On Luck and Collections – Collection Tasks and Medals

Over the last year or so, a new type of research has popped up. Collections are pretty simple tasks that tend to run over the course of an event. These events feel a bit like the main series games. All you have to do is catch the Pokemon on the list. Once you have all of them, you get a nice little reward. But while collection tasks seem simple and fine on the outside, there are some traps that need to be pointed out. It all depends on what is required. There have been small collections and big collections. One… [Continue Reading]

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GO Fest 2021 Day 2 – Raids, But Not The Ones We Wanted

For the second day of GO Fest 2021, there was a very obvious theme. A mysterious Pokemon appeared in the Pokemon GO loading screen, and mysterious portals could be seen floating above us. Rather worryingly, the sky was not a standard blue, but dark, purple and ominous. While Day 1 may have just been a bunch of biomes, Day 2 was all about raids. Lots and lots of raids. Actually, too many raids. We had constant raids pretty much all day. Five minute egg timers, and 30 minutes to do raids after they hatch. During this time though, we had… [Continue Reading]

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A Nice, Calm First Day of GO Fest

I won’t lie, I’ve been looking forward to GO Fest for a while. For the small price of €5, I can catch a ton of Pokemon and get early access to a new Mythical. Last year’s GO Fest was rather hectic, so was the Kanto festival earlier this year. This year’s GO Fest, at least the first day, was much calmer. Four biomes, varying spawns Just like previous GO Fest expeditions, the 2021 GO Fest was split into four biomes of an hour each. Last year, they were kinda based on emotions, because it was about Jirachi. However, despite this… [Continue Reading]

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The New Graphics in Pokemon GO are Pretty Neat

Out of the blue, Pokemon GO got a visual update. A bunch of graphics were added, sprucing up the game for its 5th anniversary. While the changes are mostly related to gyms, there’s a few nice touches here and there. Sunsets and Gyms First off, the gyms are pretty frickng sweet. They actually look a bit more like arenas filled with people. Of course, gyms aren’t completely to scale, but the fancier graphics really do make raids feel less, well, lame. The gym battles and raids seem more action-packed, as well as all-round better to look at. The nicer thing… [Continue Reading]

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Pokemon You Should Never Use in Raids

The idea of Raids in Pokemon GO is pretty damn simple. You pick a team of Pokemon that counter the raid boss, then you tap your screen until it’s dead. Sure, there’s some nuance to be had. There are definitely Pokemon that do better. I also didn’t bother mention dodging, because that’s finicky at best. However, there are definitely Pokemon you shouldn’t use in raids, just because, well, they don’t do much. While you can get away with using an evolved Pokemon with the right stats, it’s important to try and get a hold of some decent raid Pokemon. Not… [Continue Reading]

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The Second Best Team Rocket Grunt

Back in March of 2021, I wrote a long-winded article about the best Team Go Rocket grunt. Sure, all these grunts are the same. They’re the same copied and pasted model and they all have pink hair. But there’s something about one grunt that stood out. I was, of course, talking about the water-type grunt with 3 Magikarps as his Pokemon. A team like that is so bad that it’s actually good. Well, good for us at least. But all of a sudden, I have run into the second best Team Rocket Grunt. The Grunts have changed a bit since… [Continue Reading]

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Poor Emboar – Tepig Community Day

I’m going to be honest. Somehow, I completely forgot about Tepig Community Day. I was under the impression it’d be next week. But no, I was wrong, and July 3rd was Tepig Day. There’s a few… pros and cons around here. Everything about this event feels nerfed. Okay, I get it, there are few Pokemon as interesting as Gible. That day was great. Unfortunately, Tepig just doesn’t have much weight about it. So, even before we start, expectations are lower. But even the spawns and incense felt nerfed. Normally, when a Community Day starts, you get a huge explosion of… [Continue Reading]

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The Bidoof Event was Fun

For the end of June, we had a very silly event in Pokemon GO. Now, most events aren’t particularly serious, but most of the time things are pretty normal. All you get are different spawns, maybe some research and eggs. When the Bidoof Breakout event was announced, everyone just assumed it’d be a normal event, with increased Bidoof spawns. Well, we were… kinda right. Niantic seemed to go all out for this event. Rather than just plonking down some spawns, we actually got a  rather odd, general increase. The event started off with just a handful of Bidoof scattered around… [Continue Reading]

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The 5 next best Team Rocket counters in Pokemon GO

A while ago, aabicus went over the the 5 best Team Rocket counters in Pokemon GO. His list was very strong for the grunts back then. However, we’ve received more Pokemon over time, and some Grunts have changed. Aabicus’s list is still a great setup that can beat any team you come across. But there are other Pokemon worth considering. Specifically, the ones in this list! Machamp Machamp is great. Sure, you can use Lucario or that other guy. But Machamp is simply too easy to get, power up and give a second move to. Sure, you can give Riolu… [Continue Reading]

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Odd Pokemon I’d Like to See Community Days for in Pokemon GO

Community Days are always a lot of fun. After all, how can you not like 1/25 shiny chances and special moves? It’s true, not all Community Days are equal. But no matter the Pokemon, it’s still fun to catch some shinies. There used to be a rather strict pattern when it came to Community Days. However, in 2020, the pattern was changed, and it became open season. Even Pokemon who have shinies, like Machop, Gastly and even Gible, have had a chance. And this means ANY Pokemon could theoretically have a Community Day. Really, the only rule now is that… [Continue Reading]

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