Pokemon GO creates friendships around campus

For the past month, the Pokemon legend, Entei has taken over Cal Poly Pomona via the mobile app Pokemon GO. The game has captivated the hearts of many Broncos that have gathered together at specific locations around campus.

Pokemon GO fans have been seen in groups near the engineering building, the Bronco Village and in front of the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences building.

Trainers of all tenure relay messages from Facebook and Discrod to coordinate team objectives to populate and raid battles to beat the strong and rare Raid Pokemon.

The mobile game begins at a particular time and location, but the game makes it easy to identify where legends are generated.

The hunt for legendary Pokemon has trainers, staff and students all on a journey to complete the Pokedex.

Cindy Peters, a senior communications specialist at CPP, enjoys answering the calls to go capture the legendary Pokemon because she gets to go out and meet interesting people around campus.

“Playing the game is a great way to get some exercise and meet people in the community,” said Peters, who continues to play even without her son.

Pokemon GO has united trainers from all around the world, including Japan, Germany, France, Canada, Italy and the United Kingdom.

Special event Pikachu, shiny Magikarp, Johto-dex and rotating legendary Pokemon have revived a seemingly dead mobile game.  

Michael Ngo, a fourth-year biology student, has a 100 percent perfect individual value, with 31 legendary Pokemon in his stock. That is nearly impossible to achieve. 

Special EX-Raid passes are issued at Starbucks and gym locations to random trainers who participate in specific raid battles. 

Here are some tips provided by successful Pokemon GO trainers:

  • When battling legendary Pokemon, aim for a “great” shot because the “excellent” does not work.
  • Ngo, like most trainers, is excited for the arrival of Suicune next month and urges new players to link up with high level players to generate points necessary to encounter Suicune.
  • Mass amounts of Pidgey evolution points are also important when leveling up quickly.
  • Early on in the game, conserve stardust, lucky eggs and rare candies for greater utility later.
  • While Entei will be leaving to another part of the world, and Raikou doesn’t look to be coming back anytime soon, trainers advise players to build a strong team worthy of having a legend in their arsenal.

Pokemon continues to be an inspiration for the CPP community, as many embark on their own adventure to network and develop friendships around campus. 

Russia tried to use Pokemon Go to stoke racial tensions in the US

Russia’s meddling in U.S. politics and society ahead of the 2016 presidential election keeps getting weirder.

The Kremlin-backed campaign of so-called fake news employed targeted Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google ads to sow division and exacerbate political and racial tensions in the country.

While the tech giants like Facebook, Twitter and Google will be dragged before a Senate and House Intelligence Committee next month for their role in spreading the material, we’re still learning the extent of Russia’s subversive campaign.

A new report by CNN shows Russia even used the previously popular smartphone game Pokemon Go to carry out its insidious agenda.

One Russian-linked campaign posed as part of the Black Lives Matter movement and was titled “Don’t Shoot Us”.

The Don’t Shoot Us YouTube page, which is simply titled “Don’t Shoot,” contains more than 200 videos which all link back to a donotshoot.us website.

The investigation found the website was linked to a Tumblr account which promoted a contest encouraging readers to play Pokemon Go. It specifically encouraged them to play the game at sites where police shootings of black men and alleged incidents of police brutality had occurred.

Users were instructed to give their Pokemon names that corresponded with those of the victims, CNN reported.

A post promoting the contest showed a Pokemon named “Eric Garner” who was the African-American man who died after being put in a chokehold by a New York policeman.

 

 

It’s unclear how many people, if any, actually participated in the challenge (which promised Amazon gift cards to the winners) or exactly what the promotion hoped to accomplish.

But it appears it was one of the more bizarre ploys by Russia to stoke division by promoting protests against police mistreatment of African-Americans while simultaneously spreading fear about the movement to other social media users.

The Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts belonging to the Don’t Shoot Us group are currently suspended.

Pokemon Go news: SECRET Halloween 2017 update as fans prepare for Gen 3 launch | Gaming | Entertainment

Niantic recently launched an update from Pokemon Go that didn’t include many highlights in the patch notes.

In fact, the only thing listed by Niantic that had changed in version 0.79.2 for Android and 1.49.2 for iOS was this:

“Various bug fixes and performance updates.”

However, since dataminers took the time to look at things a little closely, we now know there’s a lot more than just that.

For instance, we now know that the Pokemon Go Halloween 2017 event will include the first Gen 3 Pocket Monsters.

It seems likely that they will be the initial wave of Pokemon added to the game through Generation 3, with the rest likely to follow.

This would be similar to how Gen 2 baby Pokemon were the first to arrive, followed by over 70+ more.

It took another two months before we saw the rest show up, and that would mean a launch around Christmas Day for Gen 3.

When it comes to the big Pokemon Go Halloween launch, Niantic have yet to confirm when it will arrive.

Last year’s Pokemon Go Halloween spookfest kicked off on October 26th and ended on November 1.

It seems Niantic could follow the same dates for in 2017, although no announcement has been made so far.

As mentioned above, the new Pokemon Go Halloween event looks set to only include Ghost and Dark-type Pocket Monsters.

Gen 3 Ghost Types include Shuppet, Banette, Mega Banette, Duskull and Dusclops, which is a nice selection for a limited time event.

Here’s more from the team at the Pokemon Go Hub on the subject, including a new badge being found, among other bug fixes.

Pokemon Go dataminers have been keeping track of Gen 3 code popping up in the game’s master files over the past few months.

The last piece that was missing were the audio files required to make Pocket Monster cries, which have now been added.

A new Badge entry was also discovered in reference to the Gen 3 Pokédex entries, as well as a brand new Halloween 2017 loading screen.

The loading screen is the biggest confirmation of a Gen 3 launch around Halloween, as it shows new Pokemon being part of the event.

There was also new support for in-game night time Halloween music, which could only add to the spooky fun.

Dataminers did caution that new moves and abilities are still required, but that seem likely to be added in a small update before the launch of the Halloween event.

Pokemon Go Datamine Reveals Ruby, Sapphire Pokemon Coming Soon


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Dusclops, Shuppet, Banette, Duskull, and Sableye are on the way.

A datamine of a new update has revealed that Pokemon from generation three are coming soon to Pokemon Go.

According to fan community The Silph Road, Pokemon Go update 0.79.2 (which was rolled out today by developer Niantic) includes a new loading screen featuring generation three Pokemon Dusclops, Shuppet, Banette, Duskull, and Sableye.

The update also adds sound files for the generation three Pokedex up to #386, as well as a badge to reward players for catching Pokemon from generation three, new music, various bug fixes, and more. The Silph Road founder dronpes posted the full list of changes on Reddit.

Pokemon Go's new Halloween background, datamined by The Silph Road

Pokemon Go’s new Halloween loading screen, datamined by The Silph Road

The third generation of Pokemon was introduced along with the Hoenn region in Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire, which originally came to Game Boy Advance in Japan in 2002 and the West in 2003.

For now, today’s information is only from a datamine and hasn’t been officially confirmed by Niantic. However, a recent Halloween-themed Pokemon Company blog post hinted at “catching new Pokemon to fill out our Pokedex” in reference to Pokemon Go, so evidence is mounting that a Halloween event including new Pokemon is indeed coming soon.

Last year, Niantic held a Pokemon Go Halloween event that offered double candy and increased spawns for Ghost-type Pokemon. The first hint at generation two Pokemon in Pokemon Go came from a datamined update in 2016 more than a month ahead of the first generation two Pokemon appearing in the game.

For generation two, seven baby Pokemon (and one evolution) were added to the game in December 2016, followed by the nearly complete release of generation two in early 2017. For now, it’s unclear if generation three will follow a similar staggered release or if they’ll be added to Pokemon Go all at once.

Pokemon Go most recently added Mewtwo and the three Johto legendary beasts, but still has not released the entirety of generation one or two. Pokemon currently still missing from the game include Mew, Smeargle, Delibird, Ho-Oh, and Celebi.

Andrew is IGN’s executive editor of news and currently has 243 Pokemon caught / 244 seen in his Pokedex. You can find him rambling about Persona and cute animals on Twitter.


Pokemon Go Gen 3 release CONFIRMED: Halloween 2017 event news reveals launch plans | Gaming | Entertainment

For those who might not have known, there has been a growing stack of evidence that suggests a Pokemon Go Gen 3 release was set to launch around Halloween.

We first received an update from the Pokemon Company, talking about how Pokemon Halloween 2017 could include “new” Pocket Monsters to catch.

Then there was the recent interview with Niantic CEO, John Hanke, who confirmed that the Pokemon Go Gen 3 launch was the company’s next big project.

And now more news has been revealed via the latest Pokemon Go update.

Dataminers have already found plenty of evidence that Niantic were planning a Gen 3 launch soon.

And now it seems it’s all but confirmed that the upcoming Halloween event will provide the launchpad.

Earlier updates made to Pokemon Go secretly included Gen 3 data that would be needed for the launch.

The only thing missing was the audio files, which have now been confirmed as part of the latest patch for the game.

But something more important has also been found, the wallpaper for the upcoming Pokemon Go Halloween event includes Gen 3 Pocket Monsters.

It should be noted that the new Pokemon Go Halloween event looks set to only include Ghost and Dark-type Pocket Monsters.

Gen 3 Ghost Types include Shuppet, Banette, Mega Banette, Duskull and Dusclops, which is a nice selection for a limited time event.

Here’s more from the team at the Pokemon Go Hub on the subject, including a new badge being found, among other bug fixes.

“It’s happening – we now have almost all of the required Generation III files in the APK! We’ve done a quick data mine and our suspicions were confirmed: Gen III Pokémon audio clips are now in the APK, but more importantly… Gen III is coming this Halloween,” the PoGo team explain.

“As a bonus, a new Badge entry was added in reference to the Gen 3 Pokédex entries, a brand new Halloween 2017 loading screen and support for in-game night time Halloween music were added. 

“You can see screenshots of the code and the wallpaper below. And yes, Gen III is coming for Halloween, as featured in the new loading screen.

“We don’t want to overhype this release, but there is only one thing that’s missing before Gen III can be fully released: new moves/abilities. All of the other static assets are in there, which leaves us at a tipping point.

“As far as other changes go, there are huge chunks of code changed left and right, almost exclusively as bug fixes but also as new debugging and tracing tools. It seems that Pokémon GO is maturing as a platform more and more.”

Last year’s Pokemon Go Halloween spookfest kicked off on October 26th and ended on November 1.

It seems Niantic could follow the same dates for in 2017, although no announcement has been made so far.

Stephen Colbert Addresses Russian Pokemon Go Election Controversy

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As per his usual style of social commentary, Colbert had plenty of fuel for his jokes when combining U.S. politics and Pokemon Go.

He began by taking a shot at Pokemon Go itself, referring to it as a game that’s been forgotten since last year, before moving onto Russia itself. From there, he moved onto a particularly lewd joke about President Trump and the innocent Squirtle, a joke that’s surely been made before but perhaps not yet in the context of this topic.

Of course, he also took a jab at Hillary Clinton and her campaign efforts as well as her questionable reference to Pokemon Go in an attempt to appeal to younger voters, so everyone was still fair game during Colbert’s latest segment.

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Pokemon Go – Niantic gives fans new reason to play that DOESN’T involve catching Pokemon | Gaming | Entertainment

Pokemon Go fans have just been given a new reason to play the Niantic app – and it doesn’t involve catching Pokemon.

Niantic has launched an AR photography competition for Pokemon Go fans.

The competition, which runs until October 25, tasks players with snapping the best AR images and posting them on Instagram.

“We’re challenging you to snap epic Pokemon Go AR photos and post them on Instagram using the hashtag #PokemonGOcontest,” reads a Niantic blog post.

“If your AR photo is selected as one of the top 10 submissions, you’ll win a Pokemon Go Prize Pack containing a Pokemon Go Plus, a poster autographed by the Pokemon Go team, and wireless Bluetooth earbuds.

“You only have until October 25 to submit your best AR photo, so go on an adventure, take a photo, and share it with us on Instagram!”

It should keep fans busy until the release of Gen 3 Pokemon, the best of which can be found in the gallery below…

Fans have already discovered Gen 3 Pokemon in the game files, while a new update suggests that everything is in place for an imminent release.

In fact, the only thing missing are the sound files needed to replicate the new Pokemon.

And Niantic CEO John Hanke has dropped a big hint about the Gen 3 release date, revealing that new Pokemon would be the next big update.

“There is a lot of Pokemon that have not yet been launched,” Hanke said.

“So I think the next secret weapon will be launch of the next Pokemon generation. I hope the players will soon see them.”

A recent Pokemon Company statement suggested that spooky new gen 3 Pokemon would join the app at Halloween.

“The Halloween season is a special time in Pokemon Go,” the post reads.

“Plenty of good stuff is coming to the game later this October, and we can’t wait to get out and about to see what sort of excitement we can scare up while catching new Pokemon to fill out our Pokedex.”

Gen 3 Ghost Types include Shuppet, Banette, Mega Banette, Duskull and Dusclops, which is a nice selection for a limited time Halloween event.

How to Prepare for Gen 3 in Pokemon Go

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A new wave of Pokemon is coming to Pokemon Go, which means some big changes to the game. While some Pokemon will be more valuable than ever, others won’t be as important as new and more powerful Pokemon replace them in gyms and on Raid teams. And while we don’t know when Gen 3 will be added to the game, it’s never too early to get the right Pokemon powered up.

So which Pokemon should players power up to prepare for Gen 3? And what Pokemon will probably get left behind? Here’s a look at some of the Pokemon that will be most affected by the next generation of Pokemon in Pokemon Go:

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Must Haves

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While Gen 3 will bring over 130 new Pokemon to the game, there’s a few Pokemon that will remain pretty high in terms of the Pokemon Go hierarchy. For instance, Tyranitar will remain just as important in Pokemon Go‘s metagame. While there’s a ton of new Dark-Type Pokemon coming into the game, none have the bulk or power of Tyranitar.

Other Pokemon that will become even more valuable in Pokemon Go are Zapdos and Raikou. There are a TON of Water-Type Pokemon coming into the game, and there aren’t any Pokemon that will be more effective in stopping this flood than these two Legendary Pokemon. 

Although Mewtwo will no longer be the top attacker in Pokemon Go (that is, unless the game’s developers nerf Rayquaza and Deoxys’s stats before they become Raid Bosses,) it’ll still be an elite level attacker that you’ll want to keep powering up….if you have it, that is. 

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Still Important

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Some powerful Pokemon that currently rule the roost in Pokemon Go may soon have some viable Gen 3 viables. For instance, Dragonite won’t be quite as important once Salamance arrives with its superior Attack and Stamina stats. Although Dragonite has a slightly higher CP, some players might prefer Salamance as a gym attacker…especially if it has a superior moveset.

Another Pokemon that could be impacted by the upcoming wave is Machamp. Currently, Machamp is arguably the most important gym attacker in the game, as its powerful Fighting-Type moves can easily beat defenders like Blissey and Snorlax. However, two new Fighting-Type Pokemon (Breloom and Blaziken) are both coming that will have Attack stats higher than Machamp. Machamp still maintains the edge in overall CP, so some players will probably still prefer Machamp over these new Pokemon.

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Sorry, Ice-Types

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Ice-Type Pokemon like Lapras and Cloyster have seen their usage drop over time, especially since gyms can’t be loaded up with multiple Dragonite anymore. Although they maintained some usefulness in fighting Dragonite and Flying-Type, their remaining niche usefulness will probably be coming to an end once Gen 3 arrives. 

Pokemon Go is finally getting a viable Fairy-Type attacker (Gardevoir) that should be a real Dragon-Type killer. Plus, there’s several other new Dragon-Type Pokemon with much higher attacks that should be more effective to use against other Dragon-Types than an underpowered Ice-Type Pokemon.

So, if you’re thinking about powering up a Lapras or an Articuno, save your Stardust for another Pokemon project! 

Pokemon Go UPDATE – Niantic has BAD NEWS about the PvP release date | Gaming | Entertainment

Pokemon Go developer Niantic has good news and bad news for PvP fans.

Pokemon Go users have been waiting for player-vs-player multiplayer battles since the game launched last year.

The good news is that Niantic is definitely working on the feature, but the bad news is that it could be a long time before we see it.

That’s according to Niantic CEO John Hanke, who recently gave Taiwanese magazine Business Weekly an update about PvP.

Hanke said that the company was still “planning to develop a new battle mode”, but the release date wouldn’t land until sometime in 2018 (via Comicbook).

Interestingly, the company seems more concerned with releasing an in-app communication tool to help fans communicate with each other.

This would make it easier to organise groups to tackle local Raids.

Hanke also dropped a big hint about Gen 3 Pokemon, the best of which can be found below…

“There is a lot of Pokemon that have not yet been launched,” Hanke continued.

“So I think the next secret weapon will be launch of the next Pokemon generation. I hope the players will soon see them.”

Fans have already discovered Gen 3 Pokemon in the game files, while a new update suggests that everything is in place for an imminent release.

In fact, the only thing missing are the sound files needed to replicate the new Pokemon.

A recent Pokemon Company statement suggested that spooky new gen 3 Pokemon would join the app at Halloween.

“The Halloween season is a special time in Pokemon Go,” the post reads.

“Plenty of good stuff is coming to the game later this October, and we can’t wait to get out and about to see what sort of excitement we can scare up while catching new Pokemon to fill out our Pokedex.”

Gen 3 Ghost Types include Shuppet, Banette, Mega Banette, Duskull and Dusclops, which is a nice selection for a limited time Halloween event.

Pokemon GO Raid Beat Solo Using Six Xatu

YouTuber and avid Pokemon GO player DrAwesomeBlox has been trying to complete a solo raid with his team of Xatus for awhile now. After a couple of failed attempts, he has finally achieved his goal, completing a Machamp raid solo using six of the psychic/flying-type Pokemon Xatu.

For most players, it’s unrealistic to beat a raid solo in Pokemon GO, especially against a higher-tier raid Pokemon like Machamp. However, DrAwesomeBlox did just that, and with a rather unorthodox team. While Xatu isn’t one of the best Pokemon to take into raids, it’s worth noting that DrAwesomeBlox’s Pokemon of choice is super effective against the fighting-type Pokemon Machamp.

Even so, DrAwesomeBlox’s feat is impressive, to say the least. Many Pokemon GO players struggle to put together raid groups competent enough to have any success at the higher-tier raids, with some players in rural areas completely out of luck. But DrAwesomeBlox has proven that completing the more challenging Pokemon GO raids is possible solo, though players will need to spend an absurd amount of stardust to get Pokemon powerful enough to get the job done.

According to DrAwesomeBlox, he spent nearly 650,000 stardust leveling his Xatu to be powerful enough to take down Machamp. Luckily, DrAwesomeBlox was able to collect this stardust during the game’s recent fall equinox event, which doubled the amount of stardust players earned in the game.

Overall, it seems as though DrAwesomeBlox’s efforts were worth it. He was able to defeat Machamp with a mere two seconds left on the clock, and then managed to catch the rare Pokemon in his first attempt with a perfect throw. Granted, he could have went with one of the more powerful Pokemon in the game to make it easier, but then it wouldn’t have been quite as entertaining.

Any Pokemon GO player that has struggled with raids since they were introduced this past summer will likely be impressed by DrAwesomeBlox’s feat. It is drawing a lot more attention to his small YouTube channel than he’s used to, and it will be interesting to see if he tries to top this to retain some of his new viewers. Perhaps DrAwesomeBlox will try his hand at completing a legendary raid with his Xatu team next.

Pokemon GO is available now for iOS and Android mobile devices.