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Trainers react to Pokemon Go July Research Breakthrough reward

Published: 1/Jul/2020 14:02

by Paul Cot


The Pokemon Go July Research Breakthrough reward has been revealed. After some hit and miss rewards, it looks Niantic have upped the ante with Larvitar, although not all trainers agree.

It will feature between July 1, 1pm PDT (4pm EDT and 9pm BST) until August 1, 1pm PDT (4pm EDT and 9pm BST). As usual there will be a chance to get hold of its Shiny form, too. Who wouldn’t want to a Shiny Larvitar!

Larvitar is by no means comparable to the Legendary Pokemon of yesteryear but is arguably the best we’ve seen in 2020. The Rock Skin Pokemon previously featured as the Community Day headliner all the way back in June of 2018.

Nevertheless, the initial reaction from trainers has been positive. It follows on from Trapinch in May (another former CD Pokemon) which trainers were far from pleased to see.

Larvitar, due partly to its pseudo-legendary status, is a fan favorite among Pokemon trainers. Its final evolution, Tyranitar, is effective in the Pokemon Go meta and even has a unique typing, something only a handful of Pokemon have.

Tyranitar Pokemon Go Infographic
Tyranitar is a useful species to have in your Pokemon Go arsenal…

Where’s the extra Larvitar Candy?

Trainers have grown accustomed to their Pokemon Go Research Breakthrough rewards coming with extra candy. Trapinch did in June and Shinx did before that in May.

This has left some trainers disappointed Larvitar won’t – unless Niantic forgot to mention that it would in their announcement post. “So you’ll give us bonus candy for [Trapinch] and Shinx but we get none for Larvitar which has a lot more use,” Liam shared on Twitter.

The reasoning behind this apparent decision may have been in Liam’s tweet. Larvitar (Tyranitar) is a lot more useful in Pokemon Go than either Trapinch or Shinx – that could well be the reason why.

Wanting a Legacy Move is ambitious

Elsewhere, another trainer was disappointed the Larvitar line won’t come with a Legacy Move. Phin sarcastically suggested we get Magikarp next month: “So Larvitar w/o legacy move? Great. This is exactly what we wanted. Maybe next month we can get Magikarp if we’re lucky.”

Don’t give Niantic any ideas Phin. Maybe they’ll do Magikarp with a Legacy Move – that would keep everyone happy, right? Meanwhile other trainers still haven’t accepted we won’t be getting anymore Legendary Pokemon.

Legendary Pokemon are so last year

The last time we saw one was the bumper combination of Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Kyogre and Groudon back in December of 2019. “Larvitar…. could’ve been worse I guess but still.. we want legendaries,” Mariana tweeted. It doesn’t seem like they’re returning anytime soon, Mariana.

Despite the negative feedback from some trainers, Larvitar isn’t a bad Research Breakthrough at all. If it weren’t for the history of Legendary Pokemon, trainers would likely be very pleased with it.

The Armor Pokemon has rounded stats, a very interesting typing which makes it hit and miss against a variety of types and has decent moves if you choose wisely. It is definitely worth getting a good one for Raid Battles and is even competitive in GO Battle League.


How to get Poipole, Cosmog, Naganadel & Cosmoem in Pokemon Crown Tundra

Published: 31/Oct/2020 0:00 Updated: 31/Oct/2020 1:19

by Brent Koepp


Pokemon Sword & Shield’s latest DLC, The Crown Tundra, has some hidden Legendary ‘mons that you will want to get your hands on. Here is how to obtain Sun & Moon legendaries Poipole, Cosmog, Naganadel, and Cosmoem.

The Pokemon franchise entered its eighth generation with the debut of Sword & Shield in 2019. Its second major DLC, The Crown Tundra, dropped on October 22, and brought a host of Legendary monsters to the Galar region.

Trainers looking to complete everything the update has to offer will want to obtain the Sun & Moon Legendaries Poipole, Cosmog, Naganadel, Cosmoem. Here is how you can obtain these hidden rare characters.

Poipole, Cosmog and Cosmoem
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Sword & Shield players can get these epic Sun & Moon Legendaries as a bonus.

How to get hidden Sun & Moon Pokemon in Crown Tundra

In 2017, Game Freak introduced the Ultra editions of Sun & Moon on the 3DS. The expanded titles included new Legendaries and a whole host of additional creatures for Trainers to catch.

Two of those ‘mons were Poipole & its evolution Naganadel. Gen 7 players will be familiar with the adorable Cosmog, who accompanies popular character Lillie throughout the story.

Thankfully Sword & Shield also lets you catch these epic creatures – despite them not actually being a part of the new Pokedex. Here are the steps to obtaining them.


cosmog pokemon crown tundra
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Cosmog is a Psychic-type Legendary.
  • Step 1: Complete Crown Tundra Legendary hint one. Or more specifically, progress the game until you fight either Glastrier or Spectrier in the town of Freezington.
  • Step 2: After beating either horse Legendary, look for the house with a lady sitting on a crate in front of it. Enter it, you will find an old woman with a pet Cosmog she calls Fwoofy.
  • Step 3: After talking to her, the woman will give you Cosmog for saving the town after beating Glastrier or Spectrier.
  • Step 4: Unfortunately, it is shiny locked. Though, you can evolve it (check out our guide further down).


poipole pokemon crown tundra
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Poipole is a Poison-type.
  • Step 1: Trainers must beat the Crown Tundra’s main story first – that means completing Legendary hints 1 through 3. After a cutscene, Peony will drop clue four on the floor. Go to the Max Lair and talk to him about it.
  • Step 2: You now need to complete clue four. To do this, you need to catch Necrozma in Dynamax Adventures.
  • Step 3: After catching the Sun & Moon Legendary, talk to Peony who will officially check off Legend 4. Poipole, however, will only spawn if you’ve also caught five Ultra Beasts as well. For example: Nihilego, Buzzwole, Pheromosa, Xurkitree, and Guzzlord.
  • Step 4: After beating them and completing Legendary Hint 4 by talking to Peony, Poipole will literally spawn next to the scientist in front of the Dynamax Adventure entrance. The purple monster is given to you, and hovers in front of the green electronic board.


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Naganadel evolves from Poipole.
  • Step 1: Now that you have Poipole, fast travel to any Pokemon Center and go to the man at the counter to the left of the entrance. Talk to him to re-learn an old move.
  • Step 2: Have Poipole learn Dragon Pulse (it’s the first move at the top of the list).
  • Step 3: Your monster should already be a high level by default, so now just use a single Rare Candy to trigger its evolution.
  • Step 4: And that’s it, your Poipole will now have evolved into Naganadel.


cosmoem pokemon sword shield
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Cosmoem evolves into either Solgaleo or Lunala depending on what version of the game you have.
  • Step 1: As an extra bonus, you can also evolve Cosmog into Cosmoem at level 43. Unfortunately the ‘mon only level five, so use Experience Candy XL to boost it.
  • Step 2: In Pokemon Sword, you can then evolve Cosmoem into Solgaleo at level 53, and Lunala for Shield owners.

While getting these Pokemon will not help you complete this Dex, many dedicated Trainers will no doubt want to add them to their Gen 8 collection. Not to mention, there are plenty of Sun & Moon fans in the community.

It’s not entirely clear whether Crown Tundra will be Sword & Shield’s final DLC. However, the October 22 update is the last content pack for the RPG’s Expansion Pass. Only time will tell if this is the finale for the Galar region.