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Special Pokemon Sword and Shield Community Raid Hour arranged

Published: 6/Apr/2020 18:54

by Paul Cot


There’s a special Raid Hour coming to Pokemon Sword and Shield, but it’s not what you might think.

It actually has nothing to do with the Pokemon Company or Nintendo. In fact, it has been arranged by a super fan named Joe Merrick, owner of the Serebii website, who decided to do something to bring the Pokemon Community together in this difficult time.


Everyone is aware of what’s going on in the world right now, so we won’t harp on about it here. With a lot of people in self isolation, people have more time on their hands and are perhaps needing interaction with others.

Community Raid Hour
The Pokemon Sword and Shield Community Raid Hour will take place weekly on Wednesday…

Pokemon Community come together

One way to fix this, at least for Pokemon trainers, is to bring them together for a weekly Raid Hour. Max Raid Battles are a big part of Pokemon Sword and Shield and require trainers to join together in order to defeat some super strong species.


This is one of the best ways to catch powerful Pokemon. It’s also a great way to catch some of the more elusive ‘mons and even Gigantamax forms.

“We’re in a dark time right now, and it sucks. So for the past few days I’ve been putting together a whole new Pokemon community initiative,” Merrick shared on Twitter. “A Pokemon #CommunityRaidHour, in order to lift our spirits and give us something fun to focus on and play together.”

When is the Community Raid Hour?

That hour will take place on Wednesdays. It is open to all trainers and there will be “over 50 Pokemon content creators” who will also join and stream those Raid Battles. Those times are as follows:

  • 09:00 PDT
  • 12:00 EDT
  • 16:00 UTC
  • 17:00 BST
  • 18:00 CEST

There will also be optional challenges each week in an attempt to make it even more fun. Merrick shared further details: “This week: an Easter/Spring theme so use Rabbits, Egg related Pokemon, birds etc.” He concluded by saying: “The important thing here is for us to do some raids, either alone or with friends, and have fun!”

It’s an excellent idea and if it proves popular maybe it’ll be increased to more than once a week!


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.