Pokémon GO has wrapped up its first-ever Season, a new mechanic introduced in-game as a part of the GO Beyond update last November. The Season of Celebration gave the Trainers worldwide a great opportunity to focus on different Pokémon regions, to explore and appreciate the unique Pokémon inhabiting them.
The Season of Celebration finally culminated in the first-ever PokémonGO Tour: Kanto, a ticketed event which saw the release of all Shiny Kanto Pokémon, including Mew and Ditto.
Niantic has announced the theme of the next season – legends. The Season of Legends will celebrate not only Legendary Pokémon but legendary Trainers as well. The new season will run for three months, from March 1, at 8:00 a.m. to June 1, at 10:00 a.m. local time. Read on to find out more details about the new season and other events you can expect next month.
The Therian Formes of the Legendary trio known as Forces of Nature will be making their Pokémon GO debut during the Season of Legends. Trainers will get the opportunity to catch Therian Forme Tornadus, Therian Forme Thundurus, and Therian Forme Landorus in the 5-star raids.
Before the Therian Forme Forces of Nature debut in Pokémon GO, the previously-available Incarnate Formes will be featured in the Legendary Raids. These Pokémon were released in-game last year, but this time around, Trainers might get lucky and encounter their Shiny variants. The Incarnate Forme Forces of Nature will be appearing in the following order:
· Incarnate Forme Landorus - March 1, at 8:00 a.m. to March 6, at 8:00 a.m. local time.
· Incarnate Forme Tornadus - March 6, at 8:00 a.m. to March 11, at 8:00 a.m. local time.
· Incarnate Forme Thundurus - March 11, at 8:00 a.m. to March 16, at 10:00 a.m. local time.
From March 16 onwards, the Therian Formes will be taking the stage. However, Niantic hasn’t yet announced the exact dates for the Therian Forme Thundurus Raids, as they will likely be held in April.
· Therian Forme Thundurus - March 16, at 10:00 a.m. to Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.
· Therian Forme Tornadus - March 30, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time to TBD date in April.
Various Mega-Evolved Pokémon will be appearing in Mega Raids starting March 1, and others will make their Pokémon GO debut throughout the Season.
· Mega Blastoise, Mega Pidgeot, and Mega Ampharos will be featured in Mega Raids from March 1, at 8:00 a.m. to March 16, at 10:00 a.m. local time.
· Mega Houndoom, Mega Abomasnow, and a surprise Mega-Evolved Pokémon will be appearing in Mega Raids starting March 16, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.
As usual, every Wednesday in March will feature a Raid Hour event from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time. Raid Hours will feature the Pokémon appearing in five-star raids that week. A bonus Raid Hour will be taking place on Monday, March 15, 2021, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time. During the Season of Legends, Trainers can gain extra XP for completing five-star raids.
With the change of the Seasons, different Pokémon will be appearing in different habitats in the wild. During the Season of Legends, you can find Mantine or Frillish appearing near water; Voltorb or Glameow in the city; Hoppip can be encountered near grassy and forested areas.
The list of Pokémon exclusively appearing in either the northern or southern hemisphere during the Season of Legends will be significantly expanded from last Season.
In the northern hemisphere, you’ll be able to encounter Pokémon like Tangela, Combee, Croagunk, and Ducklett. Scyther, Dratini, and Cottonee will also be appearing, but less frequently. Sinnoh region starters - Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup, as well as the Spring Form Deerling, will also be exclusive to the northern hemisphere.
In the southern hemisphere, Trainers will encounter Pokémon like Mankey, Yanma, Buizel, and Woobat. Pineco, Bagon, and Ferroseed will appear with less frequency. Unova starters — Snivy, Tepig, and Oshawott, as well as the Autumn Form Deerling, will also be appearing exclusively in the southern hemisphere.
The Egg pool will also be changed for the new Season:
· Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip, Budew, and more will be hatching from 2 km Eggs;
· Drowzee, Azurill, and Munna will be hatching from 5 km Eggs;
· Nincada, Alomomola, and more will be hatching from 10 km Eggs;
Team GO Rocket Special Research is back after a long hiatus. Due to the global pandemic, last year Niantic put a break to the monthly Special Research which took Trainers on a journey to find and beat the Team GO Rocket leader Giovanni.
Different Shadow Pokémon will be featured in the Special Research in the coming months. Trainers will get the chance to catch the Shadow variants of the Kanto Legendary birds Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres in March, April and May, respectively.
The new Team GO Rocket Special Research will be available on February 28, at 12:00 a.m. local time.
The Pokémon Spotlight Hours will take place every Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. local time and will feature different Pokémon and a special bonus:
· Tuesday, March 2, 2021: Krabby will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the Candy for transferring Pokémon.
· Tuesday, March 9, 2021: Drowzee will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the XP for evolving Pokémon.
· Tuesday, March 16, 2021: Voltorb will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the Stardust for catching Pokémon.
· Tuesday, March 23, 2021: Surskit will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the XP for catching Pokémon.
· Tuesday, March 30, 2021: Slugma will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the Candy for catching Pokémon.
A new Bonus Hour system will be tested in March. These tests will take place on the listed Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. local time, and each one will feature a unique bonus.
· Thursday, March 4, 2021: GO Rocket Hour — Team GO Rocket Balloons will be appearing more frequently. Be on the lookout, Trainers!
· Thursday, March 11, 2021: Mega Bonus Hour: Candy — You’ll earn more Candy when you catch Pokémon that share a type with your active Mega-Evolved Pokémon.
· Thursday, March 18, 2021: Mega Raid Hour — Mega Raids will be happening more frequently.
From Monday, March 1, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8) to Thursday, April 1, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7), you’ll encounter Gible in Research Breakthrough encounters.
A Season-exclusive Special Research focused on the Forces of Nature Legendaries will reward trainers with Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus Candy as well as other rewards.
Players can receive increased XP from five-star raids throughout this Season. Free Remote Raid Passes will be available at certain times during the Season. Every Monday in March, a free one-time bundle containing 10 Ultra Balls, 10 Razz Berries, and a Remote Raid Pass will be available in the shop.
Other exciting new events, such as Incense Day, Weather Week and more will also be taking place in March, with more details from Niantic coming soon.
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