Pokemon Go is a fun and addictive game. It’s a good thing it’s a free app, because if it weren’t so cheap, you’d never be able to afford to buy enough pokeballs to catch all the pokemon you want. One of the biggest annoyances is that you can’t use your phone to check your inventory, so you have to keep going back to the store to buy more. One way around that is to use a cheap phone.
It’s the time of the year again when people talk about Halloween, pumpkins, harvest, and ghosts. The real question though is what are the best tricks to play on the person you’re dating.
And you thought the holidays were terrible! We’re already gearing up for Halloween in Pokemon Go, and it’s not just for the monthly events. The new season begins on September 1st, and the Season of Mischief announcement, which was more graphic than normal, revealed that Mischief Pokemon Hoopa will begin the three-month season on September 5th. The PvP season seems to be challenging as well, not just because of the Halloween Cup, but also because players will be able to vote on an unique themed cup through Twitter, with the real cup coming online on November 8th.
While Niantic has improved its accessibility, it has also caught on to some flaws. For example, the game’s Battle Nights, which were once known for practically encouraging people to throw as many games as possible for bonus Stardust, will now only increase Stardust for the reward tiers, not the end of the set rewards. But don’t worry, there will be some excellent tricks coming soon as well!
Let’s start with the forthcoming “Hoopa’s Arrival” event, which will reward a posture and the legendary Pokemon’s Confined form on September 5th. According to Niantic, “if you complete this Season’s Special Research story, you’ll gain access to a special event at the end of the Season that might have something to do with Hoopa!” While this won’t be the only time you can get Hoopa, the studio did say that “if you complete this Season’s Special Research story, you’ll gain access to a special event at the end of the Season that might have something to do with Hoopa!”
Apart from finishing the event, the main things I’d recommend concentrating on are obtaining a couple excellent Beldum and maybe Sabeleye if you don’t already have them. Metagross, Beldum’s ultimate form, works well as a Steel-type and Psychic, but we’re not sure whether the event will provide access to its Community Day event Meteor Mash, which is the sole move that elevates it to Steel-type royalty. Oh, and it gets a Mega form, which means it’ll just grow more powerful.
Sableye will also have a Mega form, but its PvE use may be questioned. However, in its regular state, it’s a great Great League option right now if you’re interested.
The wild seasonal pokemon aren’t very appealing, but Southern Hemisphere players will get a head start on Oshwatt, the Community Day pokemon, on September 19th. Although it doesn’t seem to shake up the meta, we haven’t seen the secondary non-CD move it’ll receive – Razor Shell – so you may want to stock up just in case.
Remoraid, Teddiursa, Gulpin, Numel, Stunky, Dribble, and Foongus are also on the lookout. Shiny Ditto may be captured in the wild starting this month. It won’t be a Ditto if any of those pokemon are Shiny, however a non-shiny one may be a Ditto and potentially shiny. But don’t worry; your weekly Research Breakthrough prize will also be Ditto, so you may receive a shine from that.
This season’s eggs seem to be somewhat better. The “and more” bit may derail everything, but having Audino for ten thousand dollars is a wonderful thing, as is having a non-PvP way to get Mienfoo. All of the Adventure Sync prizes are either useful or uncommon pokemon. I’d encourage individuals to attempt to meet their weekly 50km objectives in the quest of Riolu, since it’s already extremely helpful in clearing gyms, but only if they can buy one. Its Mega will only improve it, both as a Fighting-type and as a Steel-type.
Raid lovers, there won’t be any new Megas this month, but Slowbro’s Mega will debut in the first part of the month, followed by Houndoom’s after 10 a.m. on September 14th. While Mega Slowbro is out, our legendary target (and Wednesday Raid night highlight) will be Lugia with Aeroblast, while the Lake Trio regionals will occupy Houndoom’s attention. If you’re interested, they’ll also be available in their shiny versions, but keep in mind that none of the Lake Trio are very useful pokemon, so they’re mostly collector’s goods. Try joining a Discord Remote Raid group if you’ve missed previous releases.
Giovanni, oddly enough, will not be available this month, so Rocket fans will have to wait. The Spotlight hours, on the other hand, may be appealing to some of you. Here’s what Niantic has demonstrated:
- Tuesday, September 7th, 2021: Spoink will be the star of the show, and capturing Pokémon will give you double the Stardust.
- Tuesday, September 14th, 2021: Baltoy will be featured, and capturing Pokémon will give you double the XP.
- Tuesday, September 21st, 2021: Skitty will be the star of the show, and capturing Pokémon will give you double the Candy.
- Tuesday, September 28th, 2021: Alolan Meowth will be featured, and transferring Pokémon will give you twice as much Candy.
Most of them may be avoided, but rare Research pokemon may be kept for the September 21st double capture treat. If you have a lot of Starpieces or are in desperate need of stardust, September 7th is an excellent day to capture Alolan Meowth, who provides 750 stardust each catch. Remember that unevolved pokemon only yield 100 stardust, thus this is preferable than a double stardust event. This is a night not to be missed since you receive double transfer sweets!
Psychic pokemon with a “revolving” pokemon are among the highlights of the September 8th through 13th event. That seems to be Inkay, a pokemon whose evolution requires players to turn their gaming system upside down. It’s a nice pokemon, but it’s not the best, especially in PvP; nevertheless, it has a cool design and likely evolution process, so you should acquire a couple. We’ll keep you updated as we learn more about the event.
Then there’s Fashion Week, which runs from September 21st to September 28th and seems like it’ll include Furfrou, another “useless” pokemon who’s special in that it can be “dressed” to appear different. Nobody knows how that will transfer into Pokemon GO, but it might be a fun collector’s Pokemon. Of course, if we discover more about the event or other September/Season of Mischief events, we’ll update this post, so stay tuned!
Andrew Ross of Massively OP is a self-confessed Pokemon fanatic and ARG aficionado. He knows all there is to know about Niantic and Nintendo! His column, Massively on the Go, features Pokemon Go as well as other mobile MMOs and augmented reality games!
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