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Countdown until Giovanni starts showing up at every Rocket stop and suplexing us with his 50k-CP Shadow Mewtwo.
The king of the skies is back - and back in black no less. I know people probably already know, but Rayquaza is back for raids, and finally available shiny (not surprising, given that shiny Rayray is possibly one of the most popular Pokemon ever).
So I've been fooling around with more Rocket raids... I did finally run into one that dropped their second rather than their first after defeat (a Rocket who used Squirtle-Wartortle-Blastoise dropped the Wartortle against me), and I was interested to note that Wartortle required more dust/candy to purify. So I imagine there's an RNG that randomly picks one of the three to abandon, with odds favoring the first.
For that matter, finally running into a shadow Dratini required even more of each for purification... I can only imagine what it would be like if a shadow Dragonite was ever caught.
Also, in terms of sweet moments, Team Rocket abandoned a Squirtle that was 15-14-14... before purification. I couldn't pay for the purification fast enough.
Finally... in terms of odd, I've only run into one fire-type focused Rocket (though hilariously, flying-type Rockets seem about 50/50 on having Charizard for me... funny "bird" you guys have there). I guess they're less common locally.
Yeah, Poison and Normal Rockets seem to overrun most of the roster. The Gen 1 starters + Mudkip pop up every now and again, but that's like... maybe 1 in 5 stops, if I'm being generous. The other stuff is exceedingly rare, which is weird, because the mixed teams that don't include a full line-up of Snorlax and Dragonite (still haven't run into one yet...) aren't anything that special. Usually it's a relatively boring line-up like Squirtle-Ivysaur-Blastoise. So far I've done nearly 60 fights and only four have been Dratini drops and only one has been a Snorlax drop.
And yeah, I mentioned before that the tier-2 evos and Dratini's purification costs make me not want to pay for it at all. Maybe if it didn't cost a special trade each time, it'd be worth collecting purified Dratini to Lucky Trade for stacked discounts, but at that point, I'd rather just trade legendaries (like... oh, I don't know, maybe the superior Rayquaza).
Normal and Poison (and "bird," but that basically mostly seems to mean "Zubat line, with an off chance of Charizard and/or Dragonite") do seem to predominate... that said, I've seen at least decent numbers of both Water-focused and Grass-focused Rockets (not to mention, Poison Rockets will sometimes bring a Bulbasaur line with them). But I've only run into the one Fire Rocket... but given that Fire types long were pretty uncommon here (downright rare before weather spawns launched, and even still on the less common side), I'm not totally surprised.
Also, while I suspect it's a moot point, I was amused to scroll down and note that Shadow Pokemon actually have a tax on the price to buy a new move - it costs triple dust/candy to teach them something in addition to Frustration (I can think of way better uses of 225k dust and 225 candies than giving Shadow Dratini a second attack). Between Frustration being an epically awful move and that price, the game is really stressing the importance of purification.
I'm honestly thinking that the best move is to save a purified Snorlax and Dratini for a potential Lucky trade, honestly (well, for a purified Snorlax, when I finally get one). Outside of that, I'm not seeing much point for now (though I am purifying at a good clip to buff out the medals for future potential purification targets).
There was an exploit early on that allowed Shadow Pokemon to be traded. Lucky Pokemon have an IV floor of 12, and purifying a Pokemon adds 2 to all their I Vs, so making a Lucky Shadow Pokemon and then purifying it would get a perfect or near-perfect Pokemon guaranteed.
After the patch, Lucky Shadow Pokemon are now extremely rare collectors items. Trading after purifying is still possible and will reset the I Vs completely as normal, though the Lucky discount does stack with the Purified discount.
Edited by Anura on Jul 30th 2019 at 9:10:52 AM
So, the first North American Safari Zone has been announced, in Montreal. This is also, I think, the first major Pokemon Go event in North America not held in Chicago.
Part of why I bring this up is that, as it's way easier for me to get to Montreal instead of Chicago (despite being in another country), I'm going to go (my time slot is Friday, noon to 6). Anyone else going?
I probably would have considered it if my friend and I didn't get tickets for Chicago. Or maybe if I was some crazy rich guy (though if that were the case, I'd probably have my sights on Dortmund and Yokohama instead). Travel costs in Canada are bad (to the point where it's almost as expensive to travel within country as it is to go to the US…). I'm a little surprised that they were willing to choose a non-US location.
Niantic have done events in Canada before for Ingress. I figured it was only a matter of time.
I'd have to do price comparisons, but it was pretty affordable - $19.60CAD, which after accounting for exchange rate is less than $15USD (from what I can see, ten bucks cheaper than Go Fest was).
It's the plane ticket, plus hotel—not the event ticket—that concern me. The event tickets could be $100 and they still wouldn't even be a blip on that radar.
The Jirachi Quest has been released! Also, the Ultra Bonus for beating all three summer challenges:
Unova starters are also there.
Also weird we skipped Darkrai.
I don't think we've actually skipped Darkrai, I think it's more that we just haven't gotten to it in Go yet. The release schedule for the Mythicals seems a lot slower than the rest of the Pokémon. We haven't had an event for Manaphy yet, either.
Edited by kablammin45 on Aug 20th 2019 at 11:03:01 AM
There's still Regigigas, on the legendary side.
@Kuroi Ah, got it. Yeah, looking into flights, and I'm finding it interesting that I'm seeing flights to Montreal from here to be only marginally cheaper than flights to London. Worth noting that a direct flight to Montreal would be only a little over an hour and there's an Atlantic Ocean between me and London.
Depending on what my wife decides (she's debating coming along and making it a date weekend when I'm not doing the Safari Zone), I may just see if I can pool together with others and just crash on a hotel floor.
For our ultra bonuses...
@Ookamikun: We haven't skipped Darkrai at all. As kablammin noted, legendaries are on a different schedule than non-legendaries. For the most obvious recent case, look, we just got Jirachi mere weeks before Gen 5 launched. On top of that, 'mons that were event legendaries in the game tend to be even slower than the legendaries that are catchable in the base games. All suggestions based on past history are that Darkrai is going to be handed out via Special Research, as will Manaphy, Shaymin, Arceus, and possibly Phione. And yeah, in terms of things to expect in regular raids, we still haven't seen Regigigas (who will possibly be an inverted version of Marowak - without its ability to hamper it, plus the fact that it's a legendary, it could possibly just be an incredible raid attacker).
As a side note, if they're about to rotate Deoxys into standard raids... I presume this means that we're about to see someone new in EX Raids. That may be the Darkrai fight (but please let it be Arceus... I would have so much joy).
maybe gigas will have a slow aspd
also whismur is so uncommon unlike before but now it's need, aaaaargh
on a random note, why did the summary vid showed Unova starters but the actual release are Klink, Patrat and Herdier?
Those are just the ones that'll be shiny, presumably there'll be more than that.
I think the summary vid is saying that the starters will also be released - they just make special mention of Klink, Patrat, and Lillipup because they can potentially be shiny.
Part of me feels bad about Tepig. It's hard being the worst starter ever. Though I suppose it might have a tiny niche if Scald is on its moveset. A tiny one.
Also, for those interested, we have the dates and times of the remaining unanounced Community Days. It's a pretty safe bet that Tepig will be for November, and we'll get another "year in review" one for that sweet two-day CD in December. That said, any theories on what we'll get for October? A few theories.
If you asked me six months ago, I'd probably only pick Gible, Riolu, and maybe Shinx for this list... but after freaking Swinub Day (whose existence still offends me), I don't put anything past Niantic.
Chrales found some stuff while datamining:
Edited by Anura on Aug 22nd 2019 at 4:52:54 PM
Niantic really needs to add the time buffer they do for the three-hour raid days to the Wednesday raid hours. My city has a pretty limited amount of gyms that are remotely clustered in decently drivable/walkable areas, so when we pick an optimal route, we'd like to be able to stick to it. Cue incompetence central, when previously spawned eggs block not one, not two, but three of the gyms in a row. Then, to pour salt in the wound, as we're frantically rerouting and pushing further in, a fourth, which is one of the more central gyms in the route, also gets blocked. What a joke.
I'm not sure why a Unova Stone even exists, to be honest. I guess they wanted to keep the evo stone gimmick for Chandelure, Cinccino, and Musharna.
I guess they might also use it for the elemental monkeys, though that'd be the first that an item would be needed for anything using Water, Leaf, or Fire Stones from the core games.
Honestly, I'm not surprised that Pinsir will get added to the Rocket list... if anything, I'm more surprised that's the only one thus far to be added.
Gible is my only guess for October's Community Day.
Oh yeah I forgot dusk/dawn stones. Lame, and here I was expecting them just giving plain evos because there's no cross evo.
I had some unusually good luck with Shinies during the Water Festival. I found a Shiny Carvanha almost right off the bat and then the very next day I caught a Shiny Mudkip (that sure made up for mostly missing out on the Mudkip CD). And then near the end of it I stumbled upon a Shiny Eevee. Never found a shiny Barboach, oddly enough.
In other news, from the first of September to the first of November, from Research Breakthroughs we are getting....Flower Crown Eevee. Kind of an odd choice, especially with no other Pokémon able to be caught from Research Breakthroughs.
Edited by kablammin45 on Aug 30th 2019 at 6:49:03 AM
It's not that odd. The original run for them was pretty short and then the only other opportunity to grab them was during Go Fest Chicago. It makes a lot of sense to push limited versions of popular Mons like Eevee through this type of stuff. Granted, my first guess would have been photo bombing as a means of acquisition, but I suppose they must have decided it needed to be a once-per-seven-days thing instead of once-per-day.
Didn't grind too hard during the water event. Mostly I just wanted to do a bit of walking, so I caught whatever was in my path. As usual, my manual catching proved fruitless and my Pokeball+ picked up a shiny Barboach. I don't even.
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