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Pokemon GO is hosting the next round of Professor Willow’s Global Challenge this weekend. The event starts July 14, and lasts through July 15.

The challenge involves meeting the requirements during Pokemon GO Fest in Chicago. If each area achieves its respective goals, Candy-related bonuses will unlock starting July 16. This includes bonuses for catching Pokemon and participating in Raid Battles. Trainers can also unlock a bonus to reduce the distance needed to hatch Eggs.

Assuming all goals are reached, players will be able to receive up to five free Raid passes when they spin a Photo Disc at a Gym during Zapdos Day. On July 21, Zapdos will be appear in Raid Battles around the world for a three-hour period. All Zapdos here will know the Fast Attack Thundershock, and there’s a chance you’ll encounter a shiny version.

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Pokemon GO still has many new Pokemon to add. During a live stream last night, Chrales showed off a number of upcoming creatures uncovered by digging through the game’s code.

Here’s a look at the full set with regular and shiny forms:

With Pokemon GO celebrating its second anniversary, Sensor Tower is taking a closer look at the game’s performance. The biggest stat is that revenue has surpassed $1.8 billion. Pokemon GO crossed the $1 billion threshold in January 2017.

Players worldwide continue to spend more than $2 million per day on the mobile title. Most revenue is from the US and Japan, where the two countries account for 34 and 28 percent of revenue respectively. Germany, Great Britain, and Taiwan stand at 5 percent, 4 percent, and 3 percent of revenue respectively.

Two years have passed since the global phenomenon Pokémon GO launched, and Niantic have announced a couple of additions to the game for this milestone. 

Pikachu and Pichu will appear more frequently tomorrow (July 6) until the end of the month, and a special “Summer Style” Pikachu can be obtained, complete with a straw hat and sunglasses. Additionally, Pikachu Fan Avatar items will be available for purchase for trainers with a gold Pikachu Fan medal.

The team also hinted at Celebi being available globally in the near future, but no additional details were given there.

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In a recent issue of Famitsu, the Japanese magazine published a pretty lengthy interview with Pokemon president Tsunekazu Ishihara. Ishihara had plenty to say about Pokemon: Let’s Go: Pikachu and Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee as well as the 2019 entry, the Poke Ball Plus, Pokemon GO, and more.

We’ve gone ahead and prepared a full translation of Famitsu’s interview. Read the full discussion with Ishihara below.

Some of Pokemon GO’s features and content updates are putting the mobile game back on the map. According to market analysis firm SuperData Research, the title had its largest player base last month since summer 2016.

Pokemon GO generated another $104 million in May. It’s a 174% increase year-over-year.

In general terms, Pokemon GO was the fourth highest-earning mobile title worldwide last month. Honour of Kings, QQ Speed, and Fantasy Westward Journey took the top three slots. Pokemon GO was the top non-Chinese mobile game of the month.

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Another Alolan Pokemon has been spotted in the wild for Pokemon GO. If you’re out exploring with the game, you may come across Alolan Rattata (and therefore Alolan Raticate as well). We’re hearing reports that the Pokemon is live in various parts of the world.

Players seem to be surprised that Alolan Rattata is here. Niantic hasn’t officially announced its arrival, but you can nevertheless add it to your collection.

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Yesterday, Pokémon GO introduced friends, gifting, and trading systems for level 30 to 40 players. Now, the friend and social features will be available for all Trainer levels, and trading can be unlocked at level 10. The drop was expected, as a similar situation occurred when Raids first launched for players between levels 38 and 40.

Trading in Pokémon GO works much differently from their main series counterparts. You will have to level up your friendship with somebody to trade Legendary or other Pokémon. Additionally, you will have to be in a certain proximity to that person to engage the trade.

Most recently, Niantic introduced Alolan Pokémon to the game through wild encounters and gifted eggs, giving players an additional array of monsters to catch before the remainder of the Generation 3 Pokémon are released.


Alolan Exeggutor was added to Pokemon GO in late May, with its event wrapping up by early June. The Pokemon disappeared at the time, but has since returned. Alolan Exeggutor can be found freely roaming in the wild.

Some Pokemon GO players are saying that Alolan forms with regular Kanto pre-evolutions can be seen in the wild, hence this creature’s return. Other Alola variants are hidden inside Pokemon Eggs, but since fully-evolved Pokemon don’t hatch from Eggs, they could be out in the wild instead.

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Pokemon GO has added a new Legendary Pokemon. Starting today, Regice can be found in Raid Battles worldwide. The Pokemon will be live until July 19.

Regirock and Registeel are also planned for Pokemon GO. Both should be rolled out in subsequent weeks.

Side note: Solrock and Lunatone have now switched regions to commemorate the Solstice.

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