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Pokemon Go Halloween Event Officially Revealed, New Daily Quests Feature Discovered

Pokémon Go players will get the chance to participate in the game’s first ever in-game event this Halloween, starting Wednesday October 26 and running through November 1. The event will feature higher encounter rates for spooky Pokémon, including Drowzee, Zubat, Gastly, Gengar, Golbat, Haunter and Hypno, and trainers will also get more candy for catching, buddy training and transferring Pokémon.

The Go event will apply to players worldwide, and the most appealing part of this is likely the candy bonus, especially if you’re in an area where those ghost and vaguely Halloween-themed Pokémon are already present in plentiful numbers (as is the case here in Toronto). The candy multipliers mean you get more reward for each activity that generated candy today, which adds up to six candies per catch, two candies per transfer to the professor and four candies per success Buddy level-up, which is the biggest boost of all. That should result in a spike in walking steps worldwide by Go players looking to reap the biggest return during the event period.

In-game events are a great idea for Pokémon Go, and will hopefully help it recapture some of its early magic in terms of driving more real-world play and interaction between players. Seasonal events focused on holidays seem like an easy thing to keep up in future, and hopefully we start seeing more unique events with different modifications to gameplay down the road, too.

On the other Pokemon Go news, fans have uncovered datamined code in the latest 0.43.3 version that might indicate daily quests are coming to the popular Niantic game. However, Niantic hasn’t confirmed this yet and the information is still being debated.

Here’s what you need to know.

The website Pokemon Go Hub reported that it had datamined the global-metadata.dat dump and discovered code related to Daily Quests. Pokemon Go trainers on Reddit’s The Silph Road are taking the news cautiously. In their thread about the data mining, The Silph Road posters noted that the Hub website is blacklisted from Reddit because of past reports that ended up being misleading. However, they added: “But in this case, there is a legitimate news item here – ‘quest’ code beginning to appear in the APK. We’ll leave this article so folks know this is likely coming.”

If the information about the code that’s been released is correct, then the Daily Quests could be implemented at any time. Just like the coding for the “Nearby” tracker, the code for the Daily Quests may already be in the game, just waiting to be made available to everyone server-side. This means you wouldn’t have to wait for an update to see the Daily Quests. It also means that Niantic could geo-lock the Daily Quests like they’ve done for the Nearby Tracker feature, which is only available in San Francisco.

According to Pokemon Go Hub, the code indicates that the quests will include a “First Catch of the Day” and a “First Pokestop of the Day.” The rewards aren’t clear, but at least one might be an incubator. There might also be a “streak bonus,” where you get rewards for completing a streak of Daily Quests. However, all of this information is simply what’s been gleaned so far and hasn’t been confirmed by Niantic. There’s still a chance that the quests might not end up being implemented or might be implemented differently. For example, players who datamined the Pokemon Go Buddy system found that the number of candies they thought would be rewarded were, ultimately, wrong.

So it appears Daily Quests could be made available at any time. However, it’s worth noting that there are other items that have been datamined in Pokemon Go that still haven’t been implemented. Trading has been spotted, along with legendary Pokemon, for more than two months, for example.