Pokémon Go updates: all the news and rumors for what’s coming next

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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 another summer of Pokémon Go Fest events to look forward to.

But without further ado, here’s our guide to all the latest Pokémon Go news and updates.

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What’s new? There are some Legendary Raids and Global Challenges to look out for
Legendary Raids

Adventure Week is now over but there are more Legendary Raid Hours happening this month.

On June 12 from 6pm to 7pm local time you’ll have the chance to catch the Lunar Pokémon Cresselia. While June 19 and 26 at the same times, Kyogre will be appearing in Raids.

When’s the next Pokémon Go event?
Pokémon Go Fest

There are more Pokémon Go Fest gatherings taking place around the world this summer. While these gatherings take place in specific cities, even if you can’t make it it’s worth keeping an eye out for the ways you can participate from a distance.

June 13 – 16: Chicago, Grant Park
July 4 – 7: Dortmund, Westfalen Park
August 5 – 12: Yokohama
Global Challenge

Alongside Pokémon Go Fest Professor Willow has set some challenges on a global scale this summer for each of the team leaders – Spark, Blanche and Candela – and their followers so that everyone can take part no matter where they are. When a team successfully completes their task, they’ll get special rewards.

Spark’s challenge period is up first on Thursday June 13 to Sunday June 16 in line with Chicago’s event and revolves around Candy. The challenge for each team is to complete 15 million research tasks globally, with Team Instinct unlocking 1 Rare Candy, Team Valor 1/2 Hatch Distance and Team Mystic double Hatch Candy on completion. Any unlocked bonus will then run until June 18. If all bonuses are unlocked then Raikou will be available in raids on a yet unspecified date.

Next is Candela’s XP challenge during the Dortmund Fest from July 4 to July 7. The challenge for each team is still to complete 15 million research tasks globally but this time Team Instinct will unlock 1-hour Lucky Eggs, Team Valor will get triple Hatch XP and Team Mystic will be treated to double Raid XP on completion. Any unlocked bonus will then run until July 16. If all bonuses are unlocked then Entei will be available in raids on July 14.

The final challenge is for Blanche, revolving around Stardust. This challenge ties in with the Fest in Yokohama and runs from August 5 to August 12. This time around players must complete 25 million research tasks globally (there’s a little more time, after all). On successful completion, Team Instinct will 3000 Stardust per Raid, Team Valor will get triple Hatch Stardust and Team Mystic will unlock 1-hour Star Pieces. Any unlocked bonus will then run from August 13 until August 20. Unlock all of the bonuses? Then you can look forward to Suicune Raids on August 13.

When’s the next Pokémon Go Community Day?
Now that Slakoth has had its day, the next Pokémon Go Community Day takes place on July 21. The featured Pokémon for the event isn’t yet known though it’s currently rumored to be Mudkip.

Pokémon Go update: what’s next?
Niantic hasn’t revealed any more plans for what’s coming next in Pokémon Go in terms of the big picture but there are always new creatures and new events happening in the game. Big reveals can happen at any time, though, and we’ll report them right here if and when any announcement happens.

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