Pokemon GO IV Explained - Calculation, meaning, importance

IV Mechanics and Distribution in Pokémon GO

In an effort to broaden the understanding of IV mechanics and how IVs are distributed in the wild, we set off to record hundreds and...
Pokemon GO Spawn Points Guide

Researching Pokémon GO Spawn Mechanics

Spawn points are the core of Pokémon GO, spread across the world like a network of bee hives that create wild Pokémon encounters. It's the...
Pokémon GO Unown

Six million spawns later: conclusions and confirmations

As our regular readers know, we've been in possession of a database containing 1.8 million recorded Pokémon encounters, which we've been heavily using in...

Analysis of how time of day influences different Pokemon Type spawns

Introduction After receiving several reports of anecdotal evidence that Dark Pokemon spawn more during the evening hours of the day, we went on to investigate. Our...
Pokemon GO Umbreon Espeon

How to evolve Umbreon and Espeon using Night and Day in Pokémon GO

Trainers, we've been collecting data and testing several Eevee-lution theories for the past few days. Today, we'll be presenting the results of our research and...
Pokémon GO Smeargle

Confirmed: Smeargle is not yet available, possible future event in line with Ingress events

Trainers, today we took a second look on the decoded 0.57.2 GAME_MASTER and we have some news to report. We would not call these news "bad" per...
Shiny Pokémon GO

Full technical breakdown of Shiny Pokémon in Pokémon GO

Trainers, today we continued to investigate the metadata inside the 0.57.2 APK and one specific mechanic caught our attention: shiny Pokémon. After a few hours of...

Possible Thanksgiving event hints discovered in the new 0.47.1 APK

We are currently data mining the new 0.47.1 APK that was leaked around 20 minutes ago. We have no ground breaking news to report, but...

Pokémon GO evolution moves are completely random!

According to research done by the Silph Road research group, and later confirmed by research of several other private Pokémon Trainers, moves that Pokémon learn...

Leaked Ditto Transform move added in 0.45.0

We are very happy to report that Ditto seems to be getting finally some love in the new update. A new called "Transform" has...

Researching the code behind the Pokemon GO Halloween event

After discovering that daily quests were referenced in the game's metadata yesterday, we went on to dive a bit deeper into the new APK. We discovered...

Pokemon GO Daily Quests feature discovered in the game metadata!

Part 2 of research is here - new info on festival events. We'll be posting updates to this page: Daily Quests Rewards and Info. We've datamined...
How to find Porygon

How to find Porygon? Take yourself to court!

We recently came across a theory that Porygon spawns near court and administrative buildings. As we were always interested in how to find Porygon...
Pokemon GO Evolution Multiplier Chart

Data Mining 500 000 Pokemon Spawns and Encounters

We recently got our hands on a copy of a database containing more than 500 000 Pokemon encounters,  400 000 Poke Stops and 57 000...
Pokemon GO Tips and Tricks

Trading, Legendary Pokemon and new Incense Types referenced in the Game Code

Multiple Pokemon GO sub reddits have reported that the new version of the app contains code references to a variety of new features. These...
Pokemon GO Nest Map and Guide

Pokemon GO Nest Map and Guide

Pokemon GO Nests are small areas that consistently spawn a high amount of a specific Pokemon. A Pokemon GO Nest is a place made from love, famed for rarity...
Pokemon GO Incense Rural Area

“Incense in rural area attracts rare Pokemon” theory tested in Rašćane, Croatia

We tested the effectiveness of Incense in rural areas and tried to debunk the myth that using it away from any Poke Stops will...

Recent guides

Pokémon GO Special Partnered Weekend

Niantic has partnered with Verizon, 7-Eleven Mexico and Yoshinoya to bring Trainers a new and exciting ticketed event that will feature rare Pokémon alongside...

Luminous Legends X Event Guide

Xerneas, the pure type Legendary Pokémon is coming soon to Pokémon GO during the Luminous Legends X event that features the debut of...

Swablu Community Day

After much speculation, we can now confirm that Swablu will feature as the May Community Day Pokémon, and that Mega Altaria will be appearing...

New Pokémon Snap Celebration Event Guide

In celebration of the release of New Pokémon Snap on Nintendo Switch, you can look forward to an event inspired by the photography-focused game and the...