Pokémon GO Fest 2023 London Overview

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This weekend was Pokémon GO Fest London (and Osaka), and I used to be fortunate sufficient to have the ability to go to London, for my first ever in-person GO Fest! I travelled down with my husband and several other members of my local people, and we had an absolute blast, so I needed to share my evaluation of the occasion itself.

The Park Expertise

Brockwell Park is without doubt one of the lesser identified parks in London, however by way of a venue, it was an important dimension for the occasion. It wasn't so massive that you just couldn't get spherical the entire park throughout your park expertise, but it surely additionally wasn't too small in that it felt over crowded with the quantity of trainers in attendance. The assorted habitats had been actually cool, the Darkish Jungle (pictured above) emitted steam, the massive volcano was actually spectacular, the Glacier arrange was so enjoyable, and the enormous flowers for the fairy backyard had been lovely.

By way of negatives for the park itself, there have been a pair, however nothing too main. One a part of the park was significantly hilly, so could have been a battle for disabled/chronically in poor health trainers. Some injury was carried out to the park itself because of the massive vehicles introduced in to arrange mixed with the unhealthy climate,, and I hope Niantic put this proper as soon as every thing is packed up and carried out. And eventually, as a result of the park was open to the general public, there have been some upset locals who had no thought the occasion was on and a military of ‘zombie nerds' had taken over their park (and that's me quoting). I had a few points with practically getting hit by cyclists on the paths as a result of I'm partially deaf and couldn't hear them ringing their bells. Fortunately I had my husband with me to assist maintain me protected! If you need a giggle search Brockwell Park on twitter, folks weren't happy in regards to the occasion in any respect, regardless of extremely properly behaved trainers, folks sticking to the paths, and customarily respecting the realm pretty quietly.

There have been loads of bathrooms, together with a number of accessible ones which was nice to see, with a big space of foods and drinks vehicles too. There was additionally loads of Pokéstop charging areas for trainers who may need forgotten a charger or cable, and water stations to refill water bottles which was appreciated.

We had no points with the sign, bar it taking me a few minutes to log in because the occasion began. There have been a number of mentions of a slight useless spot of sign close to the Glacier arrange, but it surely appeared very properly managed by way of cellphone sign.

The Pokémon bus was the right addition for photographs for a London based mostly occasion, you don't get rather more iconic than a double decker bus in London! There was additionally a scorching air balloon, however with the unhealthy climate it struggled considerably and couldn't keep up sadly.

By way of the climate, we received actually fortunate enjoying on the Friday, as a result of we didn't get any of the forecasted rain. Saturday was a really moist day sadly, however trainers had been properly armed with umbrellas, cellphone umbrellas, waterproof instances and moist climate gear, and didn't allow them to deter it. The UK has been having unseasonably chilly and moist climate, and also you simply can't plan for that!

Spawns and Pokéstops had been plentiful, so that you had no considerations about operating out of things, and shout out to the trainers who managed to drop Golden Lures, we admire you!

The Metropolis Expertise

The Metropolis Expertise was one thing else. Trying on the map, it felt like each single Pokéstop in the entire of London was lured up! We determined that our afternoon Metropolis Expertise ought to contain not solely Pokémon, however sight seeing. We jumped on the bus and headed to Trafalgar Sq., and all of us agreed, buses had been the way in which to go for journey and Pokémon GO. Countless stops, sluggish sufficient to test spawns, the bus appeared to carry fixed shinies for our group.

We noticed the London Eye, Massive Ben, Tower Bridge, the Onerous Rock Café, and extra! It was an effective way to get to play a sport we love, and discover the town. If the Metropolis Expertise is any indication of how the brand new Metropolis Safari occasions will look, trainers can be in for a extremely nice time.

Routes had been additionally turned off within the park itself, so that you needed to wait until your Metropolis Expertise to finish that a part of the analysis. My group had issues looking for a route that labored for us, with them being pretty uncommon, and customarily actually lengthy. I've to confess, I waited until I received dwelling on Sunday to do the native route I had made as a result of the entire route system stored crashing, however a few of my mates haven't been in a position to full one in any respect. Late on Sunday the duty for the Timed Analysis did auto full for them, so we're assuming Niantic realised that there was a difficulty with Routes inflicting video games to crash, and I'm glad they did that so trainers didn't miss out on the gadgets and cash for one thing out of their management.

Metropolis Cross Further

As we performed the Friday, and had been going to journey again on the Saturday night, we opted to additionally purchase a Metropolis Cross Further so we may proceed the shiny hunt on the Saturday earlier than out prepare. We spent the morning going to extra touristy spots on the bus, avoiding the rain the place we may.

At 2pm the GOHub crew who had been in attendance all headed for pizza collectively, shouting out our shiny wins as we ate and frolicked. It's fairly uncommon all of us get to see one another, and was the primary time plenty of us had met, so this was an actual spotlight of the weekend for me personally.

As our prepare time loomed, me and my husband headed again to Kings Cross Station, and located a number of strolling raid prepare teams that we jumped in raids with to go the time. It was wonderful seeing so many alternative teams out collectively in individual taking full benefit of the always hatching raid eggs.

I ended up getting extra shinies throughout our second day on the Metropolis Cross than I did on our precise play day. My husband is probably the most informal of Pokémon GO gamers, hadn't anticipated to have a lot enjoyable, however Friday requested me methods to add a Metropolis Cross to his ticket too so he may stick with it enjoying the subsequent day… I take into account {that a} success!

The Neighborhood

The perfect a part of any Pokémon occasion that takes place in-person is the neighborhood. Seeing so many alternative folks introduced collectively for a similar factor is all the time such a optimistic and coronary heart warming expertise. Earlier than the occasion had even begun I ran into Yaaya and Ayzo of Couple of Gaming, and inside minutes of beginning to stroll round discovered my twitter buddy DellHazardX! Because the day went on we discovered CasualCoops of the Incensed Podcast, PokéDaxi, and his cute Mum PokéMomma.

At lunch time we headed over to the ‘not-so-notable' trainers meet up that the Incensed Podcast hosted, and I lastly received to fulfill my beautiful web pal HermesNinja. She very kindly traded me a shiny Tauros in alternate for a shiny Gible, and it went fortunate! I even have to provide a particular hello to my new buddies Noah and Jonah who completely made my day. Thanks for the trades lads!

All over the place you regarded folks had been celebrating their shiny wins, bonding over their Pokémon, and having fun with themselves. Whereas the ambiance on-line with the Pokémon GO neighborhood can really feel fairly damaging at instances, in-person, the sport is clearly alive, properly, thriving, and properly cherished. The perfect factor about the entire journey was the neighborhood, and the chums we've made!

The Pokémon

I do know the primary factor everybody needs to find out about is, how the place the shiny charges? I received 31 shinies on our play day, after which an extra 37 on the Metropolis Cross. I additionally received 5 hundos over the 2 days, largely from eggs.

I had a shiny guidelines, as a result of that's the kind of nerd I'm, and once I took a take a look at the record immediately I used to be shocked to see how most of the Pokémon I had crossed off it. Galarian Mr. Mime was on the rarer facet for positive, and the little chocolate mouse eluded me all weekend. I didn't catch a Pikachu of my very own, however my husband did and he very kindly traded me it. Snorlax eluded me till day 2, as did the Satcheldactyl. My husband caught a shiny Snorlax and was teasing me about it, and moments later one lastly sparkled for me too! The Aero was positively trickier, and I assumed we had been each going dwelling with out one, when all of the sudden I received three in ten minutes, and my husband received one at Kings Cross as we received prepared to go away. Success!

Our group averaged between 20 and 30 shinies for our ticketed day, and a few of our different locals received much more than that on their very own play days, it simply trusted how a lot you may stroll or journey I believe. We had been all thrilled with our hauls, and regarded the shiny charges about what we anticipated.

One thing else all of us completely cherished from the occasion was the lovely catch playing cards you may doubtlessly get in your raid catches. How cool are these? They make a tremendous memento and memento to maintain and treasure, and I do know I gained't be transferring them. Sadly these weren't assured, so my XXL shiny Rayquaza didn't get one, however they did appear extra frequent than not. I hope we see extra of this at future occasions, each coach we talked about them to cherished them.


In all, we had an unbelievable weekend, filled with shinies, laughs, good recollections and new mates. It's a weekend we are going to all keep in mind and treasure!

Did you go to GO Fest London or Osaka? How did you're feeling in regards to the occasion? Tell us within the feedback!

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