When Niantic announced the first in-game Pokémon GO event this week, fans were pumped. From October 26 to November 1, “spooky” Pokémon are more common, and players earn Candy much faster. The ghost-types Gastly, Haunter and Gengar, the bat-like Zubat and Golbat, the dream-stealing Drowzee and Hypno, the sad Cubone child and Marowak mother, and the trouble-making Meowth have all been appearing in greater numbers. Additionally, players earn double the Candy from catching, hatching, and transferring Pokémon, and Buddy Pokémon earn Candy four times faster than normal.
Ingress, Niantic’s first mobile game, frequently has in-game events, and it’s exciting seeing GO continuing that trend. This event is a great opportunity to shake things up a little, especially in a game that some felt was beginning to stagnate.
Pokémon GO took the world by storm when it first launched, with everyone and their mother playing the mobile GPS-based game, and there wasn’t a day when it wasn’t in the news. Things have started slowing down, however, as the player base has evened out to a more normal size, and as the temperature has begun to drop since fall has gotten underway. Many fans have also complained about the game stagnating; players have been filling out their Pokédexes, reaching levels where wild Pokémon stop getting stronger, and Gyms have been taken over by hard-to-beat opponents.
Since GO currently only contains the first 150 Pokémon out of over 720, many have begun hoping to see the release of the second generation of Pokémon in the game. Some news sites are claiming that the feature will be added in December of this year, but Niantic has made no official statements on the subject as of yet. Considering that Niantic CEO John Hanke claimed that “players have only experienced 10% of Pokémon GO” at San Diego Comic-Con back in July, it sounds like there are many more things planned before a new generation is introduced. That was proved true once again by the announcement of this event.
So how do you take advantage of this limited-time event? Whether you’re a casual or competitive player, we have five suggestions for you below.
You’ve heard this advice before, and it applies once again. If you haven’t caught the Halloween Pokémon before, now is the perfect opportunity! It fills out your Pokédex, which grants experience needed for leveling up, plus you’ll earn experience with each capture. If you’ve mastered the curve ball and the other capture bonuses, you’ll be increasing your experiential gain by at least 10% with each capture. Some players are claiming to see more Pokémon spawns, too, and you never know if a Pokémon has those perfect IVs you’ve looking for!
Go on an evolution spree
Most players now know the Lucky Egg trick, which involves saving up tons of Pokémon who are ready to evolve and then activating a Lucky Egg. Since evolution gives tons of experience needed for leveling, and Lucky Eggs double experience gain for 30 minutes, this is the fastest method in the game for level-grinding. If you have any spare Lucky Eggs, now is the time to use them! If you haven’t yet caught some of the evolved Pokémon on the list, you will almost certainly have enough Candy by November 1 to evolve at least one Pokémon from each evolutionary line. That can help with further filling out your Pokédex, plus evolving nets you lots of experience, making leveling up significantly faster.
Incubate your 2k eggs
Hatching Pokémon has always yielded large amounts of Candy, and that number is also being doubled during this event! It doesn’t take long to hatch a 2k egg, and while they usually hatch common Pokémon, there is a chance of getting a starter Pokémon or Pikachu. Even if you don’t get a rarer Pokémon, you’ll still get tons of that Pidgey Candy for cheap evolution and thus level grinding. Not to mention if you catch a Magikarp, you’ll be that much closer to your precious Gyarados.
Some Pokémon are harder to find than others – that’s the nature of the game. Thankfully, the Buddy system was implemented last month to help with powering up your favourite Pokémon or getting the evolved forms of Pokémon that are elusive in your area. The Halloween event is the perfect opportunity to quadruple your Candy output, especially for the above cases. Now’s the perfect time to walk your Snorlax or Dratini to get those precious Candies that normally take so long to find in order to power up your big guy for Gym battles or finally get that Dragonite!
Turn the game on more
Power up GO even if you’re just making a quick trip from point A to point B. Buddy Pokémon earn Candy in 1/4 the time it normally takes, so you’d be surprised how quickly a few blocks here or there add up! Consider also turning GO on even if you’re just sitting at your desk – some phones get a lot of GPS drift even when stationary, causing your phone to think it’s moving when it really isn’t. That can often be inconvenient, but if you’re just sitting around it means extra km for you!
The Halloween event provides a great opportunity for players of all stripes, and it’s definitely a sign that other such events are on their way. We hope these tips prove useful, and if you have other ideas for ways to take advantage of this limited-time event, let us know!