ARTIST INSIGHT: POKÉMON GO FEST 2019 TRIPTYCH
The Pokémon GO Fest 2019 Triptych took 120 hours to complete and ended up being 13,609 × 250 pixels large—that’s about three and a half 4K televisions! A lot of thought and work went into this huge piece, and for good reason. From Chicago to Dortmund to Yokohama—this global event required a key art piece of massive proportions that lived up to the event’s level of significance. Here’s what the process of creating this incredible piece of art was like.
Select a format that would encompass the significance of the event and present it effectively. The triptych format was chosen because it’s composed of three parts that exist on their own as individual pieces but really come to life when combined into a perfectly seamless scene with a story interwoven throughout. Since we were celebrating our first-ever series of three large-scale live events, we felt like a triptych was the perfect format for the occasion.
Begin compositing the first part: Chicago! This section, featuring Buckingham Fountain, set the tone for the rest of the piece. Everything from perspective to lighting had to be consistent, so it was crucial that the Chicago portion of the triptych could lay a solid foundation to build up the rest of the triptych.
Add in the Pokémon models and meticulously paint and edit them to fit the scene.
Repeat the previous steps while building out the Dortmund and Yokohama pieces.
And here’s the end result! Whether you attended a Pokémon GO Fest or took part in the Global Challenge, we hope you all had an amazing summer of Pokémon GO and enjoy viewing this wonderful piece!
ULTRA BONUS UNLOCK BEGINS SEPTEMBER 16, 2019, AT 1 P.M. PDT
Mewtwo with the special move Psystrike will be available to challenge in five-star raids. If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny Mewtwo! Need a good team to take on Mewtwo? Other Pokémon appearing in raids will help you build a good team to challenge the Genetic Pokémon. Get to hatching those Eggs, too—2× Incubator effectiveness ends with the Ultra Unlock!
The Ultra Bonus Unlock ends September 23 at 1 p.m. PDT.!
SEPTEMBER COMMUNITY DAY—BRANCH OUT WITH TURTWIG!
Don’t forget—this month’s Community Day will be taking place globally on Sunday, September 15, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time. The featured Pokémon, Turtwig, will appear more frequently in the wild and in raids, and you could even encounter a Shiny Turtwig if you’re lucky! Spin PokéStops, and you may receive 2 km Eggs that will hatch into Turtwig. Take advantage of the 3× Catch Stardust bonus, and catch as many Turtwig as you can! Evolve Grotle into Torterra during the event or up to two hours afterward for the Community Day exclusive move Frenzy Plant!
Don’t forget to share your photos with Turtwig on social media with #PokemonGOCommunityDay, Trainers! Stay safe, and happy exploring.
TEAM GO ROCKET HAS TURNED PSYDUCK, LARVITAR, AND MORE INTO SHADOW POKÉMON!
Team GO Rocket’s diabolical deeds continue! Professor Willow and the team leaders have been scoping out the discolored PokéStops and have noticed that Team GO Rocket now has the following Shadow Pokémon: Oddish, Gloom, Venonat, Venomoth, Psyduck, Growlithe, Abra, Hitmonchan, Larvitar, and Turtwig.
After more research, the professor has found that Shadow Pokémon can’t learn Community Day exclusive moves—likely due to their unnatural state. Be sure to purify any Shadow Pokémon featured on Community Day before evolving them so you don’t miss out on event-exclusive moves!
FLOWER-CROWNED EEVEE ARE CURRENTLY IN RESEARCH BREAKTHROUGHS!
A few changes to Research Breakthrough rewards are now live in Pokémon GO! From September 1, 2019, at 1 p.m. PDT to November 1, 2019, at 1 p.m. PDT, Eevee wearing flower crowns will be available as Research Breakthrough encounters. If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny Eevee with a flower crown! Flower-crowned Eevee will be the only Pokémon appearing in Research Breakthroughs during this time, so be sure to make the most of the following weeks of research.
SEPTEMBER RAID HOUR
September Legendary Raid Hours are currently live and happening every Wednesday this month! From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in your local time on September 18, encounter Mewtwo in greater numbers in five-star raids! And on September 25 during the same time frame, a different Pokémon will be available to encounter. Which one? Well...you’ll find out soon!