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US, UK and Taiwan to all host Pokemon Go live events in 2020

Published: 22/Jan/2020 17:00

by Paul Cot

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Niantic have announced that the US, UK and Taiwan will host four Pokemon Go live events in 2020.

There will be two different types of live event with four in total for Pokemon Go trainers to look forward to. Two of them will be in the US, one in the UK and one in Taiwan.

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2020 schedule

Those events, in order of which is coming first, are as follows:

  1. Taiwan Lantern Festival in Taichung City – Thursday, February 6, to Sunday, February 9, 2020
  2. Safari Zone St. Louis, Missouri, US – Friday, March 27, to Sunday, March 29, 2020
  3. Safari Zone Liverpool, UK – Friday, April 17, to Sunday, April 19, 2020
  4. Safari Zone Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US – Friday, May 8, to Sunday, May 10, 2020

Lantern Festival, Taiwan

The special Lantern Festival is a non-ticked event, which means its free! The Lantern Festival, also known as the Spring Lantern Festival, is celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunar calendar. The day itself takes place on February 8.

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The electric-types Mareep and Electrike will be appearing, presumably more frequently in the wild. In addition to this the bug-type Pokemon Volbeat and Illumise will also be spawning. The latter is typically only found in North America, South America and Africa, so it’s a great opportunity to catch the Firefly Pokemon.

Finally, the Pokemon Go blog states: “Catch an Unown L to celebrate the light-themed event, and enjoy the lovely sounds of Chimecho, the Wind Chime Pokemon.”

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Taiwan played host to a Pokemon Go Safari Zone event in 2018…

Safari Zones

The last three live events are of the familiar Safari Zone variety. All the details for these events have yet to be confirmed but we do know the following.

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St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis will host the first Safari Zone of 2020. The event will take place in Tower Grove Park.

Unlike the Lantern Festival, which is a city-wide event, the first Safari Zone event will be admission only. There are early access tickets for $18 which will give you access to event gameplay two hours early. Alternatively, you can buy general admission tickets for $12.

Mankey, Unown S, Teddiursa, Snivy, and Ferroseed will be appearing more often throughout the park. Also, Chatot, which will be more familiar to Pokemon Go players in the Southern Hemisphere, will be appearing at the event to finally give Northern Hemisphere players a chance to get the Music Note Pokemon.

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Safari Zone Europe
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Europe has played hosted to Safari Zones, but never the UK, until now…

Liverpool, UK

The UK is finally getting a Pokemon Go Safari Zone! Taking place in Sefton Park, the ticket structure will be the same as St. Louis where it will cost £18 for early access tickets (access the event early and get two additional hours of gameplay) and £12 for general admission.

Krabby, Dratini, Chinchou, Unown V, and Oshawott are the five Pokemon that will be appearing more in the wild. The regional exclusive that is making its way to the event is Relicanth which rarely leaves its natural habitat of New Zealand, Samoa and some of the other Pacific Islands.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The final announced Pokemon Go live event of 2020 is held in Philadelphia. While the ticket structure will be the same as the other Safari Zone events, other details have yet to be revealed.

So, as of writing, we don’t know which Pokemon to expect to appear more frequently at the event. No doubt Niantic will share all the details soon, though.

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Which Pokemon you should use your Elite TMs on in Pokemon Go

Published: 18/Oct/2020 19:19

by Paul Cot

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Elite TMs are super rare in Pokemon Go and as such, you should use them with caution. We discuss which Pokemon and moves you should consider using the coveted Elite Fast TM on and Elite Charged TM on.

Firstly though, let’s recap exactly what these Elite TMs are. They work in exactly the same way Fast TMs and Charged TMs do, but they allow you to access a pool of more powerful moves. That, and they are much rarer.

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Another difference between the two is the Elite TMs allow you to specifically choose what move you want. Conversely, the traditional TMs randomly assign a compatible move.

When we say rare, we don’t mean around 10 either. Most trainers will only have access to one or two of each, so deciding where to use them is a very important decision.

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There are are a lot of them too, so it is understandable that a lot of trainers struggle to know which are best.

In truth, there are a lot of good options but some are a complete waste. For example, Charizard’s Ember is one you’ll want to avoid.

Best moves and Pokemon to use Elite TMs on

Let’s narrow down those appealing options though, and list what we consider to be the very best choices for those scarce Fast and Charged Elite TMs. Any of these moves will certainly improve the Pokemon you give it to when it comes to the Pokemon Go meta.

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Mewtwo with Psystrike and Shadow Ball is deadly…

Psystrike and Shadow Ball

We all know Mewtwo’s credentials – it is one of the best attackers in all of Pokemon Go. It also has three Elite Charged Moves – Hyper Beam, Psystrike, and Shadow Ball.

While powerful, Hyper Beam is absolutely one move you should not waste an Elite TM on. However, Psystrike is. Whether you’re playing PvE or PvP, your Mewtwo needs a powerful psychic-type Charge Move.

If you’re willing to spend the monstrous 100 Candy and 100,000 Stardust to unlock a second Charge Move, then Shadow Ball is an excellent compliment. Hopefully, you have a Mewtwo with one of these moves already though, as using two Elite Charged TMs would hurt.

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Normal Mewtwo and Shadow Mewtwo are better in the Pokemon Go PvE format, while Armored Mewtwo fares better in GO Battle League.

Meteor Mash

Metagross is an underrated Pokemon in the mobile game. It’s ideal dual typing, great stats and powerful moves make it a frustrating Pokemon to encounter.

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Psychic is a great move and is a must-have with Metagross. Again, if you’re willing to spend the Stardust (75,000 this time) then you can unlock the Elite Move, Meteor Mash.

This is a steel-type move with an impressive DPE of 2. The Iron Leg Pokemon will remain ineffective against fellow steel-types but, on the flip side, it also has resistance against attacks of that type itself.

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Various starter water Pokemon, including Blastoise and Swampert, can learn Hydro Cannon…

Hydro Cannon

The Mud Fish Pokemon is a common sighting in GO Battle League and there’s a reason for that – it’s highly effective. That’s only if it has what is universally considered the best water move in the game, Hydro Cannon, though.

Unless you got one in the Mudkip Community Day, you’ll need to use an Elite Charged TM to get this move. If you intend on using Swampert in PvP regularly, it is certainly worth it.

It requires just 40 energy while dealing 80 damage. When you combine this with Mud Shot, which generates 4.5 EPT, then it becomes clear why Swampert is used so frequently.

Hydro Cannon can also be given to Blastoise, Feraligatr, and Empoleon. It is very useful for these Pokemon to have it and even more essential for competitive purposes, but that combination of Mud Shot and Hydro Cannon is hard to top.

Rock Wrecker

Rock Wrecker has the best damage per energy of any rock-type move in all of Pokemon Go. This is hardly surprising considering its DPE is 2.2.

The only Pokemon compatible with this relatively new move is Rhyperior. While an impressive move, you may not need to use an Elite TM to get it after all.

This is because Rhyhorn will likely feature in the end of year bumper Community Day, where Rock Wrecker will once again be available. It’s a move well worth having but be patient, waiting a couple of months is worth saving the Elite TM!

Wing Attack

Charizard lives up to the hype in Pokemon Go. Wing Attack isn’t overly special on paper. It has 2.5 DPT and 3.5 EPT. In comparison, Air Slash, another flying-type Fast Move for Charizard has 3 DPT and 3 EPT.

In PvP though, energy generation is vital. While sacrificing that 0.5 DPT isn’t ideal, the extra 0.5 EPT can make the difference in those close battles.

When you combine it with the deadly combination of Dragon Claw and Overheat, the extra generated Charge Moves can result in an overall big increase in damage output.

Thunder Shock

Thunder Shock has the second-best energy generation in Pokemon Go. That is why it’s behind the wall of an Elite TM for a Pokemon as powerful as Zapdos.

Generally, Elite Charged moves seem to have a greater effect than Elite Fast moves – but they are separate so it’s good to have options for both. Due to its stat distribution, Zapdos is more of an attacker than a defender, so it’s better suited to Raids as an electric-type option.

Combine it with Thunderbolt and Drill Peck (if you want a second move) to maximize the Kanto legend.

New moves are sometimes added to Pokemon Go, and on other occasions, existing moves are altered, so try and keep up with the meta to see if a new opportunity arises to use an Elite TM.