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Pokémon Go's Battle Showdown event is all about fighting Pokémon

Pokémon Go's Battle Showdown event goes from now through May 14 and makes Fighting-type Pokémon appear more often.

Published onMay 1, 2018

Pokémon Go
  • Niantic announced the Battle Showdown event for Pokémon Go.
  • During the event, Fighting-type Pokémon will appear more frequently and players will get additional goodies for certain activities.
  • The Battle Showdown event goes from now through May 14.

Coming off the heels of Pokémon Go’s Kanto-focused event and new Field Research tasks, Niantic announced the Battle Showdown event for its popular mobile title.

Starting at 4:00 p.m. ET through May 14, players will notice that Fighting-type Pokémon, such as Machop and Makuhita, will appear more frequently. Niantic did not say whether other Fighting-type Pokémon will be frequent spawns, though this is welcome news for those looking to attain Hitmontop.

The event also rewards Pokémon Go players with double XP for fighting in raids and battling in gyms. This is a boon for XP hunters, since they can complete legendary raids with a lucky egg and get 40,000 XP.

Are you tough enough? Fighting-type Pokémon take the spotlight and step into the ring for a Battle Showdown!
— Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) May 1, 2018

Other bonuses from the Battle Showdown event include a guaranteed 3,000 Stardust for participating in Raid Battles, at least one Rare Candy if you win a Raid Battle, double the badge points for Gym visits, and additional items if you spin the Photo Discs at Gyms.

The biggest takeaway from the Battle Showdown event is how it is the latest in a constant stream of events in the last few months. Niantic kicked off 2018 with monthly Community Day events, and has since celebrated the Lunar New Year, Field Research tasks and rewards, and more.

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There is even talk of an increased level cap, PvP mode, and a second Pokémon Go Fest event. It seems like Niantic wants to shake off the lull that Pokémon Go experienced in 2017 and continually make the mobile game a different experience every time you open it.

The only question left is whether we will get any shiny Fighting-type Pokémon as part of the event.

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