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Pokémon Go hits right in the nostalgia with new Kanto event

  • Pokémon Go features a new event that centers around Kanto, the series’ starting region.
  • The event nets players increased spawn rates on certain Pokémon, new boss raids, and more.
  • The event has only gone live in Japan, though that could change soon.

Even though Pokémon Go now offers creatures from the Johto and Hoenn regions, it did not forget where it started from. The Kanto region where the series as a whole got its bearings, making Pokémon Go’s new Kanto event all the more special.

Already live in Japan, the event will increase the spawn rates of first-generation starter Pokémon Charmander, Squirtle, and Bulbasaur. The increased spawn rates do not make the creatures easier to capture, though you should have more chances to do so.

Elsewhere, you can team up with other trainers to take on and capture Snorlax and Aerodactyl in raids. To encourage participation, the in-game shop will feature special boxes that include raid passes. As of this writing, we do not have pricing information on the boxes.

Finally, the event will grant players double candy when they capture and transfer Pokémon.

Unfortunately, we do not know when the Kanto event will go live in the U.S. It already went live in Japan and is slated to last through April 17, and there is no word from the U.S. Pokémon Go blog yet.

Either way, the recent addition of Mew means that every Pokémon from the Kanto region is attainable. Also, a recent datamine gave us a first look at over 100 first- and second-generation shiny Pokémon.

We do not know when the shiny Pokémon will be available, though an upcoming event could be the release date.

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