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Mewtwo returns to raid battles with special move Psystrike

Published: 16/Sep/2019 20:48 Updated: 16/Sep/2019 21:02

by Paul Cot


Alongside the introduction of Gen 5, and as part of Week 3 of the Ultra Bonus Challenge, Mewtwo has returned with a special move – Psystrike.

The humanoid Pokemon from Kanto’s return has been somewhat overlooked as a result of the addition of Gen 5 Pokemon, which is hardly surprising.


Mewtwo appearing in 5-star raid battles has been a regular occurrence since the feature was introduced in June 2017. Long-term Pokemon Go trainers will have more than likely had a few shots at catching the powerful attacker.

@PokemonGoAppMewtwo has featured in many 5 star raid battles…

However, Mewtwo is returning with the special move Psystrike. While that is a reason to get the legend in itself, if you’re lucky, you may also come across its shiny version.


Some shiny variants of Pokemon aren’t too noticable, but Mewtwo very much is. Its purple is switched for a light green, making it look very different. Based on previous shiny rates in raid battles, you have around a 1 in 20 chance of finding one.

How good is Psystrike?

Psystrike is an existing move in Pokemon Go but on September 16 Niantic quietly changed the moves’ stats. While the damage was reduced by 10, the move was made much faster.

This has not only made the move Psystrike much better but has also made Mewtwo the strongest psychic Pokemon available. Mewtwo’s best movesets, at least in terms of DPS and TDO, are now Confusion and Psystrike.


Best Mewtwo counters?

The best counters for Mewtwo are Gengar, Giratina (original form), Tyranitar and Mewtwo itself.

With all the different movesets available though, this can vary. Generally, you should be looking for these Pokemon, or others, with dark and ghost-type movesets.

Fortunately, similar to Week 2 of the Ultra Bonus Challenge, when Deoxys was added to raid battles, other Pokemon found in raids will help you build a team to take down the psychic legend.


It’s a big week for Pokemon Go as the final week of the Ultra Bonus Challenge gets underway.


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.