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Armored Mewtwo is in Pokemon Go Raid Battles now

Published: 5/Jul/2019 2:34 Updated: 10/Jul/2019 21:34

by Paul Cot


Armored Mewtwo had been rumored to arrive in Pokemon Go as part of the promotion for the upcoming Pokemon movie, Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution – and it is now finally here.

With the release of the new Pokemon Movie – Mewtwo: Strikes Back – imminent, Niantic have announced the addition of Armored Mewtwo. Its introduction had also been expected due to a previous datamine that surfaced back in April.

When is Armored Mewtwo available?

Armored Mewtwo is in Pokemon Go right now and will remain so for the duration of July. It can be caught in five star raids from and to the following dates:

  • Start: July 10 at 1pm PDT (4pm EDT, 9pm BST)
  • End: July 31 at 1 pm PDT (4pm EDT, 9pm BST)

It had long been expected but Niantic announced Armored Mewtwo on July 4…

It goes without saying Armored Mewtwo will be particularly difficult to defeat and catch. Pokemon Go trainers will need to team with multiple other players to have a chance of taking the mythical humanoid down.

Being a psychic Pokemon, Mewtwo’s weakness is primarily ghost and dark-types. This means the best counters for Mewtwo are Tyranitar, Weavile and Gengar.

Its addition into standard raid battles will be a welcomed announcement for Pokemon Go trainers as all players will have a chance to get it. Alternatively, it could have been added to the game as an EX Raid Battle where participation is invite only.

It will likely be one of the more powerful Pokemon in the game. However, despite its allure and hype it shouldn’t play too much of a role in the Pokemon Go meta.

How strong will it be?

The original Mewtwo provides some of the best attacking stats on the game, only behind Deoxys. However, its defense stats have a lot to be desired, being only ranked 109 of the 518 Pokemon available.

Armored Mewtwo on the other hand has unsurprisingly excellent defense stats but perhaps not as high as many would expect. According to GamePress it is ranked 8 of 519 for defense, 169 of 519 for attack and 70 of 519 for stamina – showing it is isn’t as strong as expected.

For fans who are into their shiny Pokemon there has been no word on whether a shiny variant will be made available.

Last updated 17:33 ET, July 10, 2019


Glastrier or Spectrier: Which one should you get in Crown Tundra?

Published: 25/Oct/2020 0:21 Updated: 25/Oct/2020 0:22

by Paul Cot


Glastrier and Spectrier are two new Legendary Pokemon added in the Pokemon Sword and Shield Crown Tundra DLC. Unfortunately, you can only get one of them (at least in one save file), so which one is better and why?

First off let’s look at their typings. Glastrier is a pure ice-type and Spectrier is pure ghost.

Of course, this is somewhat down to preference but when it comes to weaknesses, there’s only one winner. Glastrier is weak to fire, fighting, rock and steel. It is immune against no types and only resistant to ice attacks.

Meanwhile, Spectrier is only weak to dark and ghost attacks. It is immune to normal and fighting, and resistant to bug and poison. In short, Spectrier’s typing is much more favorable.

Calyrex Shadow Rider
Calyrex fusing into its Shadow Rider form…

Glastrier vs Spectrier stats

There’s more to Pokemon than just typings, though. Each of their base stats are as follows:

Glastrier Spectrier
HP 100 HP 100
Attack 145 Attack 65
Defense 130 Defense 60
Special Attack 65 Special Attack 145
Special Defense 110 Special Defense 80
Speed 30 Speed 130

To simplify these stats, Spectrier will provide you with a fantastic fast and strong ghost-type Pokemon. However, while its special attack is massive, it doesn’t have the moveset to take full advantage of it.

Glastrier’s abysmal speed is a problem. Along with its undesirable pure ice typing many trainers won’t be interested in it, and we understand why.

Outside of those bad points though, the rest of it is very impressive. Along with great defense, it has a far better move pool than Spectrier which is very reliant on Shadow Ball.

If you’re interested in competitive battling then you can’t really go against Spectrier. If you’re playing for fun instead, then Spectrier may be the better option.

How to separate Glastrier/Spectrier from Calyrex

In the Pokemon Sword and Shield Crown Tundra DLC you actually catch Calyrex with either Glastrier or Spectrier together. Respectively, it is Calyrex’s Ice Rider and Shadow Rider fusions forms.

While they do come together, you can separate them to give yourself two Legendaries for the price of one. To do this make sure either of Calyrex’s fusion forms are in your party.

Following that, head over to your inventory and select the Reins of Unity. Give it to the fused Calyrex to separate them. You can rejoin them while they are both in your party by once again selecting the Reins of Unity.

This is a brilliant option to have, although naturally the fusion forms are stronger. Now, you just have to decide which steed you want!