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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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Fortnite Patch v7.10 Nerfs X-4 Stormwing Plane

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With the rollout of Fortnite’s new patch, patch v7.10, which has been delayed, there will be a nerf going down!

The nerf is for the X-4 Stormwing plane, which has an explosive damage was set at 25, but it is believed that it will be doubled with the upcoming update.

Here are some more details:

  • Stormwings now take 50% more damage from hitting objects.
  • Boosting now reduces the damage taken from impacts by 50%, previously boosting prevented all impact damage.
  • Damage done to players that are in a Stormwing when it’s shot down has been increased from 25 to 50
  • Damage is dealt directly to health.
  • Stormwings will now take more damage from destroying structures by running through them.
  • Fixed some performance issues with the Stormwing which could lead to reduced frame rate and movement corrections.

Additionally, Driftboard will no longer be included in the update, which is still scheduled to drop today.

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Epic Games Releases Roadmap of Cross-Platform Game Service for Developers

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Epic Games is planning to release a suite of cross-platform services that they intend to be free for all developers, releasing a roadmap of their plans.

Epic announced on Wednesday that a free service which supports cross-platform play across all major platforms “to the full extent each platform allows per-title.”

“At Epic, our goal is to help game developers succeed. Throughout 2019, we’ll be launching a large set of cross-platform game services originally built for Fortnite, and battle-tested with 200,000,000 players across 7 platforms. These services will be free for all developers, and will be open to all engines, all platforms, and all stores. As a developer, you’re free to choose mix-and-match solutions from Epic and others as you wish.”

Here is the roadmap:

  • Cross-Platform Login, Friends, Presence, Profile, and Entitlements (coming Q2-Q3 2019 to PC, other platforms throughout 2019): Provides the core functionality for persistently recognizing players across multiple sessions and devices; identifying friends; and managing free and paid item entitlements. This will support all 7 major platforms (PC, Mac, iOS, Android, PlayStation, Xbox, Switch) to the full extent each platform allows per-title.
  • PC/Mac Overlay API (coming Q3 2019): Provides a user interface for login, friends, and other features in a game-agnostic, engine-agnostic way.
  • Cross-Platform Voice Comms (coming Q3 2019 to all platforms): Epic is building a new in-game voice communications service supporting all platforms, all stores, and all engines, which will be available for free. (For developers needing an immediately-available voice solution, check out Discord, Vivox, TeamSpeak, Ventrilo, and Mumble.)
  • Cross-Platform Parties and Matchmaking (coming Q3-4 2019 to all platforms)
  • Cross-Platform Data Storage, Cloud-Saved Games (coming Q2 2019)
  • Cross-Platform Achievements and Trophies (coming Q3 2019)

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Blizzard Working On Pokemon Go Style Warcraft Game

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Are you ready to bring the Warcraft experience to the next level? Well, Blizzard reportedly is, and they have their eyes targeting something rather big outside of the development of Diablo immortal, according to a recent report from Kotaku.

Amid the widespread backlash from fans over the Diablo Immortal title, Blizzard is reportedly working on a World of Warcraft game that’s loosely based on the insanely popular concept of Pokémon Go that has been a constant force in the gaming community over the past few years.

Blizzard is yet to give a release date for Diablo Immortal, but news of a plan in the works for a mobile version WoW game seems incredibly exciting.

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