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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

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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!”

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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Pokemon Go Autumn event – Start time, new Gen 5 Pokemon, bonuses, more

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:57 Updated: 8/Oct/2020 1:59

by Paul Cot

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To celebrate the change of season, Niantic is hosting an autumn-themed Pokemon Go event. A new Gen 5 Pokemon will be introduced as well as other bonuses.

The 2020 Pokemon Go autumn event starts on Friday, October 9, 8 am PDT and finishes on Monday, October 12, 1 pm PDT. That’s an 11 am EDT start for those on the east coast of the US and 4 pm BST for those residing in the UK.

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To the surprise of nobody, the event will feature various fall-themed Pokemon. These ‘mons can be found in the wild and in eggs when you hatch them.

Double effective Berries

Elsewhere, autumn is the time harvest and that seemingly applies to Pokemon Go, too. As a result, Berries can be found more often when spinning PokeStops. There will also be berry-themed Field and Timed Research.

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During the event, all Berries will be twice as effective when giving them to your Buddy Pokemon as treats. Perhaps more excitingly, however, is that Pinap Berries will also become doubly as effective.

This means that instead of just double Candy when capturing a Pokemon, you’ll actually get four times the amount! Other Berries such as the Razz variety won’t be doubly as effective, though.

Autumn-themed Pokemon

Meanwhile, the following Pokemon will be appearing more frequently in the wild:

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  • Oddish
  • Vulpix
  • Bayleef
  • Hoothoot
  • Sudowoodo
  • Yanma
  • Pineco
  • Zigzagoon
  • Seedot
  • Shroomish
  • Plant Cloak Burmy
  • Foongus

Others will be appearing in 5km eggs but those Pokemon weren’t released in the Pokemon Go blog post.

Additionally, Shiny Vulpix will be spawning more often. The ever-popular Fox Pokemon has already had its Shiny form released previously but few trainers will want to miss out on the chance to get another or even their first!

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Deerling changes color depending on what seasonal form it is…

Deerling

As is very apt for the change of season, Deerling will be introduced to the world of Pokemon Go for the first time. The Season Pokemon has four forms – Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter – so expect to come across its autumn variant.

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It evolves into Sawsbuck, which has the same four forms, also. Deerling needs 50 Candy to evolve, so if you want to get Sawsbuck during the event you’ll need to catch as many Deerling as possible. When using a Pinap Berry though, you’ll only need to catch five of them!

There’s plenty to look forward to in Pokemon Go during October. Charmander is coming to a Community Day a second time with the exclusive move Dragon Breath and there is even a surprise Raid Boss to look forward to at the end of the month.

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