What is Pokemon Go?
Pokemon Go is an augmented reality, also known as AR, mobile game developed by Niantic that can be download by IOS and Android devices. It uses global positioning satelite and augmented reality to bring the popularity of Pokemon to a free, handheld, portable game. The app realizes on the popularity of the manga and anime Pocket Monsters, shorten to Pokemon, created by late Satoshi Tajiri. The game has developed multiple communities throughout cities which communicate through other multiple apps such as Facebook, Discord, WhatsApp, and Messenger.
People have created Facebook groups that post up raids, wild spawns, and special quests. There is also messenger groups that members add new trainers as they meet. Other groups have WhatsApp another social media app. The last, and most popular, is Discord which is a social media app created for gamers to communicate with one another. To find groups, you have to find members or start conversation with people to ask to be added to the servers.
Pokemon Go Features
As mentioned above Pokemon Go allows players to catch Pokemon and be social. How is this possible? It is through raids. Raids are battels against AI Pokemon. They tier between level 1-5 with level 1 being the easiest and level 5 the hardest. Level 3 and up usually require more than 2 players which is where the social aspect comes up. People find raid times and post them on the social apps to share information and see if anyone is intersted in participating.
While raids aren't the only way to catch Pokemon, trainers can find wild spawns. This is how Pokemon are usually found. Luckily the game has a nearby bar which shows the Pokemon close by at Pokestops while priortizing the Pokemon that are not in your Pokedex. Pokestops are locations where a Trainer can get items. Pokestops are usually landmarks or businesses that are sponors of Niantic. A Pokedex is a catalogoue of all the Pokemon that have been both seen and caught by the trainer.
There is also the special quests which are received from Pokestops. This allows trainers to collect quests and finish them at their own leisure. You are able to collect Pokemon and items from quests, along with a special research box that allows the trainer to collect a limited time Pokemon that rotates each month.
Another feature that creates a social aspect is an event called Community Day. Community day is technically not a day long event, but 3 hours. The event is one Pokemon having increased spawns, an exclusive move if the Pokemon is evolved to its final form, and a shiny form being released of the Pokemon. There is usually 3 hour lures, which increase spawns from Pokestops, and increased Stardust and Experience from catching. Stardust is used to trade and evolve Pokemon and Experience raises the Trainer's level.
The following Pokemon have been released as Community Day Pokemon:
Pikachu January 20, 2018
Dratini February 24, 2018
Bulbasaur March 25, 2018
Mareep April 15, 2018
Charmander May 19, 2018
Larvitar June 16, 2018
Squirtle July 8, 2018
Eevee, August 11-12, 2018
Chikorita September 22, 2018
Beldum October 21, 2018
Upcoming Cyndaquil November 10, 2018
Current Generations in the Game
Generation 1 released July 6, 2016
Generation 2 released February 17, 2017
Generation 3 released October 20, 2017 *Gradual release of Pokemon*
Generation 4 released October 16, 2018 *Gradual release of Pokemon*