The second half of October will be more of a treat rather than a trick on players as Niantic marks its “Pokemon Go” Halloween Mischief event. Running from 10 a.m. Oct. 15 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31, players will catch creatures that go bump in the night.
The celebration happens in two phases. The first is titled “Creepy Companions” and marks the debut of Galarian Slowking and shiny Spinarak. It also introduces new costumed Pokemon such as Pikachu, Piplup and Drifblim. They all wear new hats, which is disappointing compared last year’s editions.
WHAT TO CATCH FOR PART 1
When it comes to what to catch, the obvious targets are the costumed Pokemon because all of them can be shiny. They’ll be a must-have for collectors because of their potential rarity. Shiny Spinarak will be the prize of the event. Its variant colors are powder blue and its evolution, Ariados, sports that same hue as a trim along with a purple body. It will be a shiny that pops on the screen though it may not be as useful as other creatures.
Galarian Slowking makes it debut in “Pokemon Go’ this month. (Niantic)
Meanwhile, the Galarian Slowking looks cool (It has a Cobra Commander-type vibe.). Unfortunately, it likely won’t have a big role in raids or in Go Battle League. It has a notable poison- and psychic-type typing, but it’s held back by its Fast Moves. Still, it will be good to evolve one or two for a Pokedex entry. Players can get a Galarian Slowpoke to evolve into a Galarian Slowking via a one-star raid during the event.
The other big prize for the event is a Yamask. This Pokemon began as a quest reward, but over the years, it has been easier to catch as Niantic has made it more available. The big issue is that Yamask and its Galarian version seem to only come out during Halloween. With its evolved form Cofagrigus gaining Shadow Claw recently, this Pokemon jumped to in the PvP meta.
Add to the fact that Yamask can also be shiny, and this Pokemon soars to the top of the list of most sought-after for the event. Unfortunately, Yamask won’t be available widely. It will be the rare encounter for the event.
As for the other pocket monsters in the wild, I would try hard for Zubat, Drowzee, Gastly, Misdreavus, Shuppet and Woobat. All of these Pokemon will have their shiny variants available. I’d pay special attention to Gastly and Drowzee because they have their uses in Go Battle League and raids in some cases. Stunky and Gothita will also appear but they can’t be shiny.
When it comes to raids, I’d put most of my passes to Altered Forme Giratina. The Pokemon is a beast in Ultra and Master leagues. It can be shiny and at the very least, the Candy XL generated will be helpful powering up the Renegade Pokemon to level 50. As for the other raids, if players are missing a shiny Alolan …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment
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