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Why you should be excited for Darkrai’s return to Pokemon Go

Published: 6/Mar/2020 2:29 Updated: 28/Apr/2020 20:25

by Paul Cot


Darkrai is once again returning to Pokemon Go for a special raid week, and its shiny form is once again available.

The Pitch-Black Pokemon will be available for the third time from Tuesday April 28, 1pm PDT to Tuesday May 5, 1pm PDT. Its return coincides with the Remote Raid Pass celebration event where other legends also return to five-star Raid Battles.

Why you should get Darkrai

Mythical Pokemon are obviously going to be strong but when you add that it’s a dark-type, it becomes even more appealing. It’s base attack stats are among the best in Pokemon Go, making it an excellent raid battle option.

Darkrai Pokemon GoDarkrai is finally coming to Pokemon Go…

While Tyranitar, another dark-type, is a more rounded Pokemon (it has better defense and stamina stats), its damage per second is far inferior to Darkrai. This is why it’s the best dark-type option for taking down raids.

Its typing also makes it an extremely effective option against psychic-types. It is also effective against ghost and fellow dark-types — although the latter is kind of cancelled out. Its stats are as follows:

  • Attack 285 – 12 of 688
  • Defence 198 – 82 of 688
  • Stamina 172 – 268 of 688

Darkrai counters and weakness

In terms of capturing Darkrai you’ll need strong fighting and fairy-types at your disposal. Bug-types are an alternative option, but viable species are few and far between.

At the top of the list is Machamp and Breloom, although the latter is lacking in stamina. Togekiss and Gardevoir are other options but don’t expect them to last long with the dark half of the Lunar Duo.

Ideally you’ll tackle Darkrai in cloudy conditions which boosts fighting-types. However, there is more to defeating Darkrai than just relying on a particular type.

Focus on the moves

Darkrai has three Charge Moves — Dark Pulse, Focus Blast and Shadow Ball — and which of these it has determines the type of Pokemon you should use. As Dark Pulse is a dark-type move you should prioritize fighting-types.

Elsewhere, two of the aforementioned counters — Gardevoir and Togekiss — have resistance to Focus Blast, so you should use these in this scenario. We all know Shadow Ball hits like a truck and will quickly obliterate the fairy-types.

This is the hardest move to compete against but fighting-types are the best option here. Battle it in foggy conditions if at all possible as this will weather boost it to between 2560 and 2671 CP.

GO Battle League

Darkrai could be the difference in the Master League section of GO Battle League, so its well worth grabbing one if you can! Its high CP and ultra high attacking stats means it’s far less effective in Ultra League, however.

Any of the aforementioned Charge Moves are fine options but Dark Pulse does benefit from STAB. Elsewhere, Darkrai has two Fast Moves – Feint Attack and Snarl. The former hits harder but does generate less energy. Snarl is a weak move in terms of damage but does do a massive 4.33 EPT which will allow you to utilize Charge Moves more often.

Darkrai is a Pokemon that really does need investment though, as its benefit comes from its high CP limit.


How to get Calyrex and Glastrier/Spectrier in the Crown Tundra DLC

Published: 23/Oct/2020 9:35

by Paul Cot


Pokemon Sword and Shield’s the Crown Tundra DLC is finally available which means trainers can get their hands on the region’s featured Legendary Pokemon, Calyrex.

Calyrex ruled all of Galar throughout ancient times, so it’s safe to say the King Pokemon will be a fantastic addition to your Pokedex. It may not appear strong at just 1.1 meters tall and 7.7kg in weight but it is highly intelligent.

In fact, it is so clever that it’s said to see every past, present, and future event. Let’s break down how to encounter Calyrex in the Crown Tundra.

Calyrex Shiny Lock
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Calyrex is the featured Legendary Pokemon of the new Crown Tundra DLC…

Calyrex location

Finding The King Pokemon is a several step process. Firstly, you’ll need to get to the point of the Crown Tundra story where you obtain the Legendary Clues in Peony’s house. This is located in Freezington.

From there pick up the Wooden Crown which can be found in his living room. By sheer coincidence (or not), there is a statue just outside where the aforementioned Crown fits like a glove. This is a statue of Calyrex (without its crown) sitting on what is either Glastrier or Spectrier. Put the crown on this statue.

This will cause Calyrex to appear which will result in a battle. The dual grass and psychic-type is relatively easy to defeat.

Following this, it will want you to interact with various NPCs in Freezington to find out whether members of the community remember it for its plentiful harvest.

Calyrex will share more about its history telling you about its loyal steed – Glastrier or Spectrier (more on that below). As part of the story, you’re required to buy some Carrot Seeds.

Again, coincidentally, a NPC is selling them right by the previous NPCs. This will cost 8 Dynite Ore.

To have this amount you will have needed to have successfully won your first Dynamax Adventure. If you haven’t, you’ll need to go back and do so.

Calyrex will then want you to choose between two locations to grow the carrots. One of them is a plot of land by gravestones and the other is in a field of “pristine snow”.

Glastrier and Spectrier

This is where the other Legendary Pokemon from the Crown Tundra come into play. Spectrier and Glastrier are Horse Pokemon with different typings.

The former is a ghost-type while the latter is ice. Therefore, it will come as no surprise Calyrex summons Spectrier when you plant the Carrot Seeds by the gravestones and Glastrier when planted by the pristine snow.

Whichever one you choose will result in you battling it back in Freezington. When you defeat it, you will obtain a tuft of Mane Hair.

This will then be used to construct the Reins of Unity. To do that you’ll need to talk to Calyrex (again) – at this point, you’re getting to know each other well – and it will give you the Radiant Petal. Take both of these to the Mayor’s House and Peony will give you the Reins of Unity.

Now you can make your way to the Crown Shrine which is located at the top of the Crown Tundra. Calyrex will be waiting for you.

Place the Carrot in the Shrine and either Spectrier or Glastrier will come for it. Calyrex will take this opportunity to jump on it. After seemingly taming it, the two fuse together to create the Shadow Rider or Ice Rider fusion forms.

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Calyrex fuses with Glastrier/Spectrier when it jumps on it and tames it…

Reins of Unity

Now Calyrex’s fusion form is waiting for you to battle it (and capture). Although you can battle it as many times as you want, it’s probably wise to save it beforehand to avoid having to get all the way back up to the Crown Shrine.

It can be difficult to capture, so make sure you have a relatively strong team and a lot of PokeBalls. Unfortunately, Calyrex is one of the few Pokemon that are Shiny locked in the Crown Tundra, so don’t waste your time soft resetting, a Shiny isn’t going to happen!

When you do capture Calyrex’s in its Shadow or Ice Rider form, you can actually use the Reins of Unity to separate the two Pokemon. This results in two Pokedex entries!

For those asking whether you can catch both Glastrier and Spectrier, no you can’t, at least not on the same save file. The process of capturing Calyrex sounds long-winded, but it’s actually pretty simple and is naturally achieved by going through the story.