Trainers, an official Pokemon GO event is planned for November in South Korea.
Further information regarding the Pokemon Festa 2017 event, which will take place from November 4 to November 12, 2017, has been provided by Niantic and The Pokemon Company.
Pokémon GO Week in Korea 2017 Event is Here!
Unlike our last article, Pokemon Festa is a countrywide event that takes place across South Korea, rather than only in the Lotte World Mall in Seoul. During the event, the country’s Pokemon spawn rates will be raised.
From November 10 to 12, the Legendary Kanto Birds Articuno, Moltres, Zapdos, and Lugia will reemerge in Raid Battles in Seoul (except the Lotte World Mall region). Unown and Mr. Mime will both be catchable in the wild.
It’s unknown what will happen at Lotte World Mall, so please stay tuned for further information.
Many people have stopped playing Pokémon Go, last year’s big popular smartphone game, but fans in Korea are now getting a taste of the action now that it has released in their nation.
That’s right, six months after the rest of the globe got into the title, this summer’s phenomenon has finally (officially) arrived on Korean territory. The Korean debut has been problematic since Google Maps is blocked in the nation for safety reasons, which is a huge issue for Pokémon Go because it depends on the service’s data.
“We have waited a long time and worked extremely hard to bring Pokémon Go to South Korea,” said Pokémon Korea CEO Jae Boem, according to Reuters.
As Google failed many times to get its mapping service approved in Korea, Niantic was obliged to create an alternative. The corporation did not go into specifics about their solution, instead stating that they “used different publicly available data sources.”
This may seem to be a lot of work, but it has the potential to be well worth it given that Korea is one of the world’s most profitable gaming marketplaces. With over 25 million players, analyst company Newzoo ranks sixth, with “annual average expenditure per paying gamer among the highest in the world.” Mobile is the leading media, with mobile games alone expected to earn $2 billion in sales in 2017.
While today is the first official day of the game’s release, dedicated Pokémon enthusiasts have been abusing loopholes to play the game in distant locations where Google’s mapping service is allowed. This summer, the seaside village of Sokcho, situated on Korea’s east coast on the border with North Korea, became a hotbed for the game. According to the Associated Press, specific tour and travel packages were established for desperate players looking to get their Pokémon fix, while local businesses and eateries embraced Pokémon and its characters to attract transient visitors.
My Thoughts About Pokémon GO Week in Korea 2017 Event
Pokémon Korea and Niantic, the firm behind the free-to-play blockbuster Pokémon Go, will conduct ‘Pokémon Go Week in Korea’ next month, with players more likely to meet uncommon ‘pocket monsters’.
The event is part of the ‘Pokémon Festa,’ which includes a Pikachu-themed procession and a Pokémon pop-up shop at the Jamsil Lotte World Tower and Mall.
Pokémon Korea will have a supplemental event called ‘Pokémon Festa’ at the Jamsil Lotte World Tower and Mall, where guests will be treated to a Pikachu-themed procession and the opportunity to shop for souvenirs at a Pokémon pop-up store.
Pokémon GO Events Update–Europe, Korea, and Japan
It has been incredible to see millions of Trainers around the world come together to participate in a wide variety of Pokémon GO events throughout the year. With the Pokémon GO Safari Zone events in Europe coming to a close just a few weeks ago, we thought it would be a great time to provide an update on these events and give you more information on what you can expect for the remainder of the year.
European Trainers Caught Over 59 Million Pokémon at Pokémon GO Safari Zone!
Over the past few months, we’ve hosted seven different Pokémon GO Safari Zone events at Unibail-Rodamco shopping centres located throughout Europe. In total, over 20,000 Trainers from all around the world came together at these shopping centres to celebrate their love for Pokémon GO and develop new friendships. It was incredible to witness so many Trainers work together to catch over six million Pokémon at these shopping centres.
Pokémon GO Safari Zone events also went well beyond the boundaries of these amazing shopping centres. As part of these celebrations, Trainers all throughout the cities where these shopping centres are located could encounter Pokémon rarely seen in Europe. From Nyhaven in Copenhagen, Denmark, to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, Trainers were able to fill up their Pokédexes while exploring these cities full of rich history and beautiful landmarks. In total, 59 million Pokémon were caught in the surrounding area while these events were taking place. Well done, Trainers!
Pokémon Korea, Inc., is hosting Pokémon Festa from Saturday, November 4, through Sunday, November 12. For the duration of this event, Trainers all throughout South Korea will find more Pokémon appearing across the country in Pokémon GO!
On Friday, November 10, through Sunday, November 12, even more surprises will arrive in Seoul, South Korea. In Seoul, Trainers will be able to battle Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, and Lugia in Raid Battles taking place at the many Gyms across the city. These Legendary Pokémon will not appear in Raid Battles at the Gyms near Lotte World Mall, but we have a special treat in store for those who visit the area. Trainers at Lotte World Mall will have a unique opportunity to encounter Mr. Mime and Unown!
Pokémon GO Safari Zone: Tottori Sand Dunes!
We’re excited to announce that the prefecture of Tottori in Japan is hosting a Pokémon GO Safari Zone event in the famous Tottori Sand Dunes. From Friday, November 24, through Sunday, November 26, Trainers of all ages will be able to catch a wide variety of Pokémon, including some rarely seen throughout the country, while exploring the largest sand dunes in Japan.
Pokémon GO Week in Korea and the Pokémon GO Safari Zone event at the Tottori Sand Dunes are shaping up to be amazing events, so if you find yourself in South Korea or Japan this month, make sure to join in the festivities. For those of you not able to attend one of these events, keep an eye on the official Pokémon GO social channels for all the latest Pokémon GO updates, and on our events page for more information about upcoming events.
—The Pokémon GO team