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Niantic comment on Pokemon Go Mega Evolution controversy

Published: 2/Sep/2020 20:17

by Paul Cot


After much hype Mega Evolution has been added to the mobile world of Pokemon Go. Its addition didn’t come without some controversy, though.

First seen in Gen 6, Mega Evolution was finally added to Pokemon Go on August 27. Trainers were curious about how Niantic would add such a unique mechanic to the confines on the mobile game.


In terms of Pokemon capable of utilizing Mega Evolution only Venusaur, Charizard, Blastoise and Beedrill were added – at least to begin with. In order to perform Mega Evolution trainers need to accrue Mega Energy which is primarily found in Mega Raids.

Much like the mainline games and the anime, Pokemon in their Mega form is temporary. The effort and resource required to make these Pokemon Mega Evolve hasn’t been well received by fans of the franchise, though.


The main critique of the new feature is that the temporary nature of it is just that, too temporary. That, and Mega Energy is too difficult to earn. Understandably, this has led trainers to question whether it is worth the effort at all.

Niantic respond, listening to trainer feedback

Niantic took it upon themselves to respond to the criticism via their support account on Reddit. They started by sharing those criticisms, making it crystal clear they understand trainer’s concerns:

  • The first Mega Evolution takes a large amount of energy

  • The time limit to Mega Evolution does not feel worth the resources used to collect the Mega Energy required

  • You’d like other ways to gain Mega Energy

  • The feature feels that you have to pay to Mega Evolve your Pokemon.

Mega Evolution is still in its very early stages which means it may be some time before changes are implemented. However, there are changes planned. ” We do have some changes in the pipeline already, but again we don’t have a set schedule just yet,” NianticIndigo commented.


The Pokemon Go developers have been known to actively listen to fan feedback and it looks like this occasion is no exception. Trainers have been ardent when sharing their concerns so it will be interesting to see if Niantic act sooner than expected.


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.