Pokemon Go Guides Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Pokemon Go Guides RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network How to Become the Best Buddy to Your Pokemon in Pokemon Go https://www.gameskinny.com/qz2c1/how-to-become-the-best-buddy-to-your-pokemon-in-pokemon-go https://www.gameskinny.com/qz2c1/how-to-become-the-best-buddy-to-your-pokemon-in-pokemon-go Wed, 15 Jan 2020 11:13:15 -0500 Gabriel Moss

Taking your favorite Pokemon along with you in Pokemon GO has always been the best way to show off and train your best buddy. Now that Pokemon GO has a freshly revamped buddy system, you can earn bonuses and new features as you rank up your buddy level together.

Below, we go over everything you need to know about the improved system. 

How to Become the Best Buddy With Your Pokemon in Pokemon Go

There are four buddy ranks that a Pokemon can achieve in Pokemon GO as you spend time with them. Your Pokemon starts at Good Buddy, and eventually makes their way up to Best Buddy. When a Pokemon achieves the Best Buddy rank, they get a CP boost and a special Best Buddy ribbon.

But how do you get your 'mon to the Best Buddy rank? 

As you walk around with your 'mon every day, you'll notice that there are several hearts on the main buddy screen that you need to fill in. Here are the different tasks you may need to do to fill in your daily hearts and work toward Best Buddy rank.

Walk Together

When Pokemon GO is open on your mobile device, your distance walked contributes to the buddy score of your Pokemon. Walking around with your 'mon gradually increases their score toward the Best Buddy rank.

Feed It Treats

You can throw berries to your Pokemon in Pokemon GO, much like you can in Pokemon Let's Go. Throwing your Pokemon berries to eat will increase their Pokemon buddy score and contribute to increasing their rank.

Play Around

Also making a comeback from Pokemon Let's Go is the partner play system, which allows you to use the capacitive touchscreen on your mobile device display to gently pat and pet your Pokemon with your finger.

Battle Together

Battling your buddy Pokemon against other Pokemon in gyms, raids, trainer battles or even against Team GO Rocket will gradually increase their score.

Take Photos Together

You can use AR+ to snap live-scale photos of your Pokemon. Doing so will net you a cool photo with a Pokemon overlaid on top of the real world, and it will also help you achieve Best Buddy rank with your Pokemon.

Visit New Locations Together

You can contribute toward your Pokemon's buddy score by spinning PokeStops and gyms that you've never previously spun before.

Earn Bonuses

Once your Pokemon achieves the second buddy rank, Great Buddy, they'll begin giving you presents every so often. Upon receiving a present or a souvenir from your Pokemon, their buddy score will increase.


You have to keep your buddy Pokemon fed, or they will return to their Pokeball. Additionally, the best way to use your time is by filling up hearts!

That's it for our tips for becoming the Best Buddy to your Pokemon in Pokemon GO. Be sure to check out our other Pokemon GO guides for more tips and tricks to keep you at the top of your game!

Pokemon Go: How to Find and Catch Shiny Piplup https://www.gameskinny.com/samtr/pokemon-go-how-to-find-and-catch-shiny-piplup https://www.gameskinny.com/samtr/pokemon-go-how-to-find-and-catch-shiny-piplup Tue, 14 Jan 2020 10:51:47 -0500 Gabriel Moss

Pokemon GO has yet another new community adventure coming up. This upcoming Sunday, January 19, is the date of the January 2020 Pokemon GO Community Day. Those of you looking for Shiny Piplup are in luck, as Piplup is the themed Pokemon for this upcoming community day celebration.

How exactly do you catch Shiny Piplup during the upcoming Community Day festivities? Read on to find out.

How to Find and Catch Shiny Piplup

During the short window of time when the Pokemon GO January 2020 Community Day hours are taking place, you'll find a vastly increased number of shiny Pokemon spawning around the map. You'll also find far more of the Pokemon, Piplup, as you walk around collecting 'mons and spinning PokeStops.

The important thing to know for this Piplup-themed Community Day event is the hours that the event will run. You have exactly three hours to participate, after which the Shiny Piplup spawn rate will decrease dramatically. Those hours are:

  • Northern hemisphere: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
  • Southern hemisphere: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Shiny Pokemon are much tougher to catch than their regular variants, so it's important that you stock up on the right kinds of Pokeballs.

In order to catch Shiny Piplup during the allotted Community Day event hours, you'll want to stock up on Great Balls or Ultra Balls, which will both allow you to have a greater chance at catching the Shiny Piplup when/if it appears for you.

You can also spin PokeStops for eggs, which you can hatch Piplup out of with an Incubator. For extra Incubators and extra Pokeballs, you can always check out the shop and buy them directly with gold coins, which are purchasable via microtransactions or obtainable by sending Pokemon to stay in gyms belonging to your team's color.

There are also new Community Day special boxes that appear in the store each month, so it's likely that they'll appear this Community Day as well. They're available in the shop, and they contain a heap of Incubators and Pokeballs that can help you catch Shiny Piplup this January 19.


That's all you need to know to catch Shiny Piplup during the January Pokemon GO community day. Stay up to date with more Pokemon GO guides for more tips and tricks to keep you at the top of your game.

Pokemon GO: How to Catch 5th Gen Unova Pokemon https://www.gameskinny.com/orfuf/pokemon-go-how-to-catch-5th-gen-unova-pokemon https://www.gameskinny.com/orfuf/pokemon-go-how-to-catch-5th-gen-unova-pokemon Tue, 14 Jan 2020 10:46:39 -0500 Gabriel Moss

In the January 2020 update of Pokemon GO, several new Gen 5 Pokemon were added to the base roster. Originally hailing from the region of Unova, the new Pokemon are now available to find and catch in the wild, trade, and even hatch from eggs.

In addition to the new Pokemon, Trade Evolutions were also added, allowing you to evolve certain breeds of Pokemon in Pokemon GO simply by trading them with another player. Here's how to find the new Gen 5 Pokemon and Trade Evolutions in Pokemon GO.

New Gen 5 Unova Pokemon

Of the new Gen 5 Pokemon that are now available in Pokemon GO, here are a few of the ones that you can find while walking around in the wild:

  • Roggenrola
  • Tympole
  • Dwebble
  • Trubbish
  • Karrablast
  • Joltik
  • Shelmet

Catching any of these new 'mon is as simple as finding them in the world while playing Pokemon GO as you regularly would. There are other new Pokemon that aren't quite as easy to catch, however.

Here are some of the new Pokemon that hatch out of eggs:

  • 2 km Eggs: Venipede, Dwebble
  • 5 km Eggs: Roggenrola, Tympole, Trubbish, Karrablast, Joltik, Shelmet
  • 10 km Eggs: Timburr, Tirtouga, Archen, Axew

Finally, some of the new Pokemon characters are region-locked, and can only be found in the wild in their respective part of the world.

  • Throh: North America, South America, and Africa
  • Sawk: Europe, Asia, and Australia
  • Maractus: Southern United States, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America
  • Sigilyph: Egypt, Greece
  • Red-Striped Form Basculin: Eastern hemisphere
  • Blue-Striped Form Basculin: Western hemisphere

Trade Evolutions

Trade Evolutions work much the same way in Pokemon GO as they do in other traditional Pokemon titles. By trading a certain Pokemon with another player, you can bypass the need for candies entirely.

The breeds of Pokemon that this evolution method works with are the same as in other games, meaning that if a certain breed evolves via trading in a traditional Pokemon game, it should also evolve through trades in Pokemon GO.

Classic examples of Trade Evolution-compatible Pokemon in Pokemon GO are Haunter, Graveler, Machoke, and Kadabra.

Here is the complete list:

  • Graveler to Golem
  • Alolan Graveler to Alolan Golem
  • Kadabra to Alakazam
  • Machoke to Machamp
  • Haunter to Gengar
  • Boldore to Gigalith
  • Karrablast to Escavalier
  • Shelmet to Accelgor
  • Gurdurr to Conkeldurr


That's all you need to know about the new Gen 5 Pokemon and Trade Evolutions in Pokemon GO, but be sure to check out our other Pokemon GO guides for more tips and tricks to keep you at the top of your game.

How to Catch Ditto in Pokemon GO https://www.gameskinny.com/7py3c/how-to-catch-ditto-in-pokemon-go https://www.gameskinny.com/7py3c/how-to-catch-ditto-in-pokemon-go Fri, 03 Jan 2020 11:46:05 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Catching a Ditto is one of the harder tasks in Pokemon GO. Since Ditto is elusive, it is a Pokemon frequently used as a quest requirement in field research and special research tasks. 

In fact, January 2020's Field Research tasks include catching a Ditto, with a handsome reward should you succeed:

  • 1,500 Stardust
  • 3 Rare Candy
  • 2 Golden Razz Berries
  • or 10 Ultra Balls

How to Catch Ditto in Pokemon GO

Niantic took Ditto's signature Transform ability to heart. You won't ever encounter plain Ditto in the wild. Instead, you'll encounter Pokemon that Ditto transformed into.

How do you know if a Pokemon is Ditto? Catch it! If it's Ditto, a different message will display instead of the "Gotcha!" message that normally appears.

Pokemon Ditto Can Transform Into

Fortunately, the pool of Ditto-potential Pokemon is fairly limited:

  • Weedle
  • Paras
  • Venonat
  • Hoothoot
  • Hoppip
  • Spinarak
  • Ledyba
  • Remoraid
  • Skitty
  • Numel
  • Whismur
  • Seedot
  • Gulpin
  • Bidoof

Ditto has much higher CP than the average Pokemon, so if you come across a Whismur (for example) that's surprisingly difficult to catch, it could very well be a Ditto in disguise. Keep a stock of Razz Berries and Ultra Balls on hand when you go Ditto hunting.

There have been rare cases of Ditto encounters offered for completing Field Research, though these instances are the exception, not the rule.

Fortunately, if you're trying to complete the Meltan or Mew quest lines, or any other similar quests, they don't disappear like the timed research tasks. You'll have plenty of time to scour the fields and forests for the little goo blob.


On top of this month's research tasks, don't forget the Looming in the Shadows quest line restarted on the first of the month as well.

That's all you need to know for how to catch Ditto in Pokemon GO, but be sure to check out our other Pokemon GO guides for more tips and tricks to keep you at the top of your game.

Pokemon GO Looming in the Shadows Guide: Giovanni, Leaders, Mysterious Components https://www.gameskinny.com/ll9qk/pokemon-go-looming-in-the-shadows-guide-giovanni-leaders-mysterious-components https://www.gameskinny.com/ll9qk/pokemon-go-looming-in-the-shadows-guide-giovanni-leaders-mysterious-components Thu, 07 Nov 2019 13:19:58 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

The latest Special Research task for Pokemon GO is Looming in the Shadows, which follows on from the recent quest, A Troubling Situation, that introduced Team GO Rocket. Now you have the chance to take on Giovanni himself. 

Looming in the Shadows is built around Team GO Rocket and ups the challenge by introducing stronger Shadow Pokemon, Team GO Rocket Leaders, and the chance to capture legendary Shadow Pokemon.

This Pokemon Go guide will tell you everything you need to know about Looming in the Shadows, including how to start it, how to complete each quest step, how to get mysterious fragments, and what you need to do to find Giovanni. 

Let's get started. 

Pokemon Go: How to Start Looming in the Shadows

You won't actually see Looming in the Shadows in your Special Research tasks unless you've completed A Troubling Situation. If you haven't done that, go ahead and get it taken care of so you can get started with this latest quest.

Pokemon Go: Looming in the Shadows Quests

Looming in the Shadows is split up into six quests. Each quest has individual tasks to complete. You're rewarded with items for completing each task and the overall step. Here's each one, as well as the tasks you need to do to complete them. 

Looming in the Shadows Step 1

The first step in Looming in the Shadows involves three tasks.

Task Reward
Spin 10 PokeStops 500 XP
Defeat 5 Team GO Rocket Grunts 500 XP
Purify 1 Shadow Pokemon 500 XP

If you don't know how to purify Shadow 'mon, check out our Pokemon Purification guide for more info.

The overall reward for completing Step 1 of Looming in the Shadows is 500 Stardust, 10 PokeBalls, and 10 Razz Berries. You'll need the Razz Berries for catching Shadow Pokemon and eventually catching a legendary Shadow Pokemon.

Looming in the Shadows: Step 2

Step 2 is a bit different because it takes five IRL days to finish.

Task Reward
Spin a PokeStop 5 days in a row 750 XP
Purify 15 Shadow Pokemon 750 XP
Win 5 Raids 750 XP

For tips and tricks on how to win raids, check out our Raid guide for some quick strategies. The overall reward for Step 2 is 1,000 Stardust, 3 Hyper Potions, and 3 Revives.

Looming in the Shadows: Step 3


Task Reward
Use 6 super-effective Charged attacks in Gym battles 1000 XP
Win 3 Great League Trainer battles against another Trainer 1000 XP
Defeat 6 Team GO Rocket Grunts 1000 XP


 The overall reward for completing step 3 is 1,500 Stardust, 15 Great Balls, and 5 Pinap Berries

Looming in the Shadows: Step 4


Task Reward
Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Arlo 1,250 XP
Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Cliff 1,250 XP
Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Sierra 1,250 XP


 The overall reward for clearing step 4 is 2,000 Stardust, 3 Golden Razz Berries, and the Rocket Radar needed to find Giovanni

Looming in the Shadows: Step 5
Task Reward
Find the Team GO Rocket Boss 2,500 Stardust
Battle the Team GO Rocket Boss 1,500 XP
Defeat the Team GO Rocket Boss 3 Wepar Berries

 The overall rewards for completing Step 5 are 3,000 Stardust, 1 Fast TM, and 1 Charged TM.

Looming in the Shadows: Step 6

Everything in Step 6 is listed as complete, and you get a total of:

  • 6,000 XP
  • 3 Max Revives
  • 20 Ultra Balls
  • 3 Rare Candies

Pokemon Go: Team GO Rocket Leader Battles

While you wait for those five days to pass, you can still work your way toward fighting the Team GO Rocket Leaders: Cliff, Sierra, and Arlo.

To do that, you'll need to gather six Mysterious Components so you can form the Rocket Radar. 

How to Get Mysterious Components in Pokemon GO

Gathering up those Mysterious Components is fairly simple. You'll just need to battle Rocket Grunts.

It seems like getting a Mysterious Component drop is random, but on the plus side, defeating Grunts is required for the Special Research, and it gives you a chance to catch (and Purify) Shadow Pokemon.

How to Find Team GO Rocket Leaders

After you gather 6 Mysterious Components, you'll be able to build the Rocket Radar. Use the Rocket Radar to change the map overlay and pinpoint where a GO Rocket Leader is.

PokeStops with a Leader will have the Rocket "R" logo over them, and you'll be able to actually see the Leader as you approach the PokeStop. Leader Hideouts vanish at 10 p.m. and re-appear at 6 a.m. the next day.

You can always roam around and see if there are any other Rocket-invaded PokeStops, though it's not certain right now if the Leaders are locked to individual players until they spawn again the next day.

Keep in mind, however, that you won't be able to collect any more Mysterious Components until you complete a Leader battle and lose your Rocket Radar.

Pokemon Go: Team GO Rocket Leaders Battles

Courtesy of Reddit user u/skewtr, here's what to expect for every Team GO Rocket Leader, including the Shadow Pokemon they'll have. All GO Rocket Leaders have the same starting Pokemon, plus two others that could each be one of three different Shadow Pokemon.

Leaders are like Grunts, but more difficult. Their Pokemon have significantly higher CP values. They also have two Protect Shields that negate your first two charged attacks. Force the Leader to use these Shields on their first Shadow Pokemon, which is always the weakest of the team.

Winning gets you 1,000 Stardust and the following:

  • 2 Revives
  • 2 Max Potions
  • 2 Hyper Potions
  • 2 Max Revive
  • 2 Sinnoh Stones
  • 2 Unova Stones
Leader Cliff Team Lineup and Shadow Pokemon
Battle Position Pokemon
First Shadow Pokemon Meowth
Second Shadow Pokemon Sandslash, Snorlax, Flygon
Third Shadow Pokemon Tyranitar, Infernape, Torterra


Leader Sierra Team Lineup and Shadow Pokemon
Battle Position Pokemon
First Shadow Pokemon Sneasel
Second Shadow Pokemon Hypno, Lapras, Sableye
Third Shadow Pokemon Alakazam, Gardevoir, Houndoom


Leader Arlo Team Lineup and Shadow Pokemon
Battle Position Pokemon
First Shadow Pokemon Scyther
Second Shadow Pokemon Gyrados, Magnezone, Crobat
Third Shadow Pokemon Charizard, Dragonite, Scizor


Pokemon Go: Looming in the Shadows Giovanni Battle

Right now, it doesn't appear that you need to complete the entirety of Looming in the Shadows to challenge Team GO Rocket Leaders. However, it's looking like you will need to complete the quest, defeat all three Leaders, and battle Grunts to get the Super Rocket Radar that lets you track down Giovanni.

Pokemon GO Giovanni Battle

Here's Giovanni's Pokemon GO roster:

Battle Position Pokemon
First Shadow Pokemon Persian
Second Shadow Pokemon Dugtrio, Rhydon, Hippowdon
Third Shadow Pokemon Articuno


Once you defeat Giovanni, you'll get the chance to catch a legendary Shadow Pokemon — the one in his roster.

Right now, only Shadow Articuno is available. However, Niantic has said the Giovanni Special Research will renew once per month each month, meaning you can take on the Rocket Boss again next month. Presumably, his lineup will include Shadow Moltres and Shadow Zapdos as well, giving you the chance to catch all three legendary Shadow Pokemon shown off in the event trailer.

For more tips, tricks, and strategies, be sure to check out our other Pokemon Go guides

Can You Trade Darkrai in Pokemon Go? https://www.gameskinny.com/6ali0/can-you-trade-darkrai-in-pokemon-go https://www.gameskinny.com/6ali0/can-you-trade-darkrai-in-pokemon-go Fri, 01 Nov 2019 13:26:41 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Darkrai was the latest legendary Pokemon to appear in Pokemon GO, but as with the old pumpkins glowering at passersby on your front porch, its time has passed with the end of Halloween.

Since Darkrai's appearance in Pokemon GO was a limited-time affair, the natural question is whether you can get Darkrai in a trade.

The answer is based on Darkrai's status in the game.

Can You Trade Mythical Pokemon in Pokemon GO?

And that answer is no. Darkrai, like all the other limited-time legendaries, is tagged as Mythical, which is basically a fancy way of saying "special event Pokemon." The only way to obtain these is, unfortunately, by taking part in the event while it's running. Meltan is the sole exception to this rule, likely just due to promotional reasons.

Mythical Pokemon are those like Jirachi, Mew, and Celebi. So far, we haven't seen rotating distributions or chances to acquire them; once the event is done, that's it.

That doesn't mean there will never be another chance to catch Darkrai, but it does mean it probably won't happen for a while.


Meanwhile, be sure to check out our Raid guide to brush up your skills for the next round of legendary and Mythical Pokemon destined for Pokemon GO.

Pokemon Go Trading Stardust Cost Chart https://www.gameskinny.com/vxarp/pokemon-go-trading-stardust-cost-chart https://www.gameskinny.com/vxarp/pokemon-go-trading-stardust-cost-chart Fri, 06 Jul 2018 18:38:35 -0400 Ty Arthur

After the worldwide phenomena has finally died down a bit (remember all those totally nuts best and worst things to happen when it landed in 2016?), its hard to believe Pokemon Go just turned two years old this summer!

The lack of trading at launch was a huge criticism among the player base, since that has been a part of this franchise since friends were connecting their black and white Game Boys together back in the '90s!

Trading Pokemon is finally here in Go, but only with people on your friends list, and it will hit you pretty hard in your Stardust account when you first get started.

Trading In Pokemon Go

Trading only becomes available once both you and the friend you are trading with are at trainer level 10 (which should be just about everyone at this point).

To get started with the updated trading interface, tap your head / trainer name icon in the lower-left corner, then navigate to the Friends tab. Tap a friend's name and then you can choose the Trade interface found in the lower-right corner.

Stardust trading costs are absurdly astronomical for Pokemon that you don't already have in your Pokedex (meaning you haven't ever caught one before on your own) but they drop off by massive levels as you increase in friendship level with another player.

 Trading and checking friendship level

This artificially high cost structure keeps the trading economy from immediately toppling over and going nuts so everyone can't immediately trade the strongest, highest level Pokemon back and forth to each other.

The traded Pokemon's level, HP, and CP also drop to be commensurate with your player level when trading, so you can't fill up on ultra strong Pokemon just by trading.

The minimum stat level of the traded Pokemon is also influenced by your friendship level with the other player, so the higher your friendship, the better the Pokemon will be when it arrives in your Pokedex.

Keep in mind that the same Pokemon can only be traded once, so you can't chain them repeatedly through multiple trades and will have to catch new ones instead. Trading also impacts medals, so for instance tiny Rattata will get you closer to the  Youngster medal, while XL Magikarps get you closer to the Fisherman medal.

Pokemon Go Stardust Trading Cost Chart

Type Not Present In Pokedex Cost Already Present In Pokedex Cost
 Standard  20,000  100
 Regional   20,000  100
Shiny    1,000,000  20,000
 Legendary 1,000,000  20,000


Notice that there's no slot on that table for mythical? That's because they can't be traded at all! You've got to earn those Pokemon all by yourself.

The prices for non-registered Pokemon are insane, but there's a massive discount for increasing your friendship level with a trading partner. The discount starts at 20% for Great but sharply increases to 92% when you hit the Ultra level.

This means that those 1,000,000 Stardust cost trades for Pokemon not in your Pokedex drop all the way down to 80,000 at the Ultra level.

How do you increase friendship in Pokemon Go? The friendship level goes up when you send (or receive) a gift with that friend, or when you trade Pokemon, so it takes a good deal of Stardust to increase the level unless you want to frequently send gifts of Pokeballs and other consumables.

Here are the exact discounts provided at each Pokemon Go friendship level:

Friendship Level Stardust Discount
Good  0%
Great 20%
Ultra 92%
 Best  96%


Now that you're all set for trading, still need help with the rest of this genre-changing AR game? Check out our other Pokemon Go guides here:

How to Beat Legendary Pokemon Groudon in Pokemon Go https://www.gameskinny.com/k7m8e/how-to-beat-legendary-pokemon-groudon-in-pokemon-go https://www.gameskinny.com/k7m8e/how-to-beat-legendary-pokemon-groudon-in-pokemon-go Wed, 20 Dec 2017 11:24:08 -0500 Littoface

Get your Pokeball-flicking thumbs ready because Gen 3 legendaries have arrived in Pokemon Go. First among them is the ground-type Groudon, and you'll have to hurry if you want to catch him: Groudon will only be available in Pokemon Go until 9 pm GMT on January 15, 2018. Before you head out there and try your luck, check out our comprehensive guide on how to beat and capture Groudon in Pokemon Go -- before the chance is gone!

Groudon Raid Boss Stats and Moves

As they say, know thy enemy. Groudon is a ground-type legendary Pokemon, and the only way you can find him is in a raid battle, where he is a legendary raid boss with a five-star difficulty rating. To beat him, you'll need to be aware of his stats:

  • Max Boss CP: 51,968
  • Max Capture CP: 2,328
  • Attack: 297
  • Defense: 276
  • Stamina: 200

These stats are slightly better than those of the last legendary Pokemon to temporarily appear in raid battles, the fire bird Ho-Oh. So if you had trouble with that fight, you know you're in for a ride with the Groudon raid.

Although Groudon is a ground-type, his moveset covers three different elements, which is also something to keep in mind when choosing the best team to go up against this legendary. Groudon's moves are as follows:

  • Mud shot (ground): 5 DMG
  • Dragon Tail (dragon): 15 DMG
  • Earthquake (ground): 120 DMG
  • Fire Blast (fire): 140 DMG
  • Solar Beam (grass): 180 DMG

Groundon's two quick attacks aren't that formidable, but it's the charge attacks you need to watch out for. The three big hitters are ground-, fire-, and grass-type, and each deals a whopping 120-180 damage to your Pokemon. Your best bet is to choose your Groudon raid team carefully (more on that below) and to dodge when you see the charge attacks coming.

Since Groudon is a ground-type, his raid battle will also be more difficult during clear weather -- but the reward will also be better, as his Max capture CP jumps up as well during clear weather.

How to Build the Best Team Against Groudon

Now that you know what you're up against, you can put together a battle plan. As you've seen, Groudon is a ground-type with fire, grass, and dragon attacks, so you'll need to keep all this in mind as you examine his strengths and weaknesses.

Groudon is weak against grass, water, and ice attacks; he's strong against electric, poison, and rock attacks. Each of the Pokemon types that are strong against Groudon are also at a disadvantage, as grass- and ice-types are weak against his fire attack, and water-types can suffer at the hands of his grass attack.

With all that in mind, the best moveset for the perfect Groudon raid team is one that does extra damage to Groudon, used by a team that is not weak to his charge attacks. Some of the best Groudon counters are:

  • Pokemon that can resist his charge attacks like Gyarados and Ho-oh
  • Strong grass-type Pokemon like Exeggutor, Sceptile, or Venusaur
  • Strong water-type Pokemon like Vaporeon, Cloyster, or Feraligatr
  • Strong ice-type Pokemon like Articuno

By far the best Groudon counter is Gyarados due to its ability to withstand all of the charge attacks, and even take half damage from earthquake -- so if you have one, definitely throw it into the fray here. Also keep in mind that during clear weather, your grass-type Pokemon will have a boosted attack power (as will Groudon!), so keep them on the front line if the weather effect is active.

The best moveset to use against Groudon is:

  • Strong water moves Hydro Pump and Waterfall (if your Gyarados has this, all the more reason to use him!)
  • Strong grass moves like Bullet Seed and Solar Beam
  • Strong ice moves like Ice Beam and Blizzard

Groudon is not a soloable boss, and you will need at least five or six trainers working in unison to beat him -- so make sure everyone in your raid party is on the same page about strategy and team choice.

How to Capture Groudon

Groudon's catch rate is 2%, so catching him after the battle will not be easy. A few things to keep in mind:

  • He's further back than he seems! Flick the balls a bit further than you think you should.
  • Watch out for his attack animation, which is a bit longer than most Pokemon.
  • The chance of catching a perfect IV Groudon increases in sunny/clear weather, at which point the max capture CP jumps from 2,328 to 2,910. A perfect Groudon will have 4,074 CP at level 40.

Groudon is a balanced, strong, ground-type legendary Pokemon with moves that counter his own weaknesses -- so he's well worth the effort of beating and capturing him.

Now that you're armed with all this knowledge, get out there and snag yourself a Groudon before it's too late. Good luck!

Pokemon GO Guide: How Super Incubators Work https://www.gameskinny.com/d42b2/pokemon-go-guide-how-super-incubators-work https://www.gameskinny.com/d42b2/pokemon-go-guide-how-super-incubators-work Mon, 02 Oct 2017 10:41:36 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Pokemon GO is all about getting players out of the house and maybe even exercising -- and Pokemon Eggs are designed to help that exercise process along. Like their mainline counterparts, the eggs in Pokemon GO have different requirements for how far you need to walk in order to hatch.

That's all well and good. But sometimes, it just isn't viable to walk 10km to get that rare Pokemon. Incubators made the process a bit easier, but with the advent of the Equinox Event, there's a Super Incubator to help speed the process up even further.

How to Get the Super Incubator

For now, the only way to get a Super Incubator was through purchasing an Equinox Event Box -- so if you're reading this, hopefully you picked at least one of those boxes up.

To use your Super Incubator, you'll need those little eggs you get randomly from visiting Pokestops. The type of egg you get is completely random, though some speculate that your trainer level influences the rarity of the Pokemon inside.

With a distance multiplier rate of 0.6666667, the Super Incubator hastens your hatching time by 1.5.

To give you a better idea of how that translates into practical terms, your walking distance for a 2km egg goes down to 0.8285 miles, the 5km egg gets cut to 2.0712 miles, and the 10km, rare egg drops down to 4.1424 miles. And yes, it does have three uses like a regular Incubator -- despite the initial confusion. Just make sure not to walk faster than 10 mph, or the game thinks you're cheating.

What Pokemon Will Each Egg Hatch?

With all this in mind, you may be wondering why you should bother hatching eggs to begin with. Eggs give you a better chance of catching a Pokemon that might not be available in your area, or that's simply rare to find at all. Here's a short list of these eggs by distance, the Pokemon they hatch, and the rarity of each hatch.

2km Eggs

These might seem like your basic run-of-the-mill eggs, but there are still some classic favorite Pokemon to be found. There are also fewer categories of rarity.

  • Common Pokemon
    • Spinarak
    • Krabby
    • Geodude
  • Uncommon Pokemon
    • Magikarp
    • Abra
    • Slowpoke
    • Slugma
    • Igglybuff
  • Ultra-Rare Pokemon
    • Misdreavus
5km Eggs

The 5km Eggs bring in more variety, both in terms of Pokemon and their overall rarity.

  • Common Pokemon
    • Cubone
    • Chinchou
    • Eevee
    • Poliwag
    • Rhyhorn
  • Uncommon Pokemon
    • Totodile
    • Cyndaquil
    • Chikorita
    • Mantine
    • Houndour
    • Natu
    • Gligar
  • Rare Pokemon
    • Onix
    • Seel
    • Tangela
  • Ultra-Rare Pokemon
    • Grimer
    • Koffing
    • Quilfish
    • Sneasel
  • Hyper-Rare Pokemon
    • Dunsparce
    • Shuckle
    • Wobbuffet
    • Girafarig
10km Eggs

10 km Eggs are the rarest of the bunch, and their yields include some pretty powerful Pokemon too.

  • Uncommon Pokemon
    • Dratini
    • Larvitar
  • Rare Pokemon
    • Sudowoodo
    • Mareep
    • Chansey
  • Ultra-Rare Pokemon
    • Miltank
    • Snorlax
    • Lapras
    • Skarmory

Enjoy the Outdoors!

With so many Pokemon to obtain, and with the Super Incubators making it easier than ever before to hatch them, it's the perfect reason to head outside and take a walk in the park. Or get a treadmill -- whichever you prefer.

Either way, let us know in the comments what you've hatched so far, and be sure to check out our other Pokemon GO guides!

What's the Best Moveset for Raikou in Pokemon Go? https://www.gameskinny.com/kpps6/whats-the-best-moveset-for-raikou-in-pokemon-go https://www.gameskinny.com/kpps6/whats-the-best-moveset-for-raikou-in-pokemon-go Thu, 14 Sep 2017 14:14:02 -0400 adelgirl

For this month only, the legendary dog Raikou is available for Pokemon Go players to catch and add to their collections. This rare Pokemon has a fairly small catch chance, and is only available through completing Gym raids. (For more information on acquiring him, check out our guide on how to catch the Legendary Dogs.)

Once you've gotten your very own Raikou, you'll want to load him out with the best moves possible to ensure you're making the most of this legendary Pokemon. There are different moves you can pick up, and the best ones for you will depend mostly on your play style and what role you want this dog to play in your team. 

Raikou has two possible fast moves (Thunder Shock, Volt Switch) and three possible charged moves (Thunder, Thunderbolt, Wild Charge) that he can learn. So which ones are best?

Best Moves for Raikou (Offensive)

If you prefer to play on the offensive, you'll want to pick up the following moves for your Raikou:

  • Thunder Shock
  • Wild Charge 

Best Moves for Raikou (Defensive)

If you prefer to play on the offensive, you'll want to pick up the following moves for your Raikou:

  • Volt Switch
  • Wild Charge

That's all you need to know! Now your Raikou should be ready to face any battle you come across. 


If you're having trouble completing the raid to get this Legendary Dog, our Gym Raiding guide can help you succeed. And if you want more tips, check out the rest of our Pokemon Go guides for everything you need to know!

How to Get the New Legendary Dogs in Pokemon GO https://www.gameskinny.com/lx1ty/how-to-get-the-new-legendary-dogs-in-pokemon-go https://www.gameskinny.com/lx1ty/how-to-get-the-new-legendary-dogs-in-pokemon-go Thu, 07 Sep 2017 12:45:26 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Right on the heels of the legendary birds, Niantic recently introduced Suicune, Entei, and Raikou -- the legendary dogs from Pokemon Gold and Silver -- to Pokemon GO. Like in their original games, these beasties are tough to track down and catch. But we've got you covered with our handy guide!

Niantic will be switching the locations of these legendary Pokemon every month, mimicking their patterns of rapidly relocating in the original games. Each month, one major region of the world will get one of the legendary dogs to catch. 

This month, the locations are as follows:

  • US and NA: Raikou
  • EU and Africa: Entei
  • Asia and Pacific: Suicune

These locations will switch on September 31, and then again on October 31. So all interested trainers should have a chance to capture each legendary dog before they disappear completely at the end of November.

How to Catch Suicune, Entei, and Raikou

To get these legendaries, don't go looking for them in the places you'd normally expect to find Pokemon of similar types. They can only be found via Raid Battles.

If there's a raid taking place nearby, you'll receive a notification. And if you happen to be near a Gym that's topped by an egg rather than a Pokemon, you'll know that a Raid is coming on soon. If that egg looks like the picture you see below, it will hatch as a legendary Pokemon:

Image via Ranked Boost

But remember: you do need a Raid Pass to participate in these events and try to catch the legendary dogs. You can either use the Free Raid Pass, which you can get by spinning the Photo Disk at a gym. Or you can use the Premium Raid Pass that you can purchase in the in-game shop.

The recommended trainer count for these legendary Raids is around 8 -- and for good reason. The legendary beasts have the highest CP of any Pokemon in the game, with capture rates ranging between only 2-3%. However, there are things you can do to improve your capture rates. 

The Golden Razz Berry increases your capture rate by 3%, so having some of them on hand can be a huge help in catching these elusive legendary dogs.

Similarly, throwing Curve Balls -- where you give the ball a bit of a twist as you throw it -- increase it by a further 3%. The throw itself plays a role too, with higher capture percentages being associated with better throws. An "Excellent" throw with a Curve ball and a Golden Razz Berry raises the capture rate to approximately 15%. (Check out our Poke-Ball throwing guide for more tips that will help you master your throws.)

Image via Ranked Boost

Of course, you'll want to be prepared with the right Pokemon team as well. As an Electric type, Raikou is best tackled using ground types. Grass and Electric work best for Suicune. And Entei has the most weaknesses -- including Water, Rock, and Ground. So a well-rounded team will increase your capture chances even further.


That's all you need to know for catching Raikou, Suicune, and Entei. But be sure to check out our other Pokemon GO guides for more tips on other aspects of the game. 

Good luck with your Raids!

Event Guide for Pokemon GO's First Live Event in Chicago https://www.gameskinny.com/i1q9r/event-guide-for-pokemon-gos-first-live-event-in-chicago https://www.gameskinny.com/i1q9r/event-guide-for-pokemon-gos-first-live-event-in-chicago Wed, 12 Jul 2017 17:46:10 -0400 ESpalding

The birthday celebrations for Pokemon GO don't seem to stop! Over the last few months, we've seen in-game events, gym remodeling, the introduction of raid battles and now you can find Pikachus wearing Ash Ketchum's hat running around the place. But PGO's developers, Niantic, are not over celebrating yet! On July 22, there will be the first live Pokemon GO event, and it is happening in Grant Park, Chicago, Ill.  

Happy Birthday, Pokemon GO!

This event isn't just going to be a chance to meet other players, but it is going to be one serious party! There are going to be many activities and promotions going on, so everyone attending it is bound to have a good time. The event is already sold out, but it has been confirmed that there will be more events over the coming months both in the U.S. and in Europe.

More Pokemon During the Event!

Is there any Pokemon that you've always wanted to catch but you've never found? During the event, there will be an increase in Pokemon sightings, and there will also be chances to catch Pokemon that have never been seen before in the area! Hopefully, there will be a big ole boost to region-specific sightings and, who knows, maybe some other region-specific Pokemon might make an appearance!

Maybe lots more starter Pokemon?

Grant Park and the World at Pokemon GO Fest

During the celebrations on July 22, there will be a huge event taking place called the Play Together Worldwide challenge. While folks in Chicago will be running around catching Pokemon they've never seen before, players from across the globe will also be able to join in the fun and get some neat rewards, too!

The challenge will consist of three phases:

Phase 1: Catch Challenge

During the course of the day, there will be three challenge windows in which players attending the bash in Grant Park will have to catch as many Pokemon of one type as they can find. Each type of Pokemon will give players everywhere a bonus. 

  • Fire-type Pokemon will give an increase in Candies
  • Water-type Pokemon will give an XP bonus
  • Leaf-type Pokemon will give more Stardust 
  • Electric-type Pokemon will shorten the distance required to hatch eggs
  • Rock-type Pokemon will decrease the distance needed for your buddy to find candies
  • Normal-type Pokemon will boost wild encounter rates

While that is going on, players around the world will be catching as many Pokemon as they can find. Depending on the amount they catch, the duration of the bonuses earned during the park section of the challenge will be increased for everyone. Getting to the "Gold" duration bonus will unlock Phase 2 of the challenge.

I'd welcome a decrease in egg hatching distance with these guys!

Phase 2: Mystery Challenge

Yep, that's not cryptic! It really is a mystery. If players around the world reach the gold reward on Phase 1, a mystery challenge will be announced in Grant Park. If this phase is completed, the challenge will progress to Phase 3.

Phase 3: Global Reward

To reward everyone for all their hard work during the challenge and for the guys in Grant Park completing Phase 2 of PGO's live event, there will be a major global reward unlocked, and we can only speculate as to what that would be!

Come on, legendary Pokemon!!!!

Team Lounges at Pokemon GO Fest

You'll be able to relax and meet up with other members of Team Valor, Team Instinct, or Team Mystic in separate team lounges. Maybe you could come up with some strategies for taking down gyms at the event or form some private Pokemon GO raid groups.

Special Pokestops at Pokemon GO Fest

Pokemon GO wouldn't be Pokemon GO if there weren't any pokestops, so it makes sense that for the event there were some special pokestops in the park for topping off your supplies. These special pokestops will create a walking course around the park and will drop special 2km eggs that can only be found in Grant Park.

Not Grant Park but maybe it will look a bit like this?

Other things you need to check out at Pokemon GO Fest

As well as the above, there will be the following:

  • Pokemon at the event for photo opportunities
  • Pokemon game merch
  • Promo code giveaways from Sprint and Boost Mobile
  • Pokemon GO in-game medals

There you have it! All that you have to look forward to at Pokemon GO Fest in Chicago this year! If you are feeling sad because you are in another part of the world and can't make it to the event, don't fret! Niantic has announced a series of events happening across Europe between now and September.

These events will give players similar opportunities as those in the Grant Park event but specific details have not been released. Here is what we do know:

July 22 - July 23: Pokemon GO will be at the Big Heritage Festival in Chester, United Kingdom.

August 5th: Fisketorvet in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Centrum Cerny Most in Prague, Czech Republic.

August 12th: Stadshart Amstelveen in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Mall of Scandinavia in Stockholm, Sweden.

September 16th: Centro in Oberhausen, Germany, Les Quatre Temps in Paris, France, and La Maquinista in Barcelona, Spain.


We will let you know of any updates and announcements for these events as information is released, so make sure you check back with us if any of them interest you!

In the meantime, make sure you check out our other Pokemon GO guides and make sure you come back to GameSkinny for all other Pokemon GO news and developments!

How to get a Pikachu with an Ash Hat in Pokemon GO https://www.gameskinny.com/ruqaq/how-to-get-a-pikachu-with-an-ash-hat-in-pokemon-go https://www.gameskinny.com/ruqaq/how-to-get-a-pikachu-with-an-ash-hat-in-pokemon-go Mon, 10 Jul 2017 17:03:20 -0400 ESpalding

Sometimes it is hard to believe that Pokemon GO is only one year old. It seems like it's been around forever! I still see plenty of players walking around my local Pokemon hotspots, and the gyms are always changing hands --showing a relatively active player base in the area.

A while ago, Niantic announced that there would be a series of events, in-game and out, to mark the PGO's first anniversary. We've already had a week of fire and ice type Pokemon -- and in a week's time, the game's first live event will take place in Chicago. But this week sees another something special in-game -- a hat-wearing Pikachu.

As you can see, I'm talking about a little Pikachu wearing the infamous hat of his beloved Pokemon trainer, Ash Ketchum. In previous events, we have seen Pikachu wearing Santa hats and little party hats, so it makes sense that there would be a commemorative Pikachu to mark this occasion! So how do you go about catching one? This guide has the answer!

How to Catch a Pikachu Wearing Ash's Hat in Pokemon GO

The special in-game event that includes this Pikachu started on July 6th and will run until July 24th. That gives you plenty of time to get out there and catch one -- but it won't be around forever.

This Pikachu can only be caught in the wild, so players will see an increased amount of sightings. If you find a Pikachu nest, not all the Pokemon you find in the nest will be wearing the hat, but this does increase your chances of finding one. So if you want one for yourself, you'll need to hit up those hot spots where you know you'll find some Pikachu.

If other special Pikachu are anything to go by, evolving this guy will result in a Raichu wearing the hat. So if you are wanting to go for the whole "collection", you'd best catch 2 of these little guys so that you can keep one in its normal form and one that you can evolve. Previous events also indicate that if you choose to battle using a Ditto, the Pikachu it transforms into will be a normal-looking Pikachu.

This is just one event that is running during Pokemon GO's first-anniversary celebrations. So you'll want to check back to GameSkinny for details of other special events going on in-game, as well as the live events that will be happening over the coming months. While you're here, check out the rest of our Pokemon Go guides for even more tips!

How to Get Coins in Pokemon Go https://www.gameskinny.com/zbs09/how-to-get-coins-in-pokemon-go https://www.gameskinny.com/zbs09/how-to-get-coins-in-pokemon-go Wed, 05 Jul 2017 15:02:56 -0400 Zantallion

Pokemon Go's new Gym update has been out for a while now, and with it comes changes the game's gyms, the new raid system, and the way you earn Pokecoins in this popular mobile title.

Previously, earning Pokecoins was based on a 24-hour cycle of tapping a button to collect them for having a Pokemon in a Gym. But now, your Pokemon will bring the amount of Pokecoins it's earned back to you once it leaves the Gym.

Instead of gaining a set amount just by having any Pokemon in a Gym, now Pokecoins are earned by how long your Pokemon stays in a Gym -- at the rate of one coin per every ten minutes your Pokemon defends the Gym. And you can only earn up to 50 Pokecoins a day. This means that, with just one Pokemon in a gym, you should be aiming to keep your lone Pokemon there for around 8 hours to get as many Pokecoins as you can. If you're using two, you'll need to keep both in there for about 4 hours, and so on and so forth.

The way you keep Pokemon in Gyms has also changed. Instead of training in Gyms and making them lose and gain prestige points, now your Pokemon have individual motivation bars. Over time, Pokemon slowly lose motivation, and their motivation drops drastically when they lose a battle. When their motivation hits zero, they'll scurry home to their trainers, bringing their earned loot with them.

In order to keep Pokemon in gyms long enough to earn your share of Pokecoins, you'll need to make regular visits to the gym and feed your little guys. With this new system in place, the best way to max out your daily Pokecoins is to either grab gyms that change hands daily, or to make repeated visits to a more active gym to make sure everyone keeps their morale up for the length of time you need them to.

As a bonus tip, while you're feeding your own Pokemon, you might want to feed other players' Pokemon too. If you're lucky, feeding them might earn you some candy for a rare Pokemon. So overall, keep your Pokemon happy and well-fed at Gyms daily, and you'll be able to watch the Pokecoins roll in.

That wraps up this guide! Check out the rest of our Pokemon Go guides for more help with this augmented reality mobile game!

Pokemon Go Gym Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/2ojcj/pokemon-go-gym-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/2ojcj/pokemon-go-gym-guide Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:21:15 -0400 ESpalding

Anyone who has been playing Pokemon GO for any amount of time will already be aware that gyms play a big part in the game. And in a recent update, the entire gym system has had an overhaul and. As such, lots of new features have been added.

This guide will give you a concise explanation of what you can do in gyms at the moment. It isn't just for new players, but also existing ones who need to know what's new.

New look gyms

What are Gyms in Pokemon GO?

Gyms are points of interest where trainers can battle against other trainers in order to control the gym for their team. Each gym can have six Pokemon assigned to defend it and there can only be one of any kind of Pokemon in the gym -- for example, you won't find a gym made of all Dragonites and Snorlax.

Pokemon in a gym gain a stat called Motivation. This controls the Pokemon's desire to stay in the gym. When an opponent battles in the gym, it is this stat that they are trying to reduce. Once a Pokemon has lost all its motivation, it will leave the gym and return to its owner.

You can now spin the photo disc of a gym, just like any normal pokestop, to get pokeballs, potions, and more.

You can attack gyms controlled by opposing teams

Gym Battles

When you approach a gym to battle, tap it and it will take you into the gym and you can see all the Pokemon already in the gym ready to defend it. You will need to choose six Pokemon to take into battle and will only face one of any kind of Pokemon. Make sure you take a look at what is already in there and select a team made up of Pokemon that will do strong attacks against all/most of the defenders.

If you already have experience with battling a gym, then you will be pleased to know that the actual battle mechanics have not changed. You still tap to attack, tap and hold for charge attack, and swipe to dodge.

Let's get ready to rumble! 

If you find a gym that is already controlled by your team, you should give the defending Pokemon a berry. By giving friendly Pokemon a treat, you are able to restore some of their motivation, therefore, making it harder for an opponent to defeat them. Any berry can be used and will give the same amount of motivation increase -- apart from the new Golden Razz Berry, which will fully restore a Pokemon's motivation.

Once all Pokemon in a gym have been fully defeated, you can take control of it for your team. Likewise, any gym that isn't currently controlled by any team can be taken by assigning one of your Pokemon to defend it.

Now then, you don't have to go this alone. You can join forces with other players to take down the gym. It doesn't necessarily have to be with someone from your own team, either! Of course, if you do co-operate with someone on an opposing team, you will have to fight it out amoungst yourselves to determined who is going to ultimately take the gym.

Pokemon GO Gym Badges

The more you use a particular gym, the more you will be recognized as being part of the gym. Whether you are defending it, giving treats to occupying Pokemon, or even constantly attacking it, you can now earn yourself a Gym Badge.

Basic Gym Badge

There are four tiers of gym badge: Basic, Bronze, Silver, and Gold. You can level your gym badge as you continue to interact with a gym. At the moment, given the information on the Silph Road sub-Reddit, you will get the following XP values for performing certain actions in the gym:

  • Battling at Gyms: The XP you get for defeating Pokemon in a gym is worked out by the CP of Pokemon defeated divided by 100. For example, if you defeat a Gengar with 2023 CP, then you will get 20 Badge XP.

  • Adding Pokemon to the Gym: Everytime you add a Pokemon to a gym, you will get 100 Badge XP.

  • Defending a Gym: You will get 1 Badge XP for every minute you have your Pokemon in a gym.

  • Giving Treats: When you give a friendly Pokemon a berry, you will get 10 Badge XP, as well as 20 Stardust.

  • Winning a Raid Battle in a Gym: Each time you win a Raid Battle in a particular gym, you will get 1000 Badge XP (check out our guide on Raid Battles for more information on how they work).

Depending on your Gym Badge level, you will get bonus items when spinning the gym (as you would with a Pokestop), so it will all add up in the end!


There we have it! All the things you need to know about how gyms will work in Pokemon GO for the foreseeable future. What do you think about the new changes? Do you like the addition of Gym Badges? Let us know your thoughts below.

Make sure you check out our other Pokemon GO guides and keep checking back to GameSkinny for all your Pokemon GO news and developments! 

Pokemon Go Raiding Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/cjej2/pokemon-go-raiding-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/cjej2/pokemon-go-raiding-guide Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:30:57 -0400 ESpalding

Ever since the game was released, Pokemon GO players have wanted some kind of co-op capability. It has taken a while for Niantic to develop the functionality, but now the dream has come true!

Players can now work together to take down the biggest, most powerful Pokemon and earn some fantastic rewards. The new Raid Battle system brings a whole new element to the game, and we're sure you have some questions about how it works and more. So here is a little guide on everything you need to know about these raid battles.

When Can You Raid?

The raid battle system has seen a gradual roll-out, but now trainers are able to participate in raid battles when they hit level 25.

Where Can You Find Raid Battles?

As there have been new features introduced to the game, it makes sense there have been changes made to Pokemon GO's UI menus. Finding a raid is just as easy as finding new Pokemon. You will get notified when a nearby raid is happening. You can also check the Nearby Menu as a new tab has been added to show you whereabouts nearby raids are.

The Nearby menu shows raids just as it shows nearby Pokemon

When you approach a gym that is getting ready to raid, a colored egg appears above it. There will also be a visible countdown timer. When the timer reaches zero, the egg will hatch and reveal the raid boss. This is when the raid begins.

Still quite a while until this raid begins

How Do You Join a Raid?

Once the eggs has hatched, you have an hour to battle the Pokemon. You can either join the raid as a private group with your friends or you will join a world battle with many other players, with up to 20 trainers in a raid group. Multiple raid groups can battle the boss at one time.

To get into the raid, you need to get a Raid Pass or a Premium Raid Pass. The regular Raid Pass can be found when you spin the photo disc at the gym. You can only hold one Raid Pass at a time and can only hold one a day. If you come across another gym you want to raid and have already used your one Raid Pass for that day, you can buy a Premium Raid Pass from the shop for 100 pokecoins.

To enter the raid, you need to:

  • Tap the gym when the raid battle has started
  • Choose whether you want to join in a private or public group
  • Use your raid pass
  • Choose six Pokemon you'd like to take into the raid with you.

Then let the battle begin!

You need a raid pass to battle

Battling in Pokemon GO

Battling in the raid is just like battling in a gym. Tap to attack, tap and hold to use your special attack, and swipe the screen to dodge. However, in raids, you can flee the battle and then heal or revive your Pokemon and then go back into it.

If you are not able to destroy the boss in the raid group you are currently in, you are able to join another raid group on the same boss as many times as you want until you defeat the boss and the timer runs out.

You won!

Well done! You have defeated the raid boss, so what does it get you? Once the boss has been defeated, you will be given a number of Premium Pokeballs. These are new pokeballs that can only be used on the raid boss. Yes, that's right! You now have the opportunity to catch the raid boss! You can only use these Premium Pokeballs to get raid bosses, but you can still use any berries you want to make the catch easier. 

Let's catch that Dragonite boss!

As well as the premium balls, you can also win these special items from raid bosses in Pokemon GO:

  • Golden Razz Berries: These will work just as the normal razz berries work in that they increase the likelihood of being able to catch Pokemon, but they can also be used in raids to recover motivation.

  • Rare Candies: Rare Candies can be used on any Pokemon. It will change to the candy color relevant to the Pokemon you use it on. One rare candy equals one normal candy.

  • Technical Machines (TM): These come in two varieties: Fast and Charged. TMs will permanently teach a new fast or charged attack.

We hope that this raiding guide helps all you out in PGO! We'd love to hear about your Pokemon GO raiding experiences. Have you managed to catch a rare pokemon yet? Comment below and tell us!

Make sure you check out our other Pokemon GO guides, too, and check back to GameSkinny for all your Pokemon GO related news and developments! 

Pokemon GO First Anniversary Events Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/qtp56/pokemon-go-first-anniversary-events-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/qtp56/pokemon-go-first-anniversary-events-guide Fri, 09 Jun 2017 11:15:44 -0400 ESpalding

Wow! Has it really been a year since Pokemon GO first hit our mobiles? It would appear so! And to coincide with the game's first birthday, the folks at Niantic would like to invite players to join them in a few events that will be happening over the next several months.

These Pokemon GO events will be happening both in-game and in real-life, so it looks like there will be plenty of things to enjoy!

Pokemon GO Solstice Event

Starting June 13, the Pokemon GO Solstice Event will be the next event to focus on a certain type of Pokemon. We've already had events that focus on Pokemon types such as Rock and Water, but this event will be for Fire- and Ice-type Pokemon

Currently, there are 19 Fire Pokemon (excluding legendaries Moltres, Ho-Oh, and Entei) and 9 Ice Pokemon (excluding Articuno and Delibird) in-game. So, during this event, there will be increased sightings of Pokemon such as Charmander, Cyndaquil, and Sneasel. You might even be lucky enough to get your hands on Lapras!

Lapras is one of the rarest Pokemon currently in-game

In addition to this, the event will also give players more XP for accurate throws. Currently, you get 10 XP for a Nice throw, 50 XP for a Great throw, and 100 XP for an Excellent throw, with a little bit of XP added if you throw a curveball. We don't know the exact XP increase the event will bring, but every little bit helps, right?

However, we do know that the event will also offer players the chance to get Lucky Eggs for fewer Pokecoins in the in-game shop. If you didn't know, Lucky Eggs double your XP for 30 minutes and can be found at Pokestops. Currently, they cost 80 Pokecoins a piece, so the discount is really going to help!

A fantastic cluster of Pokestops! (Source)

Co-op Gameplay Update

Yes! It looks like multiplayer gameplay is finally coming to Pokemon GO. It has been hinted before that this would happen, but we have now received word that it is going ahead. While the exact details and dates are not yet known, a post on the Niantic blog states:

[...] you can look forward to a new update focused on collaborative group gameplay features that will get you playing Pokemon GO in fun new ways.

The post goes on to say that during the transition period, gyms will temporarily be disabled.

Real-World Pokemon GO Events

Niantic has also announced their first real-world Pokemon GO event, and it is going to happen on July 22 in Grant Park, which is located in Chicago, Illinois. Tickets go on sale June 19 at 1 p.m. EDT via the Pokemon GO Live website. There will be lots of activities and festivities at the event, so make sure you get your tickets quickly before they sell out. 

European players will also need to keep an eye out for information regarding Pokemon GO celebrations happening across the continent. There haven't yet been any details confirmed about these events, but Niantic says they will also be happening throughout June and September. These Pokemon GO events will be run in partnership with Unibail-Rodamco shopping centers.

Another event to celebrate Pokemon GO's anniversary is going to take place in Yokohama, Japan, and it will be called "Pikachu Outbreak". While the name suggests that there will be an explosion of Pikachu sightings, this event will explore a whole new Pokemon GO experience. Information about this event has yet to be released.

There are a lot of details yet to be confirmed for a few of these Pokemon GO events, so make sure you check back to GameSkinny for details as soon as they are confirmed, as well as all other Pokemon GO news and tips.

Be sure to check out our other Pokemon guides

Guide to Pokemon GO Gen 2 Spawn Locations https://www.gameskinny.com/vw8z4/guide-to-pokemon-go-gen-2-spawn-locations https://www.gameskinny.com/vw8z4/guide-to-pokemon-go-gen-2-spawn-locations Fri, 09 Jun 2017 10:29:48 -0400 ESpalding

When the Johto update hit Pokemon GOit added more than 80 new Pokemon to the game. Just when players were beginning to get fed up with constantly catching the same old Rattata or Pidgey, we got an influx of Sentret and Hoothoot instead. But so many more Pokemon than those came in the update. where do these newer ones hide out? Want to know where you are likely to catch the good ones? Well, maybe this guide will help! 

So where do these newer Pokemon hide out? Want to know where you are likely to catch the good ones? Well, this guide will help! 

Gen 2 Ice-type Pokemon Swinub

In Gen 2, there are 16 different types of Pokemon, and each type shares certain characteristics. This means that if you look at the creatures in real-world terms, they tend to spawn in places you'd expect them to be -- i.e. a Pokemon that looks like a bug will spawn in a grassy area and a Pokemon that is rough and rugged might spawn around quarries and hilly areas.

Some Pokemon types, however, aren't easily recognizable and this is where some players might need a helping hand in identifying where these Pokemon can be caught. 

Note: The following lists do not include Legendary Pokemon or any other Pokemon we know that are not currently in the game. Baby Pokemon have also been omitted as they can only be found in eggs and cannot be caught in the wild.

Bug Pokemon

It's no surprise that Bug-type Pokemon can be found in grassy areas such as parks, farmland, nature reserves, woodlands, and meadows.

There are 9 Pokemon for you to catch in the wild: Ledyba, Ledian, Yanma, Spinarak, Ariados, Pineco, Forretress, Shuckle, Heracross (region exclusive).

Dark Pokemon

Not to be confused with Ghost Pokemon, Dark-type Pokemon just like to be in dark places. Areas near theaters and cinemas seem to be a preferred spot.

There are 6 dark Pokemon you can find skulking around in the shadows: Umbreon, Murkrow, Sneasel, Houndour, Houndoom, Tyranitar.

Dragon Pokemon

There is only one Pokemon, Kingdra, that falls into the Dragon category. All dragon Pokemon can be found around places of interest and landmarks.

Electric Pokemon

Electric-type Pokemon have been confirmed to spawn near colleges, universities, and industrial parks. 

There are 3 electric Pokemon: Mareep, Flaaffy, Ampharos.

Fighting Pokemon

These Pokemon like to exercise and keep in shape, so you are likely to find them around activity areas such as sports centers, stadiums, real-life gyms, and recreational areas.

There are 2 types of fighting Pokmon: Hitmantop and Heracross (region exclusive).

Fire Pokemon

Fire-type Pokemon have also been a fan favorite. Of course, one of the 3 starting Pokemon in any generation is a Fire-type. They like to live in dry/arid areas, so be sure to look out for them when you are near a beach or in built-up areas.

There 8 wild Fire-type Pokemon out there: Cyndaquil, Quilava, Tyhlosion, Slugma, Magcargo, Houndour, Houndoom.

Ghost Pokemon

There is only one Ghost-type Pokemon, Misdreavus, in Gen 2. Like its original generation cousins, it spawns near churches and graveyards and prefers to be out during the night and very early morning.

Grass Pokemon

Just because you don't live in the countryside doesn't mean that you can't catch Grass-type Pokemon. As well as meadows, golf courses, woodland, and open-country, they can be found in city parks.

There are 8 Pokemon who fall into this type: Chikorita, Bayleef, Maganium, Hoppip, Skiploom, Jumpluff, Sunkern, Sunflora.

Ground Pokemon

These guys like to have a bit fo stability under their feet. Spawn point locations for Ground-type Pokemon include open areas such as farmlands, parks, woodlands, and quarries, but they also spawn in car lots and multi-storey car parks.

There are 11 ground Pokemon: Steelix, Wooper, Quagsire, Gligar, Swinub, Piloswine, Phanpy, Donphan, Larvitar, Pupitar, Tyranitar.

Ice Pokemon

It really isn't a surprise that Ice-type Pokemon prefer colder conditions and spawn at locations such as ski resorts. But they can also be found near bodies of water and in open grassy areas.

There are 3 Ice-type Pokemon currently in-game: Sneasel, Swinub, Piloswine

Normal Pokemon

Normal-type Pokemon spawn just about everywhere and are pretty easy to find (some are, of course, easier to find that others). Confirmed spawn points include residential areas, parking lots, schools, and colleges.

There are 17 Pokemon who fall into this type: Sentret, Furret, Hoothoot, Noctowl, Aipom, Girafarig, Dunsparce, Teddiursa, Ursaring, Stantler, Miltank, Blissey, Porygon2, Togepi, Togetic, Snubbull, Granbull.

Poison Pokemon

Poison-type Pokemon are commonly found around marshes and wetlands and have been caught in industrial areas, too.

There are 3 Pokemon of this type: Crobat, Spinarak, Ariados.

Psychic Pokemon

Psychic Pokemon only come out at night-time and are mainly found in residential areas, but they have also been caught near hospitals and grassy areas.

There are 7 catchable Pokemon that fall under this type: Slowking, Natu, Xatu, Espeon, Unown, Wobbuffet, Girafarig.

Rock Pokemon

These type of Pokemon share many of the same kind of spawn point locations as Ground-type Pokemon, so look for them in quarries, farmland, and cliffy beaches.

There are 4 Rock-type Pokemon: Sudowoodo, Shuckle, Corsola (region exclusive), Larvitar, Pupitar, Tyranitar.

Water Pokemon

As expected, Water-type Pokemon spawn near sources of water and, of course, this isn't limited to naturally occurring water but also man-made constructions.

Confirmed spawn locations include the sea, rivers, lakes, fountains, constructed ponds, harbors, reservoirs, and canals.

There are 14 Pokemon who fall into this type: Totodile, Croconaw, Feraligatr, Chinchou, Lanturn, Marill, Azumarill, Wooper, Quagsire, Quilfish, Corsola (region exclusive), Remoraid, Octillery, Mantine, Slowking, Kingdra, Politoed.


And that's it for our Pokemon GO Gen 2 spawn locations guide. I hope that some of you find this guide useful. If you find a spawn point at a different location than stated here, please let me know by commenting below.


How to Catch Sneasel in Pokemon GO https://www.gameskinny.com/x5t9e/how-to-catch-sneasel-in-pokemon-go https://www.gameskinny.com/x5t9e/how-to-catch-sneasel-in-pokemon-go Wed, 07 Jun 2017 09:36:35 -0400 ESpalding

In a game consisting of 248 catchable Pokemon, it's not a surprise that Pokemon GO players are still looking for particular Pokemon to fill up their Pokedex. As many know, some Pokemon are rarer than others but just because one is common doesn't necessarily mean that it appears everywhere all the time. Sneasel is one such Pokemon.

Sneasel's Pokedex entry

I'm a reasonably heavy Pokemon GO player but, as you can see from my screenshot above, I have only seen this seemingly common Pokemon three times. Naturally, looking forward, I wouldn't mind catching a few more so that when the game eventually gets around to Gen 4, I will be able to evolve it into Weavile. I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels this way, either. So how can we increase our chances of seeing and catching more?

Sneasel's Spawn Point Locations

Firstly, what you need to remember is that Sneasel is both a Dark and Ice Pokemon, which means that it can spawn in two different locations. Being partly an Ice Pokemon, it can spawn anywhere that has a body of water. But it can also spawn in snowy areas -- and sometimes in open grassy areas.

There isn't much information about Dark Pokemon spawn points, but there have been suggestions that they can be caught in built up areas and mostly at night. This would fit with my experience, as I caught two of three of my Sneasels in a commercial center.

Illustration of Sneasel from Pokemon Adventures manga series

Sneasel Eggs

Since this is a beginning evolution, Sneasel can also be found in eggs. 5km eggs, in fact. So if you don't have much luck with possible spawn locations, then make sure you hatch as many 5km eggs as possible.

Pokemon GO Events

Since the addition of Gen 2 Pokemon, there have been a number of events that increase the chance of seeing a certain type of Pokemon. At the time of writing this, we have already seen events involving water, grass, rock, and fossil Pokemon, as well as a pink-colored event for Valentines Day. Could we soon be seeing an Ice-type Pokemon GO event? If this does happen, you should see a decided increase in Sneasel sightings, as well as other Ice-types such as Jynx, Smoochum, Delibird, and the mighty but gentle Lapras. 

Hopefully, this mini guide will have given you the information you wanted to go out and hunt for Sneasel. Make sure you check back to GameSkinny for all Pokemon GO news and guides!

Missed Out On Pokemon GO's Easter Eggstravaganza? Here's How to Get Lucky Eggs https://www.gameskinny.com/0653h/missed-out-on-pokemon-gos-easter-eggstravaganza-heres-how-to-get-lucky-eggs https://www.gameskinny.com/0653h/missed-out-on-pokemon-gos-easter-eggstravaganza-heres-how-to-get-lucky-eggs Thu, 20 Apr 2017 17:25:40 -0400 Amy Turnbull

Lucky Eggs are one of the most useful items found in Pokémon GO, but they’re not always the easiest thing to stumble across. The game’s recent, week-long Easter Eggstravaganza event has been brilliant for obtaining and using this elusive item. But with the event now coming to its end, let’s take a look at the ways to find Lucky Eggs during regular gameplay.

A Lucky Egg can be activated for 30 mins, and during that time, anything you usually do in-game that allows you to gain XP will give you double the regular amount of XP.

How to Get More Lucky Eggs in Pokemon Go:

There are 3 main ways to get Lucky Eggs:

  • Purchasing them in the Shop, using Pokécoins
  • By leveling up
  • By hitting Pokéstops
Buying Lucky Eggs

The most regularly accessible way of accumulating Lucky Eggs is to purchase them from the shop using Pokémon GO's in-game currency, Pokécoins. 

Should you wish to take this route, the regular cost of Lucky Eggs is as follows:

Unless you're regularly raking in the moolah from multiple Gym victories, this method is gonna get costly fast, as the main way to gain Pokécoins is to make in-app purchases with real money. So although this seems like the easiest option, it isn't really the most effective if you want to avoid shelling out a fair bit of cash.

Leveling Up

Receiving Lucky Eggs as a reward when leveling up is the most reliable and consistent way of getting hold of this item, as you are guaranteed to receive them at set points in the game. 

There is a slightly frustrating sense of irony that comes with this method, however, as one of the quickest ways to level up is through the use of Lucky Eggs themselves. 

Activating a Lucky Egg will give you double XP for 30 minutes. You can make the most of this time by saving up your simple evolution Pokémon that require only 12 candies (Pidgey, Caterpie, and Weedle), and evolving them all in one go whilst a Lucky Egg is in use. This process is known as "spam evolving". You'll get 1,000 XP per Pokémon evolved using this method (and 2,000 XP for any brand new evolutions in your Pokédex). 

The stages at which you'll receive Lucky Eggs are:

  • Levels 9, 10, & 15 (1x Lucky Egg each time).
  • Level 20 (2x Lucky Eggs).
  • Level 25 (1x Lucky Egg).
  • Level 30 (3x Lucky Eggs).
  • Level 35 (1x Lucky Egg).
  • Level 40 (4x Lucky Eggs).

So hold on to these Lucky Eggs when you receive them, and time their use wisely. Save up your Pokémon and candies, and start spam evolving while using a Lucky Egg -- then you'll be leveling up in no time. The more you level up, the more Lucky Eggs you'll gain along the way, and the process can be repeated so you can continue to grow.


Visiting Pokéstops is the rarest way to receive Lucky Eggs, and there is some dispute as to whether this is even a legitimate way to receive the item. Some think that it's an occasional glitch, or simply a coincidence from hitting a Pokéstop around the same time you level up. But it's best to keep hitting those Pokéstops at every opportunity, just in case!

Lucky Eggs may seem like a rather elusive item to collect without resorting to purchasing them from the Shop, but the main thing to remember is: the more you play, the more Lucky Eggs you'll receive. So head on out there and be the very best Trainer you can be!