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Pokemon Go: Shinx to feature throughout May

Published: 1/May/2020 17:41

by Paul Cot

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May’s Research Breakthrough encounter has been revealed in Pokemon Go, and it will be the popular electric-type, Shinx.

The Flash Pokemon will replace Alolan Exeggutor and will be available from Friday, May 1, 1pm PDT to Monday, June 1, 1pm PDT. It will also come with bonus candies!

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As many of you will be well aware, all you need to do to earn a Shinx encounter is obtain seven Field Research stamps. The tasks are found at random from all PokeStops, and you can only earn one stamp a day. Here’s how you can effectively manage your Field Research tasks.

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It might not be a Legendary but trainers will be pleased with Shinx as a Research Breakthrough encounter…

How strong is Shinx?

Stats

When it comes to analyzing how strong Shinx is we’ll need to look at its final evolved form, Luxray. It costs 25 candies to evolve Shinx into Luxio and then a further 100 into Luxray – so it’s worth making sure you pick a good one!

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Unfortunately when looking at its stats, they don’t make for encouraging reading. Its defense and stamina are mediocre at best, and although its attack is better, that isn’t enough to make it appealing for PvP – at least on stats alone.

Typing

Its pure electric typing does give it only one vulnerability in ground attacks, though. It is resistant to electric, flying, and steel-type attacks.

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Wild Charge is a must have move for Luxray…

Moves

Luxray has three Fast Moves at its disposal – Hidden Power, Snarl, and Spark. Hidden Power hits the hardest, but even then it only does three damage per turn. Snarl and Spark are similar in terms of damage and energy generation, but given the benefit of STAB on Spark, this seems the best move to have.

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Thanks to a recent change in GO Battle League, Wild Charge is now a must have move for Luxray – and any other electric Pokemon, for that matter. It does a massive 100 damage for just a 45 energy requirement. It can even lower your opponent’s defensive stat.

The Gleam Eyes Pokemon other two Charge Moves are Crunch and Hyper Beam. Obviously the latter hits a lot harder, but does need nearly twice the energy. For what Luxray offers, there isn’t a lot between them.


Prior to the change to Wild Charge, Shinx wouldn’t have been the most appealing of PvP picks. However, Wild Charge does make it an interesting option to try and may even take a few trainers by surprise.

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Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot

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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.

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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!

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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.

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While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.

Snivy

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.