September 9, 2020: In the latest Pokémon Go news, Niantic opens up the PokéStop scan feature to trainers level 20 and above.
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:
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.
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 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:
In an upcoming update to Pokémon GO in October, we will end support for Android 5, iOS 10, and iOS 11, as well as iPhone 5s and iPhone 6 devices. Trainers with devices not specifically listed here will not be affected and don’t need to take any action.
— Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) August 31, 2020
Niantic has confirmed that Jessie and James will halt their balloon-fueled assault on the world of Pokémon on September 30, so it’s worth getting as many battles in as possible until then.
In similar news, Niantic has announced the Pokémon Go event line-up for September. Learn more by reading our guide, linked above. There’s also a special legendary raids event happening in September, which we have outlined in our Pokémon Go raids guide.
There’s plenty to be excited about!
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
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
To decide the next two featured Pokémon for Pokémon Go’s September and October community Day events, Niantic held a vote on Twitter between Caterpie, Grimer, Porygon, and Charmander. Nearly a million votes were cast and we can confirm that Porygon and Charmander won with flying colours.
Porygon took home a massive 55% of the votes, while Charmander received a respectable 37%. That means Porygon will feature in September, with Charmander taking up the mantle in October.
Keep an eye on our Pokémon Go event guide for further details.
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.
You can get a taste of the new stickers by checking out the
To make up for the myriad of technical issues that trainers experienced during Dragon Week, Niantic is holding a makeup event that will give you a second chance to get all of the rewards.
You can learn more about it in our Pokémon Go event guide.
Niantic has announced that its two upcoming Pokémon Go community days in September and October will feature Pokémon decided by the players.
Here are the candidates:
How to vote:
Niantic will post a poll on the official Pokémon Go Twitter at 18:00 PDT on Saturday, August 22. You have 24 hours to vote for the Pokémon you’d like to see on a community day.
The winners will be announced shortly after the voting ends, with the two top Pokémon being featured in September and October community day events respectively.
Niantic has revealed its line-up of August events, which you can learn all about in our Pokémon Go event guide. However, the big Pokémon Go news here is that Niantic is hosting a Pokémon Go Fest 2020 makeup event, which, as the name suggests, makes up for the technical issues many players experienced.
You can find out the full details in our event guide, linked above, but it takes place on August 16 and is exclusive to those who purchased a Pokémon Go Fest 2020 ticket.