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Pokemon Go Ultra Bonus Challenge Week 2 brings new shiny Pokemon and Deoxys

Published: 9/Sep/2019 9:20 Updated: 9/Sep/2019 10:05

by Paul Cot


Week 2 of the Pokemon Go Ultra Bonus Challenge has gone live (September 9) and brings with it new shiny Pokemon, Deoxys and egg hatching discounts.

The Ultra Bonus Challenge is the reward for Pokemon Go trainers completing the challenge research tasks at the Pokemon Go Fest events. The bonuses are divided into three separate weeks, meaning trainers can enjoy different bonuses throughout the majority of September.


The first week had a Johto theme to it, where Pokemon from the second generation were appearing more frequently. There was also the chance to capture the mysterious psychic Pokemon, Unown, in the forms of U, L, T, R or A from 10km eggs.

@PokemonGoAppUnown were one of the bonuses for week 1…

Week 2: Global Challenge, Global Hatches

The second week will run from September 9, 1pm PDT (4pm EDT and 9pm BST) to September 16, 1pm PDT (4pm EDT and 9pm BST).


Regional Kanto Pokemon

As of the time of writing, four Pokemon from Kanto have been regional specific. Those Pokemon and where they can be found are as follows:

  • Farfetch’d – South East Asia
  • Kangaskhan – Australia
  • Mr. Mime – Western Europe
  • Tauros – North America

@PokemonGoApp7km eggs will play host to the regional Kanto Pokemon for Week 2 of the Ultra Bonus Challenge…

This means most of you will only have one of them. That is unless you have been savvy or committed enough to find someone to trade with.

These regional restrictions are about to be lifted, though. All of these Pokemon will be available in 7km eggs which will give you the chance to plug some much needed gaps in your Kanto Pokedex.


What’s more is if you’re lucky, you may even encounter one of them in their shiny form. Farfetch’d, Kangaskhan, Mr. Mime and Tauros will be available beyond the second week too, going through to the end of the third week, which will finish on September 23, 1pm PDT (4pm EDT and 9pm BST).

Make the most of those eggs

Previous regional exclusives isn’t the only reason to hatch eggs in week 2 – half egg hatching distance will continue throughout the three weeks.

This means you may be able to pick up a rare shiny Pokemon for walking just 3.5km!


Deoxys outside of EX Raids

Deoxys, and all four of its forms – normal, speed, attack and defense – have only been avaialble in EX Raids. These are invite only raid battles and are therefore hard to come by for a lot of trainers.

Now though, all trainers will have a chance to catch the mythical Pokemon from generation three. They will be appearing in raid battles which will undoubtedly be of the five star variety.


@PokemonGoAppDeoxys and all its forms will be available in normal raid battles!

You may be wondering which Pokemon are the best counters for the powerful Deoxys. The absolute best counters include Mewtwo, Tyranitar and Gengar.

These aren’t the most readily available though, and some trainers will need alternatives to battle the psychic Deoxys forms. Houndoom, Dragonite and even Rayquaza (for those who participate in group raid battles) are easier to obtain.

Fortunately, as part of the Ultra Bonus Challenge, Pokemon who are effective against the DNA Pokemon will be appearing in raid battles.

More bonuses to come

Week 2 is worth getting excited about but week 3 is what trainers are waiting for. After much anticipation, Gen 5 will finally arrive to Pokemon Go.


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.