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Are paid-for Pokemon Go special research story events fair & worth it?

Published: 20/Mar/2020 20:06

by Paul Cot


Pokemon Go players are currently in the middle of the latest special research story event which gives you the Mythical Genesect. The event has unsurprisingly raised questions from trainers as to whether the paid-for event is fair, but also worth the money.

When a free-to-pay game such as Pokemon Go starts charging for elements of the game that have always been free – such as putting a particular Pokemon behind a pay-wall – some trainers will inevitably voice their displeasure.

Particular items such as Incenses and Incubators have always had a cost attached to them (mostly) but this was always accepted as it was the case when Pokemon Go released in 2016. Since then, it appears Niantic and co are adopting more of a pay-to-play approach.

Genesect Research Event
Genesect is the second species to be added to Pokemon Go via a pay-wall…

Fair to put Pokemon behind a pay-wall?

Whether you think it’s fair to put Pokemon behind a real cost is opinion. Some will argue it’s greedy from the developers, others it’s a smart business move and some it’s a small cost that’s reasonable given the game is free in the first place.

Whatever your opinion is on it, it should be noted that, technically, Genesect won’t be behind a pay-wall for long. Sure you have to pay the $7.99 if you want it now but it will be coming to EX Raids in April. This is the same as what happened with the first special research story event – Regigigas. The Colossal Pokemon was also added to EX Raids shortly after.

There’s also hope they will become even more available than the difficult to get invited to EX Raids. Mewtwo and Dexoys, two Pokemon that were also only found in EX Raids, have since been featured in five-star raids, suggesting Genesect and Regigigas could follow.

Pokemon Go Event Ticket
Tickets for these special research story events can be bought in the Pokemon Go Shop…

Are the tickets worth it?

The tickets to these events have so far cost $7.99 (£7.99) each. This is a pretty substantial cost just for a Pokemon.

However, these research events actually provide various rewards, too. So in effect, you’re not paying the money just for the Pokemon but several items that have a cost attached to them in the Pokemon Go Shop.

The rewards which feature in the Pokemon Go Shop normally cost 1,570 PokeCoins alone – more than $13 worth. There are also the various rewards that don’t have a monetary value attached to them.

This shows the ticket clearly does provide value, even by the rewards alone. Fans rightly have their opinions on whether or not events such as these should be paid-for, but there should be little argument that the ticket does provide Pokemon Go trainers with good value.


Pokemon Go Kalos Celebration Event – all research tasks & rewards

Published: 2/Dec/2020 16:50 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 16:53

by Daniel Megarry


Gen 6 is finally coming to Pokemon Go in December, and there’s a special Kalos Celebration Event to mark the occasion. Here’s how to complete the tasks and get those rewards.

Since its debut in 2016, Pokemon Go has gradually introduced species from the Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, Unova, Alola, and Galar regions.

Now, it’s the turn of Kalos, the region that first appeared in Pokemon X & Y on the Nintendo 3DS.

To celebrate their arrival, Niantic have launched a special event that runs for a limited time and will see the likes of Chespin, Fennekin, Froakie, Bunnelby, Fletchling, Litleo, and Noibat appear more frequently in the wild to increase your chances of catching them.

Pokemon Company
Players can now find Chespin, Fennekin and Froakie in Pokemon Go

The celebration also includes an event-exclusive timed research quest that rewards players with XP and a variety of items including Venasaur Mega Energy, Blastoise Mega Energy, and Charizard Mega Energy.

Pokemon Go Kalos Event dates and times

Like all special events in Pokemon Go, the Kalos Celebration Event will only be around for a limited time. It begins on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, at 10 AM local time, and runs until Tuesday, December 8, 2020, at 10 PM local time.

This means that you’ll need to complete the timed research quest tasks before the event ends, or you’ll risk missing out on any rewards you haven’t managed to grab yet.

Kalos Event timed research tasks and rewards

The research quest consists of six steps, with rewards offered for each individual task as well as an overall reward for completing each step.

Below you’ll find the tasks and rewards for the Kalos Celebration Event timed research quest:

Kalos Celebration Event Step 1

  • Transfer five Pokemon – 10 PokeBalls
  • Catch a Fletchling – 600 XP
  • Give your buddy three treats – 600 Stardust

Rewards: 800 XP, 500 Stardust, and 15 Charizard Mega Energy

Kalos Celebration Event Step 2

  • Power up a Pokemon five times – 10 PokeBalls
  • Catch a Litleo – 5 Hyper Potions
  • Use five berries to help catch Pokemon – 5 Revive

Rewards: 800 XP, 500 Stardust, and 15 Charizard Mega Energy

Kalos Celebration Event Step 3

  • Catch 10 Pokemon – 10 PokeBalls
  • Catch a Chespin – 30 Venasaur Mega Energy
  • Make five Nice Throws – 10 Nanab Berries

Rewards: 100 XP, 750 Stardust, and 15 Charizard Mega Energy

Kalos Celebration Event Step 4

  • Catch 15 Pokemon – 10 PokeBalls
  • Catch a Fennekin – 30 Charizard Mega Energy
  • Make seven Nice Throws – 10 Razz Berries

Rewards: 1000 XP, 750 Stardust, and 15 Charizard Mega Energy

Kalos Celebration Event Step 5

  • Catch 20 Pokemon – 15 PokeBalls
  • Catch a Froakie – 30 Blastoise Mega Energy
  • Make seven Great Throws – 10 Pinap Berries

Rewards: 1000 XP, 750 Stardust, and 15 Charizard Mega Energy

Kalos Celebration Event Step 6

  • Claim reward – 1000 XP
  • Claim reward – 1000 XP
  • Claim reward – 1000 XP

Rewards: 2000 XP, 1000 Stardust, and 1 Lucky Egg

Pokemon Go Kalos Celebration Event
Generation 6 is finally coming to Pokemon Go in December

Kalos Event field research tasks and rewards

There are also exclusive field research tasks for players to complete. These can be accessed from spinning PokeStops. Below you’ll find the three field research tasks and their rewards.

  • Catch three Normal-type Pokemon – Bunnelby reward
  • Catch five Flying-type Pokemon – Fletchling reward
  • Catch seven Fire-type Pokemon – Litleo reward

Remember, you’ll need to complete all of these tasks by 10 PM local time on Tuesday, December 8, 2020, if you want to bag all of those rewards. Good luck, trainers!

You can follow the latest Pokemon Go Kalos event leaks, updates, and new generation additions over on our Pokemon Go page.