Weedle Community Day – Stardust Heaven

Weedle is the Pokemon that won last month’s Twitter vote, beating out the likes of Squirtle and Gastly. Mainly because we didn’t have a shiny Weedle yet, and people wanted something that hadn’t been in events. After all, we’d just had a bunch of Kanto events, not to mention party hat Gengar with two exclusive moves. Weedle’s shiny line is pretty cool, and it’s nice to get a Pokemon that didn’t have a shiny in the past. So, on June 20th, we got Weedle Community Day People weren’t THAT excited for Weedle Community Day. After all, it’s Weedle. It’s one… [Continue Reading]

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Stupid Tips for Pokemon Go’s GBL

It’s pretty clear to me that I’m not the only person who hates the GBL. The handful of articles I’ve written about the Go Battle League constantly pop up with more views than average. In fact, my article about giving up on the GBL completely is one of the more highly-commented and viewed articles on the site. But enough negativity. the GBL is here to stay, so we might as well try and get something from it. Suck it up and use the same fucking meta all the fucking time. Just use meta Pokemon. Get yourself an Azumaril, get yourself… [Continue Reading]

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Some Parts of Pokemon Go’s PVP are Okay…

To say that I’ve been rather critical of Pokemon Go’s PvP system and the Go Battle League isn’t entirely accurate. Originally, when PvP battles between friends and Team Rocket Grunts came out, I enjoyed it. In fact, fighting Grunts is probably one of my favourite things in Pokemon Go. But there is an awful lot of hit and miss with PvP and battling in general. Today, I think we should discuss some of these hits and misses about battling in general, ignoring the Go Battle League and its myriad of problems. Pro: For a mobile battle system, it’s deceptively deep.… [Continue Reading]

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Elite TMs, Rarity and the Problems with Too Much Choice

According to the Silph Road, a list of all the moves on Elite TMs has been revealed. Over 100 Pokemon are going to be able to obtain legacy moves, via the Elite TM. That’s a lot of Pokemon. the list of moves and Pokemon is huge, so we’ve got a big question on our hands? What the hell do we use these Elite TMs on? What is worth it and what isn’t? Frankly, I don’t know. And the decision is even harder because these TMs are so inaccessible, and there are simply so many moves. You currently can only get… [Continue Reading]

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After 50ish GBL Fights, the Pokemon GO GBL still sucks

After getting a perfect shiny Mewtwo, I realised that something was missing. My Mewtwo needed a second move. And what other move could I give it other than Shadow Ball? To do so though, I would need an Elite TM. But the problem is, aside from potentially buying one with actual money via an event… I’d have to play PvP. That meant wading back into the GBL. And getting to rank 7. That meant a lot of work. If I wanted an Elite TM, I had to earn it. Now, frankly, my first few games in GBL didn’t go great.… [Continue Reading]

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Completely Giving Up On The Pokemon Go Battle League

I mentioned a while back that there was now a ranked battle league in Pokemon Go. I thought it was cool back then. But now? It sucks. To the point that I have given up on it completely. It’s just not worth your time or your Premium Passes. Why? There’s loads of reasons why! Weirdly Small Metas Despite there being so many Pokemon, there’s already a massive, established meta. If you don’t have the meta-relevant Pokemon, you’re going to struggle. Or you’re going to spend a lot of stardust powering Pokemon up. It’s not too awful in the Great League,… [Continue Reading]

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The 5 best Team Rocket counters in Pokemon GO

We’ve discussed good gym defenders, good gym attackers, good legacy moves, and good Community Day Pokemon in Pokemon GO. (And Metagross appeared on every list!) But nowadays, there’s a whole new element to the PvE experience: fighting Rockets! Yes, those dastardly Rockets are everywhere nowadays, taking over our Pokestops and challenging well-to-do trainers at the drop of a hat. Team Rocket Leaders up the ante, bringing a full set of shields and some seriously dangerous Pokemon with them, and things boil to a head with Giovanni and his shadow legendary birds. The combat system for fighting rockets is so different… [Continue Reading]

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The GO Battle League is Here! And It’s… Weird…

The Pokemon GO Battle League is here, an update where you can battle other trainers across the globe and earn various rewards and show off how prepared you are with Great League Pokemon, since Master League and Ultra League are coming soon! The new GO Battle League (shortened to GBL) is a way for you to challenge other players via a matchmaking system. If you win, you can earn a bunch of rewards, including stardust, charge and fast TMs, rare candy and Pokemon encounters. We also have the debut of Scrafty, the weird lizard Pokemon with baggy trousers. Sounds great,… [Continue Reading]

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Team Go Rocket Leaders and a New Special Research

After a lot of weird stuff going on in Pokemon Go’s Twitter page, we now have a lot of sneaky shadowy Team Go Rocket stuff going on, with the appearance of three Team Go Rocket Leaders to complete against the normal Leaders of Instinct, Valor and Mystic, as well as rumours of Giovanni hiding in the shadows. This Pokemon Go update comes in two forms: firstly there’s a new Special Research, which no one really knows much about because the second stage is “spin a Pokestop for 5 days in a row”, which means that no one can race ahead… [Continue Reading]

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The ‘New’ PvP Charge Attack System

I’ve been meaning to talk about the changes to Charge Attacks in Pokemon Go’s Trainer Battles but I keep on getting sidetracked by other things, like how cool Rayquaza is and how Suicune sucks. But I think this is worth talking about since it’s made Trainer Battles, both against Team Go Rocket, the three Team Leaders and other players a lot more bearable. The original system for charge attacks meant tapping furiously on your screen. You’d get your charge attack ready and then you’d have to power it up by tapping like a fucking lunatic, something that you were basically… [Continue Reading]

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