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Pokémon Go news for February 2019

Pokémon Go launched in the summer of 2016 and has been updated regularly ever since. In 2017 we got Gen 2, Raid Battles, the new Gyms, the first two generations of Legendary Pokémon and the beginning of Gen 3. So far, 2018 has brought us Field Research, Trading, Friendship, Alolan Forms, and now, Gen 4, and Player vs. Player (PvP) Trainer Battles. So, what will 2019 bring?

Team Changes coming, once a year, starting February 26, 2019

This will fill some of you with dread, some with rage, some with hope, and some with joy. But, starting February 26, 2019, if you're willing to spend $10 in Poke Coins, you can change teams from Valor to Instinct, Valor to Mystic, or Instinct to Mystic — but only once a year.

Taking down Gyms and battling in raids have been a team effort over the last two years. Whether you're on #TeamInstinct, #TeamMystic, or #TeamValor, you came together with your teammates and helped one another be better Trainers. We've loved watching you share your team pride and band together with others to take on new challenges. Are you ready to take your talents to a new team? The team leaders would be excited to recruit you!We're happy to share Team Change with you. Later this month, starting at 1:00 p.m. PST on February 26, Team Change will allow Trainers to change teams once per year. Interested Trainers will be able to purchase a Team Medallion for 1,000 PokéCoins from the shop.Choose your team wisely, Trainers, as you may only purchase a Team Medallion once every 365 days. Once purchased, you can find the Team Medallion in your Bag. When you decide to activate it, you'll be guided through the team-selection screens to choose your new team.Any of your Pokémon that are in Gyms when you change teams will be returned with no PokéCoins earned once it's defeated. You also can't battle your own Pokémon, so if you return to a Gym one of your Pokémon is defending, your Pokémon will be returned to you with no PokéCoins earned. (You'll be able to find more information on our Help Center page.)We can't wait to see the new Gyms you win with your friends and Pokémon! There's just one question: Will you be hatching Eggs with Spark, conducting research with Blanche, or battling alongside Candela? Let's team up and GO!

Hopefully, Pokemon Go isn't going to bring back any of the divisive, team-focused gameplay that split communities and often spilled over into real-world harassment and even violence. Hopefully, this is just for people who are otherwise in an area overwhelmed by one team or another and needing some relief to get into or out of the Gym game.

But we'll have to wait and see.

Rene Ritchie
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17 Comments
  • *crossesfingers*
  • You also forgot to mention that when trading certain Pokemon they evolve... lets see if they bring that feature over too.
  • Don't jynx it! ;)
  • When they bring all these features into play I will gladly download it again but for now I'll stick to Pokemon Duel.
  • Niantic has already confirmed that trading will be local only. Meaning someone from the U.K. That caught a Mr. Mime travels to the U.S. To visit a friend, can trade. He won't however, be able to trade online to someone in the U.S. While in the U.K. Sent from the iMore App
  • So trading will be local based. Think old school trading my cable with two Game boys connected, where you'll have to be standing right next to someone, at least within Bluetooth range or something. Sent from the iMore App
  • They're trying to be careful because if trading is done wrong, it could wreck the game (by letting spoofers trade). Even proximity could be problematic because spoofers could trade from one device to another, spoof device to legit account. I hope they take their time and get it right.
  • Right I agree. It came from straight from Hanke's mouth though. But I think PVP and trading will be extremely local based.
    My biggest grip is the gyms so frustrating to battle your way to the top only to lose it the next day, because the opposing team did the exact same thing as you, bash your way through.
    Also WTF is going on with breeding?! I have 30 dittos just sitting here. I'd want a change in choosing move set for Pokémon GO as well. Sucks looking for that 100% magikarp only to have it evolve into a Gyarados with the worst move set, while your 69% one has the best set of moves. Bring in four moves like the old school game, allow transactions for TMs to customize your Mon and maybe have specialized thing for HM's. Also. Nintendo for the love of everything, release the O.G. Red and Blue on the App Store for $10. Milk it. I really want to give you my money but Apple and Square Enix takes priority. Sent from the iMore App
  • Don't forget Heracross & Corsola. Both Region exclusives available in my crountry Trinidad 😏
  • Noticed that this morning! I'm currently level 18
    Intreating with a PokéStop (Previous) 100XP now 50XP
    Catching Pokemon (Previous) 200XP now 100XP
    First Throw Catch (Previous) 100XP now 50XP
    Great Throw (Previous) 100XP now 50XP Seems like all points have been halved. Just makes thing double as difficult now lol
  • I think that's simply the result of the double XP spring event ending. Now everything is back to the normal 1x levels. The new change is in the stats of the Pokémon when you try to catch it.
  • Has their been any word on when the Gyms will be back up or when the 1.37 iOS update will be out for IOS? just wondering.
  • 0.67.1 shows on my iphone
  • Caught my Mewtwo with the first hit. I missed the first ball due to his attack animation. The second ball hit and I caught a 93% Mewtwo with 14/14/14 stats. I wonder where we can get the next EX pass? StarBucks?
  • WHEN WILL TEAM ROCKET USE THEIR DARKENIUM Z CRYSTAL?
  • Recycled again, and this time you reused the April Fool's Day subject in the click bait? What's going on?
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