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’ Equinox Event Features Elusive Pokemon Eggs and Crazy XP Bonuses



Loyal TouchArcade readers, I have a confession to make – I deleted Pokemon GO [Free] from my iPhone a few days ago to make room for the likes of Thimbleweed Park [$9.99] and Iron Marines [$4.99]. As the self-appointed resident Pokemon fanboy, I’m sorry for letting you all down. That being said, it looks like I’ll have to salvage the game from the confusing new iOS 11 App Store, as an awesome new Equinox event is scheduled to take place over the next week or so. From 1pm PDT on September 22nd until the same time on October 2nd, you can earn double Stardust for catching and hatching Pokemon, and some of the rarest creatures like Mareep, Chansey, Larvitar (!!) and more will be available in special 2km eggs. Registering new Pokemon will also earn you triple experience (so six times the standard with a Lucky Egg active), and new shop bundles featuring Super Incubators will additionally be available for purchase in the in-game store.

While this Equinox event may not seem to be particularly exciting for casual fans – and perhaps not the most enticing promotion for the hardcore Pokemon masters who have already caught ’em all – the bonuses that Niantic have included this time around are perfect for those looking to get back into the Pokemon GO action. I haven’t seen, let alone captured, any of the three monsters that are cited as being in the special 2km eggs, and so my dream of finally obtaining a Tyranitar could become a reality if London stays dry enough to warrant roaming the streets for Pokemon next week. Rarer creatures becoming more accessible has great synergy with the triple XP for new Pokemon registrations, which means levelling up even quicker than normal – it’s a win-win scenario, especially with Raikou, Entei and Suicune featuring in Raid Battles at the same time. Aside from the obligatory addition of Generation 3 Pokemon, it’s these smaller additions from Niantic that are most likely to push people off the fence and back into Pokemon GO, and so hopefully the Equinox event sets a precedent for similar celebrations over the coming months.

Pokemon Go news: Big Mewtwo update for fans following Raids reveal | Gaming | Entertainment

It has now been confirmed in a new Pokemon Go news update that more Mewtwo Raids are starting to appear around the globe.

Having only been available in certain locations worldwide, more Trainers are receiving invites for EX Raids.

For anyone who doesn’t know, an EX Raid is an invite-only timed event, which gives players around 24hrs to prepare for a Mewtwo boss battle.

Players must make it back to the Gym they received the invite from at the time specified to have a chance of taking on the rare psychic-type Pocket Monster.

Like with all Raids, there’s no guarantee that after you beat Mewtwo you’ll be successful in catching it and adding it to your own roster.

But while the challenge is tough, Trainers are reporting on an increasing scale that they have been invited to take on Mewtwo.

The field tests are appearing at more locations in Europe, which have mostly been confirmed as sponsored Gyms like Starbucks.

Here’s the latest from the Pokemon Go Hub team: “The only area where EX Raid invitations were reported in non-sponsored Gyms is in Chester, UK where the great Heritage Event took place. If you haven’t raided at one of the sponsored Gyms inside Unibail malls, it’s not possible to receive an invitation.

“We have solid reasons to believe that EX Raid testing will intensify and soon expand outside sponsored locations in Europe and Asia, as the current test includes almost exclusively sponsored Poké Stops. 

“This is a pattern that’s emerged from previous Niantic’s releases in EU and Asia: sponsors get it first, then the rest of the Gyms / Stops.

“Australia is not included in this Raid Test, but we’ve got reports of new cities in the US and Japan getting EX raids in this wave. Shouldn’t be too long before they come to Australia either.”

It follows the news that fans have apparently found a glitch that can help provide more options when it comes to Combat Power.

According to the latest Pokemon Go news from Trainers, it’s possible to reroll a Pokemon’s CP, following the Raid Boss Battle.

This apparently requires two Trainers to be part of the Pokemon Go Raid to work.

By having one Trainer force close their Pokemon Go game before the raid boss is defeated, it means they miss out on the end of the battle.

The other Trainer who stays in the fight can then check out the CP, close their own game and then reopen it to see what the other Trainer would have received.

Here’s a rundown of events as described by those who did it:

  • Two trainers entered a lobby to fight a Gengar.
  • Midway through the battle, Trainer 2 closed his app. He did not leave the group.
  • Trainer 1 finished the battle.
  • Trainer 1 received a CP of 1468.
  • Trainer 1 crashed the catch screen, reloaded, and saw a CP of 1460.
  • This means that Trainer 2 Would have received a CP of 1460, had he stayed in the battle.
  • The second Trainer now has the option to click the gym where the raid occurred and encounter the Gengar with a CP of 1460, or they can wait 15 minutes before clicking. 

Because when the timer runs down, this trainer will then be allowed to fight the Raid boss again, as if he never participated in the first battle.

“In this case, he fought the Gengar again, and upon completing it, received a CP of 1476,” the original Reddit poster explains.

“To be clear: He chose to decline the 1460 Gengar, waited 15 minutes, then fought it again, which rerolled the CP. And, in this case, he received a better Gengar.”

Mewtwo Comes to Starbucks in Pokemon Go

Mewtwo is stopping at Starbucks for coffee and some high-stakes Pokemon battles. Earlier today, Pokemon Go sent out a wave of EX Raid Invites for Mewtwo Raids at various Starbucks locations around the United States.

EX Raids are a new feature for Pokemon Go that’s still being tested by developers. While EX Raids largely function like a normal raid, players can only enter an EX Raid if they receive an invite. In order to get a EX Raid Invite, players needed to successfully beat a raid at a Starbucks gym sometime over the last few weeks.

Starbucks wasn’t the only Pokemon Go sponsor to host a new set of EX Raids. Players also reported getting EX Raid Invites for battles at Sprint locations around the United States. This is the second time that Mewtwo has visited Sprint locations, following a massive set of raids last week.

EX Raids have also expanded into Europe and Asia, as Unibail Rodamco malls and Jio stops were also chosen to host the exclusive raids. Both Unibail Rodamco and Jio are also sponsors of Pokemon Go.

While the bulk of the upcoming EX Raids are taking place at sponsored gyms, invites were also sent out for several locations in Chester, England. Chester was the site of a major Pokemon Go live event, and the game added several new PokeStops and gyms at the city after receiving suggestions from attendees.

Although some fans might not be happy that Pokemon Go is focusing on sponsored locations for now, keep in mind that EX Raids are still in beta. Since Pokemon Go is rolling out EX Raids in Asia and Europe, it sounds like they’re just about finished testing, meaning that everyone will have a chance to catch Mewtwo soon.

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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 Version 1.45.0 & 0.75.0: What Did the Update Change?

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Moltres is now available in Pokemon Go.

A new Pokemon Go update is in the process of rolling out. Most of the changes are in the form of bug fixes but that doesn’t make them any less important. There are a few changes with this update that act as good quality of life changes.

One major change is players will now see an improved Pokemon Collection screen search functionality. Players will now be able to sort between “Defender” and Legendary” Pokemon to help find Pokemon quicker. Also, we’ll now see items received from spinning Gym PokeStops and completing Raid Battles in the Journal now.

The patch notes mention various bug fixes and performance updates but some of the bugs were detailed. Two of the bugs mentioned included a bug that caused Pikachu hats to disappear from the in-game model and icon along with a bug that caused some icons to disappear when scrolling through the Pokedex.

It’s possible more information regarding the bug fixes could come in the form of a later datamine of some sort but for the time being this is all we know. A datamine of the game back in August suggested generation three Pokemon are on the way but that doesn’t look to be the case with this update. This datamine came from the 0.71.0 version of the game so we should be getting closer to a release if one is indeed coming.

Also found in the game are new Global Goals shirts. These shirts are available free of charge and are designed to raise awareness around Global Goals. You should be able to find them in your game right now.

Here’s the complete list of patch notes, courtesy of Niantic.

Trainers,

Pokémon GO is in the process of being updated to version 0.75.0 for Android and 1.45.0 for iOS devices. Below are some release notes and comments from our development team.

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

—The Pokémon GO team

Pokemon Go Releases New T-Shirt, But No Event, To Raise Awareness for UN Global Goals

Pokemon Go announced the release of an in-game outfit in support of the United Nations’ Global Goals, disappointing players who hoped the shirt meant a new event was on the way. Earlier this month, we reported that Pokemon Go developers had added a new t-shirt in the game’s code featuring the logo for the United Nations’ Global Goals initiative. Since the UN was hosting a Global Goals event beginning on September 18, many hoped it signaled that a new event was coming soon.

Unfortunately, the t-shirt was just….a t-shirt. Pokemon Go tweeted out that players could obtain the t-shirt for free to raise awareness of the UN’s seventeen Global Goals.

Niantic CEO John Hanke also released a brief blog post reminding players of their partnership with the Global Goals program, which began when they added seventeen PokeStops in Switzerland, each of which symbolized one of the goals of the program. “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,” Hanke wrote.

The t-shirt is now live in-game and can be obtained simply by clicking on the “style” menu and picking out the shirt from the wardrobe options.

Since it doesn’t appear that we’ll be getting a Global Goals event, players will probably start looking to Halloween as the next likely date for a possible Pokemon Go event.

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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! craze draws extra 700,000 visitors to Kings Park

Kings Park experienced an unexpected surge in visitor numbers in 2016-17 thanks to the Pokemon GO! Craze drawing an extra 700,000 people to the popular tourist spot.

The augmented reality game exploded across Perth in July 2016, with players descending on the park to catch virtual Pokemon characters.

The Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority annual report, tabled in Parliament on Friday, showed the precinct experienced a record-breaking year for visitation with a 12.5 per cent increase compared to 2015-16.

“The 2016-17 result reflects a level of visitation 12.5 per cent higher than forecast, at 6.3 million compared with 5.6 million for the previous period, which is considered significant,” it read.

“The world-wide release of the location-based augmented reality game ‘Pokémon Go’ on 6 July 2016, resulted in large concentrated numbers of visitors to the main visitor precincts of Kings Park particularly during July to September 2016.”

The unexpected surge in foot traffic had a considerable impact on turf along both sides of Fraser Avenue and in the State War Memorial precinct, forcing the authority to cordon off large areas of grass to avoid “irreparable damage to the turf”.

“A substantial increase in littering coincided with the high concentration of game players, which required significant staff time to maintain presentation standards,” the report read.

The craze also coincided with the start of wedding season, with more than 60,000 people visiting the park to attend a couple’s nuptials in 2016-17.

A further 530,000 attended the Kings Park Festival and 110,000 attended the Perth International Arts Festival opening event.  

At its peak in July 2016, Pokemon GO! had more than 40 million daily players worldwide, however usage has since rapidly declined.