The new Pokémon Go Gen 3’s taking the gaming world by storm with new characters, prizes, free stuff, a spooky Halloween event, and more. Here’s all the information you need to get in on the fun.

Pokémon Go exploded into the public consciousness in July of 2016. Who can forget the enthralled hordes wandering around in the twilight of augmented reality … All using their phones to find Pokémon that only they could see? Because anyone with a smartphone could download and play the game, it started catching on. Some players had been collecting, trading, and training Pokémon for decades. Others had never played and just hoped to put a little spark in their exercise routine. Entire families and people from all walks of life came together while enjoying this simple, addicting game. Because of its accessibility and broad appeal, AR emerged from the realm of science fiction and caught on like wildfire.

Well, the game is still going strong, and Pokémon Go Gen 3’s right around the corner. The special Halloween event (October 20-November 2) will see the introduction of three new Pokémon—Sableye, Duskill, and Banette, the first of Pokémon Go Gen 3.

There will also be Halloween-themed Pikachus, and your trainer will have the chance to bag a Mimikyu hat. In addition, you can earn double Candy rewards from catching, hatching, and transferring Pokémon. Meanwhile, your buddy Pokémon will find Candy twice as fast. The in-game shop will also feature Special boxes with more Raid Passes and Super Incubators. Plus, there’s a special event for the mythical Pokémon Marshadow in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon until November 16. You can pick up a free level 50 Marshadow with some hot new moves in any Game store.

So where do you start? First make sure your phone can handle it, with the handy lists we’ve provided below. Then, you can start by downloading the game, if you don’t have it on your device already. There’s a free download for Pokémon Go Gen 3 iOS here ( iPhone) and Android here.

Is Your Phone Optimized For Pokémon Go Gen 3? Let’s Take A Look.

To run Pokémon Go Gen 3, you’ll need a smartphone that meets the following criteria (luckily, most of the newer ones measure up).

Requirements for Pokémon Go Generation 3 For Android:

  • Operating System: Android 4.4 to Android 6.01, Android N
  • RAM: At least 2GB
  • Resolution: minimum 720 by 1280 pixels
  • Internet Connection: WiFi, 3G or 4G
  •  GPS and Location Services

Requirements for Pokémon Go Generation 3 For iOS:

  •  iPhone: iPhone 5+
  • Operating System: iOS 8+
  • Internet connection: WiFi, 3G or 4G
  • GPS and Location Services
  •  Jailbroken devices are not supported.

In addition, the Pokémon Go Gen 3 experience requires, at minimum, network and GPS connectivity. Oh, and you’ll also need a camera, gyroscope, and a stout, long-lived battery. Because, make no mistake, this app’s a battery hog.

The Best Devices For Pokémon Go Generation 3

Samsung Galaxy S7: This is one of my favorites and it’s a good one for Pokémon Go as well. The 5.1” screen is a handy size. Plus, it has a large 2560 x 1440 resolution so you can see the Pokémon in great detail. It has GPS connectivity and the camera allows you to “catch” the AR Pokémon. You can even take pictures with them. Luckily, the Galaxy also boasts a good-sized battery that charges fast.

Motorola Moto G5+: Pokémon Go is a hungry, hungry app … And what it likes to snack on is your battery power. The Moto G5+ is a budget-friendly option with good battery life.

iPhone 6S Plus: The beautiful display and bright screen let you see clearly while playing outdoors, even in direct sunlight. And the GPS signal gives you an edge because it’s the fastest and strongest out there. Make sure your phone doesn’t get overheated, though. Under heavy loads, the iPhone 6S Plus gets warm enough that you may find it uncomfortable to hold while playing … And Pokémon Go Generation 3 is a resource hog. The 8S Plus is also a good bet. The iPhone 5+ also works well, though not as optimally as newer models.

Apple Levels Up with VR Support, but Is Pokémon Up for It?

Apple’s getting their iPhone X ready for virtual reality (VR). Rumor also has it the iPhone X is optimized for augmented reality (AR). According to a statement from Apple, “Each camera is individually calibrated, with new gyroscopes and accelerometers for accurate motion tracking.” What’s more, “The A11 Bionic CPU handles world tracking, scene recognition, and the GPU enables incredible graphics at 60fps, while the image signal processor does real-time lighting estimation.” Pokémon Go creator John Hanke has his doubts, however. Express reports Hanke believes that AR glasses will ultimately be the best way forward.

Right now, Pokémon Go is an augmented reality (AR) game. This means that it superimposes images onto your device’s view of the real world. How cool would it be to go all the way and create a Virtual Reality (VR) Pokémon Go—that is, a Pokémon Go in an immersive, completely computer-generated setting?

A little too cool, John Hanke said. The initial rollout of Pokémon Go caused all sorts of chaos at first. Crowds of distracted people disrupted traffic, trampled parks, and even crashed their cars. Trespassing became a real problem, as people climbed over fences and through private property in search of virtual beasties.

Hanke sees a whole different set of problems with the virtual reality experience. Like many game makers, Hanke is well aware of the physical, mental, and social health concerns associated with gaming. Too much time spent alone, indoors, and immersed in a virtual world takes a toll on our health and well-being.  In fact, Pokémon Go was designed to address those issues. In his speech at the London Games Festival in April 2017, he declared,

“We’re human beings and there’s a lot of research out there that shows we’re actually a lot happier when we get exercise … [and] when we go outside, and outside in nature in particular.”

He then added: “I think it’s a problem for us as a society if we forgo that and spend all of [our] time in a Ready Player One-style VR universe.” In other words, don’t go expecting Pokémon Go Gen 3 (or 4 or 5) VR games anytime soon.

Where Can I Find The Latest News About Pokémon Go Gen 3?

You can read about the latest Pokémon Go game developments, events, and news on PokémonGoHub.net .Or, if you prefer your news in 141-character bites, you can follow @PokemonGoNews on Twitter. You could also try what Pokémon Go creator John Hanke might suggest, and take a walk down to your local game store to talk about it with other real people.

And if you use SnapChat, grab these Pikachu filters before they’re gone.

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