Pokémon Go updates are still going strong. The world’s first augmented reality app to become a household name, Pokémon Go remains popular with gamers six years after its initial release. This is largely because Niantic keeps things fresh through a constant stream of events and updates that keep new trainers glued to their phones and hitting the streets.
Pokémon Go failed to reach the peak of its popularity in 2016, but Niantic is still finding new ways to improve the player experience. Over the years, we’ve seen new features and Pokémon introduced, exciting events to bring the community together, and much more. It can be difficult to keep up with the ever-evolving world of Pokémon Go, so we’ve put together this guide to help.
Below, we’ve gathered the latest Pokémon Go news, rumors, and updates, as well as details on confirmed events and community days. Want to know more? Read on for all the latest Pokémon Go news and updates.
Pokémon Go Updates: Get straight to the point
- What is it? An augmented reality Pokémon mobile game
- Released: July 16, 2016
- What can I play on? Android, iOS and iPadOS
Pokémon Go Updates: What’s New?
- What’s new? The Prime Gaming collaboration continues
Niantic has announced (opens in new tab) that their collaboration with Prime Gaming will continue through the summer and fall, meaning Prime Gaming members should expect to receive some freebies by the end of October.
Trainers who are Prime members will be able to continue to claim bonus item packs that include Poké Balls, Max Revives and more, with new packs available biweekly on the following dates:
- September 8, 2022
- September 22, 2022
- October 6, 2022
- October 20, 2022
Pokémon Go Updates: What’s Next?
Following the conclusion of Pokémon Go’s Season of Go, Niantic has released the next season of Pokémon Go: Season of Light.
Starting September 1st focusing on the Nebula Pokémon, Cosmog, this comes with a few things. Expect new attacks, events, themed avatars, themed icons and cloudy skies. You can find out more at official website (opens in new tab).
💡 or ⬛☀️ or 🌕The universe is always ready to show you something new. Grab your flashlight, Trainers — it’s almost time to start #SeasonOfLight! pic.twitter.com/ZczmnNj7OfAugust 28, 2022
What is the next Pokémon Go event?
- What is the next Pokémon Go event? Safari Zone: Goyang
- When is the next Pokémon Go event? September 23 to 25, 2022
There’s another Safari Zone event coming up, hosted in South Korea for the first time. The event will take place at Ilsan Lake Park in Goyang from Friday, September 23, 2022 to Sunday, September 25, 2022.
Niantic said in an official blog post (opens in new tab) which attendees can expect to see “Pokémon themed around Goyang’s rich history of flowers and romance, such as Combee, Carnivine, and Blue Flower Flabébé.” There might even be Shiny Unown Y and Shiny Spritzee out there.
Safari Zone is a ticketed event and Niantic has made it clear that a ticket to the event will be required to participate in this event and that “there is no global gameplay component available”, so you will have to be “within the designated space on Lake Ilsan Park in Goyang, South Korea”.
Niantic said in a PokémonGoLive blog post (opens in new tab) that there will be more in-game events throughout September, but we’re still waiting for more details on what they will be.
When is the next Pokémon Go Community Day?
- What date is the next Community Day? October 15, 2022
- Who is the main Pokemon? litwick
Niantic has established the schedule for the coming months of Community Days in Pokemon Go official blog (opens in new tab) and are as follows:
- Saturday, October 15, 2022
- Saturday, November 5, 2022 (Community Day Classic)
- Saturday, November 12, 2022
Our next Community Day, then, can be expected on October 15th. This one stars Litwick, the sailing Pokémon, which will be available from 2pm to 5pm local time.
Not only will they appear more often in the wild, anyone who evolves Lampent (Litwick evolution) during this event or even five hours later will receive a Chandelure that knows “Charged Attack Poltergeist”. You will also be able to access the Litwick Community Day exclusive Special Research story for $1 during this event, along with the usual bonuses.
According official website (opens in new tab)we describe this below.
- 3× EXP to catch Pokemon.
- 2× sweets to catch Pokemon.
- 2× chance for Trainers level 31 or higher to receive XL Candy when catching Pokémon.
- attraction modules activated during the event lasts three hours.
- Incense activated during the event lasts three hours.
- An additional special trade can be done for a maximum of two for the day.
- Negotiations done will require 50% less Stardust.
What is the best Pokemon in Pokemon Go?
Sure, you can take them all, but what if you only want to take the best ones? Well, when it comes to the best Pokemon in Pokemon Go, it really depends on what you want to do with your Pokemon. Whether fighting PvP, raiding or defending a Gym, you need to consider this.
One of the simplest (and therefore not foolproof) ways to look for a strong Pokemon is to determine its maximum CP. The Combat Power figure is determined through a combination of a Pokémon’s Attack, Defense, and Stamina numbers, but that’s not all and a Pokémon’s moves, stat distribution, and type should also be considered. However, if you’re just looking to know which Pokemon has the highest max CP potential, then according to Game Information (opens in new tab)this is slaking.
If you’re looking for a Pokemon that can be a punching bag and therefore a solid defender, it’s hard to go wrong with Blissey – he has the highest HP and Stamina stats right now. For attacking, Mewtwo is worth considering – not only is its max CP second to Slaking, it has good stats in general and a particularly high attack stat.
These are far from definitive choices (it can be quite tricky when you crunch the numbers in Pokémon Go), but they should at least give you a starting point.
Pokémon Go: Latest news and updates
Pokémon Go introduces changes to Mega Evolution
Pokémon Go’s Mega Evolution feature, which temporarily changes a Pokémon’s appearance and increases its strength, has received a major overhaul that makes it easier and more rewarding to evolve your Pokémon into the final versions of themselves.
First teased in a recent Pokémon Go datamine, Niantic has officially announced the review in a blog post (opens in new tab) on the official Pokemon Go website, who explained that the update means Mega Evolutions are now a one-time cost, meaning that after you Mega Evolve your Pokemon once, you can do it again for free after a waiting period.
If you can’t wait, there’s an option to reduce the rest period by spending more Mega Energy. This means that you only need to collect the Mega Energy needed to evolve your Pokémon once, not every time. This update was released globally to players in April 2022.
In addition, Mega Levels were introduced that make your Pokémon gain experience for one Mega Level each time it Mega Evolves. When you reach a new level, you will receive bonus rewards such as a reduction in the mentioned rest period. Also, using Mega Evolved Pokemon to catch other Pokemon of the same type gives you a better chance to earn Candy XL and higher XP rewards.
Most Mega Raids – the multiplayer battles you must complete to get your hands on Mega Energy – have also been made easier, requiring fewer people to fight them and therefore making it a little easier to acquire Mega Energy. and.
Niantic says that the Pokemon you Mega Evolved before this update will also feature bonus visual effects to celebrate your achievement.
Pokemon Go guides
Below, we’ve rounded up all of our Pokémon Go guides to help you catch them: