Pokemon Go January 12 Spotlight Hour: Shiny Drifloon, 2x bonus, more

Published: 12/Jan/2021 0:45

by Brent Koepp


Pokemon Go is celebrating its second Spotlight Hour for January 2021 by focusing on Diamond & Pearl favorite Drifloon. Fans of Gen IV will not want to miss out as the event will feature a Shiny version of the ‘mon, as well as bonus XP.

For January’s second Spotlight Hour, Niantic is looking back at the Sinnoh region’s Drifloon. The one-hour event will give players a chance to stock up on candy for the adorable purple balloon ‘mon.

Trainers will also have a chance to get their hands on a rare Shiny version of the Gen IV character. Here is everything you need know about the limited time Spotlight Hour on January 12.

Screenshot of Drifloon in Pokemon Go.
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
The Gen IV ‘mon is getting a Spotlight Hour in January.

Pokemon Go Drifloon Spotlight Hour start time

Each Tuesday, the mobile title honors a single ‘mon for an hour. During those 60 minutes, fans will see a major boost in spawn rates which will allow them to stock up on Candy, as well as give them a chance to score a Shiny variant.

Gen IV’s Drifloon is getting a Spotlight Hour on January 12. The limited time event officially kicks off 6PM and ends at 7PM. It should be noted that it is based on each player’s local time, so make sure to show up based on your own clock.

While Drifloon is a pretty common character, Trainers will want to use the hour to try to score a Shiny variant. Plus if nothing else, it’s the perfect time to farm XP and Candy to evolve the monster into a Drifblim.

Pokemon Go Mystery Bonus Hour screen.
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
In 2021, a Mystery Bonus Hour will run alongside Spotlight celebrations.

Pokemon Go Spotlight Hour bonus

The Drifloon Spotlight Hour coincides with this month’s Mystery Bonus. On January 12, players can get 2x XP. Those looking to level up their character should take advantage of this.

Many fans are still trying to reach level 50, so the 60 minute celebration is a great time to wrack up points quickly to boost your stats.

Pokemon Go Levels Up
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
There are 50 levels in Pokemon Go with each becoming exponentially harder to attain…

While Drifloon isn’t anything special, the Gen IV character has become a fan favorite from the Diamond & Pearl era. So those that love the adorable balloon ‘mon will want to participate to catch a Shiny.

Just like previous years, each month will have a total four Spotlight Hours that will run each Tuesday. January is also packed with various events for fans to participate in.


Blizzard changes Overwatch Priority Pass again to stop system abuse

Published: 16/Jan/2021 2:04

by Andrew Amos


Blizzard has implemented more changes to their Overwatch Priority Pass program to stop players from abusing the system to get their preferred role more often.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch has been a successful addition so far. Giving players the option to jump the queue for high-traffic roles by sacrificing a few games has helped tackle the game’s long queue times.

However, it hasn’t been without its flaws. Game quality has been pulled into question, with people playing off-role for these passes. Also, people have been abusing the current system to just stack passes quickly by intentionally losing.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch
Blizzard Entertainment
Priority Passes have been a hit with Overwatch players, but it’s not perfect.

Blizzard are looking to crack down on the latter issue with their latest changes to Priority Pass on January 15.

“Our data indicates that the Priority Pass is functioning as intended, generally providing shorter queue times for those who use them. The goal of the Priority Pass is to improve player experience and get players into matches quicker,” community manager Josh Nash told players.

“In the same vein, we don’t want this feature to have a negative impact on the quality of matches for yourself or others. We want to do our part to discourage players from intentionally losing and ruining matches for the sake of earning priority passes.”

If you lose a match while playing for passes, you’ll only gain one pass instead of two. This will stop players from just inting their games for the ticket.

Blizzard are also refunding passes to players if they queued up for a role using Priority Pass, but then had to wait longer than the estimated time for it.

Oni Genji Overwatch skin
These changes mean you won’t burn through your passes as quickly.

These changes are active immediately, so you can make use of them straight away. Blizzard are continuing to tweak the system as time goes on, and are “ looking into how we can better communicate when you are rewarded passes after playing a match.”