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This Week in Pokémon GO History: Adventure Week, Water Festival, and More!

This Week in Pokémon GO History: Adventure Week, Water Festival, and More!
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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
Segment: Featuring:
2019 Adventure Week / Community Day / Legendary Raid Hour / Pokéstops Nominations Germany
2018 Water Festival / ARKit 2.0 / Smack Down sound effect in APK Mine
2017 Pokémon GO Fest Announcement
Final Notes Closing thoughts on this week in Pokémon GO History

In this edition of TWIPGH, we will be taking a look at Week 23 of this year, which takes into account April 3th to April 9th.

Week 23 of 2019

This week in Pokémon GO saw the return of Adventure Week, a new Community Day, a Legendary Lunch Hour, and a major update in the Pokéstop Nomination feature!

Adventure Week 2019

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Adventure Week 2019

From June 4th to June 11th, Trainers could enjoy the return of Adventure Week. Rock-types appeared more frequently in the wild, together with the introduction of Shiny Lileep, Anorith, and Onix! Raids also featured Rock-types, as well as Field Research Tasks. To top that, bonuses such as 4x Buddy Candy and 10x XP for new Pokéstop spins were in effect. If that wasn’t enough, Trainers could receive a reward of 50.000 Stardust and 15 Rare Candies for reaching the 50km threshold! Did you manage to get a new Shiny? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter!

Community Day

Slakoth Community Day
Slakoth Community Day

June’s Community Day featured the Slacker Pokémon, Slakoth! All around the world, Trainers could enjoy increased Slakoth Spawns, with the chance to encounter a Shiny Slakoth! In addition, 1/4 Egg hatch distance was in effect, as well as 3 hour Lure Modules. If you evolved your Vigoroth during the event window, Slaking could learn the exclusive Move Body Slam!

Trainers in Europe faced some troubles when the Weather System went down. Niantic acknowledged this, and announced the return of Slakoth later this Summer.

Legendary Lunch Hour

Legendary Lunch Hour
Legendary Raid Hour

Niantic announced 4 Legendary Raid Hours in June, happening every Wednesday evening. On June 5th, Trainers could expect a plethora of Cresselia Raids from 6pm to 7pm local time. Trainers could even encounter a Shiny Cresselia!


Pokéstop Nominations Germany

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PokeStop Nominations Germany

Pokéstop Nominations have gone live in Germany and parts of France! While still in beta testing, this is a major step to the global release of the Pokéstop Nomination feature. After Denmark, Germany is the 2nd European country that gets added to the beta test.


Week 23 of 2018

In 2018, this week saw the return of the Water Festival, an exciting discovery and the announcement of a new feature!

Water Festival 2018

Water Festival 2018
Water Festival 2018

From June 7th to June 21st, Trainers could enjoy the return of the Water Festival. Water-types appears more frequently in the wild, and in 2km Eggs. For catching Water-types, you got rewarded with 3x catch Stardust, as well as the chance to encounter Shiny Shellder! Hatching Eggs rewarded you with 2x Hatch Candy and Stardust. Field Research Tasks also featured Water-type Pokémon, as well as Raids. Kyogre also returned to Raids, with the chance of encountering its Shiny form! Trainers who were on the lookout for a Ditto, could find them in the form of Remoraid.

ARKit 2.0

Pokémon GO Arkit
Pokémon GO Arkit

Apple announced ARKit 2.0, the newer version of their AR framework that powers Pokémon GO’s AR+ mode on iOS. This new update included improved face tracking, realistic rendering, 3D object detection, and more! This sure was a big update for the future of AR in Pokémon GO!

Smack Down Sound Effect in APK Mine

Pokémon GO APK Mine
Smack Down Sound Effect in APK

In addition to the findings of Smack Down in the APK files, data miners managed to get their hands on the sound effect of Smack Down, which hinted to a release very soon. As you all know, this Move was introduced on the Larvitar Community Day in July, 2018.


Week 23 of 2017

This week in 2017, Niantic announced a plethora of happenings in light of Pokémon GO’s 1st Anniversary.

Pokémon GO Fest Announcement

Pokémon GO Fest
Pokémon GO Fest

Niantic announced the celebration of Pokémon GO’s 1 year anniversary this week! A Solstice Event was announced, together with more details on the Gym Rework. On top of that, Pokémon GO Live Events were announced, such as GO Fest in Chicago and other events in Europe.

Final Notes

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.

As you may notice, this week’s TWIPGH was not brought to you by Josh. I hope, however, I managed to bring you the same experience!

Have fun, and stay safe, Trainers!