Field Update

Published:Mar 10, 2022

Go Battle League Legendary Rate - Interlude Season

One of the main incentives for players to Battle in Go Battle League is the chance at encountering a legendary without having to raid for it... But what happens when those legendaries seem to almost disappear? Today we look into the missing Melemele Guardian Tapu Koko's whereabouts in GBL.

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Souvenir Survey: Lone Earrings

Have you ever lost an earring? According to the world of our Pokémon buddies, it happens to a lot of us! The Lone Earring souvenir appears to be linked to real world urban areas, but could there be more than meets the eye? Join us as dive into OSM geodata, S2 spatial cells, and satellite imagery to unravel the mysteries of this unusual souvenir.

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Lucky Friend Rates

Since the Lucky Friends feature was released, Silph researchers have been busy interacting with their friends to narrow down the lucky rate attached to earning those guaranteed lucky trades. Today we're looking at their results, identifying the overall lucky rate, and finding the factors that do or do not influence that rate.

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Field Update

Published:Feb 2, 2022

2022 Lunar New Year Lucky Trades

The 2022 Lunar New Year event has begun in Pokémon GO and once again boosted lucky trade rates are part of the festivities. Just how boosted? Well, that's what the Silph Researchers are seeking to discover!

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Field Update

Published:Jan 12, 2022

Snapshot Encounter Update

It’s been over two years since we last discussed photobombs. Since then, snapshot encounters have become a staple of many events and Community Days. Even during regular gameplay, we’ve had reports that Smeargle photobombs are easier than ever. It’s high time for an update!

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The Effect of Day and Night Cycles on Wild Pokémon

Silph Researchers have amassed a data set of over 290,000 spawns since mid-2018 that we used to examine how day and night cycles affect the rarities of wild Pokémon. We found that a surprisingly large number of Pokémon are affected by these cycles!

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Mythbusters Part 3: Event Decay

Many Pokémon GO events have been subject to speculation about "event decay", the idea that event Pokémon spawns become less common near the end of an event. Could there be any truth to these rumors?

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A Guide to Candy XL Part 5: Evolving

Candy XL can be earned by evolving Pokémon. In case you were unaware of this Candy XL source, don't worry — we forgot too! The existence of this mechanic raises the question: is evolution a viable way for travellers to gather Candy XL, or should it be treated as no more than an occasional bonus?

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Exploring Raid Rewards

On August 27, 2020, Mega Raids were introduced, and with them a major overhaul of the Raid Battle system as a whole. Gone are Tier 2 and Tier 4 raids, replaced by new Mega raids and speed bonuses. With all of these changes, we felt it was time to update our previous findings on raid rewards!

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Field Update

Published:Sep 30, 2021

Team GO Rocket Leaders Update

Since the introduction of Rocket bosses, Silph Road Researchers have allied to battle the combined forces of Jessie, James, Boss Giovanni, and the Team GO Rocket Leader trio of Arlo, Cliff, and Sierra over 12,000 times. Thanks to those researchers’ dedication, we've been able to compile an accurate picture of the rewards travelers can earn, including items and shiny Shadow Pokémon!

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