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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A Look Inside the Daily Free Box

When quality-of-life features were announced in 2020, travelers were excited by the promise of a daily free item box. Silph Researchers noticed that, initially, the Daily Free Box contents would change every ten minutes. Later, the contents became fixed: the items would change at midnight, but only if the previous day’s box had been claimed. Thanks to our Researchers’ careful tracking, we have been able to crack the secrets of this treasure box!

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Everything You Wanted to Know About the July 2021 Map Update

Starting in New Zealand and gradually rolling out to the rest of the world, July saw updated in-game map visuals. Based on data sourced from OpenStreetMap, this update completely changed the way many travelers see the world of Pokémon GO, with new roads, parks, buildings, and water features appearing. But what is OSM? Where does this map data come from and how old is it? What do the different map features actually mean?

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Gift Item Drop Rates: Sticker Update

The introduction of stickers to the Gift pool prompted questions about possible changes to Gift mechanics. Researchers opened 37,493 Gifts to help investigate changes to Gift item drop rates. To take things one step further, we also investigated rumors of certain items being boosted or nerfed during particular time periods!

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Raid Bosses Are Easier to Catch Later in the Encounter

A group of dedicated researchers has been hard at work studying the mechanics of catching raid bosses. They've unearthed a surprising discovery during their research: raid bosses become easier to catch over the course of an encounter!

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A Guide to Candy XL Part 4: Trading

In true Douglas Adams style, we weren’t satisfied with leaving our "trilogy" at three. During part 4 of this Candy XL series, the Silph Research Group examines Candy XL from trades! This article reveals the Research Group's Candy XL discoveries after nearly 10,000 trades.

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A Window into Egg Transparency

Thanks to Egg Transparency in Pokémon GO, eggs now list all the species they can hatch. In addition, species are grouped into Rarity Tiers. Eager to crack into the mechanics behind this feature, Silph Researchers compared the suggested Rarity Tiers with the results of our own egg tracking efforts. In this article, we examine some of the recent hatch pools in the hope of understanding what the Egg Rarity Tiers in Pokémon GO actually mean!

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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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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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