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1 February 2024
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Howdy Cooltrainers! The month of love is here! Bust out your pink Pokémon and wrap those rare candies in a heart-shaped box. Don’t tell Lass Angelica on Floor 1, but I’ve got a crush on her. It’s too bad she didn’t like the mushroom cupcakes I made for her last Valentine’s Day. (When you live in a cavern, you bake with the ingredients you got on hand, okay?)
Here’s this week’s rundown (estimated read time, 5 minutes):
The majestic emperor, son of France, august conqueror of Europe — *checks notes* oops, that’s NApoleon. Scratch that.
Anyways, Empoleon the penguin is the star of the latest 7-Star Tera raids, coming to your city with the Ice-Tera Type today, Thursday, February 1, at 4 p.m. PST to Sunday, February 4, at 3:59 p.m. PST, then again Thursday, February 8, at 4 p.m. PST to Sunday, February 11, at 3:59 p.m. PST.
Challengers beware: Empoleon has the hidden ability “Competitive” which raises its Sp. Atk whenever its stats are lowered by opposing Pokémon.
Twitter dude WDMichael recommends Annihilape (because Annihilape is the answer to every Tera raid ever), Gallade, Mew, or Gholdengo, depending on Empoleon’s moveset. Check out the link above for his specific builds.
And if you’ve got a hankering for extra candy (and tera shards) this Valentine season, Blissey is also back in 5-star Tera Raids. At this point, it’s traumatizing to think of how many of them I’ve massacred.
Has anyone else wondered how you cram this into a Pokémon to teach it a new move?
Everyone’s favorite Poké Nurse Chansey has ditched Nursey Joy for February Community Day on Sunday, February 4, from 2 to 5 p.m. local time. Who knows, you might even find some shiny ones (can anyone say green eggs and ham)?
The featured attack that a Chansey who evolves during the event (or up to five hours afterward) learns is Wild Charge. Because it makes sense that something carrying an egg in its pouch would recklessly run at an opponent with no heed to personal safety.
The following bonuses are active from 2 to 10 p.m. local time.
The Lunar New Year celebration is back this week in Pokémon GO, and it’s Drampa time. The celebration starts on Monday, February 5, at 10 a.m. and last till Sunday, February 11, at 8 p.m. local time.
A Global Challenge also takes place during the event. Work with Trainers around the world to throw 1,000,000,000 (yes, billion not million) Nice Throws to unlock currently unrevealed bonuses for the remainder of the event. Bonuses are related to featured moves, wild encounter, and raid unlocks.
Field Research Encounters (all shiny unlocked)
Wild Encounters (Jangmo-o is the only shiny-locked)
One-Star Raids: (all shiny unlocked)
Three-Star Raids (all shiny unlocked)
This Gouging Fire EX special illustration rare is coming in the Temporal Forces set on March 22.
I have dubbed it “the Jungle Queen.” Does anyone else see one of those “Carmen Miranda” fruit headdresses when they look at this?
Until next time,
Cooltrainer “man of love” Ace