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Niantic have announced that Pokémon GO will be receiving a leaderboard for its Battle League PvP mode tomorrow, along with an event centred around Marill titled ‘GO Battle Day: Marill’ taking place on Sunday, April 12th 2020.

The blog post on the official Pokémon Go website states:

Niantic has announced a new Spring 2020 event for Pokemon GO.

It’ll include Buneary with a flower crown, and you’ll be able to more frequently encounter egg- and spring-themed Pokemon. Pokemon Eggs can hatch Pichu and Togepi with flower crowns. Additionally, Field Research tasks are planned that include encounters with Alolan Exeggutor, Azumarill, and Audino.

There will be a couple of bonuses as well. These include 2x Hatch Candy and Lucky Eggs lasting for one hour.

Below are the full details on the Spring 2020 Pokemon GO event:

Pokemon GO has been implementing changes over the past couple of weeks so that players can more easily experience the mobile game at home. Developer Niantic is continuing its efforts, and today outlined more plans that will be implemented “in the coming days and weeks”.

One of the major changes on the way involves Raid Battles. In the future, you’ll be able to participate straight from home. Niantic also says that Pokemon GO Fest will be reworked for in-house play, Adventure Sync will be improved “so it works even better with indoor movement and activities,” and you’ll be able to virtually visit your favorite real-world places.

Here’s the full message from Niantic CEO John Hanke:

Many people are electing to stay home more now than they ever have before due to the coronavirus pandemic. Pokemon GO, a game known for its popularity based on real world activity and socializing, hasn’t actually been affected despite that.

According to Sensor Tower, Pokemon GO generated $23 million in player spending during the week of March 16. It’s a 66.7 percent increase week-over-week. Players in the United States account for 34 percent of the total. During the week, they spent $7.8 million on the mobile title.

Pokemon GO has implemented many changes as of late knowing that its users have been staying indoors. The approach has thus far proven successful.

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Niantic has shared a bunch of news about Pokemon Go today. The developer has detailed a new Today View feature, confirmed that Lugia Week has been cancelled, and outlined more changes that have been made in light of the coronavirus.

Here’s the full rundown:

Niantic has announced that the Abundance Pokemon Lanorus will be debuting soon in Pokemon GO. The creature, a Ground- and Flying-type Legendary Pokemon, will be appearing in GO Battle League and five-star raids.

Below are the full details:

Pokemon GO’s reputation was originally built upon the idea of going outside, moving about, and interacting with others. Unfortunately, the coronavirus is making these types of interactions almost impossible. In response to the pandemic, Niantic is implementing temporary changes in mechanics.

A representative told Polygon that Niantic is “prioritizing updates to Pokémon GO features and experiences that can be enjoyed in individual settings.” Habitats will be increased, allowing players to see more monsters nearby while playing closer to home.

Niantic has announced that the latest Pokemon GO Community Day featuring Abra has been postponed. Though not stated explicitly, it’s clear that the move was made due to the coronavirus.

The latest Pokemon GO Community Day was originally scheduled for March 15. A new date / window has not yet been announced.

Here’s the full announcement from Niantic:

Niantic has announced that the Paleozoic Pokemon Genesect is on the way to Pokemon GO. The creature will be appearing as part of a Special Research event starting March 20.

Players will be able to purchase a ticket for $7.99, which provides access to the event, the ability to encounter Genesect, and more. Those who prefer to keep their experience free will be able to find Genesect in EX Raids beginning in April.

Below are the full details from Niantic:

A new update is starting to roll out for Pokemon GO. It should gradually become available in all countries and on both Android and iOS over the course of the day. This update brings the game up to version 0.169.0 on Android and 1.135.0 on iOS. You will need 50MB of free space on Android and 287.5MB of free space on iOS to install it. No official patch notes are available at this point.

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