Pokemon Go Fest 2022

Pokemon go fest 2022’s first day passed the halfway point for those of us on the east coast, and I have to say… I’m a little underwhelmed. For something with a 15 dollar price tag, it’s a little glitchy and not very shiny.

I’m currently sitting at around 150 encounters for the day and have yet to find a shiny pokemon. Not completely horrible considering a 1/64 catch rate, but definitely not great. Coupled with an incense glitch that seems to be de-spawning pokemon before you can tap them, it’s hard not to feel a twinge of buyer’s remorse. A quick look on twitter and reddit confirms these are worldwide issues.

On the plus side, I’ve been able to catch a couple of the rarer spawns (unown, the galarians, and klink), but nothing new to me so far. Otherwise, this has been a day to celebrate the non-ticket holder benefits of constant kyogre and groudon raids!

Hindsight being 20/20, I wish I had saved the $15 for remote raid passes and spent the day chasing perfect and/or shiny legendaries (or, let’s be honest, the occasional axew raid).

I wish all you trainers and raiders the best of luck today, shinies or not!

ps: If you are like me and unable to get out of the house for raids, I highly recommend the Poke Genie app. They can easily hook you up with folks who need help raiding – you just need a remote pass and space on your friends list. They’ll send you an invite, you get to raid. Super simple. I’m frustrated i didn’t know about this until a couple days ago.

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