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Niantic make much needed changes to Mega Evolution in Pokemon Go

Published: 4/Sep/2020 3:58

by Paul Cot

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Niantic heard the feedback loud and clear and have responded by making some much wanted changes to Mega Evolution in Pokemon Go.

They announced on the official Pokemon Go blog that they have made the following changes:

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  • The Mega Energy requirement to Mega Evolve a Pokemon that has already Mega Evolved before has decreased
  • The amount of Mega Energy that Trainers receive from winning Mega Raids has increased

Those changes are now live. While they didn’t announce the specific numbers, it has been confirmed that the Mega Energy requirement to Mega Evolve a Pokemon that has already been Mega Evolved before has decreased by 20%.

This means Venusaur, Charizard X and Y, and Blastoise all cost 40 instead of 50. Beedrill now requires 20 Mega Energy as opposed to 25.

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The initial cost of Mega Evolving a Pokemon is unchanged, however. Niantic didn’t comment on whether this specifically will change in the future.

Upcoming changes to Mega Evolution

The Pokemon Go developer did share some adjustments that they are currently working on, though:

  • Walking with your buddy to earn Mega Energy
  • More ways to earn Mega Energy through research tasks and other gameplay
  • Earning bonus Candy when catching Pokemon that share a type with your Mega-Evolved Pokemon

Initial feedback

While players will appreciate the intent of Niantic to improve the Mega Evolution system, already trainers are sharing further criticism.

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One Reddit user, Remiticus, believes the entire Mega Evolution system is flawed and that a 20% reduction won’t solve the problem. They said: “The entire system is flawed, people wanted it torn up and completely done over.” They went on to suggest that your Buddy level with that particular Pokemon should determine the cost of re-Mega Evolution.

Other trainers have even offered a more cynical view saying that the reduction was Niantic’s intention all along. It’s going to be interesting to see how all this plays out!

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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.

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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.