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A new week, a few new changes in Pokémon GO. Yes, while we’re still digesting the game’s latest update (Mega Evolution!), that doesn’t mean Niantic isn’t keeping up its weekly updates. Let’s see what changes are taking place!




Goodbye, Heatran! The Lava Dome Legendary Pokémon has fled Pokémon GO and in its place is Cresselia. You’ll be able to encounter this Lunar Legendary beginning on Thursday, September 10th, at 1 p.m. PT until it flies away next week on Friday, September 18th, at 1 p.m. PT. 



Missing Cresselia in your Pokédex? Don’t fret, as Niantic has added a special gift box inside Pokémon GO’s in-game store. For 1 PokéCoin, you can acquire three Remote Raid Passes. Now just wait for the right time and join a Legendary Raid via nearby and/or an invite from friends!




Niantic has reduced the Trainer Level requirement to us the PokéStop Scan feature. The announcement was made in May’s “Limited release of Reality Blending and PokéStop scanning coming to AR functionality in select phones” blog post by adding the following update at the top:

“The opt-in PokéStop Scan feature is now available to level 20 Trainers and up. We look forward to seeing more Trainers help us on our mission to create a map of the world for all to explore!”

Taking part in the PokéStop Scan feature doesn’t give you any in-game bonuses. To read up on what PokéStop Scanning is, you can see Niantic’s breakdown and step-by-step “How to” guide on its Niantic Support page


Good luck catching Cresselia, fellow Pokémon Trainers! Remember, please play responsibly when traversing the world of Pokémon GO! 


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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?)