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Pokemon GO rings in the sky: Sword and Shield event begins today

Pokemon GO rings in the sky: Sword and Shield event begins today

Today we're taking a peek at the Pokemon GO event unlocked during Pokemon GO Fest 2021: Sword and Shield! The "Ultra Unlock Part 3: Sword and Shield" event will last all the way to August 31, 2021 at 8PM local time. To begin we've got boosted spawns for Galarian Darumaka, Trubbish, Skwovet, Wooloo, Falinks, Snorlax, and Kingler! The rings in the sky are from our best buddy Hoopa! Hoopa is bringing all sorts of new Pokemon to the game over the next two weeks!

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Pokemon GO Sword and Shield updates leaked

Pokemon GO Sword and Shield updates leaked

This afternoon Pokemon GO data appeared in the latest update to the APK file for the game. Per data shared in the latest update, Niantic is preparing Pokemon for not only Generation 8 (Sword and Shield), but the rest of the Pokemon generations that are already in the game in part. This is not the first time Niantic has indicated that Sword, Shield, and beyond will be fully integrated into Pokemon GO.

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Pokemon GO reveals fun new song as New Zealand returns to COVID-19 lockdown

Pokemon GO reveals fun new song as New Zealand returns to COVID-19 lockdown

This week Niantic released a music video with lyrics for the song Pokemon GO Night Theme (Lyrical Version). This song is the lyrical version of the Pokemon GO Night Theme, and the folks at Niantic have presented it for your perusal, all two minutes and 52 seconds of it. This should serve to distract from the fact that New Zealand just entered a level 4 lockdown due to the appearance of COVID-19's Delta Variant in the country.

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Pokemon GO leak spills all the Alola, Galar, and Power Up Bonuses

Pokemon GO leak spills all the Alola, Galar, and Power Up Bonuses

This week we're taking a peek at the latest leak of information for the game Pokemon GO. The latest bit of info comes courtesy of a deep dive into the APK files for the game and analysis by PokeMiners. In this collection of new info is a list of Pokemon that've been added to the game - or to the game's files, to be more specific - they're not quite active just yet. There we see the entirety of Alola and Galar region Pokemon - they're all in!

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Can Pokemon GO survive this Pandora’s Box protest?

Can Pokemon GO survive this Pandora’s Box protest?

This week it's become clear that Niantic's reverting of COVID-19 (pandemic) bonuses in Pokemon GO in the summer of 2021 was a bit of a misstep. Niantic made the right moves in 2020, changing key elements in the game Pokemon GO to allow people to continue playing the game as they stayed quarantined at home, avoiding the spread of COVID-19. Players around the world grew used to the way the game was played during the pandemic (which hasn't ended, by the way), but Niantic has decided to revert SOME of the game back to its pre-pandemic state.

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Scaniverse acquired by Niantic: What happens next

Scaniverse acquired by Niantic: What happens next

An announcement was made today by Niantic and the folks at Scaniverse - the former acquired the latter. Niantic is the company that created Pokemon GO and continues to expand their vision for a GPS-based and 3D-aware gaming and mapping ecosystem. Scaniverse by Toolbox AI is a 3D scanning mobile application that is (for now) based on the iPhone's 3D-scanning capabilities with LiDAR.

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Pokemon GO maker responds to furious gamers, but it’s not what they want to hear

Pokemon GO maker responds to furious gamers, but it’s not what they want to hear

Earlier this month, Niantic reverted the changes it made to Pokemon GO at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic. This included bringing the PokeStop and Pokemon Gym interaction distances back to their normal ranges, decreasing the number of gifts Buddy Pokemon grant, and reducing the effectiveness of incense when players are standing still. Niantic received a lot of pushback from the Pokemon GO community for this decision, primarily because of the changes to Gym and PokeStop interaction ranges.

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Pokemon GO PokemonNoDay protest asks: Is accessibility necessary?

Pokemon GO PokemonNoDay protest asks: Is accessibility necessary?

If you're playing Pokemon GO today, chances are you've not been swayed by the arguments made by the folks behind #PokemonNoDay and #HearUsNiantic. There's a virtual picket line around the game right now made up of Pokemon GO Trainers who are not pleased with Niantic's latest round of updates to the app. In the latest round of said updates, Niantic's removed and/or adjusted several of the game-changing features first put in place in the year 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic really started to take hold of the planet.

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Pokemon GO strikes and punishments reversed with free Event Box

Pokemon GO strikes and punishments reversed with free Event Box

This week Niantic is reversing a bunch of incorrect strikes and punishments issued to players in the very recent past. To make up for the incorrect issue of punishments and strikes, the company is delivering a free Event Box in the in-game store. This Event Box contains 10x Premium Raid Passes, 10x Incense, 10x Raid Passes, and 10x Super Egg Incubators.

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Pokemon GO Wooloo and Skwovet Spotlight Hours and events explode in August

Pokemon GO Wooloo and Skwovet Spotlight Hours and events explode in August

Today we have the full set of Pokemon that'll appear in Pokemon GO as Spotlight Hour Pokemon in the month of August, 2021. This lineup previously included potentially Shiny Magnemite (for an event on August 3), Shellos East Sea, and Shellos West Sea. Those Pokemon will appear on August 10 and August 17 on Tuesday (both times) starting at 6PM local time. The final two Spotlight Hour events were revealed this week: Skwovet and Wooloo!

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Pokemon GO distance changes: What’s changed, is this forever?

Pokemon GO distance changes: What’s changed, is this forever?

Niantic is facing a bit of backlash from Pokemon GO gamers who are not pleased to find changes in the game this week. Per Niantic, they intended to "remove or change some of the bonuses introduced last year," and would not be starting this rolling set of changes until the end of July 2021. Niantic began changing these bonuses "first as a test" in two key regions: New Zealand and the USA.

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Shiny Pokemon GO Eevee Community Day: Are you ready for these?

Shiny Pokemon GO Eevee Community Day: Are you ready for these?

Today we're taking a peek at Eevee Community Day in Pokemon GO, complete with an early peek at code that'll go live on the first big day. Eevee Community Day in Pokemon GO is your next best bet for finding a Shiny Eevee and whichever Eevee evolution Pokemon you've not yet collected. The latest update to this event (before it happens) has to do with the ticket you can attain for the event to make the event more valuable to you on August 14.

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