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Pokémon GO: Overview

Pokemon Go

Pokémon are creatures which players (called Pokémon Trainers) catch and train to battle each other for sport. Thus far, there are 729 revealed species, which can be organized under different attributes. The first Pokémon games were created for Nintendo and premiered in Japan on February 27, 1996, the brainchild of creator Satoshi Tajiri. (The term Pokémon comes from “Pocket Monsters”.)  Pokémon games in various permutations (including trading cards) proved so popular that an anime series based on the game debuted in 1997, further spawning a manga series, a magazine, and more. Now Pokémon have remerged into the public spotlight with a new game that is taking over public consciousness.  Pokémon GO is a free-to-play, location-based, augmented reality (AR) game developed by Niantic and released to most of the world in July 2016. The CEO of Niantic, John Hanke, has declared that the goal of Pokémon GO is to “facilitate the real-life stuff” such as getting people to exercise, to see the world with new eyes, and giving people a reason to spend time together.

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Pokémon GO Update

 

Raid Battles and New Gym Features Are Coming ! You’ll soon be able to spin the Photo Disc at Gyms to acquire items just as you do at PokéStops—but that’s only the beginning. More updates to Gym battles are also just around the corner. Gyms are no longer based on Prestige and training. Instead, they now feature six permanent slots that can be filled by the controlling team’s Pokémon. Each Pokémon assigned to these slots must be unique. For example, only one Blissey can be assigned to a Gym at a time. In addition, opposing teams will battle the Pokémon in the order they were assigned to the Gym. You will be able to Raid Battle, a cooperative gameplay experience that encourages you to work with other Trainers to defeat an extremely powerful Pokémon known as the Raid Boss. Before a Raid Battle begins, a large Egg will appear atop the Gym. When the countdown above the Egg reaches zero, the Raid Boss will be revealed. Before you can battle the Raid Boss, you’ll need a Raid Pass. You can get one free Raid Pass per day by visiting a Gym, but you can only hold one at a time. You can also get Premium Raid Passes from the in-game shop. Upon using your pass to join the battle, you and up to 20 other Trainers work together to defeat the Raid Boss. If you successfully defeat the Raid Boss within the five-minute time limit, you’ll have the chance to catch an extra powerful Pokémon of your own! Other changes include gym badges, a motivation meter, and new items: Rare Candies, Golden Razz Berries, and two types of Technical Machines—Fast and Charged. ~The Pokémon GO team

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Pokémon GO at the Library: Gyms & Pokéstops

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