PokéNews (July 8): Pokémon GO / Pokémon Trading Card Game

Today’s Pokémon news: latest Pokémon GO news, but also…

  • Pokémon Trading Card Game
  • Pokémon merchandise

Pokémon GO

Team GO Rocket

The infamous Team GO Rocket is back with a special event centered around… balloons!

Here’s a promo video and some details:

  • 1. Tap a balloon to battle Team GO Rocket: Be ready for a challenge! Tap a Team GO Rocket balloon, pick your battle party, and defeat Team GO Rocket to rescue their Shadow Pokémon. Team GO Rocket balloons will hover near you for a limited time, so be sure to check the map for balloons and tap them before they fly away!
  • 2. Equip your Rocket Radar to encounter balloons with Team GO Rocket Leaders: When you have a Rocket Radar equipped, you can find Sierra, Cliff, or Arlo piloting a Team GO Rocket balloon.
  • 3. Equip your Super Rocket Radar to encounter Giovanni: It appears that even the boss of Team GO Rocket himself can be found riding in a Team GO Rocket balloon! If you activate and equip a Super Rocket Radar, Giovanni’s balloon is certain to appear.

Source: Niantic

Pokémon GO Fest 2020

Here’s the promo video for the Pokémon GO Fest 2020, which takes place on July 25th and July 26th worldwide:

Niantic Social

The previously announced Niantic Social features are now live: you can now see which friends are currently online, display when you’re playing Pokémon GO or any other Niantic game, sort your friend list to show friends that are online, and more.

Source: Serebii


Starting today, Kyurem is available as Level 5 Raid Boss.

Source: Serebii

Pokémon Trading Card Game

The Pokémon Company have announced the release of the True Steel Premium Collection for the Pokémon Trading Card Game on August 14th, in Europe and North America. It includes the following:

  • 1 of 2 foil promo cards featuring Zacian or Zamazenta
  • 1 of 2 finely sculpted figures of Zacian or Zamazenta
  • 1 of 2 collector’s pins featuring Zacian or Zamazenta
  • 6 Pokémon TCG booster packs
  • A code card for the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online

Source: The Pokémon Company

Pokémon merchandise

Here’s the latest set of Pokémon merchandise from Japan:

Source: Famitsu / Gamer



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