Deoxys EX Raid Boss
Yes, you read that right. Reddit had been blowing up around 6 PM PDT with reports of iOS users receiving a push notification alerting them with, “Are you ready? The Psychic-type Mythical Pokémon Deoxys is coming to EX Raid Battles!” This was then followed with photo evidence from the likes of u/Angel_on_my_Shoulder here and u/UnknownHalo here. Finally, you had a video crop up on twitter here.
As for how good this news it, it is a mixed bag. It will finally be a change of pace from the usual Mewtwo raids, and make EX Raids fresh again. Additionally, it is interesting to see Niantic take on allowing Deoxys into the raid system, considering that they do have it labeled in the announcement and in the GM as a mythical Pokémon, as well as it having multiple forms.
On the flip side, it as a Pokémon is… lackluster. Currently in-game, as of a Game Master check at the time of writing, Deoxys has no stats, standing at a whopping 1/1/1, and is assigned bad moves: Zen Headbutt and Counter for fast moves, and Swift, Zap Cannon, and Psycho Boost for charged moves. For context, it being a Psychic type would mean that its best moveset is Zen Headbutt and Psycho Boost. Psycho Boost is indeed its signature move, meaning there is hope Niantic buffs it upon release, but it is the worst Psychic move in the game currently: 70 damage in two bars, with a 4 second cast time. Your Wobbufett with Mirror Coat is equipped with a better charged move.
There is of course no indication on how Niantic is going to work things with Deoxys, it does have 4 forms, which again does not help as the forms are all odd in their own right. Some being defensive tanks in a meta where legendaries cant defend, or a glass cannon that can shatter with a few hits. We will follow up with a update on stats and a guide on all this however, never fret reader.
Beldum Community Day
Yes, thanks to some detective work from a user on the Silph Road, u/immewnity, using a back end method similar to what discovered the Bulbasaur Community Day early, there have been assets found for what appears to be a placeholder image with Beldum on it:
We say placeholder as the likes of other Community day Pokémon have had different backgrounds to accompany their typing, although this seems to be using a default background that we have seen for other Community Days.
Essentially, this will not be the final image, but it is a placeholder found on Niantic’s Google Cloud storage for their site. It houses all their assets, even including things for their other games like Ingress and items like the company they acquired: Evertoon. For those curious enough or wanting to see the code for themselves, here is the inspected source and the actual links it was found on. So for those hoping for a Gastly Community Day for October, you might be disappointed. However for those that were hoping those Meteor Mash assets we found would come to fruition, you are in luck, as it appears at some point we are destined for a Beldum Community Day!