You could be a Pokemon Go NPC trainer in Kanto, plus Mega Ampharos, Machop and more news

You could be a Pokemon Go NPC trainer in Kanto, plus Mega Ampharos, Machop and more news

Ever wanted to be in an NPC in a Pokemon game? Well, Niantic is giving you a very slim chance to do so in Pokemon Go. The through game’s new contest, players can submit their trainer’s name, outfit, team of three Kanto Pokemon (not including legendaries or mythicals), and theme by tweeting out with the hashtag #PokemonGOTourContest. Eight winners will be included for the upcoming Kanto Tour event. To note, when we asked Niantic’s PR about regionals, such as Alola Raichu, we were told “Only Pokémon originally found in the Kanto region are eligible, not the variants.” The contest ends January 11, so you better get going!

As usual, though, that’s not all Niantic’s recently announced. First, as the Unova event is live, you may have noticed the Collection Challenge. It seems like a timed task but with larger rewards, including a medal. Pokemon must be caught, not traded or evolved. Sadly, despite the original hint that “Professor Willow is embarking on a quest to research the different regions of the Pokémon world, and he needs your help!” there’s been no sign of the good Prof. (We’ve checked with PR to see if this is an oversight and will update if we learn more.)

The new Gucci/North Face promo is also live in-game, but there’s quite a catch: You need to spin a unique Pokestop at certain Gucci outlets in order to receive the new clothes, which feel much more North Face than Gucci. Considering the state of the pandemic, this can be viewed different ways. I’m told two near me are accessible by car, but it’s also a long drive to very busy areas in California (and also, remember the pandemic?).

File:181Ampharos-Mega.pngIn a since-updated Chinese Niantic post, Redditor Hoihoisan11 noticed a line announcing Mega Ampharos coming on January 19th. While Niantic has this taken down, the date does correspond with the official announcement that we would get a new Mega Pokemon on that date, and Redditor pkmn_snapper had previously noted an official hint at the Light Pokemon’s Mega would be coming. Nice timing, as the usual hairless looking pokemon gets quite a visual upgrade.

Speaking of visual upgrades, the January 16th Community Day pokemon will be Machop. While the Hulk-esque shiny’s already been released and its new move, Revenge, will most likely be a PvP move, it does mean people have a chance at stocking up on Machop XL candy. As Machamp is one of the best fighting-type pokemon, especially in terms of taking gyms, this is Community Day you probably won’t want to miss.

For PvP fans, we’ve seen some incoming move shakeups and the addition of Frillish, a new pokemon, at rank 20. As of this writing, Frillish isn’t available, so it may be during the Kanto Cup… which apparently won’t affect your rating. Again, it’s a confusing post from Niantic, so we’ve asked for clarification.

Finally, for people who are interested in helping out some research, there’s a User Experience Research survey going out from Lancaster University about how people interact with the game’s Pokemon and Item storage. If you’re interested and have time, here’s the survey.

Massively OP’s Andrew Ross is an admitted Pokemon geek and expert ARG-watcher. Nobody knows Niantic and Nintendo like he does! His Massively on the Go column covers Pokemon Go as well as other mobile MMOs and augmented reality titles!

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