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Pokémon Go update: July Community Day

The latest Pokémon Go updates, events, news, patches, plus new Pokémon and species: full list

July 3, 2020: We’ve updated our Pokémon Go update guide with July Community Day details.

Pokémon Go is a very busy game. Niantic has settled into a nice rhythm of providing a wealth of content via Pokémon Go updates, which introduce new events, features, and more to your favourite mobile game. There is so much happening on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis that it’s actually really challenging to keep on top of, even if you’re well-versed in keeping up to date with the latest Pokémon Go news.

But that’s where we come in. We want to help you keep on top of all of the various different Pokémon Go events in a single place, so you don’t ever have to go anywhere else to learn, at a glance, exactly what’s going on. We’re going to include details of all of the latest updates and patch notes, current and future events, and any and all news that Niantic announces that aren’t related to the above.

You can use our handy jump links to get to the section that interests you the most, and if you’re looking for more content, check out our Pokémon Go raids and how to play Pokémon Go at home guides.

Here are all of the latest Pokémon Go updates, events, and news:

Pokémon Go News

Whenever we discover an exciting upcoming feature that hasn’t made it into an update yet, or isn’t related to events, we will detail it in this section.

New features:

  • Team Go Rocket is up to something:
  • Professor Willow has reported on a series of paper scraps that the team leaders have found, which seem to point towards Team Go Rocket
  • The two images released so far show Team Go Rocket assembling a hot air balloon, which they then ride and chuck nets from to capture Pokémon. We’ll have to to wait and see how this unfolds in gameplay terms
  • A hot air balloon, which appears to depict the Team Go Rocket logo, has appeared in the sky. Spark reported it to Professor Willow while sharing scraps of paper, which were similar to the previous two found. Just what are these guys up to?
  • Galarian Farfetch’d: the Pokémon Sword and Shield version of Farfetch’d has made its Pokémon Go debut, and is now appearing in the wild
  • Galarian Farfetch’d avatar items: you can purchase these inspired from the style shop right now
  • Isle of Armor-themed avatar items: you can grab these cosmetic items completely for free in the style shop right now

Upcoming Features:

The following two features were announced in a news post on the Pokémon blog, and will make it into Pokémon Go soon.

  • Daily guaranteed encounters: as the name suggests, you will soon get a guaranteed encounter with a Pokémon each day, making Pokémon Go much easier to play at home
  • Daily free boxes: speaking of daily nice things, a free box will soon be available in the shop that will provide you with items on a daily basis
  • Mega Evolutions: Mega Evolutions are coming to Pokémon Go soon, Niantic revealed in a recent livestream
  • 32-bit Android support discontinued: Niantic announced that it would end 32-bit Android support for Pokémon Go in August, but has since backpedaled, so it’s not clear if, or when, this is happening
  • Gift Stickers: you will soon be able to add a special sticker to gifts that you share with your friends, with five stickers being made available when the feature launches
  • Invite friends to raids: this upcoming new feature will make it easier for you to raid remotely with your friends, allowing you to invite them to a private or public raid while you’re in the lobby

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Pokémon Go update list

Below, we’re going to round up all of the biggest new Pokémon Go updates. We won’t include details of every single patch, as many patches simply provide miscellaneous bug fixes. Instead, we’ll only include details of the biggest updates so you don’t have to sift through a ton of patch notes to get to what interests you.

POKÉMON GO UPDATE VERSION 1.145.2 PATCH NOTES

This patch adds the following features:

  • Fourth-anniversary boxes are now available in the shop in the following forms:
  • Special Box
  • Ultra Box
  • Adventure Box

Pokémon Go update version 1.143.0 patch notes

This patch adds the following features:

  • You can now use your Apple ID to sign into Pokémon Go
  • Niantic has introduced the ability for trainers to record a stream of images for local Pokéstops and gyms, which will allow Niantic to build 3D maps of these locations

Pokémon Go update version 1.141.0 patch notes

This patch adds the following features:

  • Your buddy Pokémon can now visit nearby Pokéstops to collect gifts on your behalf, which you can then send to friends

Pokémon Go update version 1.139.0 patch notes

This patch adds the following features:

  • You can now access nearby raids remotely, thanks to the introduction of the Remote Raid Pass
  • You will receive a bonus daily field research task each day, without the need to spin a PokéStop
  • Pokémon can be powered up to the desired CP using all required candies and stardust at once
  • You can now extend the duration of star pieces, lucky eggs, and incense by using several items at once

Pokémon Go update version 1.137.1 patch notes

This patch adds the following features:

  • You can now see all current event bonuses at a glance on the research screen
  • Go Battle League now lets you play until you win

Pokémon Go update version 1.131.0 patch notes

This patch adds the following features:

  • Niantic has made undisclosed changes to trainer battles and various combat systems.

Pokémon Go update version 1.29.0 patch notes

This patch adds the following features:

  • You can now feed your buddy treats
  • Your buddy can join you on the map screen
  • Use AR+ and you can play with your buddy
  • Wondering how your buddy is feeling? Now you can find out
  • As you increase your buddy level, you’ll unlock new perks

Pokémon Go update version 1.27.1 patch notes

This patch adds the following features:

  • The new Rocket Radar feature helps you locate Team Go Rocket hideouts
  • You can catch new Shadow Pokémon that Team Go Rocket leaders have left behind

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Pokémon Go events: Every single upcoming Pokémon Go Event listed

In this section, we’ll detail all current and upcoming Pokémon Go events. We’ll keep this regularly refreshed, and remove events from the previous months that are no longer applicable.

july community day: gastly

Niantic has announced details of July Community Day, which features Gastly. Here are the full details:

  • July Community Day takes place on Sunday, July 19 between 11:00 and 17:00 local time
  • Gastly will appear more frequently in the wild
  • Shiny Gastly has a chance of making an appearance
  • If you evolve Haunter, Gastly’s evolved form, during the event, the subsequent Gengar will know Shadow Punch
  • You can get a surprise by taking snapshots during the event
  • A Jully Community Day Box, featuring 30 Ultra Balls, an Elite Fast TM, two Incense, and two Super Incubators will be available in the shop
  • A Special Research story, ‘The Great Gastly’, is available for $1/£1 in the shop, and sees Professor Willow investigate spooky happenings
  • Eggs require a quarter of the hatch distance when placed in incubators
  • Incense will last for three hours

July Research Breakthrough encounter: Larvitar

July’s Research Breakthrough encounter, features Larvitar, the Rock Skin Pokémon. Here are the full details:

  • The event begins on Wednesday, July 1 at 13:00 PDT and ends on Saturday, August 1 at 13:00 PDT
  • Larvitar is available as a Research Breakthrough encounter
  • You may encounter a Shiny Larvitar

July Spotlight Hours

Spotlight Hours make a return, as ever, in Pokémon Go in July. Here are the full details:

  • Spotlight Hours take place weekly on a Tuesday, between 18:00 – 19:00 local time
  • July 7: Taillow is in the spotlight, and you earn double candy for transferring Pokémon
  • July 14: Zubat is in the spotlight, and you earn double XP for evolving Pokémon
  • July 21: Oddish is in the spotlight, and you earn double stardust for catching Pokémon
  • July 28: Buizel is in the spotlight, and you earn double XP for catching Pokémon

July Raid Hour

Kyurem arrives in Pokémon Go this month in a series of Raid Hours. Here are the full details:

  • Kyurem will arrive in Pokémon Go on Tuesday, July 7 at 13:00 PDT in five-star raids
  • Raid Hour events featuring Kyurem will happen throughout July on the following dates and times:
  • July 8 between 18:00 – 19:00 local time
  • July 15 between 18:00 – 19:00 local time
  • July 22 between 18:00 – 19:00 local time
  • July 29 between 18:00 – 19:00 local time

Ho-oh special raid weekend

Ho-Oh will make an appearance in five-star raids during the weekend commencing on July 3. Here are the full details:

  • Ho-Oh will appear in five-star raids between Friday, July 3 at 08:00 local time and Monday, July 6 at 22:00 local time

Pokémon Go Fest 2020

A virtual version of Pokémon Go Fest will take place in July, Niantic has announced. This makes a change from previous events, which were held in real-world locations, like Chicago, Dortmund, and Yokohama.

This year’s Pokémon Go Fest will take place between July 25 and 26, and is a completely global event. Ticket holders can also attend both of the days, rather than only one as before.

Here are the full details:

  • Pokémon Go Fest 2020 will take place over two days: July 25 and 26
  • Day one will feature:
  • A special research story
  • Five habitats of fire, water, grass, battle, and friendship will rotate on an hourly basis, featuring special Pokémon each time
  • Trainers can work together to complete tasks in the Global Challenge Arena, though this feature is exclusive to ticket holders
  • You can encounter over 75 different species of Pokémon in the wild, raids, and special research encounters
  • Day two, on the other hand, is completely different to day one. All we know so far is:
  • There will be another special research story
  • Everything else about day two is a surprise

Aside from that, you can purchase a physical Pokémon Go Fest 2020 t-shirt online from the Pokémon Center, and there will be free printable paper crafts to help you decorate your home in celebration of the festival.

Finally, there will be a special micro site go live that will help you keep track of the various events, interact with fellow trainers, and participate in giveaways.

Pokémon Go fourth anniversary celebrations

But wait, there’s more! During the three weeks leading up to Pokémon Go Fest 2020, all trainers can participate in timed research lines that will unlock additional Pokémon appearances during the festival. This is to celebrate the fourth anniversary of Pokémon Go.

Here’s a full rundown of how it will work:

Week one: July 3, 08:00 – July 8. 22:00 local time

  • Go Fest Weekly Challenge: Skill kicks off with a timed research to complete
  • There are three tasks to complete, and you’ll earn an encounter with Ducklett and Flying Pikachu, a star piece, and more
  • If one million team members complete the timed research, you’ll get an encounter with the following Pokémon:
  • Instinct: Chimecho
  • Mystic: Alomomola
  • Valor: Chansey
  • If you complete the timed research, you’ll gain access to the Go Fest Elite Skill challenge, which is just for bragging rights

Week two: July 10, 08:00 – July 15, 22:00 local time

  • Go Fest Weekly Challenge: Battle kicks off with a timed research to complete
  • Complete all tasks to earn an encounter with Hitmonlee and Absol, a Super Rocket Radar, and more
  • If one million team members complete the timed research, you’ll get an encounter with the following Pokémon:
  • Instinct: Ferroseed
  • Mystic: Alolan Grimer
  • Valor: Alolan Marowak
  • If you complete the timed research, you’ll gain access to the Go Fest Elite Battle challenge, which is just for bragging rights

week three: july 17, 08:00 – July 22, 22:00 local time

  • Go Fest Weekly Challenge: Friendship kicks off with a timed research to complete
  • Complete all tasks to earn an encounter with Alolan Raichu and Petilil, a lucky egg, and more
  • If one million team members complete the timed research, you’ll get an encounter with the following Pokémon:
  • Instinct: Togetic
  • Mystic: Dratini
  • Valor: Litwick
  • If you complete the timed research, you’ll gain access to the Go Fest Elite Friendship challenge, which is just for bragging rights

A minimum of $5 million will be donated towards projects that support diversity on the Niantic platform, while the other half will go to non-profit organisations that help local communities rebuild.

If you’d like to purchase a ticket for Pokémon Go Fest 2020, you can do so within Pokémon Go itself. Simply follow these instructions:

  • Open the shop
  • Tap the Pokémon Go Fest 2020 image
  • Hit ‘Buy’
  • The ticket will appear in your item bag
  • Return on days one and two of the event to receive access to the entire experience

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