Mythbusters Part 2: IVs of Traded Pokémon

One myth that emerged shortly after the release of trading in Pokémon GO was that Pokémon with higher stats are more likely to keep high stats after trading. To many travelers, this seems intuitive. A Pokémon with higher stats should be more valuable in a trade than one with lower stats, right? To put this myth to the test, researchers in the Silph Research Group got together with friends and conducted over 3,000 trades in a controlled study.

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The Effect of Seasons on Daily Spawns

Each day, travelers will find a personal Pokémon the first time they open the game. The first Season of Celebration dramatically changed the Pokémon that could be found in the wild and introduced themes inspired by the real-world seasons in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. In this article, we're going to take a look at what did and didn't change for Daily Spawns after this update!

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Field Update

Published:Mar 28, 2021

An Early Look at Buddy Candy XL Rates

Thanks to recent updates to Pokémon GO, buddy Pokémon can now find Candy XL while walking. Silph Road Researchers walked nearly 2,400 km, for a total of 2,074 regular candy and 1,000 Candy XL, in order to investigate how Pokémon level is tied to the frequency at which you can find Candy XL with your buddy!

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Souvenir Survey: Beach Glass and Tropical Shells

Beach Glass and Tropical Shells are among the rarest souvenirs that your buddy can find in Pokémon GO. This Silph Research Group article investigates and explains how these rare souvenirs appear to be linked to S2 cells, OpenStreetMap geodata, and real-world features!

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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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