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Eurogamer.net 21 July, 2021 - 08:42am

Is shiny dialga in Pokemon go?

When it comes to raids, players should go hard at Dialga in the five-star raids. Not only is it one of the best legendaries in “Pokemon Go,” this time around it can be shiny. mercurynews.com‘Pokemon Go’ analysis: Here’s what to catch for the summer’s Ultra Unlock events

Shiny Heracross & More Regionals To Spawn Globally In Pokémon GO

Bleeding Cool News 22 July, 2021 - 08:13am

Niantic has announced the first two weeks of the Ultra Unlock 2021 event, which delivers Pokémon GO players the content they earned through intense gameplay at GO Fest 2021. Along with the long-awaited release of Shiny Dialga and Shiny Palkia, some species will be spawning globally for the first time outside of limited events like Safari Zones and GO Fests. Heracross is one of these species and it will be released in its Shiny form.

Heracross is normally exclusive to parts of the Americas including South America, Central America, Mexico, and parts of Floria and Texas. This new event confirms that, along with its Shiny release, it will also be featured globally in raids during the second part of Ultra Unlock.

Ultra Unlock, back when it was called Ultra Bonus, seemed very focused on regional Pokémon until 2020. 2020 broke the trend with a lack of a regional feature, instead offering a Dragon Week that promised Deino spawns and delivered… well, not much at all. It is awesome to see Niantic getting back to the regional focus during one of these Ultra Unlock events, as Heracross isn't the only regional featured here.

Take a look at the full details of the Ultra Unlock Part 2 event, provided by Niantic over at the official Pokémon GO blog:

Ultra Unlock Part 2: Space will run from Friday, August 6, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Tuesday, August 17, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. local time.

The following Pokémon will be appearing in raids from Friday, August 6, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Friday, August 20, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time: Palkia will be appearing in five-star raids. If you're lucky, you might find a Shiny Palkia!

Alakazam, Kangaskhan, and Heracross will be appearing in three-star raids. If you're lucky, you might find a Shiny Kangaskhan or a Shiny Heracross!

Unown U, West Sea and East Sea Shellos, Elgyem, and Espurr will be appearing in one-star raids. If you're lucky, you might find a Shiny Unown U!

The following Pokémon will be appearing more frequently in the wild: Clefairy, Munna, Red-Striped and Blue-Striped Basculin, Elgyem, Heatmor, Durant, and more! The following regional-exclusive Pokémon will be hatching from 7 km Eggs: West Sea and East Sea Shellos, Red-Striped and Blue-Striped Basculin, Heatmor, and Durant. Complete Timed Research to earn encounters with certain event-themed Pokémon!

What's The Deal With That Giant Egg At Pokémon GO Fest Chicago?

Bleeding Cool News 21 July, 2021 - 02:12pm

While Pokémon GO hosted their annual GO Fest as a remote event this year, there were select cities that hosted in-person events. These were the first on-location festivities that Niantic has hosted since the COVID-19 pandemic led to the cancellation of all in-person Safari Zones and GO Fests of 2021. In the announcement for these events, Niantic suggested that there would be no major bonus that remote players would miss out on and that the in-person activity was essentially photo-ops. However, pictures began to appear on social media of a gigantic raid egg that had appeared in Chicago. Not in Pokémon GO, but in real life. What actually happened with this egg at GO Fest 2021?

As time went on, the egg lit up. The egg, which Niantic confirmed was 50-feet tall on their YouTube livestream titled "Together We Raid: Legendary Night," then glowed with Hoopa's rings which the event held responsible for the influx of Legendary Pokémon. This real-life structure began to behave quite like a raid egg in the game, so when it 'hatched,' it displayed Pokémon GO's depiction of the Legendary Pokémon featured at GO Fest 2021. A gigantic Mewtwo towered over players. A gargantuan Rayquaza thrashed above trainers.

Personally, I think this was a great way to offer an amazing real-life experience without making remote players feel as if they missed out. Remote Pokémon GO players still received the exact same content in the game, while players who were able to go to Chicago in person could enjoy an incredible visual show. It'll be interesting to see how Niantic balances in-person activity with remote events in the future. GO Fest will almost certainly have in-person activity next year, as Niantic has shown dedication to returning the game to its previous ideology, which encourages players to get out there and walk. The question remains, though, if GO Fest 2022 has a land-locked location, will there be a remote version?

Shiny Dialga and shiny Palkia are coming to Pokémon Go's Ultra Unlock Parts 1 and 2 | Gamepur

Gamepur 21 July, 2021 - 12:14pm

Dialga and Palkia have been absent from five-star raids in Pokémon Go for a long time since their initial debut. Because they’ve been away for so long, players have been eagerly awaiting their return, but the pair appeared during Pokémon Go Fest 2021. Following the big event, all players completed the required Global Challenges to unlock the rewards for Ultra Unlock Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. So, it looks like Dialga and Palkia are returning to five-star raids for Parts 1 and 2, and this time, their shiny versions will be available.

Dialga and Palkia are the two legendary Dragon-type Pokémon from Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. These two are considered some of the best legendary Pokémon to use in Pokémon Go, which means they’re consistently used by many trainers competing in the game’s PvP battles, the Battle League. These two’s shiny versions were expected to become available sometime closer to Pokémon Diamond and Pearl’s Nintendo Switch remaster, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, launching on November 19, but we’re getting them a bit earlier.

Several new shiny Pokémon will be added to Pokémon Go during Ultra Unlock Parts 1 and 2. For Part 1, it looks like Cranidos and Shieldon are receiving their shiny versions, and for Part 2, Heracross’ shiny version is releasing. Cranidos, Shieldon, and Heracross’ shiny will remain in Pokémon Go following the end of the Ultra Unlock weeks. Still, Dialga and Palkia’s shiny version may only return during specific events, making these events critical for any shiny hunters in Pokémon Go looking to add these fabled Pokémon to their collection.

Dialga will be appearing first during Ultra Unlock Part 1 from July 23 to August 3. After that, Palkia will be arriving in Ultra Unlock Part 2 from August 6 to August 17. That’s two weeks of big events, giving players plenty of time to get in plenty of five-star raids against these two.

Pokémon Go's Ultra Unlock Time bonus week will introduce shiny Dialga, Shieldon, and Cranidos | Dot Esports

Dot Esports 21 July, 2021 - 11:14am

Pokémon Go Fest 2021 might be over, but Niantic still has three more weeks of bonus content for players to enjoy after they managed to complete all 24 challenges in the Global Challenge Arena during the event. 

These Ultra Unlock bonus weeks begin on July 23 with an event themed around time that will introduce three new shiny Pokémon to the game: Dialga, Shieldon, and Cranidos. 

Niantic previously teased the inclusion of shiny Shieldon and shiny Cranidos when the Ultra Unlock events were first teased since we already knew the first week would focus on Pokémon from different ages. 

Shiny Dialga will also be available during the first Ultra Unlock week, which likely means that shiny Palkia will be appearing for the space-themed block on Aug. 6. That portion of the event will focus on Pokémon from various places, and with the recently teased shiny Heracross, it looks like that means some regional-exclusive Pokémon might go global for a limited time. 

Niantic is still holding off on sharing any details about the final milestone for a bit longer. But Hoopa has appeared in the game’s loading screens and its hoops have been seen in the game, so it will likely involve the Mythical Pokémon in some form.

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