‘Pokémon Go’ Community Weekend this Sunday hints at Team Rocket


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  • Thursday, 18 Jul 2019

A Team Rocket hot air balloon was spotted at the recent Pok

Augmented reality monster catching game Pokémon Go has confirmed the details of its next Community Day, starring Mudkip, and hints at the introduction of the main series' classic villains, Team Rocket.

It tweeted that during the Community Day, which runs from 4-7pm local time on Sunday (July 21), players evolving Mudkip to its ultimate version Swampert will be rewarded with the exclusive charge attack Hydro Cannon.

During the event, Mudkips will also appear more often, while those catching Pokémon will earn three times the usual catch experience points (XP). Lures, which attract creatures to appear, will also last three hours instead of 30 minutes.

A Twitter conversation between the official Pokémon and Pokémon Go twitter accounts noted that a hot air balloon featuring Team Rocket's "R" logo was at a recent Pokémon Go event. It teased that these villains – most known for fighting the players and trying to kidnap their creatures – may make an appearance in the mobile game too.

Game maker Niantic also announced two revamps to the user interface for the game involving the appraisal system and player-versus-player combat. According to the the preview, battles will be more interactive than just having players tap a button on when to attack or defend.

The other change to the appraisal system, which players use to gauge how strong their Pokémon are, is expected to save players time as it shows more detailed information in a chart rather than in a series of text messages.

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