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Pokemon Go: Why are 2016 Pokemon so important?

Published: 24/Jan/2020 17:24

by Paul Cot


Nearly four years after Pokemon Go released, there are still a lot of trainers in possession of 2016 Pokemon. Here’s why you must not transfer them out under any circumstances.

Lucky Pokemon

Releasing in July 2016, Pokemon Go captured the imaginations of long-term and new Pokemon fans alike. Since then many new trainers have started playing the mobile game but it looks like Niantic is appreciative of those who played from the beginning and that they want to reward those original trainers in some way.


From September 2018 onward, the game developers introduced a new feature that would guarantee a lucky Pokemon when trading under certain conditions.

Lucky Pokemon GoLucky Pokemon can be identified by the golden aura by them…

If you trade Pokemon and adhere to the following you are guaranteed a lucky Pokemon:

  • Trading a Pokemon caught in July or September of 2016
  • Have less than 10 lucky Pokemon

You can do this until you reach the limit of 10 whereby they may still be lucky but won’t be guaranteed. All traded Pokemon have the chance of being lucky but the older the Pokemon are, the higher chance this will be. It should also be noted once you trade a particular Pokemon that it can no longer be traded again.

For those who don’t know lucky Pokemon have an IV floor of 12/12/12 meaning each of their attack, defense and stamina values will be a minimum of 12. They also cost 50% less stardust to power up – a very useful addition if you want to power it up beyond level 30.

Many trainers will be all too aware of how costly it can to power up already high level Pokemon. The floor of 12 across the board also increases the likelihood of getting a perfect IV Pokemon, too. The odds jump massively to just a one in 64 chance.


Legacy moves

2016 Pokemon don’t just guarantee high IVs and a power up discount though. Some of these Pokemon may have legacy moves which aren’t available today.

You can look for legacy moves using IV checker apps such as PokeGenie. They are particularly powerful hence the reason they aren’t available now.

Gengar Shadow ClawGengar’s shadow claw is an example of a legacy move. It has since returned to the game, though.

According to postgiven’s guide on Reddit they “are wanted by people if they are still under 1500 Cp for PVP (18)”. They go on to say: “If you evolve the Pokemon it’ll lose the Legacy moves and if you level it too high it won’t go down to 1500 when traded. So don’t level or evolve them especially if they are Legacy.”


Additionally, 2016 Pokemon cannot be evolved to learn legacy moves and as stated above will actually lose the move if they are.

In short, if you have a 2016 Pokemon, do not transfer them – learn about their potential and make the most of them because they’re actually very valuable. Of course, as time goes on their rarity will only increase.


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.

Lugia Zapdos Articuno Moltres Pokemon Go
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.