THE Equinox event is underway on Pokemon Go, with players netting new finds during the special update – which now lasts until October 3 after the app experienced server issues this week.
Which legendary Pokemon are involved in the special event, what are Mewtwo raids and what is a super incubator? Here is everything you need to know.
When is the Pokemon Go Equinox event and which legendarys are in the update?
Pokemon Go players are being treated to a special Equinox event this week.
The new event for the iOS and Android game began on September 22 at 7pm BST.
The event, which takes place in-game, will give players the opportunity to earn double Stardust for catching Pokemon as well as hatching Eggs.
The event was initially set to run until 7pm BST on October 2 2017, but will now last until 9pm BST on October 3 after the app went down for several hours on September 26 due to technical issues.
The Pokemon Go team said: “With cool autumn nights quickly approaching in the Northern Hemisphere and sunny spring days arriving in the Southern Hemisphere, we thought it would be the perfect time to celebrate the coming equinox with an in-game event. New seasons mean new adventures!
“You’ll have the opportunity to earn double Stardust for catching Pokémon and hatching Eggs as you walk around your neighbourhood discovering new sights.
“While you’re out exploring, be sure to visit your local PokéStops and Gyms to collect special 2 km Eggs that have the opportunity to hatch Pokémon such as Chansey, Mareep, Larvitar, and more.
“You’ll also be able to get special boxes from the in-game shop that feature items like Lucky Eggs, Lure Modules, and all-new Super Incubators which hatch Eggs 1.5 times quicker!
“Registering a new Pokémon to your Pokédex during this limited-time celebration will earn you triple the normal XP.”
And, if you’re holding out to catch the Legendary Pokemon Raikou, Entei and Suicune, this event could be the perfect chance to go raiding.
Niantic, the software company behind the game, has also reminded players that the three Legendary Pokemon will swap places on September 30 – so this is also the last chance to catch the one in your region.
When did Pokemon Go go down?
The app began experiencing difficulties in the morning of Tuesday September 26, with over 400 reports made worldwide on Down Detector.
Fans expressed their frustration at being unable to log onto the servers, especially as they are losing out on making the most of bonuses available during the Equinox event.
The Pokemon Go Twitter account released a statement which read ‘We’re investigating an issue which is preventing Trainers from logging in. Thank you for your patience as we look into this issue.’
We’re investigating an issue which is preventing Trainers from logging in. Thank you for your patience as we look into this issue.
— Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) September 26, 2017
Niantic later released a statement on the Pokemon GO Facebook page saying that the Equinox event would be extended for an additional day as a result.
Will you be able to capture Mewtwo during the Equinox event?
News of the equinox comes after the game issued groups of new Mewtwo EX Raid invitations across the globe.
And, if you didn’t get sent an invite, you might be getting another chance and the Equinox could suggest that the game is approaching a full release.
The latest EX Raid tests appear to be focused primarily on locations in Europe – especially with gyms that are twinned with sponsored Starbucks locations.
Pokemon GO experts at PokemonGOHub.com explained: “The only area where EX Raid invitations were reported in non-sponsored Gyms is in Chester, UK where the great Heritage Event took place.
“If you haven’t raided at one of the sponsored Gyms inside Unibail malls, it’s not possible to receive an invitation.
“We have solid reasons to believe that EX Raid testing will intensify and soon expand outside sponsored locations in Europe and Asia, as the current test includes almost exclusively sponsored Poké Stops.
“This is a pattern that’s emerged from previous Niantic’s releases in EU and Asia: sponsors get it first, then the rest of the Gyms / Stops.
“Australia is not included in this Raid Test, but we’ve got reports of new cities in the US and Japan getting EX raids in this wave. Shouldn’t be too long before they come to Australia either.”
What is the Equinox super incubator?
Fans who want to hatch the rarest Pokemon are investing in Super Incubators, which hatch eggs 1.5 times faster than ordinary incubators.
Those discussing the topic on Reddit are using the feature to hatch Rare Pokemon such as Togepi, Dratini, Miltank and Sudowudo, with Ultra-Rare Pokemon including Snorlax, Chansey and Tyrogue.