Pokemon GO, Niantic's augmented reality mobile title, is now into its third year since release and still going strong. With over a billion downloads worldwide, the real-world spin on the incredibly popular Pokemon franchise has spawned a host of imitators, and continues to grow itself, regularly releasing new content.
The latest of these additions is the paid event, Colossal Discovery Special Research. Though the name doesn't exactly roll off the tongue, the event will allow players who've purchased a $7.99 ticket to take part in a unique quest line starting on November 2nd. It will also give players early-access to Regigigas, an EX Raid Boss with 55480 CP, an attack of 287, defense of 210 and 15000 HP.
Strengths and Weaknesses
Designed to be taken on by a group of high level players, or a large group of low level ones, Pokemon GO's Regigigas is a force to be reckoned with. As a normal-type pokemon he has access to a variety of different damage-types, including the psychic Zen Headbutt, the fighting Rock Smash, the rock Stone Edge, the ice Avalanche, and the steel Heavy Slam.
The most formidable of these is undoubtedly Zen Headbutt, a high-damage psychic move that is super-effective against Regigigas' primary counter, fighting pokemon. Fighting is the only damage that Regigigas is vulnerable to, and therefore anyone thinking of taking him on should make sure to build their team around it. It's also best to take him on on a cloudy day, as this will boost fighting-style moves even further through Pokemon GO's weather system.
What to Field
Just like when facing the Halloween Raid Boss, Darkrai, players taking on Regigigas have quite a few solid options to choose from, the vast majority of which are fighting Pokemon. Overall, Machamp, Hariyama, and Blaziken are the three strongest, thanks mostly to their move Counter, an attack that retaliates for double damage.
While any high-tier fighting Pokemon, or Pokemon with strong fighting moves, will do well against Regigigas, there are a few that deserve a particular mention. Mewtwo is particularly effective with Focus Blast and Confusion, as well as Emboar, Heracross, Lucario, Toxicroak, Metagross and Breloom.
Even with the best Pokemon, a player's ability to take on Regigigas will also rely on the weather, a Best Friend bonus, and a strong team. It's worth the effort however, as victorious players can expect to receive a huge amount of XP, rare items and, if they beat the timer, the chance to catch a powerful Pokemon of their own.
Pokemon GO is out now in select regions for Android and iOS devices.