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Trainer shares feature that we all want in Pokemon Go Raid Battles

Published: 7/Aug/2020 3:05

by Paul Cot


The user experience of Pokemon Go’s Raid Battles has improved drastically over the last several months but there are still issues. One trainer has suggested a concept that would remove two of the more annoying ones.

Start the Raid Battle already

We’ve all been there in a one-star Raid Battle where we know it will take mere seconds to destroy the opposing Pokemon. Despite the ease of the battle, we still have to wait the entire 120 seconds before it starts, which, at the very least, is off-putting.


Some trainers may even quit before the Raid even begins, as a result of the wait. Trainers certainly don’t need any backup either. So it begs the question: Why do Niantic enforce the wait? There are perhaps cynical reasons behind this, like increasing how long a player uses the Pokemon Go app for, but hopefully it is simply an oversight.

In the concept shared by GeanM on Reddit, they could add a “GO” button which, as the name suggests, starts the Raid immediately. Adding this may make those lower-tier Raids more popular again because it seems, from where we’re standing, that the hype behind them is at an all time low.


[CONCEPT] “GO” button to start the raid immediately and “+30” button to increase the time of the lobby from r/TheSilphRoad

More time for more trainers

On the other hand, when competing in a five-star Raid Battle, backup in the form of additional trainers joining is certainly welcomed. All too often we’re left far short of the number needed to have any chance of taking down the Legendary Pokemon competing against us.

In fairness to Niantic though, they have recently changed the way to Raid Passes work. Previously a Premium Battle Pass or Remote Raid Pass would be consumed upon entering a Raid lobby.

However, that has now changed. Instead, either of these passes will only be consumed once the Raid actually starts. This means you can show your interest in the Raid Battle by joining, but can leave free of charge if the lobby fails to fill up.


Nevertheless, it can be frustrating to get to four trainers and realize you’re one short just as the timer is finishing. This will result in a wasted Raid Pass or having to leave and start over again – something which other trainers who have joined may not understand.

GeanM, in the same concept, introduces a “+30” button which would add 30 seconds to the Raid timer. This can’t ensure that someone else joins in time, but at least it gives them a chance.

The host of the lobby could even have the ability to press this multiple times. A “+60” may also be more appropriate.


These are only small changes but ones that all Pokemon Go players would surely welcome with open arms.

Fortunately it looks like Niantic are actively listening to feedback to improve user experience. Let’s hope they’re listening to these, too.


Pokemon Go October Community Day: Charmander move, research tasks, more

Published: 17/Oct/2020 4:15 Updated: 17/Oct/2020 18:47

by Paul Cot


To the delight, and dismay of others, Charmander will headline the Pokemon Go October Community Day. As usual there will be bonuses, Community Day research and an exclusive move.

It is the second time Charmander headlines a Community Day. The iconic Kanto starter previously headlined in May of 2018.


It’s a decision that doesn’t sit well with some trainers but it came about as a result of a public vote. Porygon won that vote but Charmander came second, meaning it gets the October headlining spot.

Start time

The Pokemon Go October CD takes place on Saturday, October 17. They have been alternating between Saturday and Sunday, so make sure you know it’s on Saturday and don’t miss out!


Since April, Community Days have been lasting for six hours, instead of the traditional three. That continues for this one, starting at 11am and finishing 5pm local time.


Three-hour Incense has been a mainstay of Community Days since the global health crisis began and remains for the Charmander CD, too. The other bonus this time around is 3x Catch Stardust.

Charizard October Community Day
Charizard’s exclusive move for the October Community Day is Dragon Breath…

Exclusive move

Charmander, or more accurately, Charizard’s exclusive move is Dragon Breath. This is a powerful dragon-type (clue is the name) Fast Move that many believe will change Charizard’s standing in the Pokemon Go meta.


It will automatically be taught to Charizard, if you evolve Charmeleon anytime during the event or within two hours after. In other words if you get a Charizard between the times of 11am and 7pm it will have the Fast Move Dragon Breath by default.

Interestingly one of Charizard’s Mega Evolutions, Mega Charizard X, is a dual dragon and fire-type. This means the dragon-type move Dragon Breath will get a boost, known as STAB. This is in addition to Charizard X’s incredible attacking stats.

Special Research

The Charmander Community Day exclusive Special Research is called A Tale of Tails. It costs $0.99 to buy. The tasks and rewards are as follows:


Stage 1/5

  • Power up Pokemon 10 times – 10 PokeBalls
  • Catch 15 Charmander – 20 Charmander Candy
  • Make 5 Nice Throws – Charmander encounter
  • Rewards: 2,000 Stardust, 1 Incense, 1 Charmander encounter

Stage 2/5

  • Catch 15 Charmander – 20 Charmander Candy
  • Transfer 10 Pokemon – Charmeleon encounter
  • Evolve 3 Charmander – 1,000 XP
  • Rewards: 2,000 Stardust, 1 Incense, 1 Poffin

Stage 3/5

  • Make 3 Great Curveball Throws – 20 Charmander Candy
  • Evolve 1 Charmeleon – 5 Golden Razz Berries
  • Transfer 10 Pokemon – 1,500 XP
  • Rewards: 2,000 Stardust, 1 Incense, 1 Rocket Radar

Stage 4/5

  • Make 15 Nice Throws – 5 Silver Pinap Berries
  • Take a snapshot of a fire-type Pokemon – 1,500 XP
  • Power up Pokemon 10 times – 5,000 Stardust
  • Rewards: 2,000 Stardust, 3 Rare Candy, 1 Charizard encounter

Stage 5/5

  • Claim reward (x3) – 150 Mega Charizard energy
  • Rewards: 2,000 Stardust, 3,000 XP, 150 Mega Charizard energy

There had been some murmurings online that the original Charmander catch difficulty would be in place for the Community Day, too. However, we can confirm that isn’t true and the catch chances have been increased inline with other CDs.