Pokemon GO Update: Surprise McDonalds event is LIVE as Niantic make IV changes to the game
Pokemon GO has launched a surprise new event, but it won’t please all fans as once again Niantic has opted to release another exclusive Japanese localised event.
This wouldn’t be the first time Niantic has chosen to host a unique event just for Japan.
Back in November Niantic announced a special Lapras event in the Tohoku region of the country.
During this event, Lapras appeared more frequently on the coastlines of the region which was greatly affected by the tsunami in 2011 and it’s believed the intention was to help boost tourism for the area.
The latest event though is certainly less charitable, but still equally cool because this time around, the home of the Pokemon Company will be celebrating their “Golden (Goruden) Week”, which celebrates a variety of holidays happening throughout the next week.
To commemorate this, every PokeStop that happens to be a McDonald’s – who is a Pokemon GO sponsor – will be automatically lured.
That’s over 2500 PokeStops across the country which will be spawning more rare Pokemon 24 hours a day seven days a week up until May 7.
““During the period from April 29 (Sat) to May 7 (Sun), the petals will dance at “PokeStops” at about 2,500 domestic MacDonald’s, and the “Lure module celebration event” will be held, so that you can get a lot of Pokemon!” declared the Pokémon GO Japan Twitter account.
In addition to the exclusive new event, players have also discovered another subtle change to trainers IV’s.
More recently these changes came into effect and meant that the mechanics of wild Pokemon encounters altered changed dramatically.
In essence, it meant that wild Pokemon no longer have the same core stats for every player that encounters them, with the stats now being unique per plated based on their given level.
In the last few hours though, Niantic have made another subtle tweak to the game, meaning that any a Pokemon’s IV, moves and Combat Power is now completely random for all Trainers between the levels of 1 to Level 29.
However, as before all trainers beyond level 30 will encounter Pokemon with the exact same stats (IV, Moves, Weight and Height).
Initially, it was believed that such a change to the main game mechanics was a sign of an “imminent” update and the mass rollout of several more shiny Pokemon into the game, following the launch of shiny Magikarp and shiny red Gyarados.
These latest updates to the game follow a rather significant announcement from Pokemon Go developer Niantic regarding the recent Pokemon GO Easter Event.
Despite only lasting one week, Pokemon Go trainers were offered the opportunity to hatch a whole variety of rare 10K Pokemon in 2K eggs.
Players also received double the amount of XP for any catches, hatches or PokeStops spun as well as a few extra Candy for every Pokemon hatched.
Obviously, Niantic benefited financially, as players were teased with the possibly of buying Lucky eggs from the store at a greatly discounted price.
All of these factors meant Pokemon GO trainers hatched a staggering 87 million eggs