This Week In Pokémon GO
With updates, activities, events, and more coming out every single week in Pokémon GO, we thought it was about time to take a look at this week, and how it stacks up with what we have seen in previous years. TWIPGH, or “This Week in Pokemon GO History”, is a series on GO Hub that takes a look at this calendar week from 2019 to 2016.
|This Week in Pokémon GO History Index|
|2019||Battle Showdown / New Filters|
|2018||Legendary Week / Bug Fixes / Xiamen New Media Exhibition|
|2017||Niantic Warns Trainers|
|Final Notes||My closing thoughts on this week of Pokémon GO|
This week of 2019 brought us back a popular event from last year and added a much-desired feature to the game.
With battles taking a bigger and bigger role in Pokémon GO, it came as no surprise that last year’s Battle Showdown would return again. This time around however brought a few new troops! This included brand new shinies, a brand new move, and increased Trainer Battle rewards! Of course, though the stars of the show were the fighting types!
Game Data Changes – New Filters
The biggest change this time has to be the brand new filters added to the search bar for Pokémon, including some such as ‘baby’, ‘hatched’, and ‘item’. Besides this, the appearance of forms in the Pokédex were updated, and finally, OpenStreetMap data was updated, adding new spawn points!
This week of 2018 gave us a raid boss winner, a slew of bug fixes, and an AR event featuring some special Pokémon!
With the previously established event, the change this time around was that the winner of Legendary Week was announced- Rayquaza! This was due to Trainers accomplishing more Rayquaza raids than Kyogre and Groudon. Rayquaza brought with it some windy weather boosted Pokémon to raids and egg hatches!
Game Data Changes – Bug Fixes
The game data changes this time around resulted in being mostly fixes, first with adjusting dodge distance to certain Pokémon, then a fix to a time-zone bug that had been plaguing Trainers, and finally some changes to the Pokémon GO Plus code. Overall, just fixes, but important ones nonetheless.
Mini-News Roundup – Xiamen New Media Exhibition
The first and most interesting news here had to have been the Augmented reality showcase in Xiamen where Trainers were able to throw Pokéballs at a screen to catch Mewtwo or Pikachu! The second piece of news to mention is that the previous sponsor ‘Globe Telecom’ from the Philippines decided to end its contract with Niantic!
This week of 2017 gave Trainers a scare and a strong warning for the future!
Mini-News Roundup – Niantic Warns Trainers
The only real news to mention this time around was that with spoofing taking a bigger part of Pokémon GO along with the use of maps and other third-party applications, Niantic released a warning to Trainers in-game, mentioning the possibility of even losing one’s accounts if the activity were to continue.
Overall, this week didn’t bring much to the table, with the biggest thing to notice being the Battle Showdown of this year. It is an unfortunate sight, but in light of the recent event-fatigue, I would say this is actually a good thing. Hopefully, things will start to calm for a bit so we can appreciate the events that come along so much more.
Do us a favor, tell us about this week in your own Pokémon GO history, what was your best catch this week? How about your best catch this same week of 2018? How about from 2017? How has your Pokémon journey evolved since then? Be sure to tell us in the comments below.
Have fun, and stay safe, Trainers!