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The next Legendary Pokemon is beginning to appear in Pokemon GO. We’re starting to see the first reports of Moltres going out. You can encounter the Pokemon in Raid Battles.

Moltres will be available in Pokemon GO through August 7. Zapdos will follow between August 7 and August 14.


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In a new post added to the Pokemon GO website, Niantic confirms that some Pokemon GO Safari Zone events have been delayed in Europe. Two days in particular are affected: August 5 and August 12. The news impacts Copenhagen and Prague as well as Stockholm and Amsterdam.

These events will now be taking place sometime in the fall. Specific dates will be announced in the future. Other events remains on track.

Niantic noted:

Just when you thought that the Pokemon GO Fest disaster may finally be over, a new wrinkle gets thrown into the mix.

We’re hearing that close to two dozen attendees are filing suit against developer Niantic. In doing so, they are looking for travel reimbursement.

Attorney Thomas Zimmerman, who is representing Pokemon GO Fest attendee Jonathan Norton, said: “He paid to fly out [to Chicago] for the festival, and had to wait for several hours in line, just like most everybody else in order to get in.” Zimmerman added that after Norton made it in, he couldn’t catch rare Pokemon, despite what Niantic advertised. Although Niantic provided compensation in the form of full refunds, $100 of in-game credit, and Legendary Pokemon, Zimmerman notes that this isn’t enough since their travel expenses were much greater.

Zimmerman further stated:

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Pokemon GO Fest may not have been a success, but on the whole, the day itself brought in a whole lot of revenue for Niantic. New data from Sensor Tower indicates that the game saw its highest revenue in a day since last July.

GamesBeat notes that players spent roughly $5.8 million on July 23 on iOS. This is when Lugia and Articuno, the first Legendary Pokemon, were finally pushed out to players.

Sensor Tower adds that Pokemon GO is now number one in the App Store top-grossing chart in 23 countries, such as the United States.


The inaugural Pokemon GO Fest did not go well. Among the various issues were technical problems, which made it impossible for many attendees to play the game and participate in events for most of the day.

Over on the Niantic blog, CEO John Hanke commented on the situation in detail. Hanke ultimately said that technical issues “caused client crashes and interfered with gameplay for some users.” Hanke also pointed to an “oversaturation of the mobile data networks of some network providers” as well as network congestion, making it so some players couldn’t connect to the internet.

Pokemon GO Fest wasn’t a complete wash. Hanke did note how many people played together once issues were finally ironed out, and fans continued well into the night and throughout Sunday. Players in downtown Chicago participated in more than 69,000 Raid Battles and captured more than 7.7 million Pokemon, including more than 440,000 Legendary Pokemon. Trainers worldwide also participated in 4.6 million Raid Battles and caught more than 500 million Pokemon, including more than 1.9 million Legendary Pokemon.

Finally, Hanke confirmed distributions for the next Legendary Pokemon, Moltres and Zapdos. The former will be available between July 31 and August 7, while the latter is planned between August 8 and August 14. Also keep in mind that Articuno will only be offered through July 31.

Read Hanke’s full message below.

The Pokemon GO Fest global rewards was actually supposed to end yesterday, but it looks like it has been extended for another 72 hours. These rewards include an increase in stardust, candy, experience, spawn rate, as well as reduced distances for both buddy and egg distances.


The first Pokemon GO Fest didn’t exactly go as Niantic and the fans had planned. The event suffered from a few issues, including long lines just to get in and the game itself being down due to server issues.

Understandably, Niantic itself was disappointed in how things went. A spokesperson even said that the company was “horrified with the results.”

The representative stated:

“Obviously they can’t completely make it up to all the people who have come out to Chicago today, but they want to extend the fact that they’re extremely apologetic and unhappy with the process and the results. So hopefully this is something that we will never see replicated again, learn from this and move on.

Just know that the staff here are pretty horrified with the results, so they want to make good as fast as possible. I’m super sorry guys, I’m really sorry especially for everyone who travelled international, East Coast, from all over. So this clearly was not what we were hoping for today. Thanks for your patience.”

Before Pokemon GO Fest ended, Niantic attempted to provide some compensation to attendees. Tickets were refunded, and players were given $100 in PokeCoins.


The first Legendary Pokemon have finally arrived in Pokemon GO. Lugia and Articuno have been pushed out, both of which can be found in Raid Battles. Check out some footage of the Pokemon below.

We won’t have to wait long for the second Legendary Pokemon in Pokemon GO. While we knew that Articuno would be going out soon, Niantic has confirmed that it will be showing up alongside Lugia immediately. That’s because Team Mystic beat out Team Instinct and Team Valor in catching Pokemon at Pokemon GO Fest earlier today.

As for Zapdos and Moltres, Niantic hasn’t forgotten about them. Both “will also make their way into the real world soon, so stay tuned for more information.”

Lastly, the following rewards will last until Monday at 5 PM PT / 8 PM ET.

Double Stardust
Double Candy
Double XP
Increased Pokémon encounters
Reduced hatching distance
Reduced buddy distance


The first Pokemon GO Fest has concluded. To say that the event had a few hiccups would probably be an understatement. Most prominently, attendees experienced technical issues for many hours, making it so they were unable to play the game.

Niantic has since issued a statement about the situation. The company apologized to all Trainers who came out for Pokemon GO Fest, and admitted that they “were not able to offer every attendee a great experience” despite eventually fixing “many of the technical issues”. Niantic also recapped how the company is attempting to provide some sort of compensation.

The full statement is as follows:

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