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Another Pokemon GO player arrested after assaulting fellow Trainer

Published: 21/Aug/2020 20:50

by Brent Koepp

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Another Pokemon GO player has been arrested in Hokkaido, Japan after beating a fellow Trainer who was playing the mobile game in the same location. The 35-year-old man flew into a rage when the other fan kicked his parked car.

Pokemon GO made its groundbreaking debut in 2016. The AR mobile title captured the imaginations of players around the world who ventured outside to catch their favorite monsters.

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However in Japan, the friendly game quickly turned dark when a player assaulted a fellow Trainer. Bizarrely, the story follows a similar incident that occurred six days earlier in Hokkaido.

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The mobile Pokemon game continues to be a worldwide phenomena.

Pokemon GO player arrested after altercation in Japan

On August 10, a 56-year-old Pokemon GO fan was arrested by authorities after attacking his friend over a competing Gym. Strangely, another incident happened six days later in the same island of Hokkaido with eerily similar details – including a parked car that was kicked.

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According to Yahoo Japan, a player became angry when he saw a man sitting in a car that was facing the wrong way on the street. The 35-year-old became enraged when he noticed that the driver was actually a fellow Pokemon fan playing the same game. Furious, he walked up to the car and kicked it.

The owner then exited his vehicle and chased down the assailant before striking him several times in retaliation. The driver was soon apprehended by authorities who broke up the two GO Trainers.

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The popular Pokemon game tasks players with finding monsters outside.

In a statement made by the Japanese Police department, when asked why he kicked the car in the first place, the 35-year-old stated: “I thought it was a sloppy way to stop the car in the opposite direction to the direction of travel. Looking inside, I was angry that a man was playing the same Pokemon GO and playing the game with the car in reverse.”

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According to reports, the man who kicked the car was ultimately the one arrested and is being held on suspicion of assault. Incredibly, the incident strikes many similarities to the August 10 story.

Despite the darker stories of Trainers taking things too far, GO continues to be loved by millions of fans around the world. The groundbreaking mobile game recently celebrated its fourth anniversary in 2020 and has never been more popular.

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Pokemon Go: Legendary Pokemon are getting even rarer

Published: 13/Oct/2020 15:36 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 15:37

by Paul Cot

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In recent times Legendary Pokemon have been made what they should have been all along in Pokemon Go – rare.

There was a time in Pokemon Go when getting those legendary ‘mons became all too common and easy. This resulted in it becoming a mundane task – something which getting one should never be.

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Research Breakthrough rewards were introduced to the mobile game in April 2018. You can obtain these rewards by earning seven Field Research stamps.

Only one can be earned per day and you get one for completing any Field Research task. As anyone who has completed these before can attest to, they are often very easy to do.

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From April 2018 until December 2019, the majority of these months had a Legendary Pokemon waiting for you when you earned those seven stamps. This meant you could earn an encounter with the likes of Moltres, Latios, Groudon – and any other of the litany of legends that featured – for completing seven simple tasks.

If you routinely played, this meant a new Legendary Pokemon every seven days. It was no wonder Legendary Pokemon lost their allure.

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Easy to obtain Legendary Pokemon are a thing of the past in Pokemon Go…

Make Legendary Pokemon rare again

From January 2020 though, legendary species no longer featured as the Research Breakthrough encounter reward. Niantic likely realized they were too easy to get and wanted to make getting them mean something again.

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Generally, this made them only obtainable in Raid Battles. This made sense because with rare ‘mons so easy to get hold of previously, fewer trainers would spend the time to get them in the more difficult route of Raid Battles. This is in addition to them costing real money/PokeCoins if you did more than one a day.

It hasn’t stopped there, however. It looks like Niantic want to make them even rarer. Many trainers will have noticed five-star Raids are appearing far less frequently.

This hasn’t been confirmed in any official capacity but there is plenty of anecdotal evidence from the Pokemon Go community. “[I] was in an area with over 25 gyms but could only find 2 Giratina during 5 [a] hour period this afternoon,” MarinaBlu shared. They did note a lot more Mega Raids were appearing during that time.

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Encouraging Mega Raids?

There could be multiple reasons for this. Firstly, it will make trainers jump on Raid Battles that feature Legendary Pokemon, stopping the often empty lobbies which single trainers have to avoid.

Then there could be an element of wanting to make Legendary Pokemon even more desirable. This is understandable but certainly puts newer players at a disadvantage. After all, experienced trainers will have a lot stocked up. They would argue this is deserved, however, due to the time they have put into the game.

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Finally, it could be Niantic are trying to encourage trainers to play more Mega Raids. The concept of Mega Evolution in Pokemon Go hasn’t been received as well as the developers would have hoped, though.

We don’t know if the reduced five-star Raid Battles will carry on, but it’s definitely something to keep an eye on.