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Trainers complain about ‘unplayable’ lag in GO Battle League

Published: 19/Aug/2020 18:13

by Paul Cot


The battling continues in Pokemon Go’s GO Battle League but for some, it isn’t even worth taking part in.

We’re now into the mid-point of GO Battle League Season 3 yet the problem of lag remains. The reason for the lag hasn’t been revealed, at least in any official capacity,  so trainers are left to wonder whether it will be resolved soon.

Lag isn’t the only issue that has hit GO Battle League though, as a couple of months ago a huge exploit with the PvP mode was found. Thankfully, it appears this problem has been resolved.

Nevertheless, lag still persists. Unless you’ve experienced it, you may think it is something you can just play through. Well, unfortunately, it isn’t. This is because due to the nature of PvP where every move can count, even a slight bit of lag can cost you the match.

Someone else experiencing this kind of lag? Some matches today are unplayable. from r/TheSilphRoad

Lag is a two-way street

Some trainers are even reporting their opponent having two to three extra Fast Moves due to the lag. While annoying, it should be noted that for a lot of players this is likely a two-way street whereby they benefit from additional Fast Moves on occasion.

“Trying to play at the moment and it’s a nightmare. The person who has least lag wins,” one player shared on Reddit. This sentiment is echoed throughout the Pokemon Go community.

However, one trainer did have a slightly more balanced view of the situation: “Lag will affect everyone unless it’s your connection. I found it bad tonight but definitely was affecting both players.”

This where the issue is compounded. Trainers will naturally point to the times lag cost them rather than when it helped them. It results in a community feeling like they’ve been wronged by the lag where in reality, it has just made the winning trainer a bit more random.

Have Niantic responded?

Niantic haven’t responded directly to the lag issue. They do sporadically perform maintenance on the GO Battle League servers though, but we don’t know if this relates directly to this problem.

One particular issue is being investigated, however: “Pokemon in Trainer Battles do not always resume combat simultaneously after Charged Attacks. One Pokemon may resume combat after the other, resulting in lost turns.”

Twitter user, @ThoTechtical, asked for clarification on this investigation to which Niantic responded: We’re investigating this and will let you know when we’ll have a fix for this.

The lag may be on-going for a little while yet but the upside is that Niantic are investigating at least part of the problem. We’d have thought they will be very aware of the issue as a whole.


How to get Calyrex and Glastrier/Spectrier in the Crown Tundra DLC

Published: 23/Oct/2020 9:35

by Paul Cot


Pokemon Sword and Shield’s the Crown Tundra DLC is finally available which means trainers can get their hands on the region’s featured Legendary Pokemon, Calyrex.

Calyrex ruled all of Galar throughout ancient times, so it’s safe to say the King Pokemon will be a fantastic addition to your Pokedex. It may not appear strong at just 1.1 meters tall and 7.7kg in weight but it is highly intelligent.

In fact, it is so clever that it’s said to see every past, present, and future event. Let’s break down how to encounter Calyrex in the Crown Tundra.

Calyrex Shiny Lock
Pokemon Company
Calyrex is the featured Legendary Pokemon of the new Crown Tundra DLC…

Calyrex location

Finding The King Pokemon is a several step process. Firstly, you’ll need to get to the point of the Crown Tundra story where you obtain the Legendary Clues in Peony’s house. This is located in Freezington.

From there pick up the Wooden Crown which can be found in his living room. By sheer coincidence (or not), there is a statue just outside where the aforementioned Crown fits like a glove. This is a statue of Calyrex (without its crown) sitting on what is either Glastrier or Spectrier. Put the crown on this statue.

This will cause Calyrex to appear which will result in a battle. The dual grass and psychic-type is relatively easy to defeat.

Following this, it will want you to interact with various NPCs in Freezington to find out whether members of the community remember it for its plentiful harvest.

Calyrex will share more about its history telling you about its loyal steed – Glastrier or Spectrier (more on that below). As part of the story, you’re required to buy some Carrot Seeds.

Again, coincidentally, a NPC is selling them right by the previous NPCs. This will cost 8 Dynite Ore.

To have this amount you will have needed to have successfully won your first Dynamax Adventure. If you haven’t, you’ll need to go back and do so.

Calyrex will then want you to choose between two locations to grow the carrots. One of them is a plot of land by gravestones and the other is in a field of “pristine snow”.

Glastrier and Spectrier

This is where the other Legendary Pokemon from the Crown Tundra come into play. Spectrier and Glastrier are Horse Pokemon with different typings.

The former is a ghost-type while the latter is ice. Therefore, it will come as no surprise Calyrex summons Spectrier when you plant the Carrot Seeds by the gravestones and Glastrier when planted by the pristine snow.

Whichever one you choose will result in you battling it back in Freezington. When you defeat it, you will obtain a tuft of Mane Hair.

This will then be used to construct the Reins of Unity. To do that you’ll need to talk to Calyrex (again) – at this point, you’re getting to know each other well – and it will give you the Radiant Petal. Take both of these to the Mayor’s House and Peony will give you the Reins of Unity.

Now you can make your way to the Crown Shrine which is located at the top of the Crown Tundra. Calyrex will be waiting for you.

Place the Carrot in the Shrine and either Spectrier or Glastrier will come for it. Calyrex will take this opportunity to jump on it. After seemingly taming it, the two fuse together to create the Shadow Rider or Ice Rider fusion forms.

Calyrex Glastrier
Calyrex fuses with Glastrier/Spectrier when it jumps on it and tames it…

Reins of Unity

Now Calyrex’s fusion form is waiting for you to battle it (and capture). Although you can battle it as many times as you want, it’s probably wise to save it beforehand to avoid having to get all the way back up to the Crown Shrine.

It can be difficult to capture, so make sure you have a relatively strong team and a lot of PokeBalls. Unfortunately, Calyrex is one of the few Pokemon that are Shiny locked in the Crown Tundra, so don’t waste your time soft resetting, a Shiny isn’t going to happen!

When you do capture Calyrex’s in its Shadow or Ice Rider form, you can actually use the Reins of Unity to separate the two Pokemon. This results in two Pokedex entries!

For those asking whether you can catch both Glastrier and Spectrier, no you can’t, at least not on the same save file. The process of capturing Calyrex sounds long-winded, but it’s actually pretty simple and is naturally achieved by going through the story.