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Shadow Pokemon have changed the Pokemon Go meta

Published: 6/Mar/2020 14:36

by Paul Cot


It looks like the changes made to Shadow Pokemon has completely changed the Pokemon Go meta, much to the disappointment of long-term trainers.

In a somewhat of the blue announcement on March 3, Niantic confirmed that Shadow Pokemon have gotten stronger – a lot stronger. Specifically, their damage output will increase by 20%, with the damage they receive also increasing by the same amount.


On paper this may not look like a massive change but it is. There are many different types of Pokemon Go player from those who just want to ‘catch ’em all’, shiny hunt and then those who want the strongest roster possible.

Shadow Pokemon Go New Meta
Pokemon Company
Out of nowhere, Shadow Pokemon have become the new Pokemon Go meta…

Shadow Pokemon now too strong?

The change has upset trainers who have put a lot of effort into the current Pokemon Go meta, only to see it completely changed in one update. Sideline96 is one player who detailed how they felt about the current situation.


Up until now, they have focused on getting the six best attackers of each type and getting them to the maximum Level 40. This is essentially the go to strategy of all players who want the strongest and most rounded team possible.

With the new change in play, though, the strongest attackers from each type are now Shadow Pokemon. This has effectively made all the current strongest Pokemon second fiddle to Shadow ‘mons.

“I do not like that they make my whole electric Team (100% Zapdos, 100% Electivire, 91% Shiny Raikou, 96% Magnezone) ‘obsolete’ within one day,” Sideline96 explained. It’s hard not to have sympathy given many trainers know how hard it is to put together a team as strong as that – and that’s for just one type!


They also made the salient point that not only does DPS significantly increase but TDO actually stays the same, too, despite the increase in damage it takes. This means it’s pretty irrefutable that Shadow Pokemon are better.

Doesn’t the meta always change?

Some of you may be saying that the meta always evolves, and while that is true the point here is that it has changed too much in just one update. “Power creep” was also discussed which is the phenomenon of newer content being the strongest.

This is natural to some degree as players need to be incentivized to want the latest content, which is often new varieties of species in the case of Pokemon Go. This also means newer players are able to compete with older ones.


In short, power creep is actually good for the game’s developers and trainers alike but when it is this sudden questions about fairness are correctly raised.

No Incentive Raid Battles
If Shadow Pokemon are now strong, has the incentive to do Raid Battles been lessened?

No incentive to do Raids?

It’s no secret that Raid Battles are a big part of Pokemon Go. Niantic want players to participate in them as much as possible, especially they use a Premium Raid Pass.


However, if Raid Battles now reward species that aren’t part of the meta, what’s the point? Even five-star Raid Bosses are now beaten by Shadow Pokemon in the meta.

Granted, this theory only applies to trainers who are strictly interested in building the strongest team possible, but the point still stands. Unfortunately it seems to have made a lot of Pokemon, frankly, useless. “I will never evolve and power up a normal Pokemon anymore and I don’t need a top attackers team anymore which leads to me having no in-game goal.” Sideline96 claimed.

It seems Niantic may have shot themselves in the foot on this one. With the initial reaction seemingly so negative, this change could lessened or even reversed.

We’ll have to wait and see whether Shadow Pokemon do indeed remain the new meta in Pokemon Go. A lot of the more experienced trainers will be hoping not.


Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot


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.


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!


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.


While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.


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.


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
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.


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.