But what about after this latest Pokemon Go update wraps up?
There’s been hints already that Niantic could expand their current Shiny Pokemon offering beyond the recent Pikachu Outbreak event in Japan. Currently, fans in Yokohama can visit two sites in the city and have the chance of grabbing a special Pikachu or Raichu.
There’s hope that following the wrap up – August 15 – these variants will be launched worldwide for a set amount of time. However, Pokemon Go news in this week suggests that Niantic may have other plans.
A new Pokemon Go newsletter that was sent out last night spoke on the subject of the recent Legendary Raids launch and how there could be more in the future.
“Lugia, Articuno, Moltres, and Zapdos have been spotted in Pokémon Go!” the official message reads. “Have you battled one of these Legendary Pokémon yet? From August 7–14, Zapdos, the Legendary Pokémon that represents Team Instinct, will appear at Raid Battles in the real world. “Team up with your fellow Trainers and line up your Pokémon carefully when battling these extremely powerful and rare Legendary Pokémon. Good luck, Trainer. Be prepared for more legendary adventures!“
This would certainly fill the hole and provide players with yet another tough Pokemon to try and catch. “We believe that Ho-Oh will be released at the Japanese Pokémon Stadium event (Monday, August 14, 2017 18:00 – 21:00), that takes place during the Pikachu Outbreak in Yokohama (August 9 – 15),” the Pokemon Go Hub reports.
“This event will tie in perfectly with the movie, as the movie retells Ash’s original journey through Kanto, including the Ho-Oh encounter.” There’s also the chance that Niantic will simply continue with the current batch of Legendary Raid, but make them less frequent.
While this would make sense on paper, realistically it could push the capture rates to even greater low, what with the lack of decent encounter numbers available. Some kind of Pokemon Go news is expected next week, so we’ll just have to wait and see what the development team have in store next.