ByLiv Sommerlot, writer at
Liv Sommerlot

In case you missed it, there's a super-special Halloween Event going on right now! The event makes it easier to find and catch spooky Pokémon like Ghastly, Haunter, and Gengar, and also doubles the amount of candy you receive from things like catching, hatching, and transferring Pokémon.

But that's just what was advertised! If you've already starting dabbling about, you may have discovered a few... other secrets they didn't tell us about!

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More Pokémon have increased appearance rates?!

It seems the original seven Pokémon—Ghastly, Haunter, Gengar, Zubat, Golbat, Drowzee, and Hypno—aren't the only ones who have increased appearance rates this Halloween season. Players are also witnessing a lot more Cubones, Marowaks, and Meowths afoot! In fact, the appearance rate has gone from 7 up to 10 for these three sneaky critters!

Image credit: Skeleion on deviantArt
Image credit: Skeleion on deviantArt

They're not the only ones, though! Little tweaks all over the board have increased spawn rates for a number of different Pokémon. See the full list of (additional) Pokémon with increased appearance rates below:

  • Cubone
  • Marowak
  • Meowth
  • Muk
  • Ekans
  • Kadabra
  • Alakazam
  • Shellder
  • Cloyster
  • Magikarp
  • Gyrados
  • Tentacool
  • Slowbro

So if you haven't nabbed any of these Pokémon for your own collection yet, now might be your chance!

What's in a loading screen?

Though just a minor tweak, the loading screen was also changed for the Halloween update. Formerly displaying a leering Gyrados hoping to catch an oblivious player off-guard, it's now been changed to a spooky rendition of Gengar appearing out of a twisted, purple forest.

And lastly, a few warnings...

Both of the above observations have been good things (who can complain about higher appearance rates, after all?), but a few words of caution have also come to the forefront.

Firstly, while you do get double the candy for catching, hatching, and transferring Pokémon, you won't get the same benefits for evolving a Pokémon, so don't waste time trying to evolve Pokémon who wouldn't have evolved anyway.

Secondly, lures and incense do, in fact, attract the "spooky" Pokémon first advertised with the event more frequently, but regular Pokémon will still spawn at their nests.

Just a couple of things to keep in mind as you get your Trick-or-Treat on Pokémon-style this Halloween!

Already hit the streets for the new Pokémon GO Halloween Event? Discovered any of the "spooky" Pokémon for yourself? Keep us updated!


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