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Pokemon Go Walking rewards: Adventure Sync, How to turn on, reset times

Published: 22/Feb/2021 13:10 Updated: 22/Feb/2021 13:16

by Alex Garton

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Pokemon Go Adventure Sync is an addition to the Pokemon Go app which allows you to earn rewards for walking milestones – even when the Pokemon Go app is turned off!

Adventure Sync is a great optional feature in Pokemon Go that allows players to earn rewards for walking around with their mobile device. Although none of the rewards are unique items – it’s an amazing way to passively pick up resources.

Of course, in order to claim these walking rewards, you’ll need to turn Adventure Sync on. So, without further ado, let’s check out how to enable to feature and what rewards are available for each milestone.

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The Pokemon Go app doesn’t need to be open to earn walking rewards.

How to turn on Adventure Sync & walking rewards

Providing you have Apple Health or Google Fit installed with location permissions enabled, you can turn Adventure Sync on within the Pokemon Go app. Niantic list the instructions as the following:

  1. Firstly, tap the Main Menu button.
  2. Then tap the settings button.
  3. Finally, tap on Adventure Sync. You’ll then be asked to grant permissions for Pokemon Go to access either Apple Health or Google Fit.
You can disable Adventure Sync by simply unchecking it within the settings. There is also the option to allow push notifications to notify you when your Buddy has earned a candy or an egg has hatched.

Adventure Sync rewards and unlocks

Adventure Sync rewards are calculated on a weekly basis.

The minimum distance you need to travel for a reward is 5km with the highest reward coming in at 100km. All of these rewards can be earned together, meaning they are stacked. Check out the list below:

  • 5km: 20 Poke Balls
  • 25km: 10 Great Balls + 500 Stardust + 1 Rare Candy or 1 5km Egg
  • 50km: 5 Ultra Balls + 1,000 Stardust + 5 Rare Candy, 5 Silver Pinap Berries, 5km egg or a 10km egg
  • 100km: 16,000 Stardust
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Adventure Sync is reset weekly so players can earn a new set of rewards.

Adventure Sync reset time

In terms of reset times, Adventure Sync is relatively simple to keep track of. Walking rewards are reset every Monday at 9 AM PST and players will be allocated their unlocks for the previous week.

For all you new Pokemon Go trainers out there, keep in mind you need to be level five to access the Adventure Sync feature!

Adventure Sync is not working

Unfortunately, some players have been experiencing issues with Adventure Sync and claiming their rewards. There are a number of possible reasons for this so let’s rundown why it might not be working for you.

For starters, make sure you have either Apple Health or Google Fit installed on your device or you will not be able to use the feature. On top of this, ensure Pokemon Go is listed as a connected application for these apps. You can do this by heading to the settings of either fitness app, going to manage connected applications, and ensure Pokemon Go is listed.

If none of these solutions work for you there’s no need to worry! Head to Niantic’s dedicated troubleshooting guide for Adventure Sync here.

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These walking rewards can be earned while you’re hatching in-game eggs.

There you have it, that’s everything you need to know about Pokemon Go’s Adventure Sync feature. Before long, you’ll be earning rewards on the go and passively collecting resources.

If you’re looking to keep track of all the latest Pokemon news, head over to our dedicated Pokemon Twitter page @PokemonSwordNS.

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Pokemon Go best Pokemon: Best attackers & defenders for gyms, raids, battles

Published: 23/Feb/2021 12:39

by Daniel Megarry

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The hunt for the best Pokemon in Pokemon Go is always on for trainers, whether it’s for attacking or defending in Gyms, Raids, and Battles.

Niantic’s free-to-play mobile app Pokemon Go launched in 2016 and quickly became a worldwide phenomenon. While it’s not as popular as it once was, there’s still a loyal base of players who drop in every day to get their fix.

The game may seem simple enough at first glance, as you walk around and catch Pokemon to fill up your Pokedex, but there’s actually plenty of depth hidden beneath the surface. Nowhere does that show more than when heading into battle.

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Trainers should think carefully about the Pokemon they send into raids and gyms.

Whether you’re looking for the best attackers or the best defenders for your team, we’ve got you covered.

Here are our picks of the best based on everything from stats, max CP potential, weaknesses, our own experiences with the game, and how well they’ll actually perform in battle.

While these are all solid choices, the basics still remain. You’ll need to make sure your Pokemon has decent Attack, Defense, and Stamina IV stats by getting it appraised, and spend some time powering it up for maximum potential before letting it loose on the world.

Pokemon Go best attackers

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Mewtwo is the most powerful Psychic-type in the game.

Historically, Dragon-type Pokemon have been prioritized as attackers, and that remains the same to this day. There are plenty of them here, from Rayquaza to Dragonite, as well as some Legendaries including Mewtwo and Reshiram.

Our picks for the best attackers in Pokemon Go are as follows:

Mewtwo

As expected, the OG Legendary creature Mewtwo remains the top choice for attacking in Pokemon Go. Using a combination of legacy moves Confusion and Psystrike, it’s a powerhouse, especially with a CP that reaches over 4,000. Get a Shadow Mewtwo, and it will deal 20% more damage.

Deoxys

While its Defense and Stamina are very poor, this incredibly rare Mythical Pokemon earns its place on the list for having the highest Attack stats of any creature in the game: 345 in its Normal Forme, and an astonishing 414 in its Attack Forme. The moves Zen Headbutt and Hyper Beam reign supreme.

Rayquaza

As far as Dragons go, you won’t get much better than Rayquaza. Dragon-type moves are rarely resisted, making it a great all-round attacker with Dragon Tail and Outrage, and it can also be utilized as a great Flying-type attacker if needed thanks to its dual typing.

Garchomp

It may have slightly less Attack power than another popular Dragon-type alternate, Salamence, but Garchomp edges the competition out with higher max CP, Defense, and Stamina stats. It’s also strong against a number of popular types: Fire, Electric, Rock, Poison, and Steel.

Machamp

It may not be quite as imposing as the Legendaries featured on this list, but Machamp can still pack a punch in Pokemon Go. Many of the best defenders are Normal-type, and their weakness to Fighting-type attacks leaves Machamp in a prime position to take them down with Counter and Dynamic Punch.

Reshiram

If you’re looking for a Fire-type attacker, Reshiram is the way to go. With Fire Fang and Overheat in your move set, you won’t get much better when going up against Bug, Grass, Steel, or Ice-type opponents who will be sent out in a blaze of glory thanks to their weakness to Fire-types attacks.

Kyogre

As in most Pokemon games, the Legendary Kyogre is the best Water-type attacker you’ll find here, with Waterfall and Hydro Pump dealing some serious damage, especially towards Rock and Ground-types which are often used as defenders. It has a high Attack and enough bulk to stand its ground even against the strongest opponents.

Lucario

If Machamp isn’t your vibe, go for Lucario. The wildly popular Pokemon has a lower max CP than its fellow Fighting-type, but it’s still a force to be reckoned with when using the move set Counter and Aura Sphere, the latter of which is a better Fighting-type charge move than any of Machamp’s options.

Rampardos

The Dragon-type Rampardos is an absolute powerhouse when it comes to Attack stats, having the highest of any non-Legendary Pokemon in the game (295). Its Defense is poor and its Stamina isn’t the best either, so it won’t last long – but the attacks it does manage to land will be devastating.

Dragonite

Yet another Dragon on our best attackers list, Dragonite is a dual Dragon/Flying-type that can also double as a defender, as you’ll find out later on. It’s strong against most types, has a high bulk, and is easier to find than most on this list. Use the move set Dragon Tail and Outrage.

As always, you’ll want to take typing into consideration. The Legendary Water-type Kyogre may feature on our list, for example, but it will always be impacted when going against a strong Electric-type or Grass-type opponent.

Pokemon Go best defenders

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Blissey is the best tank in the game by far.

If you want a Pokemon to leave at a gym in order to earn your daily coins, or you need a bulky option to send out first in battle and wear your opponents down, then get one of these defenders on your team.

Ultimately, you’ll be looking for a good combination of Defense and Stamina, the latter of which decides how much HP a Pokemon has and how long it will be able to stay in a gym before needing to rest.

Our picks for the best defenders in Pokemon Go are as follows:

Blissey

As far as defenders go, Blissey remains the best choice for any trainer. It has a ridiculous amount of Stamina (496) and a decent Defense stat (169), making it the perfect Pokemon to leave in gyms as it will simply sponge damage. You won’t find much use for it outside of this scenario, though.

Snorlax

If you don’t have a Blissey or Chansey, get yourself a Snorlax, the OG tank. It’s almost as bulky and should defend its place in a gym with ease. While Normal-type Pokemon often seem bland and have no type advantages, they do benefit from having only one vulnerability, which is Fighting.

Slaking

Rounding out our top three is another Normal-type, Slaking. It has the highest max CP in the game with the potential to reach a whopping 5010 CP. Its Defense stat may not be as good as Blissey or Snorlax, but its high CP, Stamina, and Attack stats should help ward off potential attackers.

Metagross

Steel/Psychic-type Metagross will do a brilliant job of defending gyms from Fighting-type attackers. It has great stats and a whopping 10 type resistances. With the charge move Meteor Mash under its belt, it will also deal some serious damage, extending its use beyond just being a defender.

Chansey

Blissey’s previous form, Chansey, obviously isn’t quite as good as its evolution, but it’s still an incredibly solid choice if you don’t have Blissey yet, with only slightly less Stamina (487). It falls short when it comes to Defense (128), but don’t let that put you off as it can still take a huge beating.

Milotic

This Water-type is a bulky choice for gyms and will go great with many lineups thanks to its lack of weaknesses. Only Grass and Electric-types do major damage to it, and they aren’t often used as attackers. With the fast move Dragon Tail, it can also take on common Dragon-type attackers.

Dragonite

It suffers from double weakness to Ice-type moves, but a combination of strong bulk and good Attack stats make Dragonite a worthy investment for any trainer. Being part Flying-type, it will be able to ward off Fighting-types like Machamp easily.

Togekiss

It’s far from the best when it comes to pure stats, but as a bulky Fairy/Flying-type, Togekiss is a great choice to defend against the many Dragon-types that are commonly used as attackers. The move set Charm and Dazzling Gleam will help to take them out.

Gyarados

As well as defending gyms, Gyarados is very effective when used in the Go Battle League or raids. It is very weak against Electric-types, although they’re not often used as attackers. Pair Gyarados with one or two Electric-resistant Pokemon, and you’ll be good to go.

Unlike many of the best attackers we featured, the best defenders in Pokemon Go often aren’t Legendary. This means you should find it easier to catch one with decent stats and level them up to a high CP.

The list should be a good reference point, and ideally you will have at least one of them on your team for all situations. But if you don’t, then it’s a case of choosing a Pokemon that has high CP, Defense, and Stamina.

For more guides and tips like this, check out our dedicated Pokemon Go hub.