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Niantic have removed two and four-star Raid Battles from Pokemon Go

Published: 27/Aug/2020 17:17 Updated: 27/Aug/2020 20:11

by Paul Cot

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It looks like the five tiers of Raid Battles in Pokemon Go was a little too complicated. As a result, Niantic have removed two and four-star Raids from the mobile game.

They announced this via the Niantic Support Twitter account, saying: “There will no longer be two-star or four-star raids.” Consequently, Pokemon that were previously found within these tiers have been removed to the tier immediately below them.

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In addition to this, the rewards for completing one and three-star Raids have now been changed. Instead, they will reward what was previously found in two and four-star Raid Battles.

Simplifying Raid Battles

One, three, and five-star Raids will remain. So, don’t worry, Legendary Pokemon will still be featured in the premium tier, so there should be little confusion.

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Niantic didn’t reveal a specific reason for this change but it seems the Raid Bosses were unnecessarily fragmented. There wasn’t too many differences in the way of Pokemon utility between each tier.

For example, Machamp was recently featured in three-star Raid Battles and Excadrill in four. There isn’t much difference between them in terms of how sought after they are, so having them in different tiers seemed futile.

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Two and four-star Raid Battles are now a thing of the past in Pokemon Go…

The change has reduced the number of Pokemon featured in Raid Battles, though. Before this change, there were 25 across the five tiers and now there are only 17.

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Heatran, the featured Pokemon for the end of August, through to September 10, remains as the only ‘mon in five-star Raids. These changes may have something to do with the introduction of Mega Evolution in Pokemon Go, too, as Mega Raids have already been found in the game’s code.

Speed bonus

Niantic also announced that the team-contribution bonus is being replaced by a speed bonus. This means the faster you defeat the Raid Boss, the more rewards all participants in the Raid will receive.

In traditional Raids, one through to five-stat, a speed bonus will give you more Premier Balls. In the new Mega Raids however, obtaining the speed bonus will give you additional Mega Energy.

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Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot

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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.

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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!

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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.

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While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.

Snivy

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.