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Pokemon Go: What are Clone Pokemon and how to get them

Published: 21/Sep/2020 22:25

by Paul Cot

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Clone Pokemon are available in Pokemon Go. We discuss the difference between the clones and their normal counterparts, as well as where you can get them.

They were first added to Pokemon Go in the 2020 Pokemon Day celebration event, adding four to the game in Venusaur, Charizard, Blastoise and Pikachu. Long-term fans of the franchise may remember them from the first-ever Pokemon movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back.

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As the name suggests they are remarkably similar to their normal counterparts with the only physical differences being patterns on their skin. This was probably a way to make them distinguishable between each other.

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Clone Pokemon are distinguished by the striped markings on their body…

On top of that though, there is an actual in-game benefit of having them. This makes sense considering they are more powerful than their original versions in the movie. Clone Pokemon, at least the ones that are available now, have more powerful Charge Moves.

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How to get Clone Venusaur, Charizard and Blastoise

Venusaur, Charizard and Blastoise, in their clone form, have only been available in Raid Battles so far.

When caught all of these will have their Community Day exclusive move, which are as follows:

  • Venusaur: Frenzy Plant
  • Charizard: Blast Burn
  • Blastoise: Hydro Cannon

Each of these are multi-bar Charge Moves and deal between 90 and 110 damage. So, in short, they’re moves that you want to have and are better alternatives to what each of them can have normally.

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Other Clone Pokemon

As of writing, there aren’t any Clone Pokemon that can be found in the mobile game but they will surely make a return at some point soon. Niantic may add other species, also.

Here is a list of Pokemon we know how clone forms (sorted by Pokedex entry):

  • Venusaur
  • Charizard
  • Squirtle
  • Blastoise
  • Pidgeot
  • Pikachu
  • Sandslash
  • Nidoqueen
  • Vulpix
  • Ninetails
  • Wigglytuff
  • Vileplume
  • Meowth
  • Psyduck
  • Golduck
  • Tentacruel
  • Rapidash
  • Dewgong
  • Hitmonlee
  • Rhyhorn
  • Seadra
  • Scyther
  • Gyarados
  • Vaporeon

Presumably their respective evolutions will be available, too.

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Clone Pikachu

Unlike the others, Clone Pikachu was found when taking a GO SnapShot. This was part of aforementioned 2020 Pokemon Day celebrations and, like the others, is currently unavailable.

Like the final evolutions of the Kanto starters, Pikachu will know the powerful multi-bar Charge Move Wild Charge.

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It’s important to be careful when managing your Pokemon, too. Clone Pokemon can be transferred out without receiving any prompt and can be mass-selected in your storage, so make sure not to fall into that trap.

We’d recommend renaming them as soon as you get one to distinguish between them. Pikachu is a little easier to see the difference because it can’t evolve into Raichu.

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Pokemon Go: Legendary Pokemon are getting even rarer

Published: 13/Oct/2020 15:36 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 15:37

by Paul Cot

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In recent times Legendary Pokemon have been made what they should have been all along in Pokemon Go – rare.

There was a time in Pokemon Go when getting those legendary ‘mons became all too common and easy. This resulted in it becoming a mundane task – something which getting one should never be.

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Research Breakthrough rewards were introduced to the mobile game in April 2018. You can obtain these rewards by earning seven Field Research stamps.

Only one can be earned per day and you get one for completing any Field Research task. As anyone who has completed these before can attest to, they are often very easy to do.

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From April 2018 until December 2019, the majority of these months had a Legendary Pokemon waiting for you when you earned those seven stamps. This meant you could earn an encounter with the likes of Moltres, Latios, Groudon – and any other of the litany of legends that featured – for completing seven simple tasks.

If you routinely played, this meant a new Legendary Pokemon every seven days. It was no wonder Legendary Pokemon lost their allure.

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Easy to obtain Legendary Pokemon are a thing of the past in Pokemon Go…

Make Legendary Pokemon rare again

From January 2020 though, legendary species no longer featured as the Research Breakthrough encounter reward. Niantic likely realized they were too easy to get and wanted to make getting them mean something again.

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Generally, this made them only obtainable in Raid Battles. This made sense because with rare ‘mons so easy to get hold of previously, fewer trainers would spend the time to get them in the more difficult route of Raid Battles. This is in addition to them costing real money/PokeCoins if you did more than one a day.

It hasn’t stopped there, however. It looks like Niantic want to make them even rarer. Many trainers will have noticed five-star Raids are appearing far less frequently.

This hasn’t been confirmed in any official capacity but there is plenty of anecdotal evidence from the Pokemon Go community. “[I] was in an area with over 25 gyms but could only find 2 Giratina during 5 [a] hour period this afternoon,” MarinaBlu shared. They did note a lot more Mega Raids were appearing during that time.

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Encouraging Mega Raids?

There could be multiple reasons for this. Firstly, it will make trainers jump on Raid Battles that feature Legendary Pokemon, stopping the often empty lobbies which single trainers have to avoid.

Then there could be an element of wanting to make Legendary Pokemon even more desirable. This is understandable but certainly puts newer players at a disadvantage. After all, experienced trainers will have a lot stocked up. They would argue this is deserved, however, due to the time they have put into the game.

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Finally, it could be Niantic are trying to encourage trainers to play more Mega Raids. The concept of Mega Evolution in Pokemon Go hasn’t been received as well as the developers would have hoped, though.

We don’t know if the reduced five-star Raid Battles will carry on, but it’s definitely something to keep an eye on.