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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.


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.