Pokémon GO: First friendship day before the start - that's what you can expect

Pokémon GO: First friendship day before the start - that's what you can expect

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Niantic announces a new event for Pokémon Go: On Saturday, April 24th, Friendship Day will take place in the smartphone hit. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. you have the opportunity to take part in the hustle and bustle. Plant Pokémon will appear in the wild more often than usual at the event. Plus, earn 175,000 experience points by completing the Collector Challenge. Also: During the event, it rains green confetti to match the plant Pokémon.

Additional bonuses are also waiting for you on Friendship Day in Pokémon Go. When exchanging, the probability of receiving a Lucky Pokémon is increased. The bonus is active on the day of the event until 5 p.m. In addition, the developers are extending the exchange range by 40 kilometers. Furthermore, the event attracts three times as many Catch XP as usual. If you use smoke, it will last three hours to the event. And: Lock modules also last for three hours during the event.

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‘Pokemon GO’ Friendship Day: Dates/ Times, Bonuses And Spawns

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Date and Time: This is actually sort of an interesting one! Community Day used to be three hours long, but Niantic extended it as part of a slew of changes due to COVID-19 and related lockdowns. That means the return of a 3-hour event in the form of Friendship Day is particularly noteworthy, a little glimpse of normalcy.

Pokemon GO Friendship Day takes place on Saturday, April 24, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. local time

Spawns and Collection: Friendship Day is grass-type themed, not necessarily because grass types are particularly friendly but presumably because it also coincides with these sustainability events. There will also be green confetti around, and a collection challenge that rewards a whopping 175,000 XP when completed.

Trading Bonuses: This is sort of the bulk of the Friendship part of Friendship Day. We’re getting an increased chance of lucky trades with friends, which is going to be the part of the event that appeals to hardcore players. Trade distance is increasing to 40km, which covers most good-sized cities.

The increased lucky chance lasts until 5:00 PM local time, but it does not look like the increased trade distance does.

Other Bonuses: These aren’t so much frienship-oriented, but they’re handy nonetheless:

  • A 3× Catch XP bonus will be active.
  • Incense activated during the event will last for three hours.
  • Lures activated during the event will last for three hours.
  • It’s that catch bonus that has me most interested: throw a lucky egg on that and you’re looking at 6,000 XP for an excellent throw, which is pretty valuable now that we’re going above level 40. I hope Bellsprout is around, because that’s a grass-type that is fairly easy to hit excellents on.

    And that’s it: sort of an odd little event, to be honest. I think it would feel more like a friendship day if we had other related bonuses, like better gifts, damage bonuses in raids or something else along those lines. As such it’s most a lucky Pokemon event, which is fine in and of itself but fairly contained. I’ll still be out grinding with that lucky egg and trying to finish the collection challenge.