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Pokemon Go Winter Event Begins Soon

Niantic officially revealed their plans for Pokemon Go's seasonal winter event. The celebration begins this Tuesday (12/18/18) and will run into 2019. While the event is active players will be able to earn special bonuses, hatch eggs faster, and encounter Sinnoh based Pokemon more often.

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Pokemon Go Does It Again!

This is the third year in a row Niantic is holding this snowy event and like the years before, it will feature a special Pikachu wearing a unique hat. Along with the unique electric type, Niantic says more ice types and generation 4 Pokemon will appear. The promotional art for the event includes some Pokemon like Snover, Abomasnow, Muchlax, Chingling, and Croagunk.

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The image also features three legendary monsters from the Sinnoh region Azelf, Uxie, and Mesprit, suggesting that the trio will also enter the mobile hit during the event. Finally, Niantic has also announced that Delibird will be available along with its shiny form.

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On top of all the new Pokemon making their way into the game, the app will feature a bunch of new bonuses for players to achieve. Each of these will be distributed every couple of days, from December 18th-22nd, trainers will earn twice as much candy for catching and transferring Pokemon; from the 22nd-26th, they'll receive double the amount of stardust for catching monsters; from the 26th-30th, players will receive double the experience for catching Pokemon; lastly from the 30th to the last day of the event January 2nd, incubators will hatch eggs twice as fast.

Pokemon Go Winer Event Keeps On Giving!

The final bonus Niantic is offering during the event is a guaranteed incubator for a trainer's first photo-disk spin of the day. The mobile game developer also said that an increased amount of Pokemon that will hatch from 7km eggs and trainers have an increased chance of hatching the monsters Smoochum or Azurill.

Those interested in learning more about the Pokemon Go Winter Event can read more about it on the official Pokemon website. For all the latest updates on all things Pokemon be sure to keep checking back here at GigamaxGames.com!

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Pokémon Go, PvP Multiplayer Update: What You Need To Know

Pokémon Go, PvP Multiplayer Update: What You Need To Know

Pokémon Go is finally giving gamers the chance to battle each other with an update focused on delivering a true PvP experience. There is no set release date but Niantic, Inc and The Pokémon Company ensure fans they will have a chance to fight their friends by the end of December 2018. Pokémon Go will open up both online and local PvP as well as introduce the Trainer League.

  • Pokémon Go Trainer Battles Breakdown
  • The Three Trainer Leagues / Local Battles
  • Single Player Battles
  • Pokémon Trainer Battle Rewards

Pokémon Go Trainer Battles Breakdown

Mobile gamers will be able to face other Pokémon trainers online. One-on-One fights can take place between random players, local trainers, or friends. Friends can send battle invites when they reach the top two tiers of friendship, Ultra Friends or Best Friends. Both Good and Great Friends cannot send battle requests through the Friends list.

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Trainers will need to create Pokémon battle parties before their battles. These battle parties are made up of three Pokémon instead of the classic six. Once the two trainers face off, they will be able to choose which battle party they want to use. Battles don’t use the traditional Pokémon turn-based style and instead, people will tap or hold the fast or charge attacks to perform a move. There will also be a Protect Shield ability that gamers can use when they think a big attack is coming. Furthermore, Pokémon Go trainers will be able to swap out their Pokémon anytime over the course of a battle. The only restriction on switching Pokémon is a cooldown timer that stops people from quickly spamming the switch Pokémon button.

Battles have a four-minute timer. A battle ends when either all of a person's Pokémon are defeated or the timer runs out. If both trainers have Pokémon still in play at the end of the four minutes, whoever's Pokémon has more health will be crowned the winner.

Gamers have unlimited access to Trainer Battles. They can pick fights with as many people as they’d like in a day. However, they will only get rewards from the first three.

The Three Trainer Leagues / Local Battles

Local Pokémon battles are handled a little different than their online counterpart. Local battles are dependent on Trainer Leagues. There are three different tiers that players have the option to join. In order to battle a player locally, trainers need to be a part of the same Trainer League and exchange battle codes. Battle codes are not the same as friend codes. These codes are QR codes that trainers will scan and will allow them to send an invite and start a local battle.

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Each Trainer League has a combat power limit. This helps gamers gauge the difficulty of the opponents in a particular league. A breakdown of each Trainer League can be found below.

Great League - Combat Power Maximum, 1,500

Ultra League - Combat Power Maximum, 2,500

Master League - No Combat Power Maximum

Single Player Battles

Before jumping into battles with friends and trainers from around the world, it might be smart to try a few single player battles first. The new update brings with it Team Leader Battles where gamers can battle three team captains, Blanche, Candela, and Spark. Gamers can battle these NPCs as much as they’d like to level up their Pokémon but will only be rewarded once each day, more on the rewards below.

Pokémon Trainer Battle Rewards

There are some exciting rewards for those that take part in the new Pokémon Go PvP battles. Each trainer that takes part in a Trainer Battle or Team Leader Battles, winner, and loser, will receive a prize. Candy, Stardust, and rare items can all drop for any trainer. Every player walks away with a reason to celebrate. The actual winner of the battle won’t receive any additional rewards besides those all-important bragging rights.

Many thought Pokémon Go was going to be a fleeting fad but that was disproven after two years of consistent improvements and its ability to retain an audience. The Augmented Reality driven mobile app is even incorporated into the latest Nintendo Switch Pokémon games, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu. For more information on Pokémon Go and to keep up with the latest gaming news and updates, be sure to keep stopping by GigamaxGames.com every week for new articles!

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Adventure Sync – New Gameplay System by Niantic

Niantic, an American software development company announced yesterday they are releasing Adventure Sync. The company explained that this is a new Niantic Real World Platform gameplay system to get gamers going outside and exploring the actual world. Niantic, the developers of the massively popular Augmented Reality game, Pokemon GO will be implementing this technology alongside the mobile app. 

Adventure Sync - New Real World Gameplay System 

The Niantic Real World Platform was designed to give Pokemon GO players the ability to record their steps while having their phone in their pockets. Niantic explained in their official press release, “The key feature unlocks a wide variety of gameplay opportunities on the Niantic Real World Platform, servicing as an efficient and phone-friendly high-engagement tool that inspires players to head out into their local communities.” This explanation was followed up by the company expressing they will continue looking for new and exciting ways to use this technology in their future titles.

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At first, this sounded like a new game from Niantic. However, Adventure Sync is a new technology that will improve the experience of Niantic’s Real World gameplay experiences.

Syncing with the iOS HealthKit and Android Google Fit, gamers will be able to access weekly summaries that offers insight about their total distance traveled as well as other stats. Data on their calories burned and the number of steps they’ve taken will also be tracked if their devices allow it. Pokemon GO trainers can expect the Adventure Sync system to begin rolling out worldwide, shortly.

Big Rewards for Extra Activity

Pokemon GO players will soon have the option to use their activity and movement tracked through the Adventure Sync to cash for “big rewards”. Gamers can take part in weekly milestones to receive these new prizes. The software developer also made sure to mention that these big rewards go beyond Candy or Eggs hatching quicker.

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Pokemon GO took over the world for a short time when it released in July of 2016. It didn’t die out quickly but slowly fell out of fashion. After a few updates and gameplay improvements, Pokemon GO regained a strong audience. Niantic continues to add to and improve on Pokemon GO. With this new technology, the company will be able to add more incentive to go out and hunt for those beloved pocket monsters.

Niantic Gets Gamers Moving

In 2018 alone, Pokemon GO Trainers already walked a mindblowing 53% more while playing the game than they did in 2017. A survey of almost 2,000 Trainers found that 70% of them said Pokemon GO motivated them to walk more and 64% were motivated to go outdoors because of the game. 47% even feel their overall physical activity level increased since playing the Augmented Reality mobile app.

This response shows Niantic’s goal of getting gamers up and walking was a glowing success. Real world gameplay and Augmented Reality on this level is fairly new and Niantics Adventure Sync technology which is focused on a player's physical activity is absolutely innovative.

Even with all the success, Pokemon GO wasn’t without its negative press. People were trespassing, getting hit by cars, and the app was distracting them while driving. Now, that movement and travel is being tracked even while the app is off with Adventure Sync, this could even help avoid these situations.

There’s no set release date but Niantic hinted at a 2019 release. It’ll be exciting to see how this technology is used and improved on in the future. Be sure to keep checking back on GigamaxGames.com or follow the crew on Twitter or Facebook for the latest gaming news, reviews, and industry updated. 

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Pokemon Go Gets Some New Legendary Pokemon

Pokemon Go Gets Some New Legendary Pokemon

A brand new Legendary pocket monster has made its way to Pokemon Go. Regice, the ice version of the three legendary titans from the third generation of Pokemon games, can now be found at gyms around the world in the form of a raid battle. This beast will be available until July 19th where it will then most likely be replaced by the other two Legendaries.

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As usual, dedicated players will have to team up with other trainers and take on Regice before they get a chance to capture it. It is important to remember when going into the battle that ice-type Pokemon are weak against fire, rock, steel, and fighting types. Although, despite the monsters many weaknesses it has a particularly high defense stat, adding to the formidability of the latest Legendary opponent.

Two More Legendary Titans

The other two Legendary Titans, Regirock and Registeel, are expected to appear on Pokemon Go soon. Niantic has yet to confirm when fans can face the next two beasts but they'll follow the introduction of Regice late this summer.

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Regice arrives on the heels of Pokemon Go's latest in-game event, the Water Festival. Part of this event included trainers having the chance to catch another generation 3 Legendary, Kyogre, which returned to raid battles for a limited time. While Kyogre may no longer be available, trainers still have the opportunity to complete the latest set of Field Research Quests, which will lead to another chance to take on the Legendary bird Articuno.

Alongside the recently announced Legendaries, Niantic began rolling out the recently announced friends and trading features for Pokemon Go. Although, as of now, only players that have reached between levels 33 and 40 are able to take advantage of the long-awaited features. Niantic claims that these systems will eventually make their way to other players, but hasn't given a specific timeframe.

Pokemon Go continues to evolve and the Gigamax Games crew will continue watching out the mobile game progresses. Stop by again soon to keep up with the latest video game news and announcements.

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