The dates for Pokemon Go's next four Community Day events have been announced.
September and October's Community Days will take place Sep. 18 and Oct. 15, respectively. After that, there will be two Community Day events in November. First is a Community Day Classic on Nov. 5, with a new Community Day following one week later on Nov. 12.
No other details have been announced just yet, so it remains to be seen what Pokemon and bonuses will be featured during each event. The latest Community Day took place Aug. 13 and starred Galarian Zigzagoon.
In the meantime, Pokemon Go is holding a World Championships tie-in event until Aug. 23. The legendary Pokemon Zacian and Zamazenta are also back for a limited time. Both are appearing in five-star raids until Aug. 31. You can catch up on everything else happening in the game this month in our August events roundup.
This week's Spotlight Hour is the perfect opportunity to catch a perfect Nidoran Male in Pokémon Go.
While it doesn’t have much use in Pokémon Go, being pretty awful across Go Battle League and raids alike, it's a great opportunity to look for the elusive 100% IV Nidoran Male.
As usual, catching as many Pokémon as possible is the plan for this week’s Spotlight Hour, although the main attraction really is the chance to maximise the double transfer candy bonus that runs alongside the event.
Nidoran Male 100% perfect IV stats in Pokémon Go
This week’s Spotlight Hour is a great opportunity to catch a Nidoran Male with perfect IV stats.
‘Perfect’, of course, means two things in Pokémon Go. First, there’s the maxed out, 100% IV version, which is the 15/15/15 you’re looking for your 4* Pokédex, raids and Master League. Yet, because of how CP is calculated using these three stats, a perfect IV Pokémon is usually only ever the best version of itself in the Master League, raids and Go Rocket battles.
In this case, a perfect Nidoking in Great League has a max CP of 1498 at Level 22, with a IVs 0/14/15.
Of course, you can’t see the IV of a Pokémon without catching it first, so it helps to know the CPs that a perfect Nidoran Male will spawn at.
If you’re at Level 30 (or above), you’ll ideally be looking for the following CPs for a perfect 15/15/15 Nidoran Male:
The wild CP value aligns with your Trainer Level until you reach Level 30 and, due to the majority of the player base now being above this level, we’ve kept to these values for the sake of simplicity. These values will, however, be different if you’re currently below Level 30.
Is Nidoking good in PVP?
No. No it is not.
This doesn't mean that it will never be good though. Each Pokémon in Pokémon Go is always just one move update away from being meta relevant.
But, right now, Nidoking is pretty awful – in Great League, it is outfone by both Nidoqueen and, to add insult to injury, Nidorina. That said, Nidoking can still take down Azumarill and Alolan Ninetails, with Registeel, Medicham and Bastiodon in an otherwise fair fight. Use it if you really want to, but there are just much better options.
In Great League, Nidoking runs Poison Jab as its Fast move, with Sand Tomb and Earth Power as Charged Moves. This is not only worse than Nidoqueen, which runs Poison Fang instead of Sand Tomb, but Nidoking also has worse stats overall.
If you want a perfect Go Battle League IV Nidoking, in the hopes that it becomes meta-relevant at a later date, you should be looking for a 0/14/15 Nidoran Male for Great League and an 0/14/14 Nidoran Male for Ultra League.
Last, we have Master League. If Nidoqueen struggles in this meta, you know that Nidoking doesn't even get a shout here.
Is there a shiny Nidoran Male in Pokémon Go?
Great news - there is a shiny Nidoran Male in Pokémon Go and has been for a long time!
The shiny form of Nidoran Male was released as part of Go Fest Dortmund in 2019; if you catch one, you can evolve it into a shiny Nidorino and, eventually, shiny Nidoking.
If luck is on your side, you may find a shiny Nidoran Male in the wild, but be aware that this is not a Community Day and shiny rates are not boosted, so the chances of catching one, let alone a perfect one, are very low. That said, each Nidoran you see has the potential to be shiny, so it’s purely a numbers game — tap each and every one of them and see what you get. Good luck finding the Nidoran you need!
What does shiny Nidoran Male look like?
Like with Nidoran Female, shiny Nidoran Male flips the colour pallet on its head, taking the female's blue in favour of its usual pink.
Other things to know about Nidoran Male Spotlight Hour
Spotlight Hour always brings a bonus for you to exploit, and this week it's double transfer candy. As always, this runs throughout the hour and affects more than just the Pokémon in the spotlight.
The smartest way to maximise the bonus here is to have a Tag in your Pokémon storage just for this purpose. We recommend creating one called 'Transfer', where you can place Pokémon you don't want or need. Instead of transfering them as and when you catch them, hold them back for events like these, when you can bulk transfer them. All that candy adds up very quickly, and is especially useful when transerring something like a Mewtwo for double candy!
It's also good to note that, thanks to Nidoran Male being a poison-type, catching a bunch during this Spotlight Hour will add progress to your poison-type catch bonus medal.
Spotlight Hour events only last for an hour - 6pm to 7pm (local time) - don't worry if you can't partake in this week's event. Next week sees Pidove take the spotlight on 30th August, with a very useful double evoltion XP bonus.
Taking place just after the Finale event in Pokémon Go, Niantic has snuck in at least one more in-person activity before the end of the year. Those who reside in South Korea will be able to partake in the festivities next month.
The Pokémon Go Safari Zone is heading to Ilsan Lake Park in Goyang, South Korea from Sept. 23 to 25. Standard tickets are available for ₩16000 (roughly $12), and early access tickets will cost ₩24000 (roughly $18). Standard tickets grant access to the event from 12pm local time, and those with early access will be granted admission at 9am local time.
Like other Safari events, there will be a pool of Pokémon that players can catch. Those Pokémon are listed below and those marked with an asterisk can appear Shiny.
Special event bonuses include some exclusive Special and Field Research, three additional Special Trades, half Stardust for trades, four-hour Lure Modules, and Incense that lasts for eight hours (not including Daily Adventure Incense).
It is unclear if this will be the last Safari Zone event of the year. There were several other Safari Zones throughout the year, but those were the result of postponed events from 2020. No other information from Niantic has been released about Safari Zone events for the rest of the year.
Those who are not in the South Korea area can still look forward to a fun Pokémon Go Fest: Finale event that will take place globally and still has tickets up for purchase until the event goes live on Aug. 27 from 10am to 6pm local time.
With the Season of GO! almost over, we have a whole new season of events to look forward to. To get us hyped, we have the dates for the Community Days, plus a Community Day Classic, and some special events that will run throughout the season. Get the dates in your diary!
The dates for Community Day are as follows:
As well as the Community Days, we also have the dates for two other events in September. We don’t have information for the events yet, but we do have the dates!
More information will be coming soon. What Community Days do you hope to see? Will we finally see Litwick in October? Will the Starter Pokémon make a comeback? Let us know who you hope to see in the comments.
Earlier this year, Niantic introduced Apex Shadow Pokémon into Pokémon GO. These are identical in stats to standard Shadow Pokémon, but they have different Shadow aura as well as a stronger version of their move. These moves have + next to them. When Purified, they have a brilliant aura even more impressive than the Shadow around them and now have two + signs next to their moves, showing that the attack has become even stronger. Their sprite poses within Pokémon Storage are also different. Niantic introduced Apex Shadow Ho-Oh and Apex Shadow Lugia through Masterwork Research in Pokémon GO Tour: Johto and no such Pokémon have been released since. Let's theorize what species may end up being the next Apex Shadow Pokémon?
My thought is that we will likely see the annual Pokémon GO Tours continue to release Apex Shadows and Shiny Mythicals. If so, we will likely see Pokémon GO Tour: Hoenn release Shiny Jirachi and a new (or pair/group of new) Apex Shadow Pokémon in 2023. My personal thought is that we are likely to see Apex Shadow Kyogre and Apex Shadow Groudon released for the event.
Other options from Hoenn are Latios, Latias, Rayqauza, Regice, Regirock, and Registeel. I believe that we are likely to see either a pair like Kyogre and Groudon or Latios and Latias or a trio like the Regis. Due to Rayquaza's already-overwhelming power, I'm pretty sure it won't be the next Apex Shadow.
However, I'd personally like to see fewer meta Legendaries get their Apex Shadow forms. For example, Suicune has largely had limited use. If we begin to see Apex Shadows released outside of the Tour events, perhaps we could see a release of the Johto Legendary Beasts as Apex Shadow Pokémon finally make Suicune a useful species in battle.
The Season of GO is about to come to an end and will be duly bid farewell by the closing event for GO Fest 2022. Before that, however, the Pokémon World Championships event will run its course, and the regular weekly routine program will continue. Find out what’s coming up in Pokémon GO during the week of August 22-28, 2022 in the weekly preview here.
Spotlight Hour: Nidoran (male)
Tuesday, August 23, 2022, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. local time
Once again, this is not an overly exciting Spotlight Hour, but it does have its good points: Nidoran (male) can be found in the Shiny version and evolves into Nidoking, a truly cool first-generation pocket monster, at its final stage. Those who have yet to fill this gap in their collection should seize the opportunity.
For those who no longer need Nidoran (male), the evening’s bonus will keep them occupied for a bit: In the one-hour time frame, candy for sending Pokémon away is doubled. So, save up the strong PvP Pokémon you catch during the World Championship event and send them to the professor during Spotlight Hour. This will then provide enough candy to get the monsters ready for GO Battle League.
Raid Hour: Zacian
Wednesday, August 24, 2022, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. local time
Zacian and Zamazenta, the stars on the boxes of Sword and Shield, are currently acting as bosses in the fifth-level raids. However, during the upcoming Raid Hour, Zamazenta will have to give way and let Zacian take over the show for a while: The Fairy-type Pokémon will appear at all available gyms during this period, giving you the chance to snag multiple copies in a short amount of time. Unfortunately, the Shiny version is not available at this time.
GO Battle League: Great League, Ultra League and Master League
Wednesday, August 24, 2022, starting at 1 p.m. PDT
Season 11 of GO Battle League will end together with the Season of GO on September 1, 2022. Until then, the three standard formats of the PvP league – Great League, Ultra League, and Master League – will be available side by side.
Niantic should announce details about the schedule and competitive formats for Season 12 soon. However, additional maintenance may be coming to GO Battle League in the near future: At the World Championships in London, Pokémon GO did not present itself super well due to many technical difficulties.
GO Fest: Finale event
Saturday, August 27, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time
After a global kickoff and three regional offline events, GO Fest returns to the online realms for its Finale, where players around the world will have the chance to secure all four Ultra Beasts released to date – Nihilego, Pheromosa, Buzzwole, and Xurkitree will appear in the Raids. The good news is that you don’t need a ticket to the event to battle and catch them!
However, much of the other content, including Special Research with Shaymin (Sky Forme) and the four mentioned Ultra Beasts, will only be available to players who purchase a ticket. Those who have already bought a ticket for the opening event will not have to dig into their wallets again, however, as that original ticket is still valid.
Pokemon Go has brought back not one, but two legendary Pokemon for a limited time. Pokemon Sword and Shield's cover monsters, Zacian and Zamazenta, are appearing in raids through the end of the month, giving you another chance to add them to your collection. Here are some tips to help you beat and catch Zamazenta before it leaves the raid rotation.
Zamazenta Raid Hours
Both Zacian and Zamazenta are appearing as a five-star raid boss until 10 a.m. local time on Aug. 31, giving you almost two full weeks to catch them.
If you're hoping to get Zamazenta in particular, you'll have your best chance to encounter one on Aug. 31, during Pokemon Go's Raid Hour event. More gyms will be hosting Zamazenta raids from 6 to 7 p.m. local time that evening, giving you more opportunities to battle the legendary Pokemon.
Zamazenta's Hero of Many Battles form is a pure fighting type, which means it's vulnerable to three types of Pokemon: psychic, flying and fairy types. Stack your team with fully evolved and legendary Pokemon of those types and you should have little trouble toppling Zamazenta.
Best Zamazenta counters
Here are some recommended Pokemon to use against Zamazenta:
Best moveset for Zamazenta
As with Zacian, you'll want Zamazenta to know a different moveset depending on what form it's in. Hero of Many Battles Zamazenta will excel if you teach it the Fast Attack Snarl and the Charged Attack Close Combat. Crowned Shield Zamazenta is not yet available in Pokemon Go, but it'll make a great steel-type attacker if it knows Metal Claw and Iron Head.
There's still a lot happening in Pokemon Go this month, including more Spotlight Hours and a tie-in event for the 2022 Pokemon World Championships. You can see everything happening in the game over the next few weeks in our August events roundup.
The 2022 Pokémon World Championships begin this week. Pokémon GO celebrates with a battle-themed event, which brings back the Galarian Legendaries Zacian and Zamazenta along with Mega Slowbro and a collection of event-themed Tier Three Raids. With this Raid Guide, you can prepare a team to take on and defeat Skarmory, perfect your catching strategy, and understand Skarmory's Shiny rate.
Top Skarmory Counters
Pokebattler, which calculates all possible combinations of Pokémon and moves, lists the top 10 Skarmory counters as such:
It is recommended to power up your counters as much as possible, but creating that amount of strong Shadow Pokémon with their moves unlocked is a tall order for even the most practiced players. Here are ten additional non-Shadow and non-Mega counters that can help take down Palkia with efficiency.
How Many Trainers Are Needed?
Skarmory can be taken down by solo players, so don't worry about going in with a big group. This isn't a particularly easy solo compared to other Tier Threes, though, so be sure to go in with top counters powered up as much as possible.
Using the Circle Lock Technique to guarantee Great or Excellent throws, along with Golden Razz Berries, is the best way to catch Pokémon.
Shiny Odds & 100% IVs
The Shiny rate for Skarmory is approximately one in 60, which puts it in the category of "permaboosted" Shiny.
Happy raiding, fellow trainers!
Pokémon Go was a smash hit when it first came out, breaking all sorts of concurrent player records for the Pokémon franchise all over the world.
As is the case with every Pokémon game, players are tasked with searching for Pokémon to capture and collect, using them to battle other Pokémon, be it against the AI or other players. There is one major difference between Pokémon Go and the mainline Pokémon games, though. Unlike the mainline Pokémon games that are basically RPGs, Pokémon Go is an augmented reality (AR) game that uses the player’s phone GPS to find and capture Pokémon.
Since the game’s inception in the franchise, Pokémon Go has been expanding its roster from its initial humble release with the original 151 Pokémon all the way to modern times. The game became so popular that the roster has kept expanding into multiple generations of Pokémon.
But today, we’re highlighting one of the classic Pokémon from Generation I, Gengar.
Gengar in Pokémon Go
Gengar is a Ghost/Poison-type Pokémon that was initially introduced in the original Generation I games of Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue, and Pokémon Yellow. It is the final evolution of the Gastly family, going from Gastly to Haunter to Gengar. While its typing can be situationally good in today’s times, its base stats and moveset made it a popular Pokémon in Pokémon Go.
Gengar is a powerful special attacker but somewhat of a glass cannon. Its high offensive stats somewhat mitigate this problem, but not by much. Gengar still tends to struggle against certain types of Pokémon, especially ones that have access to powerful Psychic-type, Ghost-type, Dark-type, or Ground-type moves.
To avoid this problem, we give Gengar a handy moveset that should be able to end the battle quickly before too many problems arise. Gengar also has access to a Mega Evolution should it be needed to give it a powerful boost in the middle of battle.
Best moveset for Gengar in Pokémon Go
Gengar has access to a lot of moves that it can use in Pokémon Go. We will be dividing them into quick moves and main moves to better choose which ones are the best to use in battle.
Each of these moves is powerful on Gengar and allows it to cover a variety of its weaknesses in battle. But to get the most out of Gengar, we recommend a combination of these moves.
These moves give Gengar the highest damage output in a short amount of time, allowing you to power through battles in a speedy manner before some of its weaknesses start to show. They are also great against gyms and in PvP, making it our ideal choice for the most well-rounded overall moveset to use for Gengar in Pokémon Go.
There is a Pokémon Go Twitch code giveaway this week for the 2022 Pokémon World Championships - and with time-limited research up for grabs, you won't want to miss it!
Codes will be given away throughout the event, and though they must be redeemed quickly in Pokémon Go, the good news is you'll have multiple opportunities across all three days to get one.
This page explains the various Pokémon Go Twitch code giveaway times as part of the wider Pokémon World Championships Twitch schedule.
Pokémon Go Twitch code giveaway times in UTC, UK / BST, CEST, EDT and PDT
By tuning into the official Pokémon Go Twitch channel during the Pokémon World Championships, you can obtain an exclusive 'Team Building' research quest.
Codes will be given away in the Twitch chat throughout all three days during the below times.
Since Niantic has confirmed there will be "multiple opportunities to receive a code throughout the broadcast", you don't have to watch from the very beginning. How many chances we'll have to claim a code remains to be seen - though with the event going on for multiple hours across three days, it should hopefully be accessible from multiple time zones.
Thursday, August 18th Twitch stream times (starting 7:30am UTC):
Friday, August 19th Twitch stream times (starting 7:45am UTC):
Saturday, August 20th Twitch stream times (starting 7:45am UTC):
If you get a code, it must be redeemed within one hour of being shared. There are details on how to do this with our how to redeem promo codes explainer.
Note: The above end times are based when the Twitch stream ends (based on the schedule below). This of course could vary, especially since the above times outlined by Niantic are slightly different to the actual event starts as specified by the Pokémon Company's official streaming schedule.
In short, there could be some variance we might not be aware of - so it might be worth checking in the middle of the event, rather than the tail end, to be safe.