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Trainers reporting increased shiny rates for Pokemon Go Buddy Up event

Published: 23/Apr/2020 21:30

by Paul Cot


Trainers are currently in the middle of enjoying the bonuses that the Pokemon Go Buddy Up event has to offer. In addition to these though, increased shiny rates are also being reported.

In particular Feebas shiny encounters seem to have increased. The Magikarp Gen 3 like Pokemon is one of the species that is appearing more frequently as part of the Buddy Up event.

“Is there a higher chance for shiny Feebas now? I got 2 in a day and I don’t know if I’m just really lucky or if there is a higher chance for them,” juicyvino shared on Reddit.

Feebas Pokemon Go
Feebas until the Buddy Up event was a rare spawn…

Increased shiny rate?

According to the Shiny Rates website, Feebas is indeed one of the most commonly seen shiny species. While the data they use is only listed as third party, it does use quite a sample size so it’s at least likely to be somewhat accurate.

Feebas’ shiny form is spawning 1 in 63 spawns. When you combine this a major boost in its spawns in general (previously it was a rare spawn) then it’s no wonder trainers feel like the shiny rate is as likely as it is.

Feebas isn’t the only shiny form that’s spawning nearly 2% of the time, however. Chansey, Meowth, Skarmory and Sneasel’s shinies can also be found at a similar rate. Eevee on the other hand, despite its increased spawns, is only spawning its shiny form 1 in 536 times.

Buddy Up event

The Buddy Up event is live now and finishes on Monday, April 27. Alolan Meowth, Chansey, Eevee, Feebas, Lillipup, and Joltik are all spawning in the wild more often during the period.

Meanwhile, for the first time following its appearance as a Research Breakthrough encounter, Woobat can also be found in the wild. Elsewhere, a lot of trainers will have noticed they could only catch one of Illumise or Volbeat. This is because they are region exclusives. During the event, however, both will be available to catch and in regularity – shiny forms and all!

The bonuses unsurprisingly focus on Buddy Pokemon and are as follows:

  • Buddy Pokemon will be bringing you more surprises more often! Look out for more items and Souvenirs. Your buddy might even bring you a new kind of gift!
  • The distance to earn Buddy Candy and hearts with your buddy will be halved.
  • It’ll be easier for your buddy to get excited!
  • Feed your buddy Berries and Poffins, and it’ll join you on the map for twice as long.
  • Earn twice the XP for evolving Pokemon, your buddy or otherwise!

Hopefully you weren’t one of the few trainers that managed to find a shiny Feebas before its shiny became so common!


How to catch a Bagon in Pokemon Go

Published: 22/Jan/2021 10:37

by Daniel Megarry


If you’re struggling to catch a Bagon in Pokemon Go, we’ve put together a handy guide to make the process easier for you, including where to look and the best counters to use.

There are plenty of reasons trainers want to get their hands on Bagon right now. While the game celebrates Hoenn with a special event, you’ll need the Dragon-type Pokemon to complete the region’s Collection Challenge.

Bagon first appeared in Gen 3 games Ruby & Sapphire and was quite difficult to track down. The only place you could catch one was by visiting a specific room in Meteor Falls, and you needed the Surf ability to get there.

Its appearances are thankfully a lot more frequent in Pokemon Go, but some trainers are still having difficulty finding one to complete their collection. Here’s the best way to get your hands on one.

Bagon in Pokemon
The Pokemon Company
Bagon is part of Pokemon Go’s Hoenn Collection Challenge.

Where to find Bagon in Pokemon Go

Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can find Bagon in Pokemon Go right now. The most obvious one is to encounter it in the Wild, although you might be searching for a while before one pops up. Using Incense could help here.

A better method is to tackle one-star Raid Battles, as Bagon is currently appearing in them. You’ll need to keep an eye on nearby Gyms to see if Bagon appears in them. Using a Remote Raid Pass might help, too, as you won’t have to actually visit these locations in person.

The third and final option is to hatch 5km Eggs, as there is currently a chance that Bagon will hatch from them. It’s worth pointing out, though, that this won’t count towards your Catch Challenge, so if that’s what you’re after then don’t use this method.

Screenshot of Pokemon Go Hoenn Challenge art.
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
Bagon is appearing in Raid Battles as part of the Hoenn celebration event.

Best counters to defeat Bagon

If you decide to go down the Raid Battle route, you’ll need to come prepared to wear down Bagon before you’ll get the chance to catch it. Fortunately, being a one-star raid, it shouldn’t be too difficult to defeat by yourself.

Still, it’s good to have a plan of action in place to make the process quicker and easier. The best counters for Bagon are Fairy-type, Ice-type, and Dragon-type moves as these will deal more damage due to its type weaknesses.

Some of the best Pokemon to bring into battle against Bagon are other Dragon-types like Dragonite, Garchomp, Zekram, and Reshiram; Ice-types like Mamoswine, Weavile, or Glaceon; or Fairy-types like Gardevoir and Togekiss.

Once you’ve got Bagon, you’ll need 25 Candy to evolve it into Shelgon, and 100 Candy to evolve it into Salamence, a Dragon/Flying-type Pokemon which is a pretty great addition to any trainer’s collection.