Pokemon

Pokemon Go players angry with “cash grab” Vanillite for being too hard to catch

Published: 30/Dec/2020 16:02 Updated: 30/Dec/2020 16:35

by Daniel Megarry

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Pokemon Go players have expressed their frustration over how difficult it is to catch Vanillite, with some comparing it to catching a rare Legendary.

Vanillite is an ice-type Pokemon that was first seen in the Unova region in Pokemon Black and White. It was introduced to Pokemon Go on December 22, 2020, as part of the winter celebrations, and it’s already causing problems.

Despite it being one of the more basic Pokemon, players are wasting countless Pokeballs and berries trying to get their hands on Vanillite, and many are simply giving up and ignoring it after multiple failed attempts.

It’s even more frustrating because most players don’t like Vanillite (it’s arguably one of the least popular Pokemon in the game), but they need to catch them and evolve them into Vanillish and Vanilluxe to complete their Pokedex.

Vanillite Vanillish Vanilluxe Pokemon Go
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Players are frustrated over how hard Vanillite, Vanillish, and Vanilluxe are to get.

Pokemon Go fans think Vanillite is too hard to catch

Multiple threads about Vanillite on the Pokemon Go subreddit have gone viral with tens of thousands of upvotes.

Players are complaining about how difficult Vanillite is to catch, with some accusing Niantic of purposefully making it hard in a “cash grab” attempt to get players to buy more items and packages from the store.

“I feel like all ‘mons are slowly getting harder to catch. I can just tell you it’s because they want money,” wrote one frustrated fan. Another accused Niantic of making Pokemon harder to catch as “an intentional decision to try and force people to spend”.

One thread jokingly titled “I don’t understand… It’s just an ice cream cone” featured a mockup of the game illustrating how many Pokeballs the player had to go through in an attempt to catch a Vanillite. It’s received almost 40,000 upvotes.

What was initially meant to be a humorous post ended up sparking hundreds of comments from players genuinely frustrated over the issue.

I don’t understand… It’s just an ice cream cone from pokemongo

“I have a special kind of hate for this stupid ice cream cone,” wrote one frustrated player, while another added: “On top of being a pain in the ass, you need 150 candy to get a set [of all three evolutions]. F**k that ice cream b*stard.”

Many people on the Reddit thread agreed that they wouldn’t mind Vanillite being so difficult to catch if it was at least a decent Pokemon, but most of the Vanillites players are finding are zero or one-star rated.

“I wouldn’t even care if it was hard to catch if it was at least good,” wrote one player. “I’m definitely evolving it for picture and dex purposes but other than that it’s not really worth much to me.”

In another popular Reddit thread complaining about Vanillite, someone questioned why the ice-type Pokemon is so difficult to catch in Go when it has an identical catch rate to Ratatta and Spearow in the main series.

A third Reddit thread labeled the “comically unpopular” Pokemon species “infuriating” in the game, with one player explaining: “I’ve had easier times catching Legendaries than some Vanillites lately.”

Ah, Vanillite, the new pseudo legendary on the block from pokemongo

Some players had more luck, though. One wrote: “I see all these posts complaining about how difficult they are but I tend to get them with regular ol’ Pokeballs, no berries needed. Of course, now that I’ve said that I’ll be cursed to never catch one again.”

It’s the latest in a string of frustrations aired by Pokemon Go players in 2020. Many are getting annoying with Pokemon Go locking special edition Pokemon behind paid events, while others have complained about the endless “lazy” Pikachu costumes.

Call of Duty

Black Ops Cold War Zombies: New Firebase Z details, Tombstone Soda, Scorestreaks

Published: 15/Jan/2021 21:29 Updated: 15/Jan/2021 21:30

by Tanner Pierce

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In celebration of 115 day (which is a reference to Element 115 from Zombies lore), Treyarch have revealed some of the first major details about the upcoming Black Ops Cold War Zombies map, Firebase Z.

During the Black Ops Cold War’s mid-season update, Treyarch announced that a new Zombies map, titled Firebase Z, would be coming before the end of the season and confirmed that more details would be coming on 115 day.

Now, that day is here and it’s safe to say that Treyarch have delivered, at least for the time being, confirming exactly how the map connects to the mode’s overall narrative and revealing some new items that players will be able to use while grinding their way through it.

Black Ops Cold War Firebase Z story

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Firebase Z will take place in Vietnam and feature new enemies.

According to Treyarch, Firebase Z takes place in a facility called Outpost 25, which is located in the jungles of Vietnam. Set after the events of the first map, Die Maschine, Samantha Maxis has been captured by Omega Group and it’s up to the Requiem team to go and save her, which brings them to Outpost 25.

The developers also confirmed that the map will feature some brand-new enemies and gameplay mechanics, but they failed to go into detail about what exactly they will be. Could we be seeing a new boss zombie similar to the Megaton from Die Maschine? Fans will have to just wait and see.

New Zombies perk and scorestreaks

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Tombstone Soda is returning in Black Ops Cold War and it’ll operate a bit differently than it has in the past.

In addition to the narrative details, Treyarch also confirmed some of the new items coming to the game. The first, which was teased a few weeks back, is the Tombstone Soda perk.

For Black Ops Cold War, the aforementioned perk, which originated in Black Ops II, will feature some novel abilities.

While the player has the perk active, they will turn into a “shadow” if they’re downed. In this form, players can use weapons while they attempt to revive themselves. That being said, if you die while in shadow form, you’re done, presumably until the next round.

If you’re a fan of the original perk, however, that’s not a problem, as the tier-three upgrade for the Black Ops Cold War version allows you to drop a small stash, which includes all of your original items, when you die, which is almost identical to how the BO2 version worked.

Beyond that, the developers also confirmed that two new scorestreaks will be coming to the game: the Artillery and Napalm Strike. Each one can be crafted from the Crafting Table, although it’s unknown whether or not they’ll be available on just Firebase Z or if Die Maschine is also getting some love.

All in all, it seems like Firebase Z is going to bring a ton of cool features when it launches on February 4, 2021, which is sure to liven up the overall Zombies experience in Black Ops Cold War.