Pokémon GO: Event taps McDonalds and rural upgrade

Pokemon GO update event taps McDonalds and rural upgrade

The newest update to Pokémon GO brings on lured McDonalds with “dancing pedals” as well as an upgrade for Rural users hunting monsters.

This set of updates requires no Pokémon GO file update – unless of course the player hasn’t updated for the past several weeks. This update is mainly server-side, which means that it’s Niantic’s switch the flip, rather than that of the individual user.

Users in Japan will benefit this week from the latest McDonald’s sponsorship deal. This “Golden Week”, as it’s called, many McDonald’s in Japan will be part of a “Lure module celebration event.” According to Pokémon GO Japan’s official Twitter account, around 2,500 “domestic” McDonald’s will be taking part in the celebration. Here in the United States, we can only cross our fingers to be so lucky to sit around and eat french fries whilst catching tiny monsters.

The good news for USA-based users who live out in the forest is an increase in rural spawns. Users that live in areas with few or no PokéStops or Pokémon Gym locations are getting a boost in spawn regularity. While spawn spots might change very little, several users throughout the USA have reported that their own heavily-tracked Pokémon GO environment has seen upwards of a 10%-15% increase in Pokémon spawns.

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It was reported all the way back in December that Rural and Suburban areas in Pokémon GO would get increased spawn rates for Pokémon of all sorts. As it turned out, we did indeed get more Pokémon popping up – and once Gen 2 was released, the amount of non-pidgey Pokémon increased by quite a bit. Just after word of increased spawns, trackers like Koerrie on Reddit discovered that most Pokémon spawn in the following manner:

• 15-minute spawn-rate per location now depreciated
• 30-minute spawn-rate in play
• Pokemon remain in place between 30 and 60 minutes

The rate at which Pokémon disappear ends up being more important than how many spawn points there are in any given area. If one player has a single spawn point at their home that allows Pokémon to stick around for 60 minutes after spawn all the time, there’s a good chance they’ll see at least a few of these monsters during the day.

Previous to now, it was possible – not always, but sometimes – to see a Pokémon Run Away then spawn again in the same spot in 15 minutes. That’s no longer possible here in 2017. Instead, we’re seeing a whole lot more Pokémon stay in place with one-shot (no run away) action in play.