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Pokemon Go: Articuno and New Field Research Coming in June

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Alola trainers, the news just keeps coming for Pokemon Go.

This week, it was announced there would be Alola forms of Kanto Pokemon coming to Pokemon Go.

Today, trainers learned Larvitar would be the featured Pokemon for the June 16 Community Day.

Now trainers have the opportunity to catch the legendary bird Articuno and add it to their roster.

The Pokemon Go App Twitter account announced that Articuno would be the reward Pokemon for the Field Research events beginning June 1.

Description of Articuno on Bulbapedia.

Articuno is a large avian Pokémon with predominantly blue plumage and large wings said to be made of ice. It has a head crest that consists of three, darker blue rhombus-shaped feathers on its forehead and circular red eyes. Its beak is short and gray, and its long, thin legs are the same color. It has a long, streamer-like tail that is longer than its body and the same shade of blue as its crest.

When Articuno flaps its wings, it can chill the moisture in the air around it, making snow fall. It flies from icy mountain to icy mountain. According to legend, it appears before doomed travelers lost in icy regions. As seen in the anime, Articuno sometimes aids travelers and guides them to safety. Articuno lives in cold, isolated locations, such as mountain peaks.

It’s not really a surprise Niantic would roll out Articuno for the Field Research quests. When the game launched Field Research in April, the reward Pokemon was the legendary fire bird Moltres. This month, the game added Zapdos with electric-centric quests.

This will be welcome news to Pokemon trainers across the world. Prior to the announcement, Articuno was only available during raids for Pokemon Go. 

 

Like Moltres and Zapdos, Articuno was introduced in the first generation of Pokemon games and was found in the Seafoam Islands cave. After traversing through the cave, trainers had to battle Articuno in hopes of catching it.

Since the first generation of games, Articuno has been available in various Pokemon games, most recently in the Ultra Space Wilds in Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.

Pokemon Go players know Articuno as the mascot for Team Mystic.

Articuno has made appearances in the Pokemon anime. It was a main character in the second Pokemon movie. It also aided Noland in his battle against Ash in the Battle Frontier season of the television series where it battled Charizard and was defeated.

In Pokemon Origins, Red caught an Articuno in the Seafoam Islands. It appeared in Red’s battle against Mewtwo in Cerulean Cave, but it was easily defeated by the psychic Pokemon.

Catching an Articuno will provide trainers an opportunity to complete their Kanto Pokedex. It will also add another water powerhouse to their team.

With Articuno being the third legendary Pokemon for the Field Research reward, it seems like Niantic will have the second generation of legendaries as a part of the questlines – July could bring Ho-oh and August could be the month where Lugia joins the quest lines.

In the fall, Niantic could add the legendary beasts, Entei, Raikou and Suicune to the quest lineup.

There’s also the weather trio – Groudon, Kyogre and Rayquaza, who could added to the Field Quest research in 2019.

The Field Research has been a fun addition to Pokemon Go and it will be interesting to see where the developers take the concept and how they build upon it.  

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Pokemon GO Receiving Gen 4 Pokemon “Soon”, Changes Announced

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The Pokemon Company and Nianic Labs have announced Generation 4 Pokemon will arrive in Pokemon GO “soon” and in preparation for the release of Sinnoh region Pokemon, Nianic will be make “key shifts” to game balance in the coming weeks “based on Trainer feedback,” and promises to provide players an “improved experience” overall.

Niantic said that the following changes should be rolling out in the “coming weeks”.

Pokemon GO update

Changes to Pokemon Migration and Behavior

  • We are making adjustments to weather and, moving forward, it will have a reduced effect on the rate at which Pokemon appear.
  • As you explore a given area, you will notice that a greater variety of Pokemon species will appear over time and at different rates.
  • Certain areas, such as parks and nature reserves, will now contain more varied Pokemon species.

Changes to Pokemon Effectiveness in Battle

  • CP values will be adjusted going forward to improve game balance.
  • HP values will be adjusted to close the gap between high HP Pokemon and low HP Pokemon.
  • Pokemon Defense and Stamina values will be retroactively rebalanced, allowing highly defensive Pokemon to be valuable in battle by outlasting opponents rather than simply running out the clock.
  • Defense values have also been slightly retroactively reduced for most Pokemon. Changes like these will help narrow the gap between Pokemon with the highest defensive stats and other Pokemon.

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Epic Games Unveils Fortnite Event Rewarding Creators for V-Bucks Spent

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Epic Games is rolling out a new event on Fortnite designed to reward community Creators for V-Bucks spent.

Starting next week for a limited time, Epic Games will give Fortnite community $5 to selected community Creators for every 10,000 V-Bucks spent by players in-game, and Epic Games says that the event is their way to say thank you to Creators.

The event runs from the Fortnite update coming the week of October 8th through December 31st.

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Fortnite Patch Version 6.01 Brings Chiller Trap

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A new update has arrived to Fortnite, and with it comes the new Chiller trap, which ices your opponents making them slip and slide around.

Here are the full patch notes

Fortnite patch notes V6.01

  • LIMITED TIME MODE: PLAYGROUND
  • Playground Custom Options
  • Added more options to Playground. Allowing you to change settings such as starting health, time of day, gravity, and more!
  • WEAPONS + ITEMS
  • Chiller added.
  • Common Trap.
  • Can be placed on floors, walls, or ceilings.
  • Drops in stacks of 3 in Treasure Chests, Supply Drops, Vending Machines, Supply Llamas, and floor loot.
  • Applies icy feet to friends or foes, causing them to slide around with low friction.
  • Bug Fixes
  • Fixed an issue that could cause vehicles to become uncontrollable.
  • GAMEPLAY
  • Made improvements to the motion controls for the Switch to make it feel more accurate and responsive.
  • Bug Fixes
  • Pets are now hidden along with your character when the camera is too close to you.
  • Toys now respect the streamer mode setting for player names in minigame messages.
  • Slightly increased the hitbox size on the Fancy Tomato to match its visual size.
  • AUDIO
  • The following adjustments have been made to Glider audio tells:
  • Muffled the audio if there isn’t a clear line of sight between you other gliding players.
  • Bug Fixes
  • Fixed an issue where incorrect audio would play when a teammate was eliminated.
  • UI
  • Bug Fixes
  • Added star ratings to the UI elements of all trap items.
  • MOBILE
  • Bug Fixes
  • Fixed an issue where players occasionally couldn’t interact with items.
  • SAVE THE WORLD
  • HEROES
  • Bug Fixes
  • Fixed an issue where Keep Out!!!’s damage area was smaller than intended.
  • WEAPONS + ITEMS
  • Lead Sled Hammer added to the Weekly Store.
  • A fast-swinging hammer that gains speed with each hit.
  • Leap Attack: Heavy attack that jumps to the targeted foe and damages and knocks down nearby enemies.
  • Available Wednesday, October 3 at 8 PM ET until Wednesday, October 10 at 8 PM ET.
  • Obliterator Sniper Rifle added to the Weekly Store.
  • A slow firing Sniper Rifle with high base damage and a heavy kick.
  • Shots pierce through walls and husks alike, and can quickly obliterate structures.
  • Available Wednesday, October 3 at 8 PM ET until Wednesday, October 10 at 8 PM ET.
  • Bug Fixes
  • Fixed an issue where the Walloper Hammer sometimes wouldn’t do damage while using the Leap Attack.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause a hitch while using the Leap Attack with the Walloper Hammer.
  • Elemental visual effects on weapons are now hidden along with your character when the camera is too close to you.

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