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Pokemon Go October Research Breakthrough reward: How good is Shedinja?

Published: 2/Oct/2020 1:24 Updated: 2/Oct/2020 1:25

by Paul Cot


Shedinja is the Pokemon Go October Research Breakthrough reward. It might not be a Legendary Pokemon of past months but let’s take a look at what the Shed Pokemon has to offer.

Shedinja is available now all the way through to Sunday, November 1. For those of you who are new to Pokemon Go, you can earn a Research Breakthrough by earning seven Field Research stamps.


As the name suggests, a stamp is earned upon completing a Field Research task. However, you can only earn one a day, so in order to get a Research Breakthrough reward it will take you at least seven days, assuming you haven’t earned any already.

Shedinja is weak though…

A lot of you will claim Shedinja is actually a very weak Pokemon, so it shouldn’t be a Research Breakthrough. In short, you’re right, it has the worst stamina in all of Pokemon Go.


However, it isn’t Shedinja we’re interested in, at least when it comes to battling. Shedinja evolves into Nincada and then into the much stronger Ninjask.

What about Ninjask then?

Despite having far better stats, which let’s be honest isn’t difficult, Ninjask still lacks when it comes to competitive action in Pokemon Go.

When it comes to GO Battle League, the Ninja Pokemon can only be considered for Great League. That is because its max CP of 1,969 immediately rules it out of the higher leagues.


Unfortunately it isn’t particularly viable at the 1,500 CP limit either. Its stats are attack heavy, leaving what is frankly a terrible defense and stamina stat.

Ninjask Pokemon GoNinjask isn’t suited to battling in Pokemon Go…

Anyone who has read our articles analyzing GO Battle League Pokemon before will know defense is very important. You can try Ninjask if you want but should you do so you will be facing an uphill battle.

Its dual bug and flying-typing does leave it in fantastic shape against fighting, grass and ground-types, though. The latter’s attacks only deal 24.4% damage.


So, if you can match up against these types you will have success. That is far easier said than done, however.

You should definitely catch a Shedinja while you can because it is a rare Pokemon in the mobile game. Just think twice about using it in a battle…


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.