Pokemon Go is celebrating its first birthday, and is preparing to give players exactly what they have been asking for. Sure, there are also live events and in-game events; but the real news is that the Gym system is being reworked.
Kicking off the celebration is the Solstice Event, where Fire- and Ice- type Pokemon will see an increased spawn rate. It’s something for players to look forward to, considering that these types contain some of the rarest Pokemon. There should at least be more Charmanders, Cyndaquils, and Lapras spawns to keep collectors happy.
At the same time, Lucky Eggs will see a 50 percent discount in the store. That’s slightly less of a bonus, since the last event had a discount on incubators instead.
At the same time, all Pokemon Gyms will be disabled temporarily. Niantic is reworking the system in an unspecified way, but says that it will allow players to play the game in new collaborative ways. There’s no date for the Gym shut down or when they will return. All that is known is that all Pokemon occupying Gyms will be returned to their owners.
America, Europe, and Japan are also getting real world gatherings. With the rest of the world left to look on in envy. The US will see a Pokemon Go Fest take place in Chicago on 22 July, with tickets going on sale on 19 June. Europe will also see celebrations happen across the continent from June until September. While Japan will see a Pikachu Outbreak in Yokohama.