Pokémon GO’s Battle Showdown Event Will Unleash Fighting Pokémon Starting Today

Pokémon GO has debuted a new event to kick off the month of May, and it will focus on an often-overlooked type.

The Battle Showdown event will increase of the spawns of fighting-type Pokémon all around the map, in addition to other bonuses that will be live for the next two weeks until May 14th. You will get 2x XP for gym and raid battles, 3,000 stardust for doing any raid, guaranteed, and at least one piece of rare candy.

Gyms are getting temporary buffs as well. They’ll have a 2x badge multiplier for more benefits at your favorite gyms, and spinning gyms will give you more items. There’s no word on what special boxes might be sold for this event, but I’d be amazed if there weren’t any to go with it.

As for the fighting types that will be showing up? Across three generations, here are the fighting types, or part-fighting types that you might see show up. I’m not sure if they’re more likely to hatch from eggs as well, but that would be my guess:

  • Mankey
  • Primeape
  • Machop
  • Machoke
  • Machamp
  • Hitmonlee
  • Hitmonchan
  • Tyrogue
  • Hitmontop
  • Makuhita
  • Hariyama

Fighting types aren’t exactly the most glamourous in Pokémon GO, but Machamps and Hariyama in particular can be pretty useful against certain raid bosses, so I would definitely try to hunt down some high IV versions of those, either in the wild or through evolutions.

This is definitely a different event from what we’ve seen in Pokémon GO, as I haven’t seen many that focus so heavily on pure gym and raid bonuses. Gym have been kind of left behind in the Pokémon GO meta, with their rewards not really keeping up with other activities in the game, and I still think the entire gym concept needs some reworking, even after the last update several months ago that dramatically changed them from launch. It’s still not where it needs to be.

Nor is, I would argue, the entire combat system of Pokémon GO. I really do wish they would go back to the drawing board for combat, and while I’m not expecting a return to turn-based, I do think that they need to focus on improve combat in this game dramatically, as it’s one of its weakest elements, even if it’s serviceable enough at the present moment. It could be so much more, and I hope they continue to improve up on it.

The Battle Showdown event starts today at 1 PM PDT, so get ready to collect those fighting types.

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