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Pokemon Sword & Shield Raid Battles event adds Charizard, Garbodor, more

Published: 27/Mar/2020 2:41

by David Purcell


Game Freak have announced a brand new Pokemon Sword & Shield event that sees yet another shakeup of the Gigantamaxed forms found in the Wild Area’s Raid Battles, with Charizard on the list. 

Those who regularly take part in online Raid Battles will know they allow a team of players to come together to take down and catch powerful Pokemon. They can be seen from far and wide in the Galar Region, too, with large beams of red and purple lights showing where the dens can be found.


The last change made to Raid Battles saw Gigantamax Snorlax come back, joined by Gigantamax Machamp and Gigantamax Gengar, although all of those have now been removed. Their replacements, however, will be around for a long time, and they look like top selections.


As mentioned earlier, GMAX Charizard is part of the list and will be accompanied by Gigantamax variants of: Garbodor, Duraludon, and Copperajah.


These will be available to find in Raid Battles until April 27, giving players plenty of time to take on and catch each of them for a good stretch. It’s worth noting that they will all be available in different star levels of Raid Battle, though.

Across both games, all four Pokemon will be available in three and four star Raids. However, in five star raids, Charizard will be exclusive to Pokemon Shield along with Garbodor, while the other two will be five star exclusives for Pokemon Sword.

There is a workaround for this, though, and it’s quite simple. If a Pokemon Shield player hosts a five star Raid Battle, Sword players can then access exclusive Raid Battle Pokemon.

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Garbodor is one of four new Max Raid Battle Pokemon in Sword and Shield.

Events like these will give players enough to get on with as they patiently wait for the release of DLC. The pass will include the addition of the Isle of Armor island in June, followed by The Crown Tundra later in the year. A number of new Gigantamax details have also revealed for Nintendo Direct Mini.

We already have many details about the former, too, with the Isle of Armor map being revealed as well as details about a new legendary Pokemon, Kubfu.

In the meantime, there will likely be at least two further Raid Battle changes before the first pack of DLC hits and this shakeup is no doubt one of the most exciting yet.


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!

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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.