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Pokemon Go September Research Breakthrough: How good is Alolan Raichu?

Published: 2/Sep/2020 14:58

by Paul Cot


The Pokemon Go September Research Breakthrough reward has been revealed and it is none other than Alolan Raichu.

The dual electric and psychic-type will feature from Tuesday, September 1 to Thursday, October 1 at 1pm PDT. This means you’ll be able to encounter the mouse Pokemon upon earning seven Field Research stamps.


As usual with Research Breakthrough rewards, its Shiny form could also appear, although unlikely. Depending on how many stamps you had completed going into September, you’ll be able to encounter Alolan Raichu a maximum of five times.

Raichu Pokemon Go
Raichu doesn’t get the love it deserves despite its close relationship to Pikachu…


Alolan Raichu’s strength lies in its attack more than its minimal defensive attributes. This means it would be better served in PvE than PvP.


However, with a max CP of 2,286, it is far too soft to cause any real harm in Raid Battles. Unfortunately, in five-star Raids, Raichu can’t last long enough to make the most of its attacking prowess.

Alolan Raichu’s stats are as follows:

  • Attack: 201 (223 of 827)
  • Defense: 154 (320 of 827)
  • Stamina: 155 (459 of 827)

What about GO Battle League?

Raichu’s stat distribution isn’t ideal for GO Battle League. Those who have played their fair share of PvP will know that the game favors Pokemon with bulk, something that it doesn’t have.


Its max CP of 2,286 only makes it viable in Great League. Raichu’s lack of defense and inability to reach even the Ultra League render it unusable in both of the top leagues. Even at Great League, it’s going to cost you some Protect Shields to get the most out of it.

In comparison to ‘normal’ Raichu, Alolan Raichu offers a couple more resistances in fighting and psychic. This comes at the expense of vulnerability to bug, dark, and ghost.

Interestingly it has three Fast Moves to choose from, all of which are electric. All of them have higher energy generation than damage. Objectively, Volt Switch is the best of these with 3 DPT and 4 EPT.


It looks like there’s a debate when it comes to Alolan Raichu’s Charge Moves but in reality, it’s a pretty simple decision. Raichu has some fantastic options available and thankfully it only cost 10,000 Stardust and 25 Candy to enable a second.

Psychic is seemingly a must for coverage reasons and serves as a great damage-dealing move, dealing 90 damage for 55 energy. However, the supposed debate comes between the fast generating Thunder Punch and Wild Charge. The latter has a huge DPE of 2.22 and only costs 5 energy more, which is why Wild Charge is the obvious decision.


If your Alolan Raichu can survive long enough against its foe to get these moves charged up, you can certainly deal a lot of damage. It won’t be changing the GO Battle League meta anytime soon, but you may be able to catch some trainers off guard.


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.