Pokémon Go: the world's first augmented reality app to become a household name. Niantic's mobile AR game is still going strong two years after it first released, with a constant drip of events and updates keeping budding trainers glued to their phones and pounding the streets.
And while it hasn't managed to top the peak of its popularity in 2016, it's still going strong and finding plenty of new ways to improve its player experience.
So what's the latest news for Pokémon Go? As you'd expect, brand new features are being added all the time and community events are still going strong. Plus we have some more themed events and brand new Gen 5 Pokémon to catch!
But without further ado, here's our guide to all the latest Pokémon Go news and updates.
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- What's new? Team Rocket leader battles are now in the game
Team Rocket Leader Battles
A new dynamic to Pokémon Go's Team Rocket gameplay has been introduced to the game recently, but only in select locations. Players in London, San Francisco, Atlanta and Austin are those able to access the new gameplay at the moment, though Niantic has suggested a global rollout is in the pipeline.
Players in the currently active cities will find that Team Rocket grunts now drop Mysterious Components after battles. Once six of these components have been collected, players are able to build a Team Rocket Radar which allows them to locate three new Team Rocket Leaders and engage in a Boss Battle.
Called Sierra, Cliff and Arlo, each of these Team Rocket bosses has a connection to the game's original Team Leaders and comes with their own party of shadow Pokémon.
Putting the effort in to find them and defeat them is pretty worthwhile as the reward will be a Shiny Pokémon as well as some Unova stones.
Further down the line it's expected that this new story branch could involve Team Rocket boss Giovanni, but that's likely a while off given we're only at the testing-in-select-cities stage.
When's the next Pokémon Go Community Day?
- What date is the next Community Day? November 16
- Who's the starring Pokémon? Chimchar
Now that Trapinch has had its day, the next Pokémon Go Community Day has been confirmed to be taking place on November 16, between 11am and 2pm local time. The featured Pokémon for the event will be the fire-type Pokémon Chimchar.
Across the day Chimchar will spawn more often and there will be a possibility you could encounter it in its shiny form. The event-specific move for Chimchar hasn't been confirmed yet but this will be revealed closer to the time.
During the event, eggs will only require one quarter of their usual distance to hatch and any Lure Modules will last for three hours rather than thirty minutes.
Pokémon Go update: what's next?
Pokémon Go Buddy Adventure
In a recent blog post, Niantic has discussed some of the recent improvements it's made to its AR technology—improvements which could see you interact with your favorite Pokémon using the AR camera. Provisionally titled Pokémon Go Buddy Adventure, this new mode would make it possible for players to see and interact with their Buddy Pokémon via the game's AR camera. Even more impressive, players would also be able to see their friends doing the same thing, making it a multiplayer experience.
The mode would be cross-platform, meaning it doesn't matter whether or not you're an Android or iOS user, and though there's no release date just yet, Niantic has said that it's coming "in the months ahead".
GO Battle League
Niantic has announced that a new feature called GO Battle League will be coming to the game in early 2020. It will build on the current trainer battles system and will encourage players to get out and explore. According to Niantic, players will walk to earn entry into the Battle League. Once they're in they'll be able to battle players from around the world through an online matching system. Win and lose, they'll rise and fall in the ranks of the worldwide league. We'll keep updating with more information on Battle League as it's announced.
Niantic Wayfarer beta
Niantic will soon launch a beta of its Wayfarer tool which will allow players to review nominations for Gyms and Pokéstops, giving them a say in new places to play. Over the next few weeks the beta will roll out to a select playerbase with larger rollouts to come at a later time.
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