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Flying Pikachu has come to Pokemon Go, but should you care?

Published: 3/Jul/2020 12:36

by Paul Cot

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As part of Week 1 of the Pokemon Go Fest 2020 festivities, Flying Pikachu has been added to the mobile game.

At this point there are seemingly as many variants of Pikachu as there are species in Pokemon Go. If there’s a hat you can think of, you can bet your bottom dollar it has featured on Pikachu’s head in the four years the game has been out.

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The Pokemon Go developers have thought a little more outside of the box for this one, maybe taking inspiration from the iconic Pokemon Yellow intro. It is currently available in the wild, in Raid Battles and also a reward encounter in the GO Fest Skill Challenge.

Wait, Pikachu can fly?

Apparently so. It won’t be flying under its own volition though, but instead with the balloons (presumably with helium inside) that are attached it.

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We know what you’re thinking, nobody was asking for Flying Pikachu and it’s a bit of a strange choice to add to Pokemon Go. That maybe so, but Pikachu with its various accessories are just a part of the game. This isn’t the first gimmick and it certainly won’t be the last!

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No Pokemon has more hats than Pikachu, that’s for certain!

How strong is Flying Pikachu?

Not very. In fact, that is an understatement. It is dreadfully weak and it has no rightful place in any competitive situation.

It has a max CP of 938 which immediately rules it out of GO Battle League. That’s irrespective of its poor stats which can reach a maximum 112 attack, 96 defense and 111 stamina.

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That means Flying Pikachu is purely a fun Pokemon to add to your Pokedex. There is a Shiny form for it, too!

The more notable news for competitive Pokemon Go players is the actual addition of the Charge Move Fly into the game. It deals 80 damage for 45 energy, making it have the best DPE of all flying-type moves.

Strangely however, it mimics Sky Attack. We’d have thought Niantic would at least make it a little different, but we digress.

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Flying Pikachu isn’t worth getting excited about but you may as well catch one while you can. No doubt its weakness won’t stop trainers searching for its Shiny form: nobody can resist them!

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Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot

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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.

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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!

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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.

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While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.