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Pokemon Go makes further quarantine friendly changes – More hinted at

Published: 24/Mar/2020 9:46

by Paul Cot

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It’s an unprecedented time in the world, forcing everyone to make drastic changes to their daily lives. The same can be said for Pokemon Go, with the mobile game having to adjust from encouraging players to go and out explore, to being able to play in the comfort of their own homes.

Amid the current global health situation, Niantic have already made wholesale changes to Pokemon Go. This included a massive increase in wild spawns, a huge discount to Incenses, and more.

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Unfortunately the virus is showing little signs of slowing down, which has forced Niantic to make further adjustments. These changes will apply until further notice suggesting they could be part of the game for a while to come.

Niantic Pokemon Go CoronavirusNiantic have taken decisive action in the wake of current events…

Play Pokemon Go at home

Depending on where you live, playing Pokemon Go at home was often a difficult task. That has all changed now, however.

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In addition to the above, there will also be a huge discount on Poke Balls. This had been one complaint from trainers since the increased spawns whereby they just didn’t have enough balls to capture them. With PokeStops often being unreachable for some trainers, getting enough of them proved too tricky, and the last thing Niantic want to do right now is encourage players to leave their homes.

Niantic have acted though, making 100 Poke Balls cost just one PokeCoin. It should be noted that this is a one-time purchase. This item will change weekly and the Pokemon Go code has already showed that other items that will get trainers excited could be next.

Elsewhere, changes to gifts have been made. From now and until further notice, you’ll be able to open 30 gifts a day and carry 20 in your inventory. Gifts will also contain more Poke Balls.

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Finally, there will be 3x Stardust and XP for your first catch of the day. So, make sure you get that curveball, and if you really want to maximize it, throw on a Lucky Egg and a Star Piece too.

Pokemon Go could have become redundant during this tricky period but Niantic have come through and delivered for trainers everywhere – credit to them!

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Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot

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The Pokemon Go November Community Day is still a good month away, but that hasn’t stopped trainers speculating as to what the headliner could be.

November is of course the penultimate Pokemon Go Community Day of the year. It is also the last one in which Pokemon fans will try to predict the headliner.

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That is because the December CD is traditionally a mega Community Day of sorts. It brings the previous headliners from that year and makes them all available in one event.

Presumably, it will be the same for 2020. It is a day in which Pokemon Go trainers of all levels do their best to make sure they don’t miss out on!

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Before we get there though, we still need to find out what the 10th headliner of 2020 will be. That isn’t a typo, as there will only be 11 in total this year because March’s CD was canceled due to the global health crisis – you may have heard about it.

No vote for November?

Niantic have made it a habit of letting us decide which Pokemon headline Community Days in 2020. In fact, 5 of the 10 from 2020 have been decided via vote.

The latest two votes however, have decided the following two Community Days. With October already in place with Charmander, there is only November to decide.

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While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.

Snivy

So, if it isn’t to be decided by us, who are the contenders. The one that first comes to mind is Snivy.

Ever since Piplup headlined in January, we haven’t had another starter, at least a new one. At the time it was expected Snivy would be the featured ‘mon for March, which would have been in line with Niantic’s pattern of alternating between starter and non-starters.

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Snivy may have been delayed because the Pokemon Go developers realized they were running out of starter ‘mons to use. Of the released Pokemon in the mobile game, it is only the Gen 5 starters that haven’t headlined, although Gen 6’s introduction is expected soon. So, 10 months on from the last one, it could be time for the Unova grass-type starter.

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Snivy would seemingly be the leading contender for the November CD…

Deino or Gible?

Deino and Gible are two of the more popular Pokemon in the entire franchise and have been rumored as headliners. Unfortunately, that is why either of them making an appearance may be wishful thinking.

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Both are super rare spawns and putting them as a featured Pokemon for a Community Day would certainly take away from their current allure. Besides, Niantic likely knows they can rely on them to boost other events, even if they do remain rare spawn rates.

Hopefully, they will headline a Community Day at some point in the future but 2020 seems unlikely at best.

Other contenders

The other most likely candidates for November are Exeggcute and Starly. Both were previously revealed to be included in another vote which never materialized.

Bulbasaur and Magikarp were also in there but the latter has already headlined in 2020, and Bulbasaur seems an unlikely option outside of a vote.

The Pokemon Go CD will likely take place in the second half of November. The 22nd seems the most likely day as this would keep distance between the previous one and adhere to alternating Saturday and Sundays.