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Pokemon Go Remote Raid Pass announced, details revealed

Published: 15/Apr/2020 16:04

by Paul Cot


In an effort to make Pokemon Go as playable as possible during this uncertain times, Niantic have revealed the Remote Raid Pass which will let you participate in Raid Battles from home.

Eagle-eyed trainers will have expected this as a previous datamine showed the Remote Raid Pass was in the works. Details beyond its introduction to the game weren’t shared though, but now we have more information.

Players were unsure whether the Remote Raid Pass will let you play any Raid Battle or just ones near you. “With a Remote Raid Pass, you can access Raid Battles you can see on the Nearby screen from wherever you are,” the Pokemon Go blog revealed.

Raid Battles From Home
Pokemon Company
Who would have thought at the start of 2020, play-from-home Raid Battles would be just around the corner?

Can’t play with all friends just yet

This means you won’t be able to participate in any Raid Battle you want – so no, it won’t be the same as spoofing. It also means you won’t be able to play with friends who live far away – at least at the moment.

Niantic revealed they will be making adjustments to the feature over time including “the ability to invite friends to raids regardless of their location.”

Remote will be as effective as local

It had been suggested that remote players’ Pokemon wouldn’t be as strong as those playing locally. This seemed to be Niantic’s way of making trainers not rely on the new remote feature.

However, it has been confirmed both remote and local players’ Pokemon will have the same attack power, though this will be reversed at a later date. Perhaps this suggests the Remote Raid Pass feature will stay even a few months down the line.

1 PokeCoin Bundles
Niantic are offering various bundles of Pokemon Go items for just one PokeCoin!

Remote Raid Pass cost

The launch date is yet to be confirmed, but when it does, Remote Raid Passes will be available at a special discounted price of 100 PokeCoins. This suggests the standard price will be 150 or more.

You will, though, be able to get your hands on one for the small price of just one PokeCoin. It will be included in the rotating bundles Niantic are offering as part of helping trainers out during the lockdown period.

Now it has been announced, we can expect the ability to play Raid Battles from home to be added very soon.


Pokemon Grookey Sword & Shield guide: evolutions, moves, strengths & weaknesses

Published: 15/Jan/2021 17:15

by Daniel Megarry


Looking to master Grookey in Pokemon Sword and Shield? We’ve got all the information you need including evolutions, best moves, strengths, and weaknesses.

Grookey made its debut alongside Sobble and Scorbunny as part of the Gen 8 starter trio in Sword and Shield on the Nintendo Switch. Like most starter Pokemon, it’s become incredibly popular and has gained a big following of loyal trainers.

Known as the ‘Chimp Pokemon’, Grookey is a cute grass-type creature that originates in the Galar region. Its design appears to be based on a spider monkey, and its name is a hybrid of the words ‘groove’ and ‘monkey’.

Grookey’s Pokedex entry in Sword is as follows: “When it uses its special stick to strike up a beat, the sound waves produced carry revitalizing energy to the plants and flowers in the area.”

Grookey in Pokemon Sword & Shield
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Grookey is one of the starter trio in Pokemon Sword & Shield.

What is Grookey weak and strong against?

Being a grass-type Pokemon, Grookey and its evolutions will take more damage from fire, flying, poison, bug, and ice-type moves. They will take less damage from ground, water, grass, and electric-type moves.

When using grass-type moves, Grookey will have an advantage against ground, rock, and water-type Pokemon. It won’t necessarily have an advantage when using non-grass-type moves against these types.

What moves can Grookey learn by leveling up?

Grookey starts out with just Scratch and Growl, but it can learn a further nine moves by leveling up.

The final move it can learn is Endeavor at level 36. After this, you’ll need to evolve Grookey to Thwackey and then Rillaboom if you want to keep learning moves through leveling up.

Level Move Type Category Power Accuracy
1 Scratch Normal Physical 40 100
1 Growl Normal Status 100
6 Branch Poke Grass Physical 40 100
8 Taunt Dark Status 100
12 Razor Leaf Grass Physical 55 95
17 Screech Normal Status 85
20 Knock Off Dark Physical 65 100
24 Slam Normal Physical 80 75
28 Uproar Normal Special 90 100
32 Wood Hammer Grass Physical 120 100
36 Endeavor Normal Physical 100

What does Grookey evolve into?

Grookey evolves into Thwackey at Level 16. Like the form before it, Thwackey is a pure grass-type Pokemon, meaning it shares the same strengths and weaknesses.

It then evolves into its final evolution Rillaboom at Level 35. Rillaboom is also a pure grass-type, so it also shares the same strengths and weaknesses as Grookey and Thwackey.

All three forms have the Overgrow ability, which boosts the power of grass-type moves by 50% when at less than or equal to 1/3 HP.

Grookey Thwackey and Rillaboom evolutions
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Grookey evolves into Thwackey and Rillaboom.

Where to find Grookey in Pokemon Sword & Shield

Grookey is one of three starter Pokemon in Sword and Shield, meaning players will have the opportunity to acquire one at the very beginning of the game. If you’re set on getting one, you should probably do this, as Grookey, Sobble, and Scorbunny don’t appear in the wild.

If you didn’t choose Grookey as your starter Pokemon, you’ll need to set up a trade with another trainer who has one. You can do this with friends, turn to the internet for help, or try your luck with the unpredictable Surprise Trades feature.

How to get Shiny Grookey

As you can’t find Grookey in the wild, you won’t be able to hunt for a Shiny version like you would with most other Pokemon.

What you can do, though, is breed Grookey with another Pokemon in the same egg group, which will give you a small chance of hatching a Shiny. It will take you a while, but if you’re determined, it’s the only way.

Shiny Grookey Pokemon
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Shiny Grookey is very difficult to get in Sword & Shield.

A more refined way to do this and guarantee you’ll hatch the Pokemon you’re after is to breed Grookey with Ditto. Anytime Ditto is bred with another Pokemon, the egg will hatch the species that isn’t Ditto.

You can find Ditto at the Lake of Outrage, so you’ll want to head there and catch yourself one. If you’re confused as to how breeding works in general then you can check out our nursery and breeding guide.