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Pokémon Go is down for maintenance

Players won’t be able to access the game until 9 p.m. EDT

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Pokémon Go will be down for maintenance for seven hours from 2 p.m. EDT until 9 p.m. EDT.

Niantic has not announced what this maintenance will bring to the game, but some players are speculating that this may add a level cap increase, based on data mines from last month.

Some others on social media and in forums note that it’s been many months since Pokémon Home’s launch, yet Pokémon Go still does not have integration with the Pokémon transfer app, a promised feature that will surely upset the trading economy. That being said, this maintenance could be doing the work to add that feature, but we don’t know that for sure.

Normally, no maintenance is needed for updates like adding more Pokémon images or new clothes, so we can guess that this update is tweaking something big in the back-end of the game. Pokémon Go hasn’t actually seen much downtime since its messy initial release.

We will update this post as we find more information about the maintenance.

Pokémon Go Plus

The Pokémon Go Plus is a small Bluetooth device that lets you enjoy Pokémon Go while you’re on the move and not looking at your smartphone. The device notifies you about events in the game, such as the appearance of a Pokémon nearby using an LED and vibration.

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