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. Plus we have some more themed events and brand new Gen 5 Pokémon to catch!
But 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? There's a special Raid event coming starring Latias and Latios.
Niantic is bringing a feature from the mainline Pokémon titles into Pokémon Go: Trade Evolution. Now, trading some Pokémon will see the Candy required to evolve them reduced. Pokémon that benefit from this include Kadabra, Machoke, Graveler, and Haunter as well as new Unova Pokémon Boldore, Gurdurr, Karrablast, and Shelmet.
Speaking of the Unova region, there are some new Pokémon coming into Pokémon Go. Aside from Boldore, Gurdurr, Karrablast, and Shelmet, players will also encounter other Unova creatures in the wild, in Raids and from eggs.
Roggenrola, Tympole, Dwebble, Trubbish, Karrablast, Joltik and Shelmet are among those appearing in the wild. Venipede and Dwebble will hatch from 2 km eggs; Roggenrola, Tympole, Trubbish, Karrablast, Joltik, and Shelmet from 5 km eggs; and 10 km eggs will contain Timburr, Tirtouga, Archen, and Axew. Timburr will also be appearing in one star Raids.
There will also be some region-exclusive additions.
North America, South America, and Africa will see Throh in the wild and in 10km eggs while Europe, Asia, and Australia will see the same for Sawk. The Southern United States, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America will be able to encounter Maractus, while Egypt and Greece get the chance to catch Sigilyph. Finally, the Eastern hemisphere get the red-striped form of Basculin while the Western hemisphere gets blue-striped form instead.
Now that Pokémon Go's Holiday events have come and gone, Niantic is turning its attention to its 2020 plans. In a brand new blog post, the developer has gone into some more detail on what's coming up.
Players can expect some more new Special Research around Team Rocket in January with more opportunities to defeat Giovanni and the chance to save the Legendary Shadow Moltres.
There will also be some special Lapras encounters through the month. From now until February 1, Lapras that know the moves Ice Shard and Ice Beam will be available as Research Breakthrough encounters for the first time since 2018.
From January 7 until February 4, Heatran will be available in five star Raids and there will be the possibility of encountering a Shiny Heatran.
The blog post also suggests that brand new Unova Pokémon will appear in the world soon with more details to come.
What's the next Pokémon Go Event?
Latias and Latios Raid Event
A special Raid weekend is coming to Pokémon Go and it stars the Dragon and Psychic-type Legendaries Latios and Latias. Running from January 24 to January 27, the game will give players the chance to encounter the Pokémon in five-star Raids.
To get the best chance of winning, Niantic suggests using other Dragon-type Pokémon as well as Ice, Bug, Ghost, Dark and Fairy-types.
When's the next Pokémon Go Community Day?
- What date is the next Community Day? January 19
- Who's the starring Pokémon? It's a mystery at the moment
The first Community Day of 2020 has been confirmed to be taking place on January 19. The time period is different depending on your hemisphere, so those in the northern hemisphere will take part between 11am and 2pm local time, while those in the southern hemisphere can jump in from 3pm to 6pm local time.
Piplup has been confirmed as the starring Pokémon for this Community day and players can expect double catch Stardust, double catch XP and half hatch distance for eggs. The special move for the event is yet to be revealed.
Pokémon Go update: what's next?
GO Battle League
Niantic has announced that a new feature called GO Battle League will be coming to the game in early 2020. It will build on the current trainer battles system and will encourage players to get out and explore. According to Niantic, players will walk to earn entry into the Battle League. Once they're in they'll be able to battle players from around the world through an online matching system. Win and lose, they'll rise and fall in the ranks of the worldwide league. We'll keep updating with more information on Battle League as it's announced.
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(Image credits: Niantic/Pokémon Company)