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Trainers react to non-legendary Pokemon Go Research Breakthrough reward

Published: 3/Feb/2020 19:22 Updated: 3/Feb/2020 19:24

by Paul Cot


Woobat, yes Woobat, has been confirmed as the February Pokemon Go Research Breakthrough encounter reward. It comes as a surprise, but what isn’t surprising is trainers aren’t happy with the decision.

The popular Bat Pokemon is available now through to March 1, 1pm PST. As part of the reward you will get 10 extra Woobat Candies, giving you a total of 13.


This means if you use a Pinap Berry on it then it will double to 26 ā€“ which makes using one imperative. Get 50 of them and you’ll be able to evolve it into the courting Pokemon, Swoobat.

Swoobat Pokemon Go
Pokemon Fandom
50 Woobat Candies will evolve it into Swoobat…

February Research Breakthrough reward isn’t a legend

Last month’s Research Breakthrough reward was Lapras with the powerful ice-type moves Ice Shard and Ice Beam. In the near two year history of the rewards this was only the second time a non-legendary had featured.


Previous to Lapras, ‘Flower Crown’ Eevee had featured during September and October – a decision which trainers were less than thrilled with. It was a quite step down from the likes of Moltres, Lugia, Kyogre, etc.

It looks like non-legendary rewards are here to stay, though. The reveal of Woobat now makes it two months in a row a legend hasn’t been used. It does somewhat soften the blow that Woobat is a Gen 5 Pokemon that is a new introduction to the Pokedex, however.

Regi Trio Pokemon Go
The Regi trio are just three of many legendary Pokemon that have been Research Breakthrough rewards…

Trainers are used to legendaries

While some trainers have accepted the change to Research Breakthrough rewards, others are less than happy. One Twitter user, Thunders_Bolt, was left particularly disappointed with the news: “These were the only way for me to get non-shadow legendaries and they replace them with Woobat? Really?”


Another trainer seemed furious with the decision, saying: “WOOBAT HAHAHAHAHA. Weren’t selling enough raid passes with legendaries as research breakthroughs, huh?” They went on to further their opinion but you can read that on Twitter.

Elsewhere, although blunt, this was trainer was a little more reasoned in their response to the news: “These pointless Pokemon that are limited to 3-5 per month is a waste. Woobat should be in the wild.”

It seems there are two camps of Pokemon Go trainer ā€“ one which is happy with the new type of rewards and others which are going to struggle with the new concept of non-legendaries.


The latter of those might have to get used to it, though. We may never know the real reason for their relatively sudden removal, but the first tweet may have hit the nail on the head.

It could well be a business decision to make legendary species in Pokemon Go harder to come by and therefore rarer. After all, being able to easily get one a week had taken away some of their allure. Perhaps legendary Pokemon will be just that going forward ā€“ legendary.


Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot


The Pokemon Go November Community Day is still a good month away, but that hasn’t stopped trainers speculating as to what the headliner could be.

November is of course the penultimate Pokemon Go Community Day of the year. It is also the last one in which Pokemon fans will try to predict the headliner.


That is because the December CD is traditionally a mega Community Day of sorts. It brings the previous headliners from that year and makes them all available in one event.

Presumably, it will be the same for 2020. It is a day in which Pokemon Go trainers of all levels do their best to make sure they don’t miss out on!


Before we get there though, we still need to find out what the 10th headliner of 2020 will be. That isn’t a typo, as there will only be 11 in total this year because March’s CD was canceled due to the global health crisis – you may have heard about it.

No vote for November?

Niantic have made it a habit of letting us decide which Pokemon headline Community Days in 2020. In fact, 5 of the 10 from 2020 have been decided via vote.

The latest two votes however, have decided the following two Community Days. With October already in place with Charmander, there is only November to decide.


While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.


So, if it isn’t to be decided by us, who are the contenders. The one that first comes to mind is Snivy.

Ever since Piplup headlined in January, we haven’t had another starter, at least a new one. At the time it was expected Snivy would be the featured ‘mon for March, which would have been in line with Niantic’s pattern of alternating between starter and non-starters.


Snivy may have been delayed because the Pokemon Go developers realized they were running out of starter ‘mons to use. Of the released Pokemon in the mobile game, it is only the Gen 5 starters that haven’t headlined, although Gen 6’s introduction is expected soon. So, 10 months on from the last one, it could be time for the Unova grass-type starter.

Snivy Pokemon Go
Snivy would seemingly be the leading contender for the November CD…

Deino or Gible?

Deino and Gible are two of the more popular Pokemon in the entire franchise and have been rumored as headliners. Unfortunately, that is why either of them making an appearance may be wishful thinking.


Both are super rare spawns and putting them as a featured Pokemon for a Community Day would certainly take away from their current allure. Besides, Niantic likely knows they can rely on them to boost other events, even if they do remain rare spawn rates.

Hopefully, they will headline a Community Day at some point in the future but 2020 seems unlikely at best.

Other contenders

The other most likely candidates for November are Exeggcute and Starly. Both were previously revealed to be included in another vote which never materialized.

Bulbasaur and Magikarp were also in there but the latter has already headlined in 2020, and Bulbasaur seems an unlikely option outside of a vote.

The Pokemon Go CD will likely take place in the second half of November. The 22nd seems the most likely day as this would keep distance between the previous one and adhere to alternating Saturday and Sundays.