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Taiwan's 70-year-old Pokemon GO fan evolves his rig again, now has 67 phones on his bike

You go, Chen!

Chen San Yuan, the 70-year-old Pokemon GO superfan in Taiwan, just can't get enough of the game. He keeps adding more and more phones to his rig, and now he's running 67 different phones at once! Chen San Yuan was spotted playing Pokemon GO at a special event taking during the Taiwan Lantern Festival.

Pikachu Libre avatar items also heading to Pokemon GO

Live out your luchador dreams

The other day, we posted up about Pikachu Libre making her way to Pokemon GO via the Pokemon GO Battle League: Season 1.
Turns out there's even more content to be excited about, as Season 1 participants will also have a chance to grab some Pikachu Libre avatar items!

Catch Pokémon First Found in the Sinnoh Region—Including Gible, Shiny Riolu, and Shiny Hippopotas—in Pokémon GO

Sinnoh-a-GO-go

A Sinnoh celebration is coming to Pokémon GO! Yes, in a weekend-long event that will help you fill out your Pokédex, the spotlight will shine on Pokémon first found in the Sinnoh region. From Friday, February 7, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. until Monday, February 10, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. in your local time zone, Pokémon originally discovered in the Sinnoh region will appear more frequently in the wild, and if you're lucky, you might even encounter a Shiny Riolu or a Shiny Hippopotas.

During the event, Pokémon first found in the Sinnoh region will also be appearing in Raid Battles. Pokémon like Shinx, Combee, Buizel, Cherubi, Bronzor, Gible, Riolu, Hippopotas, and more will be hatching from 7 km Eggs. This event will also feature special Field Research tasks that will reward you with Stardust, a Sinnoh Stone, or an encounter with a Pokémon originally discovered in the Sinnoh region.

There will also be a couple of bonuses active during the event. Glacial Lure Modules, Mossy Lure Modules, and Magnetic Lure Modules activated during the event will last for an hour, and when you open a Gift, you might receive two Eggs!

Have fun celebrating the many Pokémon that were originally discovered in the Sinnoh region, Trainers!

Pokemon GO updated to Ver. 0.165.1 (Android) / Ver. 1.131.1 (iOS)

Pokemon GO has been updated to Ver. 0.165.1 (Android) / Ver. 1.131.1 (iOS). Check out the patch notes below.

In this update, we’re excited to announce more changes focusing on Trainer Battles! Over the next couple of weeks, you’ll see some changes in Pokémon GO’s various combat systems. We’re excited to see the teams you build with these changes, Trainers. Stay tuned, as we’ll be sharing more updates like these in the future. Good luck on the battlefield!

Pikachu Libre heading to Pokemon GO

Booyaka!

Niantic has confirmed that Pikachu Libre is making her way to Pokemon GO. There's a bit of a catch though. Only players who participate in the upcoming Season 1 of Pokemon GO's Battle League will be able to get Pikachu Libre. If you really want the Pokemon, now you know what to do!

Pokémon Day 2020 event announced for Pokémon Go, featuring Raid Day with Nidorino and Gengar in party hats

Trainers,

Did you know? Pokémon Day happens every year on February 27 because that’s when the first Pokémon video games were launched in Japan in 1996! In celebration of #PokemonDay, we invite you to take part in a very special event.

What’s more, Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution will be arriving on Netflix on February 27! To commemorate this special movie release, Armored Mewtwo will be returning to Pokémon GO, accompanied by some of the Clone Pokémon seen in the movie!

Pokémon Day celebration event

Date + Time
Tuesday, February 25, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, March 2, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8)

Features
- Some Pokémon are here to party! Keep a lookout for Pikachu and Eevee wearing party hats appearing in the wild. Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle sporting the same festive look will be hatching from 7 km Eggs. There’s a chance that any of these partying Pokémon could be Shiny, too!
- Armored Mewtwo strikes back in five-star raids! Not only is Armored Mewtwo in Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution, but it will be returning to raids as well with the special Charged Attack Psystrike.
- Remember Clone Pokémon? Well, some are coming to Pokémon GO! In celebration of the Pokémon Day launch of Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution on Netflix, special Clone Pokémon—including Venusaur, Charizard, and Blastoise—will appear in four-star raids. Be sure to use #GOsnapshot during the event, too—Clone Pikachu might appear in your photo, and you might be able to catch it!

Bonuses
- Trainers will be able to do up to two special trades a day. For more information on what a special trade is, please see this help center article.

Raid Day featuring Nidorino and Gengar wearing party hats!

Date + Time
Sunday, March 1, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. local time

Features

- Nidorino wearing party hats will be appearing in two-star raids.
- Gengar that know Lick and Psychic and are wearing party hats will be appearing in four-star raids.
- If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny Nidorino or a Shiny Gengar wearing a party hat!
- You can receive up to five Raid Passes at no cost during the event by spinning Photo Discs at Gyms. You cannot hold more than one of these Raid Passes at once, and they will not be available after the event ends.

Get ready to GO and celebrate Pokémon together! Thanks for being a part of this journey with us! We’re excited to see what comes next in the following year.

—The Pokémon GO team

Tornadus Pokémon GO Raid Battle Tips

Get ready for a serious fight

Trainers recently had the opportunity to catch a trio of Legendary Pokémon originally discovered in the Unova region—Cobalion, Terrakion, and Virizion—but still many more Legendary Pokémon hail from Unova. Starting on February 4, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST, it will be Incarnate Forme Tornadus's turn to appear in Pokémon GO Raid Battles. The Cyclone Pokémon will be available only until February 25, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST, so make sure to catch one before it's too late.

If you aren't sure how best to tackle Tornadus, we have some tips to make sure you aren't left twisting in the wind. The Premier Balls you earn when defeating Tornadus will be the only Poké Balls you can use to catch it, so it's crucial to be prepared. Maximize your chances by helping your team take over the Gym before the raid starts, battling alongside your friends, and picking Pokémon that will perform well in battle. Be sure to learn how to train Pokémon in Pokémon GO to get your team up to speed, and then read on for more about Tornadus.

Check out the full feature here

New Shadow Pokémon—Like Vulpix, Raikou, Mawile, and Beldum—Join Pokémon GO

Watch your backs, trainers

Team GO Rocket have captured more Shadow Pokémon in Pokémon GO, and it's up to you to stop them, Trainers! When you challenge Team GO Rocket Grunts at discolored PokéStops, there's a chance they'll have Shadow Pokémon like Vulpix, Ninetales, Exeggcute, Exeggutor, Omanyte, Omastar, Misdreavus, Carvanha, and Sharpedo on their team. Team GO Rocket Leaders might have Pinsir, Mawile, and Beldum. And if you're up to the challenge, face off against Giovanni and the Legendary Shadow Pokémon Raikou!

Once you defeat the villains, you'll have the chance to catch one of their abandoned Shadow Pokémon. You can then choose to purify the poor Shadow Pokémon after you add it to your team.

It's up to you to save these neglected Pokémon, Trainers. Good luck!

Ryhorn is the featured Pokémon for Pokemon GO's February Community Day

Ryhorn time!

Thank you for all your efforts campaigning and voting for the Pokémon you wanted featured on February Community Day. We are pleased to announce that the winner is...

Rhyhorn!

Don’t forget! During Community Day, you can evolve Rhyhorn into Rhyperior for the exclusive attack Rock Wrecker. And if you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny Rhyhorn!

Congrats to everyone who voted for this Pokémon! The Community Day featuring the winning Pokémon will take place on Saturday, February 22, 2020. The featured bonus will be 3× Catch Stardust. Per an earlier update, Community Day for Trainers in the northern hemisphere will run from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. local time, while in the southern hemisphere, it will run from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. local time.

Thank you for taking part in this new kind of event. We’ll be evaluating this ongoing experiment and taking any insights into account for the next Community Day.

Have fun during Community Day!

Pokemon GO Minccino Limited Research event now live

Get out there and do some research!

In celebration of the Year of the Rat, Minccino, the Chinchilla Pokémon, will be appearing in Pokémon GO for a special Limited Research event. Professor Willow has also uncovered that Minccino can evolve into Cinccino through use of a Unova Stone!

Date + Time

Sunday, February 2, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. local time

Features

Field Research: Minccino Limited Research tasks will allow you to encounter Minccino.
Pokémon that fit the theme of the Year of the Rat will be appearing more frequently in the wild. Look out for Rattata, Raticate, Pikachu, Sandshrew, Nidoran♀, Nidoran♂, Sentret, Marill, Zigzagoon, Plusle, Minun, Bidoof, and Patrat.
Minccino in 5 km Eggs: Minccino will be hatching more frequently from 5 km Eggs. After the event ends, Minccino will continue to be available in 5 km Eggs.
Shiny Minccino will be available! If you’re lucky, you might encounter one!

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