Pokémon Go‘s next Community Day—er, days—will finally give players a chance to obtain the shiny form of Eevee, and through evolution, five of Eevee’s evolved forms. Plus, the adorable Pokémon will come fitted with the new charge move Last Resort, which will be carried over to any evolved forms. While Community Day-exclusive attacks are always exciting, though, it does leave us with one question. Is Last Resort even good?
Typically, the exclusive move featured during a Community Day hasn’t been added just to give players a fun surprise. Instead, they’ve consistently been used to make certain Pokémon more powerful and relevant in the game. For example, the Charmander Community Day gave Charizard the attack Blast Burn and transformed the lackluster but popular Fire/Flying-type into a useful attacker.
With that format in mind, wouldn’t Last Resort automatically be a great move? Well, due to it being a Normal-type attack, it will be the exception to the rule. Normal-type attacks can’t do super effective damage to any other typing, making most Normal-type Pokémon in Go either Gym defenders or last-minute fillers in raid battles. Of course, Eevee is also a relatively weak Pokémon, and Last Resort won’t change that fact. However, the good news is that two of Eevee’s evolutions will benefit greatly from it—maybe.
According to the recent data breakdown from Pokémon Go GamePress, it’s believed Last Resort will be a two-bar charge move with 90 base power, similar to Hydro Cannon from the Squirtle Community Day. To put it simply, this is a rather powerful move, but as previously said, it won’t make Eevee any more usable. But when it comes to its Psychic-type evolution Espeon and the Fire-type Flareon, the move could make them two of the best neutral attackers in the game. This means they’ll be able to deliver a high amount of damage quickly against most opponents. However, for the calculations I’m about to get into to work, Last Resort will have to have 90 base power. We need to be aware that Niantic could change the damage output before Community Day arrives.
If you take a look at the first chart below, you’ll see that both Espeon and Flareon will be in the top 10 neutral attackers with Last Resort. The staple powerhouses, like Rayqauza, Mewtwo, and Gengar, won’t slip behind them, but Espeon will be slightly behind Dragonite and Flareon will beat out Moltres. Again, these numbers represent the damage per second against Pokémon that aren’t resistant or weak to the attacks in question.
When we consider a weather boost, things change dramatically and for the better. With Go‘s recently added weather system, certain Pokémon types now gain attack boosts in specific weather. For instance, Fire-, Grass-, and Ground-types fare better in sunny weather, while Water-, Electric-, and Bug-types get a boost when it’s raining. The second chart, shown below, reflects how Last Resort would work in partly cloudy weather, which boosts Normal-type attacks. Espeon becomes the best attacker in the entire game, and Flareon climbs to the number four spot behind Mewtwo and Rayquaza.
While trainers will always want to pick the best raid counters dependent on typing weaknesses and resistances, Espeon and Flareon with Last Resort will make amazing fillers. Similar to Rayquaza, having an Espeon with the exclusive move will help in most raids, and since Eevee candy is relatively easy to come by, powering up the Pokémon will be a walk in the park. Plus, partly cloudy weather is one of the most common weather types players experience, making the possibility of having the weather boost benefits on the two creatures reasonably high.
Again, this will all be dependent on Last Resort having 90 base power. If all goes according to plan, though, it will offer an exciting reason to hunt for as many Eevees as possible during the Community Days. The good news is that players will have two chances to do this, as the event will take place worldwide on Saturday, August 11th and Sunday, August 12th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. PT.