Developer Niantic has been celebrating the one-year anniversary of Pokémon Go throughout July and the latest birthday announcement will give fans something major to look forward to. Niantic confirmed Thursday Legendary Pokémon will be coming to the game. Within the game, Legendary Pokémon will appear alongside several new updates. Legendary Eggs will appear at gyms periodically and can show up to potentially be caught when groups of trainers beat a Legendary Raid Boss. However, Legendary Pokémon can't be left in gyms to defend them.
READ: Here's what Niantic Labs is planning to do to "Pokémon GO" cheaters The next ability allows Trainers to send Berries to the pocket monster they have assigned to defend Pokémon Gyms. Lastly, the "Pokémon GO" team added the ability to enable players to give Berries to their pocket monsters who are defending Gyms even when their motivation meter is full. READ: Everything you need to know about the "Pokémon GO" first anniversary event As part of the game's first anniversary, Niantic has also started selling a limited Anniversary Box that comes with six Incubators, six Max Revives, 20 Ultra Balls and two Premium Raid Passes. In addition, the developer has released a special Pikachu that's wearing Ash's famous hat from the animated series.
Niantic recently held a Twitter Poll to get players' opinion on Pokémon Go events expected in 2017. The results were announced on Jan. 12 and 54 percent of the respondents chose a Halloween Celebration, 18 percent chose a Thank You event, while Holiday Season Part 1 and Part 2 got 9 and 19 percent respectively. While 2016 was full of ups and downs for the game, if we go by the game's popularity in the last quarter of 2016, it has a good year ahead of it -- provided it matches up to players' expectations. In the past, players have lost interest in the game due to the lack of regular updates. Niantic is taking care to not make the same mistakes again and the poll is an example of this.
Pokémon Go is coming up on its one year anniversary and Niantic is planning a major celebration. Events are scheduled around the world but the biggest will be Pokémon Go Fest taking place in Chicago on July 22nd. There aren't many details about the event just yet other than that it will take place in the city's Grant Park. For those in the US who can't make it to Chicago, Niantic says there will be a number of related events across the country. Additional Pokémon Go celebrations will take place across Europe from June through September.
It's been something of an open secret that Generation 2 Pokémon from the games Gold and Silver installments were coming to Pokémon GO at some point. But at this point, with so little official information, it seemed as if their arrival was still months away. This morning, Niantic has announced that Gen 2 is rolling out (almost) all at once with 80 new Gen 2 Pokémon appearing in the game by the end of this week. These are all "Johto" region Pokémon, and while the game has gotten a few Gen 2 "babies" in an earlier event, this is Pokémon GO's biggest update since launch, one that should result in a huge resurgence in interest, even if the game has fallen out of favor with many. "Today is a momentous occasion for our team here at Niantic which has been hard at work to deliver these additional Pokémon and build upon the encounter and capture mechanics for our passionate global community of Trainers playing Pokémon GO," said John Hanke, founder and Chief Executive Officer, Niantic, Inc. "Pokémon GO is a live experience which we'll be continuing to support and evolve in new and interesting ways for years to come with new gameplay features, in-game and live events, more Pokémon to discover and much more."