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Pokemon Sword & Shield Max Raid event adds Shiny Wailord, Sharpedo, more

Published: 17/Jul/2020 13:34

by David Purcell

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Shiny Wailord is the new star of the show for Pokemon Sword and Shield Max Raid Battles, as developers Game Freak have given things another shakeup with a limited time event. 

These Max Raid Battles come with different star ratings and can include a wide variety of Pokemon during the course of a few months. The latest set of species to be added to the pool of encounters are all water-type, with Wailmer’s evolved form just one of the set.

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The event, which started on July 17, will only last two days – ending on July 19. This means that now more than ever, time is of the essence for trainers who want to land some of ‘mons included in the list.

So, let’s see which ones have been added this time around.

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New Water Pokemon Max Raid Battles event

GMAX Kingler in Pokemon Sword and Shield
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Gigantamax Kingler is just one of many water-type Pokemon included in the limited time event.

Alongside Wailord is a good few other Pokemon, all of which can be found by entering Max Raid Battles. In the case of Shiny Wailord, according to Serebii.net, trainers have around a 2% chance of encountering one.

To do this, simply search the Galar Region for a shining beam of light in the sky, approach the location where it’s coming from, and interact with the Den found there. That will start things up. A full list of featured Pokemon can be found below.

All Pokemon included in Max Raid Battles (July 17-19)

  • Wailmer
  • Wailord
  • Krabby
  • Mantyke
  • Carvanha
  • Frillish
  • Pyukumuku
  • Sharpedo
  • Kingler (and GMAX variant)
  • Jellicent
  • Mantine
Mantine in Pokemon Sword
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Don’t be surprised to see Mantine appear in Max Raid Battles, either.

11 fresh faces included in the event, giving players the option to battle and catch some really powerful Pokemon. Many of these would be fine additions to a player’s team.

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As stated earlier, July 19 is the cut-off point for this limited time Max Raid Battles shakeup, so you’re going to have to be fast if you want to enter enough to spot a Shiny Wailord in-game. Hopefully, you will catch one!

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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.

Snivy

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.

Snivy Pokemon Go
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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.