Also in January, Marvin went all out in Pokémon Go and Pokémon Let’s Go, but unfortunately that did not yield the desired results. Then take an extensive look at Detective Pikachu, the announced sequel, and rumors about that long-awaited Gen 8 of the next Pokémon RPG.

Last month:

  • In Pokémon Go things went pretty bad, except for Community Day;
  • I still didn’t get Shiny Mewtwo in Pokémon Let’s Go;
  • We discovered new moves and gender stuff in Pokémon Go;
  • Gen 8 turned out to have something to do with Great Britain;
  • A Detective Pikachu sequel has been announced;
  • And I took a closer look at the Pokémon in the Detective PIkachu trailer.

The ever-looking Shiny drought

Thirst. I’m thirsty. No, no water or beer can quench this thirst, only shiny pocket monsters. January was not a good month for Shiny pokémon. Not in Pokémon Go, not in Pokémon Let’s Go. As you may remember from A Bag Full of Monsters Volume 12, I started collecting Shiny’s in Pokémon Let’s Go. Because I am so handy to start with the most difficult of all, it just takes a little longer than hoped.

For Shiny Mewtwo I have to reset the game over and over again. I have now done that more than 2000 times, so hopefully that green man will appear soon. After that, I can try to catch other Shiny’s – certainly with better luck than now. Worse than that; Due to the Shiny drought, I forget to send Pokémon to Pokémon Let’s Go every week and miss a lot of Meltan. It has become homework! Even worse: shortly before preparing this article, I saw that a (real life) friend of mine had just caught a Shiny Murkrow, and upon closer inspection he turned out to have Shiny Psyduck as a buddy. Fuuuu- I mean, congratulations!

Totodile Community Day in January

Okay, last Community Day was not that bad for me. Where I thought I could barely walk around for an hour and finish completely Shiny-less, I caught nine Shiny Totodiles in two hours. The best, now a Feraligatr, has an IV of 90% – could be better, but I wasn’t planning to use it anyway. Of the nine Shiny’s, eight are now left, one has been traded with my girlfriend, which earned me an extra Shiny Eevee. Bring on those extra E Veeluties, Niantic!

Next Community Day: Swinub. On February 16 at the usual times, we can go after Shiny Swinubs, which is a surprising choice. A nice one – Swinub is green, Piloswine yellow / gold and the end-evolution Mamoswine is green again. In addition, you will receive 3x Stardust during the event and can earn five Sinnoh Stones if you complete enough Trainer Battles (with a maximum of five items of Trainer Battles per day this weekend instead of three).

Of course you need those Sinnoh Stones to evolve Pilowsine, and if, like me, you have bizarrely little luck getting new Sinnoh Stones that is very welcome. When evolving from a Piloswine to Mamoswine, he learns a special move during Community Day as usual. Which that is we don’t know – maybe Earth Power or Ancient Power?

New Pokémon and moves coming up for Pokémon Go?

Data diver Chrales has been busy again. Update 0.133.0 of Pokémon Go is in fact almost out for everyone and as often he was the first to dive into the source code. The new update does not bring any huge surprises, but it does become a bit clearer about what we can expect in the coming weeks and months.

For example, some new moves have been added to the game (well, ‘move sounds’). Blaze Kick, Muddy Water and Razor Shell. The first two moves are the moves of Blaziken and Swampert respectively. That’s probably in preparation for their Community Days – if we check the current order of pokémon, they should have their own Community Day sometime this year, with Blaze Kick and Muddy Water as special moves. Razor Shell is left out, because that is a move that was only added to the Pokémon RPGs in Generation V, found with pokémon like Oshawott. It may be saved for other water pokémon; Shellder and Corpish / Crawdaunt can also learn the move.

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– Chrales (@Chrales) January 29, 2019

Something we have been expecting for Pokémon Go for some time is also popping up: gender requirements for evolutions. Pokémon like Kirlia will evolve by gender into Gardevoir (female) or Gallade (male). It must be said that it is only about the source code, it will probably take a while before Gallade actually gets in (possibly even until Ralts gets its own Community Day). Previously, Chrales discovered cosmetics for Eevee and its evolutions, namely a flower. That may indicate multiple outfits and cosmetics in the future (similar to Let’s Go).

Then something new that you may have already encountered yourself. If you go to a Pokémon’s moves from today, you will see a division between the Move stats in Gyms & Raids on the one hand and Trainer Battles on the other. It is striking that there are now also bars in the Trainer Battles section of the moves.

As a result, it looks like Charge moves in PVP cost as much Charges as using them in Gyms and Raids, but they don’t. In Trainer Battles, the moves work on the basis of energy, so there are no Charge bars at all. This could indicate a future Charge modification for PVP, but also simply be a confusing design from Niantic that will be patched soon. One thing is certain: 12 new Spinda variants will be added, but when … A mystery.

Gen 8 and the next Pokémon RPG

Rumor has it, because a YouTuber by the name of DuncanCantDie claims that Gen 8 of Pokémon is based on Great Britain. He says he has heard from reliable sources, and the reason we’re discussing it here is that Duncan had predicted a lot of Nintendo surprises before – including Incineroar’s announcement for Super Smash Bros Ultimate. Be sure to check out his video if you want to know more about it; regardless of whether it turns out to be true or not, it is certainly interesting thinking. Because the UK has a lot to offer in terms of interesting landscapes and even culture (for the new villages and as inspiration for new Pokémon, think of Stonehenge for example). First wait for a full announcement. That can’t take too long now, right? However?!

Ash propagates Pokémon Let’s Go: Pikachu

Detective Pikachu sequel confirmed

Short but sweet news, in case you missed it, the Detective Pikachu sequel has been confirmed, while that first movie has yet to be released. The writer is already known, namely Oren Uziel from, among others, 22 Jump Street and The Cloverfield Paradox. How the film continues on the first part, whether Ryan Reynolds returns as a Pikachu and whether it will finally be a 21 Jump Street crossover is still unclear. Below is a new teaser of the first Detective Pikachu, with some fresh images in which we hear more from Reynolds:

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At least we see these Pokémon in Detective Pikachu

Continuing with a different kind of Pokémon media: movie. Detective Pikachu is, of course, the live-action movie this year is all about. Especially now that a sequel has already been announced, we hope that the eerily realistic appearance of the pokémon is good and that the story of the film is nice enough. All that anticipation (and a teaser with some new images that you can watch below) inspired me to finish off with a look at which Pokémon we can actually expect in Detective Pikachu. Then I can prepare myself, and not immediately have to sprint to the toilet when, for example, a Steelix shows up in the cinema.

Below is a list of Pokémon that we get to see with 100% certainty in Detective Pikachu. These pocket monsters can already be seen in the first trailer of the movie.

  • Pikachu
  • Charmander
  • Psyduck
  • Bulbasaur
  • Jigglypuff
  • Charizard
  • Greninja
  • Squirtle
  • Mr. Mime
  • Snubbull

Then there are some pokémon that will at least flash past in the background. Whether they come into the picture properly is still the question, but if you stop at the trailer and pause the screen every second, you will encounter the following pokémon:

  • Dodrio
  • Pidgeotto
  • Comfey
  • Braviary
  • Bouffalant
  • Joltik
  • Audino
  • Morellul
  • Pancham
  • Rufflet
  • Aipom
  • Zekrom
  • Reshiram
  • Dragonite
  • Hypno
  • Articuno
  • Steelix
  • Emolga
  • Pancham
  • Victini
  • Wooper

A Pocket Full of Monsters – the Pokémon Go-Serial:

Sunday 19/02 – Part I (too many shiny’s, Pokémon GO underwater and my progression)

Sunday 18/03 – Part II (a special collection, the best players in the world and more)

Sunday 15/04 – Part III (Quests, Mythical Pokémon, Community Days, my first fifteen shiny’s and more)

Tuesday 22/05 – Part IV (Shiny Charizard, Alola Pokémon and 1000+ kilometers)

Tuesday 26/06 – Part V (friends in Pokémon Go, my best Shiny ever and exotic pokémon)

Tuesday 24/07 – Part VI (Lucky Pokémon and a month of events)

Monday, 08/20 – Part VII (Celebi is here, Pokémon Go search tips, Eevee Day and more)

Monday 17/09 – Part VIII (This is how you complete Gen 1, guaranteed luck and more)

Monday 10/22 – Part IX (Gen 4 is here, Shiny Metagross & Meganium and big changes?)

Monday 11/12 – Part X (Adventure Sync, Shiny Ponyta & Cyndaquil and Gen 4 Evolutions)

Monday 10-12 – Part XI (how to prepare for Pokémon Go-PVP and pair with Let’s Go)

Saturday 05-01 – Part XII (Pokémon Go, Pokémon Let’s Go and everything Pokémon) (New approach)

Thursday 31-01 Part XIII (Data diving in Pokémon Go, Detective Pikachu’s Pokémon and more)

Thursday 02-28 Part XIV (Everything we know about Pokémon Shield, Pokémon Sword and the Galar region)

Thursday 03-28 Part XV (Prepare for a month packed with Pokémon Go events and Shiny’s)

Thursday 25-04 Part XVI (Over 100 Shiny’s in Pokémon Go, Gold Medals and Fill the Pokédex)