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Pokemon Go February Community Day: How and who should you vote for

Published: 1/Feb/2020 15:18 Updated: 4/Feb/2020 2:47

by Paul Cot


For the first time ever, the Pokemon that headlines a Community Day will be up to you. Niantic announced the February Community Day will be decided by a fan vote which you can participate in right now.

Update: Rhyhorn has beat Dratini, Machop and Vulpix to headline the Pokemon Go February 2020 Community Day!


How to vote

The voting itself will took place on Saturday, February 1 from 12am to 11:59pm in your local time zone. Votes weren’t be counted by a simple form but rather by how much of a particular field research task is completed.

Pokemon Go February Community Day
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Who will headline the Pokemon Go February Community Day? You decide!

During this 24 hour window the following field research tasks were available:

  • Vote for Machop Community Day! Catch 20 Pokemon
  • Vote for Rhyhorn Community Day! Catch 20 Pokemon
  • Vote for Vulpix Community Day! Catch 20 Pokemon
  • Vote for Dratini Community Day! Catch 20 Pokemon

As usual, these were obtained by spinning PokeStops. The Pokemon which had the most completed tasks was considered voted for by the community.

Which Pokemon can and should you vote for?

As the task above allude to, there were four Pokemon to choose from for the Pokemon Go February Community Day headliner. These were Machop, Rhyhorn, Vulpix and Dratini – four classic Pokemon from the Kanto region.

Here’s a more detailed look at the options.

Machamp Pokemon Go Vote
Machamp remains a go to fighting option in Pokemon Go…


Even after nearly five generations of Pokemon, Machamp is still one of the better fighting-types to use in Pokemon Go. It’s also a useful tool against the Team Rocket boss, Giovanni, as a powerful fighting-type is effective against Persian and two of the three potential Pokemon he will use second.

Its defensive stats leave a lot to be desired but when it comes to attack it shines: it’s ranked the 82nd strongest attacker in the game.

Machamp’s weaknesses are obvious – fairy, flying and psychic-types. However, its exclusive move for the February Community Day is Payback, a powerful dark-type move. This will give Machamp a chance to compete with psychic-types although while you’ll be able to inflict a lot of damage yourself, its defense stats means it may not last too long. Payback will also be a strong against ghost-types.

Rhyhorn February
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Rhyperior is useful to have in Pokemon Go…


Rhyhorn had been rumored to feature in a Community Day through 2019 – well now’s your chance. Up until Gen 4 Rhyhorn could only evolve into Rhydon but an additional evolution, Rhyperior, was added in the Sinnoh region.

Its a popular choice in Pokemon Go but when it comes to battling its a bit hit and miss. Grass and water-types will prove a nightmare for Rhyperior but it is doubly effective against electric and poison Pokemon. So, if you’re using the dual ground and rock-type make sure to know its strengths and weaknesses.


Its potential exclusive move will be Rock Wrecker. Unfortunately we know little about this move other than it will be a powerful addition: “Known to be Rhyperior’s signature move, this Rock-type Charged Attack will be a powerful addition to Rhyperior’s repertoire.”

In comparison to Machamp, Rhyperior has stronger base stats. Its attack and stamina is respectively ranked 63 and 21 of the 688 species in Pokemon Go.

Vulpix Alolan Vote
Two for the price of one? Alolan Vulpix would be found eggs and raids…


Vulpix is an interesting option to have for the February Community Day. While it’s no doubt a fan-favorite Pokemon, it only evolves once, something that previous headliners haven’t.

Its evolved form, Ninetales, isn’t very powerful, either. To put this in perspective, Ninetales’ best attribute, its defense, is on par with Rhyperior’s worst, which is also its defense.

However, Vulpix does have the advantage of two types due to its Alolan form. So, you can choose between fire-type or ice-type Vulpix. What’s more is that each type of Vulpix will get its own exclusive move.

Both will learn Weather Ball but for the Kanto variant it will be a fire-type and the Alolan, an ice-type. This move will be more useful to PvP players as opposed to PvE. Weather Ball was previously exclusive to Castform.

Dragonite Pokemon Go Vote
Could Dratini be the first Pokemon to headline a Community Day twice?


The final choice is Dratini which as we all know will give the opportunity of getting a Dragonite. If Dratini were to win the vote then this would mark the first time a Pokemon has headlined a Community Day twice (withstanding the December events).

Dragonite nearly always has a dragon-type charge move but its exclusive move for the February Community Day would be Superpowerful, a strong fighting-type move. This would somewhat help two of Dragonite’s weaknesses – ice and rock-types – as they are vulnerable to fighting moves. It would still be best to avoid battling ice-types however, as they are doubly effective due to Dragonite’s dual dragon and flying-type.

Should the voting be received positively by trainers, we could see more Community Days decided by votes in the future.


Pokemon Go Halloween update: Start date, Galar Region teasers, Runerigus

Published: 19/Oct/2020 14:04

by David Purcell


Excitement is building for the Pokemon Go Halloween 2020 event, with players wondering which species will be the headliner and what potential changes will be in the works for the mobile game. 

One thing is for certain, this year’s spooky season is going to be a little different for everyone.


We may not see as many children on the streets, or people dressed up to celebrate the holiday, but it’s really a time for developers of video games to push the boat out for those reasons.

If you weren’t expecting much from Pokemon Go this year, think again. The teasers are already rolling out, so let’s take a look at everything we know so far.

Pokemon Go August event
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Pokemon G last received its big update for the beginning of August. So, what’s next?

When is the Pokemon Go Halloween update coming out?

Pokemon Go always goes big for the Halloween event. This year, it’s expected to start up sometime in the last week of October. 

Last year, developers kicked off proceedings on October 17, which was a Thursday, so we should expect to see a similar timeline followed this time around. Once we have official confirmation, we will update this article.

Pokemon Go Halloween teaser

On October 18, Pokemon Go on Twitter revealed a big teaser for the event.


Yamask, which evolves into Runerigus in the Galar Region, features in a short promo video, emerging from the smoke.

Now, it’s unclear as to how this will affect the event this year, but it could be one of the featured ‘mons – for sure.

Interestingly Galarian Yamask has been found in datamines, which are discussed more below. That, in turn, could also mean its evolved form has a big part to play in the festivities.


October Research Breakthrough encounter

Between October 1 and November 1, Shedninja will be available as the October Research Breakthrough encounter in Pokemon Go.

Shedninja Pokemon Go
Shedninja features in the spooky month’s research encounter.

October Legendary Raid Boss schedule

Three Legendary Raid Bosses were confirmed for October, though some have already been and gone.


In a blog post, referencing further additions to the list, Niantic said: “Stay tuned for details about a special Raid Boss that’ll be available to challenge during our Halloween event! Each week in October, there’ll be a Raid Hour event on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. local time featuring that week’s Legendary Raid Boss in five-star raids.”

  • Zapdos in five-star raids: Friday, September 25 (1PM) to Friday, October 2 (1PM. PDT (GMT −7).
  • Moltres in five-star raids: Friday, October 2 (1PM) to Friday, October 9 (1PM. PDT (GMT −7).
  • Origin Form Girantina: Friday, October 9 (1PM) to Friday, October 23 (1PM PDT (GMT −7).

Presumably there “special” Raid Boss will feature after October 23. Here’s which Pokemon we think this exciting new Raid Boss could be.

Pokemon Go Halloween leaks

There have been a few details revealed ahead of schedule by data miners, such as martycochrane on Reddit.

The leaker has been searching far and wide in the game’s data files for Halloween clues, and finally they have found a few big clues.

In their October 16 post, they stated the following had been found:

Galarian Ponyta
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Galarian Ponyta is one of many Galar Region Pokedex entries mentioned in the leak.


  • New Pokedex Entries

    • Galarian Ponyta

    • Galarian Rapidash

    • Galarian Yanmask

    • Runerigus

  • Spooky pose

  • Halloween Clothing

    • Masks

    • Gengar Onesie

    • Yanmask Top Hat

  • Crown Tundra Clothing

  • Halloween Box Names

  • Halloween Research – A Spooky Message Unmasked

    • Spiritomb (and maybe wild spawns)

    • Galarian Yanmask

  • Grubhub event

Whether or not these features will be coming soon as part of the Halloween content remains to be seen, though a mention of “spooky message” and “spooky pose” would appear to be huge indications of the inevitable.

We shall soon see what content is coming up next, but based on these leaks, it’s going to be a big event this year. We’ll continue to update this article as news breaks, but as of October 19, all details are up to date.