Where are Pokemon’s Team Rocket going this summer? - Dexerto

Where are Pokemon’s Team Rocket going this summer?

Published: 2/May/2020 20:32

by Paul Cot


It looks like Team Rocket are going on an extended vacation over the summer in Pokemon Go. Niantic revealed that the villainous team have been quiet as of late, and therefore there will be no Team GO Rocket Special Research available in May through to September.

“Professor Willow and the team find this very odd and will continue to investigate to see if they can find any leads,” the Pokemon Go Live blog shared. “We hope this means this is the last we’ll see of Team GO Rocket, but knowing the capabilities of these villains, we highly doubt that’s the case!”


However, Niantic finished by saying that they don’t expect Team Rocket to be quiet all summer. This looks a clear hint that they will indeed return sooner rather than later.

Team Rocket Vacation
Where are Team Rocket off to?

Where’s Team Rocket really?

Their gradual departure from the mobile game makes for good lore but in reality there is a more simple reason they are on vacation. Interacting with Team Rocket be it battling Grunts, Leaders or Giovanni himself requires you to visit PokeStops – something which you invariably need to leave your house to do.


With the ongoing health crisis around the world, Niantic are still discouraging trainers from playing while on the go. The game has been altered over the last month or two to make Pokemon Go more play at home friendly.

The radius in which you can access gyms and spin PokeStops has been doubled, and there has even been a Remote Raid Pass introduced. As the name suggests this allows you to play Raid Battles remotely.

In the meantime Team Rocket aren’t gone completely. Grunts are still sporadically appearing at PokeStops which gives you a chance to save and purify those Shadow Pokemon.


Niantic’s expectation of TR returning before the summer ends sounds like them hedging that lockdown rules around the world will soften in the coming weeks and months. Whether it will be business as usual with the monthly Giovanni Special Research returning, or a new feature, remains to be seen.

Maybe Giovanni is just giving his Leaders and Grunts a well deserved holiday instead, though…


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.