Pokemon GO Database Version 6 released: Welcome Shadow Raids.

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It’s not often that we post updates about the Pokemon GO Database. But we believe the one we published last night is worth a mention on the main GO Hub site, if only to remind ourselves of the incredible work being done.

For those who are unaware, GO Hub has two websites.

  • pokemongohub.net, where we publish news, guides, meta analyses, and all the other content that is written by actual humans. This is also the website where you are reading this article right now.
  • we also run db.pokemongohub.net, a comprehensive, stat-heavy, website built to provide our readers with detailed stats for every Pokémon in Pokémon GO. Over the recent few months, we’ve done some amazing work on our Pokémon GO database, and yesterday we released an update that makes it even more accurate, user friendly, and helpful.

Here’s a list of what’s New in the GO Database Version 6 (*).

Shadow Raids, Enrage mechanic and Support

Shadow Raids

You will see that Shadow Pokemon are much harder to defeat in 5-Star Raids and 3-Star Raids. The new Enrage mechanic, which increases an opponent’s Attack stats and Defense stats dramatically, is now supported. The Bosses’ Enrage is reduced from 60% to only 15%.

The Attack of the Boss increases by 81% and Defense by 200% during this time. As the database does not currently account for Purified Gems it calculates worst-case scenarios, such as the Boss being enraged throughout the Enrage Window.

The new Raid Counters user interface and recommended group sizes

Pokémon GO Database v6 update: new raid counters UI and group recommendations

Tables are good for desktops, but not so great on mobile. It’s also difficult to glance at them quickly and determine which counters are best for any given Pokemon. It is also important to us that trainers using our Database need counter information quickly, since they are often looking just before a fight begins.

It is with great pleasure that we announce the introduction of a brand new, streamlined and colourful UI for every Pokemon. The old tabular layout is still there, but it’s been moved down a little.

We are adding a brand new feature to our new interface: estimation of group size! It will try to suggest the minimum Trainer count needed to beat a boss as well as the ideal group size and “overkill” size. These are only estimates, as the database is assuming that you have a complete team for a certain Pokemon. In this example, 6 Primal Grudon is used. Be aware that this isn’t perfect and isn’t always possible.

You can turn off Primal Pokemon and Mega Pokemon by switching the simulation settings.

The Best Pokemon by Type lists have been expanded to include more Pokemon and improved functionality.

We made the mistake of assuming that readers were only interested in pure Pokemon. The term “pure” refers to Pokemon with a specific typing and both fast and charge moves of the same type. It is incorrect, as multiple readers have told us they would like to see Pokemon with a specific typing and charge moves of the same type.

Before this update, Buzzwole’s Counter Fighting ability and Fell Stinger Bug wouldn’t have been included in our list of “Best Bug Types in Pokemon GO”. It was never intended and it’s true that some people use Buzzwole to attack with Bug-type attacks. This is also true for many other Pokemon like Ho-Oh and Brave Bird or Diancie using Rock Throw/Moonblast.

You can also rank Pokemon based on their access to a certain type of move! If you go to the list of best Ice-type attackers in Pokemon GO you will see that non-Ice Pokemon with Ice-type attacks perform better than all other Ice types:

Best Pokémon per type lists now show more Pokémon, and have expanded functionality

The results of this comparison are surprising. We already knew Ice Beam Mewtwo, Triple Axel Gardevoir and Weavile were powerful Pokemon. But we didn’t know how much stronger they are when compared with Mamoswine or Weavile.

The “Best Pokemon per Type” list is available for each of the lists.

Makeovers and cosmetic changes

We also wanted to make you aware of a few cosmetic and tuning changes.

Cosmetic changes

  • Shadow Pokémon effect has been changed. Purple-tinted icons are gone, and a new purple flame background is active.
  • Mega Pokémon now display the mega evolution symbol in the background
  • All links should light up when hovered, regardless if they are textual or image links

Tuning changes

  • Glass-cannon type Pokémon will be now ranked lower in counters and best per type lists. We have applied a penalty for Pokémon that faint more than 50 times in a fight, and an even stricter penalty for Pokémon that faint more than 100 times. This affects Pheromosa, Gengar and other squishy Pokémon
  • Due to a problem with the new Shadow Pokémon background, Shadow Pokémon will no longer appear in the Who’s that Pokémon game.

For our Database Website, we use integer-based versions. Each major release receives a new version number. Version numbers do not include bug fixes or patches that are released in between major releases. V1 came out in 2017. V2, V3, V4, and V5 were released between 2018 and 2022. V5 was the major release, with the revamped data in September 2023.

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