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LEAK CONFIRMED: Rayquaza coming to Pokemon Go in March

Published: 27/Feb/2019 20:20 Updated: 8/Mar/2019 10:36

by Paul Cot


Raqyquaza is coming to raid battles in March. A leak, from GamingIntel, has surfaced ahead of the official announcement.

Update: The leak has proved to be correct, Rayquaza will be in Pokemon Go raid battles from March 15 to March 18. The leak did state it would be the shiny variant but so far it appears it won’t be. Whether this changed between the leak and this announcement is unknown. Interestingly Niantic have gone out their way to confirm that shiny Rayquaza won’t be part of three-day event.


Rayquaza coming in March

A leak has confirmed the popular dual dragon flying-type Pokemon, will be made available in raid battles on March 15.

Rayquaza will be available through to March 18. Typically, Pokemon Go special events such as these, start and finish at 1pm PST. Previous special raid events have seen Pokemon Go trainers get five free raid passes.


Some Pokemon Go players may question why Rayquaza would only be available for three days. This was the information available from the leak. However, one reason could be Niantic may want to limit the time a shiny variant is available. Perhaps this format could be a monthly occurrence.

Rayquaza a popular Pokemon

The tier 5 legendary raid boss is a highly sought after Pokemon due to its high attack stats and the ability to counter other raid bosses.

First appearing in Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire, Rayquaza as a raid boss has CP of 49,808, 2,191 CP at level 20 and 2,739 CP at level 25. Furthermore, it is boosted by windy weather.


This is the first time the shiny variant of Rayquaza has appeared in Pokemon Go.

Articuno is considered the best counter for Rayquaza in Pokemon Go…

Rayquaza counters

Rayquaza is best fought against with powerful ice-type Pokemon. The best Rayquaza counter is Articuno. Other ice-types such as Lapras, Cloyster and the recently added Mamoswine are also effective.

Special raid announcement incoming

Niantic usually announce special events at 1pm PST (9pm GMT). They are expected to confirm it shortly although it is unknown whether that will be soon or closer to the reported event.


Elsewhere, Pokemon Day was marked by the announcement of Pokemon Sword and Shield. These side by side Pokemon games are scheduled to release in late 2019 for the Nintendo Switch.


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.