Giratina Origin and Altered Form returns to Pokemon Go

Published: 22/Mar/2019 14:55 Updated: 3/Apr/2019 15:18

by Paul Cot


Niantic have confirmed that the two forms of Giratina will return to Pokemon Go. Both the Origin Form and Altered Form of Giratina will be available in raid battles.

Giratina Origin Form has now replaced Giratina Altered Form in raid battles. This is the first time the Origin Form has been available in Pokemon Go.

In terms of battling it, little has changed, it is still susceptible to its own type, namely ghost and dragon-type Pokemon. This of course includes the likes of Rayquaza, Salamence and Gengar.

Giratina Forms Pokemon Go

The dual-type ghost and dragon Pokemon was first introduced in Gen 4. It was the featured Pokemon for Pokemon Platinum, just as Palkia and Dialga were for Pokemon Pearl and Diamond respectively.

Giratina shares similarities to Deoxys whereby it has more than one form. In Giratina’s case it has two formes. What’s the difference between Giratina’s two forms though?

Palkia (left), Dialga (right) and Giratina Origin Form (center)

Altered Forme

A little confusingly, Giratina’s Altered Form is actually it’s original form. This is how Giratina appears in the normal Pokemon world.

As a raid boss it has a CP of 38,326. Outside of raid battles its max CP is 3,379. It also boasts 187 attack, 225, defense and 284 stamina.

Origin Forme

Giratina’s Origin Form, not to be confused with original form, is the form it takes in the Distortion World. From a physical perspective it loses its wings and legs.

Its raid boss CP is higher than its Altered Form with 41,776. It also has a higher max CP of 3,683. Interestingly, it has the same base stats too, but its defense and attack stat is switched around.

Raid battle time & date

Both of Giratina’s forms will be available at the following times in Pokemon Go raid battles:

  • Giratina (Altered Forme): Thursday, Mar. 28, 2019, at 1 p.m. PDT (GMT −7) to Tuesday, Apr. 2, 2019, at 1 p.m. PDT (GMT −7)
  • Giratina (Origin Forme): Tuesday, Apr. 2, 2019, at 1 p.m. PDT (GMT −7) to Monday, Apr. 29, 2019, at 1 p.m. PDT (GMT −7)

Giratina counters

The best Giratina counters (both forms) are Rayquaza and Palkia. Both Rayquaza and Palkia have excellent base stats and utilize powerful dragon-type moves, making it very effective against the Gen 4 legendary Pokemon.

The other options for Giratina raid counters include Dragonite, Salamence and Dialga.


Pokemon Go January 19 Spotlight Hour: Shroomish, 2x bonus, more

Published: 18/Jan/2021 12:47

by Daniel Megarry


Pokemon Go is celebrating its third Spotlight Hour for January 2021 by focusing on Gen 3 species Shroomish. The event will feature plenty of the ‘mon to catch, as well as bonus XP.

For January’s third Spotlight Hour, Niantic are looking back at the Hoenn region’s Shroomish. It was first introduced in Gameboy Advance titles Ruby and Sapphire, which marked the franchise’s third generation.

The one-hour Spotlight event will give players a chance to stock up on candy for the mushroom-inspired ‘mon, which is useful as collecting a total of 50 candies will allow them to evolve their Shroomish into a Breloom.

Here’s everything you need to know about the limited-time Spotlight Hour that takes place on January 19.

Shroomish in Pokemon
The Pokemon Company
Shroomish gets the Pokemon Go Spotlight Hour on January 19.

Pokemon Go Shroomish Spotlight Hour start time

Each Tuesday, the mobile title honors a single ‘mon for an hour. During those 60 minutes, fans will see a major boost in spawn rates which will allow them to stock up on Candy, as well as getting a chance to score a Shiny variant.

Gen III’s Shroomish is getting a Spotlight Hour on January 19. The limited-time event officially kicks off 6PM and ends at 7PM. It should be noted that it is based on each player’s local time, so make sure to show up based on your own clock.

It’s good to be prepared for these Spotlight Hours, as 60 minutes isn’t much time at all and you don’t want to waste it by visiting PokeStops. Stock up on Pokeballs and berries beforehand, and you’ll be good to go.

Using a lure is also a good idea if you have one spare as it will increase the amount of Pokemon you encounter in the wild for half an hour.

Pokemon Go Spotlight Hour bonus

The Shroomish Spotlight Hour coincides with this month’s Mystery Bonus. On January 19, players can get double catch Candy during the celebration.

Players looking to evolve their Shroomish into a Breloom should take advantage of this, as they will earn double the Candy when they catch Shroomish, allowing them to evolve their favorite creature in less time.

Pokemon Go Mystery Bonus Hour screen.
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
In 2021 Mystery Bonus Hour will run alongside Spotlight celebrations.

Unfortunately, Shroomish isn’t currently available as a Shiny variant in Pokemon Go, but we’re hoping that will change soon.

Just like previous years, each month will have a total of four Spotlight Hours that will run every Tuesday. Next up will be the elephant-inspired Phanpy on Tuesday, January 26, 2021.

January is jam-packed with events in Pokemon Go. Shroomish’s Spotlight Hour launches on the same day as the Hoenn celebration event, which highlights Gen 3 Pokemon including Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip.