The rest of the year looks like a busy, but exciting time for Pokemon GO players across the globe. Not only has the game introduced three new legendary Pokemon but a brand new event is set to arrive, to celebrate the changing of the seasons.
Today, Pokemon GO developer Niantic announced the game’s Equinox 2017 event. It is the “perfect time to celebrate the coming equinox,” according to the developer, confirming that the event will begin on September 22 at 1PM PDT and will end on October 2 at 1PM PDT.
During this time, players will be able to earn double Stardust for catching Pokemon and hatching Pokemon eggs. Niantic also encourages players to head to their local Gyms and PokeStops to pick up 2KM eggs, which offer the opportunity to hatch Chansey, Larvitar, Mareep and “more.” Moreover, “special” boxes will be on sale in the in-game shop including Lucky Eggs, Lure Modules and Super Incubators.
Niantic also confirms that “registering a new Pokémon to your Pokédex during this limited-time celebration will earn you triple the normal XP.” This gives players a good reason to go out looking for Pokemon that were added to the game during the Johto region update that were released earlier this year.
This latest Pokemon GO event arrives at a good time for players. Many are already engaged in the game trying to catch Raikou and the other new legendaries, and this event will give them more rewards for being active players. It also means that players who have yet to be invited to take part in EX Raid battle testing will have something new to do to. In fact, even players who struggle to complete non-exclusive raids will benefit from this, as they have been calling for a non-raid event for quite some time.
Though some will wonder what it means for the game for the rest of the year. Pokemon GO didn’t host an event to celebrate the Equinox in 2016, but the game did host a Halloween event at the end of October, allowing players to capture more, spookily-themed Pokemon. But does the arrival of this year’s Equinox event mean that Niantic has no plans to celebrate the scariest time of the year in 2017?
The developer is determined to give players something to do at all times, whether that be new legendaries or new gameplay features and so it’s currently too soon to say. For now though, it’s time to ring in the new season in style and with some sweet rewards.
Pokemon GO is out now on Android and iOS.