Ferroseed Research Breakthrough reward signifies change in Pokemon Go - Dexerto

Ferroseed Research Breakthrough reward signifies change in Pokemon Go

Published: 3/Mar/2020 20:43

by Paul Cot


Ferroseed will be the Pokemon Go Research Breakthrough reward for March, which all but confirms the change in direction Niantic have taken.

The Thorn Seed Pokemon will be available for the entirety of March before, presumably, a new Research Breakthrough reward is announced for April. It also comes with a bonus 5,000 Stardust.

Trainers seem to be somewhat disappointed by Ferroseed being the breakthrough reward as it offers nothing to the Pokemon Go meta and has been available since November 2019. The previous reward, Woobat, was at least a new addition to the game at the time.

Ferrothorn Pokemon Go
Ferroseed evolves into Ferrothorn but isn’t worth getting excited about…

Ferrothorn worth having?

Ferroseed evolves into Ferrothorn with 50 Candies but unfortunately the Thorn Pod Pokemon is little more than a Pokedex filler. It offers little to no battling benefit in Pokemon Go.

Its defense stats are reasonable but its poor attack and average movesets mean you won’t be using it competitively anytime soon.

Legends a thing of the past

Players who are frequent Pokemon Go players will know that quality of Research Breakthrough rewards have been declining in recent months. The introduction of Ferroseed seems to confirm this.

The first time Niantic deviated away from legendary Pokemon was with Flower Crown Eevee. Even at the time trainers were far from impressed with the switch up to a non-legend.

This hasn’t been lost on one trainer, sdeslandesnz, who shared a passionate post on Reddit. “GUYS DONT BE FOOLED INTO FIELD RESEARCH FOR FERROSEED. I JUST FOUND OUT IT DOESN’T HAVE A FLOWER CROWN, SO DONT WASTE YOUR TIME,” clearly mocking the significance, or lack thereof, of a flower crown.

So, it looks like Niantic are going to be using random Pokemon for Research Breakthrough rewards going forward, with some form of bonus. Lapras with two powerful ice-type moves featured in January and this was followed by the aforementioned Woobat.

Legendary Research Breakthroughs
Don’t expect to see these guys back as Research Breakthrough rewards soon…

Niantic experimenting?

It could be the Pokemon Go developers are currently experimenting and are unsure on the right course of action for the rewards. What does seem likely though, is that legendary Pokemon are a thing of the past.

This is understandable as they were becoming too common and frankly too easy to earn. After all, earning seven research stamps is far from challenging.

Nevertheless, the current rewards are frustrating players, so something does need to change. We’ve shared our own thoughts on how Niantic can fix the developing Pokemon Go Research Breakthrough reward issue.

It may be in the current scope of the game that seven stamps just don’t fit in with any rewards.


Pokemon Grookey Sword & Shield guide: evolutions, moves, strengths & weaknesses

Published: 15/Jan/2021 17:15

by Daniel Megarry


Looking to master Grookey in Pokemon Sword and Shield? We’ve got all the information you need including evolutions, best moves, strengths, and weaknesses.

Grookey made its debut alongside Sobble and Scorbunny as part of the Gen 8 starter trio in Sword and Shield on the Nintendo Switch. Like most starter Pokemon, it’s become incredibly popular and has gained a big following of loyal trainers.

Known as the ‘Chimp Pokemon’, Grookey is a cute grass-type creature that originates in the Galar region. Its design appears to be based on a spider monkey, and its name is a hybrid of the words ‘groove’ and ‘monkey’.

Grookey’s Pokedex entry in Sword is as follows: “When it uses its special stick to strike up a beat, the sound waves produced carry revitalizing energy to the plants and flowers in the area.”

Grookey in Pokemon Sword & Shield
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
Grookey is one of the starter trio in Pokemon Sword & Shield.

What is Grookey weak and strong against?

Being a grass-type Pokemon, Grookey and its evolutions will take more damage from fire, flying, poison, bug, and ice-type moves. They will take less damage from ground, water, grass, and electric-type moves.

When using grass-type moves, Grookey will have an advantage against ground, rock, and water-type Pokemon. It won’t necessarily have an advantage when using non-grass-type moves against these types.

What moves can Grookey learn by leveling up?

Grookey starts out with just Scratch and Growl, but it can learn a further nine moves by leveling up.

The final move it can learn is Endeavor at level 36. After this, you’ll need to evolve Grookey to Thwackey and then Rillaboom if you want to keep learning moves through leveling up.

Level Move Type Category Power Accuracy
1 Scratch Normal Physical 40 100
1 Growl Normal Status 100
6 Branch Poke Grass Physical 40 100
8 Taunt Dark Status 100
12 Razor Leaf Grass Physical 55 95
17 Screech Normal Status 85
20 Knock Off Dark Physical 65 100
24 Slam Normal Physical 80 75
28 Uproar Normal Special 90 100
32 Wood Hammer Grass Physical 120 100
36 Endeavor Normal Physical 100

What does Grookey evolve into?

Grookey evolves into Thwackey at Level 16. Like the form before it, Thwackey is a pure grass-type Pokemon, meaning it shares the same strengths and weaknesses.

It then evolves into its final evolution Rillaboom at Level 35. Rillaboom is also a pure grass-type, so it also shares the same strengths and weaknesses as Grookey and Thwackey.

All three forms have the Overgrow ability, which boosts the power of grass-type moves by 50% when at less than or equal to 1/3 HP.

Grookey Thwackey and Rillaboom evolutions
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
Grookey evolves into Thwackey and Rillaboom.

Where to find Grookey in Pokemon Sword & Shield

Grookey is one of three starter Pokemon in Sword and Shield, meaning players will have the opportunity to acquire one at the very beginning of the game. If you’re set on getting one, you should probably do this, as Grookey, Sobble, and Scorbunny don’t appear in the wild.

If you didn’t choose Grookey as your starter Pokemon, you’ll need to set up a trade with another trainer who has one. You can do this with friends, turn to the internet for help, or try your luck with the unpredictable Surprise Trades feature.

How to get Shiny Grookey

As you can’t find Grookey in the wild, you won’t be able to hunt for a Shiny version like you would with most other Pokemon.

What you can do, though, is breed Grookey with another Pokemon in the same egg group, which will give you a small chance of hatching a Shiny. It will take you a while, but if you’re determined, it’s the only way.

Shiny Grookey Pokemon
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Shiny Grookey is very difficult to get in Sword & Shield.

A more refined way to do this and guarantee you’ll hatch the Pokemon you’re after is to breed Grookey with Ditto. Anytime Ditto is bred with another Pokemon, the egg will hatch the species that isn’t Ditto.

You can find Ditto at the Lake of Outrage, so you’ll want to head there and catch yourself one. If you’re confused as to how breeding works in general then you can check out our nursery and breeding guide.