Pokémon GO Fest: World Assessment

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This weekend was the worldwide Pokémon GO Fest occasion, one thing so many trainers sit up for all 12 months spherical. A real spotlight of the 12 months for Pokémon GO! Tickets had been $14.99 US (or equal pricing tier in your native forex), or there was the choice to play at no cost, with the variations between the 2 variations of the occasion mentioned intimately right here. Myself and my native crew opted for the paid tickets for the weekend, and this was our expertise!

Day One

There is just one place to play an enormous occasion like this for us regionally, and that's the sea entrance within the subsequent city over. It's the highest density spawn space, and it has a plethora of standard Pokéstops and gymnasiums. It's loads of parking, it a reasonably simple to stroll, with entry to public bogs, loads of outlets for drinks, and selections of locations to eat. We at all times meet up for breakfast, so I left the home at 8.15am to choose up my pal Bev, earlier than we parked up after which walked over to our chosen breakfast spot. Fed and watered we mentioned our choices for optimum mega evolutions, counted up our open egg areas able to open items for these particular 7km eggs, and waited excitedly for 10am!

10am hit, and the primary Pokémon I clicked on was a shiny Pikachu! What a approach to begin the day. I began placing my incense on, and my second test was a shiny Pawniard. Was this going to be the signal that it was going to be a really shiny day?! I might solely hope. Items opened and 7km eggs acquired, the stroll was on.

And what a stroll it was. With over 25,000 steps tracked, we actually labored for our shinies. Our day was considerably dampened fairly actually by an incredible thunderstorm, adopted by heavy raid that continued on for fairly some time. We took emergency shelter in a picket bus shelter through the thunder and lightening, however as soon as that handed we donned our raincoats and risked the moist climate to hold on searching. We needed to, the dangerous climate occurred the whole lot of the second Malachite Wilderness habitat, and we had shiny Cowboy Hat Snorlax to hunt!

Our shiny totals assorted fairly drastically on day one, with the bottom tally for our group being 15, and the very best being 34. All of us walked the identical route, the identical distance, and bought totally different outcomes. We bought a very good combination of various shinies, from among the model new releases, to among the rarer spawns, and I do know I made everybody snort with the ridiculous excited bizarre skip/dance/leap I did once I bought a shiny Cowboy Hat Snorlax on my first raid. By the top of the day we had been all exhausted however pretty pleased, and searching ahead to day two.

Our main frustrations had been that sadly it appeared that the pure wild spawns had been nerfed, so a few of our favorite grind spots had been sadly lacklustre. The spawn charges for the latest releases and Unowns gave the impression to be decrease than lots of the extra frequent spawns, making them a tougher hunt. The climate is out of our management, however didn't assist our searching, and the shiny charges felt a bit of low in comparison with final 12 months. That actually modified on day two.

TLDR: Day 1 Highs

  • Hourly rotating discipline analysis
  • Number of spawns
  • Assured 7km eggs from items
  • Buffed stationary incense spawns
  • The group
  • Elevated catch price for Legendary Pokémon in raids

TLDR: Day 1 Lows

  • The climate
  • Wild spawns felt nerfed
  • Some points with the sport crashing and spawns vanishing
  • Much less Unown and newly launched shiny spawns
  • No decreased hatch distance for ticket holders regardless of particular 7km eggs
  • Further particular trades ought to be out there after occasion ends so that you aren't panic buying and selling on the finish of the occasion hours

Day Two

Day two we opted to play otherwise, attributable to extensively predicted raid and thunder storms, and a deal with raiding. Much less of us had been capable of partake in day two, so we met as much as hop into one automotive and exit and hunt for raids. We did a combination of Goomy, Cowboy Hat Snorlax, and Mega Rayquaza raids throughout the 2 principal cities close to the place we dwell. Sadly none of us bought any shiny legendaries from our in-person raids, however such is RNG. It was nice seeing lobbies refill in particular person, and with the ability to invite our mates from world wide with out having to fret in regards to the distant raid go restrict!

The most important difficulty on day two was the dreaded white display when our groups fainted. It was a very irritating bug, and when you're attempting to take down troublesome raid bosses with out full lobbies, might imply the distinction between success and failure. A few of our group skilled this in practically each raid, and needed to power shut and restart the app, and attempt to get again into the raid, shedding priceless time.

Day two was when the shinies actually gave the impression to be coming thick and quick. With us travelling by automotive to totally different teams of gyms, which had been usually additionally spawn scorching spots, all of us bought much more shinies on day two. By the top of the day I'd gotten round 50 shinies!! (It was exhausting to know precisely what number of I bought as a result of we did the utmost of 12 trades every day, and I forgot which new catches I traded away). It felt like we had been always listening to cries of ‘shiny!', and after not getting many shinies I wanted on day one, day two didn't disappoint. After day one I had solely crossed 12 off my shiny hunt checklist, however by day two it was 27! It left me with 11 shinies I didn't get that had been on my checklist, which isn't dangerous going in any respect.

TDLR: Day Two Highs

  • Big shiny counts for all
  • Extra totally different shinies than day one
  • Good selection in raids
  • Raids popping up frequently
  • Distant raid go restrict lifted meant we might invite our mates all day
  • In-person raiding appeared common too

TLDR: Day Two Lows

  • The white display of doom after your workforce fainted in raids
  • No shiny legendaries for any of my group
  • Spawns might have been extra assorted within the wild, it felt like the most effective issues had been all incense
  • Price of distant raid passes was off-putting
  • Subject analysis duties had been exhausting to finish, and aside from the only Rayquaza Sweet XL, not significantly worthwhile. Why hardly any Pokémon encounters?


Whereas shinies had been plentiful, and we did numerous trades to assist one another out, the factor that made the weekend most enjoyable was being with my mates. Buddies I've made totally due to Pokémon GO! We had such fun, and had the most effective time hanging out as a bunch. The shinies had been simply the most effective bonus. I truly beat my shiny rely for GO Fest London, which I didn't anticipate in any respect.

My solely private disappointment is that the primary goal I wished, Joltik, refused to shine for me. It gave the impression to be the Pokémon that shined the least for the group as a complete. Someday that tiny little inexperienced shiny shall be mine, however till then, right here's to a different implausible GO Fest weekend.

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