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Pokemon Go: Who will the surprise Halloween Raid Boss be?

Published: 29/Sep/2020 1:39

by Paul Cot


Niantic are teasing what is being described as a ‘special’ Raid Boss for the yet to be revealed Pokemon Go Halloween 2020 event. We take a look at what this unannounced Pokemon could be.

“Stay tuned for details about a special Raid Boss that’ll be available to challenge during our Halloween event,” the official Pokemon Go blog shared. Given the tone of the message, we can only assume and hope it will be a Pokemon well worth raiding.


Shiny Mew

Let’s start with one of the more outlandish contenders. Shiny Mew is coming to Pokemon Go, we just don’t know when.

A Shiny version of the original Mythical Pokemon would certainly be ‘special’. However, being able to find Shiny Mew in a Raid, albeit at about a 5% chance, would take away from its rarity and allure.


Mew itself hasn’t even featured in Raid Battles yet, and so far trainers have been limited to just one chance to catch the DNA Pokemon through the A Mythical Discovery Special Research. Should Mew come to Raid Battles it would be a big deal in the world of Pokemon Go.

Shiny Mew Raid
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The potential of Shiny Mew would make the 2020 Halloween event massive!


Darkrai has featured in Raid Battle several times before, which seemingly makes it less likely to be the special Pokemon. However, of all the Legendaries and Mythical ‘mons out there, the Pitch-Black Pokemon does fit in with the theme of Halloween.

Also, Darkrai featured in last year’s event. Presumably this would make it even less likely in 2020 but it is one we can’t rule out.

Darkrai Raid
Darkrai has an incredible attacking stat…

Armored Mewtwo

The super defensive form of Mewtwo has featured in Raid Battles twice before. It was first seen in July of 2019 and then returned as part of the Pokemon: Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution film arriving on Netflix.

Given it has featured twice before, a third time wouldn’t be particularly exciting. However, the introduction of its Shiny form would change that.

Armored Mewtwo Raid
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It will come as no surprise that Armored Mewtwo has some of the best defense in all of Pokemon Go…

Gen 6 legends

Generation 6 only had added three Legendary Pokemon to the franchise – Xerneas, Yveltal and Zygarde. Respectively they are fairy, dark/flying and dragon/ground types.


While it seems unlikely Niantic will dive right into the Gen 6 legends, it is a possibility. Adding a legend off the bat would undoubtedly create extra hype for the 2020 Halloween event.

If they do shock trainers and go this route, then Yveltal will be one expected to feature due to its dark typing.

Yveltal Raid
Second to Shiny Mew, trainers would be pumped about the introduction of Yveltal…

Having said all this however, maybe Niantic have something entirely different up their sleeve. We’ll have to wait and see!


Pokemon Go Autumn event – Start time, new Gen 5 Pokemon, bonuses, more

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:57 Updated: 8/Oct/2020 1:59

by Paul Cot


To celebrate the change of season, Niantic is hosting an autumn-themed Pokemon Go event. A new Gen 5 Pokemon will be introduced as well as other bonuses.

The 2020 Pokemon Go autumn event starts on Friday, October 9, 8 am PDT and finishes on Monday, October 12, 1 pm PDT. That’s an 11 am EDT start for those on the east coast of the US and 4 pm BST for those residing in the UK.


To the surprise of nobody, the event will feature various fall-themed Pokemon. These ‘mons can be found in the wild and in eggs when you hatch them.

Double effective Berries

Elsewhere, autumn is the time harvest and that seemingly applies to Pokemon Go, too. As a result, Berries can be found more often when spinning PokeStops. There will also be berry-themed Field and Timed Research.


During the event, all Berries will be twice as effective when giving them to your Buddy Pokemon as treats. Perhaps more excitingly, however, is that Pinap Berries will also become doubly as effective.

This means that instead of just double Candy when capturing a Pokemon, you’ll actually get four times the amount! Other Berries such as the Razz variety won’t be doubly as effective, though.

Autumn-themed Pokemon

Meanwhile, the following Pokemon will be appearing more frequently in the wild:

  • Oddish
  • Vulpix
  • Bayleef
  • Hoothoot
  • Sudowoodo
  • Yanma
  • Pineco
  • Zigzagoon
  • Seedot
  • Shroomish
  • Plant Cloak Burmy
  • Foongus

Others will be appearing in 5km eggs but those Pokemon weren’t released in the Pokemon Go blog post.

Additionally, Shiny Vulpix will be spawning more often. The ever-popular Fox Pokemon has already had its Shiny form released previously but few trainers will want to miss out on the chance to get another or even their first!

Deerling Pokemon Go
Deerling changes color depending on what seasonal form it is…


As is very apt for the change of season, Deerling will be introduced to the world of Pokemon Go for the first time. The Season Pokemon has four forms – Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter – so expect to come across its autumn variant.


It evolves into Sawsbuck, which has the same four forms, also. Deerling needs 50 Candy to evolve, so if you want to get Sawsbuck during the event you’ll need to catch as many Deerling as possible. When using a Pinap Berry though, you’ll only need to catch five of them!

There’s plenty to look forward to in Pokemon Go during October. Charmander is coming to a Community Day a second time with the exclusive move Dragon Breath and there is even a surprise Raid Boss to look forward to at the end of the month.