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How to release Shiny Mew in Pokemon Go

Published: 22/Jul/2020 14:03

by Paul Cot

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Shiny Mew is coming to Pokemon Go sooner or later. The question is how should Niantic release the franchise’s original Mythical Pokemon.

There are an array of Mythical species that can be caught in the world of Pokemon Go. The first of those was Mew through the “A Mythical Discovery” Special Research quest and since then we’ve seen Celebi, Jirachi and various forms of Deoxys – just to name a few.

Understandably Mythical Pokemon are very rare in the mobile game. Interestingly, only two Mythical species have had their Shiny forms released – Darkrai and Meltan. Presumably, Mew will be next.

Raid Battles

There are a few ways Niantic could introduce Shiny Mew to the mobile game. The most obvious of those is through Raid Battles. After all, that’s how all the Shiny Legendary ‘mons have been added.

That seems a little underwhelming for Shiny Mew, however. There is reportedly just under a 1 in 20 chance of finding a Shiny Legendary when battling in a Raid.

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If they did decide to do it this way, then not only would Shiny Mew become too common, but trainers would also have multiple Mews. This seems a bit silly considering it’s supposed to be rare! We’ve also seen this too many times before.

Special Research

Mew, Celebi and Jirachi have already been added to Pokemon Go via this method. Again though, simply completing various tasks doesn’t seem a worthy way to earn a Shiny Mew – especially if they’re as easy as the tasks from the various Throwback Challenge quests back in April.

It would also mean that any trainer with the patience to complete the tasks would get hold of one. This takes away from its supposed rarity – where’s the fun in having it, if every other trainers has one too.

Something different

Some trainers may not like the idea of having one chance to get Shiny Mew, especially if there’s only a 10% chance of doing so. It should be bestowed upon the trainers that are most willing to get it.

Maybe Niantic could try something a little different to keep everyone happy. Shiny Mew could be hidden behind some particularly difficult Special Research tasks (obviously not so difficult that it’s infuriating).

To be granted access to it though, they could make it only accessible if you get, say, 14 or 28 Field Research stamps in a row. That way they could differentiate between the Pokemon Go players that really want, and are willing to put the effort in, to get Shiny Mew.

We don’t know when it will finally come around but it will be interesting to see how Niantic handles its release. It’s certainly overdue with Mew first coming to Pokemon Go in March of 2018.

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Niantic seemingly gives up on revamping Pokemon Go’s PokeCoin system

Published: 29/Oct/2020 12:54

by Paul Cot

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Niantic have been testing an alternative Pokemon Go Pokecoin system for several months. They have now announced those tests will be discontinued and subsequently revert to the original system.

“Based on Trainer feedback and collected data, this PokéCoin-rewards test will be discontinued in all test countries (Australia, Germany, New Zealand, and Taiwan),” Niantic revealed via an update on the official Pokemon Go blog.

“The PokéCoin-rewards system in those countries will revert to the existing system on Thursday, November 5, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. local time.” That existing system is the one most trainers have come accustomed to.

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Defending gyms is currently the only way to get PokeCoins without buying them in Pokemon Go…

Keeping gyms relevant

Judging by the majority of feedback, trainers enjoy the simplicity of leaving a Pokemon on a gym to earn their 50 Pokecoins for the day. For those of you who don’t know, you earn one PokeCoin for every 10 minutes you have a ‘mon defending a gym.

That means to earn the maximum of the 50 coins you’ll need one on there for 8 hours and 20 minutes. That sounds difficult but over time gyms have become less competitive and you can often get the full amount in one attempt.

The system that was being tested gave trainers additional ways to earn those PokeCoins. Despite Niantic’s best intentions though, trainers were quick to criticize the new system and some cynics even believed it was a way for Niantic to sneakily increase revenues from die-hard players.

There’s always two sides to a story, however. Some trainers believed the new proposed PokeCoin system was actually more inclusive. The logic behind this was it would help trainers in competitive gyms areas but as mentioned above these areas are becoming less frequent.

Future changes to come?

It looks like the majority of trainers have got their way in regards to the old PokeCoin system, at least for the moment. Niantic didn’t close the book entirely on adjusting the system, saying: “We appreciate Trainers’ participation in the test, and we’ll continue to look for ways to improve how players can earn PokéCoins.” Hopefully the next one will be more popular.