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Pokemon Go Blastoise: Evolution, moveset, counters, type, tier ranking

Published: 4/Oct/2020 19:36

by Paul Cot

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Being one of three original starter ‘mons, Blastoise is one of the most iconic Pokemon in the whole franchise. Despite this, the Shellfish Pokemon isn’t seen as often as you’d expect in Pokemon Go.

Squirtle is one of the very first Pokemon fans were introduced to back when the original games were first released. As such it was available from the get go when Pokemon Go released in July 2016, too.

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The Squirtle line featured in its own Community Day in July of 2018. Naturally this made Blastoise a much more common Pokemon, at least for trainers who were playing the mobile game at the time.

Blastoise can be found in a few other forms: as a Shadow Pokemon, Clone Pokemon and a Shiny. It can also be Mega Evolved! Its max CP is a relatively low 2,466.

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Blastoise Pokemon Go
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You’d be forgiven for thinking Blastoise should be more powerful than it is in Pokemon Go…

Evolution

As trainers of all experience levels will know, Blastoise evolves from Wartortle which evolves from Squirtle.

  • Squirtle -> 25 Candy -> Wartortle -> 100 Candy -> Blastoise

Type

Blastoise is a pure water-type Pokemon. Its resistances and vulnerabilities are as follows:

Resistant to Vulnerable to
Fire Electric
Ice Grass
Steel
Water

Moveset

In Pokemon Go Blastoise can learn the following moves:

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Fast Moves

  • Bite (dark) – 4 DPT, 2 EPT
  • Water Gun (water) – 3 DPT, 3 EPT

Charge Move

  • Flash Cannon (steel) – 110 damage, 70 energy
  • Hydro Pump (water) – 130 damage, 75 energy
  • Ice Beam (ice) – 90 damage, 55 energy
  • Skull Bash (normal) – 130 damage, 75 energy

Elite Charge Move

  • Hydro Cannon (water) – 80 damage, 40 energy

Unfortunately neither of Blastoise Fast Moves are that impressive. This is probably why it isn’t a common sighting in Pokemon Go battles.

Of the two however, Water Gun is preferable. This is because its superior energy generation is better for PvP. Additionally, Water Gun also benefits from STAB.

Hydro Cannon is a must if you want your Blastoise to be competitive when battling. A Second Charge Move for Blastoise costs a relatively small 25 Candy and 10,000 Stardust. Ice Beam is the way to go here as the energy requirement isn’t too high and gives you an out if you’re stuck with a grass-type Pokemon.

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When it comes to PvE though, there are plenty of better options. Blastoise’s moves and average attack stat means it is nowhere near the meta.

Tier ranking

  • PvE attacker: 2/10
  • Great League: 6/10
  • Ultra League: 7/10
  • Master League: 2/10

Counters

Blastoise will dip in and out of Raid Battles in Pokemon Go depending on what events are happening. It will come as no surprise that electric and grass-types are the best way to defeat it.

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The best options are (when using electric and grass-type moves):

  • Raikou
  • Magnezone
  • Tangrowth
  • Venusaur
  • Zapdos
  • Electivire

Blastoise isn’t the powerhouse its notoriety or fame would suggest. Even the seemingly weaker Vaporeon is a better option. Hopefully Niantic will make a change to move Blastoise closer to its fellow Gen 1 starter Charizard down the line.

League of Legends

TFT Patch 10.20b notes: Spirit nerf, Aphelios & Ashe nerfs, more

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:07

by Andrew Amos

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Ahead of the next update, Riot have slid in a little addendum to TFT Patch 10.20 with a “b-patch” hotfix. The devs are keeping a keen eye on Spirit, Aphelios, Ashe, and more, as they look to tone down the “overperformers” urgently.

While Riot seemingly did away with the b-patches during the latter stages of Galaxies, the mid-update changes are back. In TFT Fates, Riot will be keeping more of a keen eye during the week following a major update to potentially drop even more changes.

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They were happy after the set’s launch initially, but there have been a few overperformers in TFT Patch 10.20 Riot want to tone down ahead of the next update. They aren’t doing too much though, as they want the next patch to be a big one.

“[TFT Patch] 10.21 is shaping up to be a big patch, but these changes felt worth getting out a little earlier. B-Patches are limited to number changes, so bigger changes have to wait,” developer Stephen ‘Mortdog’ Mortimer explained after the October 7 update went live.

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Spirit 4 nerfed, Brawler-Ashe targeted

The major changes in TFT Patch 10.20b are to Spirit, Ashe, and Aphelios. The two champions, and the trait, have been the crux of many of the meta compositions.

Looking at Spirit, Riot has decided the Patch 10.20 changes weren’t enough originally. Spirit 4 is being nerfed by another 10% bonus attack speed, dropping from 80% of the mana cost to 70%. This should hopefully bring it more in line, although without Ahri nerfs being shipped, that remains to be seen.

Brawler-Ashe has been one of the most consistent compositions of the set so far. With Ashe being able to dish out huge amounts of damage with an in-built attack speed steroid, she’s risen to be one of the best units in the set. Riot will be toning that back though, reducing her ability’s attack speed at one and two-star.

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High Noon Ashe in League of Legends
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Brawler-Ashe is getting a notable nerf if you don’t manage to find three-star Ashe.

Aphelios carry is also another popular composition. Riot has deemed his ability to generate turrets a bit too efficient though, so he’s losing some of his starting mana so he can’t automatically start firing away.

Janna and Veigar are also being targeted in TFT Patch 10.20b. Janna’s total mana is going up from 50 to 60, while Veigar is losing damage on his Dark Blossom ability at all levels.

You can find the full TFT Patch 10.20b changes below.

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Spirit Blossom Ahri in TFT Fates
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Spirit is getting nerfed again, but power carry Ahri remains untouched.

TFT Patch 10.20b notes

Champions

  • Aphelios starting Mana: 120 ⇒ 90
  • Janna max Mana: 50 ⇒ 60
  • Ashe Hunter’s Focus Bonus Attack Speed: 50/75/300 ⇒ 45/65/300
  • Veigar Dark Blossom Damage: 500/650/1000 ⇒ 450/600/900

Traits

  • Spirit Attack Speed: 35/80 ⇒ 35/70