Community Day - 6.16.18
Our next Community Day is here, Trainers! Larvitar will be swarming us, so make sure you catch all you can and hopefully evolve to grab the unique move: Smack Down! Keep on the lookout for shiny Larvitar!
Pokémon GO Summer Tour 2018!
As Trainers from all over the world participate in live events during Pokémon GO Summer Tour 2018, we’re happy to bring amazing in-game opportunities for Trainers everywhere!
Take a look at some of the exciting things coming up on our calendar.
• Professor Willow’s Global Challenge
Professor Willow needs your help! On the weekends of our special live events, Trainers from all over the world will be tasked to complete Professor Willow’s Global Challenge! The challenge is simple: complete Field Research tasks!
For the purposes of this challenge, the global community will be split into four parts: The Americas; Europe, the Middle East, and Africa; the Asia-Pacific region; and the main research site itself. Each area will have to complete a set number of Field Research tasks, and if the goals are met, Trainers everywhere will be able to enjoy some amazing bonuses.
There will be three opportunities to complete these Field Research goals throughout the summer, so get ready to work together! At the end of each event, if all goals are met for each area, an even bigger bonus will be unlocked, so stay tuned for more information on this exciting reward!
We’ll let the Professor explain it in his own words:
Thanks so much for your help in gathering important Field Research. Your amazing contributions have already furthered my work, and I have a feeling that at the end of this challenge, something amazing will happen! I wonder what it could be...
I’ve put together this handy chart to help track your progress:
So best of luck, Trainers, and I hope you enjoy my challenge! I can’t wait to see what you’ll find. Time to get up and GO!
Thanks, Professor! Trainers, we can’t wait to see you out in the field. Get ready to do some research!
• Get Ready for Pokémon GO Safari Zone at Dortmund!
The first event in Professor Willow’s Research Challenge will occur in Dortmund, Germany, during the Safari Zone event. While there is plenty to do in the Dortmund area during this free event, such as encountering Unown and Corsola throughout beautiful Westfalenpark and exciting Raid Battles happening around the city, Trainers worldwide will be able to join in the fun!
In addition to completing Field Research tasks provided by Professor Willow, Trainers all over the world will see increased appearances of the Grass- and Poison-type Pokémon originally discovered in the Hoenn region, Roselia! Perhaps you’ll have a chance at catching a Shiny Roselia sprouting purple flowers.
So mark your calendars for June 30 and July 1 to take advantage of this cool celebration!
• Celebrate Pokémon GO Fest around the World!
Pokémon GO Fest 2018 on July 14 and 15 will be the next stop for fun! Trainers without a ticket to the event won’t be able to see any Pokémon or PokéStops in Lincoln Park, but Trapinch, Feebas, and other Pokémon featured in the habitats of Pokémon GO Fest will appear more frequently all over the world during that weekend.
The Cheering Pokémon, Plusle and Minun, will also appear more frequently worldwide as Trainers complete themed Field Research tasks. Catching Plusle and Minun will result in bonus Stardust, and lucky Trainers might even discover their Shiny versions!
The Alolan forms of Diglett and Geodude will be in on the fun, too. Beginning that weekend Alolan Diglett and Alolan Geodude will be appearing globally for the first time in Pokémon GO. Don’t miss the chance to encounter the unique forms of these Pokémon.
There will be so much to do on the weekend of Pokémon GO Fest, you won’t want to miss it!
• Even More Awaits…
Trainers, even more surprises are coming. Keep an eye out for news as we get closer to each event and stay tuned as we continue to announce late-summer events and more!
So get out there and GO!
—The Pokémon GO team
Pokémon Ultra Sun and Moon Guide
I know most of you gamers do not like to use guides while playing games but sometimes they are pretty helpful/useful at certain areas of the game. Here is an article written by Christoper Walden, Hirun Crier, and Tom Orry that will give you helpful tips on what to do whenever you get stuck in the game!
Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon Beginner's Guide
If you weren't already aware, at the very beginning of Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon, you'll be presented with a choice of three started Pokemon from Professor Kukui. These three Pokemon are Rowlet, Litten, and Popplio, and we'll outline each of them just below:
Rowlet - The Grass-type Pokemon, Rowlet is fairly well balanced by the time you evolve it, but it is very weak to Fire-type Pokemon.
Litten - Litten is the Fire-type Pokemon of the group, and excels in general destructivity, although any Water attacks will hurt it heavily.
Popplio - The Water-type Popplio is weak to Electric-type Pokemon, although if you can evolve it into its final form, it'll have a few nice Special moves at its disposal.
But once you've got your hands on your starter Pokemon, what should you do? Well, we'd recommend you head out into the wilds and level up your main Pokemon, although you've got to remember that you shouldn't play favorites with your chosen Pokemon. If you neglect leveling up your other Pokemon, you'll find you have an incredibly weak team later on in Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon, and what you want is a well balanced team, so make sure to keep switching up your Pokemon fairly regularly.
Aside from this, we'd also recommend not running away from wild Pokemon battles early on in your time with Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon. Instead, you should use these opportunities to level up your Pokemon, and simply head to the nearest hospital whenever you need to, in order to get your team healed up. You should also take on any Pokemon Trainers you encounter early on, as these battles give your Pokemon way more XP points than battles with wild Pokemon, providing that you make it out victorious, of course.
Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon How to Farm Money Guide
You’re never going to be hurting for money when it comes to keeping on top of revives and potions, but just how can you earn enough to buy all those clothes? All those TMs? All those other exotic items?
It’s not too difficult if you have a team that can pull it off. If you’re in the Ultra Sun and Moon post-game, it won’t take you long at all! There are a few preparations to make before battling, however.
First, you’ll want to make sure you have the Amulet Coin item. If this item is being held by a pokémon that actively participates in the battle and survives to the end, the amount of money received at the end is doubled. It’s a must-have if you’re planning to farm for money.
You can find it very early on it the game, in the Paniola Ranch. It’s located just to the right of the Daycare Centre.
Happy Hour is a very exclusive move in that it’s impossible to obtain without the use of an event pokémon. It’s worth trying to get one though, because simply using the move is enough to double that battle’s prize money.
Fortunately it’s currently very easy to obtain, as the Rockruff that you need to evolve a Dusk Form Lycanroc happens to know the move. You can read up on how to acquire this Rockruff in our Dusk Form Lycanroc guide.
Roto Prize Money:
While hard to acquire without manipulation, the Roto Prize Money power triples your earnings for a period of ten minutes at a time, and you’ll get two for landing on it in the Roto Loto.
Fortunately, there’s a way to ensure you land on it, but it’ll take some time if you’re unlucky. If you save the game while Rotom’s eyes are flashing on the bottom screen, you can simply soft reset the game in order to roll again. Therefore, you can keep rolling until you get this power, so long as you have the patience.
Where to farm:
The easiest place to farm for money is at the Elite 4. As the Roto Prize Money power lasts for 10 minutes, you can squeeze in every battle here if your team is strong enough. By the time you’re farming for money, they will be!
With the Roto Prize Money power active, and with the Amulet Coin on an active pokémon, you’ll be earning a whopping 79,200 per Elite 4 battle. If you have the elusive Lucky Hour, that’s over 100k per battle! Do this a few times and you’ll be a millionaire before you know it!
I highly recommend you read the entire article which is posted here:
Pokémon Ultra Sun Champion Battle + Elite Four (Full Battle Video)
Check out Verlisify take down the Elite Four in the new Pokémon Ultra Sun. I love the battle scenes in the new games, its crazy to see how far the game has come since it first released in the 90's.
The last trainer, Kau, looks super tough to take down (especially his lvl 60 Incineroar) but he turned out to be no match for that lvl 65 Necrozma. I gotta say tho, Verlisify's lvl 76 Rayquaza is ridiculously OP... one of the best Pokémon in the entire franchise. What Pokémon do you guys plan to use when you take on the Elite Four?
Nintendo Switch replace 3DS gaming?
Now that the mainstream Pokemon games are 3D gameplay and the Nintendo Switch has portable capabilities, won’t the switch just become both the portable and main console for Nintendo? We could just have a console that takes 3DS cards as well as Nintendo switch?General
Developer Insights (& More!)
Sourced here: https://pokemongolive.com/post/mardevupdate-research/
When developing the new Field Research and Special Research feature soon appearing in Pokémon GO, we thought very hard about creating mechanics that reward users for not only encountering elusive Pokémon and discovering the world around them, but for mastering unique aspects of the game. While that goal is simple, we wanted to make sure that the research feature served Pokémon GO Trainers of all types.
Throughout our design process, we focused on the idea that research tasks could accommodate nearly any exploration style–from players who often prefer to go on adventures alone, to groups containing dozens of Trainers–and would range in difficulty to provide a challenge even for experienced Trainers. As a result, you’ll notice that many of these tasks focus on skill and execution rather than depending on random chance. Additionally, we wanted to add tasks that would help newer Trainers learn new skills or walk away with a valuable piece of knowledge to help them on their Pokémon GO journey.
For example, one task acquired through Field Research challenges the Trainer to complete three Great Throws in a row. Trainers who are new to the game may have performed a Great Throw once or twice, but they might not know how to accomplish it consistently. The task can also challenge experienced Trainers to test their skills and see how they stack up.
One of our favorite aspects of designing this feature is the fact that research feels like a continuous adventure, providing excellent replay value with its varied and challenging system that offers novel goals to achieve. Even Trainers who take the same route every day while playing Pokémon GO will find different challenges or objectives to complete, making familiar areas feel new.
We also wanted the rewards to feel appropriate for the challenge. While simple tasks such as spinning a certain number of unique PokéStops or catching several Pokémon will yield useful items, completing a tougher task such as landing several Great Throws in a row should feel like a feat of achievement that grants a greater reward or even the opportunity to encounter an elusive Pokémon.
Another tenet we focused on was that research tasks should feel grounded in the world of Pokémon GO and should play on common themes. We also took the opportunity to reintroduce Professor Willow, who provides the Trainer initial guidance on Pokémon, to teach valuable lessons about the world. For example, a Field Research task involving Fire-type Pokémon could lead to an encounter with a powerful Fire-type Pokémon. Themed research tasks should also subtly communicate core knowledge about Pokémon, such as type advantage or Evolution, without feeling like an explicit tutorial.
Most importantly, research tasks are designed to be fun. Exploration, skill challenges, and encountering Pokémon should never feel like a chore, so Field Research is designed not to be repetitive or protracted. Trainers who prefer a more casual pace will find Field Research tasks that are enjoyable and fun to complete within a 15- to 30-minute play session, while those on all-day adventures will be able to take on any number of tasks with varying requirements and difficulty levels.
Research within Pokémon GO also has an opportunity to grow and change over time. We’re continuing to explore ways to make research even more group-friendly and to create compelling stories that have weighty stakes and satisfying payoffs. There’s plenty more to come, and we’re excited for Trainers across the world to play!
—The Pokémon GO team”
Want more? Well, The Silph Road has dug into the APK data to gain a better look at what’s coming in a couple of days: “Buckle in, travelers. v0.97.2 is propagating now and brings with it everything needed for Friday's major new feature launch: Research with Professor Willow! We've taken a deep dive into the APK to learn what's new!”
Read on their full post here: https://thesilphroad.com/news/new-v0-97-2-get-ready-research-prof-willow/
Mew in Pokemon Go!
"Starting March 30, Pokémon GO Trainers will need to step up their game as the new research feature arrives. Mysterious occurrences are popping up all over the world, and Professor Willow needs collaborators to help with his research so he can figure out what's going on. Rumors are swirling that these strange happenings might somehow be connected to the Mythical Pokémon Mew!
There are two types of research that Trainers can help with: Field Research and Special Research. Field Research tasks can be found by spinning a PokéStop. Trainers will receive objectives to complete, such as discovering and catching certain Pokémon or engaging in battles. Professor Willow will present the Special Research himself with story-driven activities that will take Trainers further into the world of Pokémon GO than ever before!
There's no limit to the number of research tasks that can be completed each day, and they grant rewards such as useful items. The more difficult the task, the greater the reward, so hard-working Trainers will benefit quite a bit. When Trainers complete Field Research tasks, they'll earn a special stamp. Trainers can do as many research tasks as they want, but they can earn only one stamp per day. Collecting seven stamps achieves a Research Breakthrough, leading to even more rewards (and maybe even an encounter with a Legendary Pokémon)!
With the new research objectives in Pokémon GO, Trainers will have more reasons than ever to get outside to discover, battle, and catch Pokémon. Have fun with Pokémon research—and good luck to all in discovering the mystery behind Mew!"