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Should you purify this Shiny Shadow Pinsir in Pokemon Go?

Published: 15/Apr/2020 14:44

by Paul Cot


Usually the Pokemon community has an answer for anything but this question has created some debate. One trainer asked for advice as to whether they should purify a Shiny Shadow Pinsir. The answer leaned one way, but there was certainly a discussion to be had.

To give some perspective, the Pinsir in question has a CP of 659 and IVs of 15, 13 and 13. This means if it were to be purified that it would become 2,113 CP with perfect IVs.


We know this because purification adds +2 to each stat and that all purified Pokemon go to level 25. Now we know the two options we’re dealing with let’s discuss whether it should be purified. The question was originally brought up by Vinnocchio on Reddit.

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Pinsir’s attack is much better than its defense…

Why would you purify?

The most obvious reason to purify is get yourself a 100% IV Shiny Pokemon. Even nearly four years after Pokemon Go released, this is something many trainers are still searching for. While this is good for your collection and bragging rights, the reason behind is purely aesthetic.


The other reason would be to get it PvP battle ready. GO Battle League favors defensively strong Pokemon.

Due to changes made to how Shadow Pokemon work, namely their defense being weakened, they are less appealing in the PvP format. Pinsir is already better at attack then it is defence, so the Shadow version of it would struggle.

This particular Pinsir would be restricted to Ultra League, as it would be purified well over the 1,500 CP limit for Great League. The Stag Beetle Pokemon doesn’t have any real advantage in any of the leagues, and it isn’t considered a strong option for trainer battles.


It’s biggest selling point is its ability to burn through opponent’s Protect Shields with the quick charging X-Scissor. This is something Scizor also offers, though.

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Shadow Pokemon were first found in Pokemon Go in July 2019.

So, keep it as a Shadow?

Shiny Shadow Pokemon aren’t something you see often in Pokemon Go. This is a reason in itself to keep it as it is.

Shadow Pinsir may have no business in GO Battle League but it’s certainly an option to use in Raid Battles. It is rated the best attacker among bug-types.


Therefore, it’s an excellent option to counter both Darkrai and Mewtwo. However, a lot of trainers are already prepared for the both of these.

Darkrai can be countered by common fighting-types such as Hariyama, Lucario and Machamp. Togekiss and Toxicroak are also good to have.


Meanwhile Mewtwo has been in Raid Battles for what seems like forever. Origin Giratina, Tyranitar and Weavile are all Pokemon a lot of trainers will have and they are among the best to counter the Gen 1 legend.

It isn’t an easy decision by any means but Shadow Pinsir is probably of slightly more use. So, unless you’re desperate for a coveted 100% IV shiny we reckon you should stick with it.

That being said there is no right or wrong answer. What would you do?


Pokemon Go: Legendary Pokemon are getting even rarer

Published: 13/Oct/2020 15:36 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 15:37

by Paul Cot


In recent times Legendary Pokemon have been made what they should have been all along in Pokemon Go – rare.

There was a time in Pokemon Go when getting those legendary ‘mons became all too common and easy. This resulted in it becoming a mundane task – something which getting one should never be.


Research Breakthrough rewards were introduced to the mobile game in April 2018. You can obtain these rewards by earning seven Field Research stamps.

Only one can be earned per day and you get one for completing any Field Research task. As anyone who has completed these before can attest to, they are often very easy to do.


From April 2018 until December 2019, the majority of these months had a Legendary Pokemon waiting for you when you earned those seven stamps. This meant you could earn an encounter with the likes of Moltres, Latios, Groudon – and any other of the litany of legends that featured – for completing seven simple tasks.

If you routinely played, this meant a new Legendary Pokemon every seven days. It was no wonder Legendary Pokemon lost their allure.

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Easy to obtain Legendary Pokemon are a thing of the past in Pokemon Go…

Make Legendary Pokemon rare again

From January 2020 though, legendary species no longer featured as the Research Breakthrough encounter reward. Niantic likely realized they were too easy to get and wanted to make getting them mean something again.


Generally, this made them only obtainable in Raid Battles. This made sense because with rare ‘mons so easy to get hold of previously, fewer trainers would spend the time to get them in the more difficult route of Raid Battles. This is in addition to them costing real money/PokeCoins if you did more than one a day.

It hasn’t stopped there, however. It looks like Niantic want to make them even rarer. Many trainers will have noticed five-star Raids are appearing far less frequently.

This hasn’t been confirmed in any official capacity but there is plenty of anecdotal evidence from the Pokemon Go community. “[I] was in an area with over 25 gyms but could only find 2 Giratina during 5 [a] hour period this afternoon,” MarinaBlu shared. They did note a lot more Mega Raids were appearing during that time.


Encouraging Mega Raids?

There could be multiple reasons for this. Firstly, it will make trainers jump on Raid Battles that feature Legendary Pokemon, stopping the often empty lobbies which single trainers have to avoid.

Then there could be an element of wanting to make Legendary Pokemon even more desirable. This is understandable but certainly puts newer players at a disadvantage. After all, experienced trainers will have a lot stocked up. They would argue this is deserved, however, due to the time they have put into the game.


Finally, it could be Niantic are trying to encourage trainers to play more Mega Raids. The concept of Mega Evolution in Pokemon Go hasn’t been received as well as the developers would have hoped, though.

We don’t know if the reduced five-star Raid Battles will carry on, but it’s definitely something to keep an eye on.