Pokemon Go: Why you must get Altered Forme Giratina – Raid guide

Published: 5/May/2020 19:46

by Paul Cot


Giratina Altered Forme is returning to Pokemon Go’s Raid Battles and here’s why you absolutely must get it while you can.

Its ‘Altered Forme’ is the form it takes while outside of its home, the Distortion World. When it is there, it takes up its ‘Origin Forme’ with the main difference between the two is that it doesn’t need legs in Gen 4’s “alternate dimension”.

When can you find Altered Forme Giratina in Raid Battles?

Both forms are super powerful, and you should look to get both of them in your Pokemon Go team whenever they are available. In the meantime though, Altered Forme Giratina is available now until Tuesday, May 12, 1pm PDT.

In addition to a week’s worth of five-star Raid Battles to try and get your hands on the Renegade Pokemon, there will also be a special Raid Hour. This will take place on Wednesday, May 6, at 6pm local time and last for one hour.

Raids featuring Altered Forme Giratina will be happening more frequently during this time. This may be the best time to find other trainers trying to take down Giratina’s altered form as the community usually pull together during these Raid Hours. This is the best way to avoid the infuriating wait for other trainers to join a Raid.


Being a dual dragon and ghost-type, Giratina is weak to these types also. It is also weak to dark, fairy and ice-type attacks.

Dragon-type moves including Dragon Breath and Dragon Tail (for the Fast Moves) and Draco Meteor and Outrage (Charge Moves) are what you should be looking for. The Fast Moves deal good damage, combined with good energy generation. Draco Meteor and Outrage are both very hard-hitting although the former is usually the better option.

The Pokemon that have a combination of these moves are Dialga, Dragonite, Garchomp, Palkia, Rayquaza, and Salamence. All of these have excellent attack stats, too, which is vital for success in Raid Battles.

Another excellent option is Darkrai, which you may have picked as the Mythical Pokemon was featured in five-star Raids the previous week. If you are using the dark-type Snarl and Shadow Ball are the best combination of moves. However, Feint Attack and Dark Pulse are also super effective.

If you avoid fairy types, you’re likely to win battles with Altered Forme Giratina in GO Battle Ultra League…

Why is Giratina so important to have?

In the opinion of many Pokemon Go trainers, Altered Forme Giratina is the absolute best Pokemon to use in GO Battle Ultra League. It has fantastic bulk, an important requirement for PvP, and great moves to compliment them.

Those include two great Fast Move options – Dragon Breath and Shadow Claw. The former does 4 DPT and 3 EPT, while Shadow Claw, arguably the better of the two, does 3 DPT and 4 EPT. The latter’s superior energy generation allows you to spam Giratina’s fast charging Charge Moves even more.

Dragon Claw is a must have Charge Move. It only requires 35 energy, equal lowest of all moves in Pokemon Go, and does a respectable 50 damage, too. Shadow Sneak is another option to maintain some diversity of type if using Dragon Breath but this isn’t as efficient. Ancient Power is its final Charge Move but this recently received a nerf.

Finally, Giratina-A’s type doesn’t disappoint either. Its dual dragon and ghost typing makes it very strong against traditional types and among them is double resistance to fighting and normal attacks.

However, dark and fairy types (especially the latter) are a nightmare. Giratina’s attacks are weak against both of them and to compound the weakness, their attacks are also strong. So, avoid them at all costs.

Overall though, Giratina is an incredibly valuable asset in Pokemon Go. If you are to be successful in GO Battle’s Ultra League, then you must have Altered Forme Giratina in your team.


Pokemon GO to celebrate series’ 25th anniversary with special Kanto event

Published: 1/Dec/2020 23:13

by Brent Koepp


According to reports, Pokemon GO is gearing up to celebrate the series’ upcoming 25th anniversary by going back to the Kanto region. The special event will be centered around the 1996 Japanese Game Boy games Red & Green.

Pokemon initially made its debut in 1996, and quickly became a worldwide phenomena. Decades later, the beloved Nintendo property has grown into an absolute juggernaut and has even become the highest-grossing media franchise of all time.

According to reports, the hit mobile title GO will honor the series upcoming 25th anniversary by going back to very first region, Kanto. The special event will have players choose between the groundbreaking Japanese RPGs Red & Green.

Photograph of Pokemon Red & Green's Game Boy box art from 1996.
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
Pokemon GO will celebrate the series’ 25th anniversary with a special themed event based on the 1996 RPGs.

Pokemon GO’s 25th anniversary celebration

While most of the world first played Pokemon in 1998, the series originally launched in Japan two years prior with the Game Boy titles Red and Green (instead of Blue). In 2021, the the franchise will officially reach its 25th anniversary.

So far, Nintendo has been tight-lipped about how it will celebrate the epic milestone, however reports have surfaced about how GO will honor its legacy. According to popular outlet Serebii, the mobile game will be launching a special themed event based around the Kanto region.

While there aren’t a lot of details known yet, the Pokemon site further revealed it will feature an interesting in-game mechanic. “In a single day, players pick either Pokemon Red or Green and get unique spawns  and Special Research based on on what they have picked and can interact to get all Pokemon,” they wrote.

Perhaps the most interesting part is that Trainers will reportedly be able to work with friends to catch all 151 original Pokemon in a single day – which sounds absolutely wild. According to Serebii’s Joe Merrick, there is currently no date for the Gen I celebration. “This event is likely the one Niantic teased for release in February. We don’t have the date for this one yet,” he tweeted.

Serebii's Joe Merrick tweets about Pokemon GO Kanto event.

At the time of writing, there has been no official confirmation as to when Trainers can expect the event to go live. However, since it’s tied to the 25th anniversary, February 2021 is probably a safe bet.

Despite releasing over two decades ago, players still can’t get enough of Pokemon’s addicting “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” design – proof that the franchise has never been more popular.