Is this the ultimate Pokemon Go troll or just a genuine mistake?

Published: 28/Jan/2020 13:03

by Paul Cot


Trainers continue to climb through levels in Pokemon Go by gaining as much XP as possible. However, it looks like some are getting robbed of 100,000 XP, with the only question being is this intentional or just a mistake?

Avid trainers will be familiar with the gifting feature in the Pokemon Go friends. You can send and receive gifts daily to each of your friends (there is a limit of how many) and earn XP in the process.

It can take a while but as you climb through the friends’ tiers you can actually pick up a lot of XP for not a lot of effort. If you send and receive a gift to one friend every day for a 90 day time period then you can earn a massive 163,000 XP. If you do this across numerous friends and use a Lucky Egg when ascending through the tiers then there is a lot of XP to be had!

Pokmon Go Friend LevelsGoing through the four friend levels in Pokemon Go will earn you a minimum of 163,000 XP…

That’s a lot of XP to miss out on

The final milestone of “Best Friends” earns both you and your friend 100,000 XP, so understandably it is well worth having. What if only one of you get that final bonus, though? And all the worse, what if it is intentional as nothing more than a cheap troll?

Well that’s exactly what’s been happening for numerous Pokemon Go trainers across the world. When sending that final gift to each other to reach Best Friends, the XP is only received after opening the final gift.

Now, a lot of trainers use this method to farm XP and therefore once they achieve Best Friends with someone, often remove them from their friends list to make room for someone else. The problem with this is, if that trainer hasn’t opened that final gift they will miss out on that 100,000 XP.

There are numerous reasons why this might be. Firstly, they may not have got round to opening it. Secondly, a lot of trainers like to increase their friendship levels while using a Lucky Egg to double the XP earned.

There are likely instances where this is intentional but given no reaction can be seen from the trainer removing the friend from their list, it does seem a strange way to try and annoy someone.

Can you add back the same friend and get the XP?

This issue has led some trainers to question whether they can ever get the XP they missed out on. The evidence suggests this is possible, but it can’t be guaranteed.

You would also need to know the Trainer Code of the friend you’re trying to re-add, which is only likely if you can contact them elsewhere or know them in a different walk of life.

If you can re-add them then your friendship progress should be as it was, although this can’t be guaranteed as per the Niantic Help Twitter account. Anecdotal reports also suggest friendship levels will remain the same upon re-adding.

One story did confirm it was nothing more than a mistake. The trainer in question found the deleted friend and was subsequently awarded their XP.

A lot of trainers will never know if they were the victim of one of the more unusual Pokemon Go trolls, but the chances are most of these instances are nothing more than mistakes where the other trainer is making room for another friend.


10 Pokemon that players refuse to catch in Pokemon Go

Published: 1/Dec/2020 15:20

by Daniel Megarry


With four years since Pokemon Go released, gamers have had more than enough time to decide which Pokemon they love and which ones they hate – and there are some very strong opinions out there.

While players of Nintendo’s popular mobile game can probably all agree that stumbling across another Pidgey isn’t exactly the most thrilling encounter, there are some more unexpected choices that fans will do their best to avoid.

Despite the franchise’s Gotta Catch ‘Em All slogan, a recent thread on the Pokemon GO subreddit saw players share the Pokemon that they absolutely refuse to catch. The answers range from the “annoying bird” Murkrow to the “piece of garbage” Sunkern (ouch). User octropos sparked the debate and it’s fair to say some are unequivocal about their picks.

Check out 10 of the most disliked Pokemon in Pokemon Go below.


Bidoof Pokemon Go
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Bidoof may be cute but fans don’t rate it

Bidoof is one of the cutest Pokemon of all time, but not everyone is a fan. “For me it’s Bidoof,” wrote Reddit user octropos. “I can’t stand the noise it makes and I hate how stupid it looks.”

Poor Bidoof.


Cherrim in Pokemon GO
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Pokemon Go players aren’t sure Cherrim is worth the effort

Reddit user 47Dud3_ questioned the high frustration level of catching Cherrim when there isn’t much reward for doing so.

“They are annoying to catch because they even break out sometimes with a Golden Razz/Ultra Ball,” they complained. “Plus they can’t be shiny and have no meta relevance whatsoever. Gosh, I hate them so much.”


Zubat in Pokemon Go
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Zubat definitely isn’t anyone’s favorite Pokemon

Zubat has largely been considered a filler Pokemon since the very first game dropped on the Gameboy back in 1996, and its reputation hasn’t been much different in Pokemon Go.

“I leave rocket battles when Zubat is gonna be the reward if I can avoid it,” admitted Reddit user immarlondait. “I can’t seem to hit it consistently and I’m too lazy to bring up the nanab berry to keep it still.”


sunkern in pokemon go
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One Pokemon Go player called Sunkern a “piece of garbage”

The tiny Grass-type Sunkern is another Pokemon that hasn’t proven popular with players, and when compared to some of the most impressive and imposing creatures in the game, it’s not hard to see why.

“I was unlucky enough (in my opinion) to get a four-star Sunkern and I despise the little piece of garbage,” wrote Reddit user hitchicker42, while octropos joked, “that will be pokemon that would end up being eaten.”


Murkrow in Pokemon Go
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Murkrow is another Pokemon that doesn’t have many fans

Murkrow was bitterly reduced to the title of “the annoying bird” by Reddit user extreme39speed.

“I don’t care that I’ll never get its shiny,” they wrote. “I’ll get the delinquent medal platinum some other way. Cause since I got it gold, I steer away from the annoying bird.”


Exeggcute Pokemon Go
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Exeggutor may be powerful, but Exeggcute doesn’t get much love

Exeggutor may be considered a powerful Pokemon in the game, but for some players, having to catch an Exeggcute and put the work in to evolve it almost isn’t worth the effort.

“Freaking Exeggcute. I hate how big it is and how little its catch circle is,” wrote Reddit user TheRobotYoshi. “I caught just enough to get a good Exeggutor and then I was done catching them forever.”


Gulpin in Pokemon Go
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Gulpin has been called “awful” by some players

The bizarre-looking Gulpin hasn’t received much love from players, with one calling it “so awful” and questioning how it was approved for the game.

“A couple [of] months back that’s all that was spawning for me. Hated. Every. Single. One,” Reddit user HiFraaands wrote. “Even worse I got a Hundo Gulpin. Great.”


Yanma in Pokemon Go
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Yanma has been criticized for being too hard to catch

Bug and Flying-type Yanma has been criticized for being hard to catch by Reddit user Crafty_Leo, who wrote: “Yanma can not just stand still. Every time I throw a ball it’s either zooming around the screen or attacking me.”


Nosepass Pokemon Go
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Pokemon fans just don’t seem to like Nosepass

Nosepass has faced negativity from a number of players. Most of them didn’t give a reason, they just don’t like it. And that’s okay.

“My first red seal Pokemon was a Nosepass,” wrote Reddit user octropos. “Like, seriously? Out of all the Pokemon…”


Castform in Pokemon GO
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Castform has been cast aside by most Pokemon Go players

The Normal-type Castform is certainly a unique looking Pokemon, but that hasn’t won any favors with players, who aren’t quite sure what the point of having them around is.

“I wish they would evolve or something,” wrote Reddit user octropos. “They’re just so… whatever?”

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