Pokemon GO

Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Pokémon GO has seen its most successful year yet, reportedly earning over $1 billion. With numbers like that, it might be easy to rest on your laurels, but Niantic is looking to keep the party going with some major additions in the coming weeks. From a new region’s Pokémon being introduced to an increased level cap, the future of Pokémon GO is still looking bright.

Kalos Pokémon join the fray

When Pokémon GO first launched four years ago, only Pokémon from Kanto were included in the game. Over time, Pokémon from other regions were slowly added in, with the most recent addition being Galarian Yamask in this year’s Halloween event. Now, Kalos Pokémon are joining the fun. Starting on December 2nd, Chespin, Fennekin, Froakie, and a few others will be available to catch either in the wild, in Eggs, or through evolution.

To celebrate this occasion, these Pokémon will be appearing more often in the wild from December 2nd at 10:00 am local time through December 8th at 10:00 pm local time. In addition, a mysterious Pokémon will be appearing in one-star Raids soon. It’s currently unknown which Pokémon this will be, but you may get clues and could even help it hatch sooner by following Pokémon GO social channels!

Seasons come and go

Despite using the real world as its base, the world of Pokémon GO has largely remained separate from the real-world influence. At most, the main interaction between these two realms is the weather system, which can influence the appearance and strength of wild Pokémon. Starting December 1st, a new layer of interaction is being added to the game in the form of seasons.

Every three months, the season in Pokémon GO will change, mimicking that in the real world. Each season will see different Pokémon appear in the wild, in Eggs, and in Raids. This season will reflect which hemisphere you’re located in when determining this. For instance, in the Northern Hemisphere, winter-themed Pokémon will be more common, while in the Southern Hemisphere, the Pokémon will relate more to summer. Other changes relating to in-game events and Mega Evolutions will also depend on the season, so it seems like these will play a big part in shaping the future of Pokémon GO.

The seasonal changes aren’t just limited to the single-player aspect of Pokémon GO either. Currently, the GO Battle League has ten ranks, but will expand to 24 with the new seasonal content. With the changes to rank comes a overhauled rewards system as well, with rewards themed around the current season. Formats and Battle League seasons will rotate together with the seasons, further linking this new system with the multiplayer aspects of Pokémon GO.

Get on a new level

As long as Pokémon GO has existed, your trainer could only level up as far as level 40. Soon, you’ll be able to soar to new heights as the level cap is set to rise to 50. Unlike the first 40 levels, which are solely based on experience, levels 41-50 will have additional requirements such as catching a large number of Pokémon in a single day, hatching a certain number of Eggs, or battling other trainers. A full list of the requirements can be found on the official Pokémon GO blog.

For trainers who still need to reach level 40, there are some in-game events to help you out. From now until the end of the year, a double catch XP boost is in effect, and starting on November 30th, you’ll receive increased XP from other activities, such as evolving Pokémon, hatching Eggs, and obtaining new Pokédex entries. If you can hit level 40 before the end of the year, you’ll receive a few bonuses including the title of a Legacy 40 Trainer, special timed research which rewards a Gyarados hat, and a special medal recognizing your accomplishment!

Prepare for the update with the power of friendship

There’s quite a few big parts to this update, so it can be easy to get overwhelmed with all the plans. One thing you can do to help prepare for it though is to participate in the ongoing 12 Days of Friendship event! From now through the end of the month, you can enjoy bonuses for playing with your friends. Whether it’s the increased rate at which friendships level up, increased attack power and XP in Raids, or the ability to open more Gifts, make sure to hop on to take advantage of these bonuses!


Steven Rollins
Steven has been involved in video game reporting for over five years now. In his spare time, he can be found speedrunning, writing fanfiction, or watching as much anime as he possibly can.


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