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Pokemon Go: Major Update Coming to Trainer Battles!

Published: 14/Feb/2019 22:13

by Paul Cot


A game changing update has been announced for Trainer Battles in Pokemon Go!

Trainer Battles Stat Boosts

The update for the Pokemon Go PvP mode will allow certain moves to trigger stat boosts. More specifically, it will be Pokemon’s attack “and” defence stats that will be increased.

The official announcement states attack and defence but it is more likely a particular move will cause just one of a Pokemon’s attack or defence to rise.

Also, any stat changes will only apply to the Pokemon utilizing the move. This means once they faint, or are indeed switched out of battle, the stats will revert back to their original values.

The update will add a much needed, and welcomed, addition to Pokemon Go Trainer Battles. While the inclusion of features such as protect shields means there is a sufficient tactical element, the change in stats will alter the mode’s dynamic further.

Pokemon Go trainers now have another reason to get Mamoswine!

Stat Boost Moves

So far, it has been confirmed that the following moves will have the ability to cause a stat boost:

  • Ancient Power
  • Ominous Wind
  • Silver Wind

Interestingly, the move Ancient Power is the exclusive move for the mammoth gen 4 Pokemon, Mamoswine. It evolves from Piloswine using a Sinnoh stone.

February Community Day

This big update will take place “during” the Pokemon Go February Community Day. Whether this is on the day itself or during the actual three hour window for the event is yet to be confirmed.

The featured Pokemon for the event is Swinub, whose final evolution is the aforementioned Mamoswine. Consequently, Ancient Power will be at the forefront during the event.


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.
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
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.