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Where are Pokemon’s Team Rocket going this summer?

Published: 2/May/2020 20:32

by Paul Cot


It looks like Team Rocket are going on an extended vacation over the summer in Pokemon Go. Niantic revealed that the villainous team have been quiet as of late, and therefore there will be no Team GO Rocket Special Research available in May through to September.

“Professor Willow and the team find this very odd and will continue to investigate to see if they can find any leads,” the Pokemon Go Live blog shared. “We hope this means this is the last we’ll see of Team GO Rocket, but knowing the capabilities of these villains, we highly doubt that’s the case!”

However, Niantic finished by saying that they don’t expect Team Rocket to be quiet all summer. This looks a clear hint that they will indeed return sooner rather than later.

Team Rocket Vacation
Where are Team Rocket off to?

Where’s Team Rocket really?

Their gradual departure from the mobile game makes for good lore but in reality there is a more simple reason they are on vacation. Interacting with Team Rocket be it battling Grunts, Leaders or Giovanni himself requires you to visit PokeStops – something which you invariably need to leave your house to do.

With the ongoing health crisis around the world, Niantic are still discouraging trainers from playing while on the go. The game has been altered over the last month or two to make Pokemon Go more play at home friendly.

The radius in which you can access gyms and spin PokeStops has been doubled, and there has even been a Remote Raid Pass introduced. As the name suggests this allows you to play Raid Battles remotely.

In the meantime Team Rocket aren’t gone completely. Grunts are still sporadically appearing at PokeStops which gives you a chance to save and purify those Shadow Pokemon.

Niantic’s expectation of TR returning before the summer ends sounds like them hedging that lockdown rules around the world will soften in the coming weeks and months. Whether it will be business as usual with the monthly Giovanni Special Research returning, or a new feature, remains to be seen.

Maybe Giovanni is just giving his Leaders and Grunts a well deserved holiday instead, though…


How to evolve Nosepass into Probopass in Pokemon Go

Published: 23/Jan/2021 17:20

by Julian Young


Pokemon Go’s Hoenn Collection Challenge is in full swing, and Nosepass is one of several Pokemon players need to catch to complete the event. Here’s how to evolve your new Nosepass into a Probopass after you get your hands on one.

Leading up to its five-year celebration event – Pokemon Go Tour: Kanto – developer Niantic has a full schedule of activities to keep players occupied. Every week before the Kanto event kicks off, players have a chance to enjoy a Collection Challenge in one of the game’s regions.

The Hoenn Collection Challenge, running from January 19 to January 24, gives players an increased chance to catch various Pokemon from that region. Fan favorites like Mudkip, Plusle and Minun, and several others are on the list of Pokemon needed to complete the challenge.

Another Pokemon on that list is the Generation 3 Rock-Type Nosepass. Once caught, Nosepass can be evolved into the Steel/Rock-Type Probopass – with a small twist. Here’s how you can evolve your very own Nosepass after catching one.

Pokemon Go Hoenn Collection Challenge Event
Players have an increased chance to catch a Nosepass during the Hoenn Collection Challenge.

How to evolve Nosepass in Pokemon Go

  1. Catch a Nosepass (if you don’t have one already)
  2. Acquire 50 Nosepass candy and a Magnetic Lure
  3. Travel to a PokeStop and activate the Magnetic Lure
  4. While standing in range of the PokeStop, evolve your Nosepass into a Probopass

Evolving Nosepass into Probopass requires 50 Nosepass candy along with another item: a Magnetic Lure. Magnetic Lures are normally used to attract specific types of Pokemon – Steel, Rock, and Electric-Type – to help players catch ones they may be missing.

When it comes to evolving Nosepass into Probopass, the Magnetic Lure serves a different purpose. In this case, the Magentic Lure must be used to evolve Nosepass from a Rock-Type Pokemon into the combined Steel/Rock-Type Probopass.

There are a couple of ways to acquire Magnetic Lures. The easiest is to simply buy one from the Pokemon Go Shop for 200 PokeCoins. Magnetic Lures can also be acquired by completing Special Research Tasks (although this will take longer than just buying one from the shop).

Pokemon Olivia's Probopass
The Pokemon Company
After combining their Nosepass with a Magnetic Lure and 50 Nosepass candy, players will be rewarded with a Probopass.

Once you have your Magnetic Lure and 50 Nosepass candy in-hand, you now have everything you need to evolve the Pokemon into a Probopass. The first step to evolving your Nosepass is to travel to a PokeStop, then activate the Magnetic Lure via the Add Lure option.

After the Lure is added, you can evolve your Nosepass into a Probopass while standing within range of the PokeStop. After the process is complete, you will be rewarded with a newly-evolved Probopass to take on your Pokemon Go adventures.

The Hoenn Collection Challenge ends on January 24, so you should make sure to catch a Nosepass before the event concludes to finish the challenge (and to have the Pokemon available to evolve). The next Collection Challenge – taking place in the Johto region – kicks off on January 26.