Niantic CEO Pokemon Go 2017

Niantic CEO Pokemon Go 2017

2017 Update plans, Legendary Pokemon, cheating, missing features

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2017 Update plans, Legendary Pokemon, cheating, missing features

Niantic CEO John Hanke
John Hanke Niantic CEO playing Pokemon Go

Recently Wired’s German division was able to conduct an interview with Niantic CEO John Hanke.  Hanke took the time to address many topics and issues at the fronts of trainer’s minds today. He first took a crack at addressing a rework in the gym battles and allowing for a more collaborative Pokemon Go user experience.

“There are a couple of areas that need to be improved – one of them being playing together and gym battles. We released those in an incomplete state. We knew from Ingress that cooperation and planning can be a lot of fun. When people have a common goal, then that’s a strong incentive to meet up with friends or even with people you don’t know.”

“The gameplay in gym battles is very limited. They just don’t work as well as we wish they would. We will overhaul this aspect of the game to ensure more teamwork and to give people a bigger incentive to receive the rewards from gym battles.”

He then addressed a few other updates players are eagerly awaiting.  Those updates mainly revolve around the appearance of one of Pokemons eagerly awaited game features fans have long been waiting for, Legendary Creatures.  Hanke reassured everyone that we should be seeing more of the likes of Mewtwo, Mew, and the Legendary Birds.

Another topic at the tips of everyone’s fingers is GPS Spoofing.  Hanke directly addressed the GPS Spoofing trick so players do not have to leave their homes.  Hanke stated the following:

“I don’t think it’s the user’s fault when an app or a website offers him a shortcut. It’s our responsibility to prevent those things or to not make them harder than they currently are.”

“I wish they wouldn’t do it. Through cheating, they’re not allowing themselves to experience the game to its fullest. The reward of Pokemon GO is being active and getting to see places you normally wouldn’t see.”

The last thing the Niantic CEO address was the concern in the lack of features.  He made people aware that the main rational for the problem was due to funding.

“When we left Google, we had a limited amount of money, a funding of 35 million dollars. We had a fairly large team and a relatively short amount of time. We worked a long time on it and eventually that just exhausts people. We felt it was time to get noticed.”

John Hanke did us a great favor by addressing many of the trainers concerns around Pokemon Go 2017.  We can’t wait to see what is in store for trainers this year and look forward to many long awaited new features, and Pokemon! Thanks John for taking the time to sit down and discuss these questions with Wired for us! We are extremely happy that you and Niantic are taking steps towards participating more in the media, and becoming more vocal yourselves in the Pokemon Go community.

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PokemonGo: Thanksgiving Event A Look Back

PokemonGo Thanksgiving Event A Look Back

The PokemonGo Thanksgiving Event was a lot of fun! I hope trainers were able to utilize the event as much if not more than I was able to!  This year I was responsible to cook my first family turkey! Due to the cooking and quality family time I was not able to play as much as I typically could.  No complaints as I love spending time with my family, and no offense Niantic and PokemonGo it trumps.


PokemonGo Thanksgiving Event Details

The PokemonGo Thanksgiving Event was the third in game event to date since the initial release of the game back in July.  The event ran from November 23rd at 00:00 UTC and continued through November 30th 00:00 UTC.  The Thanksgiving event’s notable bonuses were as follows:

  • Double the amount of Experience
  • Double the amount of Stardust

One pointer was that if you had a lucky egg in use, you would receive four times the experience.  One other notable thing that was discovered during the event was Ditto!  Trainers had been waiting on the opportunity to catch ditto for months, and had been theorizing how ditto would appear in the game.  Niantic finally put all the theories to rest, and showed us how to obtain Ditto in the game.

The New Tracker Update was also rolled out during this time in the Midwest.  The Tracker Update definitely had its ups and downs at first, but Niantic has since acted on the criticism around the tracker making it much more convenient for rural players, as there was a bug in the code.  I only wish it was a week earlier so I could have caught that evasive Snorlax!  In all honesty, the Tracker is great to really help you find those Pokemon so you don’t sit there and spin.

How to Obtain Ditto

Ditto has a low catch rate of course, but the big thing is you never really know until you know if it’s Ditto.  Once this information was available I started catching every darn Pidgey and not passing on any Pokemon as a precautionary tale.  I was able to catch three Dittos during the event.

Essentially, what happens is you catch another Pokemon, and instead of the normal you caught so and so.  The screen pops up saying “Oh?”, and then the Pokemon transforms into Ditto.  It will then say “Ditto was caught!”  Here is the current list of supposed Pokemon you can catch that transform into Ditto.  Personally I can confirm two, which are Pidgey and Zubat.

  • Pidgey
  • Zubat
  • Rattata
  • Spearow
  • Metapod
  • Magikarp
  • Venonat
  • Paras
  • Ekans
  • Snorlax
  • Doduo
  • Nidoran♂
  • Mankey

Ditto Gym Battles

One other big question is how does Dittos battle mechanics work.  The video below shows how Dittos abilities work, and should help with a few questions regarding gym battles with Ditto.

In my personal opinion Ditto is pretty weak, as you will see in the video.  However, its fun to show off your Ditto, so dropping Ditto off at the local gym is always fun.

PokemonGo Personal Achievements

Other notable things that happened for me over the PokemonGo Thanksgiving Event was not only the fact that I was able to catch Ditto and add him to my pokedex, but I was also able to add a few more Pokemon.  I was able to also add Ninetails, and Abrakadabra.  On top of all the new Pokemon I was able to level to 28!

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I hope you enjoyed the recap of the PokemonGo Thanksgiving Event, and like myself were able to enjoy it.  I wish you the best in your attempts to catch Ditto, and make good use of the updated tracker.

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PokemonGo Daily Bonus Event

PokemonGo Daily Bonus Event

Since it was discovered PokemonGo Daily Bonus would be a new feature via data mining, and confirmed by Niantic the PokemonGo Daily Bonus is finally coming to fruition.  With that said it was recently announced yesterday in honor of the Daily Bonus Update Niantic would have a PokemonGo Daily Bonus Event running from November 7th to November 11th.  This is extremely exciting coming off of the PokemonGo Halloween Event.

Pokemon Go Daily Bonus Event

Celebrating Daily Bonuses with More Daily Bonuses

With the rollout of the new PokemonGo Daily Bonuses it has been confirmed from November 7th to November 11th not only will you get to experience a PokemonGo Daily Bonus, you will get a few additional bonuses!  First you will experience more Pokemon sightings! On top of an increase in sightings, each pokestop will yield a bigger loot!  This means more great balls, and ultra balls for trainers that are 20 plus!

PokemonGo Daily Bonus – Personal Experience

Two days ago coming home from a trip I noticed an increase in stardust on my first pokemon, and an increase in items from my first Pokestop.  I wondered to myself if they had finally pushed the Pokemongo Daily Bonus out.  Then when I got home I was baffled by all the Pokemon I was seeing show up on my radar. Whenever I see something odd in PokemonGo my immediate reaction is this supposed to be happening?  Then I immediately go into the mode of, well I definitely must play more and take advantage of this.  One of the things I noticed was a big increase in Tauros so jokingly I was calling it Pokemon Thanksgiving Event.

Low and behold finding out today they are actually running a PokemonGo Daily Bonus Event, which is awesome.  The best part being not only have I been able to capture a lot of Pokemon in the last 36 hours I have been able to keep my bags full.  I think Niantic has done a good job with coinciding this event with the new Pokestop Lock where you can’t get Pokestops any more while you are driving.  As much as I hate this I think it is a fair compromise, but definitely a pain in the butt as many older trainers probably only have time to play during their work commutes.  Hence pushing those trainers further and further behind.  We all know unfortunately we can’t all play 24/7 as much as we would like to.

The Pokestop lock will also lead to a decrease in activity among trainers that will face a big weather change coming soon known as winter.  This will be a key question as how Niantic will make it an even playing field with weather pattern changes.  Fortunately for PokemonGo Trainers in the northern hemisphere it has been exceptionally mild weather so far.

PokemonGo Increase Sightings

So, if you are fortunate to have time to play PokemonGo I highly encourage you to get out there and catch some Pokemon over the coming days! Good luck Trainers, and stay safe.

Pokemon Go How to Level FAST

Pokemon Go How to Level FAST

Pokemon Go How to Level FAST

So, by now everyone has been playing Pokemon Go for a few weeks…The first person to apparently catchem all has come out of the shadows, and we are also seeing the backlash from the game.  You know things like trespassing, violence, and robberies.  However, I want to tell you in Pokemon Go how to level fast!  There literally is no other way to do this.  On top of that I have yet to find someone who has beat my 30 min experience burst…not to toot my own horn…

In Pokemon Go how to level fast is actually fairly simple.  The problem is actually are you patient?  Yes, are you a patient person to store up your Pokemon, and hold those Pokemon in your inventory?  If that answer is “Yeah Buddy!” then you will have a great 30 minute shot in Pokemon Go to boost your experience!  You may power level, and at a minimum at least get a huge chunk of experience.  I will layout the strategy, and the specifications for you in the next few paragraphs so hang with me you patient person you!

Catch those Pokemon

First off, if you are patient like I stated you will accomplish the Pokemon Go how to level fast methodology.  To do this you need to catch every friggen Pidgey, Caterpie, and Weedle possible! No joke my friends.  Seriously though do it.  Each of those three Pokemon represent the fast way to level, mainly because the best way to level is through evolution.  Pidgey, Caterpie, and Weedle each take 12 candies to level.  That means every three that you catch and after a transfer you have enough for one evolution.  However, do not forget to keep some for the evolution process!

Evolving by the Numbers

After you have caught a crap ton of Pokemon the next piece of this Pokemon level guide is to use a lucky egg.  The lucky egg will double your experience for 30 minutes.  Your goal is to have caught enough Pokemon to utilize the full 30 minutes with evolutions.  Yes, no wandering off, and no moving screens from the Pokemon menu! You literally for the full 30 minutes are going to evolve your Pokemon.  Each time you evolve with an egg it’s going to net you a minimum 1,000 experience.  I say minimum because if you do not have the Pokemon in your pokedex yet you will net more!!!!  This is primarily going to pertain to evolutions most likely outside the three Pokemon you are storing up.

To give you some rough estimates on the amount of evolutions you will need here is a breakdown of timelines.  Each evolution takes roughly 20-30 seconds, and a new Pokemon added to the pokedex will take roughly 40-60 seconds.  With those numbers you should be able to evolve roughly 60 Pokemon in 30 minutes!!!

Inconclusion, Pokemon Go how to level fast, there is only one proven method to get there.  If you don’t believe me check out the youtube video above killing the evolution process! I net 71,500 experience in 30 minutes.  See if you can beat that! Second time through I got 68,000 experience.  Now, that you know the trick to the Pokemon go power level get out there and catch those Pokemon! Good luck, and let me know your thoughts below.