Battle Showdown Event Starts Now, New Move and Machop and Mankey Shinies Available

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New Event

On March 5, 2019, Niantic announced a brand new Fighting-type themed event! This event features:

  • Shiny Machop and Mankey release
  • 2x Catch, Battle, and Raid Stardust
  • 2x XP for Gym Badges
  • Earn 5 Rewards from Trainer Battles(possibly guaranteed Rare Candy)
  • Earn 3 Rewards from team leader challenges(possibly guaranteed Rare Candy)
  • Power-Up Punch now available for several Pokemon!
Power-Up Punch Pokemon

See below for the full announcement.

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It’s time to challenge team leaders and fellow Trainers for special rewards during our Battle Showdown event! Level up Gym Badges, earn Stardust, and show your team pride during this limited-time event.

Date + Time Mar. 5, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8) to Mar. 12, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7)


  • Fighting-type Pokémon like Mankey, Machop, Makuhita, and Meditite will appear more frequently in the wild.
  • If you’re lucky, you may encounter Shiny Mankey and Shiny Machop!


  • 2× Catch, Battle, and Raid Stardust
  • 2× XP for Gym Badges
  • Earn up to five rewards per day from Trainer Battles, including Rare Candy.
  • Earn up to three rewards per day from challenging team leaders, including Rare Candy.

Move A new move has been permanently added to the game! Power-Up Punch will now be available for certain Pokémon, such as Poliwrath, Hitmonchan, Kangaskhan, Medicham, and Lucario.

Our Battle Showdown event is sure to pack a punch, so don’t miss it!

—The Pokémon GO team