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Trainers furious with Niantic for upcoming changes to Pokemon Go

Published: 30/Sep/2020 13:11

by Paul Cot


Niantic are reversing some of the changes they made to Pokemon Go as a result of the global health crisis. Unfortunately, this hasn’t sat well with trainers who have been left upset with the decision.

Niantic made a whole host of important changes to the mobile game all the way back in March. They have remained present ever since, but some of them will be reversed on October 1, 1pm PDT.


Those changes are as follows:

  • Hatch Distance will no longer be halved
  • The increased Incense effectiveness will only apply when walking
    • The duration of Incense will remain at 60 minutes, however
  • Gifts will only be brought to you by your Buddy Pokemon when you have nearly run out
  • There will still be an increased chance of receiving a Gift when spinning a PokeStop but it won’t be guaranteed

In addition to Incense duration, the maximum number of Gifts you can carry will stay at 20 and 3x Stardust and XP will remain for the first Pokemon you catch in a given day.


Incensed by Incense changes

Popular Pokemon content creator Reversal was quick to share that he disagreed with the changes. Joe Merrick, another renowned trainer in the Pokemon community, agreed saying: “Doing it just as so much of the world is hitting the second wave is ridiculously bad.”

Meanwhile, another trainer has implored Niantic to consider reverting the decision. “As someone who cannot walk any real distances, the ‘quality of life’ changes were the only way I could play the game anywhere NEAR normal,” Brenn shared on Twitter.

However, one trainer is Niantic’s side in this debate. They point out that the Pokemon Go developer were one of the only companies to make big changes to their game as a result of the health crisis in the first place.


This is true, Niantic undoubtedly reacted swiftly. Nevertheless, it is completely understandable why trainers are questioning their latest decision.

Over at Reddit, one player brought up a more calculated reason as to why the bonuses are going to be reversed. “I really think the only reason they are taking this away is so that they can give it back to us as an event bonus,” repo_sado shared. “There’s only so many things they can give us for events and they can’t give an event bonus if it’s permanent.”

That seems a shortsighted decision given the backlash they have already received but is possible. It’s hard to say what Niantic expected the reaction to be but it couldn’t have been much worse than it is.


It will be interesting to see if Niantic stand down on their decision to remove the ongoing bonuses. Given the current outrage, there is a fair chance they will.


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.