The 5 Worst Buddies in Pokemon GO

I’ve always enjoyed the buddy feature in Pokemon Go. It’s basically an overly simplified Tamagotchi. A small pet that you feed berries to and it occasionally helps you out. Getting a Pokemont to Best Buddies is a long commitment. It takes around a month to do if you take the time to walk a Pokemon 6km every day. The benefits are rather hit and miss, with random daily gifts, helping you catch Pokemon and, at best Buddies, gaining an extra level. But not every Pokemon makes for a good buddy. Some Pokemon aren’t worth leveling up to Best Buddies at… [Continue Reading]

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Pokemon GO’s Useful Tag System That I Don’t Use

The ability to better organize Pokemon has been a much-requested feature in Pokemon GO. With no such thing as boxes or PCs, your Pokemon are displayed in one big list. While this works fine with small groups of Pokemon, when you have over 1000 Pokemon available, things get iffy. A top-range phone can deal with this fine, but older phones can experience slowdown. Just scrolling through your Pokemon can be a little too tedious. Luckily, last year, we got some QOL features to help with organization. Some of these are more useful than others. There’s two features I want to… [Continue Reading]

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Machop Community Day

Another month, another Community Day. And, amusingly, yet another Kanto Pokemon! It’s actually been a long year of Kanto Community Days, but at least February 2021 brings us Machop. Machop is a great little Pokemon because it evolves into the much-loved and much-used Machamp. Machamp is a useful Pokemon and this is a great way to get a bunch. Even though we have better fighting types, Machamp is still third best. But Machamp is actually superior to both Lucario and Conkldurr for a big reason: Lucario and Conkldurr are FUCKING RARE. They are insanely rare Pokemon and it’s hard to… [Continue Reading]

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Collection Challenges Are A Bad Idea in Pokemon GO

As of writing, right now, we have an Unova event. And part of that Unova event is a mini event, where we have to catch several species of Pokemon. There’s 9 Pokemon needed to be caught to get the rewards and medals. In fact, it’s somewhat like a Pokedex challenge. Just like the main games, you gotta fill in the Pokedex. Even if it’s currently just a check list. However, this is all nothing but luck. In the normal Pokemon games, this makes sense. Most Pokemon spawn in specific places. You know where to look. And since the world is… [Continue Reading]

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The Power of Drifting GPS

You’d think, what with the events of 2020, that this year would be bad for Pokemon Go. In fact, it’s been quite the opposite. This year has been better than all previous years when it comes to making money. Pretty early on, Niantic added a bunch of benefits to allow most players to play at home. Free daily items, Team Rocket balloons, buffed incense, your daily spawn, all changes to make the game playable in a locked down environment. One of the more major changes was the removal of the walking requirement to access the Go Battle League, which means… [Continue Reading]

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A Dialga Called Carie

I’ve actually used the name ‘Carie’ a lot in the past. Anything that does any particular heavy lifting gets the name. I had multiple Flygons in Pixelmon called Carie. Why? Because they were the first flying Pokemon I came across. Those Flygons carried me around until I could secure better Pokemon, both in travel and the occasional boss fight. The first Machamp I had in Pokemon Go was called Carie as well, as it was my only fighting type for a little too long. That Machamp was deleted eventually, due to having awful 0-star stats and eating too many TMs… [Continue Reading]

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Distracted by Something Shiny – A Free Shiny Celebi

The other day, I mentioned how shiny Mew would be locked behind a €12 ticket for a Pokemon GO event. Shiny Mew is insanely rare and nigh impossible to get a hold of legitimately. So selling it seems kinda weird. At the very same time though, a tie-in with the latest Pokemon Movie has been released, and comes with another shiny. Shiny Celebi, another mythical Pokemon, is the reward for a Special Research called Distracted by Something Shiny. A special research with Jessie and James! I was actually kinda surprised to get a vaguely animated cut scene sort of thing… [Continue Reading]

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Pokemon GO, its Push for Paid and Ticketed Events and Why This Might Be A Problem

There have been so many events lately, that it’s actually hard to catch normal Pokemon spawns. But we’ve also been getting an increasing number of paid-for ticketed events. Originally, the only pay-to-play events were Go Fest and Safari Zone events, which happened at physical locations. Last year though, Regigigas was introduced through a special research. A special research that you had to buy. While Regigigas later came out in EX raids, this paid for event was originally the only way to obtain Regigigas. Since then, we’ve had a steady trickle of more and more events. Clearly the Regigigas event did… [Continue Reading]

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Where did all my Houndours and Growlithes go?

I haven’t seen a Houndour in days. Normally, Houndour is a common spawn where I live. It’s sunny most of the time, so I get sunny boosted spawns. As well as Houndour, I normally also see lots of other Pokemon. Growlithe is normally very common, but I’d see plenty of Pokemon like Vulpix, Pansear, Numel and Diglett as well. Even in Partly Cloudy weather, I’d still see the odd Growlithe or Houndour, and Vulpix was always weirdly common. Roselia seemed to always spawn, and in high numbers too. Sadly though, I haven’t really seen any of these Pokemon in ages.… [Continue Reading]

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Thoughts on the December Community Weekend of 2020

December Community Day events are always interesting. Unlike previous months, which featured one Pokemon, December ones feature the whole year’s lineup. In 2018, this was quite a treat, as the Pokemon in the 2018 community days were ALL incredibly good. 2019 was also pretty good, since the 2018 Pokemon were in raids and eggs, and, again, almost all the 2019 featured Pokemon were great. Aside from Slakoth. 2020 though is a different story. Most of 2020’s community days have been… weird. The Pokemon are almost ALL Kanto ones. The only exceptions are Piplup and Seedot. Everything else is completely Kanto,… [Continue Reading]

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