Niantic has kicked off a new Battle Showdown event in Pokemon Go. The event is now live until March 12, and as its name suggests, it’s themed around Fighting Pokemon. Best of all, it also gives players their first chance to catch two new Shiny Pokemon.
Throughout the Battle Showdown event, Fighting-type Pokemon such as Mankey, Machop, Makuhita, and Meditite will spawn more frequently in the wild than they normally do. Additionally, players will be able to find Shiny versions of Mankey and Machop for the first time.
On top of increased Fighting Pokemon spawns, Niantic is offering a handful of different bonuses during the event. First, players will receive twice the normal amount of Stardust for catching Pokemon, as well as for battling, and participating in Raids. You’ll also get twice the normal amount of XP for Gym Badges.
Finally, you’ll be able to take home up to five rewards each day for battling other players, and up to three for challenging team leaders, including Rare Candy. You can read more details about the Battle Showdown event on the official Pokemon Go website.
In addition to the Battle Showdown event, Niantic has permanently added Power-Up Punch to the game. Poliwrath, Hitmonchan, Kangaskhan, Medicham, Lucario, and certain other Pokemon will now be able to learn the Fighting-type move.
In other Pokemon Go news, a new Legendary Pokemon, Dialga, is now available in Raid Battles until March 28. Meanwhile, the game’s next Community Day event is schedule for March 23 and will feature the Gen 3 starter Treecko.