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Pokemon Go trainers are losing GO Battle League matches on purpose

Published: 24/Mar/2020 17:47

by Paul Cot

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The idea of any Pokemon battle is to win, right? Well, apparently not. Trainers are losing their Pokemon Go GO Battle League (GBL) matches on purpose and they have a very good reason for doing so.

For some players the allure of the GBL rewards outweighs winning. Now, it would be make sense for rewards to be given to players who win and that’s exactly how it’s set up.

So, why would players be intentionally losing? The reason is to get themselves into a position where it is easier to win.

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Trainers are losing matches in GBL on purpose…

Rank Tanking remains

GBL Matchmaking matches you against players of a similar ability based on rank and rating. Up until you reach rank 7 you will be matched with trainers of the same rank.

This changes once you reach rank 8, though, as at that point you will be given a rating. As you can’t drop your rank in a given season, from rank 8 to 10 you will always be matched with trainers of a similar rating.

It makes sense that less experienced trainers, and therefore easier opponents, are found between ranks 1 to 7 then. After all, getting to rank 8 isn’t difficult – all you need to do is win 27 matches in total.

So, once you get to the ‘matchmaking based on rating’ point, winning will become much harder. The only way to give yourself easier matches is to minimize your rating and in some cases, where trainers have built up a higher rating, lose several on purpose.

With GO Battle League not requiring you to walk 3km in between sets, due to the current global health situation, losing a lot of battles and quickly isn’t too difficult. This is far from in-keeping with how much Pokemon games should be played but a lot of players are competing for the rewards – and apparently the rewards only.

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Cobalion and Darkrai are two massive rewards in GBL…

Lose to get rewards?

Rewards are distributed based on how many battles you win in a given set (five battles). These range from Stardust, items and most appealingly of all encounters with rare Pokemon.

Under the ‘basic rewards’ selection, you can earn an encounter with a rare Pokemon by winning four of five battles. This is by no means easy but is certainly do-able.

Winning those four battles is obviously a lot easier when against poorer quality opponents. So, it becomes more understandable why trainers are losing – or ‘Rank Tanking’.

These encounters have included Darkrai, Giratina and most recently Cobalion – so there is massive incentive to get those four wins. Landorus is also coming to as a reward for those above rank 4 soon. While the system remains as it is, losing on purpose in GBL may be a common theme.

Hopefully, Niantic think of a better way to distribute the rewards so that trainers do their best to win at all times but also get fairly rewarded. It’s tricky but the current system is obviously not working.

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First Gen 6 species coming to Pokemon Go revealed: Greninja, more

Published: 26/Nov/2020 15:42

by Paul Cot

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Niantic have confirmed that Gen 6 species are coming to Pokemon Go on December 2. Now, thanks to a datamine from the PokeMiners, we have a list of Pokemon originating from the Kalos region found in the game’s code.

Those Gen 6 Pokemon are as follows:

  • Chespin, Quilladin, Chesnaught
  • Fennekin, Braixen, Delphox
  • Froakie, Frogadier, Greninja
  • Bunnelby, Diggersby
  • Fletchling, Fletchinder, Talonflame
  • Scatterbug
  • Litleo, Pyroar (both forms)
  • Espurr, Meowstic
  • Klefki
  • Noibat, Noivern
Gen 6 Pokemon DatamineGen 6 assets found in the Pokemon Go code…

That’s already 21 of the 72 new species the Kalos region introduces. However, just because the assets of these Pokemon have been found in the Pokemon Go game files, doesn’t necessarily mean they will be available on December 2.

According to the Pokemon Go blog we can expect to see all of the above minus Scatterbug, Espurr, Meowstic, Noibat and Noivern. Meanwhile, Klefki will only be appearing for trainers in France.

That means the other five will be coming at a later date. Given they are already in the code though, this shouldn’t be too far away. Alternatively, they could be appearing on December 2 but Niantic didn’t announce them to leave a surprise.

It was also announced there will be a mysterious Pokemon appearing in one-star Raid Battles. This could very well be Scatterbug, Espurr or Noibat.

What we know about these new Kalos Pokemon

The Kalos starter Pokemon – Chespin, Fennekin and Froakie – are definitely available from the outset. They follow the usual grass, fire and water typings but their final evolutions introduce some interesting combinations.

Chesnaught is a grass/fighting type, Delphox fire and psychic and the ever popular Greninja is water and dark. In terms of weaknesses to resistances, these typings favor Delphox and Greninja.

Elsewhere, Noibat will require a massive 400 Candies, the same as Magikarp. It will be interesting to see if consequently Noivern plays any type of role in the game’s meta.

The Gen 5 rollout is still yet to be complete and has been going on for well over a year. The Gen 6 Pokedex is a lot smaller though, which means its entire rollout should take less than a year.