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Pokemon Go Adds Friendship, Trading

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Have a couple of extra Moltres or shiny Pikachus in your bag that you’ve always wanted to give to a friend on Pokemon Go?

Know a good buddy who you’ve wanted to battle alongside but you haven’t been able to do so?

Well trainers, it looks like your prayers have been answered.

The Pokemon Company announced the newest update for Pokemon Go will go online later this week. This update will allow trainers to make friends with fellow Pokemon enthusiasts. It will also allow folks to send gifts to their friends and even trade Pokemon.

The website has a breakdown on how trainers can use the updates.

For example, to become friends with another trainer, enter their trainer code into the game to send a friend request. According to the release, trainer codes are ID numbers given to each player. It’s similar to the trainer numbers seen in the core Pokemon games.

If a friend accepts the request, they will become in-game friends and can be found on the Friends list.

The website noted the friends feature will not be active at launch to players who have identified themselves as under 13 years of age.

The release included information about how the Gift system works.

Via Pokemon Go Live

When a trainer visits a Pokestop or gym, they will have a chance to collect a special gift and send it to someone on their Friends list.

The Gifts contains helpful items and comes with a postcard showing where the Gift was collected.

Trainers also have a chance to receive a 7KM egg that contains an Alola form of a Kanto Pokemon. Earlier this year, Pokemon Go added the Alola form variants that were introduced in Pokemon Sun and Moon.

The gift giving system plays a role in increasing friendship levels. The website states trainers can increase their friendship level with others by sending gifts, or participating in a raid or a gym battle with their fellow trainers. As a trainer’s friendship level increases, they can unlock bonuses.

via Pokemon Go Live

It appears there will also be tiers of Friendship level. When a trainer helps a Great Friend in a raid battle, they can earn an attack bonus for their Pokemon. Trainers can increase their Friendship level once per day, per friend.

Another way to increase Friendship level comes from the most exciting aspect of this update is the new Trade system.

Trainers can trade Pokemon if they are near a friend and are level 10 or higher. Completing a trade earns them a bonus candy for the Pokemon they traded their way. The bonus increases if the Pokémon the two of you trade were caught in locations far apart from each other.

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Trainers will use Stardust for their trades. While some trading will require more stardust, the amount will decrease as they increase their level.

Legendary Pokemon, Shiny Pokemon and Pokemon not in a trainer’s Pokedex will require a Special Trade, which can only occur once per day with a Great Friend or Best Friend, and require a lot of Stardust.

With Pokemon Go’s second anniversary approaching, this is a good timing for the update. A trading feature was something trainers have been looking forward to since the game was announced. This will not only excite new players, but it may also bring back trainers who left the game awhile back.

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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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