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Pokemon Go: August Research Quests Reveal Raikou Reward

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Pokemon trainers who are itching to add another legendary member to their team have the opportunity to capture Raikou.

The Pokemon Company announced that Raikou of the Legendary Beast trio will be the reward for the August field research quests during the month. Typically these quests include catching a certain number of Pokemon, battling in gyms and visiting Pokestops.

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Trainers who collect enough stamps will advance to the Research Breakthrough stage where they will have an opportunity to catch Raikou. While trainers can only complete one stamp per day, they can complete the tasks ahead of time and acquire a stamp once per day.

Raikou was introduced in Pokemon Go with the other Generation 2 legendary Pokemon in raid battles. Trainers who have struggled to capture Raikou in raids will have a chance to add the Pokemon to their team on their own.

Raikou was introduced in the second generation of the Pokemon games as a member of the Legendary beasts, along with Entei and Suicune. The trio have one of the more darker origin stories as they were Pokemon who perished in the fire that consumed the Brass Tower and were resurrected by Ho-oh. There’s also speculation among fans that these Pokemon were Flareon, Vaporeon and Jolteon before their deaths. 

Being an electric-type Pokemon, Raikou is said to represent the lightning that ignited the fire that consumed the tower. 

Below is Raikou’s Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Pokedex entry:

Raikou embodies the speed of lightning. The roars of this Pokémon send shock waves shuddering through the air and shake the ground as if lightning bolts had come crashing down.

Raikou hasn’t made many appearances in the Pokemon anime. It was the focus of the episode “The Legend of Thunder,” where Team Rocket members Attila and Hun attempted to capture it. A shiny version of Raikou appeared in the movie “Zoroark: The Master of Illusions.”

Bulbapedia has some interesting trivia about Raikou. The website states it may be based on thunder and lighting gods in different cultures. One potential source of inspiration for Raikou is it is based on a thunder demon from Japanese lore whos is the companion of the god Raijin.

While the demon could take the shape of different animals, it is speculated Raikou is based on its tiger form. Its stripes and tail appears similar to lighting bolts.

Raikou is an agile and powerful Pokemon. Trainers who prefer to use lightning type Pokemon in battle will want to have Raikou by their side.

Raikou is not the only exciting news for August. Trainers who love the Pokemon Eevee and its various Eeveelutions – Flareon, Vaporeon, Jolteon, Umbreon and Espeon – will have a chance to catch multiple Eevee. Pokemon Go is having its August Community Day(s) Aug. 11-12.

This is the first time Pokemon Go has held a Community Day on both days. There will be three hour blocks on both Aug. 11 and Aug. 12, beginning at 2 p.m. EST, where more Eevee will appear. Trainers will also earn three-times stardust when they catch Pokemon.

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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”.

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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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