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Pokémon GO Celebrates Halloween With Week Long Event

written by Jason Marcano October 24, 2016

Trainers, are you still playing Pokémon GO? Do you love Halloween? Do you still need a Gastly to round out your Pokédex? If you answered yes to these questions, then Niantic has you covered.


The special Halloween event for Pokémon GO will last from October 26th-November 1st. Not only will trainers be seeing more of these ghostly  Pokémon, but candy drops will increase as well. Trainers will net double the amount of candy whenever they catch, hatch, or transfer Pokémon. The Pokémon buddy system has been modified as well, earning you four times the amount of candy normally gained.

This is all great news for those who have stuck with Pokémon GO during its tumultuous growing pains. This news may even bring back jaded trainers who have since moved on from the game. Either way, it’s a sign that Niantic hasn’t forgotten about Pokémon GO and the intrepid trainers still trying to catch them all.

The Future of Pokémon GO

The most recent update, 0.43.3 for Android and 1.13.3 for iOS brought with it some minor fixes. Those fixes included:

  • Professor Willow discovered that Eggs have different patterns depending on the distance required to hatch them.
  • Pokémon type icons have been added to the information screen for each Pokémon.
  • Low battery indicator added for the Pokémon GO Plus.
  • Minor text fixes

Not a very exciting list for people still playing Pokémon GO I know, but it’s nice to know that Niantic hasn’t given up on the game yet. Remember, Pokémon GO only just came out four months ago, in July, for North America. There is still a lot of work to be done. Work Niantic is continuing to do despite the games decline in popularity.

An earlier update made gym training more appealing by adjusting the CP (combat power) of the Pokémon to match the one you bring into the gym to train. Now anyone, no matter their level, can have an impact on their teams gyms. Below you can see this in action. Note how Dragonite’s CP changes based on the strength of the trainer fighting at the gym.


It’s clear Pokémon GO isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Rumors are already floating around about another generation of Pokémon being added soon among other additions to the game. Still no word on a tracker either way however as Niantic keeps dancing around the issue.

Are any of you geeks still playing Pokémon GO? It’s still installed on my phone, but I honestly haven’t fired it up since the buddy system was introduced. My buddy is Charmander. Who’s yours? Let us know if you’re still playing Pokémon GO, or if you’ve given up on it in the comments below.

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