A-Noid? Don’t be! It’s Noibat Community Day!

Hey, Trainers! Welcome to February’s Community Day Spotlight! This month we’re dealing with the little purple bat, Noibat!

Day and time? Sunday the 5th of February, 2:00pm till 5:00pm local time.

Bonuses are:

  • 3X Stardust! Farm those resources!
  • 2X Catch Candy and 2X the chance to be rewarded with Candy XL! Y’know… if you’re Level 31 or higher. Sorry, Newbies!
  • Photobombs!
  • Incense and Lures are going to last 3 hours when launched during event times.
  • Trades will cost 50% of their regular Stardust price.
  • You can make one extra Special Trade up till 10pm.
  • For $1 or your local equivalent, you can take part in a Special Research quest: Abundant Noise!
  • For 5 hours after Community Day Noibat will appear in 4 Star Raids (In-person passes only) and if you complete the Raid, Noibat will gather within 300 meters of the Gym for 30 minutes.
  • Stickers! Available in all the usual ways but Noibat themed.
  • The map will be infested with Noibat!
  • If you’re lucky, you might get enough Candy to evolve one! …uh. I mean. You might find a Shiny.
  • So, let’s get on with Spotlighting this cute little creature and its fierce evolution!

    Spotlight on Noibat

    Did you know that about 20% of mammal species world-wide are bats? It’s crazy to think about; especially for those of you who are chiroptophobes! (People with a phobia of bats.) But it’s true!

    Which is why it’s honestly a little surprising that there are so few species of bat based Pokemon! Zubat, Woobat, Noibat, Lunala and I guess you could count Gligar. Including their evolutions, that’s a total of 10 Pokemon which is just barely less than 1% of all total Pokemon species. Out of all of these bat-mon, though, Noibat and Noivern are fan favorites. From their awesome designs to their Typing and moves, they’re much loved by the community. I was pretty excited to see the announcement for this Community Day in particular – especially considering the 400 Candy requirement to evolve Noibat and their comparative rarity in the wild.

    Noibat were the very first Pokemon to have Flying as their primary Typing. Noibat also has the lowest base stat total of ALL Dragon Type Pokemon at the time of writing! That evolution makes up for it, though!

    The Pokedex tells us that those speaker cone ears can generate frequencies up to 200,000 hertz! Ouch! The average human can only hear sounds up to 20,000 hertz and anything above that is considered ultrasonic. Not immediately detectable to the human ear but you can feel the effects of these frequencies, and they can cause nausea, vomiting, dizziness and disorientation! Fun times! Thankfully, Noibat is an herbivore, dining on only the ripest of berries. Unless you happen to be an Applin, which Noibat sometimes mistakes for actual fruit.

    When Noibat evolves, it becomes Noivern. This Pokemon looks a lot more dragon-like than Noibat, with that long tail and talons. It seems to switch to a more omnivorous diet too – the Pokedex states that it hunts prey in the dark. But it also states that the quickest way to it’s heart is through its stomach. Feed it some nice fruit and it will warm up to you right away! Other than that, it’s known for having a mean, cold personality.

    Still! Is that high Candy investment worth it in Pokemon GO?

    With a Max CP of 3125. Attack of 205, Defense of 175 and Stamina of 198? It’s not BAD. But it’s outclassed by other Flying Types, Dragon Types and dual types featuring both. As a Flying/Dragon Type, it has a few weaknesses. Ice is an especially problematic one. It’s also weak to Rock, Fairy and Dragon Type attacks. It resists Ground and Grass especially but also resists Water, Bug, Fighting and Fire.

    In terms of Fast Attacks, you get Bite and Air Slash, the latter of which is STAB. Charged Attacks are Heat Wave, Psychic (Super weird choices, if you ask me.) Draco Meteor and Hurricane which are both STAB. The Community Day exclusive Attack is Boomburst which is a Normal Type Attack and pretty strong, but it does suffer from not being Flying or Dragon Type.

    Shiny Noibat swaps purple for a Subdued, cool green. So does Noivern. This emphasizes their dragon-ish nature. Plus, it makes them easy to spot in the wild!

    Well, that’s all I’ve got for you this month, Trainers! As always, I wish you the best of luck out there!

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