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Pokémon GO is having a mini event this weekend. Starting tomorrow afternoon (no exact time was given), Grass-type Pokémon will be a bit more active than before. The event is set to end on May 8th, so start prepping for a marathon hunting weekend!

As for why the short length and sudden announcement, Niantic has recently partnered with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, according to a new blog post on the company’s site. Pokémon GO and Ingress will be included in certain events — starting this weekend at an Open Streets 704 event!

Furthermore, Mark Wilson’s article sheds a little more light on the event for Charlotte, North Carolina and why Grass-type Pokémon are getting the star treatment.

“Pokémon Go will provide a virtual layer atop this walk for those who want to play, but the map was designed by the community: The City of Charlotte chose 16 existing PokéStops and two Gyms to highlight along this route, promoting spaces like a rose garden and veterans’ park, while players enjoy the more frequent appearance of some Pokémon for those trying to catch ’em all.”

Based on this, perhaps we’ll see more locations influencing what types of Pokémon that will spawn frequently next time there’s an event!

If you’re feeling a little left out and wishing you could go to the Open Streets 704 event, don’t fret! Lure Modules are being upgraded once again to six hours instead of the standard half hour for this weekend.

Need more candies for a Venusaur? Still missing a Chikorita? Let us know if you have your eyes set on a new addition to your Pokémon GO team!


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Written by Jennifer Burch

Illustrator, designer, writer and big Nintendo geek, you can find Jennifer with an N3DS within reach 24/7. As the oldest of three, she has survived many Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart sessions intact in addition to getting her brothers hooked on some really weird games. (Cubivore anyone?)