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Cresselia returns to Raid Battles – Worth getting for GO Battle League?

Published: 10/Mar/2020 21:40

by Paul Cot


Cresselia has returned to Raid Battles ahead of the much-anticipated arrival of Pokemon Go’s GO Battle League Season 1.

The Lunar Pokemon is an interesting species to have on your team due to its impressive defense and stamina stats. Respectively, it is ranked 12th and 18th best in the entire game.


Cresselia will be available in five-star raids from Tuesday, March 10, 8am to Thursday, March 12, 1pm (local time). Registeel will also be available – another species with excellent defense stats.

Registeel Cresselia Raid Battle
Registeel joins Cresselia in five-star Raid Battles until Thursday, March 12…

How to defeat Cresselia – counters

As five-star Raid Bosses go, Cresselia has a relatively low CP of 33,794. Don’t get this confused, however; it is still difficult to take down but is easier than some other five-star raids.


The legendary half of the Lunar Duo is a pure psychic-type, making its counters easier to determine. It is resistant to fighting and psychic attacks but is weak to bug, dark and ghost-types.


Arguably Cresselia’s best counter may come as a surprise to some trainers – Chandelure. The dual fire and ghost-type is ranked the 20th best attacker in the game. If you do have a Chandelure make sure it has the ghost-type moves Hex and Shadow Ball at its disposal – otherwise it won’t be effective at all.

Origin Forme Giratina

The next best counter is Origin Forme Giratina. The Renegade Pokemon may not have the attacking stats of Chandelure but it does have a lot defense, meaning it won’t faint as often.


What’s also very useful about Origin Forme Giratina is that it only has ghost-type moves available. Ideally, though, it will have Shadow Claw and Shadow Ball.


Gengar is another good option but you’ll need a lot of them unless you’re raiding in a big group. Unfortunately, while Gengar has great attack stats, its defense and stamina are so weak that it won’t last long.

Most of Gengar’s moves are ghost and dark-types however – just be careful yours doesn’t have any of Focus Blast, Psychic or Sludge Bomb though.



Mewtwo may not seem a great pick due to its psychic typing. However, while Cresselia is resistant to psychic moves, the Genetic Pokemon can leak Shadow Ball.

Mewtwo’s attack in Pokemon Go is legendary, so if you can combine this ghost-type move with its power then it becomes an excellent counter for the likes of Cresselia.

Chandelure Pokemon Go
Chandelure rivals the likes of Giratina and Mewtwo as Cresselia’s best counter…


The Armor Pokemon always seems to be a useful asset in Pokemon Go. Its well-rounded stats and multi-typed moveset mean it’s one of the more must-have species in the mobile game.

Cresselia is another in a long list which Tyranitar is effective against, providing it has Bite and Crunch. These moves will pay dividends against it’s dark-type weakness.

Cresselia a useful addition to GBL?

Cresselia’s natural bulk, due to its aforementioned defense and stamina stats, makes it a great option for PvP Great League. However, curiously, you won’t be getting one that’s eligible through Raid Battles as its minimum CP is 1,555.

Don’t worry though, because it’s also an excellent option for the Ultra League. You will need to level it up though, as even with a weather boost the maximum CP you can get one at is 2,041.

Both forms of Giratina are probably preferable but Cresselia remains a good option to have. GO Battle League kicks off with Great League on Friday, March 13.


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.