Pokémon GO in October: PvP Priorities

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G’day PoGO lovers. October content material has simply dropped with a bunch of latest occasions, the discharge of Shadow Moltres, and a few fairly first rate highlight hours! Let's evaluation the headline acts for October and have a look at different concerns all through the month.

Highlight Hours

Date Pokémon Bonus
October 3, 2023


2× Sweet for transferring Pokémon

October 10, 2023


2× Sweet for evolving Pokémon

October 17, 2023


Stardust icon

2× Stardust for catching Pokémon
October 24, 2023


XP icon

2× XP for catching Pokémon
October 31, 2023


Candy icon

2× Sweet for catching Pokémon

October's a little bit of a combined bag for PvP however there's a pair you'll not need to miss. With the lead as much as Halloween, there's some nice PvP related Ghost sorts on supply!

  • Slowpoke is on the market on October 3 with 2x switch sweet. Slowbro and Slowking are happy with their neighborhood day transfer Surf, however are undoubtedly extra suited to restricted cup metas (eg: the present Psychic Cup). For those who're in some way lacking one with first rate IV's (even after the Psychic Spectacular occasion) then now's your probability to avoid wasting one for December's Neighborhood Day the place it is possible for you to to acquire its legacy transfer. General you're in all probability better of profiting from the time to get double switch sweet on your spare legendaries.
  • Shroomish is on the market on October 10 with 2x evolution XP. Breloom is a mainly a much less cumbersome, much less good, extra fightier model of Chesnaught. Breloom isn't seen a lot within the open meta, and there's not quite a lot of causes to attempt to snare a good one as there isn't a transparent meta coming within the brief time period for it. All just isn't misplaced although – it's value popping on a star piece and profiting from the five hundred+ stardust per Shroomish catch. Shroomish is definitely surprisingly first rate in some Little Cup meta's, because it's surprisingly tanky and has a good moveset, however undoubtedly not the very best of priorities.
  • Pumpkaboo is on the market on October 17 with 2x catch stardust. Gourgeist is definitely semi-decent, notably in restricted metas. With the Halloween Cup arising on October 28, it's good timing should you're trying to construct one for the Great League. 2x stardust per catch can also be good, should you're trying to money in on the chance on again to again Tuesdays! By way of the scale, Medium and Giant are the higher sizes when it comes to stat product for the Nice League, and Tremendous (XXL) is finest for the Extremely League – although finally should you decide up a good IV one for any measurement it's value hanging on to.
  • Phantump is on the market on October 24 with 2x catch XP. Most individuals in all probability have a good Trevenant constructed by now – but when not, this can be a nice probability to search out your self one for each the Great League and Ultra League. Even with the current nerf to Seed Bomb, Trev is nonetheless actually good. Within the Nice League, the current nerf to Sky Assault means much less Noctowl's flying about walling it, so it's arguably extra helpful now than final season. Within the Extremely League, it has to manoeuvre round Pidgeot however in any other case it stays extremely related within the open meta. Plus, with Halloween Cup arising it's the proper time to prep. This can be a actually good highlight hour for PvP!
  • Yamask is on the market on October 31 with 2x catch sweet. That is one other actually massive deal for a highlight hour. Yamask has usually been a reasonably uncommon spawn, even throughout Halloween occasions, so to have them spawning en masse is value profiting from! Cofagrigus is so-so within the open meta, however it's nonetheless fairly good within the Great League, and even higher within the Ultra League – albeit a bit of rigid with no protection towards Darkish sorts. Nevertheless, to max out Cofa for the Extremely League you want lots of XL sweet, and an added bonus is that Runerigus shares the sweet typing – and it's a actually viable Ultra League decide too! So this can be a incredible alternative to pop on a stage 3 Ghost mega, hunt for first rate Cofa IV's, and grind for XL candies.

5 Star Raids

From a PvP perspective, the 5 star raids are okay, however there's not quite a lot of open meta relevance.

Pokémon Dates

  • Entei

  • Suicune

  • Raikou

From September 23 to October 6 Entei, Suicune, and Raikou will seem in five-star raids, and they are often shiny.


From October 6 to October 20 Guzzlord will seem in five-star raids, and they are often shiny for the primary time!


From October 20 to November 3 Darkrai will seem in five-star raids, and they are often shiny.

I've already written in regards to the Legendary Canine viability in PvP right here, so I gained't go into any extra element. Nevertheless, it's value raiding some for his or her sweet and XL's, as their shadow varieties will probably be attributable to debut in shadow raids within the not too distant future.

  • Guzzlord

Guzzlord is again as a cool new shiny and is fairly good in PvP! Within the Ultra League, Guzzy has a fairly first rate win-loss report, and is a extremely first rate wall to Ghost and elemental sorts. Nevertheless, with the speedy rise of Steelix, the ever-present Registeel, and pretty widespread Fairy and Combating sorts like A-Ninetales and Coballion, Guzzy might be going to wrestle to turn into a part of the open meta. Sadly, at base stage 20 with Raid IVs, you gained't be capable to acquire one simply for the Great League, the place it arguably shines brighter. For those who didn't maintain onto one beneath 1500 CP from the Extremely Beasts occasion (and even should you did), it's value buying and selling with a buddy to roll the cube for a sub-1500 CP model. It's shiny is tremendous cool, in order that alone could also be value it so that you can prioritise the grind!


  • Darkrai

Darkrai is in a fairly robust spot in PvP proper now, and is simply not one of the best Darkish kind going round. With a sluggish moveset and fairly poor bulk, it simply doesn't have the endurance to tug off many wins, even at a defend benefit. Within the Master League, the place it ought to arguably be most viable, its nonetheless very meh. For those who examine Darkrai to Yveltal (see matchups beneath from pvpoke.com), you may see that with the identical moveset, Yveltal (with help attributable to its Flying typing and higher stat product) has a a lot a lot stronger outcome towards many key matchups, together with wins towards Groudon, Lugia, and Melmetal (to call just a few). Darkrai comes out on high towards Reshiram and Zekrom, which is nice, but it surely's simply too fragile to place in significant work. 

Not all is misplaced – Darkrai is a really sturdy attacker in raids, at present ranked eighth general for Darkish sorts, so should you're on the lookout for one thing to spherical out your Darkish kind PvE squad you may do lots worse. Nevertheless, it's nonetheless sitting behind Hydreigon and Tyranitar, which each have entry to Brutal Swing and have lately had neighborhood days (plus Ttar's mega launch), so chances are you'll have already got your Darkish squad constructed out. I personally assume it's value ready to see what Niantic ultimately decides to do with Darkrai's signature transfer Darkish Void, which may assist its viability sooner or later. Till then, I'll depart it as much as you whether or not you're employed too onerous at raiding whereas its in rotation.

Mega Raids

Pokémon Dates

Gardevoir (Mega)

From September 16 to October 6 Mega Gardevoir will seem in Mega Raids.

Gengar (Mega)

From October 6 to October 20 Mega Gengar will seem in Mega Raids.

Banette (Mega)

From October 20 to November 6 Mega Banette will seem in Mega Raids.

October's mega rotation doesn't present quite a lot of love when it comes to PvP. I've already written about Gardevoir for September's write up right here, so I gained't go into an excessive amount of element once more – however you in all probability need to attempt to concentrate on the shadow variant for PvP within the decrease leagues.

Gengar and Banette are each tremendous fragile and really first rate Ghost kind raid attackers in PvE. On the PvP aspect of issues, Gengar was once fairly a typical decide in Nice and Extremely League, however is far much less generally seen within the open meta nowadays. Banette is tremendous spicy however onerous to make use of within the open meta. I might watch for the upcoming Halloween occasions for a PvP decide, but it surely's a superb alternative to get the mega power whereas they're in rotation as they're ranked 1 and a couple of on the Ghost kind raid charts.

Shadow Raids

Moltres (Shadow)

Shadow Moltres goes to be in rotation on weekends all through October, changing Shadow Zapdos in 5-star rocket raids. Moltres was one of many unfortunate mons impacted by the Sky Assault nerf on this season, that means that it takes a bit of bit longer to succeed in its most cost-effective charged transfer. It doesn't have a horrible report within the open Ultra League, however its fragility makes it onerous to make use of, and it doesn't come out of too many successful matchups with a lot well being left. Nonetheless, I might say it's undoubtedly value raiding some whereas they're round.

Occasions (together with some hypothesis)

There are quite a lot of occasions this month, though now we have restricted data at this level about all of them.

Out to Play
September 27, 2023 10:00am to October 2, 8:00pm native time

The Out to Play occasion options Growlithe and its Hisuian variant, amongst a variety of others. There's a good quantity of featured spawns on supply, however I might prioritise the next:

  • Onix – each Steelix and Onix are solely growing in PvP relevance with the introduction of Breaking Swipe to their movepools. That is one other good alternative to choose up the sweet and XL sweet it is advisable to construct them up, notably Steelix for the Ultra League
  • FeebasMilotic is a little bit of a sleeper decide however has good utility throughout all leagues, notably in restricted metas. Feebas isn't an excellent widespread spawn, so this may very well be a fantastic alternative to choose up a superb IV variant and the sweet for the construct.
  • Hisuian SneaselSneasler has nice typing and a very good moveset, though is tremendous fragile and might get walled by many widespread meta picks. For those who've missed out in current occasions, now's the time to concentrate on the analysis duties to choose one up.
  • Hisuian Qwilfish – each Qwilfish and Overqwil have a good quantity of play, however usually in restricted metas. Bulk helps a bit, however not lots for these guys, so the truth that they're in analysis shouldn't deter you an excessive amount of should you don't but have both of them constructed for the Great and Ultra League respectively.
  • EeveeUmbreon (Great and Ultra League) and Sylveon (Ultra and Master League) are each sturdy picks within the open metas, so it's undoubtedly value selecting them up should you want them.
  • Kanto and Hisuian Growlithe, Psyduck, Pawmi and Woobat aren't actually value grinding for, however each mon has its time and place so it may very well be value holding onto them for the longer term. I've a 98% shadow Growlithe that I'd love to make use of within the Grasp League in the future, so I'll be grinding for the XL sweet!
Niantic Community Day Neighborhood Day
October 15, 2023, from 2:00pm to five:00pm native time

Whereas it's unconfirmed, it's closely rumoured we will probably be seeing Timburr because the featured mon (and hinted at by the PokéStop showcase options). Keep tuned for extra particulars – I'm tremendous enthusiastic about this one!

Mystery Hour Pokémon Go ???
October 5, 2023 10:00am to October 9, 2023 8:00pm native time
Harvest Pageant
October 12, 2023 10:00am to October 17, 2023 8:00pm native time
Incense Day: Type Shuffle Incense Day
October 21, 2023, from 2:00pm to five:00pm native time

We don't have any particulars about this occasion but, come again for extra particulars quickly.

Pokémon GO Halloween 2023 Half 1
October 19, 2023 from 10:00am to October 26, 2023, 10:00am native time
Pokémon GO Halloween 2023 Half 2 + Workforce GO Rocket Takeover
October 26, 2023 at 10:00am to October 31, 2023 8:00pm native time

We additionally don't have any particulars about these but, however maintain onto your charged TMs so that you could TM away Frustration in your shadow mons. There ought to be one other shadow rotation too, which suggests hopefully some new shadows to get enthusiastic about!


Though barely much less thrilling than September's Paldean season launch, there's nonetheless lots to get enthusiastic about for the PvP aspect of the sport in October. Yow will discover me on Twitter or Instagram for extra PvP spot evaluation. As at all times, good luck along with your shiny hunt!

See ya later,


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