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Pokemon Go Mega Evolution: A Mega Discovery and special themed events

Published: 28/Aug/2020 3:59 Updated: 28/Aug/2020 4:06

by Paul Cot

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Mega Evolution is finally in Pokemon Go, bringing with it new Special Research for trainers to enjoy.

There are a lot of Pokemon capable of Mega Evolution but it will come as no surprise that, for the time being, only a select few have been released. They are Venusaur, Charizard, Blastoise and Beedrill. Charizard can mega evolve into both Charizard X and Y.

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The ability to mega evolve in the mobile game comes through Mega Energy. This is obtained through special Raid Battles. We discuss the mechanics of Mega Evolution in more detail here.

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Trainers will be excited to get hold of Mega Charizard X as much as any Mega Evolution…

A Mega Discovery tasks and rewards

Here are the full list of tasks and rewards for the A Mega Discovery Special Research:

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A Mega Discovery 1/4

  • Send 3 Gifts to friends – 10 PokeBalls
  • Earn a Candy walking with your buddy – 10 Super Potions
  • Catch 15 Pokemon – 25 Beedrill Mega Energy
  • Rewards: Weedle encounter, 3 Rare Candy and 5,000 XP

A Mega Discovery 2/4

  • Power up Pokemon 5 times – 20 Weedle Candy
  • Evolve 1 Weedle – 2,000 Stardust
  • Defeat 3 Team Rocket Grunts – 1 Premium Battle Pass
  • Rewards: 100 Mega Beedrill Energy, 1 Charged TM and 5,000 XP

A Mega Discovery 3/4

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  • Win a Raid – 6 Revives
  • Battle in a Mega Raid – 2 Silver Pinap Berries
  • Catch 10 Pokemon – 6 Hyper Potions
  • Rewards: 100 Mega Beedrill Energy, 3 Rare Candy and 5,000 XP

A Mega Discovery 4/4

  • Claim Reward – 1,500 Stardust (x3)
  • Rewards: 25 Mega Beedrill Energy, 1,500 Stardust and 5,000 XP

Mega Evolution themed events

Niantic also confirmed some upcoming Mega Evolution themed events. There are three of them and they will all take place in September at the following times:

  • Tuesday, September 1 to September 7:  your goal will be to complete as many Mega Raids as you can! Gather Mega Energy to Mega Evolve your Pokemon and feel like a hero in your Raid Battles!
  • Friday, September 11 to Thursday, September 17: hone your battle skills with your Mega-Evolved Pokemon. Take part in Gym battles, Team GO Rocket battles, and Trainer Battles (excluding GO Battle League battles).
  • Tuesday, September 22 to Monday, September 28: become buddies with your Mega-Evolved Pokemon and spend time with it! Be sure to take snapshots and share them with us on social media using #GOsnapshot.

There you have it, Mega Evolution is in Pokemon Go and it’s here to stay. It will be interesting to see how popular the mechanic proves to be.

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Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot

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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.

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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!

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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.

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While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.