‘Pokemon Go’ analysis: Here’s what to catch for the summer’s Ultra Unlock events

One of the best parts of Pokemon Go Fest celebrations happens after the event wraps up. As is tradition, the community’s effort to collect more than 1.5 billion pocket monsters and complete 23 million raids during event and completing global challenges in the process unlocked benefits that all players can take part in.

This year, the Ultra Unlocks happens in three phases and it’s themed after two parts of the Sinnoh creation trio — Dialga, the Temporal Pokemon, and Palkia, the Spatial Pokemon. The final stretch of the Ultra Unlock is a mystery but it will likely deal with Giratina, which is the third part of the creation trio, or it could be something entirely different.

Now that you know a bit of the lore and themes, here is what’s going on for the summer and what Pokemon you should be targeting for the Ultra Unlock events.

Ultra Unlock Part 1: Time runs from 10 a.m. July 23 to 8 p.m. Aug. 3 though the raids will last a little longer and will continue until 10 a.m. Aug. 6. The theme seems to be focused on fossilized Pokemon or futuristic ones focused on steel and electricity.

When it comes to catching, I would focus most of my efforts on Cranidos and Shieldon, which will both be appearing in the wild, 7km eggs and in raids. They also can be shiny and will be highly coveted. On top of that, Shieldon’s evolution of Bastidon is one of the best picks in Great League PvP while Cranidos’ evolution of Rampardos is one of the best Rock types in the game and will be useful in raids. Both shiny variations are gorgeous with Bastidon having a deep blue tint and Cranidos having red accents.

The rest of the Pokemon available aren’t that bad either. Players can catch Voltorb, Porygon, Omanyte, Kabuto, Baltoy and more. These all can be shiny with the rare finds being Voltorb, Omanyte and Kabuto. Voltorb also has its uses in certain cups and is worth catching.

When it comes to raids, players should go hard at Dialga in the five-star raids. Not only is it one of the best legendaries in “Pokemon Go,” this time around it can be shiny. Its variation is green and reminds me of Dr. Strange’s Time Stone. The three-star raids — Magneton, Aerodactyl, Porygon2, and Golurk — are OK but not worth your time unless you’re looking for shiny versions of the first two.

The real prizes are in the one-star raids, which have Unown U, Cranidos, Shieldon, Bronzor, and Klink. All of these Pokemon can be shiny, but many will be hunting for the shiny Unown because they rarely appear at all outside of events.

Those who hatch 7km eggs will find a decent collection of pocket monsters. They include Omanyte, Kabuto, Aerodactyl, Lileep, Anorith, Cranidos, and Shieldon. Out of that roster, players should be hoping that a shiny Cranidos or Shieldon break out of those eggs. I wouldn’t concentrate on hatching eggs but …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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