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Pokemon Go celebrate 3rd birthday with huge bonuses

Published: 30/Jun/2019 20:17 Updated: 3/Jul/2019 14:49

by Paul Cot


It feels like Pokemon Go has already been around forever but its 3rd birthday is already approaching – and to celebrate Niantic are holding a special event which of course includes numerous in-game bonuses.

Bonuses are already live in Pokemon Go and they range from shiny Pokemon, special avatar items, special research items, raid bonuses, discounts and the return of a familiar Pikachu.


Party Pikachu

You can encounter Pikachu wearing his party hat when you take a GO Snapshot photo. Much like similar bonuses in past events, you can only encounter this special Pikachu once per day.

EZDBudSeveral Pikachu will photobomb you once a day – Party Pikachu will appear shortly after…

Party Pikachu will be available from June 28, 1pm PDT (4pm EDT, 9pm BST) to July 6, 1pm PDT (4pm EDT, 9pm BST).


That’s not all though, if you’re lucky you might find Pichu wearing a party hat when hatching a 7km egg.

Shiny Alolan Pokemon

The following Alolan Pokemon and their respective evolved forms can all be found in their shiny form:

  • Rattata
  • Sandshrew
  • Vulpix
  • Diglett
  • Meowth
  • Geodude
  • Grimer
  • Exeggutor

Shiny Alolan Raichu has been available in raids previous to this event.


These Pokemon are already available but Niantic didn’t list a time when their appearances would stop.

PokemonShiny Alolan Pokemon are now available as part of the third anniversary celebrations…

Jump-start research, raid bosses and stardust discount

All of the below bonuses run from June 28, 1pm PDT (4pm EDT, 9pm BST) to September 2, 1pm PDT (4pm EDT, 9pm BST).

Even some of the more committed Pokemon Go trainers go through periods where they want a break from the game – others may have taken an extended break. Regardless, the new Jump-Start research will allow trainers who have been absent for a while to jump straight back into the game and catch up with some generous rewards.


For players Level 10 or higher there is new special research quest which requires completing relatively easy tasks such as making a new friend and hatching an egg. Upon completion of all six stages you will earn at least 60,000 stardust and 405,000 XP.

Elsewhere, and while the details weren’t specified exactly, you will be able to take down raid bosses faster during the event, earning extra Premier Balls to capture them in the process.


Finally, trading Pokemon will cost 25% less stardust.

That’s quite the set of bonuses to celebrate Pokemon Go’s 3rd birthday – imagine the celebration events for its 5th anniversary!


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


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.


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.


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:

  • 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!

Deerling Pokemon Go
Deerling changes color depending on what seasonal form it is…


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.


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.