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View globally ranked Pokemon GO Trainers with the GO Battle League leaderboard, and celebrate with GO Battle Day: Marill

Leader of the Pokemon pack

Ever wanted to see who’s at the top of their game in the GO Battle League? On Friday, April 10, 2020 (PDT), you’ll be able to with the launch of the GO Battle League leaderboard on PokemonGOLive.com! The leaderboard is launching just after the GO Battle League changes from Ultra League to Master League, giving you an opportunity to see where you and others might stand right after the GO Battle League switches to a new format.

Here’s what you can expect from the GO Battle League leaderboard.

It will show the top five hundred Trainers in the world and their Trainer nicknames, teams, ranks, ratings, and total matches.
Rankings are based on the previous day’s in-game ratings for Trainers rank 7 and up. The leaderboard is scheduled to update between approximately 8:00 p.m. UTC and 10:00 p.m. UTC every day. (Note that leaderboard updates may be delayed by things such as maintenance.)

Trainers with active disciplinary action or inappropriate Trainer nicknames will be excluded without prior notice.

Celebrate the launch of the GO Battle League leaderboards with GO Battle Day: Marill on Sunday, April 12, 2020! This brand-new event will feature Marill, the Aqua Mouse Pokémon, and activities related to the GO Battle League. This Water- and Fairy-type Pokémon evolves into Azumarill—a popular Pokémon in the Great League!

The more GO Battle League battles you win from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. local time during the event, the more chances you’ll have to encounter Marill! During this time frame, Marill will appear as a guaranteed Basic Reward after your first and third wins. Use a Premium Battle Pass, and Marill will appear after every win as a guaranteed Premium Reward! Trainers will also receive 2× Catch Stardust for catching Marill during this time period. Please note that the encounters that serve as rewards for ranking up, such as the Pikachu Libre encounter at rank 10, will stay the same.

In addition, all day on GO Battle Day: Marill (from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. local time), you’ll be able to complete 20 sets of GO Battle League battles, up from the regular 5 sets, for a total of up to 100 battles.

Stay tuned for more details on other in-game events happening in April! Be sure to follow us on social media, opt in to receive push notifications, and subscribe to our emails to stay updated.

Reminder: Spring into spring with Pokémon GO today

Spring ahead today

Spring has sprung for those of you in the northern hemisphere, and what better way to celebrate than with a springtime event! Buneary joins the celebration by wearing a flower crown, while egg- and spring-themed Pokémon are appearing more often in the wild! Pokémon Eggs just got eggs-tra special too, as Pichu and Togepi with flower crowns will be hatching from them.

We're continuing to prioritize Pokémon GO experiences that can be enjoyed in individual settings. You’ll receive 1/2 Hatch Distance when Eggs are placed into Incubators until further notice, so be sure to turn on Adventure Sync and make every step count.

Date + Time

From Thursday, April 9, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. to Thursday, April 16, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. local time

Features

The following Pokémon will be appearing more often in the wild: Exeggcute, Chansey, Mareep, Marill, and Torchic. If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny Exeggcute!
Buneary wearing flower crowns and Pikachu wearing flower hats will also be appearing in the wild! If you’re lucky, you might encounter Shiny ones, too!
The following Pokémon will be hatching more often from 2 km Eggs: Pichu wearing a flower crown, Togepi wearing a flower crown, Happiny, Munchlax, Tyrogue, Chingling, and Riolu.
All Eggs received from Gifts during the event will be 2 km Eggs.
There will be event-exclusive Field Research tasks that reward encounters with Alolan Exeggutor, Azumarill, and—if you’re extremely lucky—Audino!
A Togepi-themed bag and hoodie will be available in the in-game shop!

Bonuses

2× Hatch Candy
Lucky Eggs will last for one hour

And remember that as mentioned above, a 1/2 Hatch Distance bonus is ongoing until further notice—which means it will be applied during this event! Just make sure to place your Eggs into Incubators while the bonus is running.

Be sure to follow us on social media, opt in to receive push notifications, and subscribe to our emails to stay updated.

Niantic adds a new feature to Pokemon GO's Battle League

Never give up!

Niantic has been updating Pokemon GO like crazy, and they have yet another feature to reveal today. The latest update includes a new approach to the game's Battle League. If you lose all 5 matches in a set, you can continue playing in that same set until you win a match for up to 15 losses, after which you'll move to the next set.

Niantic sending out Pokemon GO virtual gift packages for those who can't visit PokeStops

A present for you!

Pokemon GO players are doing a lot of playing from home during self-quarantine, and Niantic is thrilled to see so many people doing their best to flatten the curve. That's why they want to reward players who are stuck at home, unable to visit real-life PokeStops.

If you happen to be one of those players, Niantic wants to send you a special virtual gift package for Pokemon GO. All you have to do is add them as a friend (9484-2295-3675), and they'll make sure you get one of their packages. You'll have 24 hours to open the package, so don't wait too long to see what you got!

For 1 PokéCoin in the Pokemon GO shop, you can get the following: Ultra Balls × 20, Pinap Berries × 15

Can't beat that deal!

The following changes have been made to Pokémon GO until further notice.

Rotating 1 PokéCoin bundles in the shop! New 1 PokéCoin bundles will be available in the shop each week as one-time purchases. The contents of these bundles change weekly, so be sure to get what is available each week. Right now, a new 1 PokéCoin bundle is available for you that contains the following.

Ultra Balls × 20

Pinap Berries × 15
You can access the above bundle from now until Monday, April 13, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7).

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Pokemon GO updated to Ver. 0.171.3 (Android) / Ver. 1.137.3 (iOS)

Pokemon GO has been updated to Ver. 0.171.3 (Android) / Ver. 1.137.3 (iOS). Unfortunately, we'll have to wait for dataminers to figure out what's in this patch, as no official patch notes were released. This update takes up 55 MB on Android and 287.5 MB on iOS.

Tips for Pokémon Masters’ Battle Villa, Pokémon GO’s GO Battle League, and More

Top tips for trainers

Thanks to mobile games like Pokémon Masters and Pokémon GO, you're never far from an exciting adventure in the world of Pokémon. If you haven't spent a lot of time with these titles, it may be time to give them a go. We understand that diving into a new game might be a lot to take in at first, but we have a collection of useful strategy guides filled with loads of useful tips and tricks that will set you on the path to victory. So whether you're hoping to strengthen your sync pairs for the Battle Villa or power up your Pokémon for the GO Battle League, check out these articles. Even if you've been playing these games for a while, you're bound to find some useful information in here!

Pokémon Masters

For those who are just starting out in Pokémon Masters, you'll definitely want to read our Pokémon Masters beginners' guide, which explains the concept of the Trainer/Pokémon partnership known as a sync pair. Of course, the guide is also crammed full of tips for leveling up and evolving your sync pairs as well as useful battle strategies. Once you've mastered the basics, check out our how-to for quickly and easily leveling up your sync pairs.

You'll want to get your team in tip-top shape in order to take on one of Pokémon Masters' more recent additions: the gauntlet-style Battle Villa. Fortunately, we have a guide that will prepare you for the Battle Villa. You'll learn the best sync pairs to bring, tips for battling bosses, the benefits of lucky skills, and more.

As Pokémon Masters continues to evolve, we'll continue providing useful strategies and updates. Check Pokemon.com frequently for the latest news about this exciting title.

Pokémon GO

Pokémon GO has been around for a while now, but it's always a good time to begin catching Pokémon in a real-world setting. One of the more thrilling aspects of Pokémon GO is its Raid Battles, in which you face off against powerful Pokémon—including Legendary Pokémon. These matches can prove challenging, though, so read our advice on powering up the Pokémon on your team before taking on these formidable battles.

The GO Battle League is a recent feature to Pokémon GO that lets Trainers engage in Trainer Battles against opponents from around the globe. It's also a fun way to earn in-game rewards. Before heading into battle, though, be sure to read our tips on getting started in the GO Battle League. This article will give you an overview of how the GO Battle League works, help you build a balanced team, and show you how you can increase your rewards.

Like Pokémon Masters, Pokémon GO is frequently updated with new special events and features. Pokemon.com will keep you informed of the latest details, and you can always read our other Pokémon GO strategy articles for all sorts of useful advice.

Other Great Pokémon Games

Of course, Pokémon Masters and Pokémon GO aren't the only Pokémon games available on mobile devices. You can experience all the fun and excitement of a Pokémon Trading Card Game match with Pokémon Trading Card Game Online, which is available to play on smart devices as well as PCs. If you collect Pokémon TCG cards, you can even redeem the Pokémon TCG Online codes found in many Pokémon TCG products to add to your Pokémon TCG Online collection.

For a more lighthearted Pokémon mobile game, don't miss the adorable Pokémon: Magikarp Jump. This delightful game has you feeding and training a series of Magikarp to help them learn to leap as high as they possibly can. Be sure to read up on the many failures of Magikarp to get some (slightly silly) insight as to what this game has to offer.

If you just want to kick back with your mobile device and watch a little something, you can grab the Pokémon TV mobile app, which gives you access to dozens of episodes of Pokémon the Series at no charge.

Have fun experiencing the many mobile Pokémon adventures, Trainers. And remember to keep checking Pokemon.com for the latest news about Pokémon Masters, Pokémon GO, and, well, just about everything Pokémon!

April Pokémon GO Spotlight Hours

Spotlight on fun!

Thank you for all your feedback on Pokémon Spotlight Hour and Mystery Bonus Hour. We’re continuing to test these minievents, and we’re happy to report that we’ll be combining them into one weekly event for the month of April. We wanted to provide some information on this combined event in advance so you can prepare.

For the month of April, Pokémon Spotlight Hour will take place every Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. local time, but this time around, both a Pokémon and a special bonus will be featured! For each Pokémon Spotlight Hour, you can expect a different Pokémon and bonus.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020: Purrloin will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the XP for catching Pokémon.
Tuesday, April 14, 2020: Magnemite will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the Candy for catching Pokémon.
Tuesday, April 21, 2020: Wobbuffet will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the Candy for transferring Pokémon.
Tuesday, April 28, 2020: Pidgey will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the XP for evolving Pokémon.

Please be aware of your surroundings when playing Pokémon GO. Upcoming events are subject to change. Be sure to follow us on social media, opt in to receiving push notifications, and subscribe to our emails to stay updated. Let’s GO!

Spring into Spring 2020 with Pokémon GO

Spring has sprung in Pokemon GO

Spring has sprung for those of you in the northern hemisphere, and what better way to celebrate than with a springtime event! Buneary joins the celebration by wearing a flower crown, while egg- and spring-themed Pokémon are appearing more often in the wild! Pokémon Eggs just got eggs-tra special too, as Pichu and Togepi with flower crowns will be hatching from them.

We're continuing to prioritize Pokémon GO experiences that can be enjoyed in individual settings. You’ll receive 1/2 Hatch Distance when Eggs are placed into Incubators until further notice, so be sure to turn on Adventure Sync and make every step count.

Date + Time

From Thursday, April 9, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. to Thursday, April 16, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. local time

Features

The following Pokémon will be appearing more often in the wild: Exeggcute, Chansey, Mareep, Marill, and Torchic. If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny Exeggcute!

Buneary wearing flower crowns and Pikachu wearing flower hats will also be appearing in the wild! If you’re lucky, you might encounter Shiny ones, too!

The following Pokémon will be hatching more often from 2 km Eggs: Pichu wearing a flower crown, Togepi wearing a flower crown, Happiny, Munchlax, Tyrogue, Chingling, and Riolu.

All Eggs received from Gifts during the event will be 2 km Eggs.

There will be event-exclusive Field Research tasks that reward encounters with Alolan Exeggutor, Azumarill, and—if you’re extremely lucky—Audino!

A Togepi-themed bag and hoodie will be available in the in-game shop!
Bonuses

2× Hatch Candy
Lucky Eggs will last for one hour

And remember that as mentioned above, a 1/2 Hatch Distance bonus is ongoing until further notice—which means it will be applied during this event! Just make sure to place your Eggs into Incubators while the bonus is running.

Be sure to follow us on social media, opt in to receive push notifications, and subscribe to our emails to stay updated.

Pokemon GO Community Note: Trainer Battle attack updates for Grass-type month

Your ass is grass

In celebration of Pokémon’s Grass-type month, we’d like to highlight some changes to Grass-type attacks and Grass-type Pokémon in Trainer Battles, along with a few other changes.

Updates to existing attacks in Pokémon GO

There have been updates to the following existing attacks in Pokémon GO.

Bullet Seed - This Grass-type Fast Attack now generates energy more quickly.

Energy Ball - This Grass-type Charged Attack now reaches full charge more quickly and has a chance of lowering the opponent’s Defense by one stage.

Leaf Tornado - This Grass-type Charged Attack now has a chance of decreasing your opponent’s Attack by one or two stages.

Ancient Power - The damage that this Rock-type Charged Attack deals has been decreased in Trainer Battles.

Silver Wind - The damage that this Bug-type Charged Attack deals has been decreased in Trainer Battles.

Ominous Wind - The damage that this Ghost-type Charged Attack deals has been decreased in Trainer Battles. It also reaches full charge less quickly.

These changes will make Ancient Power, Silver Wind, and Ominous Wind more strategically similar to other moves that affect stats but with higher risk for the higher reward offered by these moves.

Pokémon that can learn more attacks

The following Pokémon will be able to learn attacks they couldn’t before.

Bellossom: Bullet Seed - The combination of this Grass-type Fast Attack with Bellossom’s Grass-type Charged Attack Leaf Blade makes Bellossom a powerful option as a Grass-type lead.

Jumpluff: Aerial Ace - Pairing the Flying-type Charged Attack Aerial Ace with the Grass-type Fast Attack Bullet Seed allows Jumpluff to use Charged Attacks more quickly.

Ludicolo: Energy Ball - This attack reaches full charge faster than Solar Beam, giving the Carefree Pokémon access to a different Grass-type Charged Attack to use with different play styles. Energy Ball could pair well with Bubble, one of Ludicolo’s Fast Attacks!

Cradily: Bullet Seed - This Grass-type Fast Attack will charge up Cradily’s Charged Attacks faster.

Sunshine Form Cherrim: Fire-type Weather Ball - This Fire-type Charged Attack is fitting for a Pokémon that appears when it’s sunny out.

Tangrowth: Rock Slide - Tangrowth can continue having a dominating lead against Kyogre and Groudon in Master League while making the Flying-type Pokémon often used to counter it more dependent on Protect Shields.

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