Pokemon Go’s Gen 3 event is due to end later today – but it’s not all bad news: that could mean developer Niantic is clearing the way for another event.
The new event could perhaps be Valentine’s Day-based: it wouldn’t be the first time the game has seen an event based on the romantic date.
Last year’s event gave Pokemon Go fans the chance to earn double the amount of Candy for capturing Pokemon, bonuses for hatching eggs and more candy for transferring unwanted ‘Mon, too.
Niantic also upped the rate of pink Pokemon spawning.
Lure modules, were active for six hours instead of the usual 30 minutes too – something that proved very popular with trainers keen to capture as many Pokemon as possible.
Datamining reveals that extended lures from the Gen 3 event last until February 23, however the special Pokemon tied to that event are set to expire today… does that mean Niantic is likely to announce a new event soon? It’s likely.
We’ll have any news on a Pokemon GO Valentine’s Day event as it breaks, but for now you can read about the event that’ll end today below, or remind yourself of what we got as part of last year’s PoGo Valentine’s event.
First up, the Gen 3 event is coming to a close today.
According to Niantic, this is what the event brought to fans:
“Alongside several Flying- and Dragon-type Pokémon appearing in Pokémon GO for the first time, the Legendary Pokémon Rayquaza will descend from the ozone layer and become available in Raid Battles for a limited time.”
The legendary Rayquaza will be available for players to battle until March 16.
The CP for the Rayquaza raid boss is 45468 and as you might expect it’s not possible to solo the Gen 3 Legendary and we’d advise you take it on with at least 4-5 fellow trainers in order to take it down.
Once captured it can have a maximum capture CP of 2083, at Level 20, with a perfect IV score or 2604 in rainy weather when level 25 with a perfect IV.
Before any of that though, you’ll need to know how to counter Rayquaza.
You can find tips to beat this difficult Raid foe here.
Here’s what Niantic announced for Pokemon GO on Valentine’s Day last year… could we be likely to see the same again here? It’s likely.
“With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we couldn’t think of a sweeter time to double the amount of Candy you’ll earn every time you catch, hatch, and transfer Pokémon.
“Your Buddy Pokémon is also getting into the Valentine’s Day spirit and will find Candy twice as fast!
“Throughout the celebration, you’ll notice that Chansey, Clefable, and many other adorable pink Pokémon will be encountered more frequently in the wild. Cleffa, Igglybuff, and Smoochum will also be more likely to hatch from Eggs.
“And to help you paint your town pink this Valentine’s Day, Lure Modules will last for six hours for the entire duration of the event.”
With a new loveheart-shaped Pokemon in the game (Luvdisc), it’d be a missed opportunity for Niantic to miss Valentine’s Day.