Pokemon Go update news: Lugia Legendary Raids, Articuno countdown and event rewards

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POKEMON GO updates news this week includes the Lugia launch, Legendary Raids reveals, the Articuno countdown and event rewards.

July has been the busiest month for the popular Android and iOS game since it originally launched last year.

Not only did we see the release of Legendary Pokemon and the title’s first major event but we also saw the one of the most rewarding events ever make its debut.

It may have only just ended, but fans were able to make some serious strides when it comes to Pokemon Go event gameplay.

Because Pokemon Go Fest attendees were successful in completing challenges set by Niantic, the entire global community has been rewarded with a series of limited time bonuses.

This includes double Stardust, double Candy, double XP, increased Pokemon encounters, reduced hatching distances, and reduced Buddy distances.

Will Niantic ever be able to top that? Probably not, but there are a heap of new Pokemon Go updates just around the corner.

While we know that both Lugia and Articuno are available to battle in Pokemon Go, they will soon be replaced by others.

Here’s the roadmap Niantic have set out so far:

  • Articuno (Team Mystic) released on Saturday, July 22 and available through Monday, July 31.
  • Moltres (Team Valor) to be released on Monday, July 31 and available through Monday, August 7.
  • Zapdos (Team Instinct) to be released on Monday, August 7 and available through Monday, August 14.

As mentioned above, Articuno looks set to be the next Legendary bird which will be lost to Pokemon Go players.

There’s the chance that the recently datamined Legendary Raid passes will become the official way of activating these Raid battles.

Legendary Raid battles function in a similar way to normal Gym encounters, a boss Pokémon takes over a Gym.

Your goal is to defeat this powerful Pokémon and if you and your fellow Trainers are successful, you’ll be rewarded with special items and a chance at catching that Pokemon.

But while many lower-tiered battles can be soloed, Pokemon Go’s Lugia and Articuno are no joke and can give 10,000+ exp for a successful catch.

The first basic rule is, you cannot do it alone; you’ll need help from fellow Trainers to raid the Gym (and hopefully) prevail.

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Looking for the raids is simple enough, indicated in the usual way, albeit with a bird icon next to the normal Rhydons.

The Raid battle itself is pretty standard, you’ll want your damage output high, meaning less dodging and more fainted Pocket Monsters.

If you do lose all of your team, you can always return with a fresh team, or revive the ones you had in the fray before.

Catching is the same as always, curveballs are your friend and will hopefully help you get what you deserve after such a meaty battle.

POKÉMON GO UPDATE VERSION 1.39.1 NOW AVAILABLE ON IOS

Niantic has released a minor software update for Pokémon GO on iOS, which brings the location-based game to version 1.39.1.

This sees Team Instinct leader Spark return to appraise Pokémon, and resolves multiple bugs that impacted motivation decreases, the location-based game freezing in certain situations, and crashing on iPhone 6 devices.

CHANGES MADE IN POKÉMON GO UPDATE VERSION 1.39.1

  • Spark has returned to appraise Pokémon for Team Instinct Trainers.
  • Resolved a motivation decay bug impacting Pokémon with less than 3000 CP.
  • Resolved a bug causing Pokémon GO to freeze after consuming potions too quickly.
  • Resolved a bug causing Pokémon GO to freeze after all 6 Pokémon faint during a Raid Battle.
  • Resolved an issue causing iPhone 6 devices to crash.

POKÉMON GO UPDATE VERSION 0.69.1 NOW AVAILABLE ON ANDROID

Niantic has released a minor software update for Pokémon GO on Android, which brings the location-based game to version 0.69.1.

This sees Team Instinct leader Spark return to appraise Pokémon and resolves multiple bugs that impacted motivation decreases, the location-based game freezing in certain situations, such as consuming potions too quickly or when all Pokémon faint in a Raid Battle.

CHANGES MADE IN POKÉMON GO UPDATE VERSION 0.69.1

  • Spark has returned to appraise Pokémon for Team Instinct Trainers.
  • Resolved a motivation decay bug impacting Pokémon with less than 3000 CP.
  • Resolved a bug causing Pokémon GO to freeze after consuming potions too quickly.
  • Resolved a bug causing Pokémon GO to freeze after all 6 Pokémon faint during a Raid Battle.

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