Changes made to Pokemon Go Trainer Battles but what do they mean? - Dexerto

Changes made to Pokemon Go Trainer Battles but what do they mean?

Published: 3/Apr/2020 16:54

by Paul Cot


Niantic have made some big changes in GO Battle League updating numerous attacks and adding more moves that some Pokemon can learn.

The changes come “in celebration of Pokémon’s Grass-type month” with the majority of the changes relating to grass-type species. There have been changes made to a variety of different type moves and Pokemon, however.


GO Battle League is nearly half way through Season 1 but this hasn’t stopped Niantic trying to balance the PvP mode as much as possible. There will always be Pokemon at the top of the meta but in ideal world this will be split as much as possible to keep the mode fresh.

Pokemon Go Grass-type Month
The bulk of the changes focus on grass-type moves and Pokemon…

Move changes

The first set of changes have altered how various popular moves work. They are as follows:

  • Bullet Seed – This Grass-type Fast Attack now generates energy more quickly.
  • Energy Ball – This Grass-type Charged Attack now reaches full charge more quickly and has a chance of lowering the opponent’s Defense by one stage.
  • Leaf Tornado – This Grass-type Charged Attack now has a chance of decreasing your opponent’s Attack by two stages.
  • Ancient Power – The damage that this Rock-type Charged Attack deals has been decreased in Trainer Battles.
  • Ominous Wind – The damage that this Ghost-type Charged Attack deals has been decreased in Trainer Battles. It also reaches full charge less quickly.
  • Silver Wind – The damage that this Bug-type Charged Attack deals has been decreased in Trainer Battles.

With the Ultra League portion of GBL Season 1 currently underway, trainers will be looking at how this could affect their teams. The changes to the grass-type moves could boost the viability of Alolan Exeggutor, Sceptile, Mantine, Leafeon and Shiftry. Will they be able to compete with the best Ultra League Pokemon, though?

Giratina Altered Forme (above) can learn Ancient Power while its Origin Forme can learn Ominous Wind…

Meanwhile Ancient Power, Ominous Wind and Silver Wind has all received nerfs. Ancient Power and Ominous Wind are respective moves of Giratina Altered and Giratina Origin, weakening arguably the most powerful Ultra League species.

As a result bug, fire, flying and ice-types should perform slightly better against Altered Forme Giratina and ghost/psychic-types against the Origin Forme. The fast charging Dragon Claw will likely become even more popular now!


Other notable Pokemon affected by the Ancient Power reduction is Articuno, Cranidos, Golem, Rayquaza, Togekiss and Zapdos. Outside of Giratina-O there aren’t really any notable Pokemon that use Ominous Wind and none that use Silver Wind.

Species that can learn new attacks

Six Pokemon have been given the ability to learn a new attack. They are as follows:

  • Bellossom: Bullet Seed
  • Cradily: Bullet Seed
  • Jumpluff: Aerial Ace
  • Ludicolo: Energy Ball
  • Sunshine Form Cherrim: Fire-type Weather Ball
  • Tangrowth: Rock Slide

These new additions don’t really change too much but Jumpluff, Ludicolo and Sunshine Form Cherrim have had their Great League credentials improved.


That’s all you need to know about the April 2020 update to GO Battle League. It looks like updates could be semi-regular thing going forward, though, so keep on top of the changes, trainers!


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.