Pokemon Go January 5 Spotlight Hour: Shiny Lillipup, 2x bonus, more

Published: 5/Jan/2021 21:41

by Brent Koepp


Pokemon Go is kicking off the start of 2021 with the epic Unova Challenge. Part of the celebration is the Spotlight Hour on January 5 where Trainers can catch a Shiny Lillipup, get certain bonuses, and more.

Niantic is ringing in the new year by looking back at popular titles Black & White which originally released in 2010. In January, Pokemon Go is celebrating the fifth generation region with the epic Unova Challenge.

The popular mobile title will also be giving Trainers a chance to get their hands on a rare Shiny version of the game’s beloved dog monster, Lillipup, on the 5th. Here is everything you need know about the limited time Spotlight Hour.

Pokemon Go promotional for Lillipup.
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
The adorable Gen V pup gets a Spotlight Hour on January 5.

Pokemon Go Lillipup Spotlight Hour start time

Every 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 V’s Lillipup is getting a Spotlight Hour on January 5. 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 Lillipup isn’t exactly a rare character, Trainers will want to take advantage of the hour to try to score a Shiny. Plus if nothing else, it’s the perfect time to farm Stardust, XP, and Candy to evolve the pup into the adorable Herdier.

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 Spotlight Hour coincides with this months’ Mystery Bonus. On January 5, players can get 2x Stardust during the celebration. Those looking to level up their ‘mon should utilize this time to stack up on the precious resource.

The Unova Challenge also launches on the same day and both Lillipup and Herdier are on the list. This is also the perfect time to try catch any creatures you are missing. The event officially ends on the 1oth.

Pokemon Go Stardust screen

While Lillipup is by no means a rare ‘mon, fans have taken to the adorable character since its debut in 2010. Trainers looking to get a Shiny version will not want to miss out.

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.

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


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

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

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.