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US, UK and Taiwan to all host Pokemon Go live events in 2020

Published: 22/Jan/2020 17:00

by Paul Cot


Niantic have announced that the US, UK and Taiwan will host four Pokemon Go live events in 2020.

There will be two different types of live event with four in total for Pokemon Go trainers to look forward to. Two of them will be in the US, one in the UK and one in Taiwan.

2020 schedule

Those events, in order of which is coming first, are as follows:

  1. Taiwan Lantern Festival in Taichung City – Thursday, February 6, to Sunday, February 9, 2020
  2. Safari Zone St. Louis, Missouri, US – Friday, March 27, to Sunday, March 29, 2020
  3. Safari Zone Liverpool, UK – Friday, April 17, to Sunday, April 19, 2020
  4. Safari Zone Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US – Friday, May 8, to Sunday, May 10, 2020

Lantern Festival, Taiwan

The special Lantern Festival is a non-ticked event, which means its free! The Lantern Festival, also known as the Spring Lantern Festival, is celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunar calendar. The day itself takes place on February 8.

The electric-types Mareep and Electrike will be appearing, presumably more frequently in the wild. In addition to this the bug-type Pokemon Volbeat and Illumise will also be spawning. The latter is typically only found in North America, South America and Africa, so it’s a great opportunity to catch the Firefly Pokemon.

Finally, the Pokemon Go blog states: “Catch an Unown L to celebrate the light-themed event, and enjoy the lovely sounds of Chimecho, the Wind Chime Pokemon.”

Safari Zone Taiwan
Taiwan played host to a Pokemon Go Safari Zone event in 2018…

Safari Zones

The last three live events are of the familiar Safari Zone variety. All the details for these events have yet to be confirmed but we do know the following.

St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis will host the first Safari Zone of 2020. The event will take place in Tower Grove Park.

Unlike the Lantern Festival, which is a city-wide event, the first Safari Zone event will be admission only. There are early access tickets for $18 which will give you access to event gameplay two hours early. Alternatively, you can buy general admission tickets for $12.

Mankey, Unown S, Teddiursa, Snivy, and Ferroseed will be appearing more often throughout the park. Also, Chatot, which will be more familiar to Pokemon Go players in the Southern Hemisphere, will be appearing at the event to finally give Northern Hemisphere players a chance to get the Music Note Pokemon.

Safari Zone Europe
Europe has played hosted to Safari Zones, but never the UK, until now…

Liverpool, UK

The UK is finally getting a Pokemon Go Safari Zone! Taking place in Sefton Park, the ticket structure will be the same as St. Louis where it will cost £18 for early access tickets (access the event early and get two additional hours of gameplay) and £12 for general admission.

Krabby, Dratini, Chinchou, Unown V, and Oshawott are the five Pokemon that will be appearing more in the wild. The regional exclusive that is making its way to the event is Relicanth which rarely leaves its natural habitat of New Zealand, Samoa and some of the other Pacific Islands.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The final announced Pokemon Go live event of 2020 is held in Philadelphia. While the ticket structure will be the same as the other Safari Zone events, other details have yet to be revealed.

So, as of writing, we don’t know which Pokemon to expect to appear more frequently at the event. No doubt Niantic will share all the details soon, though.


Pokemon Sword & Shield player has instant regret after unluckiest Shiny fail ever

Published: 23/Jan/2021 0:32

by Brent Koepp


A Pokemon Sword & Shield fan had the community reeling after uploading a video of their mistake that cost them a Shiny Metagross in the Nintendo Switch title.

Ever since its introduction into the franchise in Gen II, Shiny Pokemon have had Trainers spending each generation trying to hunt down the incredibly rare variants.

A Sword & Shield player went viral online after making a classic mistake which led to them missing out on catching a highly sought after version of Metagross.

Screenshot of Metagross in Pokemon Sword & Shield.
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
While not a Legendary, Metagross is still one of the most rare ‘mon to catch in Shiny form.

Pokemon Sword & Shield player’s unlucky Shiny encounter

In most cases, using a Master Ball is only reserved for incredibly rare Mythical Pokemon. However some ‘mon fall into a gray space of what the community call ‘pseudo-Legendaries’ such as Gen III Steel type Metagross. 

A Sword & Shield player fell into this dilemma in the Gen 8 title when they stumbled upon a Shiny Metagross while doing a Raid. Fan ‘Cleffa-on-a-laptop’ uploaded a video of their encounter to the r/PokemonSwordAndShield subreddit, and exclaimed “I think my soul just died…”

The clip shows the player debating which item to use to catch the monster, before settling on an Ultra Ball which resulted in the ‘mon breaking out and running away. 

I think my soul just died… (My bad for the horrible video quality.) from PokemonSwordAndShield

The community felt the Trainer’s pain, such as one user who wrote, “Mate, Metagross’s catch rate is just as low as a Legendary. Nobody would’ve blamed you for biting the bullet and throwing a Master Ball.” 

Responding, the Sword & Shield player said they had instant regret. “I should of done it. I should have. I had a master ball with me too. Im probably going to regret my decision for the rest of eternity.”

Screenshot of Pokemon players reacting to Sword & Shield Metagross fail.

Many fellow fans agreed a Master Ball should have been used. But in all fairness, it’s also understandable while in the heart of a moment, a player would opt out for a regular Pokeball as Metagross isn’t technically in a Legendary category.

If nothing else, the tragic situation is a good example of how even some non-Legendaries are worthy of using the rare item on. Luckily, several fans offered the user a Shiny version of the Pokemon, softening the blow of the epic mishap.