Everyone was expecting Giratina or Hoopa for the Ultra Unlock event Part 3, but in a surprising twist, Niantic is throwing in pocket monsters from the Galar region for the climax of the “Pokemon Go” celebration. It’s a smart move that breaks away from the predictability of the seasonal releases.
Blaming the chaos caused by Hoopa, Niantic will release Zacian and Zamazenta, the legendary mascots from “Pokemon Sword” and “Pokemon Shield” into the game. They’ll appear in their “Hero of Many Battle” forms meaning they won’t have the upgrades from their Crowned forms. In addition, Skwovet, Greedent, Wooloo, Dubwool and Falinks will join the mix. They’re part of a bigger roster of Galar species, making their way into “Pokemon Go.”
Running from 10 a.m. Aug. 20 to 8 p.m. Aug. 31, Ultra Unlock Part 3 will be divided into two parts over two weeks. Here is what to focus on during the event:
POKEMON SPAWNS TO KEEP AN EYE OUT FORIn the wild, players will have a chance at caching Skwovet, Wooloo, Galarian Darumaka, Trubbish and Falinks. They should hunt for at least one of each of them to complete their Pokedex. They should focus more on Galarian Darumaka, which has been a rare hatch for many. Falinks is an interesting fighting-type Pokemon, and if it gets good Fast and Charged moves it could be viable candidate for the Go Battle League.
When it comes to shiny hunting, players should tap on the Trubbish that they see. It has a chance to be a variant. In addition, Galarian Meowth, Galarian Ponyta, Galarian Farfetch’d, Galarian Weezing and Galarian Stunfisk all have a chance of being shiny this time around. With the possibility of being a rare color, players should make an effort to grab them though the chances of finding a shiny likely won’t be high.
THE EGG SITUATIONOne of the ways players can get these shinies is in 7km eggs. Galarian Meowth, Galarian Ponyta, Galarian Slowpoke, Galarian Farfetch’d, Galarian Zigzagoon, Galarian Darumaka, and Galarian Stunfisk are hatching from these eggs obtained from friends. Almost all of them except for Slowpoke and Darumaka have a chance at being shiny. Trying to obtain a shiny Pokemon this way is an expensive and strenuous process, and players should consider themselves lucky if they manage to grab one via hatching.
A less-expensive way to try to get these variants could be event-exclusive Timed Research and themed Field Research tasks. They could include chances at some of these shiny variants, but players have to spin stops and know what Pokestops give out the most-desired quests.
If players don’t have the opportunity to do either, the main way they will hunt for these Galar Pokemon is through raids, but the notable fact about this is that Niantic split Ultra Unlock Part 3 into two weeks.
THE FOCUS SHOULD BE ON RAIDS
Week 1 runs from 10 a.m. Aug. 20 to 10 a.m. Aug. 26. Players should focus on these raids:
One-star raids: Galarian Farfetch’d — Not only will players have a chance at a shiny variant of this Pokemon in raids, they’ll also set themselves with a strong Pokemon in Go Battle League. Its evolution Sirfetch’d is one of the best fighting types in Ultra League and it will find uses in cups and other formats. If that doesn’t pique your interests, shiny Sirfetch’d is one of the cooler-looking variants because it looks like it’s wearing gold armor.
Three-star raids: Galarian Weezing and Falinks –The first Pokemon should be target because of its shiny variant while the second could have PvP potential depending on its moves. Shiny Galarian Weezing isn’t the most extravagant variant but players can definitely tell when they caught one with its brownish hue.
Five-star raids: Zacian — With this Pokemon out, it could challenge Xerneas for the title of best Fairy-type Pokemon. That all depends of course on the move set that Niantic bestows on it. If the Warrior Pokemon manages to get Snarl as a Fast Move, it could improve its prospects. It already has access to a wide array of charge moves and one of the best attack and defensive stats in the game. It could be a powerhouse. It’s definitely a must-have, and your focus should be on this legendary.
Week 2 runs from 10 a.m. Aug. 26 to 10 a.m. Sept. 1. Players should focus on these raids:
One-star raids: Galarian Meowth, Galarian Ponyta and Galarian Darumaka. Galarian Meowth should be at the top of the list because of the potential to be shiny. Additionally, its evolution of Perrserker is a surprisingly good pick in some Ultra League formats. Its steel-typing and access to Shadow Claw make it especially good combined with a diverse set of Charged Moves. Just keep in mind that Candy XL is needed to get the most out of it.
Galarian Ponyta and Galarian Darumaka also deserve some attention. The Galarian Ponyta will have a chance to be shiny, but it’s one of the harder ones to obtain. On the other end, Galarian Darumaka has been difficult to get because of its rarity in eggs. Grabbing one will help fill out that Pokedex.
Three-star raids: Snorlax and Galarian Stunfisk should be high on your list. Snorlax has been a hot commodity since its shiny form was released. It’s highly sought-after because not only is it one of the best gym defenders in the game, it’s also valuable in Go Battle League. It’s a no-brainer for “Pokemon” fans.
Galarian Stunfisk will be shiny for the first time, and it’s one of the better Pokemon to use in the Great and Ultra leagues for PvP. The shiny variant of this Pokemon is brown with yellow splotches. It will definitely stand out if you throw out on a team.
Five-star raids: Zamazenta is the counterpart to Zacian. In other words, it’s the shield to its rival’s sword. What’s notable about this Warrior Pokemon is that it’s a pure fighting-type, which makes it rare in the ranks of legendaries. When it comes out, it could easily be the best fighting-type Pokemon in the game depending on its move set.
Keeping that in mind, this and its counterpart Zacian are well worth the time and effort to grab if Niantic gives them the right Fast Moves.
Lastly, for those style-conscious players, they will get a free Galar Gym Challenger Uniform as part of the event. Other outfits themed around Dark- and Dragon-type uniforms will be available for PokeCoins in the item shop. In addition, players will get new event-exclusive stickers from spinning Pokestops.
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Author: Gieson Cacho