each
- Walking overlooked Pokemon, such as Pidgey, Rattata, etc
- Walking a Pokemon of a certain size
- Walk all the starter Pokemon and acquire 1 candy for each one
- Walk Snorlax, Lapras, and Dragonite and acquire 1 candy for each one
- Walk certain Pokemon in a certain order for one candy each
- Acquire one candy of every kind available through walking a Pokemon
Once the update rolls out to all devices, it shouldn’t take long before all of these theories are put to the test. In the meantime, once you install the update, you might want to make Pikachu your buddy to see the first easter egg.