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Pokemon Go trainers are being given losses for wins

Published: 31/Mar/2020 21:27

by Paul Cot


Trainers across the world are battling one another in Season 1 of GO Battle League. With rewards, ratings and bragging rights up for grabs, the stakes are high. However, with some players being given losses despite actually winning, there is understandable frustration within the Pokemon Go community.

The issue was shared on Reddit, where one trainer locked their phone at the end of the match only to discover the win hadn’t registered. “I locked my phone before the fadeout to the results screen in Go Battle League. My win wasn’t counted, causing me to lose rating points and one of the prizes in the track,” the trainer revealed.

Whether this was indeed the reason as to why the win wasn’t counted is unknown. Other trainers have reported the same thing where locking their phone early didn’t record the win.

Ultra League GO Battle
The Ultra League section is currently open in GO Battle League…

Don’t lock your phone too early

The mechanics behind this aren’t clear. There have also been reports of players resetting their phone during a battle and being able to rejoin.

As a result it seems trainers need to be both careful and patient when they win. We all know how important getting that fourth win is!

Strange happenings in GO Battle League

Other strange occurrences in GO Battle League have also been highlighted. One trainer claimed they forfeited a match for it to count as a win.

Obviously this battle wasn’t going well for them, hence the forfeit. The possibility of the opponent forfeiting first can’t be ruled out though.

GO Battle League WinMake sure you go through the whole animation sequence after a GO Battle League win…

Elsewhere, right at the end of a battle that was going to be a win, the Pokemon Go app decided to hatch an egg. Again, the win wasn’t added and it cost them that crucial fourth win.

“Of course it would have been a fourth win on a premium pass and of course support only offered me empty words and a replacement pass instead of my stash of TMs,” the trainer in question shared.

There have also been reports on trainers losing GO Battle League matches on purpose but we imagine players will be finding it far more frustrating have wins taken away than being given them.

Niantic have responded to issues of lag in GO Battle League but haven’t said anything regarding the above. The Pokemon Go developer are quick to respond to a lot of queries and are generally proactive on trying to fix issues. In the meantime we recommend letting the winning animation screen play out in its entirety to make sure you get those wins!


How to defeat Kyurem in Pokemon GO – December raid times & counters

Published: 3/Dec/2020 1:18 Updated: 3/Dec/2020 5:22

by Brent Koepp


Pokemon GO’s December 5-star raid boss has been revealed, and its Legendary dual-type dragon Kyurem. Here is everything you need to know to easily defeat the Gen V ‘mon.

First introduced in fifth generation titles Black & White in 2010, Kyurem is dual Dragon/Ice type Legendary. The epic creature belongs to the Tao trio, which also consists of Reshiram and Zekrom.

In December, Pokemon GO players will have another chance of battling the beloved character in 5-star raids. We will go over the best team that will have you taking down the ‘mon in no time at all.

Screenshot of Legendary Pokemon Kyurem in December GO raid.
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The epic Unova Dragon will be Pokemon GO’s 5 star Raid Boss for December.

Kyurem December raid times

The Unova Pokemon’s 5-star raid begins on December 1, and ends on January 1st at 1:00PM GMT / 5:00AM PST.  While the beast can spawn randomly throughout the day for the entire month, there will be four dates where it is guaranteed to show up.

On December 2, 9, 16, and the 23rd, Niantic will host their monthly raid hour. The start times are from 6-7pm on each of those days respectively, so be ready to jump on in.

Below we will go over the best Pokemon to bring into the battle to counter the Legendary Dragon. While fierce, the dual-type can be brought down with little effort.

Best counters for Kyurem

Screenshot of Lucario battling in Pokemon anime.
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Fighting-type Pokemon like Lucario are a great counter to Kyurem.

Because of Kyurem’s dual nature, it has handful of weakness points that Trainers can exploit. Steel, Fighting, Fairy, Dragon, and Rock are the main elements that can quickly counter the ‘mon and bring down its health quickly.

  • Lucario (Fighting/Steel): The wildly popular Gen IV character is a great pick going into this raid. Not only does he pack a strong punch with some hefty attack, but his Fighting/Steel type are two of Kyurem’s main weaknesses. Using Aura Sphere will take a chunk of its health.
  • Metagross (Steel/Psychic): Metagross is another amazing option as it will hit the Legendary hard, especially with the Steel move Bullet Punch. Trainers who have the Gen III character’s Legacy move Meteor Mash will do incredible damage.
  • Dialga (Steel/Dragon): Like Lucario, the Gen IV Dragon will hurt Kyurem on two fronts with its Steel & Dragon advantage. We recommend using Metal Claw and Draco Meteor or Dragon Breath for maximum damage.
  • Zekrom (Dragon/Electric): While the Unova Legendary’s Electric type isn’t ideal for Kyurem, its Dragon moves are incredibly strong. Both Dragon Breath and Outrage are good way to take down its health.
  • Machamp: (Fighting): Not every Trainer is going to have some of the more rare monsters listed above. Machamp’s Counter & Bullet Punch make it a perfectly capable counter to the Legendary creature.
  • Conkeldurr (Fighting): The Gen V Fighting type is already popular with its Counter and Dynamic Punch moves. Its Fighting type movesets are a perfect way to exploit for Kyurem’s weakness.
  • Togekiss (Fairy): While most will focus on Fighting and Steel first, let’s not forget about Fairy’s advantage over Ice/Dragon. The Gen IV mon’ can chip away at the Dragon’s health using either Charm or Dazzling Gleam.

As stated above, Kyurem’s 5-star Raid battles will last the entire month of December. However, remember its final day is the first day of 2021, so don’t sleep on this epic boss.

Niantic is also kicking off the winter holidays with the Battle League Season 6 and the Holiday Cup. Tune in to Dexerto for more strategies on how to beat GO’s future competitions and events.