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Pokemon Go Unova Week – Everything you need to know

Published: 14/Aug/2020 18:07 Updated: 17/Aug/2020 3:22

by Paul Cot

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Pokemon Go trainers have been enjoying bonus weeks following on from GO Fest 2020. Now the third and final one of them begins – Unova Week.

All Pokemon Go trainers have been enjoying the rewards of GO Fest 2020 players completing global challenges. Unova Week required the completion of 24 of them.

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While a different theme with Unova, the event will be similar to that of the previous Dragon and Enigma Weeks. There will be increased spawns, new species and a returning Mythical Pokemon that has been restricted up until now.

Unova Week start time

The event begins on Friday, August 14 at 1pm PDT (4pm EDT / 9pm BST) and finishes on Friday, August 21, 1pm PDT (4pm EDT / 9pm BST).

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All Pokemon Go trainers will have the chance to catch Genesect in Unova Week…

Genesect returns

Let’s start with the return of Genesect to Pokemon Go. The Gen 5 Mythical ‘mon has been available twice before – through paid-for Special Research and as part of the Throwback Challenge.

Now though, Genesect will be available in five-star Raid Battles for all. In addition to that, if you’re really lucky, you can also encounter it in its Shiny form.

New species

Niantic are in the middle of rolling out Gen 5 species to the mobile game. Several new Pokemon will be making their Pokemon Go debut as part of the Unova Week:

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  • Bouffalant
  • Cottonee
  • Emolga
  • Sewaddle

Bouffalant will only be available in New York City, at least to begin with. The other three new Pokemon – Cottonee, Emolga and Sewaddle – don’t appear to fit into any sort of meta.

Increased spawns

Sewaddle, Cottonee, and other Pokemon originally discovered in the Unova region will all be appearing more in the wild as well as in 7km eggs. Emolga can also be found but given the wording it looks like this will be a rare finding.

The Raid Battle pool will also be switched up for the event. Details haven’t been fully made available but we do know Roggenrola and other Unovaians will feature.

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It remains to be seen whether there will be any form of Timed Research. There was for Dragon Week but not for Enigma.

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Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot

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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.

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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!

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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.

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While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.

Snivy

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.