Uncover the Secrets of the Stump Pokémon in Pokémon Go's Spotlight Hour

Olivia Flores


Uncover the Secrets of the Stump Pokémon in Pokémon Go's Spotlight Hour

Aspiring Pokémon trainers, it's time to focus on the Stump Pokémon in this week's Spotlight Hour event in Pokémon Go. Trainers around the world will have a golden opportunity to catch a perfect Phantump. Known for its evasive and elusive nature, Phantump can be quite a catch, especially considering its evolved form, Trevenant is a significant player in the Go Battle League.

The Demand for Trevenant in Go Battle League

Since making its debut, Trevenant, which is Phantump’s evolution, has been a constant feature in the Go Battle League, performing excellently and affirming its popularity. Ghost-type Pokémon like Phantump are seasonal spawns that predominantly appear during Halloween month due to a general lack of foggy weather around the world, which makes them somewhat rare and, therefore, highly sought after.

Maximizing the Double Catch XP Bonus

CurveBalls Pokemon Go

This Spotlight Hour event also brings a delightful bonus - double catch XP. If trainers can master Excellent Curve Balls with Phantump, they stand to gain a massive amount of XP within just an hour. While the 'perfect' Phantump per se depends on one's game plan, if you're planning to use it for your 4* Pokédex, raids, and Master League, you would ideally be seeking a maxed out, 100% IV version, which is the 15/15/15. A word of caution, though: you can only determine the IV of a Pokémon after catching it, so do a bit of research beforehand to quickly identify a perfect Phantump based on its CP alone. If you’re at Level 30 or above, keep an eye out for specific CPs that represent a perfect 15/15/15 Phantump.

Trevenant's Standing in the Go Battle League

Despite some attempted updates to limit Trevenant's power, it still enjoys its position as the best Ghost and Grass-type Pokémon and ranks among the top five Ghost-types in both Great League and Ultra League. For trainers contemplating using this Spooky Elder Tree Pokémon, they should ideally look for a 0/15/15 for Great League or a 1/15/15 for Ultra League and teach it Shadow Claw, Seed Bomb, and Shadow Ball for maximum chances for success. However, keep in mind that despite its formidable attacking prowess, its defensive capabilities are not as robust due to its preference for attack over defense. Thus, it's not advisable to play a prolonged game with this Pokémon.

Strategies for Different Leagues

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In the Great League, Trevenant can secure wins against Swampert, Medicham, Lanturn, Registeel, and Galarian Stunfisk but may falter against opponents like Gligar, Lickitung, Umbreon, Alolan Sandslash, and Sableye. As for the Ultra League, Trevenant has positive matchups against Swampert, Cobalion, Cresselia, Giratina, and Tapu Fini, while struggling against Charizard, Obstagoon, Walrein, Jellicent, and Scrafty. The Master League, being dominant with Dragon and Ice-type Pokémon, doesn't favor Grass-types, resulting in Trevenant inability to make a mark there, even losing to Mewtwo and Lugia.

The Chase for Shiny Phantump in Pokémon Go

Although the elusive Shiny Phantump is currently not available in Pokémon Go, trainers can still enjoy the visual treat of its shiny version from previews. The shiny variants of Phantump and Trevenant sport a distinct, bleached-white look with autumnal red leaves, upping the spooky factor by several notches. As the Season of Adventures Abound progresses, trainers can also anticipate participating in various exciting quests and features like Shadow Raids, Routes, Timed Investigations, and the Go Battle League. Remember that the Spotlight Hour only lasts for an hour – 6pm to 7pm local time – so make the moment count and bag that perfect Trevenant!