With updates, activities, events, and more coming out every single week in Pokémon GO, we thought it was about time to take a look at this week, and how it stacks up with what we have seen in previous years. TWIPGH, or “This Week in Pokemon GO History”, is a series on GO Hub that takes a look at this calendar week from 2019, to 2016.
|This Week in Pokémon GO History Index|
|2019||Lunar New Year Event / Friendship Weekend Event / Shiny Meltan Event|
|2018||New Generation III Wave / Quest Missions|
|2017||Valentine’s Day Event / New Japanese Sponsors|
|Final Notes||My closing thoughts on this week of Pokémon GO|
TWIPGH Week 06 of 2019
This week of 2019 brought back a fan-favorite event, a brand new event, and ANOTHER brand new event! Events all over the place!
Lunar New Year Event
The main highlight this week has to be the return of the Lunar New Year event. It was speculated since the new 2019 loading screen that this event would be coming and it would feature the Pig. Sorry, I mean Spoink. This event not only gave us increased spawns that represented each of the Chinese Zodiac signs but a few extra bonuses as well in the form of XP and lucky trades!
Friendship Weekend Event
With Friendship taking a bigger role than ever before in Pokémon GO, we were greeted with an event perfect for the occasion. This event provided Trainers with decreased trade cost, more trade candies, and double friendship level increases for interacting with your friend throughout the event.
Shiny Meltan Event
To inspire Trainers to refresh their relationship between Pokémon Go and Let’s Go using Meltan and Mystery Boxes, Niantic released Shiny Meltan! But this wasn’t all, in comparison to the usual cap of opening your Mysterious Box once a week, you would now be able to open it every 3 days, with increased Shiny Meltan rates!
TWIPGH Week 06 of 2018
This week of 2018 brought us the very last Pokémon from a Generation and some withheld secrets beneath the surface.
New Generation III Wave
To celebrate the final wave of Generation III Pokémon, Rayquaza made its first appearance as a Raid Boss along a with a few new lower tier bosses. This new wave of Pokémon focused more on flying and dragon types, making sure to feature Pokémon such as Bagon, Swablu, and even the regional Tropius.
Game Data Changes – Quest Missions
The main topic to bring up is that this time we discovered the start of the Research system missions! Besides this, we also found the normal and shiny sprites for the dragon and flying Pokémon previously mentioned. Then Niantic fixed an Android login issue while also having to apologize for EX Raid confusion. Finally, Deoxys and Castform moves were added.
TWIPGH Week 06 of 2017
This week of 2017 gave us our first in a series of events and a new sponsor!
Valentine’s Day Event
With the lack of events, this was a sight to see; Pokémon GO’s first Valentine’s Day event. The even brought us an increased spawn of pink Pokémon including Chansey, Porygon, and more. Besides this, Lure Modules would last an extended period of time (6 hours) and Buddy Pokémon would gain candies twice as fast!
Mini-News Roundup – New Japanese Sponsors
With Pokémon gaining new sponsors all the time, it didn’t come as a surprise to see a few new Japanese sponsors appear. These new sponsors would be Iton En and Tully’s Coffee, giving Trainers in Japan around 2000 new Pokéstops and Gyms.
TWIPGH Final Notes
If there is one word to define this week I would say “event”. Whether we are sitting in an event, before one, or right after one, it seems like this week of Pokémon GO History truly capitalized on events.
Do us a favor, tell us about this week in your own Pokémon GO history, what was your best catch this week? How about your best catch this same week of 2018? How about from 2017? How has your Pokémon journey evolved since then? Be sure to tell us in the comments below.
Have fun, and stay safe, Trainers!