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Is Tornadus’ introduction to Pokemon Go worth being excited about?

Published: 4/Feb/2020 20:09 Updated: 4/Feb/2020 20:16

by Paul Cot


The first of the three Forces of Nature is coming to Pokemon Go Raid Battles. Tornadus will be the featured Raid Boss for the majority of February.

The Cyclone Pokemon will be available from Tuesday, February 4, 1pm PST (4pm EST/9pm GMT) to Tuesday, February 25, 1pm PST (4pm EST/9pm GMT). Tornadus will be the fourth Gen 5 legend to be added to the mobile game, following Cobalion, Terrakion and Virizion.

With so many legends from across the first generations already in the mobile game, though, is the pure flying-type worth getting excited about?

Tornadus Pokemon Go
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Tornadus is one third of the Forces of Nature from Gen 5…

Tornadus stats

Legendary species by their very nature normally equate to a powerful Pokemon. However, with well over 20 legends already in Pokemon Go, some are going to be more powerful than others.

Unfortunately, according to the stats, Tornadus is one of the weaker ones. If we take a few legends that have already been introduced as an example – Moltres, Regigigas, Darkrai and more recently Terrakion and Virizion – all of these are more powerful on paper.

Tornadus’ stats are as follows:

  • Attack 266 – 27 of 688
  • Defence 164 – 224 of 688
  • Stamina 188 – 197 of 688

Counters and weakness

As Tornadus is exclusively a flying-type, knowing its weaknesses is relatively easy. It is weak against electric, rock and ice-type attacks.

Given its own attacks are also weak against electric and rock-types, these are the two you should focus on. Another thing to note is there are 9 dual rock and ground-types too, which flying-types are naturally resistant to. These primarily include Golem and Rhyperior.

Rampardos Tornadus Counter
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Rampardos’ powerful attack and rock-type moves make it a perfect counter against Tornadus…


Arguably the best Tornadus counter is the pure rock-type Rampardos. The Head Butt Pokemon has the sixth best attack stats in Pokemon Go, making it great in Raid Battles. Make sure it has rock-type moves, though – Smack Down and Rock Slide are best.

Magnezone Tornadus Counter
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Tornadus’ flying-type attacks won’t be effective against Magnezone…


While Magnezone’s stats don’t make it seem a particularly great counter to Torandus, it’s actually one of the best. Magnezone is both an electric and steel-type, meaning flying-type attacks won’t be effective against it.

Unlike a lot of other species of a certain type, the Magnet Area Pokemon’s moveset is almost exclusively made up of electric attacks. This means you can be confident your moves will deal that coveted 160% damage.


Electivire is another excellent counter due to its decent attacking stats and the fact it has only electric and ice-type Charge Moves. Other counters to take into consideration could be the following:

  • Zapdos
  • Raikou
  • Luxray
  • Terrakion

Tornadus might not add a huge amount to your team in terms of competitiveness but it is another legend to add to your Pokedex. It’s also one of the easier legendary Pokemon to take down due to its simple typing and weak defense stats.

Mewtwo and Regigigas are the other legends available in Raid Battles, with Tornadus replacing Heatran.


Pokemon player reveals why series needs more “unfair” battles

Published: 1/Dec/2020 0:54

by Brent Koepp


A Pokemon player went viral online after sharing their case for why the series needs to have more “unfair” battles that make opponents gain advantages mid-fight.

Since the release of the video game series in 1996, the battle format has stayed pretty much the same: pick a Pokemon, choose a move, and hash it out until someone faints. The core gameplay hasn’t changed significantly at all.

While most players are used to the system, some understandably would like to see it have a bit of a refresh given it’s stayed the same for so long – including Reddit user ‘Vantagor.’

Screenshot from Pokemon Red & Blue from 1998.
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Pokemon fights haven’t changed much since Red & Blue.

Should Pokemon battles be more “unfair”?

Vantagor started their argument by explaining why the series’ various antagonist teams don’t feel as threatening as they should, despite them being a huge part of almost every single game. 

“For some reason, all of the evil teams decide to battle with some bizarre degree of honour… [They] are supposed to be evil organisations bent on taking over the world, but their tactics are laughable at best,” they said, before asking why they don’t give themselves advantages in fights. “They could cheat, but they don’t. Why shouldn’t they cheat? They’re criminals!”

They described times where characters have played dishonestly, like many would expect someone from a criminal organization to do. “The main one that comes to mind is Ultra Lusamine from Sun & Moon, where each of her Pokémon starts with a random stat boosting aura,” they said, while also referencing Jessie and James in Let’s Go Pikachu & Eevee when  they fight the player two versus one. “These battles were great and memorable because they were different: they put you at a disadvantage right from the start.”

Pokémon needs more "unfair" battles. from pokemon

Vantagor then explained how NPCs using unjust actions in fights would shake things up. “Imagine fighting an evil team where they could cheat mid-battle and raise some of their Pokémon’s stats (or lower yours),” they said. “Or if they used rare but stolen Pokémon that wouldn’t always obey them.”

Other users in the community agreed with the post, with one stating, “Also Klara and Avery cheat in the Isle of Armor by starting with Toxic Spikes and Psychic Terrain respectively. I really liked that.”

“Don’t forget the fairy gym leader lowering your stats for calling her old midbattle! I thought that was a nice touch when I watched others play the game,” another replied. “It was a very fun mechanic. We need more stuff like that,” someone else wrote.

Screenshot of Pokemon fans on Reddit discussing viral battle idea.
The community really likes the idea.

Although fights have stayed pretty consistent for the last 25 years, it hasn’t stopped players from enjoying the Pokemon games. So much so that it has exploded to become the highest-selling media franchise of all time.

It’s hard to guess what’s next for the beloved series, but with the 25th anniversary right around the corner, fans are on the edges of their seats to find out.