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Is Darkrai a GO Battle League reward encounter? Trainers react

Published: 29/Apr/2020 14:01

by Paul Cot


Darkrai is the latest Legend/Mythical Pokemon to feature in five-star Raid Battles in Pokemon Go. Usually this means it is also a GO Battle League reward encounter but not this time, at least right now.

Trainers have been trying to figure out whether Darkrai isn’t among the GBL encounter pool or if they’ve simply been unlucky in not encountering it. Now though, Niantic have confirmed trainers won’t be able to find the Pitch-Black Pokemon.


“You won’t be able to encounter Darkrai through GO Battle League, but you can encounter them by Raiding remotely,” Niantic support confirmed on a Reddit post.

GO Battle League Reward Pool
The GO Battle League reward pool as of 1pm PDT, April 28…

Niantic could change their mind

It looks like the Gen 4 species exclusion is to encourage players to try the new Remote Raid Pass feature. If Darkrai was available as a GBL reward then many trainers would be less inclined to spend the time trying to get hold of it in Raid Battles.


However, this decision could well change. “I’ll be collecting the feedback you all have given here for the team,” the same Niantic support representative also said. So, at the very least, it looks they’re open to adding Legendary and Mythical Pokemon back into the reward pool.

Getting four wins in the Pokemon Go PvP mode is far from easy but many skilled players have been able to take advantage of it and get Pokemon such as Landorus in abundance. There are many trainers losing Pokemon Go battles on purpose to make the matchmaking favorable to them, also.

If they become too common though, it will take away from their rarity and appeal. This is something Niantic obviously have to consider.

Pokemon Go Rural
Pokemon Company
Some rural Pokemon Go players struggle to participate in Raid Battles due to a lack of gyms…

Not fair on all trainers

While Darkrai and co’s inclusion as a reward in GO Battle League may lessen them to some degree, some trainers argue this is the only way they can get hold of them.

“I unfortunately live in an area where I cannot see any gyms or PokeStops on my nearby,” one Redditor revealed. “I was loving the ability to still have a chance at legendaries via GO Battle League battles.”

The purpose of the Remote Raid Pass is to help trainers play Raid Battles while on lockdown. However, players in rural areas who don’t have gyms anywhere near them still struggle to play.


For these trainers these rare Pokemon in GBL make sense. These are the vast minority though, and while unfortunate, it becomes a case of whether Niantic want to make Legendary Pokemon too common as opposed to leaving some trainers out.

For the moment Niantic have opted for the latter but it sounds like this could change.


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.