Niantic confirm Dialga as Pokemon Go raid boss, replaces Palkia - Dexerto

Niantic confirm Dialga as Pokemon Go raid boss, replaces Palkia

Published: 22/Feb/2019 16:05 Updated: 1/Mar/2019 21:05

by Paul Cot


Dialga has been leaked to replace Palkia in Pokemon Go raid battles! It will do so at the beginning of March.

Update: Niantic have confirmed that the dual steel and dragon-type Pokemon, Dialga, will be available in raid battles on March 1, 1pm PST (9pm GMT). This will mark the first time the Gen 4 legendary Pokemon will appear in Pokemon Go.

It will essentially replace Palkia, one of the other generation 4 legends. Similar to the Palkia raid, Dialga will be available all the way through to March 28.

Dialga Next Raid Boss

Palkia was announced as the legendary raid boss for all of February. The cover of Pokemon Pearl will be available until February 28, 1pm PST.

As a result, it isn’t particularly surprising that the Pokemon Diamond legendary Pokemon, Dialga, will replace it. It has been announced that Latias, a current raid boss, will be staying in raid battles until March 1. Therefore, Dialga could be added then.

Furthermore, there are strong indications that the brand new Pokemon game for the Nintendo Switch will be announced on February 27. Consequently, it doesn’t make sense for Niantic to dilute news on that day.

Another Gen 4 Pokemon

Dialga will be the 80th Gen 4 Pokemon to be made available in Pokemon Go. Consequently, there will be 27 remaining.

The remaining 27 generation 4 Pokemon can be seen in the list above.

Dialga Counters

The leak gives ample opportunity to prepare Pokemon in advance of its inclusion as a raid boss. Unlike Palkia where the best counters are dragon based Pokemon, Dialga is weak against primarily fighting types.

Machamp probably offers the best overall counter to Dialga with its suitable moveset and high attack stat. Elsewhere, Blaziken provides good stats but not quite as good moveset. Groudon is another possibility with its high stats across the board.

Palkia was available in raid battles throughout February…

Dialga Boss CP, Catch CP and Weather Boost

The leak also provided further information about Dialga as a raid boss. The steel and dragon-type Pokemon will have a max CP of 48,472.

Catching it at level 20 will give it 2,307 CP, while at level 25, as a result of snow/windy weather boost, will give it 2,884 CP.


Pokemon GO to celebrate series’ 25th anniversary with special Kanto event

Published: 1/Dec/2020 23:13

by Brent Koepp


According to reports, Pokemon GO is gearing up to celebrate the series’ upcoming 25th anniversary by going back to the Kanto region. The special event will be centered around the 1996 Japanese Game Boy games Red & Green.

Pokemon initially made its debut in 1996, and quickly became a worldwide phenomena. Decades later, the beloved Nintendo property has grown into an absolute juggernaut and has even become the highest-grossing media franchise of all time.

According to reports, the hit mobile title GO will honor the series upcoming 25th anniversary by going back to very first region, Kanto. The special event will have players choose between the groundbreaking Japanese RPGs Red & Green.

Photograph of Pokemon Red & Green's Game Boy box art from 1996.
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
Pokemon GO will celebrate the series’ 25th anniversary with a special themed event based on the 1996 RPGs.

Pokemon GO’s 25th anniversary celebration

While most of the world first played Pokemon in 1998, the series originally launched in Japan two years prior with the Game Boy titles Red and Green (instead of Blue). In 2021, the the franchise will officially reach its 25th anniversary.

So far, Nintendo has been tight-lipped about how it will celebrate the epic milestone, however reports have surfaced about how GO will honor its legacy. According to popular outlet Serebii, the mobile game will be launching a special themed event based around the Kanto region.

While there aren’t a lot of details known yet, the Pokemon site further revealed it will feature an interesting in-game mechanic. “In a single day, players pick either Pokemon Red or Green and get unique spawns  and Special Research based on on what they have picked and can interact to get all Pokemon,” they wrote.

Perhaps the most interesting part is that Trainers will reportedly be able to work with friends to catch all 151 original Pokemon in a single day – which sounds absolutely wild. According to Serebii’s Joe Merrick, there is currently no date for the Gen I celebration. “This event is likely the one Niantic teased for release in February. We don’t have the date for this one yet,” he tweeted.

Serebii's Joe Merrick tweets about Pokemon GO Kanto event.

At the time of writing, there has been no official confirmation as to when Trainers can expect the event to go live. However, since it’s tied to the 25th anniversary, February 2021 is probably a safe bet.

Despite releasing over two decades ago, players still can’t get enough of Pokemon’s addicting “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” design – proof that the franchise has never been more popular.