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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 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.