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Pokemon Go: Are the starter Pokemon of any use?

Published: 18/May/2020 15:36

by Paul Cot


The starter Pokemon are a big part of Pokemon Go but beyond their cultural importance are they actually of any use?

Since the franchise’s introduction in 1996, there have been eight sets of starter Pokemon. Naturally the likes of Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle remain the most famous, but all eight generations worth now hold an important place in the world of Pokemon.

They are featured from the outset in every mainline Pokemon game and are often a big part of the anime. So, their popularity is hardly surprising.

Trainers play the Pokemon games for a variety of reasons – the story, competitive battling, to catch their most beloved Pokemon and more. When it comes to Pokemon Go there isn’t much of a story in the game. Many trainers are happy to play to collect their beloved starters. Beyond their addition to the Pokedex, do they offer any use, though?

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It stands to reason that a Pokemon’s evolved form is stronger than its pre-evolution…

Final evolved forms only – obviously

In their original form, they don’t. Whether it’s Charmander, Chikorita or Mudkip, none of them have the strength to pose any type of threat in a competitive scenario.

This won’t come as a revelation to many of you as their stats just can’t compete. We know that these pre-evolutions aren’t meant for battling, however. Invariably, that is the job of final evolution Pokemon.

Not only are the likes of Charizard, Meganium and Swampert far stronger, they are actually among some of the best Pokemon to use. With nearly five generations worth of Pokemon to choose from in the mobile game, however, there are a lot of Pokemon that can get the better of them.

Experienced Pokemon Go players will also know that often a species’ moves is more important than their stats. This means the same species of Pokemon, say Blaziken, can go from being a strong option for your team to being relatively useless.

Rock Smash Exclusive Tyranitar
Pokemon feature in Community Days can learn an exclusive move if you evolve them…

Community Day moves are a must

There are some exceptions such as the aforementioned Charizard and Blaziken. Generally though, the starter Pokemon’s final evolved forms require the presence of their Community Day exclusive move to compete in the Pokemon Go meta.

As the name suggests, these are moves that were only attainable when capturing them in their respective Community Day.

However, fortunately, the introduction of Elite TMs has made them available once again, albeit rarely. You can teach all sorts of Pokemon elite moves using these hard to earn Elite TMs, which include Community Day exclusive moves.

There had been complaints among the Pokemon Go community that starter Pokemon without these moves just couldn’t compete in GO Battle League, Pokemon Go’s competitive PvP format. This is often true, but at least now trainers can bridge that gap.

Legendary and Mythical Pokemon definitely have a big advantage when it comes to battles, as they should, but with the right moveset (yes, we’re looking at you Swampert Mud Shot and Hydro Cannon users) starter Pokemon can be very beneficial. It’s just unfortunate they have to rely on certain moves to do so.


Pokemon GO Team GO Rocket event: date & time, Raikou & Suicune raids

Published: 28/Jan/2021 4:08

by Brad Norton


Team GO Rocket is celebrating in a mysterious new Pokemon GO event, and we’ve got a complete rundown on everything from the starting time to the specific Pokemon up for grabs.

There are plenty of Pokemon GO events to keep on top of at the moment but none are quite as secretive as the Team GO Rocket celebration. We have no idea why there’s a cause for celebration, but we do know what to expect from the festivities.

Everything from your typical Pokemon GO event is featured throughout, along with a few surprises. The expected raids are here in full force, rare Pokemon will be more common throughout the event, and of course, there are a few exclusive items to get your hands on as well.

However, you’ve only got a short window to claim all the goodies and figure out why Team GO Rocket is even celebrating. Here’s everything you need to know.

Team GO Rocket celebration event features

Pokemon Go gameplay
A number of rare Pokemon will be easier to find throughout this event.

Keeping in line with other major Pokemon GO events, this limited-time celebration comes with a better chance of finding select Pokemon. Golbat, Koffing, and Ariados to name just a few, will be appearing far more frequently throughout this event.

Moreover, Pokemon like the Corphish, Absol, and Skorupi will be hatching from rare Strange Eggs. If you’re trying to fill out your Pokedex there’s no better time to hunt down some of these elusive Pokemon. 

The full list of features for the brief Team GO Rocket celebration event can be seen below:

  • Golbat, Koffing, Ariados, Qwilfish, Sneasel, Houndour, Nuzleaf, Stunky, Skorupi, and Venipede appearing more often in the wild.
  • Qwilfish, Larvitar, Corphish, Absol, Skorupi, Sandile, Scraggy, Pawniard, Vullaby, and Deino will be hatching from Strange Eggs during and after the event.
  • Event-exclusive Field Research and Timed Research will be available.
  • The Team GO Rocket–themed Timed Research that begins during the Johto Celebration event will continue during this event and will reward an encounter with the Legendary Pokémon Ho-Oh that knows the exclusive attack Earthquake.

Team GO Rocket celebration event raid details

As you would have guessed, raids play a huge role in this particular event as well. From one-star raids all the way through to mega raids, there’s something for everyone here.

Select Pokemon will be present in these limited-time raids so you can further build out your collection by tracking down the most challenging additions of them all. The full list can be found below.

  • One-star raids: Alolan Meowth, Alolan Grimer, Gligar, Sneasel, Shinx, and Klink.
  • Three-star raids: Nidoqueen, Ariados, Umbreon, Tyranitar, and Absol.
  • Five-star raids: Raikou and Suicune will both be appearing at different times. 
  • Mega Raids: Mega Venusaur, Mega Ampharos, and Mega Houndoom.

Team GO Rocket celebration event start date and time

Team GO Rocket in Pokemon GO
Team GO Rocket are taking over Pokemon GO.

The Team GO Rocket celebration is almost upon us. The mysterious event won’t be around for long, however, so you’ll have to make the most of it while it’s around.

This particular celebration begins on Tuesday, February 2 at 10 AM in your local time and runs through until Sunday, February 7 at 8 PM local time.

So you’ve only got a few quick days to get on top of the event and collect as much as possible. In the meantime, there’s also plenty of five-star raids to keep you occupied outside of this event in February.