Hisuian Decidueye is here to finish off the Hisuian trio of starters in Pokemon Go, and it's... not a hard solo. This thing has the unfortunate honor of sporting a Grass/Fighting typing, meaning Flying Types, which are currently among the absolute strongest things in the game currently, are double-effective against it. If you have a few good Flying Types, then don't worry about bringing along additional help to take this owl down.
Just throw in Mega Rayquaza and this is a super-easy solo. Between its resistances and insanely high DPS boosted by Hisuian Decidueye's double-weakness to Flying Type moves, this thing can take down Hisuian Decidueye alone with time to spare.
Sadly, Hisuian Decidueye doesn't really have much utility at the moment, so the main reasons to do this event are to farm resources and get the dex fill. Of course, it's also worth trying for a good individual for when it inevitably gets access to Frenzy Plant, though its performance at that point will be extremely close to normal Decidueye.
Raid Day Basics
|2:00 p.m. local time
|5:00 p.m. local time
What Exactly Is a Raid Day?
A Raid Day is a limited-time event where a given Raid Boss will take over all available gyms, allowing players to raid for it en-masse. However, gyms that already have raids when the event starts will not shift and will be virtually excused from the event. During this time, players are able to spin any Gym to obtain additional daily raid passes. This means that it's possible to complete up to 7 raids free-of-charge over the course of the event via the following tactics:
- Save your free raid pass from the day before
- Pick up your normal daily free raid pass during the event
- Pick up the five free daily passes during the event
Note that these raid passes will not stack, meaning you'll need to use one before obtaining another.
Remote Raids will also have their limitations lifted a bit, giving players the opportunity to use up to 20 for the day.
Finding a Raiding Partner
Hisuian Decidueye is... pretty easy if you have a good team ready. However, if you don't have any of the good Flying Types and also lack the strong Fire/Psychic types that can also take this raid with ease, then there's no shame in teaming up. Finding a group can be done in many ways, but here are a few suggestions:
- Contact your personal friend group and get any decent raiders onboard
- Connect with Niantic's Campfire to find local raid groups
- Check your Social Media of preference for raid groups by searching "Pokemon Go (your area)" to see if you can join in with them
- Go to an area with a high concentration of gyms and look out for people on their phones/check Gyms for active raids
here's a quick check-list for ensuring that you're ready for the raids that are to come:
- Determine Your Goals!
- A High-IV Raid Boss or two? a good Shiny? Candy/XL Candy? We all have our own reasons for hitting up this event, so make sure that you have a goal in mind so that you know your stopping-point, if applicable.
- Stock up on Revives and Potions
- Make sure that you're ready with a full team of six appropriate raiders... or one Mega Rayquaza.
- Figure out if you want to Mega Evolve a Pokemon for this raid. It's not necessary for most players, but can be helpful.
- Consider using a Lucky Egg/Star Piece. This may not be the best event for these items, but they may be worthwhile for some trainers.
Should I Buy the Ticket?
The ticket for this event costs $5, or whatever your local equivalent may be, and it will reward the following:
- 8 additional Free Raid Passes for the day
- Increased odds of Rare Candy XL
- 50% more Raid XP
- 2x Raid Stardust
This means that this ticket can be a good source of resources for those willing to spend a bit.
Real World Checklist
- Dress appropriately and comfortably for your local weather
- Ensure that your phone is charged and ready for the event
- Remember all game-related accessories that you may utilize (Pokemon Go Plus, external battery, charging cables, etc.)
- Determine approximately how many raids you want to participate in
- Purchase raid passes in advance for however many raids you may want to hit beyond the free 5-7, and purchase the ticket if you're so inclined.
- Determine a location that has enough gyms to suit your goals
- Make an attack-plan for the most efficient order in which to hit these gyms
- Ensure that you're set to work with your raid group if you can't solo Hisuian Decidueye.
Hisuian Decidueye is pretty mediocre at the moment, and will still be a bit middle-of-the-road once it gets Frenzy Plant, but this is a great chance to score a ton of resources for the sake of the future. Either way, best of luck as we travel back to Sinnoh's past!