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LEAK CONFIRMED: Deoxys Defense Form coming to Pokemon Go in March

Published: 5/Mar/2019 22:07 Updated: 14/Mar/2019 1:25

by Paul Cot


Another Gen 3 mythical Pokemon is coming to Pokemon Go raid battles in March. GamingIntel have leaked Deoxys Defense Form is coming ahead of an official announcement.

Update: Niantic have confirmed that Deoxys Defense Form is coming to Pokemon Go as an EX raid battle on March 25. The leak stated it would come on March 23, but between the time of the leak and announcement this has clearly changed.


Deoxys Defense Form coming in March

The most recent leak confirms that the psychic-type mythical Pokemon Deoxys, more specifically its Defense Forme, will made available as an exclusive raid boss on March 25.

Deoxys Normal Form and Attack Form have also previously been available in ex raid battles. These two came after Mewtwo was the first Pokemon to be available as an ex raid boss.


What are EX Raid Battles?

An ex raid battle is the same as traditional raid battles but it is invite only. It is also known as an exclusive raid battle.

The locations of gyms that host ex raid battles are random. To receive an invite to one a Pokemon Go trainer must have successfully completed a raid at the same gym.

@PokemonGoAppDeoxys in its Defense Form…

Deoxys stats

Like Rayquaza, another Pokemon who has been leaked to appear a week before, Deoxys was first seen in Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire.


Deoxys due to its various forms provides some incredibly high stats in its specialized form. Naturally the Defense Forme variant of Deoxys has amazing defense stats.

Its stats are as follows:

  • CP: 1,978
  • Attack: 144
  • Defense: 330
  • Stamina: 100

Deoxys counters

Mewtwo, Tyranitar and Gengar are the best counters for Deoxys Defense Forme. Interestingly, you will need at least three other Pokemon Go trainers to take down the ultra-defensive Pokemon.


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.