In July, the first Legendary Pokémon creatures started popping up in Pokémon GO, the hit AR game from developer Niantic Labs. Today, the team is rolling out an update that brings three more Legendary Pokémon to be caught. In addition, the game is currently testing a new feature called EX Raid Battle in a small number of Gyms.
The three new Legendary Pokémon, all from the Johto region, include Raikou, an Electric-type creature that can be found currently in the Americas, while Entei, a Fire-type Pokémon, can be found and battled in Europe and Africa. Finally, Suicune, a Water-type Legendary Pokémon, is currently located in the Asia-Pacific region. These three creatures will move to different parts of the world on September 30, and will move to their final region on October 31.
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The EX Raid Battle feature, formerly known as Exclusive Raid Battle, will let trailers face off against a more powerful raid boss than normal. Invites will be sent out to selected players starting on September 6, and Niantic will be making changes and adjustments to the feature based on the feedback of those players, before it launches it worldwide.
Legendary Pokémon make their debut
July 20: The first Legendary Pokémon started appearing in Gyms for trainers to hopefully defeat and catch, and they can then be used in Raid Bosses and Gym Battles.
Version 0.69.0 brings new trainer abilities, improves Pokémon info screen
July 19: Pokémon Go version 0.69.0 has rolled out, and it delivers a handful of new trainer abilities, as well as some interface changes and bug fixes. The new abilities come in three flavors: the first, and obviously most important, allows trainers to spin the Photo Disc at a Gym after completing one of the Raid Battles, while the other two relate to berry distribution. Trainers can now send berries to Pokémon defending Gyms through the Pokémon info screen even when they aren’t nearby.
Niantic has also added icons to the Pokémon information screen, so you can see how your Pokémon were caught, and has upgraded the search function in the collection menu.
Pokémon Go Fest
July 7: Pokémon Go is celebrating its first anniversary with the Go Fest event that will take place on Saturday, July 22, in Chicago’s Grant Park. There will be three Challenge Windows throughout the day. The trainers in Chicago will try to unlock perks for Pokémon Go players in other cities and countries by catching certain types of Pokémon, with each one being tied to a different perk.
Meanwhile, trainers across the globe will also try to catch as many Pokémon as possible during the Challenge Windows with the hope of extending the duration of the bonuses unlocked by those attending the event. If they catch enough of them, a mystery challenge will be unveiled in Grant Park that will unlock a special bonus across the globe once completed.
Additionally, Niantic has also announced a few Pokémon Safari Zone events, which will take place at shopping centers in different countries during August and September. For more details, visit here.
Massive update with revamped Gyms and Raid Battles
July 12: Niantic Labs confirmed that it will be making some major upgrades to its Gyms with an upcoming update. The Gyms in the game will no longer be based on Prestige or training creatures, but instead, they’ll have six permanent slots with an all-new motivation meter. The update will also be adding the much-anticipated co-op Raid Battles, where players will work together to defeat boss creatures at Gym locations.
New Summer Solstice event
June 8: From June 13 until June 20, the in-game Solstice Event will see players encounter more fire- and ice-type Pokémon, receive huge XP bonuses for accurate Poké Ball tossing, and get discounted Lucky Eggs at the in-game shop. Meanwhile, the company will hold its “first-ever” real-world Pokémon Go event: Pokémon Go Fest Chicago. This will take place in Grant Park on July 22 and promises “a ton of exciting festivities.”
Tickets for Pokémon Go Fest will go live at PokemonGoLive.com/Fest on Monday, June 19 at 10:00 AM PDT. Further, Niantic said it would hold events in European shopping centers between June and September, but hasn’t gotten into specifics yet.