Mew, Umbreon, Togepi, Rayquaza, and Toxtricity Bear Walker Boards now available on Pokemon Center website

Pokemon GO Mega Buddy Challenge event kicking off, Meowth balloons appearing more often

More fun for trainers

Two more tidbits of news for Pokemon GO players to make note of today. First up, the Mega Buddy Challenge event is now starting to roll out globally. This event runs until Sept. 28th, 2020 and features various spawns, along with the addition of Shiny Doduo and Dodrio. There is also special Timed Research, and if you complete it, you'll get access to research during Halloween for Mega Gengar.

The next bit of info is tied to the Meowth balloon featuring Jessie & James. This balloon will now appear more often from Rocket Balloons. You'll have from now until September 30th to take advantage of the increased appearances. After that, they will no longer appear/

Pokemon the Movie: Coco getting an official companion podcast

A behind-the-scenes look at the film

The Pokemon Co. has announced that there will be an official companion podcast for Pokemon the Movie: Coco. This podcast is going to be hosted by Hisanori Yoshida, and it will feature behind-the-scenes details and secrets on the upcoming movie. The first episode is scheduled for Friday, October 9th, and the second comes October 16th, 2020. Guests slated for the podcast includes the movie’s director, Tetsuo Yajima, and longtime Pokémon voice actress, Shoko Nakagawa.

Have fun with the Longchamp x Pokémon collaboration, arriving soon in stores and in Pokémon GO!

Oh so stylish!

In celebration of the exciting accessories coming out of the collaboration between The Pokémon Company and Longchamp Paris, as well as the beginning of Paris Fashion Week, we’re proud to announce that a new avatar backpack accessory item will be available in Pokémon GO. That’s not all—some fashionable Pokémon will be appearing in the wild, challenging Trainers in raids, and hatching from Eggs, too!

Date + Time

Friday, October 2, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. to Thursday, October 8, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7)


Special Pokémon wearing costumes will be appearing during the event!

Smoochum that hatch from 7 km Eggs during this time will appear wearing a bow!

Kirlia wearing a top hat will be appearing in raids! They’ll also know the move Draining Kiss.

Shinx wearing a top hat will be appearing in raids!

Croagunk wearing a backwards cap will appear in GO Snapshot as a surprise encounter! They may also rarely appear in the wild.

The following Pokémon will be appearing in the wild: Mareep, Skitty, Roselia, Kricketot, Croagunk wearing a backward cap, Blitzle, Cottonee, Minccino, Gothita, and more!

If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny Kricketot!

Enjoy exclusive Field Research for the duration of the event.

Dress up for fashion week—in person and in-game! Be sure to head to the shop for a free Longchamp avatar item in Pokémon GO. Then, you can match with your Trainer avatar by picking up the same Longchamp item in stores. For more information on availability, please visit the official Longchamp website.

It’s time for you and your Pokémon to show the world your style. Let’s GO!

Pokemon Sword and Shield Max Raid Battle Event update for Sept. 21st, 2020

Grass and Electric types return

The Pokemon Sword and Shield Max Raid Battle Event has been updated once again. Now Max Raid Battle Events have reverted back to Electric and Grass-types. From now until September 30th, 2020, Grass or Electric-type Pokémon including Gigantamax Flapple, Appletun and Toxtricity will appear in Max Raid Battles.

Reminder: Porygon Pokemon GO Community Day starts today

Porygon did nothing wrong

Thanks for all your efforts campaigning and voting for the Pokémon you wanted to be featured in the September and October Community Day events. We’re thrilled to announce that Porygon, the Virtual Pokémon, will be the featured Pokémon this month! Maybe it was programmed to be popular! More details about September Community Day can be found below, and stay tuned for more information on October Community Day.

Date + Time

Sunday, September 20, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. local time


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

Evolve Porygon2 (the evolved form of Porygon) during the event or up to two hours afterward to get a Porygon-Z that knows Tri Attack. This will be the first time this attack will be available in Pokémon GO. In Trainer Battles, Tri Attack has a chance of lowering the opposing Pokémon’s Attack and Defense.

Take a few snapshots during Community Day for a surprise!

There’ll be a special one-time-purchase September Community Day Box available for 1,280 PokéCoins, featuring an Elite Fast TM, three Incense, six Lucky Eggs, and 30 Ultra Balls.

For US$1 (or the equivalent pricing tier in your local currency), you’ll be able to access the September Community Day–exclusive Special Research story, Decoding Porygon. Work alongside Professor Willow as he learns all about Porygon—a Pokémon made completely out of programming code—and its subsequent Evolutions. Stay tuned for when tickets for the Decoding Porygon 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.


3× Catch XP
Incense activated during the event will last for three hours.
Earn items needed to evolve Porygon and Porygon2!

Leading up to and during September Community Day, be on the lookout for the following opportunities to earn the items needed to evolve Porygon and Porygon2.

During the Mega Battle Challenge event week from Friday, September 11, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. to Thursday, September 17, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. local time, all Trainers can earn an Upgrade and a Sinnoh Stone by completing the event’s Timed Research.
On September 20, all Trainers can earn up to three Upgrades and three Sinnoh Stones by completing Timed Research tasks.
Trainers who purchase a ticket for the September Community Day–exclusive Special Research story, Decoding Porygon, can earn an Upgrade and a Sinnoh Stone by completing that Special Research.

Let’s GO, Porygon fans!

Pokemon Waku Waku Birthday Gift service getting revamped

Let the celebrations continue!

The Pokemon Company has announced that their Waku Waku Birthday Gift Service offered at Pokemon Center locations in Japan is about to get a makeover. The current service is set to end on Oct. 31st, 2020, but don't fret. A new service is kicking off the very next day. Details on what this service has to offer will be shared in the near future.

Pokemon Center Osaka DX celebrates its first anniversary with a new window display

Celebrating in style

Pokemon Center Osaka DX has been around for one year already! To celebrate the anniversary, the store has put together a special window display. This display features two massive Pikachu busts, along with a crowd of smaller Pikachu plush.

Pokemon GO updated to Ver. 0.187.1 (Android) / Ver. 1.153.1 (iOS)

Pokemon GO has been updated to Ver. 0.187.1 (Android) / Ver. 1.153.1 (iOS). Check out the patch notes below.

- Mega Evolution has made its way to the world of Pokémon GO! Defeat Mega-Evolved Pokémon in raids to earn Mega Energy!
- Reality Blending has rolled out to more devices! With Reality Blending, Pokémon will be able to move behind objects, either partially or completely, while AR features are activated.
- Personalize Gifts you send to friends! Check out the in-game store for new stickers you can send with Gifts.

Pikachu Sweets locations reveal new Eevee drink and drink sleeve

Eevee gets some love

The Pokemon Cafe has revealed something new for their Pikachu Sweets locations. Available from Oct. to Dec. 4th, 2020, customers will be able purchase a new Eevee-themed Apple Pie Frappe for 700 yen, as well as an ‘Eevee Face Drink Sleeve’ for 550 yen.


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