Pokémon Go: the world’s first augmented reality app to become a household name. Niantic’s mobile AR game is still going strong two years after it first released, with a constant drip of events and updates keeping budding trainers glued to their phones and pounding the streets.
And while it hasn’t managed to top the peak of its popularity in 2016, it’s still going strong and finding plenty of new ways to improve its player experience.
So what’s the latest news for Pokémon Go? As you’d expect, brand new features are being added all the time and community events are still going strong.
So without further ado, here’s our guide to all the latest Pokémon Go news and updates.
Pokémon Go news and Pokémon Go updates
- What’s new? New Pokémon (including all new Eeveelutions) have been added
Brand new Pokémon and evolutions have been added
A new Pokémon Go update has been released and it’s bringing brand new Pokémon from the Sinnoh region, some more evolutions of existing Pokémon and all new lure modules to catch them.
The latest batch of new Pokémon include Gible, Hippopotas, Cherubi, Burmy (male and female) and Shellos as well as their respective evolutions.
As far as new evolutions are concerned, Probopass (the evolution of Nosepass) and Magnezone (the evolution of Mangeton) can be added to your Pokédex, as well as two new Eeveelutions, Leafeon and Glaceon.
In order to get these new evolutions you will need the special Lure Modules that have been added to the game: Mossy Lure, Magnetic Lure and Glacial Lure.
Aside from helping you to evolve specific Pokémon, these lures will create special habitats when added to a PokeStop in order to attract different types of Pokémon. The Mossy Lure Module attacks Grass, Bug and Poison types, the Magnetic Lure Module attracts Electric, Steel and Rock-types; while the Glacial Lure Module attracts Ice and Water-types.
At the moment, the new lures are only available in the coin shop but they will, apparently, be given as rewards for completing special Research Tasks later in the year so it could be worth holding off.
Last but not least, there’s also a brand new Earth-type move: Earth Power.
Pokémon Go has released three legendary Pokémon into the game
Niantic has released the rare Legendary Lake Guardian Trio of Azelf, Mesprit, Uxie into Pokémon Go.
To date Legendaries have only appeared in Pokémon Go as special research or in Tier 5 raids
As far as we know, players have only reported one of the illusive trio per region with Azelf residing in the Americas, Uxie in Asia-Pacific and Mesprit in Europe. So unless you fancy traveling the globe, you are unlikely to catch all three.
Check out Niantic’s tweet below:
Hmm. We’ve been hearing reports of unidentified Pokémon. 🤔 As Professor Willow looks into these reports, please let us know if you spot anything out of the ordinary in #PokemonGO. pic.twitter.com/S08Fnq5u0QApril 30, 2019
When’s the next Pokémon Go event?
The next big Pokémon Go event will begin on May 21 and run until May 28. It will revolve around raiding, offering extra free raid passes, a special raid hour and a raid day dedicated to Lapras.
This special raid week will see double Stardust and double XP awarded for each raid as well as two raid passes distributed each day rather than only one.
As far as the Pokémon you’ll be given the opportunity to catch, Tier 1 raids will feature Machop, Slakoth, Shinx and Bronzor; Tier 2 will have Misdreavus, Kirlia, Mawile, Feebas, Clamperl and Bibarel; Tier 3 can net you Alolan Raichu, Chansey, Scyther, Aerodactyl, Floatzel; while Tier 4 is your chance to catch Alolan Marowak, Dragonite, Tyranitar, Absol and Metagross.
You’ll be able to take part in the special raid hour, which will see raids appear in every gum, on May 22 between 6pm and 7pm local time.
The raid day just for Lapras will take place on May 25 between 11am and 2pm local time in Europe and America. If you’ve been desperately waiting on your chance to catch this coveted Pokémon in shiny form, this is your best shot.
Pokémon Go’s next Community Day takes place on May 19. The featured Pokémon for the event will be Torchic, while the bonuses for the event will be three times catch Stardust and three-hour-long lures. However, we don’t know what exclusive move will be available.
Pokémon Go update: what’s next?
Niantic hasn’t revealed what updates they have planned next, but we expect a summer/winter event in the coming months.
If the Spring event is anything to go by, we will be seeing seasonal content for the summer and winter events – potentially including limited time prizes?
For summer, we imagine there will be a Fire-type event (because it’s warm, right?) while winter is likely to see a Ice-type event.
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(Image credits: Niantic/Pokémon Company)