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Competitive species come to Pokemon Sword and Shield Max Raid Battles

Published: 29/Apr/2020 18:05 Updated: 29/Apr/2020 18:10

by Paul Cot


The latest set of species to come to Pokemon Sword and Shield Max Raid Battles are available now. There are no changes to Gigantamax Pokemon, though.

Dragapult, Excadrill, Togekiss, Tyranitar and Whimsicott will appear more frequently in Max Raid Battles until May 11, 4:59 PM PDT. These species are available in both Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield.


This means Tyranitar, which is usually exclusive to Sword, will be available in both games. So, it’s a great chance for Shield players to get hold of the Armor Pokemon.

Tyranitar Max Raid Battle May 2020
The May 2020 Max Raid Battle rotation is a great chance for Shield players to get hold of the Sword exclusive…

Dragapult, Tyranitar  and Whimsicott will appear 15% of the time, with the other two at 20% each. Of course, this line up will include all of the aboves evolutionary lines, too. The five featured species will replace Charizard, Copperajah, Duraladon and Garbodor, among others.


Catch the elusive Rotom forms

Meanwhile, Wash Rotom will appear in Pokemon Sword Max Raid Battles and Heat Rotom in Shield’s. The unique Gen 4 ‘mon and its various forms can be found in both versions of the game, though.

To get them travel to Wyndon Stadium and battle the League Staff trainer. As a reward for beating them you’ll be given a Rotom Catalog which will give you access to all forms.

Rotom Forms
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Rotom and its five other forms…

The only problem is getting Rotom in the first place. It can be found in the Lake of Outrage but is a super rare spawn and also has a low capture rate.


So, its appearance in Max Raid Battles will save you some time if you don’t have one already. A Rotom form will appear in these featured Max Raid Battles 15% of the time.

What about a Gigantamax Pokemon?

Many trainers will look at this line up and think it’s strange that a Gigantamax Pokemon isn’t included. Its current exclusion suggests there will be an upcoming event where one will be featured.

This will likely be announced in the coming days if one is going to be featured.


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.