Happy birthday to Pokemon! Pokemon Yellow was the first video game I ever played and still have the cartridge. To celebrate, many current Pokemon games have special events.
Pokemon Sword and Shield (until March 1st)
In the Wild Area, you can now encounter the Kanto Starters, their middle evolution, and Mewtwo (non-catchable). Fighting the starters will give you many EV-reducing berries, a Toxic/Flame/Life Orb, and fighting Mewtwo will give you PP Max, Bottle Caps, and potentially Ability Changer. Mewtwo is level 100 so it is incredibly difficult. The Kanto starters can be Shiny and can have their Hidden Abilities.
Pokemon Go (until March 2nd)
For Pokemon’s anniversary, you can catch Pikachu, Eevee, Charmander, Bulbasaur, and Squirtle with party hats! The Kanto original starters can only be caught in raids. To commerate with the CGI remake of Pokemon: Mewtwo Strikes Back, you can catch Venasaur, Charizard, and Blastoise clone version from the movies in level 4 raids. The evolutions will have their community day moves which makes them useful for Ultra League and raids! For level 5 raids, you can catch Armour Mewtwo with Psystrike!
You’ll get 3,000 gems when you log-in. If you keep logging in, you’ll receive more than 10,000 gems! The Battle Villa, which opens tomorrow, will introduce Lucky Skills, new skills to be added to Sync Pairs by using the Lucky Cookie & Lucky Scroll items. You can also recruit Red and his Charizard.
On Netflix, you can now watch the CGI remake the first Pokemon movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution! They also announced a new Pokemon movie: Coco. (No relation to the Pixar movie). It showcases the new mystical Pokemon: Zarude.
It’s finally happening. Your Pokemon are moving out of your Pokeballs and going to start working in the real world. In the latest Pokemon Sword and Shield news, a new feature called Poke Jobs will appear.
In the Galar region, it is common for Pokemon and Humans to work side-by-side. Corporations and even universities will request Pokemon for help. There are a variety of different jobs with different request.
But what do your Pokemon earn as a reward? Definitely not Pokedollars as you earn those from beating up others. Instead your Pokemon will earn experience points, base stats improvements (Atk, Def, Sp. Atk, Sp. Def, HP, or Speed) and get some rare items. It depends how long they are at work. Overtime is not an issue in the Pokemon job space.
Certain Pokemon are more suited for specific work. The more Pokemon you send out for a certain job, the better rewards they can earn.
You can access PokeJobs from the Rotomi. The Rotomi has replaced the PC at Pokemon Centers. It can be used for PC boxes and the lottery.
Now that your Pokemon can get a job, what about you?
Pokemon Sword and Shield release November 15, 2019 worldwide.
Pokemon Go will have an event from from Aug. 5 at 4 p.m. ET until Aug. 19 at 4 p.m. ET regarding gifts. Gifts will contain 2k eggs that will hatch 7k Pokemon. That means you’ll be hatching rarer Pokemon at a faster rate. Shiny Bonsly and Sudowoodo will also be released at this time.
You’ll be able to hold 20 gifts and open 30 gifts a day during the duration of the event. I wish it was like that all the time.
This Saturday is Community day where eggs will hatch at 3x the rate. It may be worth hatching all the eggs you’re holding on to now so that you have space for the 5th.
You know what sucks about step counters? Your phone not reading your steps while it’s idle or the application is not opened. It was especially bad with Pokemon Go. Players had to leave the Pokemon Go app open on their phone and walk to count their steps. This was draining on your phone but it was the only way for the app to count your steps to hatch Pokemon Eggs or Candies. The initial solution was for players to purchase a Pokemon Go Tracker. Now Niantic is finally adding Adventure Sync.
The application syncs in the background with iOS HealthKit and Android Google Fit. This allows players to leave the Pokemon Go app idle or even closed on your phone and helps you save battery life. It will also provide weekly rewards to players who walk or run certain kilometers. The launch will be global but the official release date is unconfirmed.
The game has been a huge success for Nintendo and Niantic. Despite its first year having technical issues, the company has been working hard to cater to fans demands. They have gradually rolled out more features and Nintendo is slowly beginning to have a grip on the mobile market. Fire Emblem Heroes, Mario Run, and Animal Crossing have scratch casual fans’ itches for a Nintendo game. Early this year, Analyst Sensor Tower reported a $1.8 billion in revenue for Pokemon Go and $400 million for Fire Emblem Heroes.
Are you playing Pokemon Go? Did you stop or did you recently get back into the game?