Massively on the Go: August is recycling month in Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go is all about saving the world, and in that vein, the game encourages you to recycle. Recycling is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and, in this case, it also helps Pokemon Go. The more items you collect and turn in to the in-game centers, the higher your chances of being able to catch a new Pokemon. The more you play, the more likely you are to discover more Pokemon. Playing Pokemon Go is good for the environment and a fun way to explore the world around you, making it a win-win situation.

Pokemon Go has nearly three million daily active users on a platform that is still relatively early in its development.

Pokemon Go has been around for months, but its popularity has just hit a new high. Even though the game is free to download and play, you can still rack up some serious phone charges if you’re playing it for long periods of time. The game uses Google Maps to track Pokemon sightings in real-world locations. When a Pokemon appears, a marker shows up on the map. You can then walk around the location to collect the Pokemon.. Read more about pokémon go rumors 2021 and let us know what you think.


Well, it seems like we’ve reached the bottom of the Pokemon GO rollercoaster this year, but things may still be thrilling for some of us until Niantic announces the third Ultra Unlock. Part 1 (which is now live) focused on fossil pokemon and Dialga, whereas Part 2 (which begins on August 6th) will bring Kangaskan and Heracross to 3 star raids all over the world, the latter of which will be the first time the stag beetle pokemon has been globally available in any way… oh, and shiny, if you’re into that.

However, the rest of the month is shaping up to be a bit of a slog. Despite the fact that it was just recently featured in Go Fest, Chimeco will be the research prize, and Remote Raid passes will revert to weekly care packages. Access to regionals is great, and as you may have guessed from the headline, Niantic is bringing back an old fan favorite, Community Day, albeit with a twist that many of us anticipated from the original event.

Eevee is receiving a Community Day for the second time. However, this time is a little different in that each eeveelution will have its own unique move. In PvP, Sylveon seems to be somewhat stronger in Ultra League, while Umbreon simply receives a side-grade in PvP. (it gets walled by Dark-types by losing Last Resort). While Leafeon’s new quick move makes it theoretically stronger in PvP and PvE, it doesn’t signify much unless you’re looking for a low-cost, pure Grass type. Espeon, Glaceon, and Flareon all receive new PvP coverage, although none of them are quite strong enough to be considered meta-worthy. With Zap Cannon, Jolteon may be a bit more effective in PvE, but mainly for cheap players, while Vaporeon seems to be getting nothing until Scald gets a makeover.

The good news is that the event will take place on August 14th and 15th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and players may develop their eevees for their movements from 10 a.m. on August 13th until 10 a.m. on August 16th. If you don’t have Sylveon, the evolution requirements decrease to only seven hearts, allowing you to throw a fresh eevee into a poffin and then snap a photo of it to evolve it. Remember that poffins are now AR rewards, and you don’t need to record anything other than the palm of your hand for Niantic.

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We have no idea what the mystery event from August 20th to August 31st is, but we do know it will cause havoc in the second part of the month. Here are some of the highlights from the next spotlight hour:

  • Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021: Magnemite will be featured, and capturing Pokémon will give you twice as much Stardust.
  • Tuesday, August 10th, 2021: East Sea Shellos will be featured, and capturing Pokémon will give you double the XP.
  • Tuesday, August 17th, 2021: West Sea Shellos will be featured, and capturing Pokémon will give you double the Candy.
  • Tuesday, August 24th, 2021: A special Pokémon will be featured, and transferring Pokémon will give you twice as much Candy.
  • Tuesday, August 31st, 2021: A special Pokémon will be featured, and you’ll get double the XP for evolving it.

While the Shellos days are a great opportunity for individuals to acquire a regional they wouldn’t usually be able to get (don’t miss them! ), keep in mind that both August 24th and 25th will include a mystery pokemon. A mystery pokemon is also affecting the raid hour on August 25th (Dialga will be on August 4th, Palkia will be on August 18th and 25th).

This is also another month in which the release of a new Mega Pokemon seems to be on hold:

  • Mega Charizard X will be available in Mega Raids until August 6, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.
  • From Friday, August 6th, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. local time, until Friday, August 20th, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time, Mega Ampharos will emerge in Mega Raids.
  • From Friday, August 20th, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. local time, until Thursday, August 26th, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time, Mega Beedrill will appear in Mega Raids.
  • From Thursday, August 26th, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. local time, until Wednesday, September 1st, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time, Mega Pidgeot will appear in Mega Raids.

Because Charizard X and Charizard Y both utilize the same Energy, it’s probably low on most people’s priority lists, particularly when you consider that Mega Evolving a pokemon enables you to walk a pokemon for passive Mega Energy increases. August’s Megas all have a handy specialty for collecting additional candy, so if you haven’t already Mega Evolved them, now is the time to do so. Mega Beedrill energy can be obtained (secretly) from spinning stops once Mega Evolved, and Mega Pidgeot’s typing makes it good for collecting rare pokemon candy, as major ones like Chansey, Snorlax, and Audino are normal types, while Noibat and many Legendaries (caught as quest or PvP rewards) are part Flying-types.

On Thursday, August 26, 2021, from 6:00 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. local time, there will be a GO Battle night when participants may finish up to 100 fights. Battle Nights also give you triple stardust whether you win or lose, so they’re always worth completing if you have the time.

While August will undoubtedly be less interesting than July, Pokemon GO has received an incredible quantity of material since this time last year. In August, we may be in for a lot more, so the first few weeks might be a good time to relax a little more than normal. Of course, if Niantic surprises us, as it often does, we’ll update this article.

pogo-avAndrew Ross of Massively OP is a self-confessed Pokemon fanatic and ARG aficionado. He knows all there is to know about Niantic and Nintendo! His column, Massively on the Go, features Pokemon Go as well as other mobile MMOs and augmented reality games!


Pokemon Go is a hit. I mean, the app is crushing it in terms of popularity, and even the most dedicated players have to walk around to catch a Pokemon every now and again. As a result, the vast majority of people are throwing their phone in the trash after playing, which is a huge waste of resources.. Read more about new pokémon released today and let us know what you think.

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