Ralts, Slakoth, Trapinch and Bagon rumored to headline Pokemon Go April event - Dexerto
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Ralts, Slakoth, Trapinch and Bagon rumored to headline Pokemon Go April event

Published: 26/Mar/2019 15:38 Updated: 28/Mar/2019 15:08

by Paul Cot

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Update: Bagon has been announced as the headliner for the Pokemon Go April Community Day.

The latest Pokemon Go event featuring Treecko concluded on March 23. Now, Pokemon Go trainers look towards the next community day.

What will the community day pattern be? 

Firstly, we can look at previous community days and their resulting patterns to narrow down what’s coming for April.

Starter Pokemon appearing in odd months has been the case since the introduction of community days in January 2018. The most recent community day in March featured the Gen 3 grass-type starter, Treecko.

April being an even numbered month means we can expect a non-starter Pokemon. The questions remains who, though. 

A further, and less known, pattern is that Niantic always select a Pokemon that can evolve more than once. Pikachu and Eevee are grey areas to this rule, but they are popular exceptions.

This narrows down the list of candidates even more. Given we can rule out starter Pokemon for April and we go with the assumption it will evolve twice, the following are the most likely choices for the fourth featured event of 2019.

Ralts

The dual psychic and fairy-type Pokemon was one of the favorites to headline in February due to it being a feeling/emotion Pokemon. It’s arguably the leading contender for April.

Ralts’ final evolved form, Gallade, was only introduced to Pokemon Go in February. It evolves from Gardevoir using a Sinnoh stone.

Pokemon FandomSome expected Ralts to headline the February Community Day…

Bagon

Much like Ralts, Bagon would be a popular choice among Pokemon Go trainers.

Its final evolved form, Salamence, is a useful Pokemon to have in the Go meta. It’s a good counter against some of the harder to catch legendary Pokemon in raid battles.

Pokemon FandomSalamence is a good counter against some of the tougher Pokemon…

Slakoth

Another Pokemon you will have come across in Pokemon Go gyms is Slaking. Slakoth the first evolution, evolves into Vigoroth before evolving into the powerful Slaking.

Slaking is seen in various gyms due to its excellent attack and stamina stats. The latter makes it a premium Pokemon to defend gyms with.

Pokemon FandomSlaking is an excellent defender of gyms in Pokemon Go…

Trapinch

The ground-type Pokemon, Trapinch is probably the least likely of these contenders. However, it does fill the criteria for a even month community day contender.

Trapinch’s final form is Flygon, which despite its name is a dual typed ground and dragon Pokemon.

Pokemon FandomTrapinch is the underdog to feature in the April Community Day…

Bonus, date and time

At this point, the three-hour lures appear to be a mainstay in Pokemon Go community days. The other most likely bonus will be some form of egg-hatching distance reduction.

The April CD will most likely fall on April 13, or April 27. April 20 is less likely as this is Easter weekend. The start time of 3pm all over the world was received with praise in the past, so it seems certain it will be a 3pm start again.

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Bizarre Pokemon Journeys episode goes viral for “cruel” Blaziken scene

Published: 2/Dec/2020 0:57

by Brent Koepp

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A November episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime went viral after fans discovered it included a bizarre scene featuring Blaziken. The strange sequences force the Gen III ‘mon into a “cruel” situation that has left some viewers disturbed.

Pokemon Journeys made its debut in Japan in November 2019. The latest anime in the long-running series follows protagonist Ash Ketchum and new character Goh as they travel across the game’s eight regions.

An episode that aired in November 2020 has made waves online after a scene featuring a bizarre food contest went viral. Fans of the Nintendo property were left unsettled after a Blaziken is forced to eat his own species – well, sort of.

Screenshot from Pokemon Journeys anime.
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The Pokemon Journeys episode featured unusual food in it.

Bizarre Pokemon Journeys scene goes viral

In the November 27 episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime, Ash and Goh both participate in an eating contest. The competition has Trainers seeing whose ‘mon can consume the most food in the shortest time possible.

However, things took a cruel turn when the final dish served was a cuisine in the shape of Torchic. Blaziken’s appetite quickly turned sour at the thought of eating something shaped like his own species.

The Gen III character then stood up and quit the contest after shedding a tear. The incredibly strange cannibalism-like dilemma went viral after being uploaded to Reddit on November 30.

Blaziken was dominating the food eating contest but then.. from pokemon

While the Torchic are technically a dessert item, the scene left some fans feeling disturbed or sympathetic towards the Pokemon’s plight. “I feel you Blaziken, being forced to eat your kind is cruel,” one fan wrote. Another user exclaimed “Who’s the sick b****rd that decided to try to make a Blaziken eat Torchics?”

Pokemon fans react to the disturbing anime scene on Reddit.

Despite only having aired in Japan, the scene quickly spread online as the community found it both be hilarious and creepy. Popular artist ‘popemadara‘ made a comedic drawing that went viral on Twitter that depicts other Pokemon in the same dilemma as Blaziken.

While it’s true that people eat human-shaped edibles called gingerbread men, the Torchic food item was disturbingly detailed. If nothing else, the situation showed that the Fire-type monster has a softer side.

Pokemon Journeys is currently still airing in Japan, however North American viewers can catch the first half of the series now on Netflix which is broken up into Part 1 and 2.