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Expect Niantic to cancel all Pokemon Go Raid Battles soon

Published: 17/Mar/2020 17:39 Updated: 18/Mar/2020 2:36

by Paul Cot


The Coronavirus outbreak is dominating news headlines across the real world and Pokemon Go alike. The threat of the virus is continuing to grow, leading for calls for all Raid Battles to be canceled until further notice.

Update: Niantic have announced they have canceled the Raid Hour event. We’ll have to wait and see whether other Raid events follow.


Niantic have already made widespread changes to the mobile game. The Pokemon Go developer has made it easier to find species closer to player’s homes and has even offered an unheard of discount on Incense.

However, Raid Battles are still taking place, which is something many consider to be too great of a risk. Raid Battles require you to be close to any gym that is hosting one.

Abra Community Day CoronavirusThe Abra (March) Community Day has already been postponed as a result of the Coronavirus…

Coronavirus and Raid Battles

That’s not really an issue for the lower level Raid Bosses that can be taken down with one player. The more attractive five-star raids often need a large group of players to come together in order to defeat it – and that is where, of course, the issue lies.

Some countries have gone into total lockdown where citizens are being strongly advised to stay in their homes. Other governments across the world are actively encouraging social distancing.

This is where you should be no closer than two meters to another person. It is believed keeping this distance will slow down the spread of Coronavirus.


We’re still learning a lot about the virus though, and this by no means definitely stops its spread. If trainers are coming together to participate in Raid Battles then the two-meter rule will inevitably be broken at some point.

A special Cobalion raid event is starting on March 17 and this will only further encourage trainers to meet up.

Trainers also want them canceled

On the official Pokemon Go Twitter account, they reminded trainers of the upcoming Cobalion raids. The tweet was met with some interesting responses with many trainers not happy that players are still being encouraged to meet up amid the Coronavirus fiasco.


“Why are y’all still releasing raids… People should be staying in their homes right now, not playing Pokémon,” @DammieItsCammie replied.

Other players shared this sentiment and requested that only one to three-star raids be available as they can be solo’d. “The only raids that should be released are levels 1-3. Nobody is going to form a group right now,” @RyanGrover18 shared.


With such a strong response from the Pokemon Go community it looks like Raid Battles, at least the five-star variety, will be canceled sooner than later. That’s unless Niantic comes up with some form of alternative to stop players congregating at this important time.


Pokemon Go Autumn event – Start time, new Gen 5 Pokemon, bonuses, more

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:57 Updated: 8/Oct/2020 1:59

by Paul Cot


To celebrate the change of season, Niantic is hosting an autumn-themed Pokemon Go event. A new Gen 5 Pokemon will be introduced as well as other bonuses.

The 2020 Pokemon Go autumn event starts on Friday, October 9, 8 am PDT and finishes on Monday, October 12, 1 pm PDT. That’s an 11 am EDT start for those on the east coast of the US and 4 pm BST for those residing in the UK.


To the surprise of nobody, the event will feature various fall-themed Pokemon. These ‘mons can be found in the wild and in eggs when you hatch them.

Double effective Berries

Elsewhere, autumn is the time harvest and that seemingly applies to Pokemon Go, too. As a result, Berries can be found more often when spinning PokeStops. There will also be berry-themed Field and Timed Research.


During the event, all Berries will be twice as effective when giving them to your Buddy Pokemon as treats. Perhaps more excitingly, however, is that Pinap Berries will also become doubly as effective.

This means that instead of just double Candy when capturing a Pokemon, you’ll actually get four times the amount! Other Berries such as the Razz variety won’t be doubly as effective, though.

Autumn-themed Pokemon

Meanwhile, the following Pokemon will be appearing more frequently in the wild:

  • Oddish
  • Vulpix
  • Bayleef
  • Hoothoot
  • Sudowoodo
  • Yanma
  • Pineco
  • Zigzagoon
  • Seedot
  • Shroomish
  • Plant Cloak Burmy
  • Foongus

Others will be appearing in 5km eggs but those Pokemon weren’t released in the Pokemon Go blog post.

Additionally, Shiny Vulpix will be spawning more often. The ever-popular Fox Pokemon has already had its Shiny form released previously but few trainers will want to miss out on the chance to get another or even their first!

Deerling Pokemon Go
Deerling changes color depending on what seasonal form it is…


As is very apt for the change of season, Deerling will be introduced to the world of Pokemon Go for the first time. The Season Pokemon has four forms – Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter – so expect to come across its autumn variant.


It evolves into Sawsbuck, which has the same four forms, also. Deerling needs 50 Candy to evolve, so if you want to get Sawsbuck during the event you’ll need to catch as many Deerling as possible. When using a Pinap Berry though, you’ll only need to catch five of them!

There’s plenty to look forward to in Pokemon Go during October. Charmander is coming to a Community Day a second time with the exclusive move Dragon Breath and there is even a surprise Raid Boss to look forward to at the end of the month.