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Are there too many events in Pokemon Go?

Published: 8/Mar/2020 17:56

by Paul Cot

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There have never been more events in Pokemon Go. Is there such a thing as too many, though?

The regularity of Pokemon Go events has been increasing every year since its release in 2016. There were 30 events in 2018, 34 in 2019 and 2020 is already on course to break that record again.

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In addition to the more traditional events, such as the recent Valentine’s Day, there are actually more. For example, during the month of March, there is a special Raid Boss to battle against each weekend – another thing in a long list for trainers to consider.

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There are even multiple versions of particular species to catch in Pokemon Go…

The increased schedule is hardly a surprise. With the mobile game approaching its fourth birthday, events are vital, if not needed, to keep trainers engaged. Like Pokemon themselves, the game has to evolve if it is to maintain its enormous popularity.

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Are less events better?

However, there is a point where constant events can become overkill. Events need to feel special, something worth participating in.

If events do become too common then the incentive to be a part of them diminishes. After all, if you miss one you can just play the following one, as they are becoming an increasingly shorter distance apart anyway.

Unfortunately, if there are events near on every weekend then they won’t have the desired effect of keeping trainers active. It can even have the opposite effect whereby it puts people off.

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With so much going on in the world of Pokemon Go, players can begin to feel frustrated. Part of the game, and any other for that matter, is being able to stay on top of it.

No rest for trainers

Games such as Pokemon Go require you to invest a lot of time into it. From catching the numerous generations of Pokemon (Niantic is in the middle of its Gen 5 release) to keeping up with the latest meta, trainers have to be playing on a regular basis.

With new species constantly being added, and events and their surrounding bonuses to take advantage of, it’s no wonder some quarters of the Pokemon community have revealed annoyance with the current state of the game. Referring to the Pokemon Go events notifications, Reddit user vesipyks makes the point: “When I read a post then I was not sure if I had the feeling of a need for a vacation from PoGo or actually I just lost motivation to stop playing overall.”

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On top of all this there has been a huge change to Shadow Pokemon, resulting in the meta drastically shifting.

Niantic are an interesting spot right now. On one hand they need to keep users engaged, while not putting those same users off with too many events to keep up with. It will be interesting to see what happens in Pokemon Go over the next several months.

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Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot

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The Pokemon Go November Community Day is still a good month away, but that hasn’t stopped trainers speculating as to what the headliner could be.

November is of course the penultimate Pokemon Go Community Day of the year. It is also the last one in which Pokemon fans will try to predict the headliner.

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That is because the December CD is traditionally a mega Community Day of sorts. It brings the previous headliners from that year and makes them all available in one event.

Presumably, it will be the same for 2020. It is a day in which Pokemon Go trainers of all levels do their best to make sure they don’t miss out on!

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Before we get there though, we still need to find out what the 10th headliner of 2020 will be. That isn’t a typo, as there will only be 11 in total this year because March’s CD was canceled due to the global health crisis – you may have heard about it.

No vote for November?

Niantic have made it a habit of letting us decide which Pokemon headline Community Days in 2020. In fact, 5 of the 10 from 2020 have been decided via vote.

The latest two votes however, have decided the following two Community Days. With October already in place with Charmander, there is only November to decide.

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While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.

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So, if it isn’t to be decided by us, who are the contenders. The one that first comes to mind is Snivy.

Ever since Piplup headlined in January, we haven’t had another starter, at least a new one. At the time it was expected Snivy would be the featured ‘mon for March, which would have been in line with Niantic’s pattern of alternating between starter and non-starters.

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Snivy may have been delayed because the Pokemon Go developers realized they were running out of starter ‘mons to use. Of the released Pokemon in the mobile game, it is only the Gen 5 starters that haven’t headlined, although Gen 6’s introduction is expected soon. So, 10 months on from the last one, it could be time for the Unova grass-type starter.

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Snivy would seemingly be the leading contender for the November CD…

Deino or Gible?

Deino and Gible are two of the more popular Pokemon in the entire franchise and have been rumored as headliners. Unfortunately, that is why either of them making an appearance may be wishful thinking.

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Both are super rare spawns and putting them as a featured Pokemon for a Community Day would certainly take away from their current allure. Besides, Niantic likely knows they can rely on them to boost other events, even if they do remain rare spawn rates.

Hopefully, they will headline a Community Day at some point in the future but 2020 seems unlikely at best.

Other contenders

The other most likely candidates for November are Exeggcute and Starly. Both were previously revealed to be included in another vote which never materialized.

Bulbasaur and Magikarp were also in there but the latter has already headlined in 2020, and Bulbasaur seems an unlikely option outside of a vote.

The Pokemon Go CD will likely take place in the second half of November. The 22nd seems the most likely day as this would keep distance between the previous one and adhere to alternating Saturday and Sundays.