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Pokemon player warms hearts with emotional story about missing Arcanine

Published: 14/Jul/2020 0:56

by Brent Koepp

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A Pokemon player went viral after they shared their heartwarming story about their childhood Arcanine. The fan’s nostalgic story will be sure to brings a tear to your eyes.

For decades, Pokemon has played a large role in many kids’ childhoods. Released in 1996 on the Game Boy, players from around the world became hooked by its addicting “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” design and vibrant cast of characters.

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Many adults who grew up with the RPG continue to play the Nintendo property to this day. However, one Redditor warmed the hearts of fellow Trainers when they recalled a story about their Arcanine and how the two reunited years later.

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Arcanine was introduced in Gen I.

Pokemon Trainer’s wholesome Arcanine story

The popular Fire-type monster was first introduced in Red & Blue, and could be obtained by giving Growlithe a Fire Stone. The pup has long been a fan-favorite. Over on Reddit, user ‘nickc27584‘ opened up to the community about how they lost the Pokemon while growing up.

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The fan first explained how much the character they’d named “Grow” had meant to them, explaining, “This Arcanine was the first Pokémon that I had ever trained to level 100. Caring for this Pokémon really helped me get through my awkward teenage years. Arcanine and I battled friends, beat Pokémon stadium 2.”

Unfortunately, the Trainer lost the beloved ‘mon when their save-file for Gold died one day. “One day I turned on the game and noticed there was only a “New Game” displayed on the screen. The battery in the game had died, and therefore all of the Pokémon I had collected including Arcanine have also died. This Arcanine was 1 of a kind to me,” they said.

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The fan found a way to recreate their Arcanine.

But all hope was not lost. Years later, the Pokemon fan decided to boot up Stadium and found the canine. “I turned on Pokemon Stadium 2. Just to play around and battle a bit. When I saw it. Grow was sitting there in a few registered party slots. I jotted down his stats and made an exact copy of him to put into Heart Gold. Right now, he’s sitting inside of my Pokémon ultra sun game.”

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The story about a kid and his Arcanine. from pokemon

While the user admits that their current version of Arcanine isn’t the exact same one that they caught when they were a kid, their story still connected with many users on the forum. Fortunately with the release of the Home app in 2020, players can now transfer all of their monsters from recent games into one database.

The fan’s emotional story really demonstrates how much the franchise has really connected with people. For many, they grew up alongside these Pokemon, and in a lot of cases were able to carry them throughout the generations.

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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.

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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.