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Why GO Battle Master League is frustrating some trainers

Published: 16/Apr/2020 14:56

by Paul Cot


Master League is where all the restrictions are lifted and the best Pokemon go head to head. This also has its downsides though, and some trainers can’t wait for the Great and Ultra Leagues to reopen in GO Battle League.

The unlimited CP format of GO Battle might be the purest way to face off but also comes with frustrations. With CP limits in place, battles were more even because it is fairly easy to have Pokemon right on those limits.

Slaking Pokemon Go Most CP
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Interestingly, of all currently available Pokemon, Slaking has the highest CP at 4,431.

Max CP lessens the skill gap

Master League is a different story, however. With different species having different max CPs and it being costly in terms of Stardust to get them there, a lot of battles are mismatches.

That is where the Master League falls down. You can be ready for the other leagues with less preparation.

A Great League ready Altaria or Azumarill isn’t too hard to get, especially if you’ve been playing the game a little while. The same can be said for Ultra League with the likes of Charizard and Swampert.

Getting a maxed out Dialga, Mewtwo or any other of the high CP Pokemon is reserved for those that have been putting the most hours in. It means unless you have saved up a lot of Stardust over your play time then you are going into the battle second best.

Ratings don’t work across all three leagues

This issues is amplified by ratings. Those who have built up a good rating through their Great and Ultra League battles but don’t have the Pokemon to compete in Master, are becoming very much aware of this problem.

When you inevitably come up against a high-rating trainer, they will have played Pokemon Go a lot and be ready for Master League. This means if you haven’t but are still good in GO Battle League you’re going to struggle to win matches.

The result of this will be lots of annoying matches where you can’t find a win or being forced to lose battles on purpose. The latter is something that plagued GO Battle League when trainers couldn’t get four wins in a set.

One trainer, Mourouh, echoed these thoughts and only decided to try Master League because of the GO Battle Day: Marill event. After being unable to compete because of the CP limit they unfortunatley gave up: “Time to hibernate until three leagues are open again I guess.”

GO Battle All Three Leagues
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Should trainers have the choice between all three leagues at any given time?

How to fix the issue

Elsewhere, another trainer offered a way to solve the issue and they make a fair point.

“Your rating should definitely be different for great/ultra/master. I have loads of Great League Pokemon and experience and I’m mid-rank 8. But my highest CP ‘mon is 3,200 and I really can’t compete against most teams in [Master League]. I shouldn’t be punished in one league as I’m ‘good’ at another, it’s really dumb that your ranks for each league are tied together. I am not rank 8 quality for Master League and should not be playing here,” twymanchar shared on Reddit.

For trainers waiting for Great and Ultra League to reopen they will do so on April 24. We’ll have to see whether Niantic notice this feedback and decide to leave Master League open by itself in the future.


How to get Calyrex and Glastrier/Spectrier in the Crown Tundra DLC

Published: 23/Oct/2020 9:35

by Paul Cot


Pokemon Sword and Shield’s the Crown Tundra DLC is finally available which means trainers can get their hands on the region’s featured Legendary Pokemon, Calyrex.

Calyrex ruled all of Galar throughout ancient times, so it’s safe to say the King Pokemon will be a fantastic addition to your Pokedex. It may not appear strong at just 1.1 meters tall and 7.7kg in weight but it is highly intelligent.

In fact, it is so clever that it’s said to see every past, present, and future event. Let’s break down how to encounter Calyrex in the Crown Tundra.

Calyrex Shiny Lock
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Calyrex is the featured Legendary Pokemon of the new Crown Tundra DLC…

Calyrex location

Finding The King Pokemon is a several step process. Firstly, you’ll need to get to the point of the Crown Tundra story where you obtain the Legendary Clues in Peony’s house. This is located in Freezington.

From there pick up the Wooden Crown which can be found in his living room. By sheer coincidence (or not), there is a statue just outside where the aforementioned Crown fits like a glove. This is a statue of Calyrex (without its crown) sitting on what is either Glastrier or Spectrier. Put the crown on this statue.

This will cause Calyrex to appear which will result in a battle. The dual grass and psychic-type is relatively easy to defeat.

Following this, it will want you to interact with various NPCs in Freezington to find out whether members of the community remember it for its plentiful harvest.

Calyrex will share more about its history telling you about its loyal steed – Glastrier or Spectrier (more on that below). As part of the story, you’re required to buy some Carrot Seeds.

Again, coincidentally, a NPC is selling them right by the previous NPCs. This will cost 8 Dynite Ore.

To have this amount you will have needed to have successfully won your first Dynamax Adventure. If you haven’t, you’ll need to go back and do so.

Calyrex will then want you to choose between two locations to grow the carrots. One of them is a plot of land by gravestones and the other is in a field of “pristine snow”.

Glastrier and Spectrier

This is where the other Legendary Pokemon from the Crown Tundra come into play. Spectrier and Glastrier are Horse Pokemon with different typings.

The former is a ghost-type while the latter is ice. Therefore, it will come as no surprise Calyrex summons Spectrier when you plant the Carrot Seeds by the gravestones and Glastrier when planted by the pristine snow.

Whichever one you choose will result in you battling it back in Freezington. When you defeat it, you will obtain a tuft of Mane Hair.

This will then be used to construct the Reins of Unity. To do that you’ll need to talk to Calyrex (again) – at this point, you’re getting to know each other well – and it will give you the Radiant Petal. Take both of these to the Mayor’s House and Peony will give you the Reins of Unity.

Now you can make your way to the Crown Shrine which is located at the top of the Crown Tundra. Calyrex will be waiting for you.

Place the Carrot in the Shrine and either Spectrier or Glastrier will come for it. Calyrex will take this opportunity to jump on it. After seemingly taming it, the two fuse together to create the Shadow Rider or Ice Rider fusion forms.

Calyrex Glastrier
Calyrex fuses with Glastrier/Spectrier when it jumps on it and tames it…

Reins of Unity

Now Calyrex’s fusion form is waiting for you to battle it (and capture). Although you can battle it as many times as you want, it’s probably wise to save it beforehand to avoid having to get all the way back up to the Crown Shrine.

It can be difficult to capture, so make sure you have a relatively strong team and a lot of PokeBalls. Unfortunately, Calyrex is one of the few Pokemon that are Shiny locked in the Crown Tundra, so don’t waste your time soft resetting, a Shiny isn’t going to happen!

When you do capture Calyrex’s in its Shadow or Ice Rider form, you can actually use the Reins of Unity to separate the two Pokemon. This results in two Pokedex entries!

For those asking whether you can catch both Glastrier and Spectrier, no you can’t, at least not on the same save file. The process of capturing Calyrex sounds long-winded, but it’s actually pretty simple and is naturally achieved by going through the story.