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Pokemon Sword & Shield ‘Armor Beginnings’ 2-day tournament revealed

Published: 16/Jul/2020 17:46

by David Purcell


Pokemon trainers who have travelled over to the Isle of Armor using the Sword and Shield Expansion Pass will soon be able to take part in a new battle competition, called Armor Beginnings. 

The tournament, which was announced on July 16, will last just two days and will give everybody the chance to call themselves a champion of new territory.

Interestingly, only Pokemon from the new DLC location can be used in battles, which means a lot of the new entrants to the Galar Pokedex will be on show.

Players don’t actually have that long to be able to sign up and take part, either, so we’re going to show you exactly how to do that.

How to enter Pokemon Armor Beginnings tournament

Pokemon Armor Beginnings tournament art
Here’s the official art for the Pokemon Armor Beginnings tournament.

The Armor Beginnings tournament was confirmed by serebii.net, a website that regularly posts Pokemon content, and trainers don’t need to wait around in order to register.

Each player will be given 50 Battle Points (BP) for entering, and registration closes on July 23 at 23:59 GMT (19:59 ET / 16:59 PT).

Pokemon Armor Beginnings start and end time

The Armor Beginnings battles will commence on July 24, a day after registration closes.

Starting on a Friday, this should give competitive players enough to do during that weekend, with the tourney closing up on Sunday at 23:59 GMT (19:59 ET / 16:59 PT).

loop lagoon pokemon
Pokemon / Nintendo
Loop Lagoon is one of the places Larvesta spawns in the Isle of Armor.

The format will be single battles, as you might have expected. If you think you can take on the world and fancy your chances of becoming a champion in Pokemon Sword and Shield, then signing up is the first point of call.

From there, put together a strong team of Pokemon and make sure you have good options for all types of opponents, because you’re likely to come up against the very best across these two days.


How to beat Kyogre in Pokemon Go: strategy & best counters

Published: 20/Jan/2021 0:59

by Brent Koepp


Pokemon Go is kicking off the new year by celebrating the Hoenn region in January. This month players will revisit Ruby & Sapphire to take on Kyogre. Here is how to beat the Gen III Legendary in no time.

Niantic is dedicating the start of 2021 to all previous Generations, leading up to Pokemon’s 25th anniversary. In January, Go players will be able to face off against Ruby & Sapphire’s Legendary Kyogre.

The Legendary whale offers up a serious challenge, but can be taken down fairly easily with the right counters. We will go over the best way to take down the mighty beast.

Pokemon Kyogre, and Groudon in Go Hoenn Celebration.
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
Gen III Legendaries will be featured in Raids during the Hoenn celebration.

How to defeat Kyogre in Pokemon Go

First introduced in Gen III’s Ruby & Sapphire, Kyogre has been a fan-favorite of Water-type Trainers for over the last decade. The primordial whale is both epic in size, and powerful in its attacks.

While intimidating for sure, the weather trio beast also has some major weaknesses that players can exploit rather easily with the right team of Pokemon.

Players will want to heavily focus on both Electric and Grass types to bring the ‘mon down. Below we will go over the best team and counters to achieve victory.

Screenshot of Legendary Zekrom in Pokemon anime.
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
The Gen V Legendary is one of the best counters to Kyogre.

Best counters for Kyogre in Pokemon Go

  • Zekrom: The Black & White Legendary is a perfect counter to the Kyogre as its strong Electric moves will melt away the beast’s health. We recommend using Charge Beam and Wild Charge attacks.
  • Tangrowth: The Gen IV evolution is a perfect choice to leverage the Hoenn ‘mon’s Grass weakness. Vine Whip and Power Whip will quickly chip away the monster’s health.
  • Electivire: A favorite from Diamond & Pearl, the Electabuzz evolution packs a mean punch with Thundershock and Wild Charge attack combo.
  • Zapdos: A part of the Gen I bird trio, Zapdos is another great choice to take down Kyogre. Both Thundershock and Thunderbolt.

While there are a wide variety of Grass and Electric monsters we can use, not everyone has a powerful elite team of ‘mon, especially newcomers to the game. Below we will go over some lower-entry picks that can still pack a punch.

Screenshot of Gen 3 starter evolution Sceptile in Pokemon anime.
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
Sceptile and other budget Grass and Electric Pokemon can also bring the whale down.
  • Roserade: Introduced in Diamond & Pearl, the Grass type is a solid budget level counter for the whale. We recommend using Razor Leaf and Solar Beam.
  • Jolteon: One of the most popular Eeveelutions of all time, the Electric type is easy to obtain in Go and powerful. Both Thundershock Thunderbolt will hit the Water Legendary hard.
  • Sceptile: The Gen III starter evolution has strong Grass moves that take advantage of Kyogre’s second stat weakness. Both Bullet Seed and Leaf Blade make for a deadly combination.
  • Luxray: The adorable Electric Lion is another entry level encounter that help you bring down the beast. Use Spark and Wild Charge.

For veteran players, Shadow versions of Raikou and Electivire are technically the absolute best and quickest way to defeat Kyogre. However, these rare ‘mon had to have been acquired in the past.

Ultimately, teaming up with a group of players who have Electric and Grass type Pokemon will bring down the weather trio Legendary. Use moves suggested above and feel free to mix and match with other characters.