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Last week, Niantic started to tease long-awaited PvP functionality in Pokemon GO. The company has followed up with official details, and has also announced that the feature launches this month.

Here’s the full breakdown:

Earlier today, Niantic gave a first tease of PvP in Pokemon GO. We now have first details on what the company is calling “Trainer Battles”.

Trainer Battles will introduce three Pokemon GO Trainer Battle Leagues: Great, Ultra, and Master. Trainers will have to choose a league before participating in these battles, with each league having different maximum Pokemon CP limits.

Player versus player battles has been one of Pokemon GO’s most-requested features since launch. Very soon, Niantic may finally be delivering on fans’ wishes.

Niantic has been posting a few different teases on the Pokemon GO Twitter account today, culminating with the image above. It gives us what appears to be our first look at PvP. While we don’t really have much in the way of details yet, hopefully we’ll be learning more soon.


A number of Legendary Pokemon will be featured as part of Pokemon GO’s December Field Research. When players complete a Research Breakthrough, they’ll be able to encounter one of six different Legendary Pokemon. Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Raikou, Entei, and Suicune will all be featured. Some of the most popular Field Research tasks from past months will also be offered by spinning Photo Discs at PokeStops.

In other news, Research Breakthroughs will continue to reward Shedinja until 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET on December 1. Players will need to collect seven stamps by completing Field Research tasks to make a Research Breakthrough, and can only earn one stamp each day.


Pokemon GO is celebrating Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu / Eevee with new content. Inspired by the Gym Leaders, avatar items based on Brock and Misty are now available. Players can find them in the Style Shop.


Niantic has gone live with the latest update for Pokemon GO. On iOS, the new version is 1.97.1. Android users can download version 0.129.1.

Today’s patch notes are as follows:

Niantic is celebrating the year that was Community Days in Pokemon GO with a new promotion. Next weekend, every Pokemon species from these events will appear again in the wild along with all of the featured moves. Special bonuses are also planned.

Below are the full details as to what Niantic has in store:

Pokemon GO players have a chance to catch a new Legendary Pokemon. The Psychic-type Cresselia has just joined the game today, and can be found in Raid Battles.

Cresselia will be live in Pokemon GO until December 18 at 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET.


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Developer Niantic has confirmed that the anticipated stat and CP rebalance that had previously been announced last month will be integrated into Pokemon GO later today at 4 PM ET.

It is expected that these changes will alter the CP of a given Pokemon through the buffing of both their Hit Points as well as Defense stats. This change has already been implemented with the Generation 4 Pokemon that have been added to the game, so the rebalance should only effect Pokemon from Generations 1 through 3.


Niantic has confirmed that spawns of Pokemon originally from the Kanto region will increase in Pokemon GO later this week as part of an event to celebrate the launch of Pokemon Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee!.

As part of these increased spawns, both Pikachu and Eevee will have increased encounter rates in-game. No other details have been confirmed at this time.


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