Pokémon Go news – trade range increased again, and temporary bonuses extended

Enjoy all of the latest and biggest Pokémon Go news in one handy guide

November 20, 2020: It’s all changing in Pokémon Go. The Beyond update changes XP, leveling, and adds Seasons, trade range has been increased again, and temporary bonuses have been extended due to the ongoing pandemic.

Pokémon Go news comes thick and fast, with a big new feature, event, or update arriving on a near-daily basis at times. While that’s positive, as it means new stuff in your favourite mobile game, it is difficult at times to keep up with all of the changes. Well, until now, that is, as this Pokémon Go news guide will help with that.

From now, we’re going to keep on top of the latest Pokémon Go news for you, so you can check, at a glance, what the latest happening is. We plan to update this very regularly, so we recommend bookmarking this article and checking back often, perhaps even on a daily basis, to see what’s going on.

We also keep on top of the latest Pokémon Go event and Pokémon Go update, and can help familiarise you with Pokémon Go raids. We’re Poké-crazy at Pocket Tactics, so you really don’t have to go anywhere else for Pokémon Go content. We’ve got you covered. Now, onto the Pokémon Go news…

Here’s the latest Pokémon Go news:

Pokémon Go: Beyond

This update brings huge changes to Pokémon Go, including the following:

  • Pokémon Go level 50: the level cap has increased and you’ll have to complete challenges to level up past 40
  • Pokémon Go level 40 (legacy): If youreach level 40 before the end of 2020, there are a bunch of bonuses in-store
  • Kalos Pokémon, including a new Pokémon Go regional Pokémon, will be arriving in-game from December
  • Pokémon Go Seasons: events, wild Pokémon, and more will change depending on the time of year
  • The Season of Celebration event kicks off with a bunch of bonuses to help you end the year on a high

Check out all of our guides for a much more in-depth look at each of these changes, as well as tips to help you level up as fast as possible. Also be sure to check out our Pokémon Go event guide for all the Season of Celebration information.

Temporary bonuses extended

In the light of the ongoing global pandemic, Niantic has extended the in-game bonuses until at least June 2021. These bonuses will go live at 6.00pm PST on November 19 (2.00am GMT on November 20).

  • Incense effectiveness will be increased, now attracting Pokémon to you more often
  • Your Buddy Pokémon will now bring you more Gifts each day, up to five gifts at once and up to three times a day

Stay safe while playing, trainers.

UPDATED Trade range increase

Niantic has introduced one of the most-requested features that players have been asking for since trading was introduced. Calls to increase the distance between two people who are trading ramped up during the pandemic, as players were in lockdown or wanted to be safe and not meet their friends.

Niantic has finally begun testing an increased trade range, which now stands at around 12km (7.5 miles). Before this, the range was only a few metres.

However, this is a test and is only active until November 16. Niantic also says that, “depending on information gathered from this test, we may include increased trade range as a part of future events.”

UPDATE: After the first trial ended, Niantic reintroduced the increased trade range, this time with a range of around 50km. There is no word yet on an end date for this feature.

Pokémon Home functionality

Players who are level 40 can now use the Pokémon Go Transporter to send Pokémon from Pokémon Go to Pokémon Home.

We’ll have a full guide up shortly, but players will need to link their Pokémon Go account to their Pokémon Home account in settings, and can then transfer Pokémon from Go to Home. Once transferred, you won’t be able to transfer a Pokémon back – the move is permanent.

Transferring a Pokémon costs Transporter energy, which refills over time. Legendary Pokémon and shiny Pokémon cost more energy to transfer – as with Stardust and trades. Energy costs are also higher for shiny non-legendary Pokémon and Pokémon with higher CP. There is also a limit to transferring Pokémon – you can only transfer 27 Pokémon at a time. If you still have energy, however, you can immediately go back in and transfer more.

If you use all your energy, it will take a week to fully recharge. However, you will also be able to immediately recharge it for 1,000 PokéCoins.

You cannot transfer Spinda, favourited Pokémon, Buddy Pokémon, Pokémon defending Gyms, costumed Pokémon, Shadow Pokémon, or Mega-Evolved Pokémon.

Lucky and Purified Pokémon will lose their Lucky and Purified statuses when sent to Pokémon Home, and other Pokémon may change forms altogether during the journey, such as the below examples:
  • Origin Forme Giratina will become Altered Forme Giratina
  • Sunshine Form Cherrim will become Overcast Form Cherrim
  • Sunny Form, Rainy Form, and Snowy Form Castform will become Castform in its usual form

XP-rebalancing test

Niantic is introducing an XP-rebalancing test for some trainers in Australia and New Zealand. This will adjust the amount of XP earned for completing tasks such as catching Pokémon, hatching Eggs, evolving Pokémon, and more, unspecified, activities.

Additionally, players across the world will find their Daily Free Box in the item shop will be more relevant to their Pokémon Go experience.

UPDATE: The XP-rebalancing tests have expanded to select trainers worldwide, and will continue until November 16.

Go Battle League Season 5

Go Battle League Season 5 will begin November 9, and introduces three new cups to the PvP mode.

  • The Little Cup will run from Monday, November 9 at 1:00pm PST to Monday, November 16 at 1:00pm PST (GMT −8). Only Pokémon that are able to evolve and have not evolved even once are eligible. The CP limit is 500
  • The Kanto Cup will run from Monday, November 16 at 1:00pm PST to Monday, November 23 at 1:00pm PST (GMT −8). Only Pokémon with a Pokédex number between #001 and #151 are eligible. The CP limit is 1,500
  • The Catch Cup will run from Monday, November 23 at 1:00pm to Monday, November 30 at 1:00pm PST (GMT −8). Only Pokémon that have been caught since the beginning of Season 5 are eligible. The CP limit is 1,500. Mythical Pokémon—such as Mew, Celebi, Jirachi, and Victini—are not eligible for the Catch Cup

The new cups should spice things up – and make a change from seeing Mewtwos and Giratinas all the time in Master League. However, some Go Battle League rewards are also changing, and a new move is being added.

  • If you finish Season 5 at rank 7 or higher, you’ll receive an Elite Charged TM rather than an Elite Fast TM
  • Starting at rank 7, you’ll have a chance to encounter Legendary Pokémon on the Go Battle League rewards tracks. These Legendary Pokémon will be the same as those appearing concurrently in five-star raids

The following attacks will see changes:

  • Incinerate: This Fire-type Fast Attack will initially be available only to Rapidash originally discovered in the Kanto region, Typhlosion, Ho-Oh, Darmanitan originally discovered in the Unova region, and Chandelure
  • Poison Sting: This Poison-type Fast Attack will now generate more energy, allowing Pokémon like Vespiquen, Drapion, and Whirlipede to use their Charged Attacks more frequently
  • Flame Charge: This powerful Fire-type attack will now be teachable to Rapidash originally discovered in the Kanto region, Entei, Emboar, and Chandelure

Incinerate is an entirely new move available to these Pokémon at the moment, Poison Sting has been changed to build energy faster, and Flame Charge is now available to more Pokémon than before.

Bonus box available now

As an apology for issues “preventing Shiny Shadow Pokémon from appearing,” Niantic has introduced a free Bonus box to the Pokémon Go shop.

The box contains 3 Rocket Radars, 10 Pokeballs, 3 Hyper Potions, and 3 Revives, and will be available to all Trainers until 6pm PT on November 10.

November Community Days announced

November 2020 will bring not one, but two community days to Pokémon Go.

Electabuzz Community Day will run on November 15, from 11am to 5pm local time. You’ll have a chance to find shiny Electabuzz, Elekid will be in 2km eggs, and Electivire can learn the exclusive move Flamethrower.

Magmar Community Day will go ahead the week after, on November 21 from 11am to 5pm local time. Similarly to it’s partner Community Day above, there’s a chance to grab a shiny Magmar, Magby will be in 2km eggs, and Magmortar can learn the exclusive move Thunderbolt.

You can find all the details about the two days on our Pokémon Go event page.

The PokéCoin-rewards test has been discontinued

Back in May 2020, Niantic announced the PokéCoin-rewards test, a trial to experiment with PokéCoins in Pokémon Go, and different ways of players earning and using the precious currency. But today Niantic announced that the test – which ran in Australia, Germany, New Zealand, and Taiwan – is being discontinued, and the currency system is reverting to its previous state on November 5.

“Based on Trainer feedback and collected data, this PokéCoin-rewards test will be discontinued in all test countries,” said Niantic in the post. “We appreciate Trainers’ participation in the test, and we’ll continue to look for ways to improve how players can earn PokéCoins.”

It’s hard to say what this means for a potential revamp of how players earn PokéCoins in Pokémon Go, but it seems likely that the current system is sticking around for now, at least.

AR Mapping research

Trainers level 20 and up can now complete special AR mapping tasks. Certain PokéStops will have a special design and will give you a task that will involve scanning the area around the stop with the camera of your device. Completing this research will count towards your daily Field Research task. Check out the full details below.

Changes to eggs

As the seasons change, so do the Pokémon hatching out of eggs! Professor Willow has revealed all the Pokémon you may hatch on your journey.

  • Strange Eggs: Larvitar, Absol, Sandile, Scraggy, Trubbish, Pawniard, Vullaby, and Deino.
  • 2 km Eggs: Zubat, Poliwag, Cubone, Magikarp, Mareep, Wooper, Snubbull, Volbeat, Illumise, Wailmer, Swablu, Buizel, Buneary, Snivy, Tepig, Oshawott, and Minccino.
  • 5 km Eggs: Machop, Farfetch’d, Seel, Voltorb, Lickitung, Kangaskhan, Tauros, Eevee, Pineco, Heracross, Corsola, Ralts, Aron, Torkoal, Feebas, Tropius, Clamperl, Relicanth, Mime Jr., Chatot, Hippopotas, Carnivine, Pansage, Pansear, Panpour, Pachirisu, Blitzle, Roggenrola, Maractus, Gothita, Solosis, and Bouffalant.
  • 10 km Eggs: Shinx, Gible, Riolu, Audino, Timburr, Darumaka, Sigilyph, Emolga, Ferroseed, Klink, Elgyem, Litwick, Axew, Golett, and Rufflet.

Note: Pokémon that can only be encountered in certain regions will only hatch in the same region where they are encountered in the wild.

halloween 2020 update

With Halloween slowly approaching, Niantic has revealed all the changes coming to Pokémon Go in the latest update. The new Halloween-themed Special Research introduces Galarian Yamask to the game, and players that complete the Field Research tasks may find a shiny one. The Halloween update begins on October 23 and lasts until November 3.

  • Ghost-type Pokémon will appear more often in the wild, as well as be featured in raids, and will be hatching more frequently from Eggs
  • Gengar and Sableye will be wearing costumes this year – Gengar is located in a raid and Sableye will be appearing in the wild and as a potential Egg hatch
  • Help Professor Willow to uncover the mysteries surrounding Galarian Yamask
  • Find Spiritomb by completing specific Field Research tasks and the Halloween Special Research story
  • Completing the Mega Buddy Challenge Timed Research will unlock the exclusive Timed Research which rewards Gengar Mega Energy
  • Darkrai will appear in five-star raids
  • Field Research tasks will be Halloween-themed
  • New avatar items are available, including a Pikachu Mask, Gengar Onesie, Sableye Goggles, Sableye Mask, and Banette Mask
  • Creepy Crate, Boo Bundle, and Pumpkin Pack will be heading to the shop
  • Snapshots will reveal spooky surprises
  • The bonuses for this event are: 2x Transfer Candy and 2x Catch Candy

There are three important dates to look out for if you’re looking to catch them all.

  • Alolan Marowak Raid Day – Expect to see Alolan Marowak appear more often in raids on October 31
  • Catch Mastery: Ghost Day – On October 25, Ghost Pokémon will appear more often in the wild
  • GO Battle League: Halloween Cup – From October 26 to November 3, take part in the Halloween Cup in the GO Battle League. Only Poison-, Bug-, Ghost-, Dark-, and Fairy-type Pokémon with 1500 CP or less will be allowed to participate

Two, five and ten Kilometer Egg Changes?!

Mega Evolution updates

Niantic has made two useful updates for Mega Evolutions in Pokémon Go:

  • Pokémon will now remain in their Mega Evolved form for four hours, up from eight
  • The Mega Energy cap is now 2,000, up from 999

Pokémon Bus Tour: Explore Gala

  • You may have seen photo, video, or even a rare real-life spotting of the Pokémon bus currently travelling around the UK, but what is it?
  • The bus is celebrating the Galar Expedition Tour. You can find the Galar Expedition Guide here
  • You can also keep up with bus’s journey to the real-life UK locations that inspired the Galar region in a five-part YouTube series.

Strange eggs

What’s with the eggs?

Strange Eggs have appeared in Pokémon GO. Players can hatch the following Pokémon from these eggs:  Larvitar, Scraggy, Trubbish, and Vullaby. There might be a few more secrets, too, although Niantic aren’t saying.

To acquire a Strange Egg, you’ll need to defeat a Team GO Rocket Leader. To hatch it, you’ll need to walk 12 km to hatch it. You’ll need to have space in your Egg inventory before your battle to get your hands on a Strange Egg. Strange Eggs will continue to be available in Pokémon GO after the event ends.

If you don’t fancy walking the 12 km, you can place your egg in an Incubator, in which case it will require only 3 km to hatch.

There’s a host of other changes as part of the Strange Eggs event, too. Poison-type and Dark-type Pokémon will be more common. Watch out, though, because Team GO Rocket will be even more active than they usually are. You can read a full list of additions here.

Event Schedule:

  • Begins: Monday, October 12, 2020, at 13:00 PST/ 16:00 EST/ 20:00 GMT/ 22:00 CET
  • Ends: Monday, October 19, 2020, at 22.00 PDT/ 01:00 EST/17:00 GMT/07:00 CET

new Shadow Pokémon on the way

The PokéMiners – a Pokémon Go datamining group – recently discovered Shadow forms added for the following Pokémon:

Slowpoke, Slowbro, Slowking, Hopip, Skiploom, Jumpluff, Teddiursa, Ursaring, Skarmory, Kabuto, Kabutops, Aipom, Ambipom.

The info was found by the PokéMiners in the code to Niantic’s latest update.

changes to temporary bonuses

Pokémon Go implemented in-game changes to adapt to the global environment. These temporary bonuses are now, sadly, coming to an end. Any active bonuses will continue to show up in your Today View.

The following bonuses will stay in place:

  • The maximum gifts you can hold will remain at 20
  • You will continue to receive three times Stardust and Experience for the first catch of the day
  • Incense duration will remain at 60 minutes

The following bonuses have changed:

  • Hatch distance will return to normal
  • Increased effectiveness of incense will only apply while walking
  • Your buddy will only bring you gifts once a day
  • You continue to have a higher chance of receiving a gift when you spin a stop, but it is no longer guaranteed

Pokemon Home Connectivity

During a Pokémon Sword and Shield live stream, The Pokémon Company announced Pokémon Go will soon connect to Pokémon Home! An exact date was not given during the stream, but it is expected before the end of this year. When the integration goes live, special events will take place in Pokémon Go featuring specific Pokémon. The Mystery Box will also activate when you transfer Pokémon to Pokémon Home, and if you open the box during the special event, you may encounter a shiny Meltan!

The PokéStop scan feature is now available to trainers level 20 and up

In this tiny bit of Pokémon Go news, Niantic has opened up the PokéStop scan feature to trainers level 20 and up. This feature allows you to take and upload videos of real-life PokéStops and Gyms, which will allow Niantic to generate dynamic 3D maps of these locations, allowing for improved AR functionality.

You can learn more about it on the official Pokémon Go blog.

Niantic has tweaked Mega Evolutions based on community feedback

Following community feedback, Niantic has announced the following changes to the brand new Mega Evolution feature:

  • It’s now cheaper to Mega Evolve a Pokémon a second (or more) time
  • Trainers now receive more Mega Energy from Mega Raids

The following changes are also currently in the planning phase:

  • Walking with your buddy will earn you Mega Energy
  • You will earn Mega Energy from research tasks and other gameplay modes
  • You will earn bonus Candy when catching Pokémon of the same type as your current Mega Pokémon

Niantic is removing POKÉMON GO support for older devices

Niantic has revealed that it is removing Pokémon Go support for older Android and iOS devices in October. Any Android phone or device with Android 5.0, or any Apple device running iOS 10 or 11, will no longer be able to access the game when next month rolls around.

We don’t know precisely when in October that access will be removed yet, but you can see the post below:

Niantic details upcoming Go Battle League fixes

Niantic has released a letter to all Go Battle League players demonstrating its plans for upcoming fixes.

Here’s a round-up of what to expect:

  • Niantic has increased the size of its QA team
  • Automated testing is incoming, freeing up the QA team to perform more in-depth testing
  • More transparency surrounding bugs, and what Niantic is working on

Mega Evolutions arrive in Pokémon Go August 27

Niantic has confirmed that Mega Evolutions will arrive in Pokémon Go on August 26, with Beedrill, Blastoise, Charizard, and Venusaur making up the initial batch.

You can access these new Pokémon via upcoming Mega Raids, which see you battling the Mega forms. You gain an increasing number of a new resource, Mega Energy, depending on how fast you beat the Mega Raid, and use Mega Energy to Mega Evolve your Pokémon.

You can only have a single Mega Pokémon at any one time though. As soon as you perform a second Mega Evolution, your first Mega Pokémon will revert back to its normal form, though getting it back into its Mega form will cost less Mega Energy than before.

Here’s everything else you need to know about Mega Evolutions:

  • Mega Pokémon can attack gyms but can’t defend them
  • You can use them in PvP amongst friends but not in the Go Battle League
  • You can use them in raid battles and they grant their fellow Pokémon with boosts

Thanks, Polygon.

Pokémon Go will soon get new gift stickers

Good news, gift-givers: Niantic has revealed that it’s working on brand new stickers that you can whack on gifts you send to your friends.

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