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When to evolve Pokemon to keep them within the Great League CP limit

Published: 21/Mar/2020 18:17

by Paul Cot


The Great League portion of Pokemon Go’s GO Battle League Season 1 is underway, but a lot of trainers are unsure of the CP limits they can evolve certain species to keep them within the confines of the Great League.

That limit is 1,500 CP which would seem simple enough to follow. If your Pokemon is even one CP over that then it can’t enter.


Unfortunately, though, when preparing a team to win you not only need to keep your Pokemon as close to that limit as possible, but also know the CP increase of when you evolve a particular species. To compete with the best Pokemon Go trainers you need to know the maximum CP of what a monster’s pre-evolved form can be to keep it under 1,500.

Great League Schedule
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The Great League will run until March 27.

You can do this with either a Pokemon Go evolution calculator or by memory. With the latter unlikely, some form of online calculator is your best bet.


With these you can enter in any species from the Pokemon Go Pokedex and its CP, and the calculator will give you the CP range that it can evolve into. It can’t give an exact answer, but it can let you know how far to push it.

Even then though, you may need to remember it (or do the same calculation again). Doing it for a lot of Pokemon can get tiresome, too.

Great League evolve CP limit

So, instead, we have taken some of the best Pokemon to use in GO Battle Great League and have listed the CP you should evolve them in order to get as close to the 1,500 limit as possible.


These results come from PokeAssistant, and show the CP range a particular Pokemon at a certain CP will evolve into. Firstly, we’ll start with the most frequently used species in GO Battle Great League.

  • Azurill 304CP – Azumarill 1326 < 1499 > 1779
  • Chikorita 555CP – Meganium 1431 < 1500 > 1588
  • Chinchou 781CP – Lanturn 1455 < 1499 > 1556
  • Cleffa 385CP – Clefable 1398 < 1501 > 1644
  • Croagunk 547CP – Toxicroak 1430 < 1499 > 1588
  • Gastly 914CP – Haunter 1460 < 1500 > 1551
  • Meditite 695CP – Medicham 1435 < 1500 > 1586
  • Mudkip 545CP – Swampert 1437 < 1500 > 1582
  • Shieldon 842CP – Bastiodon 1456 < 1499 > 1556
  • Swablu 587CP – Altaria 1428 < 1501 > 1597

Here are some other less used but still popular Pokemon:

  • Bulbasaur 590CP – Venusaur 1439 < 1499 > 1574
  • Charmander 484CP – Charizard 1427 < 1500 > 1595
  • Squirtle 549CP – Blastoise 1431 < 1501 > 1590
  • Machop 603CP – Machamp 1442 < 1500 > 1573
  • Seel 706CP – Dewgong 1443 < 1500 > 1574
  • Dratini 821CP – Dragonair 1456 < 1500 > 1557
  • Scraggy 882CP – Scrafty 1468 < 1500 > 1541
  • Deino 416CP – Hydreigon 1420 < 1498 > 1598

As we’ve alluded to above these are ranges, so if you want to make sure any monster you evolve is definitely under the CP limit, you’ll need to give more of a gap. Getting your Pokemon right on the CP limit can often cost quite a lot of Stardust, too. So, make sure you focus on just a few species to begin with to make your Great League team.


Pokemon Go: Legendary Pokemon are getting even rarer

Published: 13/Oct/2020 15:36 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 15:37

by Paul Cot


In recent times Legendary Pokemon have been made what they should have been all along in Pokemon Go – rare.

There was a time in Pokemon Go when getting those legendary ‘mons became all too common and easy. This resulted in it becoming a mundane task – something which getting one should never be.


Research Breakthrough rewards were introduced to the mobile game in April 2018. You can obtain these rewards by earning seven Field Research stamps.

Only one can be earned per day and you get one for completing any Field Research task. As anyone who has completed these before can attest to, they are often very easy to do.


From April 2018 until December 2019, the majority of these months had a Legendary Pokemon waiting for you when you earned those seven stamps. This meant you could earn an encounter with the likes of Moltres, Latios, Groudon – and any other of the litany of legends that featured – for completing seven simple tasks.

If you routinely played, this meant a new Legendary Pokemon every seven days. It was no wonder Legendary Pokemon lost their allure.

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Easy to obtain Legendary Pokemon are a thing of the past in Pokemon Go…

Make Legendary Pokemon rare again

From January 2020 though, legendary species no longer featured as the Research Breakthrough encounter reward. Niantic likely realized they were too easy to get and wanted to make getting them mean something again.


Generally, this made them only obtainable in Raid Battles. This made sense because with rare ‘mons so easy to get hold of previously, fewer trainers would spend the time to get them in the more difficult route of Raid Battles. This is in addition to them costing real money/PokeCoins if you did more than one a day.

It hasn’t stopped there, however. It looks like Niantic want to make them even rarer. Many trainers will have noticed five-star Raids are appearing far less frequently.

This hasn’t been confirmed in any official capacity but there is plenty of anecdotal evidence from the Pokemon Go community. “[I] was in an area with over 25 gyms but could only find 2 Giratina during 5 [a] hour period this afternoon,” MarinaBlu shared. They did note a lot more Mega Raids were appearing during that time.


Encouraging Mega Raids?

There could be multiple reasons for this. Firstly, it will make trainers jump on Raid Battles that feature Legendary Pokemon, stopping the often empty lobbies which single trainers have to avoid.

Then there could be an element of wanting to make Legendary Pokemon even more desirable. This is understandable but certainly puts newer players at a disadvantage. After all, experienced trainers will have a lot stocked up. They would argue this is deserved, however, due to the time they have put into the game.


Finally, it could be Niantic are trying to encourage trainers to play more Mega Raids. The concept of Mega Evolution in Pokemon Go hasn’t been received as well as the developers would have hoped, though.

We don’t know if the reduced five-star Raid Battles will carry on, but it’s definitely something to keep an eye on.