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Shiny Ekans and Koffing Released for Team GO Rocket Arrival Event

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New Shinies and More

On July 25, 2019, Niantic announced a brand-new event starting involving the mysterious new Team GO Rocket invasions that have been taking place. 

Starting today and going until August 1st, players will:

  • "Oddly-specific Shiny Pokemon" will appear, including Ekans and Koffing
  • New raid bosses

In addition, players will see an increase in the following Pokemon from eggs:

See below for full details. 

Full Announcement Text

Trainers,

Team GO Rocket’s arrival seems to have disrupted Pokémon habitats! We have yet to understand why these Pokémon in particular are suddenly appearing more frequently. Perhaps they have some special significance wherever Team GO Rocket came from?

Date + Time

  • Thursday, July 25, 2019, at 1 p.m. until Thursday, August 1, 2019, at 1 p.m. PDT (GMT −7)

Features

  • Oddly specific Shiny Pokémon have started appearing! Our research has found that if you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny Ekans or Shiny Koffing in the wild, in raids, or in Eggs!
  • The following Pokémon will hatch more frequently from Eggs: Rattata, Ekans, Sandshrew, Zubat, Meowth, Machop, Magnemite, Grimer, Gastly, Drowzee, Cubone, Koffing, Murkrow, Sneasel, Houndour, and Poochyena.
  • Raids will feature Pokémon that we believe are significant to Team GO Rocket.

Our information is incomplete, and investigations into this phenomenon are ongoing, so be on the lookout for other surprises!

We hope these are the last of the disruptions we’ll see from Team GO Rocket...

In the meantime, Trainers, keep exploring the world around you, and let us know what you discover.

—The Pokémon GO team

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David Teraoka is the news editor for GamePress News. He has been a contributor, manager, and editor for GamePress since 2017. Vinyl collector and lover of all games. From HI.