Pokémon GO in September: PvP Priorities

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G’day PoGO lovers. The brand new Journey Abounds Season dropped mere moments earlier than September, and with it a LOT of PvP updates! Frankly, it's an enormous PvP replace with rather a lot to love for aggressive gamers. Our workforce have taken a have a look at a number of the new meta impacts right here, and right here, so I'll take you thru the headline occasions for September, plus another concerns all through the month.

Additionally, apologies up entrance for the delay, as most readers can have already participated within the Charmander neighborhood day traditional – hopefully you didn't miss the possibility to catch a number of the superior shinies!

Highlight Hours

Date Pokémon Bonus
September 5, 2023


2× XP for evolving Pokémon

September 12, 2023


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2× Sweet for catching Pokémon
September 19, 2023


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2× XP for catching Pokémon
September 26, 2023


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2× Stardust for catching Pokémon


There’s some nice alternatives for PvP gamers throughout September's highlight hours.

  • Wooper is out there on September 5 with 2x evolution XP. With the addition of Mud Bomb to its charged movepool, and the elevated utilization of Carbink and Stunfisk within the open meta, Quagsire has turn into extremely related within the Nice League. I'd most likely advocate discovering an excellent shadow variant, as the additional energy actually improves its matchups towards issues weak to Stone Edge (flips the matchups towards Pelipper, Ninetales, Walrein to call a couple of). Nonetheless, now continues to be an excellent alternative to seek out an excellent IV variant. Be aware that Wooper continues to be within the Workforce Rocket circulation for this rotation, so it's value looking them down too. If XP is extra your factor proper now, you may at all times evolve all of your Caterpie's you've completely been saving up from GoFest!
  • Mankey is out there on September 12 with 2x sweet per catch. Primeape is a sneaky sturdy (and fragile) choose in each the Great League and Ultra League, although the latter requires a lot of XL sweet to construct. It is best to completely contemplate mega-evolving a Combating sort and grinding for the XL sweet, as a result of the longer term launch of Annihilape goes to be enormous for PvP in all leagues. In the event you're into the Grasp League (or contemplating sooner or later) it's best to positively put together for the future by grinding for the XL sweet whereas Mankey's round.
  • Girafarig is out there on September 19 with 2x XP per catch. Girafarig is extra of a restricted meta choose, and doesn't have the best file within the open meta, nevertheless it's a fairly enjoyable choose in the precise circumstances with its spammy Double Kick / Psychic Fangs combo. The massive giraffe is a straightforward glorious throw goal so this can be a good time to throw on a Fortunate Egg and benefit from the XP on supply. I just like the shadow ttoo, altthough
  • Growlithe is out there on September 26 with 2x stardust per catch. Arcanine was the latest beneficiary of the addition of Scorching Sands to its movepool, which makes it even spicier than earlier than! (Be aware to readers, keep on with Wild Cost). There's an excellent purpose you don't see many Arcanine floating across the open meta – it's simply too fragile and doesn't have an excellent Fireplace sort moveset. There's a Growlithe occasion coming later in September as effectively, so there's most likely going to be much more of the nice bois throughout that point. 2x stardust may be very good although so it's most likely a highlight hour value doing for that alone.

5 Star Raids

From a PvP perspective, the 5 star raids are on the spicier aspect this month, with not lots of open meta relevance.

Date Raid Bosses
September 1 – September 8

  • Kartana
    Northern Hemisphere

  • Celesteela
    Southern Hemisphere

September 8 – September 16

  • Kartana
    Southern Hemisphere

  • Celesteela
    Northern Hemisphere

Kartana and Celesteela can be switching between the northern and southern hemisphere on September 8, so that you'll have an opportunity to raid for each.

  • Celesteela shouldn't be a dangerous choose within the Great and Ultra League, but it surely's a little bit of a clunky mon to make use of. It's positively a good suggestion to maintain one for the longer term, in case of a future movepool replace or shifts within the meta.
  • Kartana is a PvE powerhouse, with a number of the hardest hitting Grass sort injury you may deal out. Sadly, it's too fragile to be significant in any open metas (though it may be a enjoyable technique to take down mudbois within the Nice League!), but it surely's positively value raiding to construct on your PvE workforce.
Date Raid Bosses
September 16 – September 23

  • Genesect (Burn)

Burn-Drive Genesect returns to the 5 star rotation this month. It's not a dangerous choose within the Ultra League meta (at Stage 20 base catch it's too excessive to suit below the Nice League CP cap), however you arguably need the Chill Drive variant for its Ice sort protection. It's value raiding for the sweet, significantly in case you're eager to construct one among every drive, however I'd cease in need of recommending it as a must-do.

Date Raid Bosses
September 23 – October 6

  • Raikou

  • Entei

  • Suicune

I've liked the three legendary canine since their launch in Pokémon Gold and Silver (notice to Niantic – make these guys out there as day by day incense spawns!). Sadly, none of those guys have lots of play within the open metas at current.

  • Raikou has potential with a reasonably respectable moveset, with some play as a spice choose within the Ultra League and restricted Nice League metas (significantly in its shadow type). Nonetheless, it lacks the majority and protection of Amphoros, which simply does issues slightly bit extra successfully.
  • Entei is the latest beneficiary of Scorching Sands to its movepool, which does… not a lot for it. I nonetheless maintain out hope for Entei – it has nice stats and potential, however Charizard simply does its job higher, and has the Flying typing to assist it out towards Floor and Combating sorts. Grasp onto one but it surely's most likely not value going all out.
  • Suicune is one other disappointment on account of its dangerous moveset. I'd love a movepool replace for this man (have a look at this potential!) so I'll maintain out hope, however I can't see it taking place any time quickly. Nonetheless, hold one for the Extremely League since you simply by no means know what Niantic has in retailer.

Shadow Raids

Zapdos (Shadow)

I'm fairly pumped for Zapdos to hit the Shadow raids. Within the Ultra League, it actually likes having the additional energy on its arduous hitting charged strikes. It's spicy, for positive, however the good form of spice!

Mega Raids

Date Raid Bosses
September 1 – September 16

Manectric (Mega)

September 16 – October 1

Gardevoir (Mega)

  • Manectric is admittedly not that scorching within the open meta, except you're pondering of working some insane spice, and even you then most likely wish to run it as a shadow within the Great League. Mega Manectric is an excellent Electrical sort so as to add to your raid groups, so it's not a tough miss, however not for PvP.
  • Gardevoir is a mon that I want may escape into the meta, however you're more likely to see it run as a shadow in restricted Nice League metas. The embrace pokémon is held again by its clunky moveset and is only a bit too squishy to have the versaility wanted to interrupt out in open meta. Even within the Master League (the place you'd contemplate working the raid IV variant, ideally the hundo), it doesn't have a ok file to justify the expense. A fairy that loses to Dialga is tough to swallow, and even entry to the newly launched transfer Triple Axel isn't sufficient to alter that. Gardevoir continues to be an excellent Fairy sort raid mon, so keep it up for PvE.

Occasions 📅

There are lots of occasions this month, though we have now restricted info at this level about all of them.

Charmander Neighborhood Day Traditional
September 2, 2023 2:00pm to five:00pm native time

This occasion will doubtless have come and gone for readers by the point of studying, however Charizard is an absolute beast within the open Nice League and Extremely League metas. The shadow is kinda the popular variant that you just wish to run, so don't cease looking down the rockets. Your advanced Charizard can have entry to Dragon Breath and Blast Burn, however I'd advocate utilizing your Elite Quick TM's for entry to legacy Wing Assault, which supplies Zard a lot sooner entry to its arduous hitting Blast Burn. The numbers communicate for themselves. Given the timing, I received't do a deep dive on this, however relaxation assured this can be a nice (though repetitive) neighborhood day for PvP gamers.

Mega Charizard X and Mega Charizard Y
Mega Charizard X and Mega Charizard Y
A Paldean Journey
September 5, 2023 10:00am to September 10, 2023 10:00am native time

The Paldean Journey sees the discharge of 11 new mons! There's lots of causes to go arduous for this occasion (4x stardust and XP per catch is insane!), so let's take a fast have a look at the enjoyable new toys we have now to play with!

  • Meowscarada

  • Skeledirge

  • Quaquaval

  • Oinkologne

  • Meowscarada is the ultimate evolution of starter Sprigatito, sporting Grass and Darkish typing. It seems prefer it's going to have some play within the Great League, however wrestle a bit within the different leagues. Grass sort injury has essentially the most usefulness within the decrease CP leagues to fight the quite a few Water sorts that dominate the meta. You'll wish to run it with Leafage, Evening Slash and Grass Knot, which already feels slightly underwhelming. A buff to Leafage and entry to Frenzy Plant (someday) is what can be wanted to shift the dial, however even then I'm unsure how far. 
  • Skeledirge is the ultimate evolution of starter Fuecoco, sporting Fireplace and Ghost typing. Skeledirge doesn't have lots of competitors by way of its typing, with actually solely Alolan Marowak as direct competitors. The place A-Wak is restricted by its CP ceiling, Dirge seems prefer it's going to have some critical play within the Ultra League. It's fairly tanky and has a reasonably nice moveset on launch – Incinerate, Disarming Voice and Shadow Ball may be very respectable! That is one to get enthusiastic about! 
  • Quaquaval is the ultimate evolution of starter Quaxly, sporting Water and Combating typing. The dancing chook has been shafted slightly with it's launch moveset, with non-stab Wing Assault as the popular quick transfer, non-stab Aerial Ace bait and Shut Fight for closing. Proper now, it's Great League file is… solely okay. WA + CC are objectively nice strikes, and AA has simply been buffed, so if nothing else it'll be fairly spammy, however… with Counter, it simply looks much better. There's promising indicators within the Ultra League, however faces competitors from Poliwrath, which has much more bulk and related protection strikes to assist it out. It's not all draw back – someday with legacy Hydro Cannon (and hopefully Counter), it is going to be a beast.
  • Oinkalogne is the evolution of Lechonk. For PvP, it's moveset is at present pretty trash, however I'd completely hunt them down and save them for later. Why? Keep in mind the preliminary launch of Dubwool? It was unusable upon launch with a very related moveset to Oinkalogne, and with a single transfer replace to its arsenal, its now absolute meta. It received't even want many XL candies for the longer term Ultra League construct. I don't assume it has fairly as a lot potential as Dubwool, but it surely may positively be respectable. Avoid wasting for later!

Along with the above, Turtonator, Machamp, Metagross and Camerupt can be in 3-star raids.

  • Metagross requires Meteor Mash to be usable, and is for the Grasp League solely. I'd cross except you've missed out on this construct up to now and also you're prepared to burn an Elite TM.
  • Turtonator is fairly spicy in the intervening time on account of its sluggish moveset, however has fairly nice typing and potential.
  • Machamp is a primary gen fan favorite, and in case you choose up a hundo from raiding it's value powering up for the Grasp League and PvE.
  • Camerupt is admittedly not well worth the funding.

Extremely Unlock: Paldea
September 10, 2023 10:00am to September 15, 8:00pm native time

Very like the Journey Abounds occasion, the Extremely Unlock occasion sees the discharge of 9 new mons and the identical 4x stardust and XP per catch bonuses.

  • Lokix

  • Pawmot

  • Baxcalibur

  • Bombirdier

  • Lokix is a brand new Bug and Darkish sort mon that actually received't have lots of play within the open meta. Bug Chew as a quick transfer is only a bit lacklustre, and it doesn't have the majority to deal with the time it takes to get to its charged strikes. Get one for the Nice and Extremely Leagues and let's see what the longer term has in retailer.
  • Pawmot is a brand new Electrical and Combating sort mon. It will get entry to Spark proper after the latest nerf, which is slightly unfortunate, and all its finest strikes trigger it to nerf its protection, hurting its means to remain in battle for lengthy. It's arduous to get too enthusiastic about it in its present state, but it surely might be respectable sooner or later Electrical Cup!
  • Baxcalibur is a brand new Dragon and Ice sort and appears prefer it's going to be one of the vital thrilling new releases of the bunch! For Grasp League fanatics, Bax threatens to be the brand new dragon king of the meta – though this will change relying on the 9% nerf that comes with the 4000+ CP. The trick is that Frigibax can be a uncommon spawn, and a part of the egg pool, so getting maintain of an excellent one and the sweet you want might be a problem. Good luck!
  • Bombirdier seems fairly good within the Great and Ultra League! One of many uncommon beneficiaries of the implausible transfer Fly, and of the latest nerf to different Flying sorts that have been nerfed with Sky Assault, I feel we'll see this chook rather a lot within the meta going ahead. I extremely advocate raiding whereas they're round in the course of the occasion.

Apart from the above, Hoppip, Houndour, Buizel and Fletchling can be within the wild.

  • Jumpfluff (Hoppip evolution) may be very respectable, however desires its neighborhood day transfer Acrobatics, so save your evolutions for the longer term.
  • Houndoom (Houndour evolution) has some spice play in restricted metas, however is tremendous fragile and difficult to make use of in its present state. Not a foul Darkish sort construct for its mega evolution although!
  • Talonflame (Fletchling evolution) is respectable, however wants Incinerate to be at its finest. The hundo is most popular for the Ultra League, so in case you discover one among them it's value hanging onto it. In apply, it's slightly difficult to make use of however the ceiling is excessive for positive.
  • Floatzle (Buizel evolution) is a tough no, even with Liquidation.

Oddish Analysis Day
September 17, 2023 from 2:00pm to five:00pm native time
Azurill Hatch Day
September 30, 2023 at 2:00pm to five:00pm native time

We don't know a lot about these occasions but, however personally I'm not tremendous enthusiastic about them but for PvP (Azumarill likes extra bulk which egg hatches don't afford, and the Oddish line hasn't actually damaged out within the meta regardless of being round for a very long time). Let's see what's in retailer when extra is revealed.

Psychic Spectacular
September 10 2023, 10:00am to September 24 2023, 8:00pm native time
Niantic Community Day September Neighborhood Day
September 23, 2023, from 2:00pm to five:00pm native time
Out to Play Occasion
September 27, 2023 from 10:00am to October 2, 2023, 8:00pm native time

September neighborhood day is rumoured to function Grubbin, and Out to Play is more likely to contain Growlithe. We don't know rather a lot about these occasions but, however as soon as we can we'll dive into them for you! 


Recent from the large GOFest occasion, September has rather a lot to get enthusiastic about for the PvP scene. I hope you loved the learn, you can too discover me on Twitter or Instagram for extra PvP spot evaluation. Have enjoyable in September, don't miss out on the Grasp Ball by way of time analysis, and as at all times good luck together with your shiny hunt!

See ya later,


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