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Pokemon GO GBL: Getting to rank 10 without Altaria, Azumarill, Registeel

Published: 27/Mar/2020 15:27

by Paul Cot


Getting to Rank 10 in Pokemon Go’s GO Battle League is an impressive feat in itself but it is even more so if you can do without using Altaria, Azumarill, Registeel or even Skarmory.

That’s exactly what one trainer has done and they have even shared how. It wasn’t by luck either!

Anyone who has played GBL will know how difficult reaching rank 10 is as it requires a battle rating of 3,000 or higher. Due to the way the matchmaking works, you have to go through other top players to get there, too.

If you’re competing against the best trainers in GO Battle League then you’ll have no doubt come up against Altaria, Azumarill and Registeel. There’s a reason for this: they are among, and if not, the best options in GBL Great League.

So, to go against the grain and the accepted Great League meta, and come out on top 10 is commendable. There are other strong Pokemon that can be used and the trainer in question selected three of them and stuck by them in every single battle.

In fact they used the selected three for all 322 battles they played. Yes, that’s a lot of battles. Of those 322, they won 235 – an impressive 73% win ratio.

Unique Great League picks

AsianMilkMan shared their story on Reddit, revealing they exclusively used Dewgong, Mantine and Whiscash. That may raise a few eyebrows but they are actually good picks in their own-right.

To get to rank 10 in GO Battle League you have no option but to have two Charge Moves for each of your Pokemon. Having different type move options and the ability to be unpredictable is a must at that level.

Dewgong Great League
Dewgong is an excellent option if you have access to its Legacy Moves…


Unfortunately it might be tricky to replicate Dewgong’s moves though, as two of them are Legacy Moves. Ice Shard is a hard hitting Fast Move that is also generous with energy generation.

Icy Wind and Water Pulse, not only take advantage of STAB but also offer three and two-bar Charge Moves respectively. Ice-type moves are also effective against some tricky dragon, flying, grass and ground-types, too.

Mantine Great League
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Mantine is not a common pick in GO Battle Great League…


Mantine might be the most interesting of the three picks. It’s moveset doesn’t stand out and has a double weakness to electric-type attacks.

AsianMilkMan’s utilizes Bubble for the Fast Move with Bubble Beam and Ice Beam for the Charge Moves. What’s more curious about this is that it’s very similar to Dewgong.

This can produce the element of surprise but you’d think electric attackers would have a field day. Who are we to criticize the strategy though, with a win loss record like that!

Whiscash Great League
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There’s few Pokemon better to spam Charge Moves with than Whiscash…


Finally, Whiscash is probably the most common of the three picks. It has excellent stamina although its defense somewhat takes away from this.

Its strength comes from it moves, though. Mud Shot will allow you to get Charge Moves as quick as any other in the game.

Its first Charge Move, Mud Bomb, is a low energy, three-bar Charge Move which compliments Mud Shot perfectly. Its other selected Charge Move, Blizzard, is obviously far more powerful but does require significantly more energy.

A bit of trickery can be used here by saving up some Mud Bombs if you want to bait your opponent into wasting Protect Shields. It also gives the actual option of a powerful ice-type move. This means each of these Pokemon have an ice-type Charge Move – which could be something worth noting for your own team.

It’s good to see a Pokemon Go trainer have such success with a team of Pokemon that aren’t really in the meta. Hopefully other options come to the forefront to keep GO Battle Great League as fresh as possible.


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.

Calyrex Glastrier
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.