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GO Battle League analysis: Why you shouldn’t overlook Jirachi

Published: 4/Aug/2020 23:10

by Paul Cot


There’s somewhat of a myth surrounding Mythical Pokemon (the irony) that they’re ineffective in Pokemon Go. Sometimes this is true but in the case of Jirachi it definitely isn’t – here’s why.

Jirachi was first introduced to Pokemon Go in August 2019. It was the reward for completing the A Thousand Year Slumber Special Research and if you haven’t done so already, can still be completed today.


Celebi, and to a lesser extent Mew, are Mythical Pokemon that aren’t particularly useful in Pokemon Go. There is a clear reason for this, though.

Superior typing

The Gen 3 Mythical ‘mon is an interesting combination of psychic and steel. This gives it far more resistances than weaknesses – something which can’t be said for Mew or Celebi.


Jirachi’s resistances include dragon, fairy, flying, grass, ice, normal, rock and steel. This is in addition to being doubly resistant to poison and psychic, bringing its total resistances to a huge 10 different types.

On the flip side, it is weak to dark, fire, ghost and ground. A resistance to weakness ratio of 10 to 4 puts Jirachi in a good spot, especially in random match-ups.

Jirachi Anime
Jirachi is a dual psychic and steel-type which makes it very appealing…


Jirachi has some rounded stats which isn’t too common among other Pokemon. Usually, species have one certain strength or weakness but this isn’t the case here:

  • Attack 210 – 184 of 827
  • Defense 210 – 57 of 827
  • Stamina 225 – 61 of 827

Interestingly, Jirachi shares the exact same stats with Mew and Celebi. This means the aforementioned typing is the difference as well as the quality of its moves.


Typing and stats aside, if a Pokemon has poor moves it won’t be of any use in Pokemon Go PvP. Fortunately though, Jirachi does have some useful moves to make the most of.

It has two Fast Moves available – Charge Beam and Confusion. The former offers better energy generation at 3.66 EPT but provides a minuscule 1.66 DPT. Comparatively, Confusion may only offer 3 EPT but does provide a formidable 4 DPT. As a result, many, and probably rightfully so, consider Confusion to be the superior of the two.


In terms of Charge Moves, Doom Desire is a clear inclusion. That’s because it requires just 40 energy and deals decent damage at 75.

Alternatively, Jirachi can use Psychic. We wouldn’t recommend using this in place of Doom Desire but it may offer the surprise element. It requires 55 energy for 90 damage.


Finally, its last Charge Move option is Dazzling Gleam. While the most powerful it has, it does need 70 energy and has the worst DPE of the three.

Jirachi can be used in any of Great, Ultra or Master League. Its weakest is probably the latter due to its max CP of 3,265. This means it’ll be expensive to get it there and there are plenty of Pokemon that will put it to task in GBL’s premium competition.

The Hoenn Mythical will most commonly be seen in Great League but is of a similar standard across both Great and Ultra. Try and keep some Protect Shields available to avoid those super-effective Charge Moves and you’ll be looking good on the battlefield.


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.