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Pokemon Go: Season 2 GO Battle League guide – Schedule, rewards, more

Published: 11/May/2020 22:16

by Paul Cot

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After a short delay, GO Battle League Season 2 is finally coming to Pokemon Go.

The competitive form of PvP, Go Battle League, was first brought to Pokemon Go in late January. Following a pre-season warm up period and then then Season 1, Season 2 is now upon us.

It begins on Monday, 11 May, 1pm PDT. As last season was, Season 2 will rotate through each league.

Season 2 schedule

The entire Season 2 schedules is as follows:

  • Great League: Monday, May 11, 1pm PDT to Monday, June 1, 1pm PDT
  • Ultra League: Monday, June 1, 1pm PDT to Monday, June 22, 1pm PDT
  • Master League: Monday, June 22, 1pm PDT to Monday, July 6, 1pm PDT
  • All three leagues: Monday, July 6, 1pm PDT to Monday, July 13, 1pm PDT

The Premier Cup will also run in the last week of Season 2, alongside “All three leagues”. Details about Pokemon Go’s inaugural cup competition are still unknown but we have broken down what to expect from the Premier Cup.

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The Great and Ultra Leagues will last for 3 weeks each in GO Battle League Season 2…

Rewards

In addition to competing for bragging rights, a lot of trainers play GO Battle League for the rewards and there are some big changes in store for Season 2.

Previously you would need to get four wins under the basic rewards track, and two under the premium, to earn a Pokemon encounter. Now though, this has been changed to just three for basic, and only one for premium.

Sometimes those encounters can be against a Legendary or Mythical Pokemon. Species such as Darkrai, Landorus and Altered Forme Giratina have all been catchable. However, since the introduction of the Remote Raid Pass they have been removed from the pool.

There are also some changes to the guaranteed encounter which include:

  • Stunfisk at Rank 4
  • Rufflet at Rank 8
  • Scraggy at Rank 9

Elsewhere, trainers that achieve Rank 7 or higher in GBL Season 1 will be awarded with the coveted Elite Fast TM. This was scheduled to be an Elite Charged TM but for reasons unknown it has been changed.

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Palkia will become a much more popular option in GBL Season 2…

Changes to the meta

The most notable change comes to the legendary Palkia. Although powerful, it was a rare sighting in Master League due to its moveset.

That could be about to change though, as it has been given the fast charging Aqua Tail. Given its noteworthy boost we broke down whether Palkia can now compete with the formidable Dialga.

Meanwhile, there have been three changes made to other popular moves:

  • Drill Run: Energy requirement reduced from 55 to 45
  • Moonblast: The powerful fairy-type move has had its damage and energy requirement reduced – it was 130 and 70 respectively and is now 110 and 60
  • Wild Charge: Energy requirement reduced and damage increased – went from 90 damage, 50 energy to 100 damage, 45 energy

Of these the most notable is Wild Charge, making it a must have move for species compatible with it. Electric-types could be used far more frequently given this massive change.

GO Battle League Season is scheduled to last for a total of 9 weeks. Season 3 is slated to start on July 13.

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Bizarre Pokemon Journeys episode goes viral for “cruel” Blaziken scene

Published: 2/Dec/2020 0:57

by Brent Koepp

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A November episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime went viral after fans discovered it included a bizarre scene featuring Blaziken. The strange sequences force the Gen III ‘mon into a “cruel” situation that has left some viewers disturbed.

Pokemon Journeys made its debut in Japan in November 2019. The latest anime in the long-running series follows protagonist Ash Ketchum and new character Goh as they travel across the game’s eight regions.

An episode that aired in November 2020 has made waves online after a scene featuring a bizarre food contest went viral. Fans of the Nintendo property were left unsettled after a Blaziken is forced to eat his own species – well, sort of.

Screenshot from Pokemon Journeys anime.
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The Pokemon Journeys episode featured unusual food in it.

Bizarre Pokemon Journeys scene goes viral

In the November 27 episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime, Ash and Goh both participate in an eating contest. The competition has Trainers seeing whose ‘mon can consume the most food in the shortest time possible.

However, things took a cruel turn when the final dish served was a cuisine in the shape of Torchic. Blaziken’s appetite quickly turned sour at the thought of eating something shaped like his own species.

The Gen III character then stood up and quit the contest after shedding a tear. The incredibly strange cannibalism-like dilemma went viral after being uploaded to Reddit on November 30.

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While the Torchic are technically a dessert item, the scene left some fans feeling disturbed or sympathetic towards the Pokemon’s plight. “I feel you Blaziken, being forced to eat your kind is cruel,” one fan wrote. Another user exclaimed “Who’s the sick b****rd that decided to try to make a Blaziken eat Torchics?”

Pokemon fans react to the disturbing anime scene on Reddit.

Despite only having aired in Japan, the scene quickly spread online as the community found it both be hilarious and creepy. Popular artist ‘popemadara‘ made a comedic drawing that went viral on Twitter that depicts other Pokemon in the same dilemma as Blaziken.

While it’s true that people eat human-shaped edibles called gingerbread men, the Torchic food item was disturbingly detailed. If nothing else, the situation showed that the Fire-type monster has a softer side.

Pokemon Journeys is currently still airing in Japan, however North American viewers can catch the first half of the series now on Netflix which is broken up into Part 1 and 2.