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Pokemon Go: Niantic tease Gen 5 introduction ahead of Unova week

Published: 11/Sep/2019 9:15 Updated: 14/Sep/2019 12:49

by Paul Cot

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The road to Gen 5 in Pokemon Go is well and truly underway as Niantic have teased several Pokemon from the Unova region.

Niantic have confirmed that Pokemon from the Unova region will be appearing in Pokemon Go as part of the third week of the Ultra Bonus Challenge – three separate weeks of bonuses as a reward for players completing the challenge research tasks during the Pokemon Go Fest events.

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The official Pokemon Go Twitter account has now teased silhouettew which appears to be Gen 5 species. The first was not a skinny Charmander as some have jokingly replied, but that of Snivy, one of the starter Pokemon.

As predicted, two days after the first tease on September 10, the Pokemon Go Twitter was at it again, teasing Tepig. It is only the silhouette but we’ll eat our hat if it isn’t the fire-starter from Unova. It became even more certain that it was indeed Tepig, as Oshawott was seemingly teased on September 13.

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In truth, it isn’t exactly the most cryptic of teases as the majority of Pokemon trainers who have played the Gen 5 games would recognize the outline. This is typical for the Pokemon Go Twitter, though, as fans sarcastically responded to a recent Jirachi tease, too.

The tease of Snivy, Tepig and Oshawott isn’t exactly surprising as the introduction of previous generations have started with their respective grass-type starters too – alongside the fire and water-types as well.

BulbapediaSnivy is the grass-type starter from the Unova region…

Update: As of writing, we are two days away from the introduction of some Unova Pokemon, and now the Unova starters have already been teased, we can see what else Niantic have up their sleeve.

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One other Pokemon Gen 5 species has also been teased – this was the ghost-type Yamask. This means four in total have been alluded to.

Elsewhere, a data mine revealed an extensive list of Pokemon, that were first seen in the Black and White games, which could be the first to appear in the popular mobile game. That list did indeed include the grass-type starter, Snivy.

That list included 61 of the 156 Pokemon from generation five. It’s unlikely all of these 61 will be added right away, and much like Gen 4, they could be released in approximate monthly batches. The 61 listed Pokemon indicate they are within the code of the game and this means they can be expected to come first – just in which order and when remains to be seen.

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The much-anticipated addition of Gen 5 to Pokemon Go begins on September 16 1pm PDT (4pm EDT and 9pm BST).

Page last updated September 14, 08:49 EDT

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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.