Today’s Pokémon GO news: another Software update coming, Celebi arriving next week, Niantic Kids, and more!
Pokémon GO – Software update
Today, a brand new Software update for Pokémon GO started rolling out (it’s not available on all devices yet). it brings the game to Ver. 0.115.2 (Android) / Ver. 1.85.2. Here’s the list of changes:
- adds support for the Niantics Kids log-in (see below for more details);
- Friends List now displays a blue indicator if you have increased your friendship level with a friend on a given day;
- Friends List now displays an arrow next to a friend’s name if you have sent them a gift on a given day;
- adds option to turn off sharing of what you last caught on your Friend List;
- notifications for Raid Battles starting soon now display a picture showing the Gym it’s starting at;
- provides various bug fixes (including one involving the Pokémon GO PLus: if you use a berry and then run from a Pokémon, the game would crash when you came back to it).
As usual, you can find more details about the various Software update for Pokémon GO on this page!
Pokémon GO – Celebi
Yesterday, Niantic announced that Celebi is coming to Pokémon GO on Pokémon GO. To get it, you will have to complete Special Research accessible once you have reached the third group of tasks of the Special Research for Mew (that you can do at the same time if you haven’t completed it yet). If you were at the Pokémon GO Fest and completed the Special Research available there, completing the new set of Special Research will earn you a new bounty of Candy to power up Celebi.
Also, a Celebi t-shirt is now available for free from the Style Shop, along with HeartGold and SoulSilver outfits unlocked based on how many Pokémon from the Johton region you’ve caught.
Speaking of Pokémon from the Johto region: more of them will start appearing alongside Celebi, from August 20th! And that’s not all: Field Research related to Pokémon from that region will also available.
Pokémon GO – Regirock
Since yesterday, Regirock is now appearing in Raid Battles, and more precisely Tier 5 ones. You have until September 20th to try and get it! At the same time, new Raid Battles went live, featuring Roselia, Tangela, and more.
Pokémon GO – Niantic Kids
Earlier this week, Niantic announced a new log-in platform for Pokémon GO, called Niantic Kids. It’s powered by SuperAwesome, and allows parents to register to manage their child’s privacy with a special portal. It also allows them to review and approve permissions before kids can play. There’s also options to control the personal information shared in the game. The service is certified by ESRB Privacy Certified and the kidSAFE Seal Program.
If you do’nt want to use Niantic Kids, no problem: you can still continue to use the Pokémon Trainer Club to log-in.