Pokemon Go Ex Raid Battle update – Niantic extends Legendary Mewtwo beta test | Gaming | Entertainment

Pokemon Go fans hoping to take part in Ex Raid Battles could receive an invite this weekend.

According to Forbes, Niantic is sending out another wave of invites this weekend, giving fans another chance to catch Mewtwo.

Niantic also appears to be expanding the scope of Ex Raid Battles, as Trainers have reportedly starting seeing Ex Raids in locations like Sprint and now Starbucks.

“If you didn’t get a chance to capture Mewtwo in Pokémon GO last weekend, you might – might – be getting another chance soon,” the post reads.

“There is apparently another wave of invites going out this weekend, though the actual scope remains a bit hard to figure out. 

“At the moment, we still seem to be seeing a heavy focus on sponsored stops, presumably in an effort to give those sponsors a little more return on their reportedly high-priced contracts.

“Last week, it was all about Sprint, but now things seemed to have expanded to Starbucks, which multiple users are reporting seeing on their EX Raids.”

Ex Raid Battles are exclusive Raids available only to players with an invite.

Invites are sent out 24 hours in advance, and players only have a limited time to defeat can capture Mewtwo.

Then there’s the small matter of capturing Mewtwo if you’re successful in defeating the Legendary Pokemon.

Mewtwo is said to have a 6% capture rate, which makes those Premier Poke Balls extremely valuable.

A Pokemon Company spokesperson recently told Bloomberg that Niantic isn’t even close to being finished with Pokemon Go.

In addition to Gen 3 Pokemon and Ex Raid Battles involving Legendaries like Mewtwo, Niantic is also working on player-vs-player combat and trading.

That’s according to Pokemon Company CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara, who said: “We’ve only accomplished 10% of what Pokemon and Niantic are trying to do.

“So going forward we will have to include fundamental Pokemon experiences such as Pokemon trading and peer-to-peer battles, and other possibilities.”

Pokemon Go NEWS – Niantic update adds FREE item that TRANSFORMS your Trainer | Gaming | Entertainment

Pokemon Go fans will soon receive a new wardrobe item that will transform Trainers.

As part of an imminent Niantic update, Pokemon Go fans will receive the free Global Goals T-shirt.

The new item will be released in a bid to raise awareness of the Global Goals initiative for Sustainable Development.

“In September 2015, 193 world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development, which set out to end extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030,” reads a Niantic statement.

“Earlier this year, we announced a set of Pokemon GO game locations in collaboration with Global Goals during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

“Each of these 17 PokeStops represented the individual Global Goals, shedding light on the causes that they stand for and on our mission to foster discovery around the world.”

The next step for Niantic is the release of the Global Goals T-shirt.

“Soon, we’ll be adding an all-new avatar item to your wardrobe–the Global Goals shirt,” the statement continues.

“This free shirt gives you and the millions of Trainers around the world the opportunity to stand with us as we look to show our support for initiatives that make the world a better place like the Global Goals.

“We hope everyone will join us in having their avatar wear the Global Goals shirt proudly to show their support and spread awareness for these critically important Goals.”

The news comes as Pokemon Go prepares to benefit from the release of new AR technology in the upcoming range of iPhones.

The cameras on the iPhone 8 Plus are said to have been custom tuned for AR.

But despite the improvements to AR, Niantic boss and Pokemon Go creator John Hanke still thinks the technology is limited.

In fact, Hanke thinks that AR glasses are the future of augmented reality.

“Glasses are coming,” he said. “They are hard and it will take a while but we will get them and once we do, we won’t go back.”

“Imagine buildings, offices, homes, cities and transportation with live, dynamic interfaces customized to you and what you want to do.

“The billions of dollars a year that we spend on physical signs, directories, schedules, and all of the other ‘UI’ that we need to navigate the physical world won’t be needed and will be replaced with digital overlays with far greater functionality.

“And yes, colourful animated creatures can inhabit our backyards and parks, waiting to be discovered.”

Pokemon Go NEWS – Halloween 2017 event, Legendary update, Niantic reveals future of AR | Gaming | Entertainment

Pokemon Go fans can expect another Halloween event for 2017.

The Pokemon Go Halloween celebration was one of the first in-game events to be introduced to the Niantic app last year.

And according to Slashgear sources, the Halloween event will return in October 2017.

Last year’s Halloween event saw an increase in Ghost Type Pokemon like Ghastly, Haunter, and Gengar.

As the report points out, these three Pokemon are likely to be joined by Gen 2 Pokemon Misdreavus.

The site also suggests that Dark Pokemon will see increased spawn rates during the event, but why stop there?

Multiple Ghost Type Pokemon made their debut in Gen 3 (see the gallery below), which makes Halloween the perfect time to introduce a selection of brand new Pokemon to the game.

Pokemon Go is about to be transformed thanks to new technology available in the iPhone X, 8 and 8 Plus.

The cameras on the iPhone 8 Plus are said to have been custom tuned for AR.

But despite the improvements to AR, Niantic boss and Pokemon Go creator John Hanke still thinks the technology is limited.

In fact, Hanke thinks that AR glasses are the future of augmented reality.

Hanke thinks that while devices like Google Glass were massively flawed, AR glasses are the way forward.

“Glasses are coming,” he said. “They are hard and it will take a while but we will get them and once we do, we won’t go back.”

Hanke said that once the social implications of such a device are ironed out, AR glasses will transform the way we interact with the world.

“Imagine buildings, offices, homes, cities and transportation with live, dynamic interfaces customized to you and what you want to do.

“The billions of dollars a year that we spend on physical signs, directories, schedules, and all of the other ‘UI’ that we need to navigate the physical world won’t be needed and will be replaced with digital overlays with far greater functionality.

“And yes, colorful animated creatures can inhabit our backyards and parks, waiting to be discovered.

“Games beyond anything we can imagine today will be played out. Not by humans wired into Matrix-style pods, but by human beings walking, running, exploring, talking and connecting in the real world.”

Pokemon Go has received a handy new update that makes it easier to search for Legendary Pokemon.

In addition to various big fixes and performance updates, the new update lets you search for defender and Legendary Pokemon.

This could save Trainers a lot of time when searching for the right Pokemon for the job.

Pokemon Go news patch notes in full:

  • Items received from spinning Gym PokéStops and completing Raid Battles are now displayed in the Journal.
  • Improved Pokemon Collection screen search functionality by allowing Trainers to search using “defender” and “legendary”.
  • Resolved a bug which caused Pikachu hats to disappear from the in-game model and icon.
  • Resolved a bug which caused some icons to disappear when scrolling through the Pokédex.
  • Various bug fixes and performance updates

Pokemon GO News: Raid Update from Niantic solves fans annoying bug

Pokemon GO developers have sneakily released a new update to the game and it fixs one longstanding problem with raids that’s been irritating fans for some time.

The problem, previously noted on The Silph Road Pokemon GO Sub-Reddit, revolved around the nearby raid logo blocking the countdown timer, making it difficult to see the remaining time a Raid is available without physically tapping the gym Photo.

However, it looks as though the Niantic development team have been keeping an eagle eye on the Silph Road Sub-Reddit, because a few days later, Niantic appears to have fixed the problem server side.

Some users are reporting that the nearby raid marker now appears above the countdown timer, rather than overlaying on top of the countdown timer.

The fix will no doubt prove useful for regular Pokemon GO Raiders who’ll no doubt be frusted at not knowing exactly how long is left on a given raid.

In the meantime though there’s still be no word on when Niantic intends to roll out Mewtwo EX raids beyond their beta testing period.

Talking about EX Raids previously, Niantic had said:

“Exclusive raids will periodically appear at Gyms around the world; however, unlike existing raids, Trainers will be invited to join an Exclusive Raid Battle.

“To receive an invitation to participate in an Exclusive Raid Battle, Trainers must have successfully completed a raid recently, by defeating the Raid Boss, at the Gym where the Exclusive Raid Battle will be taking place,” continued Niantic.

“The invitations will include an advance warning of when the Exclusive Raid will take place, giving them ample time to coordinate with other Trainers before taking on the powerful Raid Stay tuned for more information.”

It’s also important to remember that this first EX Raid is simply the start of Niantic’s beta testing for the games new feature.

“We’ll also begin an EX Raid Battle (formerly Exclusive Raid Battle) field-testing phase at select Gyms before the feature is made available globally.

“We have collected some valuable early feedback on the new EX Raid Battle feature and will look to further test and hone the experience through the feedback of the dedicated global Trainer community.

“During the field test, we’ll be making periodic adjustments to EX Raid eligibility requirements, frequency, times, locations, and durations with the goal of making the EX Raid Battle feature engaging, rewarding, and most importantly, fun for Trainers who regularly participate in Raid Battles.”

Given Niantic appear to have already done some testing, it might not be long before EX Raids are rolled out to the rest of the players in the world.

When they do, you’ll want to refer to our Mewtwo Raid boss guide which you can see here.

Pokemon GO Raid Boss Guide 

For details on each of the games Legendary Pokemon, such as their IV’S, Best Movesets and how to successfully defeat and counter them in raid battles, simply click on the link below for more details.

• Articuno

• Moltres

• Zapdos

• Lugia

• Entei

• Raikou

• Suicune

• Mewtwo

Pokemon Go news: Sneaky Niantic update adds great new feature following event reveal | Gaming | Entertainment

Many Trainers may not have noticed it but a new Pokemon Go update was rolled out by Niantic this week.

The new patch was released with very little fanfare, although a changelog has confirmed some of the tweaks.

These include one new feature that could help Trainers out a lot in the future.

Pokemon Go news patch notes:

  • Items received from spinning Gym PokéStops and completing Raid Battles are now displayed in the Journal.
  • Improved Pokemon Collection screen search functionality by allowing Trainers to search using “defender” and “legendary”.
  • Resolved a bug which caused Pikachu hats to disappear from the in-game model and icon.
  • Resolved a bug which caused some icons to disappear when scrolling through the Pokédex.
  • Various bug fixes and performance updates

The important note is the one describing how Niantic have changed how you organise your Pokemon.

Trainers can now filter Pokemon by Defending and Legendary Pokemon by using the “Defender” and “legendary” keywords.

This could save players a lot of time and even help those who haven’t been playing long with which Pocket Monsters to use for each task.

Another thing found by dataminers in the new Pokemon Go build is references to the upcoming Safari Zone events in Europe.

Two waves of events are happening in the coming months, with both apparently receiving their own unique badges.

On September 16, official Pokémon Go Safari Zone activities will be taking place at Unibail-Rodamco Shopping Centres located at CentrO in Oberhausen (Germany), Les Quatre Temps in Paris (France) and La Maquinista in Barcelona (Spain).

New in-game medals and special 2 km Eggs will be available from various PokeStops found at each of these shopping centres.

But one of the biggest boosts will be the Pocket Monsters spawning around these areas.

Lures will be activated all day at each PokeStop at the event, which will see the likes of Kangaskhan, Chansey, Larvitar, and others popping up throughout the day.

Trainers in the area may even get to catch a few Shiny Pikachu, Shiny Magikarp, and various forms of Unown.

Another wave of Safari Zone event will be held in October, apparently getting slightly different rewards.

Niantic have confirmed that Gym and Raid Battles will not be available at these shopping centres during these events.

This would suggest that Niantic are not planning on launching any new Legendary-types, like they did in Chicago and Yokohama.

Pokemon Go update TRANSFORMS app, but Niantic believes THIS is the real future of AR | Gaming | Entertainment

Pokemon Go is about to be transformed thanks to new technology available in the iPhone X, 8 and 8 Plus.

The cameras on the iPhone 8 Plus are said to have been custom tuned for AR.

“Each camera is individually calibrated, with new gyroscopes and accelerometers for accurate motion tracking,” reads an Apple iPhone 8 statement.

“The A11 Bionic CPU handles world tracking, scene recognition and the GPU enables incredible graphics at 60fps, while the image signal processor does real-time lighting estimation.

“With ARKit, iOS developers can take advantage of the TrueDepth camera and the rear cameras to create games and apps offering fantastically immersive and fluid experiences that go far beyond the screen.”

But despite the improvements to AR, Niantic boss and Pokemon Go creator John Hanke still thinks the technology is limited.

In fact, Hanke thinks that AR glasses are the future of augmented reality.

Check out the gallery below for a look at Gen 1, Gen 2 and Gen 3 Pokemon that could be included in the Pokemon Go Halloween 2017 event.

“AR on phones is a very important step on the path to full AR,” Hanke told Medium.

“But it’s a step that should be understood as one with limitations in its current form factor and level of development.”

After explaining that AR is more than just a digital overlay on your phone, Hanke added: “The point is that the AR camera view is a cool step forward, but it’s only part of what is going to make AR so important and powerful.

“Holding a phone in front of you to align an AR view is, honestly, a little awkward. Based on experiences with apps that are mostly focused on this visual aspect of AR, some will conclude that AR is a gimmick that lacks real utility.

“That’s a bummer, because it really is the first step to something that is going to transform the world as we know it.”

Hanke thinks that while devices like Google Glass were massively flawed, AR glasses are the way forward.

“Glasses are coming,” he continued. “They are hard and it will take a while but we will get them and once we do, we won’t go back.”

Hanke said that once the social implications of such a device are ironed out, AR glasses will transform the way we interact with the world.

“Imagine buildings, offices, homes, cities and transportation with live, dynamic interfaces customized to you and what you want to do.

“The billions of dollars a year that we spend on physical signs, directories, schedules, and all of the other ‘UI’ that we need to navigate the physical world won’t be needed and will be replaced with digital overlays with far greater functionality.

“And yes, colorful animated creatures can inhabit our backyards and parks, waiting to be discovered.

“Games beyond anything we can imagine today will be played out. Not by humans wired into Matrix-style pods, but by human beings walking, running, exploring, talking and connecting in the real world.”

Pokemon Go NEWS – Niantic Halloween event plans REVEALED, but does it include Gen 3? | Gaming | Entertainment

Pokemon Go fans have been treated to some good news this week, as sources seemingly confirm a new Halloween event for 2017.

The Pokemon Go Halloween celebration was one of the first in-game events to be introduced to the Niantic app last year.

And according to Slashgear sources, the Halloween event will return in October 2017.

Last year’s Halloween event saw an increase in Ghost Type Pokemon like Ghastly, Haunter, and Gengar.

As the report points out, these three Pokemon are likely to be joined by Gen 2 Pokemon Misdreavus.

The site also suggests that Dark Pokemon will see increased spawn rates during the event, but why stop there?

Multiple Ghost Type Pokemon made their debut in Gen 3 (see the gallery below), which makes Halloween the perfect time to introduce a selection of brand new Pokemon to the game.

As previously reported, Gen 3 source code was recently discovered by Pokemon Go dataminers, which must surely mean that new Pokemon are on their way.

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

Pokemon Go developer Niantic is yet to make any official announcements, so stay tuned for more information.

What’s more certain is that Niantic has big plans for the app in the future.

A Pokemon Company spokesperson recently told Bloomberg that Niantic isn’t even close to being finished with Pokemon Go.

In addition to Gen 3 Pokemon, new items and Ex Raid Battles involving Legendaries like Mewtwo, Niantic is also working on player-vs-player combat and trading.

That’s according to Pokemon Company CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara, who said: “We’ve only accomplished 10% of what Pokemon and Niantic are trying to do, so going forward we will have to include fundamental Pokemon experiences such as Pokemon trading and peer-to-peer battles, and other possibilities.

Niantic Revealed New Details on Its Pokemon Go Safari Zone Events – Adweek

Niantic revealed new details surrounding the upcoming Pokemon Go Safari Zone events taking place in Europe this month.

On Sept. 16, the first of these events will take place at Unibail-Rodamco Shopping Centres at CentrO in Oberhausen, Germany; Les Quatre Temps in Paris; and La Maquinista in Barcelona, Spain. At each event, attendees will receive an in-game medal and special 2km Pokemon eggs from the PokeStops found at each location. Attendees will also receive Trainer kits for participating in the events.

During these events, Pokemon Lures will be active at each shopping center’s PokeStops, and players will be able to encounter Pokemon including Kangaskhan, Chansey and Larvitar. Attendees may also encounter Shiny Pikachu, Shiny Magikarp and various shapes of Unown. In addition, Gym and Raid Battles will be turned off at these shopping centers for the duration of the events.

Finally, during these events, “select stores” in the shopping centers themselves will feature special offers for players.

Niantic will soon allow players to reserve free, nontransferable tickets for each of the Safari Zone events taking place Sept. 16. In a blog post, the developer said players who are unable to reserve tickets “will be able to discover and catch some of the Pokemon found at the Pokemon Go Safari Zones events throughout the city where the shopping center is located.”

Finally, Niantic revealed the new dates for the postponed Safari Zone events that were originally scheduled for August:

Oct. 7:

  • Fisketorve in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Centrum Černý Most in Prague

Oct. 14:

  • Mall of Scandinavia in Stockholm
  • Stadshart Amstelveen in Amstelveen, Netherlands

Ticket information for these events will be revealed in the future.

Pokemon Go is available to download for free on the iTunes App Store and Google Play. The game has been downloaded more than 750 million times, and it has driven more than 500 million visits to sponsored locations, such as Sprint stores, since its launch in July 2016.

Earlier this year, Niantic partnered with Wieden + Kennedy London to launch an advertising campaign for the game, which saw billboards appear in London, Tokyo and New York. Some of these billboards were activated as in-game PokeStops.

Pokemon Go Safari Zone news: Niantic give big update on new events | Gaming | Entertainment

Like Pokemon Go Fest in Chicago and the Stadium launch in Japan, Trainers in Europe are set to get their own chance of attending specially themed  events across the continent.

This week has seen Niantic release a big update on the upcoming Pokemon Go Safari event, arriving soon in multiple locations.

On September 16, official Pokémon Go Safari Zone activities will be taking place at Unibail-Rodamco Shopping Centres located at CentrO in Oberhausen (Germany), Les Quatre Temps in Paris (France) and La Maquinista in Barcelona (Spain).

New in-game medals and special 2 km Eggs will be available from various PokeStops found at each of these shopping centres.

But one of the biggest boosts will be the Pocket Monsters spawning around these areas.

Lures will be activated all day at each PokeStop at the event, which willl see the likes of Kangaskhan, Chansey, Larvitar, and others popping up throughout the day.

Trainers in the area may even get to catch a few Shiny Pikachu, Shiny Magikarp, and various forms of Unown.

This is much in line with what happened in both Chicago and Japan, although it’s not all the same.

Niantic have confirmed that Gym and Raid Battles will not be available at these shopping centres during these events.

This would suggest that Niantic are not planning on launching any new Legendary-types, like they did in Chicago and Yokohama.

“The Pokémon Go Safari Zone events will give Trainers the chance to meet one another and catch up in the team lounges,” a message from Niantic explains. 

“Attendees will also receive Trainer kits for joining the day’s Pokémon-catching activities. Throughout each of the participating shopping centers, special offers for Pokémon GO Trainers will be available in select stores.

“Trainers will soon be able to reserve free, nontransferable tickets to each of the Pokémon GO Safari Zone events taking place on September 16. 

“To receive a QR Code, which is required to participate in the event, the person who claims the ticket must be over the age of 13 and be present with a valid photo ID.”

For those who don’t manage to nab a ticket, some of the Pokemon found at the Pokémon Go Safari Zones events will be spawning throughout the city where the shopping centre is located.

More was also revealed on the upcoming Pokemon Go Safari Zone events being hosted in Denmark, Czech Republic, Sweden and The Netherlands. 

These dates now include:

October 7, 2017

  • Fisketorvet—Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Centrum Černý Most—Prague, The Czech Republic

October 14, 2017

  • Mall of Scandinavia—Stockholm, Sweden
  • Stadshart Amstelveen—Amstelveen, The Netherlands

Pokemon Go news: Niantic tease big Legendary update to follow Zapdos | Gaming | Entertainment

Pokemon Go fans have until August 14 to capture Team Valor’s mascot, Zapdos.

There’s plenty of information out there on the best lineup to bring against the Legendary Pokemon, who can put on a formidable attack.

But what about after this latest Pokemon Go update wraps up?

There’s been hints already that Niantic could expand their current Shiny Pokemon offering beyond the recent Pikachu Outbreak event in Japan.

Currently, fans in Yokohama can visit two sites in the city and have the chance of grabbing a special Pikachu or Raichu.

There’s hope that following the wrap up – August 15 – these variants will be launched worldwide for a set amount of time.

However, Pokemon Go news in this week suggests that Niantic may have other plans.

A new Pokemon Go newsletter that was sent out last night spoke on the subject of the recent Legendary Raids launch and how there could be more in the future.

“Lugia, Articuno, Moltres, and Zapdos have been spotted in Pokémon Go!” the official message reads.

“Have you battled one of these Legendary Pokémon yet? From August 7–14, Zapdos, the Legendary Pokémon that represents Team Instinct, will appear at Raid Battles in the real world.

“Team up with your fellow Trainers and line up your Pokémon carefully when battling these extremely powerful and rare Legendary Pokémon. Good luck, Trainer. Be prepared for more legendary adventures!“

The Pokemon Go Hub team have a working theory that Niantic could launch Ho-Oh following the end of the Yokohama Stadium event.

This would certainly fill the hole and provide players with yet another tough Pokemon to try and catch.

“We believe that Ho-Oh will be released at the Japanese Pokémon Stadium event (Monday, August 14, 2017 18:00 – 21:00), that takes place during the Pikachu Outbreak in Yokohama (August 9 – 15),” the Pokemon Go Hub reports.

“This event will tie in perfectly with the movie, as the movie retells Ash’s original journey through Kanto, including the Ho-Oh encounter.”

There’s also the chance that Niantic will simply continue with the current batch of Legendary Raid, but make them less frequent.

While this would make sense on paper, realistically it could push the capture rates to even greater low, what with the lack of decent encounter numbers available.

Some kind of Pokemon Go news is expected next week, so we’ll just have to wait and see what the development team have in store next.