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Pokemon GO Hoenn event: date & time, Shiny Rayquaza, Kyogre & Groudon raids

Published: 14/Jan/2021 4:17

by Brad Norton

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As Pokemon GO continues to celebrate its fifth anniversary, the festivities leading to Pokemon GO Tour: Kanto have shifted focus to a new region as Hoenn is now in the spotlight.

Pokemon GO is in full celebration mode to kickoff 2021. Nearing its five year anniversary, the mobile app is going through an assortment of popular Pokemon regions on a journey to the Pokemon GO Tour: Kanto event in February.

As we get closer to this spectacle, players are being treated to new regional spotlights each and every week. Last week Sinnoh was the region in focus, though we now have the full rundown on what’s coming up next.

Hoenn is home to a wide array of Pokemon, many of which will be on offer in all-new ways for the duration of the event. Here’s everything you need to know.

Pokemon GO Hoenn celebration event features

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Hoenn is the region in focus for the next Pokemon GO celebration.

No different from previous weeks, the focus on the Hoenn region comes with all sorts of limited-time features to be excited for. Pokemon such as Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip, and plenty more will all be easier to spot during this week. 

Not only that, but the elusive Shiny Aron will also be appearing more frequently than usual. With this increased chance of catching a rare Pokemon, there’s no better time to try and round out your collection.

The full list of features for the Hoenn celebration can be seen below:

  • Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip, Taillow, Loudred, Nosepass, Aron, Meditite, Roselia, Carvanha, Numel, Baltoy, and more will be appearing more frequently in the wild. 
  • Lucky trainers might encounter a Shiny Aron!
  • The following Pokémon will be hatching from 5 km Eggs: Skitty, Aron, Corphish, Lileep, Anorith, Bagon, and Beldum.
  • Event-exclusive Field Research tasks reward Stardust and lead to encounters with Pokémon such as Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip, Aron, Plusle, Minun, and Wailmer.

Pokemon GO Hoenn event raid details

Raids will also be shifting to celebrating the Hoenn region for the duration of the event.

Certain Pokemon will be appearing in raids so you can hone in and grind for what you’re after. The full list can be found below:

  • One-star raids: Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip, Ralts, Aron, and Bagon 
  • Three-star raids: Breloom, Mawile, Grumpig, Spinda, and Absol
  • Five-star raids: Kyogre and Groudon 

Pokemon GO Hoenn event collection challenge

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Kyogre and Groudon will appear in five-star raids during this Pokemon GO event.

With an emphasis on Hoenn-specific Pokemon for this event, it comes as no surprise that there is another Collection Challenge to get through. You’ll have to collect all of the following this time around: Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip, Nincada, Nosepass, Aron, Plusle, Minun, and Bagon to receive three Silver Pinap Berries, XP, and an Incense.

Your progress can be tracked in the Today View section of the app.

Pokemon GO Hoenn event start date and time

The Hoenn event is right around the corner. Pokemon GO players can open the app from Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at 10 AM in your local time. This celebration runs through until Sunday, January 24, 2021, at 8:00 PM local time.

You’ve got roughly one week to get grinding and collect as much as you can. From grabbing a Shiny Aron to ticking off fresh challenges, there will be plenty to keep you busy.

Niantic also teased Johto as the following region. The next leg of the celebration will be kicking off on Tuesday, January 26. 

Call of Duty

Black Ops Cold War Zombies: New Firebase Z details, Tombstone Soda, Scorestreaks

Published: 15/Jan/2021 21:29 Updated: 15/Jan/2021 21:30

by Tanner Pierce

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In celebration of 115 day (which is a reference to Element 115 from Zombies lore), Treyarch have revealed some of the first major details about the upcoming Black Ops Cold War Zombies map, Firebase Z.

During the Black Ops Cold War’s mid-season update, Treyarch announced that a new Zombies map, titled Firebase Z, would be coming before the end of the season and confirmed that more details would be coming on 115 day.

Now, that day is here and it’s safe to say that Treyarch have delivered, at least for the time being, confirming exactly how the map connects to the mode’s overall narrative and revealing some new items that players will be able to use while grinding their way through it.

Black Ops Cold War Firebase Z story

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Firebase Z will take place in Vietnam and feature new enemies.

According to Treyarch, Firebase Z takes place in a facility called Outpost 25, which is located in the jungles of Vietnam. Set after the events of the first map, Die Maschine, Samantha Maxis has been captured by Omega Group and it’s up to the Requiem team to go and save her, which brings them to Outpost 25.

The developers also confirmed that the map will feature some brand-new enemies and gameplay mechanics, but they failed to go into detail about what exactly they will be. Could we be seeing a new boss zombie similar to the Megaton from Die Maschine? Fans will have to just wait and see.

New Zombies perk and scorestreaks

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Tombstone Soda is returning in Black Ops Cold War and it’ll operate a bit differently than it has in the past.

In addition to the narrative details, Treyarch also confirmed some of the new items coming to the game. The first, which was teased a few weeks back, is the Tombstone Soda perk.

For Black Ops Cold War, the aforementioned perk, which originated in Black Ops II, will feature some novel abilities.

While the player has the perk active, they will turn into a “shadow” if they’re downed. In this form, players can use weapons while they attempt to revive themselves. That being said, if you die while in shadow form, you’re done, presumably until the next round.

If you’re a fan of the original perk, however, that’s not a problem, as the tier-three upgrade for the Black Ops Cold War version allows you to drop a small stash, which includes all of your original items, when you die, which is almost identical to how the BO2 version worked.

Beyond that, the developers also confirmed that two new scorestreaks will be coming to the game: the Artillery and Napalm Strike. Each one can be crafted from the Crafting Table, although it’s unknown whether or not they’ll be available on just Firebase Z or if Die Maschine is also getting some love.

All in all, it seems like Firebase Z is going to bring a ton of cool features when it launches on February 4, 2021, which is sure to liven up the overall Zombies experience in Black Ops Cold War.