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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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Pokemon GO leak data shows iPhone-only eggs and SMS contact

Pokemon GO leak data shows iPhone-only eggs and SMS contact

Those iPhone Pokemon GO users that were bummed to see Google Play sponsoring the Pokemon GO Fest 2021 event will be glad to see iOS-specific eggs in the near future. The latest update to the game files for Pokemon GO revealed this (iOS-specific eggs) and a wide variety of wild new updates and teasers for future items and features in the game. Also found were new fitness tracking mods, dynamic re-load of map elements, cross game settings between other Niantic games, and an expansion of the ways in which a player can work with their address book.

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Pokemon GO app data bug is back: Check your usage now

Pokemon GO app data bug is back: Check your usage now

It would appear that the data usage increase bug is back in Pokemon GO in the latest update to the app for BOTH iOS and Android. This wouldn't be a good thing if it were just one of the two platforms. Both platforms at once means Niantic needs to act on a fix as soon as possible.

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Shiny Pokemon GO event today: Cranidos, Shieldon, Dialga, Porygon

Shiny Pokemon GO event today: Cranidos, Shieldon, Dialga, Porygon

Starting today, the 23rd of July, 2021, Pokemon GO has an event running courtesy of the Ultra Unlock series during Pokemon GO Fest 2021. The first event is Ultra Unlock Part 1: Time, and it runs from today until August 3, 2021, at 8PM local time. The idea here is that Pokemon from what appear to be "various eras" will pop up in the wild, in raid battles, and in 7km eggs. That means we've got everything from Omanyte (ancient, very old), to Porygon (super futuristic).

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Why this Shiny Pokemon GO Eevee Community Day is your best shot

Why this Shiny Pokemon GO Eevee Community Day is your best shot

Pokemon GO revealed a new Eevee Community Day for the month of August, 2021. This event will span over two days - more than twice as long as the average Community Day event. It'll also be extra special because of the more-than-any-other number of Pokemon into which Eevee can evolve. Here in the summer of 2021, Eevee can evolve into Vaporeon, Umbreon, Jolteon, Flareon, Sylveon, Glaceon, Leafeon, and Espeon - it's wild!

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Pokemon GO Fest 2021 start times and rundown in kickoff videos

Pokemon GO Fest 2021 start times and rundown in kickoff videos

This weekend starts Pokemon GO Fest 2021, with all sorts of celebratory events and happenings therein. The game Pokemon GO started approximately 5 years ago, making this the official fifth anniversary event, and the biggest Pokemon GO event of the year. With the start of the event series, Niantic CEO John Hanke presented a video welcoming everyone to the party and another "podcast" was released by the company to start the event off right.

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Pokemon GO Fest code leak shows major fan favorite Mythical release

Pokemon GO Fest code leak shows major fan favorite Mythical release

Intrepid seekers of future data looked at codes delivered with the latest version of Pokemon GO this week and found some secrets. Early peeks at updates to the game can be found if a person knows where to look - and this week's update to the game included a DOOZY of a leak as such. At this point we're going to issue a SPOILER ALERT for those of you who wish to remain excited and surprised by what's coming next.

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