Pokemon Go: Ho-Oh returns in Special Raid Weekend - Full guide

Ho-Oh has returned to Pokemon Go for a Special Raid Weekend – Full guide

Published: 3/Jul/2020 15:37

by Paul Cot


Ho-oh and Lugia have been regularly featured in Pokemon Go Raid Battles since their introduction.

Now, one of the two Johto legends is returning again. Ho-Oh will be available for a Special Raid Weekend from July 3, 8am to July 6, 10pm local time.

Lugia Ho-Oh stats

Both their stats make for interesting reading. Many would think being the respective covers of Pokemon Gold and Silver that they would be very close to one another.

Pokemon BlogHo-oh (left) and Lugia (right) are back in Pokemon Go… again.

However, there is notable gap between the two. It is actually Lugia that comes out on top, too.

Lugia’s stats are as follows:

  • Attack: 193 (204 of 688)
  • Defense: 310 (3 of 688)
  • Stamina: 235 (41 of 688)

In comparison Ho-Oh’s are:

  • Attack: 239 (68 of 688)
  • Defense: 244 (17 of 688)
  • Stamina: 214 (96 of 688)

While Ho-Oh’s are more balanced, Lugia’s base stats are higher overall. It is debatable whether this makes it the better Pokemon, at least in terms of wanting it on your team, as its attack is nothing to boast about.

Nevertheless, trainers will want to get their hands on the popular Pokemon. Notably, Lugia’s defense stats are ranked the third best in Pokemon Go, something which in of itself is impressive.

AmazonLugia and Ho-oh were the cover stars of Pokemon Silver and Gold, respectively…


Both Lugia and Ho-oh are weak to rock-type Pokemon but is the latter that is the much easier to catch of the two. Ho-oh is a dual flying and fire-type which, as can be seen in the Pokemon Go effectiveness table, has a double weakness to rock-types.

Ho-oh’s double weakness

This means you should look no further than rock-type Pokemon to battle it. It is also weak to electric-types but given the abundance of rock-types available it would be silly not to take advantage of its double weakness.

Rampardos followed by Terrakion will produce the more damage but the more readily available Aerodactyl, Golem, Omastar, Rhyperior and Tyranitar will also make light work of Ho-oh. Smack Down is the best Fast Move to use, while Rock Slide is the best charge.

Pokemon CompanyTerrakion, along with Rampardos, are supreme counters to Ho-oh…

Lugia slightly more challenging

Meanwhile, Lugia is weak against five different types but none are as effective as rock is against Ho-oh. The dual psychic and flying-type’s weaknesses include dark, electric, ghost, ice and rock.

Its best counters unsurprisingly include electric-types such as Electivire, Raikou and Zapdos, all of which are boosted in the rain. Elsewhere, the Mythical Darkrai and Legendary Giratina (either form) are two of the better general counters to Lugia. Finally, the ever versatile Tyranitar is once again an excellent option in sunny conditions.

Of course, you will have a chance at catching a Shiny Ho-Oh which will be the sole intention of many Pokemon Go trainers.


Togetic is finally the Research Breakthrough Pokemon Go trainers deserve

Published: 30/Oct/2020 12:31 Updated: 30/Oct/2020 12:37

by Paul Cot


The Pokemon Go November Research Breakthrough is finally one trainers can be excited about. Togetic is one reward that shouldn’t be missed!

The Happiness Pokemon will feature from Sunday, November 1, 1pm PDT until Tuesday, December 1, 1pm PDT. As usual, you’ll need to get seven Field Research stamps in order to earn an encounter with it.

Togetic is undoubtedly a huge upgrade on recent Pokemon that have featured. Some of those have included Shedinja, Scraggy, and Trapinch which, with respect to them, pales in comparison to the use that the Togetic line has in Pokemon Go.

Togetic Pokemon Go
Togetic is the Research Breakthrough reward, but trainers will be after the ultra-powerful Togekiss…

Togekiss – a must-have Pokemon

While Togetic is a popular Pokemon, it is Togekiss that trainers will be striving for. The Jubilee Pokemon is one of the most effective ‘mons in the mobile game.

It even made our top 5 list for most overpowered species in Pokemon Go! That is evidence in itself it is well worth getting.

The dual fairy and flying-type is a nightmare for bug, dragon, fighting, and ground-type Pokemon. It is a frequent pick in GO Battle League for this reason as there are a lot of strong dragon-type Pokemon that are also used.

In addition to being considered the best fairy-type ‘mon in Pokemon Go, it is also one of the very best choices to have in the GBL Master League category. Outside of Dialga and Giratina, it is one of the most important species to have in the entire game.

Not a Legendary but not far off it

Niantic made a very noticeable change to Research Breakthrough rewards in 2020 – they would no longer be Legendary Pokemon. We are now approaching our 11th Research Breakthrough encounter of 2020 and on the whole, they have been disappointing.

The removal of Legendary ‘mons was mostly met with displeasure. It was always going to take trainers a while to accept the big change.

Over time, however, the change has seemingly been accepted, with the majority of trainers understanding why it was needed. We have discussed at length why removing legends from the Research Breakthrough pool was the right decision.

That doesn’t mean what they were replaced with was right, though. Players went from getting those research stamps without fail to totally ignoring them. Going from the likes of Groudon to Woobat was always going to have this effect.

So, we were left with featured Pokemon that frankly few cared about. This resolved the issue of Legendary Pokemon becoming too common, but also made Research Breakthrough encounters essentially meaningless.

This, of course, isn’t something Niantic wanted. Their long-term strategy with the feature is unknown, but we have discussed various ways in which they could make Research Breakthrough rewards exciting again.

Togetic comes as a welcome surprise for November. It’s such a good Pokemon that next month will struggle to live up to it. We suggest trying to have seven stamps ready to go when November hits so you’re able to get five of them!