It’s time for the third, and final, week of Ultra Bonus rewards unlocked over the summer. The rewards run from September 16, 2019, at 1 p.m. and runs through September 23, 2019, at 1 p.m. PDT and it’s here, it’s finally here UNOVA. Breaking with the tradition of the last two years and Generations, the first round of new Pokémon won’t be GHOST-types at Halloween.
In equally as big news Mewtwo will return to T5 raids, this time with Psystrike and the possibility to be SHINY. Let’s just say Week 3 blows the other 2 Weeks out of the water! Time to recap the rewards, in more detail, for Week 3 and figure out how to optimize game play.
Official announcement text
Unusual Pokémon will be appearing in the wild during this week. Noteworthy opponents are coming to raids, too. Over the course of the event, you may also be able to add some Pokémon to your Kanto Pokédex that previously eluded you in your part of the world. Venture out to take on challenges and make discoveries. As always, happy exploring, Trainers!
UNOVA – Generation V
IT is here – Generation V! After almost a year long protracted release of Generation 4, and 38.5 months of Pokémon Go – we are traveling to Unova. We first experienced this Generation in 2010 with Pokémon Black and White. If you never played these games back then, it is good to know that Black and White (B/W) saw a total reset of the Main Series Games. For the first time NO previous Pokémon were available in the wild. This resulted in a total of 156 new Pokémon many of which were knockoffs, copies, perfections, etc of existing Pokémon especially from Generation I. Don’t worry after much feedback Black 2 and White 2 came out in 2012 adding more areas and bring back many old favorites from all five Generations.
While there is no indication which Generation V Pokemon will be released during Week 3. We do know about three for sure releases: Patrat, Lillipup, and Klink. The first two Pokémon are the NORMAL-type evolution fodder. While there are still a few more in this category, they might get released a little further down the line in another wave. Klink appears to be the Generation V equivalent of Shinx, only in Raids, three stage evolution, and Shiny from day one.
Recent tweets from the Official Pokémon Go, hint at the three Starters getting released as well. These three Pokémon are Snivy, Tepig, and Oshawott. All three won’t be shiny, as it is expected that will happen on their respective Community Days (March, May, and July of 2020.)
The Twitter hints continue with the GHOST-type Yamask. Does this mean the GHOST Pokémon will be coming out this week, or is it already hinting at the Halloween event?
For a full look at which Gen V Pokémon to be ready for, we strongly recommend that you read our Pokemon GO Gen 5 Meta (Early Look, Part 1): Non-Legendary Pokemon With Meta Potential.
MEWTWO IS BACK – and this time it’s SHINY! I can’t be the only one screaming inside. Mewtwo a favorite of Trainers throughout the world, it is arguably the best attacker in the game, still very Meta relevant, plus it’s been unavailable for a year now. Don’t worry, it’s the Normal Form, not that Armored Form we saw recently. Additionally, this time around Mewtwo can learn the Charge Move Psystrike. Although this new move does not have the DPS of Psychic or the Legacy Move Shadow Ball, it is a great move, and can still be buffed. If you need any help against Mewtwo check out our Guides and Heat Maps. TLDR – Gengar & Giratina.
Remember September 18, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in your local time zone there will be a Raid Happy Hour for Mewtwo. This should not be missed. I personally have done 20 during a Raid Happy Hour, getting 3 Shiny Rays the first time but 0 the second. The important thing is to find a location and a group, and the more raids you do the more chances you have to get a Shiny.
A side note, with only a single T5 Raid Boss, the Egg and Raid Timers will most likely revert to the original 1 hour Egg and 45 minute Raid system.
Week 3 T1-4 Raid Bosses
We have yet to see the full extent of the T1-4 Raid Bosses that will be available during Week 3, but Niantic has said, “Need a good team to take on Mewtwo? Other Pokémon appearing in raids will help you build a good team to challenge the Genetic Pokémon.” This most likely means DARK and GHOST Pokémon, again, so expect little change in the Raid Bosses from Week 2 to Week 3.
One notable exception is the Gear Pokémon Klink, has been officially confirmed by Niantic to appear in raids. What level is unknown, but it is known that Shiny Klink will be available. Klink is a pure STEEL-type Pokémon; therefore, is weak to FIRE, FIGHTING, and GROUND. This means there are lots of great counters, including: Breloom, Entai, Blaziken, Flareon, Heatean, etc.
The 4 Regional Pokémon from the Kanto region will still be hatching from 7 km Eggs. With the Shiny forms now available and 1/2 Egg Distances there is really no reason not to be hatching as many as you can. Reports from Week 2 indicate that these 4 Regionals do have high hatch rates, but the Shiny rates are low, coupled with about a 75% change of getting an egg from Gifts. Don’t let that discourage you, and keep sending Gifts to all your friends every day. The Adventure Box is still around and a good deal with 15 Super Incubators and 2 Regular Incubators; however, the Ultra Box might be better this week with only 10 Super Incubators but 14 Raid Passes, both Boxes cost 1480 PokéCoins (we don’t know when these Boxes will go away.)
Guide and Event Priorities
Week 3 cranks the excitement level to 11 for the Ultra Bonus. Shiny Mewtwo and a Generation V release! It’s definitely hard to contain the hype. It definitely is a good time to do some Fall Cleaning of your Pokémon Storage Box plus think about increasing the limit, it’s now capped at 2500. Gen V is going to add a lot of Pokémon, many which will be Meta relevant.