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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite can’t keep up with Pokemon Go

Published: 4/Jul/2019 12:02 Updated: 4/Jul/2019 13:11

by Paul Cot


After years of build up, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite released on 21 June and even with that hype, it just can’t seem to keep up with Pokemon Go.

Leading up to the long awaited Harry Potter: Wizards Unite release, there had been optimism from Harry Potter fans that its new game could compete, and even surpass, Pokemon Go. This was certainly optimistic as Pokemon Go is one of the biggest mobile games of all time.

The hype was there, the brand recognition was there, but despite these attributes Harry Potter: Wizard’s Unite is falling well short in comparison – at least for now.

The battle between Harry Potter: Wizards Unite and Pokemon Go is underway…

Search traffic

One of the best and most accurate metrics to use in order to gauge something’s popularity is Google Trends. With Google being by far the biggest search engine, analyzing the traffic that goes through it is the best way to compare two terms.

In this case we’re searching “Harry Potter: Wizards Unite” vs “Pokemon Go” and the results are clear. Even with the new Harry Potter mobile game at its peak in terms of hype, the three-year-old Pokemon Go still beats it in search volume. Unsurprisingly, the closest Wizards Unite got to Pokemon Go was on its release and even then the latter had 9% more traffic.

There is a clear winner in terms of search volume…

On June 29 the gap between the two widened even further to Pokemon Go having nearly seven times the traffic – presumably as a result of Pokemon Go’s third anniversary celebrations.

Download charts

However, one metric that Wizards Unite does hold the advantage on is in the iOS app store and Google Play Store charts. For example, the iOS store (UK) has Harry Potter: Wizards Unite sitting at number three with Pokemon Go all the way down at 52.

Pokemon GoPokemon Go recently celebrated its third birthday…

This isn’t a fair reflection on which is more popular, of course, as the vast majority of Pokemon Go players will already have the app downloaded, whereas new players are still coming to Harry Potter. The Google Play Store has similar rankings with Wizards Unite at number six and Pokemon at 31.

Pokemon Go revenue

When we move over to revenue, which is the figure that Niantic will definitely care about, Pokemon Go continues to go from strength to strength – generating a massive $2.6 billion to-date. Perhaps more impressively, though, is that those numbers don’t appear to be decreasing. It actually had more revenue in 2019 this year than it did in the same period last year.

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite has some way to go if it is to compete with the juggernaut that is, Pokemon Go. It can and probably will be a huge success in its own right, but surpassing the popularity of Pokemon Go might just be a near impossible task.


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
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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
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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.