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Pokemon Go Abra Community Day is live – All the details

Published: 25/Apr/2020 3:31 Updated: 25/Apr/2020 14:44

by Paul Cot

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After a failed attempt last month, the Pokemon Go March (or is it April) Community Day has been rescheduled for April 25. For the first time, there’s a Community Day special research event to look forward to as well.

The announcement of Abra as the headliner comes as a shock to many trainers. This wasn’t because of Abra itself, though – the psychic-type has been considered long overdue to headline a Community Day.

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The shock came because odd months have been exclusively headlined by starter Pokemon, although the odd and even theory has been somewhat messed about now. With Abra bucking this trend, this is the first time since Community Days were introduced that a non-starter has headlined an odd month (again we now use odd month loosely).

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Finally the Abra Community Day is here!

Niantic didn’t provide a reason as to why they deviated from their tried and trusted pattern. However, we can speculate that it was because they are fast running out of starter Pokemon to have headline. We’re already on the Gen 5 starters and Gen 6 species aren’t expected to be released until later this year!

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The big difference in this rearranged Community Day is that it will focus on playing from home. That is why, and maybe because of the postponement, that the event will last for six hours as opposed to the usual three.

Three-hour lures are a mainstay of the monthly event but this time around three-hour Incenses will replace it. Elsewhere, 3x Catch XP has been changed to 3x Catch Stardust – something that many trainers will prefer.

Alakazam stats

Abra may be the headliner, but trainers will be looking towards its final evolution, Alakazam. The Psi Pokemon has excellent attacking stats, which is naturally its main selling point.

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However, it’s stamina stats leave a lot to be desired which is undoubtedly Alakazam’s weakness. Its full stats are as follows:

  • Attack 271 – 20 of 688
  • Defence 167 – 213 of 688
  • Stamina 146 – 457 of 688

Counter

Counter has been confirmed as Alakazam’s exclusive move for the Pokemon Go ‘March’ Community Day. Usually exclusive moves are Charge Moves but this is a rare instance where a Fast Move has been used.

Alakazam’s other two Fast Moves are Confusion and Psycho Cut. Out of the two, the former has a higher DPS but also a lower EPS. Both Counter and Psycho Cut have similar energy generation but the fighting-type move is a lot more powerful.

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With the exclusive move being Counter it allows you to get away from the psychic-types moves. It won’t help you against Alakazam’s vulnerabilities in bug or ghost types, however.

As usual, you will have up to two hours after the Community Day ends to evolve Kadabra and make sure you get the exclusive move. Don’t expect to see too many Alakazams in Go Battle League though.

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Special research

For the first time in a Community Day, a special research quest will be available alongside it. It is titled Investigating Illusions and costs $1 (or equivalent in your currency) from the Pokemon Go Shop. It cannot be purchased with PokeCoins.

We don’t know what the specific tasks will be but we do know it is a four-stage research event. The rewards are as follows, with more to come:

  • 13,000 Stardust
  • 1 Poffin
  • 1 Rocket Radar
  • 3 Incense

Considering this special research event is the equivalent of 100 PokeCoins it’s actually good value. A Rocket Radar itself costs 200, so there’s value in that alone.

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Great and Ultra League CP range

With the introduction of GO Battle League, trainers’ mindsets will now start to look towards what CP range certain species need to be so they are eligible for the Great and Ultra Leagues.

Of course, the Great League has a CP limit of 1,500, while the Ultra League is 2,500. According to OrangeHeart2018, you will need to find Abra at the following CP to make it eligible. If you want to be safe, though, you’ll need to aim for the lower end of these suggestions.

  • Great League: 604-658
  • Ultra League: 1006-1097

What else do you need to know?

Abra has a flee rate of 99%. This means if you fail to catch it on the first attempt it will flee 99 times out of 100. It looks like this has been significantly reduced for the Community Day, however.

This may cause a lot of trainers frustration, especially when coming across a high CP one. It will be interesting to see whether Niantic amend the flee rate specifically for the Community Day.

Elsewhere, as is customary with the monthly event, Abra, Kadabra and Alakazam’s shiny forms will also be released. If you’re playing for the duration of the Community Day (11am to 5pm in in your local time zone) then you should have no problem finding a few shinies.

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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.