Earlier in November, The Pokémon Company finally made Pokémon HOME compatible with Niantic's augmented-reality smartphone game Pokémon GO. It allows trainers to transfer pocket monsters from GO to the Pokémon games on the Switch.
While there have been no major issues, there have been a few minor problems here and there. One that hasn't been resolved yet is a bug where Alolan and Galarian Form Pokémon still have moves of their original form.
"The Pokémon Company have put out their plans to fix Pokémon that were affected by a bug in the Pokémon GO to Pokémon HOME transfer. For Alolan Form and Galarian Form Pokémon, for a short time if you transferred them, they'd have the moves of their original form. Over the coming weeks, if you have these Pokémon in Pokémon HOME, they will automatically be fixed to have their correct learnset. This will be done in waves and not all Pokémon will be fixed at the same time"
As of 14th November, all trainers who are now Level 1 and above can transfer Pokémon from Niantic's mobile game over to HOME on the Nintendo Switch. Keep in mind, there are some transfer limits in place.
Have you transferred any pocket monsters from GO to HOME since this update arrived? Have you encountered the above-mentioned bug? Leave a comment down below.
Niantic has announced the full slate on Spotlight Hours for December 2020, along with the month's Research Breakthrough. For the first time since 2019, the Breakthrough will offer two possible Pokémon rather than just one. Let's take a look at what we're in for next month, fellow trainers.
On the official Pokémon GO blog, Niantic announced the following Spotlight Hours, while keeping one surprise hour close to the chest. The Spotlights will be the following very icy bois:
As a general bonus, double catch XP is active in-game for the entire rest of 2020.
Now, obviously, the major question is… what will be the surprise spotlight on Tuesday, December 15th? Well, personally, I think it's going to be a Costume Pokémon introduced for the holidays. A special Slowpoke was actually just found by dataminers in the Pokémon GO code, so that might be something trainers can look forward to. Another possible option is a Kalos-region Pokémon, considering the upcoming unveiling of the first slate of Generation Six species on December 1st.
Now, the Research Breakthrough. Alas, the once-Legendary, once-spicy Research Breakthrough. The entirety of 2020 has featured non-Legendaries, kicking off with Lapras in January 2020… and now, the year ends the same as it started.
From Tuesday, December 1, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Friday, January 1, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8), Trainers will have a chance of encountering either Lapras or Unovan Darumaka in Research Breakthrough encounters, and catching either will reward bonus XP.
Now, many trainers hope that Pokémon GO, with this year of type-themed Research Breakthroughs and tasks ending in December, that January will reintroduce the Legendary boxes. Only time will tell.
After announcing that Gen 6 Pokémon would be making their way into Pokémon GO, the first wave of Kalos Pokémon have been leaked and are coming as a part of the game's next update. While the Kalos region introduced 72 unique species of Pokémon, only a handful will be added to Pokémon GO during the next update.
On November 18, Niantic announced that Pokémon GO would be undergoing some massive changes as a part of the Pokémon GO Beyond update. This update plans to add changing seasons that reflect the time of year in real life as well as increasing the maximum player level from 40 to 50. Niantic also announced that Kalos Pokémon would finally be making their way into Pokémon GO following the inclusion of Mega Evolutions. It was also stated that players could start to see Gen 6 Pokémon in their games as soon as December 2.
While the next update is less than a week away, players won't have to wait until then to see which Kalos Pokémon are coming to Pokémon GO. Thanks to a dedicated team of Pokémon data miners named PokéMiners, the first 24 Kalos Pokémon have already been leaked. These include all three starter Pokémon and their evolutionary lines as well as some of the region's most iconic Pokémon. The Noivern, Talonflame, Litleo, and Diggersby evolutionary lines are all part of the upcoming update as well as Meowstic, Espur, Kelfki, and Scatterbug. These Pokémon are pictured in the tweet below.
While each Pokémon that has been added to the game's files also includes its Shiny model, this does not mean that every Pokémon's Shiny form will be available come December 2. At the very least, the starters and their evolutions can be encountered Shiny, but the rest are unknown. This is commonplace for Pokémon GO as Niantic is known to stager the release of multiple Pokémon's Shiny forms. It is also unsure if all 24 Pokémon will be available during the next update or if they will release some of them at a later date.
Kalos is a favored region by many, and as such there are a lot of trainers who are excited about the release of Pokémon GO's first Gen 6 Pokémon. Greninja is a fan-favorite Pokémon as well which is bound to draw plenty of returning players. With less than a week to go, Pokémon GO's Kalos lineup is looking pretty spectacular.
With the recently announced Go Beyond update coming to Pokémon Go, not only can Trainers reach level 50, but your Pokémon can too! The requirements to level yourself up to 50 are going to take even the best of Trainers a lot of time and work to reach. Is the same true for your Pokémon?
Leveling up Pokémon in Pokémon Go
In Pokémon Go, leveling up your Pokémon is handled differently than in the core games like Pokémon Sword and Shield. Instead of battling to earn experience, you spend Candy and Stardust to power up your Pokémon. Up to level 40, you can use Candy earned from catching, hatching, and transferring Pokémon in that Pokémon's evolutionary line or Rare Candy earned from Raids and completing some research tasks. The amount of Candy and Stardust needed depends on your Pokémon's current level and CP.
Note: You need to Power Up a Pokémon twice per level. Your Pokémon can be leveled up to your Trainer level plus ten additional levels. So, if you're level 30, your Pokémon can be leveled up to 40.
XL Candies in Pokémon Go
In order to level up your Pokémon beyond 40, you need XL Candy and Stardust. XL Candies are even rarer than Rare Candies. Although they are only available to select level 40 Trainers in Australia right now and their implementation may be changed after the preliminary tests, here's everything we know so far:
Note: You still need to Power Up Pokémon twice per level.
Levels 41 – 50 will be released in Pokémon GO in less than two weeks. In fact, they have already rolled out in Australia, Niantic's official, recurring test subjects. Now, there's a lot going around online about what these levels will ask trainers to earn as far as XP goes, and how difficult it will be to obtain XL Rare Candy to power-up your Pokémon as you level up. Things may not be as dire as they seem, though. Let's take a look.
So, XP is important again in Pokémon GO. Leveling up is going to be task-based now, with more than just XP grinding, but XP matters in a big way. Just take a look below at how much you need to obtain each level above 40 right here:
If it's looking like the amount of XP needed to level up in Pokémon GO is increasing at a faster rate than the power-levels in Dragon Ball Z did, that's because it is. However, don't fret! While there will surely be some whales racing to be the first-ever Pokémon GO player to hit Level 50, this is meant to be a long-term aspect of the game. Niantic spoke recently about being a "forever franchise," so if you're not Level 50 in a couple of months, that's okay. You're not really supposed to be. This is designed to be very difficult so that, when it's earned, it's incredibly rewarding. Take it easy and have fun with these!
Also, some good news out of Australia. Some Pokémon GO players have taken to panic, as they do, after hearing about the XL Candy system. XL Candy will be needed to power Pokémon up past Level 40. Now, regular candy can convert into XL Candy at the rate of 100 Candies per XL. Trainers didn't like hearing this, as that would mean it would take tens of thousands of Candies to totally max out a Pokémon. That's not entirely the case, though. Niantic, at their press conference, underlined that while XL Candy can be obtained by combining Candy, the main way to obtain it is normal gameplay.
All will be revealed soon, fellow trainers, as this update will be released for all very soon.
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The developer of mobile game phenomenon Pokémon GO is hosting a special event Sunday (Nov. 22) in Tainan, where Pokémon trainers can catch featured monsters at six hotspots across the city.
Tainan is one of three cities around the world selected for the Pokémon GO City Spotlight on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The other two cities to hold the event are Auckland, New Zealand, and Busan, South Korea.
With developer Niantic's launch of the one-day event, the participating cities are hoping it will encourage people to go outdoors and boost the local economy. Tainan Mayor Huang Wei-cher (王偉哲) said during a press event last week that all Pokémon GO players are welcome to catch rare Pokémon as well tour the city and enjoy the local cuisine.
In light of the ongoing pandemic, six areas have been designated as hotspots in order to limit the size of crowds:
With proper protection, such as wearing masks at hotspots, people can mingle freely with one another, said the mayor. The number of participants is expected to exceed 100,000, according to the city government.
Trainers who take "snapshots" at the hotspots and complete certain tasks will earn rewards, including poffins, stardust, and lucky eggs, said Niantic. In addition, 7,000 paper Pikachu hats will be given away in these areas.
Trainers, Niantic and Pokemon Go increased the trade range/distance again, and the new limit is somewhere between 40-50 km.
The trade distance range has been increased until November 23, at 4 PM PST and players are reporting that the new limit distance is greater than the first time.
According to reports from the Pokemon Go community, the trade range is now 50 km or 31 miles.
From Tuesday, November 24, 2020, through Monday November 30, Trainers will have the chance to challenge the Lake Trio - Uxie, Azelf, and Mesprit in Legendary Raids again. A lot has changed in Pokémon Go since these three Legendary Pokémon were available, but we here at iMore have everything you need to know to take on all three of them.
Who is Uxie and what is the Lake Trio in Pokémon Go?
The Lake Guardians are a trio of Legendary Pokémon originally encountered in the Sinnoh region of Gen IV. Each of the three represent a specific concept. Uxie represents knowledge, Azelf represents willpower, and Mesprit represents emotion. Although all three are Psychic types, with the same weaknesses and resistances, they do have slightly different stats and movesets. Additionally, they are the only region locked Legendary Pokémon in Pokémon Go. Although they have rotated before, each of the three is only able to be challenged in a specific area of the world at a time.
What are the best counters for Uxie in Pokémon Go?
Uxie is a Psychic type Pokémon capable of dealing Psychic, Electric, and Normal type damage. It takes double damage from Dark, Ghost, and Bug type attacks. With the introduction of Mega Evolution, there are a number of viable strategies for countering Uxie that take advantage of boosted Dark, Ghost, or Bug type moves if you are able to coordinate with your fellow Pokémon Trainers.
The best possible counter for Uxie is easily Mega Gengar. Despite taking double damage from Uxie's Psychic type attacks, this Poison and Ghost type wipes the floor with the Lake Guardians. You'll want to coordinate with your fellow Trainers to take advantage of the Ghost type boost it will bring to the field. If you are bringing Mega Gengar to the battle, you'll want Lick and Shadow Ball for the moveset.
Although Mega Gengar is the top counter, Mega Houndoom is very close behind. As a Dark and Fire type, Mega Houndoom takes only a quarter damage from Uxie's Psychic attacks and has no weaknesses Uxie can take advantage of. Snarl and Foul Play are the moves you'll want your Mega Houndoom to know and, as with any other Mega Pokémon, you'll want to coordinate with your fellow Trainers to bring along Dark type Pokémon.
The Mythical Dark type Pokémon Darkrai is an excellent counter for Uxie. As a pure Dark type, it takes quarter damage from its Psychic type attacks and has no weaknesses Uxie can take advantage of. While it is a Mythical Pokémon, Darkrai has had much wider availability in Pokémon Go than the other Mythicals and so most Trainers have at least one or two. Snarl and Shadow Ball are the moves you'll want Darkrai to know for this Raid.
A Ghost and Fire type introduced in the Gen V Unova region, Chandelure performs quite well against Uxie. It takes quarter damage from Normal, with Psychic and Electric attacks doing normal damage. Its first stage, Litwick has been available in multiple events, so you likely already have one powered up for this Raid. You'll want your Chandelure to know Hex and Shadow Ball.
Giratina Origin Forme
A Legendary Pokémon originally encountered in Gen IV's Sinnoh region, Giratina is a Ghost and Dragon type with two formes. You'll want the Origin Forme specifically for the charged move Shadow Ball. Paired with Shadow Claw, Giratina O will take a huge chunk out of Uxie's health. It takes quarter damage from Uxie's Normal type attack and has no weaknesses relevant to this battle. Although Giratina's Altered Forme has seen wider availability than the Origin Forme in Pokémon Go, it's still been available in Raids multiple times, so you probably have at least one or two in your roster.
A Dark and Ice type originally discovered in the Sinnoh region, Weavile makes for a great counter here. Although it requires a Sinnoh Stone to evolve, its first stage Sneasal has been widely available and so you should have plenty of Candies to power it up. It takes only quarter damage from Uxie's Psychic type attacks and has no weaknesses to be exploited here. You'll want your Weavile to know Snarl and Foul Play.
A pseudo-Legendary originally discovered in the Unova region of Gen V, Hydreigon is a Dark and Dragon type that performs very well in this Raid. It has no weaknesses Uxie can take advantage of and takes reduced damage from Psychic and Electric type attacks. Although its first stage, Deino is pretty rare, if you have a Hydreigon already powered up, you'll want it to know Bite and Dark Pulse for this fight.
Although Mega Beedrill isn't my first or even second choice for a Mega Pokémon in this Raid, it does perform very well and will boost other Bug type counters. As a Poison and Bug type, it will take double damage from Uxie's Psychic type attacks, but the boost it gets from Mega Evolution still make it an excellent counter. Bug Bite and X-Scissor is the moveset you'll want your Mega Beedrill to know.
The Gen II pseudo-Legendary Tyranitar is a great counter for the Lake Trio that has been available in events, Raids, and more. Most top players have entire teams of Tyranitar already powered up, so odds are you've got some ready for this Raid. As a Rock and Dark type, it resists Uxie's Psychic and Normal type moves, adding to its already tank-like status. Bite and Crunch are the moves you'll want your Tyranitar to know for this Raid.
If you are able to pair Gengar with with another Trainer's Mega Gengar, it will take advantage of the Ghost type attack boost. Even without coordiantion, Gengar is still one of the best counters you can bring against Uxie, but be sure to bring lots of Revives and Potions because it will take double damage from Psychic type attacks. This Ghost and Poison type from Gen I has been around since the very beginning of Pokémon Go and featured in many events, including it's own Community Day. You'll still want your Gengar to know Lick and Shadow Ball for this Raid.
If you need to fill a spot or two in your team or are making a back up team, consider one of these counters:
The rebalance of Shadow Pokémon rescued from Team GO Rocket make them excellent glass cannons. Not only are their stats boosted, but during special events, it's possible to change their moves with TMs. If you happen to have Shadow versions of the following Pokémon with the right moveset, they will work very well in this Raid:
Note: Shadow Weavile, Shadow Tyranitar, and Shadow Mewtwo outperform all of the best, non-Mega counters. Likewise, the rest of these Shadow Pokémon all perform at the same level as the Pokémon in the best counters list. If you are able to coordinate the use of either Mega Gengar, Mega Houndoom, or Mega Beedrill they will boost Ghost, Dark, and Bug type attackers on the field respectively, making other Pokémon far more competitive.
How many players does it take to beat Uxie in Pokémon Go?
Uxie is defintely the most challenging of the Lake Guardians. While it is technically possible for just three top level Trainers with excellent counters to take on Uxie, if you're not bringing Mega Evolved Pokémon, Shadow Pokémon, or are just lower level, you may need as many as eight Trainers. Weather Conditions that may play into the battle include:
Questions about taking on Uxie in Pokémon Go?
There you have it. With these Pokémon, Uxie should be an easy addition to your Pokédex. Do you have any questions? Drop them in the comments below and be sure to check out our Best Portable Battery Packs guide so you can keep your phone charged while you're out Raiding!
To celebrate the connectivity update between Pokémon GO and Pokémon HOME, Niantic is bringing back the elusive Shiny Meltan for a limited time. Meltan is one of the rarest obtainable Shiny Pokémon, and Pokémon GO players will have another crack at obtaining one of their own in the coming days.
Meltan is a Mythical Pokémon that is the only creature to make its debut inside Pokémon GO, and the only one available exclusively through the mobile game. Finding one requires players to use a Mystery Box, which can only be obtained if players transfer Pokémon to their Switch using Pokémon HOME or Pokémon Let's GO. Meltan is also special because it is the only Pokémon that is semi-Shiny locked. Every now and then, Niantic will randomly announce a window of time in which Meltan has the possibility to appear Shiny.
Now is the time that trainers have been waiting for, as the official Pokémon GO Twitter account has announced a celebratory event that will unlock Shiny Meltan for a limited time. This event will start on Tuesday, November 16, and will end on November 23. This gives players eight days to find Shiny Meltan by using Mystery Boxes. However, Mystery Boxes can only be used every three days. This means players will only be able to use three Mystery Boxes during the event. Niantic also stated that after the event, Shiny Meltan will go back into hiding until the next Shiny event.
The event also features a bunch of perks including new spawn rotations and different Pokémon appearing in eggs. Pokémon GO will also be adding the Shiny version of Slowpoke to the game, allowing players to Shiny hunt it for the first time since the game's release. Unlike Meltan, Slowpoke's Shiny form won't leave the game after the event. Slowpoke will also appear more frequently in the wild, making it a little easier for players to find and catch. Players can also grab some Melmetal gear for their in-game avatar during this event.
Meltan is definitely a Pokémon that players who aren't regular players of Pokémon GO should definitely pick up their phones to hunt. He is not only extremely rare due to the requirements for capturing him, but Melmetal is a beast on the battlefield. As the only creature native to Pokémon GO, Shiny Meltan would make an extra-special capture for any trainer's collection.
Pokémon GO is keeping November full of surprises. When they first announced the slate of November 2020 Legendaries that would be in raids, they essentially said, "Okay, so Darkrai first, you know about that. Then, we're just going to keep you waiting for a little, but it'll be a familiar face. Then, a week of Terrakion, Cobalion, and Virizion — that one, we'll tell you about. The following week is… actually, you know what, we'll keep you waiting." Now that Cobalion and co. are taking over from Lugia tomorrow, we're getting closer and closer to that final surprise in November. We have a few theories on what we may be getting. Let's dive in.
Theory #1: The Lake Trio
Well, we know that Azelf, Uxie, and Mesprit are on their way to Pokémon GO. A recent Datamine showed that they'd be returning to the game with an event called "Lake Legends" that was found in the code. The only thing that keeps us from being 100% sure they will be in this spot is the fact that Niantic has already confirmed that the final November boss will only run from November 24th to November 30th. If we're getting a Shiny Lake Trio release, we're thinking it'll be a longer stay in raids. While a shorter run for a Shiny release isn't unprecedented, we can't say for certain. However, Niantic may actually play this coy and re-release them without Shinies, which would be cold. It wouldn't stop us from raiding them, of course, but it'd be cold nonetheless.
Theory #2: Xerneas, Yveltal, or Zygarde
So… the Fourth Anniversary posted teased the release of Generation Six. Even though we are still in the Unova phase, with a good amount of species not released, unreleased species from previous generations hasn't stopped Niantic from moving forward before. (R.I.P. Kelceon, wherever you are.) The Lake Trio is probably a better bet but if it's one of these, the fact that Niantic didn't mention this in the initial announcement would make a lot more sense.
Theory #3: Regigigas with a Shiny release
There are a few species that are long overdue for a Shiny release, but let's level with each other here. Niantic is going to release the Shinies for Palkia and Dialga when it's warmer, when more people are out raiding, so they can really hype it up. A fun but less anticipated Shiny release would be a Pokémon like Regigigas, who fans will enjoy but wouldn't make sense as the central raid boss of a larger event.
Theory #4: Mewtwo
It's been too long. It's been way, way too long. This isn't our top theory, but Niantic knows that the longer they keep Mewtwo out of Pokémon GO, the more hype builds. This would be a major way to sell a ton of raid passes in a week with a short run of Shiny-capable Mewtwo in 2020.