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Man in England fined £200 after breaking lockdown rules to play Pokemon Go


According to BBC, a man in England broke the country's lockdown rules in order to play Pokemon Go for a few hours. He was caught and fined £200, and the police concluded that catching Pokemon was not a valid excuse for violating the quarantine guidelines.

Reminder: Pokemon GO Machop Community Day goes live today

Get out there, trainers!

We've already given you full details on the Machop Pokemon GO Community Day, but here's your reminder! The action goes live later today, so don't miss out. You can read a full recap for the event below.

Date + Time

Saturday, January 16, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. local time

Features

Machop will be appearing more frequently in the wild. If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

Evolve Machoke during the event or up to two hours afterward to get a Machamp that knows Payback.

Take a few snapshots during Community Day for a surprise!

There’ll be a special one-time-purchase Machop Community Day Box available for 1,280 PokéCoins, featuring an Elite Charged TM, four Incense, four Star Pieces, and 30 Ultra Balls.

For US$1 (or the equivalent pricing tier in your local currency), you’ll be able to access the Machop Community Day–exclusive Special Research story, Straight to the Top, Machop! Remember, Trainers—if you purchase a ticket for the Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto event by Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. PST (GMT −8), you’ll get this Special Research story for free!
Stay tuned for when tickets for the Straight to the Top, Machop! Special Research story go live! Tickets are nonrefundable (subject to applicable law and the exceptions set forth in the Terms of Service). Please note that this Special Research will not include an in-game medal.

Bonuses

3× Catch Stardust

Incense activated during the event will last for three hours

Trading range will be temporarily increased to 40 km starting on Friday, January 15, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. until Monday, January 18, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. PST (GMT −8). Remember, Trainers—Machoke that are traded can be evolved without using Candy!

Rising to the challenge of January Pokemon GO Community Day is none other than Machop

My man, Machop!

January's Pokemon GO Community Day is all about Machop, and he's dropping by on Jan. 16th, 2021. There's all sorts of fun lined up surrounding the classic Pokemon, and you can get the full breakdown below.

When you get knocked down, you just have to get back up. Despite losing out on the chance to be featured in last February’s Community Day, Machop, the Superpower Pokémon, never gave up. That resilience has paid off, because Machop will star in the upcoming January Community Day—and you can be sure it’ll make the most of it!

Date + Time

Saturday, January 16, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. local time

Features

Machop will be appearing more frequently in the wild. If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

Evolve Machoke during the event or up to two hours afterward to get a Machamp that knows Payback.

Take a few snapshots during Community Day for a surprise!

There’ll be a special one-time-purchase Machop Community Day Box available for 1,280 PokéCoins, featuring an Elite Charged TM, four Incense, four Star Pieces, and 30 Ultra Balls.

For US$1 (or the equivalent pricing tier in your local currency), you’ll be able to access the Machop Community Day–exclusive Special Research story, Straight to the Top, Machop! Remember, Trainers—if you purchase a ticket for the Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto event by Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. PST (GMT −8), you’ll get this Special Research story for free!
Stay tuned for when tickets for the Straight to the Top, Machop! Special Research story go live! Tickets are nonrefundable (subject to applicable law and the exceptions set forth in the Terms of Service). Please note that this Special Research will not include an in-game medal.

Bonuses

3× Catch Stardust
Incense activated during the event will last for three hours

Trading range will be temporarily increased to 40 km starting on Friday, January 15, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. until Monday, January 18, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. PST (GMT −8). Remember, Trainers—Machoke that are traded can be evolved without using Candy!

Police issue Pokemon GO player a fine due to breaking pandemic lockdown restrictions

Here we go again!

This is the second day in a row where we've heard about the police having issues with Pokemon GO players in the UK. Yesterday there were a couple of guys who ignored pandemic lockdown restrictions in the UK to go out and play Pokemon GO, and today it's happened yet again.

This time around, the Warwickshire Police have issued a £200 fine to a man who was traveling to play Pokemon GO. I'm guessing he's now regretting the decision to play despite the lockdown!

Niantic wins $5 million lawsuit against Pokemon GO hacking

Niantic has just won a major lawsuit that aimed to squash various hacking programs created by a group called Global++. This group had created hacks that let Pokemon GO players spoof their GPS, use auto-walk functions, and more. Global++ was charged with copyright infringement and violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. The dust has now settled, and Niantic will be awarded $5 million in damages from Global++. Along with that, Global++ will stop making and selling hacks, and won't sell or access portions of Niantic's data.

Countdown to Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto—celebrate the Hoenn region

The celebration continues

The celebratory events in Pokemon GO continue as Niantic leads into the Kanto tour. January 19th, 2021 brings in a Hoenn-related round of content, which you can read a full rundown of in the press release below.

We’re excited to announce that Hoenn will be the next region featured in our countdown celebration leading up to Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto!

Date + Time

Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Sunday, January 24, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. local time

Features

Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip, Taillow, Loudred, Nosepass, Aron, Meditite, Roselia, Carvanha, Numel, Baltoy, and more will be appearing more frequently in the wild. If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny Aron!

The following Pokémon will be hatching from 5 km Eggs: Skitty, Aron, Corphish, Lileep, Anorith, Bagon, and Beldum.
Enjoy event-exclusive Field Research tasks that reward Stardust and lead to encounters with Pokémon such as Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip, Aron, Plusle, Minun, and Wailmer.

The following Pokémon will be appearing in raids.

Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip, Ralts, Aron, and Bagon will be appearing in one-star raids.

Breloom, Mawile, Grumpig, Spinda, and Absol will be appearing in three-star raids.

Kyogre and Groudon will be appearing in five-star raids.

Complete the Hoenn-themed Collection Challenge during the event by collecting Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip, Nincada, Nosepass, Aron, Plusle, Minun, and Bagon to receive three Silver Pinap Berries, XP, and an Incense. Head on over to the Today View to track your progress!

Evolve Metang (the evolved form of Beldum) during the event to get a Metagross that knows the previously Community Day–exclusive attack Meteor Mash!

Event-exclusive Timed Research will be available! Complete the Hoenn-themed Timed Research tasks to earn the following rewards.

Catch two Kyogre to earn 10 Kyogre Candies.
Catch two Groudon to earn 10 Groudon Candies.
Catch 30 Pokémon to earn 30 Poké Balls.

Complete all the Timed Research tasks to encounter a Rayquaza that knows the exclusive Charged Attack Hurricane, as well as earn 3,000 XP and a Silver Pinap Berry. If you’re extremely lucky, you might encounter a Shiny Rayquaza!

A free bundle featuring three Remote Raid Passes to help you challenge Kyogre and Groudon will be available in the in-game shop from Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, January 25, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8).

Up next: Johto! An event celebrating the Johto region will be happening from Tuesday, January 26, 2021, to Sunday, January 31, 2021. Stay tuned for more details as we get closer to the date!

Roselia is the featured February Community Day Pokémon

Flower power!

We're not even halfway through January yet, but we already know the featured Pokemon for Pokemon GO's Community Day in February. None other than Roselia is getting the spotlight, and you can read full plans for the event below.

Did you know that a Roselia’s flowers smell more pleasant the healthier it is? The scent is said to deeply relax people. This February’s Community Day is sure to be relaxing, then—because Roselia will be the featured Pokémon!

Date + Time

Sunday, February 7, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. local time

Features

Roselia will be appearing more frequently in the wild. If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

Evolve Roselia during the event or up to two hours afterward to get a Roserade that knows both the Charged Attack Weather Ball (Fire-type ) and the Fast Attack Bullet Seed.

Take a few snapshots during Community Day for a surprise!

Event-exclusive Timed Research will be available! By completing these Timed Research tasks, you’ll be able to earn Sinnoh Stones.

There’ll be a special one-time-purchase Roselia Community Day Box available for 1,280 PokéCoins, featuring an Elite Fast TM, four Incense, four Super Incubators, and 30 Ultra Balls.

For US$1 (or the equivalent pricing tier in your local currency), you’ll be able to access the Roselia Community Day–exclusive Special Research story, Stop and Smell the Roselia. Remember, Trainers—if you purchase a ticket for the Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto event by Wednesday, February 3, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. PST (GMT −8), you’ll get this Special Research story for free!
Budew will be hatching from 2 km Eggs.

Stay tuned for when tickets for the Stop and Smell the Roselia Special Research story go live! Tickets are nonrefundable (subject to applicable law and the exceptions set forth in the Terms of Service). Please note that this Special Research will not include an in-game medal.

Bonuses

1/4 Hatch Distance when Eggs are placed into an Incubator during the event period
Incense activated during the event will last for three hours

UK police take issue with Pokemon GO players not following pandemic lockdown restrictions

Pokemon GO to jail!

The Police force in Rochford, near Southend in the UK county of Essex, is quite annoyed with Pokemon GO players. The UK is currently under lockdown due to the pandemic, but some people feel like they can ignore the calls to stay at home in order to play Pokemon GO. This led to the police posting a message on social media about the issue, which they removed shortly thereafter. You can see the original message below.

Whilst patrolling, our community policing team have had cause to speak with a number of different men aged 30+ over the last week, who seemed to feel it is acceptable to attend certain public places within the district, to hunt Pokémon.

Honestly, yes, you did read that correctly.

If that happens to be someone you know, please remind them of the following information shared by our partners at Rochford District Council.

The Spotlight’s on Sinnoh with Pokémon GO’s Sinnoh Celebration

Time to celebrate!

Want an even deeper look at at Pokemon GO's Sinnoh celebration? Pokemon Co. has put together a new feature breaking down multiple aspects, and you can get in on the fun right now! Read the recap below.

Pokémon GO continues its celebration of the regions that make up the Pokémon universe with the Sinnoh Celebration—an event inspired by the region originally introduced in Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl. From Tuesday, January 12, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Sunday, January 17, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. local time pay homage to the region rich in myth by catching Pokémon originally discovered there and taking part in event-exclusive Field Research.

During the event, Turtwig, Chimchar, Piplup, Bidoof, Combee, Buizel, Drifloon, Glameow, Hippopotas, Skorupi, and Snover will be appearing more frequently in the wild. Lucky Trainers might encounter a Shiny Buizel.

Hatch a 5 km Egg during the event and you might find Kricketot, Budew, Bonsly, Hippopotas, or Croagunk. If you're extremely lucky, you might even hatch a Cranidos, a Shieldon, or a Bronzor.

Plenty of cool Pokémon will be showing up in raids, too. Gather friends and challenge Mega Charizard Y, Mega Blastoise, and Mega Abomasnow in Mega Raids. During the Sinnoh Celebration, you may encounter Shinx, Gible, Turtwig, Chimchar, Piplup, Buizel, Lumineon, Hippowdon, Toxicroak, and Lopunny in one-star and three-star raids, and Heatran in five-star raids.

Trainers that participate in Sinnoh Celebration Field Research can expect reward encounters with Pokémon like Turtwig, Chimchar, Piplup, Cranidos, Shieldon, and Buizel. And Trainers who catch Turtwig, Chimchar, Piplup, Cranidos, Shieldon, Combee, Buizel, Shadow Stunky, or Shadow Snover during the Sinnoh Celebration Challenge can receive a Magnetic Lure, Ultra Balls, and more.

Check back for information about Pokémon GO's celebration of the Hoenn region taking place January 19–24.

Celebrate the Kanto Region with Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto

Ready for a trip?

The next Pokemon GO ticketed event kicks off Feb. 20th, 2021, and it involves the Pokemon of the Kanto region. Need another recap on what else you can expect from this event? Check out the new press release below for even more details.

Celebrate one of the Pokémon world's most famous regions with Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto, a ticketed Pokémon GO event. You'll have the opportunity to collect the first 150 Pokémon discovered in Kanto—in a single day! The event will take place on Saturday, February 20, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. local time, and tickets are already available in the in-game shop for US$11.99 (or the equivalent in your local currency). If you purchase a ticket by Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. PST, you'll also receive access to a January Community Day Special Research story on January 16 and a February Community Day Special Research story on February 7.

In a nod to the games that originally introduced the Kanto region, Pokémon Red and Pokémon Green, Trainers participating in the event will begin by choosing either Red Version or Green Version. Different Pokémon will appear in the wild depending on the version you select, so you'll need to trade with friends in order to collect all 150 Pokémon included in the event. To help with this, the maximum trading range will be extended to 40 km for the duration of the event.

Depending on which version you choose, different Pokémon will be attracted to Incense. If you choose Red Version, Pokémon like Ekans, Oddish, Mankey, Growlithe, Scyther, and Electabuzz will be attracted to Incense. Plus, you'll be more likely to encounter a Shiny Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Pidgey, Ekans, Pikachu, Nidoran♀, Oddish, Diglett, Mankey, Growlithe, Ponyta, Shellder, Drowzee, Krabby, Hitmonlee, Lickitung, Scyther, Electabuzz, Eevee, Kabuto, or Dratini!

If you choose Green Version, Pokémon like Sandshrew, Vulpix, Meowth, Bellsprout, Magmar, and Pinsir will be attracted to Incense. Plus, you'll be more likely to encounter a Shiny Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Pidgey, Pikachu, Sandshrew, Nidoran♂, Vulpix, Meowth, Psyduck, Bellsprout, Geodude, Exeggcute, Hitmonchan, Koffing, Tangela, Horsea, Magmar, Pinsir, Eevee, Omanyte, or Dratini!

Plus, if you complete the Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto Special Research, you'll earn access to additional event-exclusive Special Research that rewards an encounter with Shiny Mew!

Even if you don't purchase a ticket for Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto, you'll still have the opportunity to catch some Pokémon first found in the Kanto region in the wild and in raids. During the event, Articuno that knows Hurricane, Zapdos that knows Thunder Shock, Moltres that knows Sky Attack, and Mewtwo that knows Psystrike will be appearing in five-star raids!

Enjoy the celebration!