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Pokemon Go Friend Fest event: Bonuses, field research tasks and rewards

Published: 28/Nov/2019 10:36 Updated: 28/Nov/2019 10:37

by Paul Cot


The 2019 Pokemon Go Friend Fest brings various friend related bonuses, new field research tasks and increased spawns in certain Pokemon.

The event is live now and will run until December 2, 1pm PST (4pm EST and 9pm GMT). This is actually the first Friend Fest event there has been in Pokemon Go but there was a “Friendship event” back in February of 2019.


Unsurprisingly this event’s bonuses focus on activities with friends, namely trading Pokemon and Raid Battles. The bonuses are as follows:

  • 1/2 Stardust trade cost
  • You can make two special trades per day
  • Attack boost when you raid with friends
@PokemonGoAppThe Friend Fest event gives you the chance to get yourself a powerful Nidoking or Nidoqueen…

Increased spawns

The official Pokemon Go blog suggests Nidoran Male, Nidoran Female and their respective evolutions can be encountered more frequently in the wild. However, Leek Duck has shared that these additional Pokemon will be spawning more in the wild:

  • Combee
  • Diglett
  • Doduo
  • Exeggcute
  • Magnemite

As a nice extra bonus for Pokemon Go players, Nidoran Male, Nidoran Female, Diglett and Magnemite can all be found in their shiny form.

Friend Fest field research tasks

As is common with a lot of Pokemon Go events, Friend Fest brings its own special field research tasks. All of these will grant you encounters with the family themed Pokemon and the tasks themselves are friend related.

There are five special research tasks. Catching the original Nidoran one is participatory simple and will give you the opportunity to find yourself a high CP one with relative ease.

  • Friend Fest: Catch a Nidoran♀ = Nidoran♂
  • Friend Fest: Catch a Nidoran♂ = Nidoran♀
  • Friend Fest: Trade a Pokemon with a friend = Nidorina/Nidorino
  • Friend Fest: Add 3 friends = Nidoking/Nidoqueen
  • Friend Fest: Win a Trainer Battle against another Trainer = Dodrio/Dugtrio

What’s next?

The next official event is scheduled for December 14, which is the hugely anticipated end of year Pokemon Go Community Day. Elsewhere, Terrakion is featuring in Raid Battles for the first time throughout December.

There will be nearly two weeks between that and the conclusion of Friend Fest, though, so expect something to be announced between the two.


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.