Field Update

Published:Feb 10, 2021

2021 Lunar New Year: Lucky Year of the Ox

The annual Pokémon GO Lunar New Year festival has returned with increased chances of lucky trades, as well as increased chances of becoming lucky friends when you interact with your Best Friends!

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A Guide to Candy XL: Part 3 – Transferring

In the final article in our 3 part Candy XL series, we're investigating what affects the chances of receiving Candy XL when transferring Pokémon. Let’s see what our researchers have uncovered and what questions are still left to be answered!

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A Guide to Candy XL: Part 2 – Catching

In this study, the second in a three-part series, we'll take a closer look at Candy XL rewards from catching Pokémon. Researchers have collected data on over 16,000 catches during our investigation, allowing a deep dive into the underlying mechanics of Candy XL from Pokémon capture encounters!

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A Guide to Candy XL: Part 1 - Egg Hatching

In part one of this three-part series that will deep dive into the mechanics behind Candy XL and how to obtain it, we'll be investigating Candy XL obtained from eggs! This article looks at the distribution of Candy XL found in 2km, 5km, 7km, 10km and 12km eggs and proposes a model for how much Candy XL you can expect to gain from each hatch!

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Lucky Trades: Revisiting Older Pokémon Rates

This article details the Research Group's most recent findings on lucky trades and proposes three potential models for how the age of both traded Pokémon impacts the chances of a trade turning lucky!

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Daily Spawn Encounter Basics

A personal "Daily Encounter" will appear the first time travelers open the game each day. Soon after this feature was released globally, reports on the Road suggested that these spawns were different from normal spawns, with some Pokémon like Archen and Tirtouga appearing with surprising frequency. Silph Researchers were intrigued by these reports and began collecting data...

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Field Update

Published:Dec 10, 2020

12km and 10km eggs award less Candy XL than other distances

Early analysis from our investigation of Candy XL rewards from eggs indicates some striking differences between the egg distances. Bug or design?

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Field Update

Published:Dec 4, 2020

An Early Look at Candy XL Rates

This article will take a first look at some of the initial data Silph Researchers have collected on Candy XL rewards for catching Pokémon, and will also discuss some early indications of the relationship between Candy XL and Pokémon level!

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Souvenir Survey: Universal Souvenirs

In this article, we take a wider view of the souvenir landscape after Silph researchers collected more than 9,500 souvenirs. Are there more souvenirs that are linked to real-world locations? Why are Tropical Flowers found in northern Norway? I’m nowhere near a desert, why does my buddy bring me Cactus Fruits?

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Field Update

Published:Nov 18, 2020

GO Beyond: Level Cap Increase, Seasons, Gen 6, and more!

Huge changes are coming to Pokémon GO! Today, Niantic announced major updates to some of the game's fundamental features, including a new trainer level cap, the introduction of Seasons, the first appearance of Pokémon from the Kalos region, and so much more!

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