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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.


Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer transforms into Nessa in epic TikTok

Published: 24/Nov/2020 21:00 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 22:59

by Brent Koepp


A Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer made waves on TikTok after sharing her mind-blowing transformation in Gen 8’s Water-type Gym Leader, Nessa.

The Pokemon franchise entered its eighth generation with the release of Sword & Shield on the Nintendo Switch. The 2019 RPG introduced players to a whole new cast of characters and was the debut of the Galar region.

A talented cosplayer celebrated the game by bringing popular character Nessa to life with an insanely accurate portrayal. The artist’s stunning video transformation into the Gym Leader will leave fans of the Water-type Trainer in awe.

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The Sword & Shield Gym Leader has already become a fan-favorite.

Pokemon cosplayer transforms into Gym Leader Nessa

At the start of the Gen 8 title, the protagonist receives an invitation to the Pokemon League by reigning Champion Leon. On the player’s quest to become the very best, they face off against a host of new Gym Leaders – including Nessa of Hulbury.

Cosplayer ‘nerdtasticmel’ made a splash on Instagram after sharing her incredible true-to-life take on the Trainer. The artist faithfully recreated the heroine’s signature two-piece white and blue Galar league uniform.

Mel’s re-creation of the attire is full of little details, such as the water drop logo on her crop top and the number 049 on her swim shorts. She also faithfully included the character’s belly button chain accessory which wraps around her stomach.


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As if that wasn’t impressive enough, the cosplayer uploaded a video to TikTok which shows how much work goes into artist’s bringing their favorite characters to life. The clip shows nerdtasticmel’s epic transformation in the Sword & Shield heroine.


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Despite only releasing at the end of 2019, the eighth gen RPG is already the third-highest selling game in the entire franchise. Proof that Pokemon’s addicting “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” design is more popular than it’s ever been.

In October, the title got its second major DLC expansion, The Crown Tundra. While it’s unclear if the add-on will be the last content the Switch release gets, the update closed out the Galar region with an epic finale.