Pokemon Go’s October events bring both tricks and treats
The pokémon go 2023 events are a series of events that will take place in October. These events include both tricks and treats, such as the Halloween event and the Christmas event.
Pokemon GO’s October activities get out tomorrow with a 10-day movie-crossover event, as we mentioned in our final Massively on the Go column of September.
There will be new spawns, Pikachu dressed as an explorer, and an unique quest to obtain Zaruda, Pokemon Sword and Shield’s Dark/Grass type legendary ‘mon, from October 1st through the 10th.
Larvitar and (to a lesser degree) Drillbur are the only really helpful pokemon to seek out in the wild, although some players may wish to save up for when Pinsir’s Mega form is introduced.
Raids will deliver Chansey for gym defenders and (shiny) Rufflet for collectors. Audino will also be one of the pokestop research prizes. Rocket hunters may also appreciate Jessie and James’ return on the Meowth balloon, but it is unclear what pokemon they may bring.
It’s off to a good start, but not everything this month is sweet. While Mega Absol will make its debut on October 22nd at 10 a.m., it isn’t as good as Mega Houndoom, which we already have, and it’s a mono Dark-type, making it less helpful for capturing anything other than people’s attention.
Darkrai makes a comeback, but instead of its trademark move, it gets Sludge Bomb, which, according to player simulations, accomplishes nothing for it even against Fairy-types. However, until the meta changes away from specific Ghosts and Steels types that need its Dark Pulse/Focus Blast combination, it’s a downgrade.
All of this is before we even get to Community Day.
Despite expectations that Litwick would finally receive its due, Duskull’s Community Day will take place on October 9th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time, including the normal two-hour post-event evolution period. However, it may be an occasion when you want to take it easy.
Despite receiving Shadow Ball as a Community Day move, it seems that it will not perform anything unique in PvE or PvP, and although its first two forms have a lovely red color, Dusknoir’s shine is fairly boring. The triple stardust catch bonus is the primary attraction, apart from the fact that it gives you a reason to start moving.
The September “Earn 3 Hearts” quest for Meowth may be completed and saved for the event. Regular Meowth provides 500 stardust each catch, which isn’t as good as September’s Alola Meowth hour.
While Niantic was dousing our expectations for a relevant or enjoyable CD, Genesect was likewise doused. Douse Drive Genesect will be released on October 6th, giving the Paleozoic Pokemon a water-based Techno Blast. While this improves Genesect’s Master League PvP performance, it still has a large investment and is susceptible to fire.
Unless it satisfies a critical need and you’re flush with cash, the Chill version may be worth the wait. While it doesn’t win as many fights as Douse, Ice has an effect on a number of meta-relevant pokemon, including those with fire techniques that may be used against it, like as Groudon.
Altered Forme Giratina, a game about Ice flaws, will be back from October 12th to October 22nd. While it isn’t ideal for raiding, Ultra League and higher PvPers will find it quite helpful. Remember that it shares sweets with its Origin Forme, so you can at least stock up on supplies. Perhaps Niantic will soon let us to utilize the new Forme Change ability on it?
However, there is some catching up to be done this month. Let’s take a peek at our spotlight hours on Tuesday at 6 p.m.:
- Tuesday, October 5th, 2023: Drifloon will be the focus of attention, and you’ll get twice as much XP for developing Pokémon.
- Tuesday, October 12th, 2023: Gastly will be featured, and capturing Pokémon will give you double the Stardust.
- Tuesday, October 19th, 2023: Gothita will be featured, and capturing Pokémon will give you double the XP.
- Tuesday, October 26th, 2023: Murkrow will be featured, and you will get double XP for developing Pokémon.
Keep an eye out for the evolution events. Dataminers have discovered Phantump, and with Yamask’s reappearance, you may want to utilize these events to evolve any new pokemon you’ve come across.
Because October events tend to be Ghost heavy, and Gengar’s Mega form returns October 1st through 22nd, the 12th is a good day to locate shiny Gastly, discover a powerful one, or simply farm sweets.
Because POGO Halloween is scheduled for October 15th (ending October 31st), it’s possible that our regular double catch candy promotion may occur then. However, we don’t have any information on it yet, so stay tuned.
In the spirit of unknown occurrences, Niantic announced that users who log in between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on October 6th would get a free gift. Again, we don’t have all of the details yet and will update this as soon as we do.
However, keep in mind that gifts don’t always activate if you’re already signed in, so if you don’t see anything during the event, try logging out and back in to refresh your client.
Niantic is smartly maintaining its weekly one-coin package offers that give users with an extra Remote Raid pass every Monday, and Niantic PR has indicated a minor quality-of-life improvement coming, albeit it isn’t in the blog post itself.
Trainers should be able to zoom in and out while in the style menu, which is something I’ve wished for when attempting to match headgear and shoes to the rest of my clothing. After all, with Halloween approaching, our avatars will want to dress up as well!
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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