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Allister has already made a big impression on Pokemon Sword and Shield fans

Published: 9/Jul/2019 14:39 Updated: 9/Jul/2019 21:05

by Paul Cot


Among the new details revealed for Pokemon Sword and Shield was the new gym leader Allister – and he is quickly becoming a fan-favorite.

Allister specializes in Ghost-type Pokemon and will be exclusive to Pokemon Shield. Conversely, Bea, another newly announced gym leader, will be hosting a fighting-type gym in Pokemon Sword.


It is Allister though that’s currently garnering all the attention. His mysterious and scary look, while maintaining an allure of innocence seems to have struck a chord with Pokemon trainers.

@BluporoPrevious ghost-type trainers – how does Allister fit in? (Image from: @Bluporo)

The official Pokemon Sword and Shield website describe him as: “extremely shy and fearful, and he always hides his face with a mask when around other people.” They go on to share that he stays out of the public eye and is rumored to spend most his time around ruins or cemeteries. Somehow Game Freak have made him endearing but spooky at the same time.


Allister is actually the seventh ghost-type gym leader/big trainer to appear in the Pokemon video game series, which of course started with Agatha as part of the Elite Four in the Kanto region. Even so, Allister might be the most authentic ghost-type leader yet with his creepy demeanor and mask.

PokemonAllister is already quite the enigma…

Despite many fans interpreting Allister as somewhat of a passive, innocent character, the number on his shorts may suggest otherwise. The 291 can be read as can be read in Japanese as goroawase for nikui, meaning “hateful”.

There has also been lots of fan art created for the enigma that is Allister.


Twitter user Marla (@glossywooo) drew Allister looking far friendlier than we have seen him so far. Beneath the mask is apparently a happy, welcoming boy.

However, EliTanDark (@EliTanDark) imagined Allister in a darker light with the caption “ALLISTER I LOVE YOU”. Strong words but we get the point…

Elsewhere, LadyNoFace (@LadySuuke) noticed the stark resemblance between a Allister and the Pokemon Duskull as they both share similar shaped eyes. Maybe the two will cross paths in Pokemon Sword and Shield?


We’ll have to wait until Pokemon Sword and Shield releases on November 15 to see exactly what Allister is all about and whether he will play any part in the story. 

Pokemon Sword may have a sales advantage though, as so far it seems everyone wants to battle him.


Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot


The Pokemon Go November Community Day is still a good month away, but that hasn’t stopped trainers speculating as to what the headliner could be.

November is of course the penultimate Pokemon Go Community Day of the year. It is also the last one in which Pokemon fans will try to predict the headliner.


That is because the December CD is traditionally a mega Community Day of sorts. It brings the previous headliners from that year and makes them all available in one event.

Presumably, it will be the same for 2020. It is a day in which Pokemon Go trainers of all levels do their best to make sure they don’t miss out on!


Before we get there though, we still need to find out what the 10th headliner of 2020 will be. That isn’t a typo, as there will only be 11 in total this year because March’s CD was canceled due to the global health crisis – you may have heard about it.

No vote for November?

Niantic have made it a habit of letting us decide which Pokemon headline Community Days in 2020. In fact, 5 of the 10 from 2020 have been decided via vote.

The latest two votes however, have decided the following two Community Days. With October already in place with Charmander, there is only November to decide.


While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.


So, if it isn’t to be decided by us, who are the contenders. The one that first comes to mind is Snivy.

Ever since Piplup headlined in January, we haven’t had another starter, at least a new one. At the time it was expected Snivy would be the featured ‘mon for March, which would have been in line with Niantic’s pattern of alternating between starter and non-starters.


Snivy may have been delayed because the Pokemon Go developers realized they were running out of starter ‘mons to use. Of the released Pokemon in the mobile game, it is only the Gen 5 starters that haven’t headlined, although Gen 6’s introduction is expected soon. So, 10 months on from the last one, it could be time for the Unova grass-type starter.

Snivy Pokemon Go
Snivy would seemingly be the leading contender for the November CD…

Deino or Gible?

Deino and Gible are two of the more popular Pokemon in the entire franchise and have been rumored as headliners. Unfortunately, that is why either of them making an appearance may be wishful thinking.


Both are super rare spawns and putting them as a featured Pokemon for a Community Day would certainly take away from their current allure. Besides, Niantic likely knows they can rely on them to boost other events, even if they do remain rare spawn rates.

Hopefully, they will headline a Community Day at some point in the future but 2020 seems unlikely at best.

Other contenders

The other most likely candidates for November are Exeggcute and Starly. Both were previously revealed to be included in another vote which never materialized.

Bulbasaur and Magikarp were also in there but the latter has already headlined in 2020, and Bulbasaur seems an unlikely option outside of a vote.

The Pokemon Go CD will likely take place in the second half of November. The 22nd seems the most likely day as this would keep distance between the previous one and adhere to alternating Saturday and Sundays.