Community Days used to be far more predictable in Pokémon GO. Generally, the monthly event was meant to serve as the Shiny release for starter Pokémon like Charmander, Bulbasaur, and Squirtle; hyper-popular Pokémon like Pikachu and Eevee; and pseudo-Legendary Pokémon like Dragonite, Metagross, Salamence, and Tyranitar. This led to the expectation that certain rare Pokémon that evolve into pseudo-Legendaries, like Gible and Deino, would receive Community Days. However, Niantic has brought that expectation down with a year of pattern-breaking choices, voting systems with limited options, and spotlighted Pokémon that have already had an in-game Shiny release. However, there is still a chance that these Pokémon may get their Community Days. Let's take a look at the pseudo-Legendaries of Pokémon GO's future.
"Pseudo-Legendary" is a fan-created term meant to classify Pokémon that, in the main series games, have stats that set them apart from others, including a three-stage evolution line, 1,250,000 experience at level 100, and a base stat of 600. This power translates to Pokémon GO, as you'll see in the breakdown of the game's pseudo-Legendaries below.
Pokemon GO trainers have another chance to face off against all of the Team GO Rocket bosses this month as they work through the current event and explore the new world of strange red eggs. The usual grunts and bosses are all back and attempting to cause problems around the map, so players should start getting ready to chase them off.
Sierra, Cliff, Arlo, and even Giovanni are all available to challenge currently and each of the bosses has made a few updates to their roster that will make it necessary for trainers to alter the counter rosters that they had used last time around. Arlo is returning to Pokemon GO with a handful of familiar Pokemon, but one notable change.
This time around players should be able to reuse most of their Arlo counters from the last time the enemy appeared, but they do also need to prepare for one big change. Arlo is using Growlithe in their first slot, which means players should select and power up a new Pokemon to start off the fight. After that point, trainers can use the usual strategy of seeing which Pokemon Arlo is using in slots two and three and optimizing their roster for a quick rematch if needed.
Charizard or Blastoise or Steelix
Scizor or Dragonite or Salamence
Against Growlithe Counters
Regirock - Lock On/Stone Edge
Golem - Mud Shot/Rock Blast
Omastar - Mud Shot/Rock Slide
Swampert - Mud Shot/Hydro Cannon
Against Charizard Counters
Alolan Golem - Rock Throw/Rock Blast
Rhyperior - Smack Down/Surf
Tyranitar - Smack Down/Crunch
Golem - Mud Shot/Rock Blast
Against Steelix Counters
Heatran - Fire Spin/Flamethrower
Entei - Fire Spin/Flamethrower
Blaziken - Counter/Blaze Kick
Against Blastoise Counters
Leafeon - Quick Attack/Leaf Blade
Venusaur - Vine Whip/Frenzy Plant
Dragonite - Dragonbreath/Dragon Claw
Against Salamence Counters
Tyranitar - Smack Down/Crunch
Regice - Lock On/Blizzard
Giratina - Dragon Breath/Dragon Claw
Against Scizor Counters
Heatran - Fire Spin/Flamethrower
Moltres - Fire Spin/Overthrow
Charizard - Fire Spin/Blast Burn
Against Dragonite Counters
Dialga - Dragonbreath/Draco Meteor
Gyarados - Dragonbreath/Twister
Regice - Lock On/Blizzard
With that lineup of Pokemon, players should be able to easily counter any configuration of challengers that Arlo shows up to the fight with. There are obviously lots of other Pokemon that can work as substitutes for this ideal roster, but most players shouldn't have much trouble assembling the team recommended above.
All of those Pokemon are very relevant to the current Pokemon GO PvE and PvP metagame, so it's worth investing in them beyond this fight anyway. Use TMs and Rare Candy wisely if they are needed to take down this challenger.
For now, Pokemon GO trainers should be able to head out into the world (or play from home) and continue catching the best Unova Pokemon in the game and getting closer to that complete Pokedex. Check back for more Pokemon GO updates closer to the event. Until then, good luck out there, trainers!
Pokémon Go, currently the most popular free augmented reality mobile game, has generated $445.3 million since its release in July, 2016, while cultivating a devoted following (Iqbal, 2020). It uses the GPS on a player’s mobile device to locate, capture, and train virtual creatures, known as Pokémon, which appear in the player's real-world location. The interactive live-service game entices players to walk to collect over 600 Pokémon characters, participate in virtual team events, meet in virtual gyms, fight in interactive battles, and play in Pokémon-themed games. Interestingly, it was recently reported that many players have increased their game play due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, the game creator, Niantic, has changed its design to allow game play to occur more easily at home. Before, characters were typically found outside, downtown, or near busy hubs, but now players can find the characters right in their living rooms.
Now that Pokémon Go can easily be played anywhere, it may be of interest to people who may be feeling more down than usual due to working from home or simply having additional down time as a result of COVID-19. There are many common benefits of the game's standard play, including being outside, inducing light exercise, and enhancing social ties, but new scientific research shows that it also may improve mood and cognitive ability. A recent study indicated that those with a negative mood prior to playing Pokémon Go felt significantly better after game play (Alloway & Carpenter, 2020). So, if you are looking for a quick and healthy pick-me-up, Pokémon Go may be a good start, especially now that everyone can experience its mood-enhancing benefits.
While there is early evidence suggesting that Pokémon Go may reduce negative mood, researchers from the same study found that playing Pokémon Go also improves some aspects of cognition, specifically working memory, the cognitive system that holds information temporarily (Alloway & Carpenter, 2020). There are many components to working memory, but in the study, researchers found that verbal working memory, information that pertains to letters and words, improved after playing Pokémon Go. The study did not show an improvement in all components of working memory, but it did indicate that verbal working memory function is flexible and increased as a result of game play. So, after playing for extended periods of time, you may notice an improvement in how well you remember verbal information, not to mention you may even feel happier as a result.
“An Inter-egg-sting Development” is a Team GO Rocket Special Research quest line. It is only available if you completed “Looming in the Shadows” or an older version of a Team GO Rocket special research quest line.
Throughout this quest line, you will be given a chance to battle and defeat Giovanni and to obtain a Shadow Mewtwo.
Tasks and Rewards
🏆 Stage rewards: 500 Stardust, 10 Poké balls, 10 Razz Berries
🏆 Stage rewards: 1500 Stardust, 10 Great balls, Larvitar (s)
🏆 Stage rewards: 1500 Stardust, 3 Golden Razz Berry, Toxicroak encounter
🏆 Stage rewards: 5 Hyper potions, 3 Revives, Super Rocket Radar
🏆 Stage rewards: 3000 Stardust, 1 Fast TM, 1 Charge TM
🏆 Stage rewards: 3 Revives, 20 Great Balls and one Elite Charged TM
There haven't been any announcements of new Mega Pokémon being added to Pokémon GO since Septembered three Mega Events, which unlocked Mega Pidgeotto and Houndoom in raids, along with securing a late-October research rewarding Mega Gengar Energy for those who completed September's research. There has been data found in Pokémon GO's code, though, that reveals two new Megas that will be coming to the game soon: Aerodactyl and Slowbro.
The PokeMiners of Silph Road have discovered in Niantic's latest update new 3D models for Mega Aerodactyl and Mega Slowbro. This has not yet been announced, but previous datamined finds include Mega Energy itself, Shadow Mewtwo during GO Fest, Magikarp Community Day, and a laundry list of other features that have since been added to the game. It is a good bet that these two will be arriving in the game shortly, likely after Mega Gengar makes its Research debut during the Halloween 2020 event.
All there is left to do with these two is speculate. Aerodactyl is likely to be the more popular of these two, so I could see this becoming the next Mega Raid to be added to the rotation. With its killer design and high usability, Mega Aerodactyle is a raid that Pokémon GO trainers will want to get after. Slowbro, on the other hand, may receive the same treatment that Beedrill did in September, with Timed Research and Field Research rewarding Mega Energy.
Also, if Slowbro does actually join the Mega Raid rotation, one thing of note, is that Slowbro, and indeed none of the Slowpoke evolutionary line, has not been made available Shiny. One of the allures of Mega Raids is the possibility to encounter Shiny Pokémon in their evolved forms. If a Mega Slowbro raid were to coincide with a simultaneous Shiny release of Slowpoke, that is something that would active the Pokémon GO base. As news comes in, Bleeding Cool will report.
Playing Pokemon GO lets players experience an augmented reality overlayed on top of the real world, letting them catch Pokemon as they walk around outside. Unfortunately, though, the real world comes with certain dangers, as one Pokemon GO streamer who was mugged recently discovered.
Pokemon GO has changed its gameplay somewhat since its release due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, for the most part, the game still intends for players to get outside and get some fresh air, and that's where the trouble began for this streamer.
Anthony, the streamer in question, was playing Pokemon GO while simultaneously broadcasting to an audience via Twitch. What started out as a normal day catching Pokemon quickly turned sour and scary for this streamer, though. While the streamer was only broadcasting their screen, rather than their face through their phone's camera, the audio of the real world around them is clearly audible as the attack begins.
The 23-year-old streamer was actively working towards catching a Croagunk when the robbery began. He can be heard verbally recoiling from reportedly four assailants, who proceed to snatch the player's phone, keys, and vape, based on audio heard later in the recording. While the streamer seems to have been successful in locking his phone before the assailants got a hold of it, it didn't end particularly well for him, as the stream continues after the muggers run off with his property, even discussing using his keys to steal the gamer's car.
While Pokemon GO offers players an opportunity to get outside and get some exercise, it unfortunately also carries certain risks. The game always reminds players to remain aware of their surroundings, but unfortunately, there have still been numerous reports of players like this one experiencing assault linked to Pokemon GO, losing their property, or otherwise experiencing problems due to being fixated on their phones rather than the world around them while playing.
Unfortunately, players who have been content to enjoy Pokemon GO from home are likely finding it more difficult to remain sheltered inside these days. The game recently had some of its COVID-19-induced bonuses removed, making it more difficult to progress in the game without heading outside and walking around. While chances are that only a tiny fraction of the millions of active Pokemon GO players have experienced crime while playing the game, it should serve as a reminder to remain aware and cautious while outside, when playing the game or otherwise.
This Friday, the long-awaited Shiny release of Kanto Vulpix and Ninetails will finally arrive in Pokémon GO with this weekend's autumn-themed event. This leaves very few Generation One Pokémon that have not yet been made Shiny-capable. Here is a breakdown of all of these original Kanto favorites that have not yet been allowed to sparkle in Pokémon GO.
Back when Niantic’s Pokémon Go first released in 2016, it was quickly observed that the game was helping out businesses situated near PokéStops and Gyms. Later on, sponsored Pokémon Go locations could be bought, which turns businesses taking part in the programme into PokéStops to help draw in a bigger crowd.
Now, that privilege will be given to 1,000 business in need of assistance, especially in this pandemic-stricken landscape, for absolutely free.
Earlier this summer, Niantic had announced their Local Business Recovery Initiative, asking for players to nominate local small businesses that they think are important to the community for the programme. A total of 38,000 businesses were submitted and out of that, 1,000 businesses across the United States, Canada, Mexico, the U.K., and Japan, have been selected to be part of the initiative.
“Niantic’s Local Business Recovery Initiative is designed to spotlight many local businesses beloved by players and which have been negatively impacted by the global pandemic,” said Carla Li, Niantic’s senior product manager for sponsorships (via Techraptor). “Becoming a sponsored location will drive awareness and aid in the recovery of both the businesses and the communities which they serve.”
These chosen businesses will receive the same perks as sponsored locations, minus having to pay any amount for said perks. This essentially means that the businesses will get to turn into either a PokéStop or Gym in Pokémon Go, and potentially get a boost in business with the crowd that will be dropping by.
According to Niantic, they will be adding more tools for sponsored businesses in the future, including the ability to create promotional campaigns and even take part in future in-game events.
The 1,000 businesses chosen for the Local Business Recovery Initiative will be given free access to the sponsored programme for a year.
Every month in 2020, the Field Research tasks that can be found at PokéStops in Pokémon GO have shifted to the month's theme to match the typing of the Research Breakthrough Pokémon. This month is Ghost-themed due to Halloween, and will also feature, as always with Niantic's October events, Dark-type Pokémon. Here is a breakdown of the new and returning tasks that can be found from spinning these stops, with information about the Pokémon encounters that can be earned through completing these tasks… including some Shiny Pokémon with boosted odds.
Catching Pokémon Tasks
Poké Ball Tasks
Pokémon GO brings no changes to any of these here for this month.
Pokémon Buddy & Friend Tasks
Pokémon GO Raid and PVP Tasks
This one is major, especially for Pokémon GO players who missed out last year. Yamask returns!
Whether it’s autumn or spring where you are, plants are flourishing all around the world. As the seasons change, it’s good to remember to enjoy the simple pleasures of life. It’s also the perfect time for self-reflection. Who knows? Maybe you’ll realize something new about yourself!
Time and Date
Friday, October 9, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. to Monday, October 12, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. local time
Pokémon can sense when the season’s change, during the event the following Pokémon will be spawning more often in the wild.
If you’re lucky, you may even encounter a shiny Kanto Vulpix!
Deerling, the Season Pokémon, will be making its Pokémon GO debut! The turning of the seasons changes the colour and scent of this Pokémon’s fur. Keep an eye out for its Autumn Form Deerling!
New Egg hatches