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Pokémon GO Update Will be the Biggest One Yet

Promo Poster for Pokémon GO Beyond

Pokémon GO has become a worldwide phenomenon as an augmented reality game. The mobile game has encouraged Trainers to be active, get some fresh air, and become part of wonderful community. After over 4 years, a Pokémon GO update, called “Pokémon GO Beyond,” will be releasing. The aim is to rebalance levelling up and add rotating season, which will affect the world of Pokémon Go.

Taken directly from the official website:

  • Different Pokémon will be appearing more often in the wild, hatching from Eggs, and appearing in raids. Some Pokémon will be more difficult to find depending on the Season, so catch them while you can!
  • Based on what hemisphere you’re in, you can find different Pokémon appearing in the wild each Season. For example, in the first Season, Pokémon related to winter will be appearing in the wild in the northern hemisphere, while Burmy, Darumaka, and other Pokémon related to summer will be appearing in the wild in the southern hemisphere. You might notice other differences in the Pokémon you can find in the wild, too.
  • In addition, different forms of Deerling will be appearing in the wild depending on which hemisphere you’re in, so keep a lookout!
  • In-game events will be themed based on the Season they occur in!
  • Seasons will be continually updated with more features and content.
Promo image for Pokemon Go Beyond Seasons
Source: Pokemon GO

Furthermore, there will be different Mega-Evolved Pokémon available for raids each Season, as well as certain Mega-Evolved Pokémon having increased CP for limited time periods.

GO Battle Leagues will also see an expansion from 10 to 24 ranks, rewarding new names and corresponding badges. They will be in sync with Seasons, and will rotate on the same three-month schedule.

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The first Season will begin on Tuesday, December 1, 2020, the Season of Celebration. Pokémon from the Kalos region will make their way to Pokémon GO.

To celebrate their arrival and the new year, Professor Willow is embarking on a quest to research the different regions of the Pokémon world, and he needs your help!

During this Season, Trainers will be able to participate in a series of in-game events featuring Pokémon first discovered in different regions. Whether you’re a fan of Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, Unova, or Kalos, Pokémon originally discovered in each of these regions will be appearing as Professor Willow looks to discover and celebrate their rich histories.

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In addition to the Seasons update are a series of features to make levelling up more varied and interesting, as well as increasing the level cap from 40 to 50 as part of the Pokémon GO update.

Promo Poster for Pokémon Go Levels
Source: Pokemon GO

XP from catching or evolving Pokémon, as well as hatching eggs and registering new Pokédex entries. Furthermore, starting November 18, 2020 1:00PM PST (GMT -8) up until the end of the year, there will be a double XP Catch bonus to help Trainers reach level 40.

Trainers who reach level 40 before the New Year (local time) will earn the Legacy 40 Trainer title and some exclusive rewards, such as a Timed Research that rewards an exclusive Gyarados Hat avatar item and a Legacy 40 medal.

Leveling up beyond 40 will also require more than just XP: Trainers will need to complete new Level-Up Research between levels. Examples of the challenges, as well as extra content from Pokémon GO update can be found on the Pokémon GO website.

Level 40 Beyond Research

Some of the new features will be rolling out to level 40 Trainers in Australia for testing, while also giving those who participate an opportunity to provide feedback through a survey. However, it won’t be too long before these features will be available to the rest of the world and we can all experience Pokémon GO Beyond.

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