Pokémon GO, the popular augmented reality game that lets you catch and battle Pokémon in the real world, is celebrating Halloween with a series of events that will run throughout October. Here are some of the highlights of the Pokémon GO Halloween 2023:
Part One: Greavard and Houndstone Debut
From October 19 to October 26, you can encounter Greavard and Houndstone, the Ghost Dog Pokémon, for the first time in Pokémon GO. These Pokémon are based on the mythical Black Dog, a spectral creature that is said to bring bad luck or death to those who see it.
Greavard evolves into Houndstone, a fearsome-looking Pokémon with glowing red eyes and a fiery mane. You can also find shiny Phantump, a ghostly tree stump Pokémon, and its evolution Trevenant during this event.
Phantump has a green body and purple eyes in its shiny form, while Trevenant has a brown body and red eyes. Other ghost-type Pokémon will also appear more frequently in the wild, such as Gastly, Haunter, Misdreavus, Shuppet, Drifloon, Litwick, and Yamask.
You can also enjoy increased candy rewards for catching Pokémon with nice, great, and excellent throws, as well as hatching eggs. If you want to challenge yourself, you can purchase a Ticket of Treats for $5 or your local equivalent.
This ticket will unlock event-exclusive timed research every Thursday until October 31. You can complete the research tasks to earn encounters with ghost-type Pokémon, dark-type Pokémon, costume Pokémon, and more.
Pokémon GO shared a post on Twitter:
Pokémon GO’s most spooktacular event returns!
— Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) October 17, 2023
Part Two: Trick or Treat Costumes and Shiny Zorua
From October 26 to October 31, you can celebrate Halloween with some new costume Pokémon. Pikachu and Gengar will be wearing Trick or Treat costumes that resemble each other. Pikachu has a Gengar hat and tail, while Gengar has a Pikachu hat and tail.
You can find them in the wild or in raids. You can also encounter Vulpix, Piplup, and Pumpkaboo wearing spooky festival costumes. Vulpix has a witch hat and cape, Piplup has a pumpkin hat and scarf, and Pumpkaboo has a mask and bow.
These costume Pokémon will have a chance to give you extra candy or rare candy when you catch them. Another exciting feature of this event is the debut of shiny Zorua and its evolution Zoroark. Zorua is a dark-type Pokémon that can disguise itself as other Pokémon or humans.
Zoroark is its evolved form that can create illusions to trick its enemies. Zorua has blue fur and red eyes in its shiny form, while Zoroark has purple fur and green eyes.
You can also enjoy Trick or Treat-themed research that will reward you with encounters with Halloween-themed Pokémon. Additionally, you can take part in raids featuring Darkrai, Mega Banette, Misdreavus, Phantump, Gastly, and more.
Amazon Prime Gaming Collaboration
If you are an Amazon Prime member, you can get some exclusive items for your Pokémon GO avatar during this event. You can claim a code from Amazon Prime Gaming that will give you a Gengar backpack and hoodie. You can also get 30 Poké Balls, one Incense, one Lucky Egg, one Star Piece, and one Lure Module.
To redeem your code, you need to visit the Niantic Offer Redemption website and log in with your Pokémon GO account. Then enter your code and tap Redeem. The items will be added to your inventory in the game.
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Web Store Deals
If you want to buy some items from the Pokémon GO web store, you can take advantage of some special deals during this event. You can get 50% off on select items such as Poké Balls, Incense, Lucky Eggs, Star Pieces, Lure Modules, Raid Passes, Incubators, Super Incubators, Remote Raid Passes, and more. You can also get free shipping on orders over $25 or your local equivalent.
To access the web store, you need to visit the official Pokémon GO website and log in with your Pokémon GO account. Then tap on Shop and browse the items available. You can pay with your credit card or PayPal account.
If you want to explore some spooky locations in your area, you can check out some PokéStop showcases that feature haunted places around the world. You can learn about the history and legends of these places while spinning the PokéStops and catching Pokémon. Some of the PokéStop showcases include:
- The Tower of London, England: A historic castle that has been the site of many executions, imprisonments, and ghost sightings.
- The Catacombs of Paris, France: An underground ossuary that holds the remains of millions of people.
- The Winchester Mystery House, USA: A mansion that was built by a widow who believed she was haunted by the spirits of those killed by her husband’s rifles.
- The Island of the Dolls, Mexico: An island that is covered with hundreds of dolls that were placed by a man who claimed he was haunted by a girl who drowned there.
- The Aokigahara Forest, Japan: A dense forest that is known as a popular destination for suicide and paranormal activity.
You can find these PokéStop showcases by tapping on the Explore tab in the game and scrolling down to the Showcase section. You can also search for them by name or location.
If you want to play with your friends during this event, you can use the Party Play feature which will be active from October 19 to October 31. Party Play allows you to create or join a party with up to five other trainers and enjoy some benefits such as:
- Shared visibility of nearby Pokémon and PokéStops
- Shared visibility of nearby raids and invitations
- Shared visibility of nearby Team GO Rocket balloons and grunts
- Shared visibility of nearby field research tasks and rewards
- Shared visibility of nearby friends and their avatars
- Shared chat and stickers
- Shared bonuses and boosts
To create or join a party, you need to tap on the Party Play icon in the bottom right corner of the screen. Then you can invite your friends or scan a QR code to join a party. You can also leave a party at any time by tapping on the Party Play icon again.
Pokémon GO Halloween 2023 is a spooky celebration that offers a lot of fun and rewards for trainers of all levels. You can catch new Pokémon, shiny Pokémon, costume Pokémon, enjoy increased candy rewards, complete timed research, participate in raids, get exclusive items, shop for deals, explore haunted places, and play with your friends. Don’t miss this opportunity to have a fa-boo-lous time with Pokémon GO!