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Pokemon community debunks viral Pikachu evolution theory

Published: 26/Aug/2020 8:48 Updated: 3/Sep/2020 12:02

by Isaac McIntyre


It appeared as though Pokemon Journeys was about to break one of the anime series’ cardinal rules; Ash Ketchum’s iconic sidekick Pikachu was said to “finally evolve,” 23 years after it first made its debut as the face of the franchise back in the show’s very first episode. Unfortunately, the popular theory has been debunked.

Pikachu, alongside Pokemon protagonist Ash, has appeared in more than 1,000 episodes of the long-standing anime show. Early on in its 23-year run ⁠— all the way back in “Showdown in Pewter City,” the show’s fifth episode ⁠— Pikachu refused the offer to evolve.


From then on, that was simply that. Ash never asked Pikachu to turn into its more powerful evolution Raichu, and Pikachu never did. Leaks brought up the possibility of it finally happening in episode 1,122 though, and it sent the internet into a complete meltdown. Was the adorable electric mouse ‘mon finally growing up?

It will be a strange sight seeing Ash with a Raichu instead of his iconic Pikachu.
Pokemon Company
People really wanted to see Ash with a Raichu instead of his iconic Pikachu.

The leaked episode description, shared by Anipoke on Twitter on August 22, revealed that new Journeys protagonist Goh decides he wants a Pikachu of his own. In the episode, titled ‘I Got Pikachu,’ Ash ⁠— “Satoshi” in Japan’s episodes — also makes a big decision.


The description read: “A lot of Pikachu have been digging Thunderstones… and used their power to evolve. Then Satoshi’s Pikachu finally evolves into a Raichu as well thanks to a Thunderstone discovered by a very obliging female Pikachu.”

While many believed the rumor and were happy that Pikachu was supposedly finally going to evolve, there was also a lot of talk about it being a fake-out as in the opening of the show, a preview for a later episode shows Ash with Lucario fighting Eternatus alongside his Pikachu – not Raichu.

Though this isn’t coming to fruition this time, Pokemon is fast approaching its 25th birthday. The company may be willing to take a few more risks with the series ⁠— heck, they may even be planning to oust Ash all together in the near future ⁠— in order to keep it fresh. But who knows.

Ash's Pikachu has remained in its basic form for more than 1,100 episodes in the Pokemon series.
Pokemon Company
Ash’s Pikachu has remained in its basic form for more than 1,100 episodes in the Pokemon series.

The rumor was given more fuel due to the fact that after 23 years of struggling to win Pokemon leagues, Ash finally tasted competitive success in Alola. That was another big plot point that had remained the same; Ash was on a 22-year title drought before 2019.

This caused some to believe that the Pokemon Company could have finally been preparing for a “changing of the guard.” With Goh adventuring alongside Ash, they had the perfect candidate for the iconic ‘catch ‘em all’ mentality. 

It would have also freed up Ketchum to finally start winning tournaments. He’s had strong ‘mons like Charizard and Greninja, but his Pikachu has always remained in its basic form. If he wanted to be a contender, Raichu may serve him a little better – but, alas, he will have to wait a little longer, if the electric ‘mon’s evolution will ever been in the cards at all.


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.