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Pokemon Go Fest Puzzle: Code has been redeemed but there’s a second one

Published: 24/Jul/2020 21:40

by Paul Cot


In the build up to GO Fest 2020, Niantic have been asking Pokemon Go trainers to channel their inner Detective Pikachu. Over the last week trainers have been asked to decipher a code which would be a redeemable Pokemon Go promo code.

The official Twitter account has been sharing these clues on a regular basis. In total there are 13 to work out with each of them corresponding to a letter within the promo code.

Clues and answers

The 13 clues and respective answers are as follows:

  1. This league of GO Battle League was introduced on March 27, 2020 – Ultra
  2. This Pokémon was the first to be able to learn the move Hydro Cannon by evolving on Community Day. – Blastoise
  3. This water and electric type Pokémon was featured on the Safari Zone Liverpool art. – Chichou
  4. This mythical Pokémon made the wishes of many trainers come true at Pokémon GO Fest 2019! – Jirachi
  5. You place one of these in Pokémon GO to attract Pokémon to a Pokéstop. – Lure
  6. You need a battle rating of 2100 or higher to reach this rank in GO Battle League. – 9
  7. This Unown form is similar to the 24th letter of the English Alphabet. – X
  8. You can bring this many Pokémon in your party to a Raid in Pokémon GO. – 6
  9. This team recently invaded Pokémon GO via balloon! – Rocket
  10. This Pokémon was featured in Limited Research in February of 2019. – Clamperl
  11. Pokémon GO is this many years old! –  4
  12. If you complete research tasks for this many days in a row, you unlock a Research Breakthrough! – 7
  13. This Pokémon was featured for Community Day in April 2020 – Abra

Code not working

This makes the final code: UBCJL9X6RC47A. However, don’t bother trying it because it won’t work.

The code only worked for the select few trainers that were quick enough to enter it. The reward for the lucky players that did get it was reportedly as follows:

  • Premium Battle Pass x2
  • Super Incubator x2
  • Incense x2
  • Star Piece x2
  • Poke Ball x30
  • Hyper Potion x10
  • Lucky Egg x2

Consolation code – can be reedemed

Fortunately there is a consolation code, a runners-up prize if you will, that can be redeemed. This is: 5PTHMZ3AZM5QC

This will give you the following:

  • Sinnoh Stone x1
  • Max Potion x10
  • Ultra Ball x10

If you’re using an iPhone it can be redeemed through the official Niantic page. Android users will be able to enter the promo code within the Pokemon Go app.

Pokemon GO Fest 2020 is a two-day event taking place across July 25th and July 26th. It is the first GO Fest event that won’t take place in a physical location.


Pokemon Sword & Shield players furious after ranked battle Legendary ban lifted

Published: 22/Jan/2021 18:59

by Brent Koepp


The Pokemon Sword & Shield community was left divided over Game Freak’s decision to allow powerful restricted Legendaries such as Mewtwo and Kyogre into ranked online battles. 

For years, most Legendary Pokemon have been restricted from ranked battles each generation. Their immense power not only breaks the game’s meta, but risks every Trainer using the same lineup due to their dominating stats.

On January 22, Game Freak shocked Sword & Shield players when they announced traditionally-banned Legendaries would now be allowed into the Gen 8 title’s competitive mode, breaking years of precedent. 

Screenshot of Pokemon Sword & Shield Legendary Zacian attacking.
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
Sword & Shield Legendary Zacian can now be used in ranked online battles.

Legendary Pokemon in Sword & Shield ranked mode

Legendary Pokemon are tricky as their powers and gimmick-y movesets are often designed around a story element. The ‘mon are insanely powerful due to the game’s narrative, and that doesn’t exactly translate into competitive battles.

Despite banning certain ‘mon, Sword & Shield’s Series 8 Rules seems to reverse that – with a twist. According to the new ruleset, each Trainer will be allowed to use ONE previously restricted Legendary in their team.

Compete in Ranked Battles Series 8 with a powerful Legendary Pokemon at your side,” the developer announced in the Home app. Below we will list the banned Legendaries now allowed into the competitive mode.

Screenshot of Pokemon Sword & Shield series 8 rules.
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
The new rule lets previously-restricted Legendaries in Sword & Shield ranked battles.

Banned Pokemon Legendaries now allowed:

  • Mewtwo
  • Lugia
  • Ho-Oh
  • Kyogre
  • Groudon
  • Rayquaza
  • Dialga
  • Palkia
  • Giratina
  • Reshiram
  • Zekrom
  • Kyurem
  • Xerneas
  • Yveltal
  • Cosmog
  • Cosmoem
  • Solgaleo
  • Lunala
  • Necrozma
  • Zacian
  • Zamazenta
  • Eternatus
  • Calyrex

The decision quickly angered some Sword & Shield players who felt the decision would change ranked meta substantially. “What the hell is this. This is actually going to ruin ranked,” one person wrote on Twitter. “Oof…This’ll be a disaster,” someone else said. Another player said, “Every team will have a Zacian now, gotcha. Pass.”

Screenshot of Pokemon fans angry over Legendary Pokemon allowed in ranked Sword & Shield.

While the Gen 8 community was divided when Game Freak issued massive bans to powerful ‘mon in 2020, some players now wish it would return after the latest VGC rules. “So they didn’t learn from their mistakes last time they allowed those. Series 5 or 6 where they banned top Pokemon was the best thing ever,” another Trainer replied.

Screenshot of Pokemon player reacting to Sword & Shield Series 8 rules.

While this isn’t the first time Game Freak has lifted restrictions, the Series 8 rules mark a major change in allowing certain Legendaries who have been banned from the mode for years. It also gets complicated, as some Legendaries have been allowed in Sword & Shield in the past.

However, perhaps the “you can only choose one” rule will balance things out. Things have already become interesting as it’s forcing hardcore Trainers to have to pick their ‘mon wisely due to counters.