The Pokemon GO City Spotlight has wrapped, and brings with it a city competition winner. Want to see who ended up victorious in the end? Check out the full recap of the event in the press release below.
Our first-ever Pokémon GO City Spotlight has wrapped! We hope Trainers in participating cities enjoyed their time exploring with their Buddy Pokémon and discovering new locations while remaining socially distant. We also hope Trainers took the opportunity to support local businesses.
Thousands of Trainers in Auckland, New Zealand; Busan, South Korea; and Tainan, Taiwan participated in City Spotlight. Here’s a peek at what they were able to do in just eight hours.
Trainers caught nearly 3.58 million Pokémon.
Trainers completed over 415,000 Timed Research tasks.
Trainers took over 792,000 snapshots while completing the Timed Research tasks.
Trainers completed over 34,000 AR Mapping tasks.
Trainers earned 669,000 hearts with their Buddy Pokémon.
Trainers each walked nearly 11 kilometers on average.
Trainers did a great job completing AR Mapping tasks in their cities. The scans created during these tasks will help us introduce exciting, new features in the future, and we’re grateful for the continued support in our work to create cutting-edge experiences in Pokémon GO.
The city-versus-city AR Mapping competition was exhilarating. We’re excited to announce that Trainers in Tainan, Taiwan won the competition and earned the bonus event! Congratulations! From Saturday, November 28, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. to Sunday, November 29, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. local time, Trainers in Tainan, Taiwan will benefit from a one-quarter Hatch Distance bonus.
Thanks again to all the Trainers who joined us for City Spotlight. We look forward to hosting more Pokémon GO experiences in the future.
Nintendo Co., Ltd., Creatures Inc., and Game Freak Inc. have applied for a new trademark in Japan. The trademark is for the term "VSTAR," and it's tied to the Toy category. More specifically, it is related to “game equipment”, “board games”, “playing cards”, “toys”, and 20 other similar applications. We'll have to hang tight for more info before we see what this trademark is actually used for.
Pokemon GO always has something new going on, and players around the world have some exciting things to get in on. For those in Asian Pacific regions, the Lake Legends event is rolling out. From now until Nov. 30th, 2020, trainers will get increased lake-themed spawns, and raids featuring Azelf, Uxie and Mesprit.
Along with that, the GO Battle League Season 5 has now shifted to the Catch Cup format. This allows for Pokémon caught since November 9th, 2020, and they can have a max CP of 1500. This format will run for one week until November 30th, 2020.
There has been another shift in the Pokemon Sword and Shield Wild Area Event. Following the special Equinox event, the Max Raid Battle Event has reverted back to the Bug and Poison-type. From now until November 30th, 2020, Bug or Poison-type Pokémon including Gigantamax Butterfree and Garbodor are in Max Raid Battles.
It wouldn't be Thanksgiving Day without the Pikachu balloon being part of the big parade! Pikachu is once again returning to float down the streets, and you can get full details on his appearance below.
Don't miss the famous Pikachu soaring among the skyscrapers of Manhattan in the 2020 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade®! The parade will be held in New York City on Thanksgiving Day, November 26. It's the 20th consecutive time that the Pikachu balloon will proudly take its place in this prestigious parade. You can watch the spectacle on NBC and Telemundo from 9 a.m.–12 p.m. in all time zones.
Look for the iconic Pokémon to appear holding a snowman Pikachu and wearing a scarf in preparation for the cold weather! And be sure to catch a special troupe of dancing Pikachu in the parade. Tune in to find out why they're making a special appearance this year.
Have a happy Thanksgiving with Pikachu and the 2020 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Just in case you forgot, the Magmar Community Day is now live in Pokemon GO. You can get a refresher on what's taking place for the event below.
Date + Time
Saturday, November 21, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. local time
Magmar will be appearing more frequently in the wild. If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!
Evolve Magmar during the event or up to two hours afterward to get a Magmortar that knows Thunderbolt.
Take a few snapshots during Community Day for a surprise!
There’ll be a special one-time-purchase Magmar Community Day Box available for 1,280 PokéCoins, featuring an Elite Charged TM, three Super Incubators, three Lucky Eggs, and 30 Ultra Balls.
Event-exclusive Timed Research and Field Research tasks will be available! By completing Timed Research tasks, you’ll be able to earn Sinnoh Stones and other items.
For US$1 (or the equivalent pricing tier in your local currency), you’ll be able to access the Magmar Community Day–exclusive Special Research story, No Match for Magmar.
Magby will be hatching from 2 km Eggs.
Stay tuned for when tickets for the No Match for Magmar 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.
1/4 Hatch Distance for Eggs placed in Incubators during the event.
Incense activated during the event will last for three hours.
All week long, Pokemon Co. has been sharing interviews with the team that put together the Pokemon: Twilight Wings animated series. We've heard from the composer, screenwriter, and illustrator on the series, and today we get some insight from the series' director and assistant director. Check out the full interview here.