Ralts, the Feeling Pokemon, is the latest ‘mon to get in on the Pokemon GO Community Day activities. And while Ralts technically possesses the lowest base stat total of any Psychic-type Pokemon (in the main series, at least), the lowly little creature comes into its own through evolution; first into Kirlia, then to Gardevoir and, in later games, Gallade if male.
The introduction of Fairy typing allows Ralts and its evolutions to take on formidable Dragon-type Pokemon like Dragonite and Salamence. Gallade forgoes this to become a dual Fighting/Psychic Pokemon. Instead, the male variant gets neutral defenses against its own kind. Both can thus take on the Dark-type Pokemon that would otherwise shut them down. It just won’t be an easy battle!
While this Pokemon GO Community Day creature isn’t a valuable PvP pickup, Gardevoir can make a name for itself in PvE content like Team GO Rocket trainer battles. More importantly, they will be useful during Rayquaza raids in August. Gallade, however, is still a tough sell… Let us explain more in this Ralts Community Day guide! And yes, before you ask, there is a shiny Ralts to find.
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Pokemon GO Ralts Community Day Date & Times
Ralts Community Day is set to take place on Aug. 3, between 4-7 p.m. local time. Any Ralts evolved into Gallade or Gardevoir during or one hour after the end of Community Day spawns will learn the exclusive charge move “Synchronoise”
During Community Day hours, a single Lure will last the entire three-hour duration. Egg hatch distance is also reduced to a quarter! That makes this a great time to clear your egg bag.
Gardevoir Stats and Competitive Viability – Pokemon GO Guide
With a max CP of 3093 between them, both Gardevoir and Gallade can deal some damage at rank 47/519 in ATK. Their DEF is strong at 71/519, but an average STA score of 229/519 diminishes this slightly. They won’t rival the raw power of an Alakazam. However, they will usually outlive one.
Gardevoir already stood out as a powerful Psychic-type Pokemon due to great coverage with Fairy, Psychic, and Ghost-type charge moves. Synchronoise will likely replace Psychic in this regard. But you still want to capture multiple Gardevoir, since its varied movesets can be used against a variety of PvE content.
This Pokemon only scores a 2/5 in most League tier lists. Put another way, it’s not a great PvP option right now. Mega Evolutions might boost its viability down the line, but if you’re more into PvP Pokemon right now, Gardevoir isn’t a super important gain. Synchonoise is unlikely to change that, too.
Gallade Stats and Competitive Viability – Pokemon GO Guide
Gallade is something of a glass cannon: a powerful fighter that gets knocked out quickly if hit by a strong attack. Having access to Leaf Blade makes it a decent against Water-type Pokemon, but Synchronoise will put Gallade firmly back into the role of a Psychic attacker when paired with Confusion.
It can still act as a decent Fighting-type attacker with Low Kick and Close Combat. That said, its low defense makes something like Machamp a better (and more readily available) option. Like Gardevoir, Gallade manages a 3.5/5 rating in most leagues, making it a decent choice for PvP content. The problem is that better options just aren’t hard to come by.
Pokemon GO Ralts Community Day Strategy
With double gender-locked evolutions — and one even stuck behind the elusive Sinnoh Stone — Ralts Community Day is complicated. Gardevoir has long been considered the best of the two in most situations. However, the new Synchrnoise charge move might breath new life into Gallade. Just pepper each encounter with pinap berries; you’re going to need a lot of candy.
You also want to find both a male and female Ralts with usable stats to get the most out of this Community Day. Due to the usefulness of strong Psychic-types in raids, grabbing multiple strong pairs is recommended for those without access to a team of Alakazam. If you’re hoping to get competitively viable shiny versions, good luck. You’re going to need a lot of it this time around.
We recommend aiming for the following movesets:
- 2x Gardevoir w/ Confusion/Synchronise
- 2x Gardevoir w/ Charm/Dazzling Gleam
- 1x Gardevoir w/ Charm/ Shadow Ball
- 2x Gallade w/ Confusion/Synchronise
We also recommend a Low Kick and Close Combat Gallade. That’s if you’re without a team of other strong Fighting-type Pokemon like Machamp, Hariyama, and Breloom, of course. Gardevoir will help you solo Machamp raids for this purpose. Don’t worry too much about the specifics, though. Unlike the main Pokemon games, where Gallade and Gardevoir’s offensives stats are switched, they’re all identical in Pokemon GO. Only their movesets and typing differentiates the two!
Shadow Ralts – Pokemon Go Guide
There is one more unique bonus to consider. We’re talking about the recent addition of Ralts as a Team GO Rocket shadow Pokemon. If you’re lucky enough to find one of these during community day celebrations, you’ll need to hurry up and purify it before 8 p.m. to have it learn Synchronoise when it evolves.
Shadow Pokemon instantly jump to Level 25 and gain +2 IVs on each stat. That makes Shadow Ralts a decent way of guaranteeing a strong community day Gardevoir or Gallade!
How To Get Sinnoh Stones – Pokemon Go Guide
If you’re really set on an army of Gallade, you need an army of Sinnoh Stones to match. You can earn Sinnoh Stones in Pokemon Go through a variety of methods. Unfortunately, all of them force you to rely on lady luck. The best way to go about this in time for community day is to challenge friends and team leaders to trainer battles. Win or lose, there’s a chance you will get a Sinnoh Stone as a reward for your trouble.
Pokemon Go Community Day Shiny Rates
Fan organizations like The Silph Road have reliably deduced that Pokemon GO Community Day shiny rates are around 1/24. That means each encounter with the community day-specific Pokemon has a four percent chance of being shiny. That’s considerably higher than the 1/450 chance you have outside of a Community Day bonus. So if you’re looking for shiny Pokemon, that’s the time to do it.
Assuming gender is a clean 50/50 split, that means you also have a two percent chance of getting shiny Gallade or Gardevoir during Community Day — each. As for getting one with decent stats… Well, again, we hope you’re feeling lucky. That’s the only way you’ll get exactly what you want.
For the uninitiated, we also have a deep dive guide into shiny Pokemon in Pokemon GO right here!