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Pokemon Go March Community Day postponed due to COVID-19

Published: 13/Mar/2020 2:27 Updated: 13/Mar/2020 18:16

by Paul Cot


Update: The Pokemon Go March Community Day was scheduled to take place on Sunday, March 15 but as some suspected that date has officially been canceled. The event itself has been postponed and there is currently no date set for when it will take place.

The decision was made on March 12, suggesting it was one Niantic and co didn’t take lightly. Niantic released a brief statement on their Twitter, saying: “The safety of our global player community is our top priority. COVID-19 is challenging us and the world to adjust. We’re putting our focus on expanding features and experiences in our games that can be enjoyed in an individual setting and that also encourage exploration!”

The news has generally been welcomed by the Pokemon community who have applauded Niantic’s decision to do their part in minimizing the threat of Coronavirus. With Pokemon Go being a game that requires you to walk about and interact with others, it will be affected by COVID-19 more than other games.

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COVID-19 has been in the news anywhere you look and as the threat of the virus increases so does the news coverage. Italy has imposed a nationwide quarantine and on March 11, the United States banned all travel from Europe into the country.

Elsewhere, in the gaming world, E3 2020 has already been canceled despite being three months away, while the Overwatch League has also confirmed that they won’t be running any homestands in March or April. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that there is discussion about a Pokemon Go event being postponed, too.

Sergey Galyonkin / E3
Could Pokemon Go events follow in the footsteps of E3 2020 and get canceled…

Abra Community Day postponed?

The March Community Day being the latest canceled event is exactly what some fans are speculating is going to happen. This isn’t just blind conjecture either, there are a couple of things suggesting as such.

Firstly, the Community Day exclusive move is usually announced by around now. With just three days to go until the event, there is still no word on what it will be.

In addition to this, there has been little recent coverage of the March Community Day on the Pokemon social channels – you can make of that what you will. The last tweet about the day came on March 10 which was a fun fact about Alakazam.

Safety from COVID-19 first

It may seem simple enough to just go ahead with the event. After all, it’s just some Pokemon trainers walking around having a good time on their mobile phones, right?

Well, that may seem harmless enough but with so many people out on such a large scale, it’s, unfortunately, a recipe for disaster when it comes to the Coronavirus. One Reddit user, tildenpark, highlighted the potential fallout with one succinct theoretical headline: “Thousands reportedly catch coronavirus while playing Pokemon.”

That is likely a headline the Pokemon Company don’t want out in the wild. With so many other events across the world being canceled, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Pokemon Go follow suit.

That doesn’t mean they will though, and as of writing they could be fully intending for the event to go ahead. Alternatively, they could encourage trainers to participate from the seclusion of their homes, as recent changes to Pokemon Go have suggested is possible.

Either way, we’ll likely get confirmation about the status of the March Community Day very soon.


How to evolve Nosepass into Probopass in Pokemon Go

Published: 23/Jan/2021 17:20

by Julian Young


Pokemon Go’s Hoenn Collection Challenge is in full swing, and Nosepass is one of several Pokemon players need to catch to complete the event. Here’s how to evolve your new Nosepass into a Probopass after you get your hands on one.

Leading up to its five-year celebration event – Pokemon Go Tour: Kanto – developer Niantic has a full schedule of activities to keep players occupied. Every week before the Kanto event kicks off, players have a chance to enjoy a Collection Challenge in one of the game’s regions.

The Hoenn Collection Challenge, running from January 19 to January 24, gives players an increased chance to catch various Pokemon from that region. Fan favorites like Mudkip, Plusle and Minun, and several others are on the list of Pokemon needed to complete the challenge.

Another Pokemon on that list is the Generation 3 Rock-Type Nosepass. Once caught, Nosepass can be evolved into the Steel/Rock-Type Probopass – with a small twist. Here’s how you can evolve your very own Nosepass after catching one.

Pokemon Go Hoenn Collection Challenge Event
Players have an increased chance to catch a Nosepass during the Hoenn Collection Challenge.

How to evolve Nosepass in Pokemon Go

  1. Catch a Nosepass (if you don’t have one already)
  2. Acquire 50 Nosepass candy and a Magnetic Lure
  3. Travel to a PokeStop and activate the Magnetic Lure
  4. While standing in range of the PokeStop, evolve your Nosepass into a Probopass

Evolving Nosepass into Probopass requires 50 Nosepass candy along with another item: a Magnetic Lure. Magnetic Lures are normally used to attract specific types of Pokemon – Steel, Rock, and Electric-Type – to help players catch ones they may be missing.

When it comes to evolving Nosepass into Probopass, the Magnetic Lure serves a different purpose. In this case, the Magentic Lure must be used to evolve Nosepass from a Rock-Type Pokemon into the combined Steel/Rock-Type Probopass.

There are a couple of ways to acquire Magnetic Lures. The easiest is to simply buy one from the Pokemon Go Shop for 200 PokeCoins. Magnetic Lures can also be acquired by completing Special Research Tasks (although this will take longer than just buying one from the shop).

Pokemon Olivia's Probopass
The Pokemon Company
After combining their Nosepass with a Magnetic Lure and 50 Nosepass candy, players will be rewarded with a Probopass.

Once you have your Magnetic Lure and 50 Nosepass candy in-hand, you now have everything you need to evolve the Pokemon into a Probopass. The first step to evolving your Nosepass is to travel to a PokeStop, then activate the Magnetic Lure via the Add Lure option.

After the Lure is added, you can evolve your Nosepass into a Probopass while standing within range of the PokeStop. After the process is complete, you will be rewarded with a newly-evolved Probopass to take on your Pokemon Go adventures.

The Hoenn Collection Challenge ends on January 24, so you should make sure to catch a Nosepass before the event concludes to finish the challenge (and to have the Pokemon available to evolve). The next Collection Challenge – taking place in the Johto region – kicks off on January 26.