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GO Battle League analysis: Porygon-Z post Community Day

Published: 21/Sep/2020 14:10

by Paul Cot


Anyone wanting to use Porygon-Z in GO Battle League has been left disappointed as, bluntly, it is a terrible choice. However, it has now been given Tri Attack to add to its arsenal. Does this new move make it PvP worthy, though?

Porygon was the September Community Day headliner. As anyone who has ever participated in a Community Day will know, the featured Pokemon is given an exclusive move upon evolving it into its final form.


That move this time around was Tri Attack. Now the event has passed, Tri Attack can only be taught by using an Elite Charged TM. However, we wouldn’t recommend wasting one on this particular move. Find out why below.

Porygon Community Day
Porygon headlined the Pokemon Go September 2020 Community Day…

Tri Attack

Firstly, let’s take a look at exactly what Tri Attack brings to the table. It is a normal-type move which means it isn’t super effective against any Pokemon.


Despite this, it is weak against rock, steel, and especially ghost-type ‘mons. That doesn’t mean you should avoid ghost-type attacks, however, as normal-type Pokemon are doubly resistant to them.

Porygon-Z desperately needed a Charge Move that required less than 75 energy. That is why many trainers were excited by the prospect of the new move.

Tri Attack requires 50 energy and deals 65 damage. It also has a 50% chance of lowering your opponent’s attack and defense by one.


When Tri Attack was initially revealed, it was considered somewhat underwhelming. That’s because other exclusive moves – such as Blast Burn and Hydro Cannon – had a DPE of at least 2. Tri Attack has a DPE of 1.3.

Poor stats

Expert trainers would argue, and perhaps rightly so, that Tri Attack is ‘spammy’ enough alongside the highest energy-generating Charge Move in Pokemon Go – Lock On. It’s certainly a valid point, as any move requiring less than 50 energy with Lock On would generate insanely fast.

The other side of the argument is, even with such a fast charging move, Porygon-Z can’t survive long enough to really utilize the move. Its stats heavily favor attack, which is in contrast to the defensive bulk that GO Battle League requires.


Porygon-Z’s stats are as follows:

  • Attack: 264 (68 of 903)
  • Defense: 150 (412 of 903)
  • Stamina: 198 (187 of 903)

That means if you don’t have any Protect Shields to lean on, Porygon-Z may not last long enough to deal any real damage.


As a result, choosing when to use your Porygon-Z is of the utmost importance. You should avoid Pokemon with hard-hitting Fast Moves and, of course, fighting-type attacks. An example of one move you want to avoid at all costs is Charm.

To summarize Porygon-Z can be effective in GO Battle League with Tri Attack, but only in specific situations. Due to the difficulty of finding these spots, there are definitely superior alternatives. Don’t be afraid to try it for yourself, though!


Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot


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.


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!


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.


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


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.


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.

Snivy Pokemon Go
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.


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.