Pokemon GO Event News: Fire and Ice Solstice Release Date and Time COUNTDOWN to new update

POKEMON GO fans are counting down to the hotly anticipated Fire and Ice event, which is released tomorrow on June 13 ahead of HUGE gym closure.

Pokemon GO developers Niantic will soon be releasing their new Fire and Ice Event for the game, increasing spawns of certain Pokemon and adding additional XP bonuses for trainers with good throws.

The Pokemon GO Fire and Ice Event will go live on Tuesday, June 13 at 1PM PDT, which is 9PM for us UK based players.

Fire and Ice Solstice event will run for exactly one week until June 20, at 1PM PDT, which again, is 9PM for us trainers playing the game in UK.

As soon as the event goes live, Pokemon GO players can take advantage of increased spawn rates for a selection of Fire-type and Ice-type Pokemon.

Though not officially listed by Niantic, we expect the following Pokemon to see increased encounter rates in the game:

FIRE: Charmander, Charmeleon, Charizard, Vulpix, Ninetails, Growlithe, Arcanine, Ponyta, Rapidash, Magmar, Flareon, Cyndaquil, Quilava, Typhlosion, Slugma, Magcargo, Houndoor and Houndoom.

ICE: Seel, Dewgong, Shelder, Cloyster, Jynx, Lapras, Sneasel, Swinub and Piloswine.

It’s worth noting that Seel and Shelder are not Ice type Pokemon. BUT, as we spotted during the recent Rock event, which should only have seen an increase in spawns of Magcargo, we also saw increased spawns for Slugma, so we expect the same system to take place here.

addition to the increase spawns, there’s also a rather unique new XP bonus mechanic.

For the duration of the event, there will also be increased XP for players who are able to throw curveballs, Nice Throws, Great Throws and Excellent Throws.

Which is bad news for anyone using a Pokemon GO Plus, but great news for anyone who prefers to catch everything they can.

The official Niantic press release also suggests there will be “more” XP bonuses on top of those already mentioned, but so far they’ve failed to explain how trainers might also gain additional XP during the event.

In addition, Niantic’s normal practice of discounting something in the shop will continue (how else will they make money), with Lucky Eggs 50% off for the duration of the event.

This also means you’ve got even more ways to gain additional XP “when discovering and catching elusive Fire-type and Ice-type Pokémon.”

The introduction of the Pokemon GO Fire and Ice event is also great news for the games gym rework.

Niantic announced that they will be:

“temporarily disabling Gyms for a short period of time” which is intended so that the team can prepare “a new update focused on collaborative group gameplay features that will get you playing Pokémon GO in fun new ways.”

Which is essentially a very fancy way of saying that they’re getting the game ready for the games “MAJOR” gym rework.

Niantic is yet to officially announce when gyms will close, but a new leak suggests it will take place in a couple of days.

In an Italian blog post that has since been removed by Niantic, the Pokemon Go developer says that gyms will be disabled on June 16.

According to Heavy, that’s the same date mentioned in a Chinese blog post.

The only official word from Niantic is that the new gym system will launch to a completely blank slate, according to the games Reddit community manager:

“We’ll be sure to provide an advanced warning for when Gyms will be unavailable as we draw closer to the update. Also, it may be worth noting that when Gyms are temporarily disabled, all Pokémon will return to their Trainers.”

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Pokemon GO Event News: Fire and Ice Solstice Release Date and Time COUNTDOWN to new update

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