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Shiny Giratina is coming to Pokemon Go raid battles

Published: 23/Sep/2019 12:34 Updated: 23/Sep/2019 13:44

by Paul Cot


Niantic have confirmed that the shiny version of Altered Forme Giratina is coming to Pokemon Go raid battles.

The legendary ghost-type Pokemon will make its way to 5 star raid battles on September 23, 1pm PDT (4pm EDT and 6pm BST). It will remain available until October 17, 1pm PDT (4pm EDT and 6pm BST).


If you want to increase your chances of getting the powerful Pokemon from the Distortion World then there is good news. Niantic also confirmed that there will be a legendary raid hour on September 25, from 6pm to 7pm local time. This will see the number of 5 star raid battles increased for the duration.

@PokemonGoAppLegs are the main difference between the Giratina forms…

A little confusingly, Giratina’s Altered Forme is actually its original form. This is how you can expect to see Giratina in the normal Pokemon realm. Its Origin Forme is how it will look in the Distortion World.


While Altered Forme Giratina, along with its Origin Forme, have appeared in Pokemon Go previously, this is the first time a shiny variant of either of the Gen 3 legends have. It won’t be easy to find though, as it is estimated there is just a 5% chance of finding the shiny form of a legendary Pokemon in a raid.

@PokemonGoAppIt’s going to be a huge help if you have Rayquaza to battle Giratina…

Anyone who has participated in 5 star raid battles before, will know how difficult they can be to take down. Depending on the level you are as a Pokemon Go trainer, invariably it will need 4+ trainers to take down.

In addition to this, you’ll need an appropriate team of Pokemon, one that matches up well with the dual ghost/dragon type. The best counters to Giratina are Rayquaza and Palkia. Following them you should be looking for the likes of Dragonite, Salamence, Garchomp and Dialga – all of whom are best off utilizing dragon-type moves.


The legendary ghost-type Pokemon replaces Mewtwo, which was featured as part of the Ultra Bonus Challenge. However, the ever-present psychic Pokemon will be returning to EX raids with the powerful move Shadow Ball on October 5.


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.