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Niantic reveal even more changes to make Pokemon Go play from home

Published: 17/Apr/2020 14:45

by Paul Cot


Niantic are continuing to make Pokemon Go even more play from home friendly. In addition to the Remote Raid Pass, they have revealed various other upcoming changes.

It has been an interesting couple of months for Pokemon Go. Much like many other games and businesses, they have been forced to adapt.


There’s a big differences between Pokemon Go and other games, though, and that is the former is designed to play while on the move. With lockdowns still in full swing, Niantic have been forced to keep finding ways to make the mobile game play at home friendly.

Fourth Field Research Task
A fourth slot for Field Research tasks is about to open up…

A fourth field research task

Trainers who aren’t fortunate enough to be near Pokestops will be delighted by this addition. At midnight everyday you’ll be automatically given a new Field Research task.


If you already have your three slots taken up, then a fourth will be made available. If you haven’t completed the task from the previous day and you have all four slots taken up, then a new one won’t be issued on that day.

We don’t know what exactly what these tasks will entail. It has been confirmed, however, that these tasks “will focus on activities that you can complete from home.”

Buddy Pokemon Back
Buddy Pokemon always have your back…

Buddy Pokemon being put to use

Usually you need to interact with your Buddy Pokemon to get benefits but that’s all about to change. Soon a Buddy of any level will go and grab gifts for you, whenever you’re running low on them.


There will be “a notification above your buddy’s portrait when it’s returned with Gifts in hand (or paw).” That’s one less reason to go outside a find Pokestop!

Power up faster

If you want to power up a particular Pokemon to a level a lot higher than they are, it can take a while. If they are very low it could take several minutes to get them to the level (or CP) you want.

That process will soon be streamlined, thankfully. Instead of tapping power up over and over, you’ll now be able to select the CP you wish it to grow to. Just make sure you have enough Stardust, though!


Niantic had promised further changes to Pokemon Go during this difficult time and clearly they have delivered. We’ll have to see if they have anything else in store in the coming weeks.


Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot


The Pokemon Go November Community Day is still a good month away, but that hasn’t stopped trainers speculating as to what the headliner could be.

November is of course the penultimate Pokemon Go Community Day of the year. It is also the last one in which Pokemon fans will try to predict the headliner.


That is because the December CD is traditionally a mega Community Day of sorts. It brings the previous headliners from that year and makes them all available in one event.

Presumably, it will be the same for 2020. It is a day in which Pokemon Go trainers of all levels do their best to make sure they don’t miss out on!


Before we get there though, we still need to find out what the 10th headliner of 2020 will be. That isn’t a typo, as there will only be 11 in total this year because March’s CD was canceled due to the global health crisis – you may have heard about it.

No vote for November?

Niantic have made it a habit of letting us decide which Pokemon headline Community Days in 2020. In fact, 5 of the 10 from 2020 have been decided via vote.

The latest two votes however, have decided the following two Community Days. With October already in place with Charmander, there is only November to decide.


While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.


So, if it isn’t to be decided by us, who are the contenders. The one that first comes to mind is Snivy.

Ever since Piplup headlined in January, we haven’t had another starter, at least a new one. At the time it was expected Snivy would be the featured ‘mon for March, which would have been in line with Niantic’s pattern of alternating between starter and non-starters.


Snivy may have been delayed because the Pokemon Go developers realized they were running out of starter ‘mons to use. Of the released Pokemon in the mobile game, it is only the Gen 5 starters that haven’t headlined, although Gen 6’s introduction is expected soon. So, 10 months on from the last one, it could be time for the Unova grass-type starter.

Snivy Pokemon Go
Snivy would seemingly be the leading contender for the November CD…

Deino or Gible?

Deino and Gible are two of the more popular Pokemon in the entire franchise and have been rumored as headliners. Unfortunately, that is why either of them making an appearance may be wishful thinking.


Both are super rare spawns and putting them as a featured Pokemon for a Community Day would certainly take away from their current allure. Besides, Niantic likely knows they can rely on them to boost other events, even if they do remain rare spawn rates.

Hopefully, they will headline a Community Day at some point in the future but 2020 seems unlikely at best.

Other contenders

The other most likely candidates for November are Exeggcute and Starly. Both were previously revealed to be included in another vote which never materialized.

Bulbasaur and Magikarp were also in there but the latter has already headlined in 2020, and Bulbasaur seems an unlikely option outside of a vote.

The Pokemon Go CD will likely take place in the second half of November. The 22nd seems the most likely day as this would keep distance between the previous one and adhere to alternating Saturday and Sundays.