1. Celebrating the changing of the seasons with the equinox event
The Equinox Event began this week. Double stardust, triple XP for Pokédex additions, gift boxes, and special 2KM Eggs will probably make this one of the most-liked events in history. The event also introduced Super Incubators, which hatch Eggs 1.5 times faster than a regular or Infinite Incubator. This event will last until October 2.
For the latest news and tips for the Equinox Event, see the event guide in the navigation bar above. In other news, it seems the activation of the event also brought some new spawn points.
2. Another wave of EX Raids
The latest wave of EX Raids included Europe and more locations in Asia! Sponsored Gyms in America, Europe, Japan, and India (Unibail Rodamco, Sprint, Jio, Starbucks, etc.) all hosted an EX Raid in the latter part of the week. We expect another wave next week, so do some Raids at sponsored Gyms while you're out enjoying the Equinox Event to maximize your chances of getting an EX Raid Pass!
3. The final week of your local beast
Raikou, Entei, and Suicune are about to go on a journey! In less than a week, the Beasts will migrate to a new part of the world. Although we do not know how they will migrate, make sure to use the best counters list on the Raid Boss Chart to prepare and get in as many of your current Beast's Raids as you can before September 30.
4. Connectivity issues with Go Plus and iOS 11
For those Trainers using Apple devices, you may not want to update to iOS 11 just yet. The latest software is conflicting with the game, and making GO Plus unable to connect. Niantic has acknowledged the issue and are working on a fix.
5. New trailer for Ultra sun & Ultra moon!
A new trailer was released on Friday for Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon. Its information and other news for Ultra Sun and Moon are listed below:
SURF THE SEAS WITH MANTINE: Last week's trailer from the Nintendo Direct showed a harnessed Mantine in the water near the surfer beach. We now know that this Mantine is indeed a form of PokéRide. Mantine will take you from island to island in a surfing mini-game! Riding the waves, doing flips, and avoiding obstacles were earn you points in a system very similar to the wakeboarding game from Wii Sports Resort.
ISLAND TRIALS RETURN: The Island Challenge has returned. Some trials will be different than in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, such as a Totem Alolan Marowak for Kiawe's trial. Your friends Hau and Lillie will also be able to assist you with your challenges, including a new trial for Mina.
THE ALOLA PHOTO CLUB: Game Informer released information about this a while ago, but now the Pokémon Company has officially released it. The Alola Photo Club is like SnapChat for your Pokémon game. You will be able to take pictures with your Pokémon in different poses, outfits, and locations. A variety of stickers are able to be placed on the photo to garnish it. Although the feature is not likely to be popular outside of Japan, it is definitely an interesting addition that will definitely create some interesting memes online.
NEW POKÉMON IN THE ALOLA REGION: The Alolan Pokédex has expanded! New species (bringing the Pokédex total to over 400) will be available in these new games, the know ones are listed below: - Zorua, Zoroark - Tropius - Larvitar, Pupitar, Tyranitar - Houndour, Houdoom (exclusive to Ultra Sun) - Larvesta, Volcarona - Electrike, Manectric (exclusive to Ultra Moon) - Mareep, Flaaffy, Ampharos - Mienfoo, Mienshao
NEW POSTER: A new poster was also released this week for Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon. It shows the playable characters, fully-evolved starters, Lillie, Gladion, Hau, and some new, villain-like characters with mysterious outfits below the swirling, purple vortex that was show in the re-designed Alola map. They look similar to the Aether Foundation's uniforms, although more military- and mech-like.
6. New Pokemon games!
Three new Pokémon games were released this week. Below are the details on all of them.
POKKÉN TOURNAMENT DX: A new, updated version of Pokkén Tournament laughed this week for the Nintendo Switch. It has all of the features of the Wii U version and Japanese arcade game, plus some new experiences. In addition to the new playable characters Darkrai, Scizor, Decidueye, Empoleon, and Croagunk, new tournament and battle modes are included.
POKÉMON PLAYHOUSE: A brand-new mobile game for iPad and Android was announced this week. Pokémon Playhouse is for young, aspiring Pokémon Trainers. An adorable artwork style exposes young kids to cute and popular Pokémon like Pikachu, Pikipek, Zygarde Core, Tepig, Chespin, and more! Players will be able to participate in fun activities and help care for and hatch Eggs and the Pokémon from them.
POKÉMON GOLD / SILVER: The two original Generation 2 games, Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver, were relaunched this week for the virtual console. The games are the same as they were back in the day when the originally launched.
7. events in Pokemon sun, pokemon moon, and Pokemon duel
Pokémon Sun, Pokémon Moon, and Pokémon Duel all have on-going events right now. The details for all are listed below.
CHARIZARD AT TARGET STORES: Target stores will be selling codes, starting on October 1, that allow you to get a Charizard. The event is for Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, and will end on October 14. The stats of the Charizard are listed below: - LEVEL: 50 - ITEM: Red Card - ABILITY: Blaze - MOVES: Fly, Earthquake, Dragon Dance, Flare Blitz
MEGA MELEE COMPETITION: The Mega Melee Competition on the Pokémon Global Link concludes today. Only Pokémon that can Mega Evolve, all set to Level 50, were permitted.
ASH-HAT PIKACHU: Trainers looking to complete their Pokémon collections will be interested in this special Pikachu! The Pikachu dawns the cap of Ash. Depending on the week you register your code determines the cap you get. This week (which ends on September 25) gives you Ash's original cap from his journeys around the Kanto and Johto regions. The stats of the original-cap Pikachu are listed below: - LEVEL: 1 - NATURE: Hardy - GENDER: Male - ABILITY: Static - MOVES: Agility, Thunderbolt, Quick Attack, Thunder
STARTER EVENT IN DUEL: There was a small team event in Pokémon Duel this week. Players joined Team Venusaur, Team Charizard, or Team Blastoise and competed against each other. Time Boosters unlocked in half the usual time during the event.
SOURCE: Official Pokémon Website, Pokémon Trailers, Reversal
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