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Pokemon Day plans revealed for Pokemon Go, Sword and Shield

Published: 31/Jan/2020 16:49 Updated: 31/Jan/2020 17:01

by Paul Cot

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It seems like yesterday that we were being first introduced to Pokemon Sword and Shield at last year’s Pokemon Day. Fast forward nearly a year and plans are already in motion for the 2020 Pokemon Day.

Pokemon Day is an annual celebration of, you guessed it, everything Pokemon. It falls on February 27, which marks the release date of Pokemon Red and Green in Japan. It is widely considered to be the birthday of the Pokemon franchise.

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In recent years, it has been seen as a day for announcements and not just celebration. This was evidenced last year with the hugely anticipated reveal of the eighth generation of Pokemon game.

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Even Wurmple is getting ready to celebrate the 2020 Pokemon Day…

Announcements teased

With the precedent set, trainers are already earmarking the day for news on the latest happenings in the Pokemon Go world. Now, nearly a month before the big day, the subject of those announcements has been teased. While there are no spoilers, we have been given a rough idea of what to expect.

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New Mythical Pokemon

The big announcement appears to be the revealing of a new Mythical Pokemon which will feature in Sword and Shield, and also appear in the upcoming Pokemon Movie: Coco. That movie is set to be released on July 10.

Whether this new “Phantom” Pokemon will be introduced to the Gen 8 game before or after the movie remains to be seen. However, given there is a clear legendary theme in the second of the two Pokemon Sword and Shield DLCs – The Crown Tundra – it could well be released in this. That expansion is expected in the fall of 2020.

Could it be the Pokemon featured at the end of the Pokemon Sword and Shield expansion pass trailer? Or does its “Phantom” description suggest something else entirely.

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Additions to existing games

According to the Japanese Pokemon website, which revealed these details, a special Max Raid Battle will be held within Pokemon Sword and Shield. Given the significance of the event this will likely be a species worth having.

Elsewhere, the ever popular Pokemon Go will have its own special event to commemorate the day. The mobile game had something similar in 2019 which was focused around some classic Kanto species.

New game announcement?

The likelihood of a brand new 2020 Pokemon game has been called into question following the announcement of the Sword and Shield expansion pass. However, that doesn’t guarantee that the Pokemon Company don’t have something big up their sleeves.

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A follow on to Sword and Shield would make zero sense but, even with a lot of content for the latest game scheduled, a sequel to Pokemon Let’s Go or a much demanded remake of the Gen 4 games – Pokemon Diamond and Pearl – remains a possibility.

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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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