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Remote Raid Pass celebration features returning legends in Pokemon Go

Published: 28/Apr/2020 22:55 Updated: 28/Apr/2020 22:56

by Paul Cot

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Niantic are celebrating the introduction of the Remote Raid Pass by bringing some familiar legends back to Pokemon Go. The returning Legendary Pokemon include Darkrai, Altered Forme Giratina and Virizion.

Many had thought the next Legendary species to feature in five-star Raid Battles following Landorus would have been a new Pokemon. Kyurem seemed the most logical, although some trainers thought Reshiram and Zekrom might come first. That has proved not to be, though.

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Instead we will get Darkrai, Giratina-A and Virizion in each of the next respective three weeks. To kick the event off you can check out our Pokemon Go Darkrai Raid guide.

Darkrai Raid Battle Return
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Darkrai is actually a Mythical Pokemon and is returning to Raid Battles for the third time…

The full schedule is as follows:

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  • Darkrai: Tuesday, April 28, 1pm to Tuesday, May 5, 1pm PDT (GMT −7)
  • Altered Forme Giratina: Tuesday, May 5, 1pm to Tuesday, May 12, 1pm PDT (GMT −7)
  • Virizion: Tuesday, May 12, 1pm to Tuesday, May 19, 1pm PDT (GMT −7)

Maybe that means we can expect the next Legendary Pokemon release on May 19.

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Who’d have thought it – Raid Battles can now be played remotely…

Remote Raid Passes

Niantic promised trainers that they’d be able to play Raid Battles remotely and now they have delivered. Remote Raid Passes went live for all trainers on April 27.

Each Remote Raid Pass costs 100 PokeCoins but you can also purchase three of them for a discounted 250. That’s not all however, as to introduce them to the Pokemon Go world you can buy three of them for a one-off purchase of just one PokeCoin.

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A lot of scheduled five-star Raid Battles don’t have anyone participating in them because players know how tough they can be. Trainers don’t want to waste a Premium Raid Pass only for nobody else to show up. After all, some of the harder Legendary Pokemon require at least four trainers to take down.

Hopefully the Remote Raid Passes will change that whereby they will be more accessible to more people. If you use them wisely, you might be able to get each of Darkrai, Altered Forme Giratina and Virizion over the next three weeks.

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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.

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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.