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How does Scraggy stack up in Pokemon Go?

Published: 4/Aug/2020 13:04

by Paul Cot

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Scraggy is the Pokemon Go August Breakthrough Reward. The question is, though, is it worth getting excited about?

August Breakthrough Reward

The Shedding Pokemon is available now and will remain so until Tuesday, September 1, 1pm PDT. It follows on from July’s Research Breakthrough Reward, Larvitar.

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As usual you’ll need to obtain seven Field Research stamps to earn the encounter. These are granted when you complete Field Research but you can only earn one a day.

How strong is Scrafty?

The reward might be Scraggy but what really counts is how strong its evolved form Scrafty is. It has a max CP of 2,283 and its stats are as follows:

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  • Attack 163 – 397/827
  • Defense 222 – 40 of 827
  • Stamina 163 – 392 of 827

Clearly defense is its strong point but this comes alongside average (at best) attack and stamina. Scrafty does have one massive plus, however.

Typing

The Hoodlum Pokemon has a dual typing of dark and fighting. This is a unique typing in Pokemon Go, at least among the species that are currently released.

This gives it double resistance against dark types and normal resistance against ghost, psychic, and rock. On the flip side, fighting and flying will do 160% damage. It’s also vital to avoid fairy attacks as Scrafty is doubly weak to them (256% damage).

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Scrafty is in an interesting spot due to its annoying max CP of 2,283…

GO Battle League potential

Unfortunately due to its low CP and poor attack, Scrafty has no use in the PvE side of Pokemon Go. Its defense, in spite of its stamina, does make it a viable option for PvP and GO Battle League.

Master League is obviously a little too far for Scrafty given its maximum CP of 2,283. It does fit in well to Ultra League due to its typing although it will be expensive and even so, doesn’t make the 2,500 CP limit.

As a result, Great League is arguably its best place. Its one we don’t expect to shake up the meta but is worth experimenting with to see if you have any joy.

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In terms of moves, it has two excellent Fast Move options in Counter and Snarl. The fighting and dark-types moves both provide good energy games – 3.5 EPT and 4.33 EPT respectively – but Counter is the move of choice thanks to its far superior DPT.

Its Charge Moves are a more obvious decision, especially if you’re willing to spend the 50,000 Stardust to unlock it. Acid Spray is terrible and will always be avoided. This leaves Power Up Punch, which has poor damage but boosts your attack, and Foul Play (1.55 DPE).

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Scrafty won’t set Pokemon Go alight but it will be a welcomed Research Breakthrough Reward due to its popularity.

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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.