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Pokemon GO raid boss change for Sept. 18th, 2020

Ready for a new challenge?

Pokemon GO's raid bosses have been changed once again. From now until Sept. 24th, 2020, Articuno is the 5 Star Raid Boss.
There are other raid bosses on the way as well.

Along with that, Mega Pidgeot is also now set to appear in Raids, and be able to Mega Evolve.

Battle Jessie and James before they leave Pokémon GO

Blasting off again

We’re getting word that Jessie and James are leaving Pokémon GO on Wednesday, September 30, and that they seem to be gearing up for one last wave of mischief before they go!

Date + Time

Tuesday, September 22, 2020, at 12:00 a.m. to Wednesday, September 30, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. local time

Features

The Meowth balloon featuring Jessie and James will be appearing more often than usual!
Be sure to share your findings (and victories!) with us on social media with #TeamGORocket.

Pokemon GO getting two more limited-time bundles

Bundle up, trainers

Pokemon GO is getting two more limited-time bundles. These bundles will feature three Remote Raid Passes for 1 PokéCoin, and you'll find them in the in-game shop. The bundles will available on the following dates.

Bundle 1: September 15th to September 19th
Bundle 2: September 21st to September 29th

Pokemon GO Battle League Season 4 now live

Enjoy, trainers!

As Season 3 of the GO Battle League finishes up, here’s a look at what you can expect for Season 4!

Season 3 rewards, Season 4 timeline, and what to expect

When Season 4 begins on Monday, September 14, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7), your end-of-season rewards for Season 3 will be available on the Battle screen, including an Elite Charged TM if you reached rank 7 or higher! Season 4 will follow a similar league rotation as Season 3, noted in the schedule below. These dates are tentative. Stay tuned—we’ll update you if anything changes.

The Great League will run from Monday, September 14, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, September 28, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7).

The Ultra League and its Premier Cup will run from Monday, September 28, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, October 12, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7). This Premier Cup will have a 2,500 CP limit.

The Master League and its Premier Cup will run from Monday, October 12, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, October 26, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7). This Premier Cup will have no CP limit.

The all-new Halloween Cup will run from Monday, October 26, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7) to Tuesday, November 3, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8). You can see more details about the Halloween Cup below.

All three leagues and the Premier Cup (no CP limit) will be available from Tuesday, November 3, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, November 9, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8).

Season 5 will begin Monday, November 9, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8).

You can look forward to the all-new Halloween Cup, which will run from Monday, October 26, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7) to Tuesday, November 3, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8). In this format, only Poison-, Ghost-, Bug-, Dark-, and Fairy-type Pokémon will be allowed. In addition, you can earn reward encounters with Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle, all wearing Halloween costumes! The Halloween Cup will have a 1,500 CP limit.

You can expect the following to stay the same in Season 4.

There will not be a walking requirement in order to battle in the GO Battle League.

The Friendship level requirement for battling remotely will remain at Good Friends throughout Season 4. Remember that you can scan another Trainer’s QR Code to battle them, no matter where they are.

The avatar items inspired by Pikachu Libre will continue to be rank 7 rewards.

The avatar items inspired by Blue from the Pokémon RPGs will continue to be rank 10 rewards.

The win rewards and Pokémon reward encounters will remain the same as Season 3. As a reminder, the Pokémon encounter rewards are as follows.

Pidgeot starting at rank 1
Galarian Zigzagoon starting at rank 4
Galarian Farfetch’d starting at rank 7
Rufflet starting at rank 8
Scraggy starting at rank 9
Pikachu Libre starting at rank 10

What’s new in Season 4?

There are some notable changes coming to the GO Battle League for Season 4.

Rank progression will be changing in Season 4. You can reach rank 2 by completing a certain number of battles, and you can reach ranks 3 through 9 by winning certain numbers of battles. You’ll still need to reach a rating of 3,000 to reach rank 10, similar to past GO Battle League seasons.

The end-of-season rewards will be similar to those in Season 3.

Stardust from rank 1 to rank 3
Stardust, TMs, and a Raid Pass from rank 4 to rank 10
If you reach rank 10, you’ll earn a brand-new avatar pose!
If you finish Season 4 at rank 7 or higher, you’ll receive an Elite Fast TM rather than an Elite Charged TM.

GO Battle Night

On Thursday, September 24, 2020, from 6:00 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. local time, you can experience the all-new Flying Cup during the limited-time GO Battle Night event!

Features

The Flying Cup will be available! In this format, only Flying-type Pokémon will be allowed, and the CP limit is 1,500.
You’ll be able to complete 20 sets of GO Battle League battles, up from the regular five sets, for a total of up to 100 battles.
You’ll receive twice the Stardust for winning battles, completing sets of battles, and ranking up in the GO Battle League.
Evolve Pidgeotto (the evolved form of Pidgey) during the event to get a Pidgeot that knows Gust!
The following new attack will be added to Pokémon GO.

Lunge: This Bug-type Charged Attack will lower the opposing Pokémon’s Attack. Initially when this attack becomes available, only Masquerain and Galvantula will be able to learn it.

The following attacks have been updated for Trainer Battles.

Bug Buzz: This Bug-type Charged Attack now has a chance of lowering the opposing Pokémon’s Defense.
Flame Charge: This Fire-type Charged Attack now deals less damage and will raise the user’s Attack.
Signal Beam: This Bug-type Charged Attack now has a chance of lowering the opposing Pokémon’s Attack and Defense.

Along with these updates to existing attacks, the following Pokémon can learn an attack it couldn’t before.

Vespiquen and Signal Beam: This powerful Bug-type attack is a perfect fit for a powerful Bug-type Pokémon like Vespiquen.
We’re also excited to give you a sneak peek at the next season. Season 5 will be shorter than previous seasons, at just three weeks long. Additionally, ratings won’t be in effect for this season: you’ll progress through the ranks by winning a certain number of battles. We hope to see Trainers try out new strategies, test different battle teams, and prepare for Season 6!

Pidgeot’s Mega Evolution and Mega Pidgeot raids heading to Pokemon GO on Sept. 18th, 2020

BIG news for Pidgeot

Niantic has announced another change for Pokemon GO, and it's coming on Sept. 18th, 2020. Trainers have officially unlocked Pidgeot’s Mega Evolution and Mega Pidgeot raids. Get ready to check out the action this Friday at 4 PM EDT.

Mega Evolve a Beedrill and Use It in Battle to Help Unlock Mega Houndoom in Pokemon GO

See what the buzz is all about

Mega Evolution has come to Pokémon GO, and you can hone your battle skills with your Mega-Evolved Pokémon during a special weeklong event. From Friday, September 11, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. to Thursday, September 17, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. local time, take part in Gym battles, Team GO Rocket battles, and Trainer Battles (excluding GO Battle League battles). If Trainers win 275 million of these battles before the event ends globally, they'll unlock Mega Raids featuring Mega Houndoom!

During the week, you'll also be able to enjoy a number of other bonuses. To start, the following Bug-type Pokémon will be appearing more frequently in the wild: Caterpie, Weedle, Paras, Venonat, Scyther, Pinsir, Ledyba, Spinarak, Wurmple, Kricketot, and Burmy. If you're lucky, you might even encounter a Shiny Ledyba!

More Bug-type encounters aren't all you can look forward to—there will also be raid- and battle-focused Timed Research available, and event-exclusive Field Research tasks can reward you with Mega Energy for your Venusaur, Charizard, Blastoise, or Beedrill! Remember that when you use Mega Beedrill in battles (excluding Raid Battles) during the event period, it'll receive a temporary CP boost, making it even more of a force to be reckoned with.

Finally, during this time, Pokémon that are weak to Bug-type attacks and Flying-type attacks will be appearing more often in raids. Team GO Rocket will also be using different Shadow Pokémon than before, so be sure to Mega Evolve Beedrill before you take it into battle!

Have fun catching Bug-type Pokémon and battling with Mega Beedrill during this event, Trainers!

Pokemon GO Mega Battle Challenge rolling out, Raid Bosses changed

The latest for Pokemon GO

Pokemon GO has seen a couple of content updates today. Check out details for each update below.

Mega Battle Challenge event

- starting to roll out in Asia Pacific Regions
- runs until September 17th
- features various spawns, and the addition of Shiny Ledyba & Ledian
- boost to Mega Beedrill in battles
- if players play in 27 million battles during the event, Mega Houndoom will start appearing in the game

Raid Bosses change

- from now until September 17th, Cresselia is the 5 Star Raid Boss

Pokemon GO now offering PokeStop Scan feature to trainers Level 20 and up

Travel the world and help other trainers!

Niantic has announced a change for Pokemon GO trainers. For those who are Level 20 and above, the PokeStop Scan feature is now available. The PokeStop Scan feature lets trainers help create a map of the world for all players to explore. You can read a recap of the feature here.

Pokemon GO Battle League Season 4 begins Monday, September 14th, 2020

Better start practicing now!

As Season 3 of the GO Battle League finishes up, here’s a look at what you can expect for Season 4!

Season 3 rewards, Season 4 timeline, and what to expect

When Season 4 begins on Monday, September 14, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7), your end-of-season rewards for Season 3 will be available on the Battle screen, including an Elite Charged TM if you reached rank 7 or higher! Season 4 will follow a similar league rotation as Season 3, noted in the schedule below. These dates are tentative. Stay tuned—we’ll update you if anything changes.

The Great League will run from Monday, September 14, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, September 28, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7).

The Ultra League and its Premier Cup will run from Monday, September 28, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, October 12, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7). This Premier Cup will have a 2,500 CP limit.

The Master League and its Premier Cup will run from Monday, October 12, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, October 26, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7). This Premier Cup will have no CP limit.

The all-new Halloween Cup will run from Monday, October 26, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7) to Tuesday, November 3, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8). You can see more details about the Halloween Cup below.

All three leagues and the Premier Cup (no CP limit) will be available from Tuesday, November 3, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, November 9, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8).

Season 5 will begin Monday, November 9, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8).

You can look forward to the all-new Halloween Cup, which will run from Monday, October 26, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7) to Tuesday, November 3, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8). In this format, only Poison-, Ghost-, Bug-, Dark-, and Fairy-type Pokémon will be allowed. In addition, you can earn reward encounters with Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle, all wearing Halloween costumes! The Halloween Cup will have a 1,500 CP limit.

You can expect the following to stay the same in Season 4.

There will not be a walking requirement in order to battle in the GO Battle League.

The Friendship level requirement for battling remotely will remain at Good Friends throughout Season 4. Remember that you can scan another Trainer’s QR Code to battle them, no matter where they are.

The avatar items inspired by Pikachu Libre will continue to be rank 7 rewards.

The avatar items inspired by Blue from the Pokémon RPGs will continue to be rank 10 rewards.

The win rewards and Pokémon reward encounters will remain the same as Season 3. As a reminder, the Pokémon encounter rewards are as follows.

Pidgeot starting at rank 1
Galarian Zigzagoon starting at rank 4
Galarian Farfetch’d starting at rank 7
Rufflet starting at rank 8
Scraggy starting at rank 9
Pikachu Libre starting at rank 10

What’s new in Season 4?

There are some notable changes coming to the GO Battle League for Season 4.

Rank progression will be changing in Season 4. You can reach rank 2 by completing a certain number of battles, and you can reach ranks 3 through 9 by winning certain numbers of battles. You’ll still need to reach a rating of 3,000 to reach rank 10, similar to past GO Battle League seasons.

The end-of-season rewards will be similar to those in Season 3.

Stardust from rank 1 to rank 3

Stardust, TMs, and a Raid Pass from rank 4 to rank 10

If you reach rank 10, you’ll earn a brand-new avatar pose!

If you finish Season 4 at rank 7 or higher, you’ll receive an Elite Fast TM rather than an Elite Charged TM.

GO Battle Night

On Thursday, September 24, 2020, from 6:00 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. local time, you can experience the all-new Flying Cup during the limited-time GO Battle Night event!

Features

The Flying Cup will be available! In this format, only Flying-type Pokémon will be allowed, and the CP limit is 1,500.

You’ll be able to complete 20 sets of GO Battle League battles, up from the regular five sets, for a total of up to 100 battles.

You’ll receive twice the Stardust for winning battles, completing sets of battles, and ranking up in the GO Battle League.

Evolve Pidgeotto (the evolved form of Pidgey) during the event to get a Pidgeot that knows Gust!

The following new attack will be added to Pokémon GO.

Lunge: This Bug-type Charged Attack will lower the opposing Pokémon’s Attack. Initially when this attack becomes available, only Masquerain and Galvantula will be able to learn it.

The following attacks have been updated for Trainer Battles.

Bug Buzz: This Bug-type Charged Attack now has a chance of lowering the opposing Pokémon’s Defense.

Flame Charge: This Fire-type Charged Attack now deals less damage and will raise the user’s Attack.

Signal Beam: This Bug-type Charged Attack now has a chance of lowering the opposing Pokémon’s Attack and Defense.

Along with these updates to existing attacks, the following Pokémon can learn an attack it couldn’t before.

Vespiquen and Signal Beam: This powerful Bug-type attack is a perfect fit for a powerful Bug-type Pokémon like Vespiquen.
We’re also excited to give you a sneak peek at the next season. Season 5 will be shorter than previous seasons, at just three weeks long. Additionally, ratings won’t be in effect for this season: you’ll progress through the ranks by winning a certain number of battles. We hope to see Trainers try out new strategies, test different battle teams, and prepare for Season 6!

Pokemon GO updated to Ver. 0.185.3 (Android) / Ver. 1.151.1 (iOS)

Pokemon GO has gotten another update, this time to Ver. 0.185.3 (Android) / Ver. 1.151.1 (iOS). This is yet another minor update, and the official patch notes only mention generic bug fixes as the only info. If there's more hiding in this update, we'll have to see if dataminers can dig it up.

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