Powering Pokemon up is one of the most important aspects of Pokemon GO. If you want to raise strong Pokemon and become a Pokemon master, the key is knowing which Pokemon to spend the priceless stardust on.
Stardust has just recently become easier to obtain in Pokemon GO. Niantic is actively trying to make it easier to gather. They are even hosting more stardust events which allow trainers to stock back up. Though, which Pokemon should you be using all of your stardust on?
Because generations 1 and 2 Pokemon have been out for a while. Most people already have the Pokemon maxed out or already in mind to power up. How about the 3rd generation Pokemon?
- Gardevoir – One of the best fairy type Pokemon that will be useful for various dragon-type raids.It hits dragons for SE damage with Dazzling Gleam while double-resisting dragon-type attacks.
- Metagross – Tyranitar-tier stats without a double weakness means this is the third toughest Pokemon to leave in a gym after Blissey and Snorlax. He’s also the game’s best steel-type attacker, and his double resistance to psychic attacks makes him a solid choice in several upcoming raids.
- Salamence – This Pokemon has pseudo-legendary stats, but as a dragon/flying type, it is not well-differentiated from the very similar Dragonite and Rayquaza. His charge move is the single bar Draco Meteor, which deals very high damage, especially with Salamence’s monster attack stat. But he might not live long enough to fire that off against a dragon-type raid boss. Probably worth your dust eventually, but lower priority than Metagross, for sure.
- Hariyama – This fighting-type is a lot like Machamp, but with stats that are tilted a little more defensively, which is a bit less desirable for an attacker. If you get a great one, or you want a little variety it’s fine to power up, but Machamp is probably a little better.
- Sceptile – This is an excellent grass attacker, and unlike comparable Exeggutor, it isn’t reliant on the slow-firing, single bar Solar Beam. He shines as a raid attacker vs Groudon and Kyogre, but Groudon is already done for a while, and Kyogre is only around a couple more weeks. Once that’s over, he is likely to see a lot less use.
- Swampert – Everybody likes Mudkip, but this water/ground type isn’t the best at anything it does. As an attacker, there are two demonstrably superior legendary alternatives for both his types and some superior non-legendary alternatives as well. As a gym defender, he’s ruined by a double-weakness to grass.
- Milotic – As a defender, this Pokemon is a lot like Vaporeon with a water set. With a Dragon Tail/Blizzard set, Milotic can fight off a grass-type that would counter Vaporeon. This makes it one of Gen 3’s strongest defenders. But the current gym meta doesn’t really encourage powering up defenders, and even for dedicated gym defenders, another Blissey or Snorlax is probably a better dust investment, and Feebas candy isn’t even that much more common than Chansey or Snorlax candy.
- Slaking – The highest CP in the game is tempting, but his quick attack, Yawn, deals zero damage and generates energy slowly. If you max him out, he might hit a Machamp with Play Rough once, if they attack the gym when he’s at full strength. On a second run through the gym, or if motivation is decayed, Machamp will kill him before he fires a charge move. This is not a good Pokemon.
- Aggron – Looks like a tank, but double weak to Fighting and Ground. Machamp, the most common gym attacker, will tear through this Steel/Rock defender as fast as he tears through Tyranitar. Aggron will never live long enough to use his Stone Edge.
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Pokemon Go was released a year and a half ago! At this point in the games life cycle, you would think one of the most important parts of the game would be working properly and have all the tweaks in needs finalized. Though, that isn’t the case. However, it does appear Niantic is changing them daily, or even weekly.
The Pokestops are Pokemon Go’s major features that are used in order to collect items which allows you to “progress” further into the game. When the game was first released. Trainers quickly realized the importance of these stops and request for more if their towns didn’t have plenty.
The loot table for these photospins did have a lot of items until generation 2 came out. Once that happened we saw new barries along with 5 evolution items used to evolve certain Pokemon in the game. Pokestops have been seen to favor items. Sometimes it would last for a day, sometimes it would last longer.
For all we know, Niantic is testing something pretty fun and interesting. Anyone who has played Trove or other games that hold these daily bonuses would know. In Trove, there are set days for certain bonuses. For example every Tuesday, there is a bonus for gathering materials.
This is a feature Niantic could add for Pokestops. Each day could be an increased bonus for certain items which we will go over shortly. Some may not like this, however, knowing that you have a good chance of collecting items you need would be motivating to get out and hit the stops.