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Pokémon Go testing new ‘lunch hour’ raid events

Niantic wants to turn lunchtime into Pokémon time

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Pokémon Go developer Niantic wants to get more trainers raiding during their daily break. A new event called Legendary Lunch Hour is coming to the mobile game next week as a test for future lunchtime events.

“From 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in your local time zone, there will be an increased number of raids to test your battle skills alongside your friends, coworkers, and classmates,” Niantic said on the Pokémon Go website. The first of those events will kick off on Wednesday, March 13, at 12 p.m. local time.

Legendary Lunch Hours will bring “an increased number of raids during the event hour” to Pokémon Go. According to a tweet from Pokémon Go fan group The Silph Road, Legendary Lunch Hour will spawn Raid Egg timers that last 10 minutes and hatch one-hour Legendary Raids.

The new event will likely make it easier to coordinate and find raiding teams, as raids will spawn quickly and frequently. It should also make catching Dialga, the current Legendary Pokémon featured in tier-five Raids, much easier.

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