'Pokemon Go' Announces Battle Showdown Event, Starts Today

Pokemon Go's next event starts....right now!

Moments ago, Pokemon Go announced a new "Battle Showdown" event focused on Fighting-type Pokemon. The event, which starts today and runs through March 12th, will increase the spawn rates of Fighting-type Pokemon like Machop, Mankey, Makuhita, and Meditite and offer additional rewards for players who participate in Trainer Battles or challenge Gym Leaders. Players will also get a 2x Stardust bonus when they catch Pokemon or participate in Gym or Raid battles.

The new Fighting-type event will also include Pokemon having access to a new Fighting-type move, Power-Up Punch. This is one of Pokemon Go's new buff moves and will increase a Pokemon's stats in addition to dealing out damage.

As part of the event, Pokemon Go is also adding two new families of Shiny Pokemon - Shiny Machop and Shiny Mankey. Shiny Pokemon have alternate colorations than non-Shiny Pokemon and are usually quite rare. Shiny Machop and its evolutions Machoke and Machamp have green skin instead of grey, while a Shiny Mankey has light green fur.

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The new Pokemon Go event will be handy for those players looking to challenge the new Legendary Raid Boss Dialga, as one of its only weaknesses is against Fighting-type Pokemon. Loading up on Machamp will go a long way in defeating this Raid Boss in battles.

The new event runs from today through March 12th. We'll report on any other surprises as they're discovered.