When everyone thought that Niantic would be taking a break from events, they surprise us all by pulling something from their hat once again! The announcement titled: Special Battle Showdown went live a couple hours ago on Pokémon GO Live and things just got even better in the past hour! Here’s our News Roundup!

Shiny Makuhita + Meditite released!

We called it! Trainers have reported finding Shiny Makuhita as well as Shiny Meditite in the wild! Forget the usual single Shiny release, this time you get two different ones!

Boxes analysis

Niantic have brought us another set of sale boxes that are well worth buying if you plan on making the most of this Battle event.

Special Great Ultra
Premium Raid Pass 6 9 15
Lucky Egg 2 6 15
Star Piece 2 6 15
Max Potion 5
Super Incubator 4
Price 480 780 1480
Box value analysis
Raid Pass Price per Box 80 86.67 98.67
Overall Discount in coins
(Raid Pass only)
120 120 20
Overall Discount in coins
(All purchasable items)
280 700 1020
Percent Discount (Raid Pass) 20% 13.33% 1.33%
Percent Discount
(All purchasable items)
61.5% 52.7% 59.2%

These boxes aren’t quite as good value as the Kanto Celebration Boxes but if you’re planning on making the most of those XP and Stardust bonuses, they’re still well worth a purchase. If you’re only after Raid Passes, the best value box is the 480 coin Special Box. You can buy three of these and get 18 passes for less than the Ultra box which only has 15 passes.

As you’d expect however, the other items in the Ultra Box do make it the best overall value of the three boxes if you take the non-purchasable items into account. If you can afford it, go for the Ultra Box. If however you already have a decent stock of Lucky Eggs and Star Pieces left from previous events multiple Special Boxes are the best deal for passes. The Great box is somewhere in between and should therefore be avoided.

What is the Special Battle Showdown event?

This event is entirely dedicated to Fighting type Pokémon (personal favorite)! Starting at 1:00 p.m. PST today, on our Lord and Savior’s birthday, May 1st, Fighting type Pokémon spawn rates in the wild will be increased!

But wait, there’s more!

The word “fighting” clearly relates to battling, so you will be earning 2x bonus experience for Gym Battles and Raid Battles. Furthermore, Raid Battles will guarantee 3,000 Stardust + a minimum of 1 rare candy for participating!

Hold on! There’s still more!

Are you looking to increase your Gym Badge experience, i.e. getting those gold badges at gyms? You’re in luck! During this event, you will earn a 2x Badge multiplier towards your gym badge! This means that the regular 1,000 badge experience will be 2,000 badge experience!

Even if you don’t have time for to battle or raid, spinning a Gym’s PokéStop will reward you with more items than usual!

In summary:

  • Increased spawn rates of Fighting type Pokémon in the wild;
  • 2x XP bonus for Gym Battles and Raid Battles;
  • 3,000 stardust and a minimum of 1 rare candy for participating in a Raid Battle;
  • 2x Gym badge XP multiplier;
  • Gym’s PokéStops reward more items;
  • Tyrogue will be more frequent in eggs.
Credits to CoupleOfGaming

When is this event?

The event begins today, on May 1st, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. PST and lasts for two weeks, until May 14, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. PST.

Parting Words

Get out there and fight! For those of you who have gathered a full roster of Machamp, now is the time to use them! For those of you who haven’t? Now is the time to complete your Machamp roster!

Time for you to use those lucky eggs during raids! And remember, Fighting type is a must to battle against the Legendary Golems, the Regi Trio, the Regis (or whatever you call Regirock, Regice, and Registeel). Not that they have been announced yet, but it’s always good to be prepared. 😉

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