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Niantic outline further plans to let you play Pokemon Go at home

Published: 30/Mar/2020 19:57

by Paul Cot


Niantic are in a sticky situation. Pokemon Go is at heart a mobile game that encourages you to go outside but due to current global events, it’s quickly becoming a game that you have to play at home.

People across the world are being encouraged to only leave their homes when absolutely necessary. Even if you’re the most hardcore of Pokemon Go trainers, this doesn’t include popping out for a quick Raid Battle.

So, trainers, at least when the ordeal started, were in a tricky spot when it came to playing Pokemon Go. Thankfully Niantic have already made notable changes to the game that allows players to ‘catch ’em all’ without leaving the house.

Poke Balls More Common
Poke Balls have already been made a lot easier to come by…

Now, Niantic have outlined some further changes they plan to add to Pokemon Go. These will go one step further, giving you further freedom to enjoy the mobile Pokemon experience at home.

Pokemon Go in your house

Niantic have listed four key elements they intend to update to give players more flexibility while playing. A time frame for these changes was not discussed.

Adventure Sync

A big part of Pokemon Go is hatching eggs which requires you to walk a specific distance. Using Adventure Sync, this can currently be done in the comfort of your home.

However, as many trainers will attest to, the tracking isn’t as good as when you’re outside. Niantic intend to fix that though, stating: “We’re going to make improvements to Adventure Sync so it works even better with indoor movement and activities.”

Adventure Sync Home
You can still hatch eggs at home using the Adventure Sync app!

Raid Battles from home

Perhaps the most notable change we can look forward to is the possibility of being able to participate in Raid Battles from home. What’s more is that you’ll be able to take down those legendary Pokemon with all your old friends, too.

Presumably you’ll be able to create some form of party with players on your friend list. Details about this remain sparse but this is massive news in itself.

Pokemon Go Fest

The Pokemon Go Fest live events are where trainers meet up on mass in real life and play the game together. Those events have understandably been canceled, however.

Fortunately it looks like Niantic has something in the works to make up for it. “We’re working on an entirely new way to enjoy Pokémon GO Fest”, “bringing the excitement directly to your home,” Niantic revealed on their blog.

For those of you who were concerned Pokemon Go would fade away this summer, it looks like you were wrong. Niantic have already adapted to the current circumstances and they’re by no means finished yet.


How to get Spiritomb in Pokemon Sword & Shield Crown Tundra

Published: 26/Oct/2020 21:57 Updated: 26/Oct/2020 22:04

by Brent Koepp


Perhaps one of the most unique Pokemon in Sword & Shield, Spiritomb can only be obtained in The Crown Tundra DLC through a special method. Here is how you can capture the Ghost-type ‘mon in no time.

Unlike previous generations, developer Game Freak opted out of a third game for Sword & Shield in favor of an Expansion Pass. And on October 22, players got their second major DLC, The Crown Tundra.

The new addon whisked players away to a snowy region of Galar, and brought over 119 new monsters with it for Trainers to catch. However, one of the trickiest characters to find is Gen IV’s Ghost/Dark-type, Spiritomb.

spiritomb's pokedex entry in pokemon crown tundra
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The Gen IV Pokemon makes its return in The Crown Tundra.

How to find Spiritomb in Pokemon Crown Tundra

Spiritomb was originally introduced in fourth generation releases Diamond and Pearl for the Nintendo DS. The ‘mon made its return to Sword & Shield in its latest expansion, The Crown Tundra.

According to its Pokedex description, the character is said to have been created from 108 deceased spirits – spine chilling stuff. It’s also said that its mischievous behavior “compelled a traveler to use a mysterious spell to bind it to an odd keystone.”

Unlike other monsters in the new DLC, the Ghost/Dark-type can only be found in a specific location. Trainers will also have to follow a certain method to summon the spirit. Here are the steps to capturing it quickly:

  • Step 1: Fast travel to Dyna Tree Hill. If you have not unlocked the waypoint yet, make your way to the giant red tree where the Galarian bird trio reside. 
  • Step 2: After spawning in front of the tree, immediately make a right and then take a second right looping backwards. Cut across the grass and take the ramp down to the lower area and hug right. You will then see two alcoves – the one you want is the far right. The tombstone is directly west of Ballimere Lake.
ballimere lake in pokemon crown tundra
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The Pokemon can be found west of Ballimere Lake.
  • Step 3: Go up to the tombstone and read the text which will say “Spread my voice.” You will now need to hit the Y button to bring up the Y-Comm menu. Press + to connect to the internet.
  • Step 4: You now have to talk to 32 Trainers. While this may seem like a lot, it can be done rather quickly if you stay in this location. Hop on your bike, and ride back and forth down the path. Each time you see a new player in the overworld, talk to them and receive an item. You must get 32 items as it needs to be a new person each time. Repeat encounters won’t count!
pokemon crown tundra world screenshot
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You have to talk to 32 new Trainers before the Ghost will appear.
  • Step 5: After talking to 32 people, go up to the tombstone and the text should change to “I have been heard.” Now fast travel to the Dyna Tree Hill point to reload the map, and go back to the tombstone. The Gen IV monster should be floating in front of it ready to battle you.
spiritomb in pokemon crown tundra
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Spiritomb will show up at the grave after talking to 32 Trainers.

It may seem like a major undertaking to talk to 32 new Trainers, however keep in mind there are plenty of players trying to do the same thing as you. So once you connect to the internet in front of the tombstone, you will easily find people to talk to.

It took us about five minutes to complete the task, so it’s not too bad. Spirtomb’s odd requirements are similar to Sword & Shield’s Runerigus which could only be found using a specific method on the map.