Niantic has just revealed that the wait for Legendary Pokémon is almost over!
As you go out in search of new Pokémon and Raid Battles, keep an eye out for Legendary Eggs appearing at Gyms. If you happen to successfully defeat a Legendary Raid Boss, you’ll have the opportunity to catch a Legendary Pokémon such as Articuno or Zapdos.
If you successfully catch one, you’ll be able to use it to take on Raid Bosses and Gym Battles, though you won’t be able to leave it to defend a Gym. These Pokémon are just too powerful, so it’d be unfair to those Trainers who don’t own a Legendary Pokémon.
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At Pokémon GO Fest on July 22, players will be working to unlock in-game bonuses for the Pokémon GO community. If they manage to catch enough Pokémon during the event, the first Legendary Pokémon will be revealed in Grant Park. If event attendees manage to defeat this Pokémon, it will start appearing in Raid Battles everywhere, after Pokémon GO Fest is over.
Version 0.69.0 brings new trainer abilities, improves Pokémon info screen
July 19:: Pokémon Go version 0.69.0 has rolled out, and it delivers a handful of new trainer abilities, as well as some interface changes and bug fixes. The new abilities come in three flavors: the first, and obviously most important, allows trainers to spin the Photo Disc at a Gym after completing one of the Raid Battles, while the other two relate to berry distribution. Trainers can now send berries to Pokémon defending Gyms through the Pokémon info screen even when they aren’t nearby.
Niantic has also added icons to the Pokémon information screen, so you can see how your Pokémon were caught, and has upgraded the search function in the collection menu.
Pokémon Go Fest
July 7: Pokémon Go is celebrating its first anniversary with the Go Fest event that will take place on Saturday, July 22, in Chicago’s Grant Park. There will be three Challenge Windows throughout the day. The trainers in Chicago will try to unlock perks for Pokémon Go players in other cities and countries by catching certain types of Pokémon, with each one being tied to a different perk.
Meanwhile, trainers across the globe will also try to catch as many Pokémon as possible during the Challenge Windows with the hope of extending the duration of the bonuses unlocked by those attending the event. If they catch enough of them, a mystery challenge will be unveiled in Grant Park that will unlock a special bonus across the globe once completed.
Additionally, Niantic has also announced a few Pokémon Safari Zone events, which will take place at shopping centers in different countries during August and September. For more details, visit here.
Massive update with revamped Gyms and Raid Battles
July 12: Niantic Labs confirmed that it will be making some major upgrades to its Gyms with an upcoming update. The Gyms in the game will no longer be based on Prestige or training creatures, but instead, they’ll have six permanent slots with an all-new motivation meter. The update will also be adding the much-anticipated co-op Raid Battles, where players will work together to defeat boss creatures at Gym locations.
New Summer Solstice event
June 8: From June 13 until June 20, the in-game Solstice Event will see players encounter more fire- and ice-type Pokémon, receive huge XP bonuses for accurate Poké Ball tossing, and get discounted Lucky Eggs at the in-game shop. Meanwhile, the company will hold its “first-ever” real-world Pokémon Go event: Pokémon Go Fest Chicago. This will take place in Grant Park on July 22 and promises “a ton of exciting festivities.”
Tickets for Pokémon Go Fest will go live at PokemonGoLive.com/Fest on Monday, June 19 at 10:00 AM PDT. Further, Niantic said it would hold events in European shopping centers between June and September, but hasn’t gotten into specifics yet.