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Niantic is ringing in Thanksgiving week with the first-ever Global Catch Challenge for Pokemon GO. Starting November 20, players will be tasked with catching 3 billion Pokemon.

Every player catching Pokemon over the next week will be involved with the goal. By hitting different milestones, new rewards can be unlocked. Obviously the biggest rewards are tied to three billion Pokemon caught.

Players will have until November 26 to catch 3 billion Pokemon.

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This week, it was revealed that Pokemon GO developer Niantic is creating a new mobile game Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. That means the studio is involved with three different on-going titles between that project, Pokemon GO, and Ingress.

Despite taking on Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, Niantic doesn’t intend to abandon Pokemon GO. The company said in a statement that the team is still “100% committed” to the game. Additionally, the Pokemon GO team is looking to expand, and we’ll be hearing about “upcoming improvements to certain features” next week.

Two more Legendary Pokemon could be made available in Pokemon GO soon. Full 3D models have been found for both Ho-Oh and Celebi following some datamining. This even includes a shiny form for Ho-Oh.

It’s not yet known when Ho-Oh and Celebi will be officially released in Pokemon GO. But since this data already exists, we could be seeing them very soon.

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Niantic is rolling out another update for Pokemon GO. Very soon, players on iOS will be able to download version 1.51.1. It’s version 0.81.1 for Android users.

The new Pokemon GO update addresses the following:

– Resolved a bug that prevented Trainers from powering up Pokémon to their max CP.
– Resolved a bug that caused Trainers’ contributions to reset when rejoining a Raid Battle.
– Various bug fixes and performance updates.

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The locations of three Legendary Pokemon have shifted. In the Americas, players can get their hands on Suicune. Meanwhile, Europe has access to Raikou while Asia can capture Entei.

Note that this shift will last until November 30.

Good news for Pokemon GO players. Niantic has pledged to improve the game’s EX Raid Battles feature, with the company tweeting out the following today:


EX Raid Battles began in a beta state last month. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been received terribly well.

As Polygon notes, EX Raid Battles requires players to be regular participants in the co-op gym feature, they tend to be tied to specific locations, and some legendary Pokemon such as Mewtwo could only be obtained this way. The necessary Premium Raid pass invitations were sent out on a random basis, and some players who only won a single standard Raid battle won the Premium Raid pass whereas those who regularly battled high-level Pokemon at a variety of gyms would leave empty handed.

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Pokemon GO’s new Halloween event kicked off earlier today, and some of the first Pokemon from Gen III were introduced. Take a look at some footage below.

As you’ll see in the video, the music here is from Lavender Town – but with a new twist.

Pokemon GO’s latest update went live this week. It was primarily intended to get the game ready for Gen III Pokemon, but it also included a new anti-cheating measure aimed at those using “spoofing” apps.

Unfortunately for Niantic, things did not go as planned. Players quickly managed to bypass the anti-cheating measure. When we say quickly, we mean quickly. It took under an hour for the method to be defeated, prompting Niantic to disable it entirely.

How will Niantic respond from here? The company will likely try its best to continue going after those it deems are cheaters. At least thus far, Niantic is having a very difficult time on that front.

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Following several leaks, Niantic has officially confirmed what’s planned for Pokemon GO to celebrate Halloween.

Sableye, Banette, and a few other Ghost-type Pokemon originally discovered in the Hoenn region will be appearing for the first time ever in Pokemon GO. Additionally, the rest of the Pokemon that were from Pokemon Ruby and Pokemon Sapphire will appear as early as December.

With the third generation of Pokémon seemingly close to debuting, dataminers Members of The Silph Road have shared code that includes the gender ratios of all third-generation Pokémon, Polygon reports.

Essentially, the gender ratio is mostly identical to the traditional games’ numbers; however, two glaring oversights have been found concerning legendary dragon Pokémon Latios and Latias. Specifically, exclusively male Latios and female counterpart Latias have had their genders flipped in Pokémon Go’s code.

Somehow, Niantic swapped this defining detail within Pokémon Go’s code. Based on what The Silph Road community dug up, Pokémon Go’s Latios is 100 percent female, while Latias is 100 percent male. That probably won’t have any bearing on gameplay — these two Pokémon can’t breed, in-game or in general — but for fans who know their Pokémon biology inside and out, it’s kind of a shocking switch.

We assume this will be fixed before the update goes live.

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