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Niantic announce Pokemon Go Summer events for 2019

Published: 29/Mar/2019 10:56 Updated: 4/Apr/2019 16:14

by Paul Cot


Niantic have announced the schedule for this summer’s Pokemon Go live events. Chicago, Dortmund and a as yet unnamed place in Asia will host live events.

Update: Niantic announce summer events

The announcement was confirmed on the official Pokemon Go blog stating: “We kicked off 2019 with South America’s first-ever Safari Zone event in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and we’ll have another Safari Zone in Sentosa, Singapore, in just a few weeks. Next, we’re excited to reveal that Pokémon GO Fest is coming to three cities around the world!”

  • June 13–16: Pokemon Go Fest Chicago
  • July 4–7: Pokemon Go Fest Dortmund
  • 2019 Summer: Pokemon Go Fest Asia (To be announced)

Safari Zone

One of the most popular Pokemon Go live events that has featured in cities across the world, is the Safari Zone.

The name Safari Zone is a reference to a special location in the first generation of Pokemon games where you could capture rare Pokemon. Some of these Pokemon could only be captured within the Safari Zone, a similar mechanic to the region exclusives in Pokemon Go.

So far, there have been an array of Safari Zone events. These have taken place across Europe and Asia.

In January 2019 however, South America, and specifically Porto Alegre in Brazil, had their first Safari Zone event. The featured Pokemon included the generation four starters, Turtwig, Chimchar and Piplup The regional exclusive Pokemon was Relicanth.

The success of this most recent live event has resulted in another being scheduled in Sentosa, Singapore. Tropius, an African regional exclusive, will be available in the wild for the duration of the event.

The Pokemon Go Safari Zone live event has appeared in various continents…

Pokemon Go live events

The reference to needing a “bigger bottle of sunscreen” could suggest Africa or the Middle East will get their first Pokemon Go live event. However, at this point that is merely speculation and Asia would be a more likely candidate.

It will also be interesting to see if Niantic stick with the Safari Zone concept with regional exclusives or branch out to a new type of live event.

Either way, the Pokemon Go schedule for 2019 is already looking full. It appears Niantic are keen on pushing live events and this is on top of the plethora of bi-weekly events that have already taken place in 2019.


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.