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Artist turns Grammy star Billie Eilish & more into Pokemon Elite Four

Published: 29/Jan/2020 21:57

by Bill Cooney

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On the heels of the 2020 Grammy Awards, an artist has taken four of the performers from the red carpet, along with their wild outfits, and turned them into a group of Pokémon trainers known as the “Grammy League Elite Four.”

Ray Comifuro (@refrainbow), the artist who brought the awesome ideas to life, shared them on Twitter on January 29 and it didn’t take long for the concepts to amass over 50,000 retweets.

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The stars wouldn’t look at all out of place in the world of Sword & Shield so it’s not hard to see why the designs caught on, and the fantastic Pokémon companions chosen by Ray only make it that much better.

Billie Eilish Pokemon Alolan Muk
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Alolan Muk and Billie Eilish make a great poisonous pair.

First on the list was pop superstar Billie Eilish whose Gucci threads definitely resemble something a Poison-type trainer would rock.

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Her brightly colored Alolan Muk comrade would make Eilish a formidable foe and a worthy addition to the Grammy team. For some reason, we also feel like she would keep Ekans in her squad as well.

Lil Nas X Pokemon trainer
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Lil Nas X could be placed directly into a Pokémon game and no one would bat an eye.

Rapper Lil Nas X stunned the Grammys with his hot pink Versace cowboy getup, that, besides looking like a wild Red Dead Redemption 2 mod, also perfectly fits a fairy Pokémon trainer.

He comes with the ferocious-looking Fairy type Granbull at his side, who also serves as a perfect accessory to Lil Nas X’s legendary look.

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Ariana Grande Pokemon Trainer
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Ariana Grande’s massive dress makes her look like a ghost Pokémon herself.

In her massive Giambattista Valli getup, pop star Ariana Grande looks every bit like a master of Ghost-type Pokémon.

The shadowy Dusknoir lurking behind Grande provides appropriate levels of intimidation and would make her a tough matchup as the third member of the Grammy Elite Four.

Billy Porter Pokemon Trainer Grammys
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If this outfit doesn’t say “Ice-type Pokémon”, nothing does.

Finally, Broadway performer Billy Porter’s rhinestoned outfit is undoubtedly worthy of an Ice-type trainer, and an animation where he closes the blinds on his hat would be needed in Sword & Shield after you defeat him.

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Eevee’s Ice evolution Glaceon serves as Porter’s faithful companion, and the flaps around its head even resemble its trainer’s motorized headwear.

Ray’s Grammy Elite Four concept definitely deserves all the attention it’s gotten, with over 50,000 retweets and 150,000 likes at the time of writing, and it will be interesting to see what the artist comes up with next.

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Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot

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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.

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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!

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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.

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

Snivy

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.