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Pokemon Go: these new Evolution items are obtained at PokeStops – but the drop rate’s all over the place

18 Feb

The large Pokemon GO update this week not only brought with it 80 new monsters and customization options, but new Evolution Items as well. Apparently, they are also rather rare.


According to Nintendo Life, the new Evolution Items in Pokemon Go can be obtained at PokeStops, and currently there are five stone types:

  • Dragon Scale: Evolves Seadra into Kingdra
  • King’s Rock: Evolves Poliwhirl into Politoed / Slowpoke into Slowking
  • Metal Coat: Onix into Steelix / Scyther into Scizor
  • Sun Stone: Gloom into Bellossom / Sunkern into Sunflora
  • Upgrade: Porygon into Porygon2

These Evolution items are used to evolve the aforementioned Gen 1 Pokemon into Gen 2 creatures. However, the drop rate for the Evolution times seems to vary, hugely.

Over on reddit, some users report going to multiple PokeStops without obtaining a single Evolution item. One user said they spun over 250 times and went home empty handed, while another obtained one on their first PokeStop spin.

Along with Evolution items, there are two new berries at PokeStops which help players entice Pokemon: Nanab and Pinap.

The former slows the Pokemon down to make it easier to catch, while the latter doubles the candy handed over upon being caught. The drop rate on these berries is said to be much higher than the Evolution items.

In other words, keep trying and use those berries. It’s unknown if this intended programming on Niantic’s part, or if there is a balancing issue.

But at this point, it’s basically like rolling for loot in D&D: some have better luck than others.

New Mass Effect: Andromeda video goes over combat, cover system, switching loadouts, more

17 Feb

As promised, Bioware has released a new Mass Effect: Andromeda video.

In the video above, Bioware goes over combat, skills, weapons, movement and more in Mass Effect Andromeda.

According to the developer, action is built around “fluid, fast-paced, third-person combat.” Players will have complete freedom of movement thanks to the jump-jet. This handy piece of equipment allows the player to jump, evade, and hover during battle.

The game also features a new cover system which provides a “seamless” way to use almost anything as cover.

Firearms are divided into four categories: assault rifles, pistols, shotguns, and sniper. Each provide the player with a variety of means to dispatch enemies. Close combat players will likely prefer shotguns and pistols, assault rifles work well on the move, and sniper firearms do the job from afar.

Melee weapons for close combat will vary in both damage and speed. Hammers do max damage, shivs and swords are faster and provide the player enough opportunity for a precise hit before getting out of the way in a quick manner.

Since there aren’t any class restrictions, players are able to switch between loadouts.

Weapons and gear are based on three technology types due to the location in which they originated. According to Bioware, weapons from the Milky Way Galaxy use physical ammunition similar to the previous three games – only with advancements.

Weapons from the Milky Way are more high-impact and projectile-based. Players will find these work best on non-shielded targets, but they will need to keep an eye on their ammo output. With Remnant weapons don’t require ammo as they use beams, but they will overheat. They player will need to allow a cooling period to use it again once it reaches maximum heat.

Weapons featuring tech from the Heleus Cluster of the Andromeda galaxy are plasma-based and feature heat-seeking tech. Others from this region are charge-based, so the longer they are charged, the harder the hit.

As with weapons, there are no restrictions on skills the player can choose. Each of the three main categories are “designed to facilitate a certain style of play.” These are: Biotics, Combat and Tech.

Biotic skills provide the player with the power to control dark energy which manipulates mass and gravity. Skills such as Pull and Throw can grab enemies on the battlefield to use as shields or even weapons.

Combat skills focus on improving weapon damage and accuracy, and enable the use of flak cannons, grenades, trip mines, and more.

Finally, the Tech skill provides the ability to use experimental weaponry, or make strategic improvements. For example, the Cryo Beam and Flamethrower “offer more offensive punch,” while the skills Invasion and Energy Drain weaken opponents to make them easier to kill. Players can also deploy an assault turret.

All skills can be upgraded and have different upgrade paths for playstyle customization. Since all enemies have specific strengths and weaknesses, so the different skills and abilities available will be an important factor.

Mass Effect: Andromeda releases for PC, PS4 and Xbox One March 21 in North America and March 23 in Europe.

Pokemon GO Adding 80 More Pokemon This Week

16 Feb
Pokemon GO

When Pokemon GO first launched, just about everybody was into it. We’re talking friends, family, co-workers, you name it. Since that time, many players have drifted away, some because the novelty wore off, others after the weather turned too unpleasant for daily strolls and still others because once you caught ’em all … that was pretty much it.

There’s some good news from Niantic for those of you in that last group. The company has announced that 80 additional Pokemon are being added to the game “later this week,” including favorites like Chikorita, Cyndaquil and Totodile (note: your favorite Pokemon not already in the game not guaranteed to be among them, sorry).

Among the newcomers will be pocket monsters originally found in the Pokemon Gold and Pokemon Silver games in the Johto region. Niantic assures us you’ll be able to run into “in the wild,” unlike the previous, much smaller batch of new Pokemon that had to be hatched from eggs.

“Today is a momentous occasion for our team here at Niantic which has been hard at work to deliver these additional Pokémon and build upon the encounter and capture mechanics for our passionate global community of Trainers playing Pokémon GO, Niantic founder and CEO John Hanke said in a press release. “Pokémon GO is a live experience which we’ll be continuing to support and evolve in new and interesting ways for years to come with new gameplay features, in-game and live events, more Pokémon to discover and much more.”

While we could quibble about whether adding the kind of content most reasonable people expected from the very beginning fits the definition of “momentous,” it’s great to see Pokemon GO getting a sizable update as spring approaches. Said update will also include two new types of Berries for more strategic options, along with new Evolution items that will work in concert with the new Johto region Pokemon.

Chances are you’ll only need to re-download the game if you’re thinking about jumping back in, because let’s face it, you had it on your phone before. Just in case, though, we’ll give you the links to grab Pokemon GO for free from the App Store or Google Play. You can thank us after you’ve captured a Totodile.

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Love Comes to Pokemon GO in Valentine’s Day Event

8 Feb
Pokemon GO

Considering that the expert on the length of winter has already spoken and let us know that cold weather will be hanging around a bit longer, it’s still not the ideal time to be out and about playing Pokemon GO in many places. What we need is a reason to go out walking and hatching eggs again, something like, say, Valentine’s Day.

Laugh if you want, but the Pokemon GO Valentine’s Day event is now underway. Set to run through Feb. 15 at 11 a.m. Pacific time, the event bumps up the spawn rates for pink Pokemon like Chansey, Clefable and Porygon and makes it more likely you’ll find Cleffa, Igglybuff and Smoochum in Pokemon Eggs.

(And really, is there a more seasonally appropriate Pokemon than Smoochum?)

On top of that, Lure Modules last for six hours, 12 times their normal duration, and players receive twice as much Pokemon Candy when catching, hatching or even transferring Pokemon back to the professor. This Candy won’t even rot your teeth, so there’s that.

So when you consider that you can either dust off Pokemon GO this Valentine’s Day or try to grit out more of those chalky candy hearts, the choice seems pretty clear. Bundle up and get out there, because those pink and cute Pokemon aren’t going to catch or hatch themselves.

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Final Fantasy 14’s interface gets an AR overhaul with this HoloLens mock-up

7 Feb

Final Fantasy 14’s gameplay takes centre stage with HoloLens interface mock-up.

Twitter user Tanufuku has made a mock-up of what it would be like if Final Fantasy 14 could be tweaked for HoloLens support.

The video shows the gameplay taking centre stage on a small monitor while the various menus are suspended around the display.

The general gist of the tweet is that by having the UI outside of the screen, players can be more immersed in the game and not have to sacrifice space usually taken up by cluttered menus when playing on a smaller screen.

This would be a great use for Microsoft’s AR headset and not just for Final Fantasy 14. Do you think the second screen function would be a good way to integrate AR into games? Which titles would make your shortlist of benefiting from having their menus outside of the main display? Chime in below.

Portal HoloLens AR demo probably too wonderful for we wretched human beasts ever to own

7 Feb

Portal in AR, via Microsoft HoloLens? Why isn’t this happening in a way we can throw money at?

HoloLens developer Kenny W is back with another side project, putting together a Portal AR demo which just looks wonderful. Too wonderful, really, since it’s not something you can have right now, despite your fevered longing.

We want to play a Portal AR game very badly, but does one exist? No! Is Microsoft even now holding a boom box up under Valve’s windows, begging for it to happen? Probably not! Is Valve bashing away at a Portal VR game in secret? Maybe, but since Valve releases games on Valve Time™ it probably won’t come out till 2067! This state of affairs is terribly unsatisfying.

We recommend not watching the video above, which only fill you with envy for those who have a HoloLens and the skills to make them do interesting things, like fill the world with heartbreaking memories of your adventures with GlaDOS.

The same developer brought us the Pokemon HoloLens demo (equally delightful). If you enjoy these, you may also want to look at this Iron Man-like HoloLen UI streaming Gears of War on Xbox One.

Sometimes I get so mad that a beautiful AR and VR future is like, right there, just a few years out of reach, and I want it to be now. I also really want to play Portal again, but that at least is a thing I can do right now.

Pokemon Go dataminers find code for gen-two Pokemon Unown, 38 moves, five new evolution items

18 Jan

The latest update for Pokemon Go has been datamined, and it appears new moves and more second generation Pokemon are on the docket.


According to the data poured over by The Silph Road, 38 news moves, more Avatar customizations, gym radius tweaks, support for Evolution items, more Shiny Pokemon and Pokemon genders, and new Pokemon forms for gen-two Psychic-type Unown were also found.

The Evolution items seems to suggest gen-two versions of current Pokemon are in the works. For example, the Sun Stone evolves Gloom into Bellossom; Sunkern into Sunflora; Cottonee into Whimsicott; Petilil into Lilligant; and turns Helioptile into Heliolisk.

Other items besides the Sun Stone found in the files include: King’s Rock, Metal Coat, Dragon Scale and Upgrade. If you are unfamiliar with these, or need a refresher, hit up Bulbapedia.

Unown is a rather interesting entry,as the Pokemon has a from for each letter of the alphabet along with an exclamation point and question mark. The forms noted in the files are: Unown A-C, Z, question mark and exclamation point. One entry doesn’t contain any information.

A new button seems to be in the works for the in-game menu which will take users to a News section and three new sponsor codes were found (PAN, BBQ, FRYER), suggesting more PokeStops are on the way. Your guess is as good as ours as to which companies these symbols stand for (Panera Bread? Famous Dave’s? KFC? – who knows).

Be sure to look over the full post from The Silph Road for more information.

This Xbox One streaming to HoloLens setup is some Iron Man level tech wizardry, is used to play Gears of War 4

12 Jan

Xbox One’s streaming and Microsoft’s HoloLens AR visor: actually pretty cool.

You know how in science fiction computers always have projected or virtual displays and people use touch gestures to interact with them? Think Mass Effect’s Omnitool, which pops up a holo interface, or most recognisably to most of us, Robert Downey Junior’s floating desktop in the Iron Man movies.

With that in mind, check out the sweet setup in the video above. The latest beta for Xbox streaming allows users to output to a holographic screen of any side. According to uploader THEGAMEVEDA, the Xbox One running Gears of War 4 here is three floors away, and the streaming app is running much more smoothly than past beta versions.

Because users can set the screen to any side and adjust the opacity, you’ll see the user has decorated their environment with a number of other windows and apps, including some cute holo friends. You’ll get to see the window settings adjusted on the fly, which is where the potential of this technology starts to seem really interesting.

Capturing this kind of footage isn’t easy (the uploader commented that the capture software doesn’t always accurately depict where the holo objects are in relation to the user’s hands), and downgrades the visual experience a little bit.

“The capture is @ 24fps, the gameplay frame rate is far higher so this is an approximation of the experience. You also do not see the 3D holograms I see, but you will do when this tech goes mass consumer,” the uploader wrote.

This is the first HoloLens demo that’s really made me sit up and take notice. Maybe Microsoft really is on to something here? If this is fake I will go into a week long depression.

Where to Find the Baby Pokemon in Pokemon GO

11 Jan
Pokemon GO

Baby Pokemon are a-okay in my book. You never have to change their diapers, for starters, and eventually they grow up into full fledged Pokemon that behave and make their Trainers proud.

I bring this up because most of the new Pokemon introduced in Pokemon GO since last month are, in fact, baby versions of pocket monsters you already know and (mostly) love. It’s pretty well known that you find them in eggs, and thus have to either drag yourself out in the cold or head to Sprint or Starbucks locations since those are now PokeStops. Sadly, neither company gave us any compensation to mention that.

The question is which eggs. And we have an answer for you. The seven baby Pokemon introduced so far can be found in the following eggs:

Igglybuff in Pokemon GO

2 km Eggs

  • Cleffa
  • Igglybuff

5 km Eggs

  • Pichu
  • Togepi

10 km Eggs

  • Elekid
  • Magby
  • Smoochum

Unless my math is incorrect, that means to catch and hatch ’em all, you’ll need to do a minimum of 44 km of walking, and when you consider that you’ll probably hatch a bunch of other Pokemon in the meantime, it should ensure you stay in good shape all winter.

As mentioned before, the baby Pokemon will mostly evolve into monsters you’ve seen before as they are fed candy — 25 in most cases, but 50 for Togepi, who evolves into Togetic, who is new to Pokemon GO.

Just in case you aren’t familiar with the other evolutions from previous Pokemon games …

  • Cleffa -> Clefairy
  • Elekid -> Electabuzz
  • Igglybuff -> Jigglypuff
  • Magby -> Magmar
  • Pichu -> Pikachu
  • Smoochum -> Jynx

Most of those are intuitive with the exception of Smoochum. In any case, you now know everything you need to get out and let some babies into your heart and your Pokedex. Happy hatching!

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Those who live in India can now play Pokemon GO

13 Dec

If you live in India you can finally play Pokemon GO.


The announcement comes from Niantic Labs and India’s Reliance Jio digital stores, which will act as PokeStops and Gyms like Starbucks and Sprint stores in the US.

Jio, which is a mobile 4G broadband service company, will also open a chat channel on its its Jio chat app so Pokemon GO players can communicate with like-minded individuals (thanks, Huffington Post).

Niantic added second egneration Pokemon Togepi, Pichu, Magby, Elekid, Cleffa, Igglybuff and Smoochum today. If you need help trying to hatch the eggs which contain the babies, check out Alex’s Pokemon Go: How to get all the new Pokemon via eggs: Togepi, Pichu, Igglybuff & more guide through the link.

Pokemon GO went live today in India.

Pokemon GO Gets ‘Select’ New Pokemon

12 Dec
Pokemon GO

It’s starting to feel like Pokemon GO is destined to be the game that always tantalizes us with what it could be instead of what it actually is. Today’s announcement, which was teased last week, is proof of that.

Most fans and observers guessed it would be the addition of new Pokemon to the mix, beyond the original roster. Indeed, that’s exactly what it turned out to be, with The Pokemon Company and Niantic revealing that characters from the Pokemon Gold and Silver games — beginning with Togepi and Pichu, would arrive in the game as of 1 pm Eastern time today.

It sounds as if you’ll only be able to find the new Pokemon in eggs, at least at first, meaning you’ll have to visit PokeStops and do the requisite amount of walking just to have a shot at them.

The other big assumption, that Pokemon GO would roll out some sort of holiday event, was also on the money. Beginning today and running through December 29, players will encounter a special edition Pikachu in locations all over the world. What makes this Pikachu special? It’s his party hat.

So to review, most people thought the announcement would involve new Pokemon and maybe costumes, and we’re slowly getting the former while kind of, sort of getting the latter. In other words, it’s the kind of thing that makes you say, “Eh, that’s nice,” but not the “OMG!” moment that Pokemon GO needs to get lapsed players to return in big numbers.

Pokemon GO, you continue to tease. And maybe that’s the way you’ll always be.

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Pokemon GO users in “most regions of the world” can now test the Nearby Pokemon feature

10 Dec

The Pokemon GO Nearby feature has rolled out to “most regions of the world.”

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Last week, Niantic Labs made the feature available in the United States, and large parts of Europe.

Now, it has now been expanded to most regions of the world where players can access the App Store or Google Play.

Not only can more users test the feature, but the development team has made some changes to the way the Nearby Pokemon feature functions when there are only few PokeStops in the player’s range.

The team said these changes should make the experience “better when searching for Pokemon in the real world.”

Niantic said it will continue to “review the feedback” submitted through official social media accounts and will make changes if necessary.

Starbucks is now an official partner of Pokemon GO

8 Dec

And the Starbucks Pokemon GO incentive kicks off today. Now you can buy coffee and a muffin while you catch eggs and more Poke Balls.


The Starbucks and Niantic Labs partnership was leaked earlier in the week on reddit.

Starting today at 11am PT/2pm ET, US Starbucks and Pokemon GO costumers can visit one of 7,800 company-operated stores which have been turned into PokeStops and Gyms.

As previously reported, the chain has also creating a special-edition Pokemon GO Frappuccino.

Yesterday, Niantic also announced a partnership with Sprint stores and RadioShack, which is a Sprint dealer.

Niantic and The Pokemon Company will also announce new Pokemon for the app on Monday, December 12.

It’s likely the new Pokemon are Generation 2 creatures, which dataminers found in the files last month.

Fan-made Pokemon AR game is super cool, and you can try it for yourself right now if you have a HoloLens

7 Dec

Pokemon battles in the real world, through the power of AR.

PokeLens is a fan-made Pokemon battler for HoloLens, which brings your real-world Pokemon hunting and battling dreams to life in a way Pokemon Go can’t really rival.

Since the video above was released in early November, PokeLens has been updated with voice commands, making it even cooler.

Created by developer Kenny W using animations from 3D artist Beastcramps, it’s freely available on Github for you to try for yourself, if you happen to have a HoloLens dev kit. (If you need some help getting it working, this video has some tips.)

It’ll probably be a long time before we see an official Pokemon AR or VR game like this, unfortunately. Just one more motivation for hoping the technology goes mainstream.

10,500 Sprint stores in the US will soon become Pokemon GO Gyms and PokeStops

7 Dec

Here’s your final Pokemon GO post for the day.


Maybe. That depends on whether any more news comes out of Niantic Labs or The Pokemon Company.

Anyway, the developer announced today it’s working with Sprint to create PokeStops and Gyms at 10,500 stores around the US.

This means not only Sprint store locations, but Boost Mobile and Radioshack stores.

Sprint locations will also feature in-store charging stations in case you plan staying a while. When the stores will become PokeStops wasn’t revealed in the announcement, but it’s to occur sometime this month.

Earlier this week it was reported that Starbucks shops would become PokeStops as well, but Niantic hasn’t announced that particular event. Yet.

The news was leaked via an internal memo which was posted on reddit by a Starbucks employee. The Pokemon GO promotion was said to start on December 8, which is tomorrow.

We may hear more about it then, or The Pokemon Company and Niantic could hold things back a bit until Monday, December 12 when it announces the first addition of more Pokemon into Pokrmon GO.

Watch this space then, we reckon.

Today’s Pokemon GO update now allows you to transfer multiple Pokemon at a time

7 Dec

Ahead of Monday’s new Pokemon reveal, Niantic Labs released a new update for Pokemon GO.


With today’s update, players will finally be able to transfer multiple Pokemon at a time to Professor Willow. To use this function, players need to press and hold on a Pokemon.

The notes also state that Pokemon type icons have been added to the Gym battle approach and Gym battle screen.

Total Candy count for your Buddy Pokemon has been added to the buddy information screen, and users will also be able to see the total kilometers a buddy has walked.

The latter can be pulled up via the information screen of each Pokemon that has ever been your buddy.

Minor text fixes have also been applied.

The Pokemon GO update is now live for both Android and iOS users.

More Pokemon Coming to Pokemon GO

7 Dec

With the popularity of Pokemon GO in the last year (which, yes, exploded in the summer and then died down quickly once everybody needed a jacket), there’s been one big question on every player’s mind: when will we get more pokemon to catch?

The original 151 are great to have as targets, but with more than 800 Pokemon appearing in the last 20 years, there’s a cornucopia of goodness to draw from. We’ve all been quietly placing our bets at the Gamezebo office about this. I had assumed we’d see some added when Pokemon Sun and Moon launched in November, but… no dice. Others have assumed we’ll be playing with Generation 2 pokemon next.

Whatever’s coming, we’ll find out on December 12th. That’s when Niantic and The Pokemon Company will be revealing details about the addition of new pokemon in Pokemon GO.

While the companies involved haven’t given us anything more to go on yet, there have been a few stories this week that seem to suggest some of the new Pokemon could be tied to retail partners, including Starbucks and Sprint. And considering Niantic CEO John Hanke has been very open about this being part of their monetization strategy, it wouldn’t be too surprising if this is how things shake out — at least for a few exclusive pocket monsters.

Whatever the news, it’s only a few days until we can stop speculating. Expect full details from Niantic about when you can expect more pokemon in Pokemon GO on December 12th.

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Looks like new Pokemon for Pokemon GO will be announced next week

7 Dec

Nothing like a big tease sitting there in the inbox for reveal first thing Monday morning. Well, almost first thing.


Today, The Pokemon Company sent word that new Pokemon are coming to Pokemon GO.

Which Pokemon to expect weren’t announced, because we will have to wait until this coming Monday for the information to drop. We expect it sometime between 9am and 10am ET or so, because that’s usually when TPC sends the email over. So, again, almost first thing, but not quite.

“The Pokemon Company International and Niantic, Inc. will reveal details on December 12 about the addition of more Pokemon to Pokemon GO,” reads the email. “Stay tuned, Trainers.”

It’s possible the new creatures being added are Generation 2, if information dataminers found last month prove to be accurate.

During a Treehouse Live session, Nintendo announced at E3 2015 other Pokemon generations would be made available through updates to the app. It was also said the game would be compatible with main Pokemon game releases down the road.

Anyway, as the email stated, stay tuned for Monday.

Starbucks Pokemon GO event said to be kicking off this week

6 Dec

Ninatic Labs and Starbucks are gearing up for a Pokemon GO promotion said to be kicking off this week.


According to an internal memo leaked on reddit by a Starbucks employee, the Pokemon GO promotion starts on December 8 and turns the coffee shops into PokeStops.

The chain will also be offering a Pokmon-themed Frappuccino, per Business Insider.

Neither Niantic nor Nintendo have announced the promo, but since it’s only two days from starting, we expect official word to arrive soon.

When Pokemon GO launched in Japan, McDonald’s restaurants in the country were turned into PokeStops.

In August, Niantic founder John Hanke said the restaurants reported an uptick in sales thanks to Pokemon fans using the chain as a PokeStop.

Right after Pokemon GO launched in the US, it was said Niantic was working with various businesses which were interested in becoming sponsored listings.

If you want to read the entire memo, have a click on the reddit link.

Ditto Ready to Surprise, Possibly Dismay Pokemon GO Players

24 Nov


You know what would be fun? Playing Pokemon GO, thinking you caught a rare Pokemon that you’ve been searching for and then realizing, oops, no, it’s something else.

That might sound horrible, but it’s actually all good since the source of the deception is Ditto, a Pokemon many fans have been waiting for in Pokemon GO. Now that it’s here, Ditto is bringing its trademark shape-shifting ability to the game. Since it doesn’t reveal its true form until after he’s captured, it means if you’re lucky, that 737th Pidgey you captured could turn out to be a Ditto instead.

Pokemon GO Ditto

This comes on the heels of this week’s earlier update that adjusted the Combat Power of quite a few Pokemon. Niantic also revealed on its blog that the Nearby and Sightings features have been updated and can now be tested in some regions. West coast and Australia, consider yourselves lucky.

All of these developments are very welcome considering how much Pokemon GO has been crying out for more content and additions to keep players invested and possibly lure back some of the masses who were in love with the game this summer. With the winter coming up, it’ll be interesting to see how many people are willing to brave the cold to catch ’em all.

Just be warned that Ditto might be taking the place of some of your targets.

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