Pokémon GO: Title gives you more gifts, but with advertising

Pokémon GO: Title gives you more gifts, but with advertising

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Pokémon GO will give out more gifts to its players in the future. However, these are sent by companies that cooperate with Niantic. So you get sponsored gifts and have to look at advertisements, so to speak, to get the items in the balloons. The balloons are designed to reach players in fixed locations as well as conveniently at home. So you don't even have to go outside to receive the sponsored gifts. The balloons can contain different items, from Poké balls to special candies. Pokémon GO players seem to be divided. Some are happy about the free items, because they keep you constantly supplied with items even in the corona pandemic. The advertising is also not very intrusive and can almost be ignored. Other players don't see it that way and don't want any further advertising in the game.

Recommended editorial content At this point you will find external content from [PLATTFORM]. To protect your personal data, external integrations are only displayed if you confirm this by clicking on "Load all external content": Load all external content I consent to external content being displayed to me. This means that personal data is transmitted to third-party platforms. Read more about our privacy policy . External content More on this in our data protection declaration. Niantic advises that child accounts cannot receive sponsored gifts. Even if permission was given in the Niantic Kids Parent Portal. In addition, there will be a limit to how many of these sponsored gifts the trainers can receive in a day. The entire function can also be completely deactivated. All you have to do is uncheck "Show sponsored gifts" in the options.

How intrusive the sponsored gifts ultimately are, only the future will tell. The option to disable this entirely seems to be a good compromise.

Pokemon Go: How To Catch Shiny Smeargle

Pokemon Go is celebrating the release of New Pokemon Snap with a special event until May 2. As part of the event, the Painter Pokemon Smeargle will be photobombing snapshots you take more frequently than usual, and you have your first chance to encounter a Shiny Smeargle in the game. This Shiny variant will only be available during the event, however, so if you're hoping to add it to your collection, here are some tips on how to catch Shiny Smeargle.

Unlike most other Pokemon in the game, Smeargle can't be encountered as a wild spawn. Rather, the Painter Pokemon will occasionally make a surprise appearance in snapshots you take. If you happen to see Smeargle photobombing one of your pictures, you'll then spot the Pokemon on the map, giving you a chance to capture it.

Smeargle and other Pokemon featured during the New Pokemon Snap eventSmeargle and other Pokemon featured during the New Pokemon Snap event

As part of the New Pokemon Snap event, Smeargle is appearing in snapshots more frequently than usual, so you should have an easier time of encountering one. However, Niantic notes that Smeargle will 'only appear in snapshots a limited number of times,' so you have a set number of chances to encounter a Shiny variant. Shiny Smeargle will also stop appearing in the game once the New Pokemon Snap event ends, but Niantic teases that it may return again in the future.

To take a snapshot, simply open your item bag and tap on the camera. After that, choose a Pokemon you'd like to photograph and take a few snapshots. If Smeargle appears in any of the pictures you've taken, you'll see the Pokemon in the wild when you back out to the world map. Since there's no guaranteed way to make a Shiny Pokemon appear, you'll just need to take as many snapshots as you can during the event and hope you come across a Shiny Smeargle.

The New Pokemon Snap event runs until 8 PM local time on May 2, so you have until then to find and catch a Shiny Smeargle. You can read more about the event on the official Pokemon Go blog.

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