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Pokemon Go: Reconsider purifying Shadow Mewtwo and the Legendary birds

Published: 28/Jul/2020 20:28 Updated: 28/Jul/2020 20:29

by Paul Cot


Those of you who bought tickets for Pokemon Go Fest 2020 likely have a few big-name Shadow Pokemon added to your collection. The question is, should you keep them in their Shadow form or purify them.

Many of you will be looking at Shadow Mewtwo, Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres and wondering whether to relieve them of their Shadow status. The Kanto birds have been previously available through Giovanni, so they aren’t exclusive to those who bought tickets.

Deciding whether to purify them is a big deal because once you do it cannot be reversed. Let’s take a look at both sides of the argument.


Purifying Pokemon essentially means removing them from their soulless, fighting state. However, many trainers won’t care about the in-game lore and will look at it strictly from a ‘which is more powerful’ perspective.

For each stat (attack, defense, and stamina) that is 13 or less, when you purify a Shadow Pokemon it will receive a +2 stat boost. So, for example, if you purify Shadow Mewtwo and it has IVs of 10 across the board it will become 12 across the board. The maximum stat of 15 remains meaning when purifying a Pokemon with any stat of 14 it will only increase by one.

This is the main benefit of purification. Purifying will also give said Pokemon Return as a Charge Move. It is a normal-type move dealing 130 damage for 70 energy.

Shadow Mewtwo
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Shadow Mewtwo was a reward in the Day 2 Special Research of GO Fest 2020…

Keep as a Shadow

Aside from saving on Stardust and Candy (which varies by Pokemon), Shadow Pokemon have a 20% better attack. This does come at the expense of defense though, which is 20% weaker.

Experienced Pokemon Go trainers will know attack is the most important stat in Raid Battles making Shadow Pokemon more valuable. Generally, the same doesn’t hold true in PvP where defense and stamina are more key to success.

In the specific case of Mewtwo, which is one of the best attackers on the game, there is a strong argument to keep it in its Shadow form. The same logic can be applied to Shadow Zapdos and Shadow Moltres as they are both excellent attackers as well.

Shadow Mewtwo also has a unique Shadow aura which some trainers, understandably, don’t want to lose. After all, when you purify it there is no coming back – and who knows how long it’ll be until Shadow Mewtwo is obtainable again.


Niantic seemingly gives up on revamping Pokemon Go’s PokeCoin system

Published: 29/Oct/2020 12:54

by Paul Cot


Niantic have been testing an alternative Pokemon Go Pokecoin system for several months. They have now announced those tests will be discontinued and subsequently revert to the original system.

“Based on Trainer feedback and collected data, this PokéCoin-rewards test will be discontinued in all test countries (Australia, Germany, New Zealand, and Taiwan),” Niantic revealed via an update on the official Pokemon Go blog.

“The PokéCoin-rewards system in those countries will revert to the existing system on Thursday, November 5, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. local time.” That existing system is the one most trainers have come accustomed to.

Pokemon Go Gym Coins
Defending gyms is currently the only way to get PokeCoins without buying them in Pokemon Go…

Keeping gyms relevant

Judging by the majority of feedback, trainers enjoy the simplicity of leaving a Pokemon on a gym to earn their 50 Pokecoins for the day. For those of you who don’t know, you earn one PokeCoin for every 10 minutes you have a ‘mon defending a gym.

That means to earn the maximum of the 50 coins you’ll need one on there for 8 hours and 20 minutes. That sounds difficult but over time gyms have become less competitive and you can often get the full amount in one attempt.

The system that was being tested gave trainers additional ways to earn those PokeCoins. Despite Niantic’s best intentions though, trainers were quick to criticize the new system and some cynics even believed it was a way for Niantic to sneakily increase revenues from die-hard players.

There’s always two sides to a story, however. Some trainers believed the new proposed PokeCoin system was actually more inclusive. The logic behind this was it would help trainers in competitive gyms areas but as mentioned above these areas are becoming less frequent.

Future changes to come?

It looks like the majority of trainers have got their way in regards to the old PokeCoin system, at least for the moment. Niantic didn’t close the book entirely on adjusting the system, saying: “We appreciate Trainers’ participation in the test, and we’ll continue to look for ways to improve how players can earn PokéCoins.” Hopefully the next one will be more popular.