Pokemon Go Fest 2021: Ideas and Recap


Pokemon Go Fest has been a convention for me for the previous 5 years, minus one yr after I wasn’t in a position to get a ticket. And whereas the occasion has modified on the earth of COVID, final yr was nonetheless a variety of enjoyable. And with the return of (small) in-person experiences, 2021 had possibly the perfect Pokemon Go Fest but. I’m so excited, even per week or extra later, that I wish to inform you all about it. However relatively than simply regale you with my very own story, I’ve determined to format this yr’s rundown as a listing of ideas for getting probably the most out of Pokemon Go Fest and different Pokemon Go occasions. 

My buddy for the weekend.

Tip #1: It’s value devoting the weekend to the occasion, or at the least shopping for the move

Making Pokemon Go fest work was somewhat tough for me this yr. Because of pandemic delays, the Chicago Auto Present occurred over the identical weekend. I used to be planning to go along with my boyfriend Alex and a good friend of his, however how might we get the timing to work, particularly since an excessive amount of strolling in at some point destroys my toes? We reasoned that we might take the time without work work on Friday for the Auto Present. And I’m glad we did; looking back, if I needed to cancel one of many two occasions, I’d have cancelled the Auto Present. As I’ll element under, Pokemon Go Fest was an absolute blast this yr. I heard a variety of pals and different individuals lament that they missed out on it, so plan forward and ensure to concentrate to the official weblog and the in-game bulletins. You’ll wish to make a plan to spend as a lot time with Pokemon Go that weekend as doable. Even should you can’t, it’s well worth the $5 for a move so you may catch event-exclusive Pokemon with no matter time you do have.

Tip #2: Don’t sweat the analysis

The principle a part of the primary day of Pokemon Go Fest is at all times centered on a particular analysis occasion, as has been the case for the reason that second yr of the occasion. This yr, Niantic mercifully made the analysis fairly primary and never time-sensitive (that’s, it doesn’t require catching particular Pokemon which can be accessible at particular instances). This implies you are able to do the analysis slowly all through the day, with out having to hurry to catch the appropriate Pokemon earlier than they rotate out, which is one thing that was required in 2020. I assume and hope that this extra relaxed tackle the analysis will proceed going ahead.

My “band” on the finish of the analysis.

Tip #3: Deliver a commerce paddle/signal

That is the most important and most vital tip that I offers you, and it applies to any and all Pokemon Go occasions the place there are various individuals enjoying across the similar place on the similar time. Niantic made commerce paddles that you can print out your self this yr, together with having extra professionally made paddles accessible as giveaways within the cities the place they held the small bodily occasions, however I made my very own with the aspect of a cardboard field, a ruler, and a label maker (since no one can learn my handwriting). It reworked the complete expertise. All you do is write down the Pokemon you wish to commerce for, and those you’re keen to commerce away. Maintain the enroll all day, and other people will come to you. And other people did come to me, be it downtown throughout the day, throughout the in-person occasion I’ll describe subsequent, and even on the bus on the best way house. Not solely did I get some wonderful trades (which I’ll checklist shortly), I met a bunch of actually cool individuals I wouldn’t have in any other case met. And getting collectively is what the occasion is all about, proper? In the course of the occasion I managed to commerce for the regional unique Pokemon Tropius, Pachirisu, and Pansear; the way-too-rare Pancham; and the alternate particular model of Pikachu that I didn’t select from the particular analysis.

Me, wanting nerdy as ever, with my commerce paddle.

Tip #4: Come to Chicago

I understand this isn’t a tip that everybody can use, and there’s no option to know for positive if it should apply subsequent yr, however odds are fairly first rate that it’s going to. Chicago was the one place the place the primary two Pokemon Go Fests have been run, and one among solely three cities that held the third one. Niantic has a particular relationship with town, and boy did it present this yr. I discussed earlier than that a number of cities had minor in-person occasions occurring for Pokemon Go Fest 2021, however the greatest and most fascinating was right here within the windy metropolis. Individuals started reporting the looks of a large egg in a downtown park just a few days earlier than the occasion, and positive sufficient, that was for Pokemon Go Fest. In the course of the first day of the occasion, individuals might line up within the park to be given particular wristbands, which might permit them to return again at night time for a particular occasion. Projection results on the egg confirmed cool visuals for every of the three groups, what the legendary raid eggs in Pokemon Go truly appear to be, and eventually, 4 totally different legendary Pokemon that would seem in raids all through the park. The in-game aspect of issues wasn’t all that fascinating (it was simply 4 Pokemon that might be accessible in tons of raids on day 2 anyway), however the egg and the gathering itself have been superior. This was lastly what the sport’s unique trailer promised. It featured Mewtwo displayed on screens in Instances Sq., with many gamers working collectively to defeat and seize it. Positive, it was at a park in Chicago as an alternative, however it was nonetheless the identical expertise that the trailer offered. Beneath are a few of the designs that have been on the egg, together with the unlit egg earlier than the occasion with the screens under exhibiting who held the gymnasium it was sitting on. Naturally, Crew Valor held on to it till the tip.

Tip #5: Make a finances for purchasing cash 

Day 2 of Pokemon Go Fest 2021 was all about raids. And though we have been downtown particularly due to the entire raid gyms, we nonetheless made use of a variety of Distant Raid Passes, as did everybody else, I’m positive. Niantic did present occasion move holders with loads of free common and distant Raid Passes, however given how each legendary Pokemon within the recreation was made accessible and everybody likes discovering shiny legendary Pokemon, there was no method we might be happy with the variety of free passes given. My boyfriend and I made the error of not having a finances set forward of time, and suffice to say, we spent method an excessive amount of cash on raid passes that day. Not that it wasn’t value it; I caught the legendary Pokemon I used to be lacking (Reshiram, Virizion, Kyurem, and Terrakion), and my favourite of them (Terrakion) was even shiny. However yeah, we in all probability ought to have been extra cautious.

An enormous raid move arrange by the egg. I purchased too lots of the in-game ones.


Bonus Tip: Know the distinction between “legendary” and “legendary”

This isn’t a problem I bumped into, neither is it large enough to be a numbered tip (particularly as a result of it’s fairly particular to this yr’s occasion), however it’s one thing that I wager confused and stunned a variety of individuals. “Legendary” Pokemon are the particular, normally one-of-a-kind Pokemon accessible in regular play in the primary sequence. So for instance, Mewtwo is Legendary. “Legendary” Pokemon are these accessible via occasions and DLC solely, and are usually not accessible by regular means. So for instance, Mew is Legendary. So individuals who have been on the lookout for Mew or Celebi, and even Legendary Pokemon beforehand accessible from raids like Darkrai and Deoxys, have been in all probability very disenchanted.

Meloetta, the Pokemon accessible on the finish of Day 1’s analysis, is Legendary.

There have been undoubtedly ups and downs (my pockets nonetheless hasn’t totally recovered), however nonetheless, I had a tremendous time at Pokemon Go Fest this yr. And for these of you who attended, I hope you had a good time too; please be at liberty to inform us your individual tales within the feedback. Proper now the Extremely Unlock bonuses are energetic within the recreation, so take pleasure in that, and attempt to maintain tip #5 in thoughts (and possibly tip #3, should you’re going someplace with a variety of gamers). I’m already excited to see what Niantic has deliberate for subsequent yr. And who is aware of, should you observe tip #4 (or already dwell in Chicago), possibly I’ll see you then.


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