Saturday saw one of the biggest paid international events Pokémon Go has hosted the Kanto tour. Not costing $ 11.99, it was a 25th anniversary celebration for Pocket Monsters, with the popular mobile game going back to the series’ origins for a 12-hour celebration of OG 151 Pokémon. Except that they accidentally let someone in for free.
Reports appear to indicate (Thanks Eurogamer) This was only discovered after the international start time at 9 o’clock had swept through New Zealand and Australia, not caught until the violent time wave had spread halfway around the world, leaving many people who had decorated a good deal for a single day play a little cheesed off.
In response, POGO The creators of Niantic have promised a not yet detailed “bonus event” for those who paid to play, to try to make up for any hard feelings.
It was certainly not the only thing that went wrong during the day, but after spending a full 12 hours playing, I can attest that it was generally pretty good.
Other issues included a rather tiring period when the game only allowed players to use local raid passes when trying to participate in external raids, which certainly did not give me any benefits PokeRaid. Plus it was one a lot with teams on the app, with the millions of extra people who are all online at the same time.
For most of the day, however, there was a complete schedule of tasks and challenges to plow through, with the ultimate win for the first appearance of Shiny Ditto awaiting the end. This was accompanied by an insane collection of collecting challenges, where all 151 Kanto region Pokémon were available to capture at different times throughout the day.
This also showed blank versions of each Kanto month, including all those never released before – and which are far more likely to be found than usual. Each hour changed the list of available Pokémon, while the raid saw the appearance of Moltres (shining caught!), Zapdos (shining caught!), And Articuno (muted sadness, but there is still time). Oh, and yes, MewTwo too. Ahem. Bring me …
Um, yes, I did play with my six year old, and this was obviously all for him.
I still have with his disappointment to discover the shiny Ditto do nottransform after all into the gleaming versions of the Pokémon he fights. (“But what’s even the point then ?! He only has a different color Ditto!”) Believe me, and tell him that it is the same in the console games (bar gen 3, I am told) is no consolation. Nor does it rationalize that it would not be very good imitation if he had a different color (but pooh on the dumb argument, Redditors, because regular Ditto does not mimic shinies!).
However, completing today’s antics has unlocked something far more exciting: the hunt for a shiny Mew. This is no small feat. The first round of challenges asked us to get 151 great throws, which we polished in one day. The other has asked us to collect 151 different species of Pokémon, plus 30 of all types of Pokémon. There are potentially 540+ catches, albeit significantly reduced by monsters that overlap two types. Oh, and to catch Pokémon for 30 days in a row. So it will stop the grinders from getting there first (but as always, Aussies and Kiwis will be able to pack it before the rest of the world). I dare not find out what step 3 can mean.
Keep an eye on Niantic’s social media for information on what the bonus event will be. I really hope it will include another chance to get a gleaming shiny Snorlax, because the cuddly animal avoids me so.