Though the Pokémon GO craze has died down a bit from its early popularity, the game is still going strong with new updates and features. The developers at Niantic are working hard to keep the fanbase engaged with new content while also making the game safer, by discouraging people from playing while in the car.
Now, a new event is coming to the game that promises to add even more fun for players. The Halloween-themed event will make it easier to capture some of Pokémon GO's spookiest Pokémon while increasing player rewards for the trick-or-treaters in all of us.
The event, which will run from October 26 to November 1, increases global encounter rates for Drowzee, Gastly, Gengar, Golbat, Haunter, Hypno and Zubat (the "spooky" Pokémon showcased in the event video). While it doesn't make the Pokémon any easier to capture, an increased encounter rate will definitely help any trainers who've had trouble finding one of these seven Pokémon in the wild. The number of Pokémon Candy pieces earned for each capture is also doubled, as is the Candy reward that is given when sending Pokémon to the professor. Buddy Pokémon rewards are quadrupled, giving four Candy instead of the usual one.
Niantic senior project manager Tatsuo Nomura expressed his excitement about this event, saying:
“It’s been incredible watching people explore their neighborhoods and catch wild Pokémon all summer. We would like to trick-or-treat in our own special way by giving Trainers the chance to catch more Pokémon and earn extra Candy this Halloween.”
J.C. Smith, senior director of consumer marketing at The Pokémon Company International, also commented on the excitement of Pokémon GO's first-ever in-game event:
"The excitement of Pokémon’s 20-year celebration continues this Halloween with the first-ever in-game Pokémon GO event. We anticipate seeing many Pokémon-themed costumes during this anniversary year, and now Trainers can add Pokémon GO to their trick-or-treat route to receive Candy and add some of the spookier Pokémon to their Pokédex.”
Though the event doesn't include any major group battles or the introduction of new rare Pokémon, it does capture the fun of Halloween in a pretty interesting way. It's possible that the event will encourage players to go "trick-or-treating" in costume during the week of Halloween, trying to find Pokémon and gather Candy while playing up the theme of the event. Of course, anyone going out for some Halloween Pokémon hunting should remember to stay safe while in costume to avoid accidents and other problems.
Some players may be disappointed that the first in-game themed event isn't more detailed, though the nature of the event does fit with the general traditions of the holiday. The fact that it's a holiday-themed event also bodes well for the possibility of more events later this year, including a Christmas or "holiday" event that involves players receiving presents of some sort. Hopefully, some future events will also be used to add more content to the game as well.
Pokémon GO is now available for Android and iOS.
Source: Niantic/The Pokémon Company