Pokémon GO first launched in 2016 and has always had mixed reviews. Created by Niantic for both Androids and IOS, the ride has not once been smooth for anyone. Countless times the company has received backlash from fans for one issue or another.
The event this past weekend was no different.
Sander and I have played Pokemon Go since launch. We’ve also got dedicated goals when we play. Sander’s long term goal is to collect one of everything with wonder stats. Mine is to complete the Pokédex. Back when gyms were always populated with high CP Pokémon, we would often sigh and walk away. With the new updates, we’ve been a battling power team. We’re both level 25 and finding it much easier to take gyms. We work in tandem together to take down players that have levels much higher than we do.
So if we play every day and dedicate at least 2 hours to playing, why aren’t we higher levels? We skipped playing in the winter because the weather was so bad. It gets dark around 5 o’clock here in The Netherlands. Biking at night isn’t the most fun, especially when it’s close to the low 40s. While we took time off from playing, other players in the area had a chance to grow (especially the ones who drove around in cars to get stops and gyms). Sander works all day and I won’t play without him. We’re a team and that’s my final say on the matter.
When Niantic announced their plans for the anniversary event for Pokémon GO, we were so excited. The event was happening in Chicago and a lot of complaints but also received positive notes. We knew the legendary Pokémon Lugia and Articuno would be released soon enough so we went to bed excited.
How did the Sunday play out?
The participation was overwhelming. The events popped up all over North Holland. But trainers came in so fast and defeated the Pokémon within minutes. Sander and I had to time our arrivals to be able to get into a group.
Our first group consisted of 18 kids and adults alike. Unfortunately, Sander didn’t catch this Lugia so we set off to find another one. We were in the car for only about ten minutes before we stumbled onto another level five raid with a Lugia on top. We parked and walked over to greet the other players waiting there.
This second group consisted of the “Veterans.” They were faces recognized as being the strongest and most dedicated. Since we were from the town over, we had no idea but they were kind enough to accept us in anyways.
We also spoke to one couple who had been experience grinding in Lieden. Needless to say, we were impressed, they were level 38 and 39, much higher than we were. They were a power couple, as we were, but they were much more serious. Sander and I play for fun and exercise, not level grinding. It did make us feel humbled though, that there were people so close to home with high aspirations.
Sander caught his Lugia this time around. We spent the rest of the evening hunting for an Articuno but failed to find one.
The second day of the event, Monday, was also frustrating. We drove for around 20 minutes before we found a group willing to fight together. Sander got his Articuno, I did not. We plan on using the rest of the event, which has been extended, to look for more Articunos to catch. I’m keeping myself steeled in case I fail again. The Reddit has reports of people farming and failing.
There is another event for Europe coming soon but details are still under wraps.
My advice is to bring a portable charger with you. We use this one. We couldn’t go out hunting again after our 2nd Lugia since my phone was at 7%. It’s difficult to play if you don’t have a group of friends to play with. Try setting up camp at a PokéStop and applying a lot of buffs to rake in the experience points. This is a perfect time to level, so take advantage of it!
This has been the most fun we’ve had in a long time though. The event comes with extra experience points, higher appearance rates, and shorter egg hatching times. We’re inspired to head out more often than before. What are your thoughts on the event and the legends finally being up for grabs?