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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.


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.