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Why Pokemon Go trainers don’t want new species added

Published: 26/Mar/2020 18:26

by Paul Cot


For the first in Pokemon Go history, trainers don’t want Niantic to add new Pokemon to the game. This might sound strange but the reason actually makes a lot of sense.

Ever since the mobile game released in 2016, new species have been regularly added. This keeps the play fresh and gives trainers a reason to keep catching those Pokemon.


Pokemon Go is currently in the middle of the Gen 5 rollout where, as of writing, 101 of the 156 have been released. On March 25, the official Pokemon Go Twitter account teased another addition but this time some trainers were far from enthused.

Pokemon Go Tease Gothita
It looks like Gothita will be the next Gen 5 Pokemon to be released into the mobile game…

Update: Gothita has since been confirmed. It will be coming to Pokemon Go on March 27, 8am local time.


Stay inside

Unless you’re living under a rock, you’ll be aware of the global health crisis. The threat of the virus has changed people’s thoughts on going outside, let alone to go Pokemon hunting.

With more and more countries entering a state of lockdown, playing Pokemon Go (at least outside) is far from advisable right now. This is why some trainers aren’t pleased with Niantic’s latest tease of a new Pokemon.

“Now is NOT the time to release new Pokemon!” Mark L replied on Twitter. Further debate ensued within the replies with some trainers correctly noting that Niantic have been very proactive in making Pokemon Go playable from home.


However, others argued that the heavily discounted Incenses and increased spawns actually encourage players to go outside and play. This is true, to some extent. Unfortunately there will always be an irresponsible few that ignore the advice.

“That doesn’t stop irresponsible people from going out and helping spread the virus. We don’t need to encourage them further by releasing new Pokemon,” Who Dis argued. The topic of Raid Battles continuing was also brought up but five-star Raids will surely be canceled soon.

It looks like Pokemon Go will continue to adapt to current events and that new Pokemon will still be released. Niantic have demonstrated they are doing their best to encourage trainers to play from home, and we can only hope this is acted upon.


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.