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Pokemon Go: How to choose what Tyrogue evolves into

Published: 6/Apr/2020 15:39 Updated: 6/Apr/2020 15:40

by Paul Cot


Most of you will know that Tyrogue can evolve into either of Hitmonlee, Hitmonchan or Hitmontop. But did you know that in Pokemon Go you can actually choose which of these the small fighting-type evolves into? Here, we explain how.

The kicking Hitmonlee and punching Hitmonchan have been a part of the Pokemon franchise since the very beginning. Tyrogue and Hitmontop, on the other hand, were introduced in Gen 2.


The introduction of Johto saw numerous ‘pre-evolutions’ of popular Pokemon added, including Tyrogue. So, the Scuffle Pokemon can evolve into any of these three.

Tyrogue Pokemon GoTyrogue was introduced in Gen 2…

Attack, defense or stamina?

Which one of these it will evolve into isn’t random, though. It all depends on which stat of Tyrogue’s is the highest.


Species in Pokemon Go have three different types of individual value (IV) – attack, defense and stamina. These determine the potential of a given Pokemon but in the case of Tyrogue, also what it will evolve into.

This is based on which of these IVs is the highest. It will evolve into the following:

  • Attack highest – Hitmonlee
  • Defense highest – Hitmonchan
  • Stamina highest – Hitmontop

If it is a tie for the best stat, the evolution will be random between them.


This curiously doesn’t match their in-game stats, however. While Hitmonlee does have the best attack, it is Hitmonchop that has the best defense.

Meanwhile, Hitmonchan is in the middle of the two, boasting the second highest attack and defense. All three of them have the same stamina stats.

Which is the best of Hitmonlee, Hitmonchan and Hitmontop?

Firstly, we can rule all three of them out of being good gym defenders or good counters in Raid Battles. None of them have the bulk or movesets to be effective here.

Hitmonlee Pokemon Go
Hitmonlee has the best attacking stats of Tyrogue’s evolutions…


There’s more of a discussion to have when it comes to GO Battle League, though. Hitmonlee, while having moves suited to the PvP format, just doesn’t have the bulk to be considered.

Hitmontop Pokemon Go
Hitmontop, like Tyrogue, was first seen in the Johto region…


Hitmontop has a great Fast Move in Counter. It has 4 damage per turn, has excellent energy generation and even benefits from same type attack bonus (STAB).


It also has decent Charge Moves in Close Combat and Stone Edge. Gyro Ball is another move it is capable of but this is considered the worst of the three.

Hitmonchan Pokemon Go
Hitmonchan is capable of electric, fire, fighting and ice-type Charge Moves…


Finally, Hitmonchan is another option you could consider. It is unique in that it has a variety of types it can use as Charge Moves.

In addition to the attack boosting Power-Up Punch, the Punching Pokemon has Fire Punch, Ice Punch and Thunder Punch in its arsenal.

Power-Up Punch is an excellent move to have and should made a priority. It is low damage but charges quickly and boosts Hitmonchan’s attack each time it’s used.

The aforementioned variety of punches all have the same damage dealt and energy generation of 55 and 40 respectively.


Pokemon Go: Legendary Pokemon are getting even rarer

Published: 13/Oct/2020 15:36 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 15:37

by Paul Cot


In recent times Legendary Pokemon have been made what they should have been all along in Pokemon Go – rare.

There was a time in Pokemon Go when getting those legendary ‘mons became all too common and easy. This resulted in it becoming a mundane task – something which getting one should never be.


Research Breakthrough rewards were introduced to the mobile game in April 2018. You can obtain these rewards by earning seven Field Research stamps.

Only one can be earned per day and you get one for completing any Field Research task. As anyone who has completed these before can attest to, they are often very easy to do.


From April 2018 until December 2019, the majority of these months had a Legendary Pokemon waiting for you when you earned those seven stamps. This meant you could earn an encounter with the likes of Moltres, Latios, Groudon – and any other of the litany of legends that featured – for completing seven simple tasks.

If you routinely played, this meant a new Legendary Pokemon every seven days. It was no wonder Legendary Pokemon lost their allure.

Lugia Zapdos Articuno Moltres Pokemon Go
Easy to obtain Legendary Pokemon are a thing of the past in Pokemon Go…

Make Legendary Pokemon rare again

From January 2020 though, legendary species no longer featured as the Research Breakthrough encounter reward. Niantic likely realized they were too easy to get and wanted to make getting them mean something again.


Generally, this made them only obtainable in Raid Battles. This made sense because with rare ‘mons so easy to get hold of previously, fewer trainers would spend the time to get them in the more difficult route of Raid Battles. This is in addition to them costing real money/PokeCoins if you did more than one a day.

It hasn’t stopped there, however. It looks like Niantic want to make them even rarer. Many trainers will have noticed five-star Raids are appearing far less frequently.

This hasn’t been confirmed in any official capacity but there is plenty of anecdotal evidence from the Pokemon Go community. “[I] was in an area with over 25 gyms but could only find 2 Giratina during 5 [a] hour period this afternoon,” MarinaBlu shared. They did note a lot more Mega Raids were appearing during that time.


Encouraging Mega Raids?

There could be multiple reasons for this. Firstly, it will make trainers jump on Raid Battles that feature Legendary Pokemon, stopping the often empty lobbies which single trainers have to avoid.

Then there could be an element of wanting to make Legendary Pokemon even more desirable. This is understandable but certainly puts newer players at a disadvantage. After all, experienced trainers will have a lot stocked up. They would argue this is deserved, however, due to the time they have put into the game.


Finally, it could be Niantic are trying to encourage trainers to play more Mega Raids. The concept of Mega Evolution in Pokemon Go hasn’t been received as well as the developers would have hoped, though.

We don’t know if the reduced five-star Raid Battles will carry on, but it’s definitely something to keep an eye on.