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October 21, 2017 2:41 PM - Subscribe

Gen3 is creeping down the stairs in Pokemon GO! Several ghost types from Gen3 are being released with PoGo's Halloween event. Come on inside and tell us what you found!

FYI, this is experimental post for Pokemon Go, made with the mod's blessing. Since PoGo gets new content on a haphazard schedule, they suggested a FanFare Talk post so fans could discuss as need by.
posted by Brandon Blatcher (111 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Woo, thanks Brandon for plugging this in. It remains to be seen if we're the last two mefites that care about PoGo.
That said...
I'm enjoying the glut of candy mightily as I did last year.
This year, I went on a bit of poke-hiatus until (purely coincidentally) the bonus event this summer. Firing up the game to an abundance of unboring pokemons and a frenzy of hatchings made the return to the grindy everyday a bit of a drag. So much so that I was anticipating the halloween event very keenly. Niantic should have more and more regularly spaced events for those few, proud, super-casual trainers such as myself.

Most annoyingly, I just caught my first shiny magikarp, and had 400 candies on hand, but the damn thing had 12cp and was unlikely to make much headway in life or in battle. Further, the gyrados that I did evolve was nearly as disappointing as my first one... stupid twister mumble mumble.
posted by Cold Lurkey at 7:13 AM on October 22, 2017

I'm still bopping around the city with various people, catching the nth version of imaginary monsters, lol.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:03 AM on October 23, 2017 [1 favorite]

I found this post! Hello! I am here! I am still playing.
posted by purpleclover at 9:46 AM on October 23, 2017

I was super-excited about the Halloween event, but it's really just whetted my appetite for the rest of Gen 3. I was bummed to realize that I had already caught all the new dudes on Friday (including a shiny Sableye (not to brag (also to brag))).

I need more monsters! (Also more stardust.)

What are your goals at this point? I feel like I have a pretty good stable of highish level Tyranitar/Rhydon/Gyrados. I caught a ton of Raikou, but have only bothered with a couple of Entei because I'm not really sure what to do with the legendaries. Do I power them up?

In personal news, I got an Ex Raid pass last month for a raid at my local Sprint store but wasn't able to play it because my kid's school event ran long. Perhaps I will never get MewTwo. (But, as a totally Pokemon-naive player, I don't really understand the deal with MewTwo anyway. :)
posted by purpleclover at 10:14 AM on October 23, 2017

I'm not totally sure of my goals. Niantic hasn't done the game justice in my opinion, but there tends to be enough there to keep playing, especially with the people I've met.

The PoGo scene here in Savannah is vibrant, though diminished from when the game started, of course. All the teams have respectable showings and there's a core intramural group that hangs out together.

Headed to my fourth EX Raid this Friday, really dislike the 12 noon time slot on a work/school day. A LOT of people are having someone else on their team or in their family play for them. This will only make account sharing seem more natural and I don't think Niantic really thought this aspect through. Or simply doesn't care.

I have a perfect MewTwo, caught it on my second EX Raid with only seven balls. The waves of jealousy from the other level 40 players was intense, lol.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 11:56 AM on October 23, 2017


We just got our area scanned and have one of those maps that show where all the Pokemon are, but more importantly it shows where all the Raids are. Niantic did an amazingly fantastic job of making Raids difficult to do/find.

This summer definitely saw a shift in the game with Raiding becoming so prominent. I'm not crazy about the change. Really wish there was some sort of daily or weekly Quest and would be ok with buying a Hunting pass to finish out the quests.

I love, love, LOVE the design and animation of so many of the monsters, just wish more could be done with them.

We had a local spoofing problem for the longest while, but with the gym revamp, that seems to have diminished greatly. Can't say that I'm fond of the gym revamp, but I understand the rationale. I was one of those people who had close to 20 gyms a day and as great as that was, it was strangling the game a bit. Oh well, onward to new things.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 12:11 PM on October 23, 2017

Yay, I missed these Pokemon Go talks! I'm still playing daily, but I'm mostly just grinding through the game. Legendary raids became possible when I joined a local FB group. I still feel weird showing up to an event that an early teen rides his bike to! This weekend, I'm going to an event in Philadelphia that's loosely affiliated with Pokemon Go -- no interesting spawns or special events.

At this point, most of my enjoyment comes from reading player reports on the silph road atlas when a previously great spawn area becomes something common.

I don't really know that I have any goals for still playing. I like the gym restructure, but I hate the coins. I get why Niantic did it, but I still miss my 100 coins/day.
posted by gladly at 12:17 PM on October 23, 2017

I really miss the 5K in stardust a day. Losing that truly sucked.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 12:32 PM on October 23, 2017

Really wish there was some sort of daily or weekly Quest and would be ok with buying a Hunting pass to finish out the quests.

Yes, totally agree. It's kind of touching how invested The Silph Road folks are in earning their, like, Steel or Dragon Medals—but at least it's a thing you can work toward. Which is a big thing the game is lacking.

It's been actually pretty fun to meet other people at legendary raids. Probably if you'd told me that last year I would have not believed you at all.
posted by purpleclover at 10:21 PM on October 23, 2017

I’m still playing! I am enjoying the Halloween event, but really at this point I am just using the game as an incentive to exercise- getting candy for my buddy and hatching eggs. I don’t actually have any friends who play anymore, so I don’t really do any fighting. I miss getting my coins to buy incubators.
posted by Missense Mutation at 5:47 AM on October 24, 2017

Fyi, you can probably take a gym by yourself in about 15 min or so. Keep it in for 8 and hours and boom, 50 coins!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:56 AM on October 24, 2017

Raids are easy to find here on a college campus, but I have yet to show up at the same time as enough other people to complete a single one.
posted by tofu_crouton at 6:10 AM on October 24, 2017 [1 favorite]

There was an update a few months back that messed with the little bluetooth clicker and its ability to keep the game awake (and thus counting steps) which pretty much murdered the game for me. Tried changing all the settings but after my third 5k walk with no eggs or buddy candy, I gave up. I still check in now and again, especially when the 7 year old needs an activity at a restaurant.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 8:10 AM on October 24, 2017

I still play daily (most days). I really liked the new gyms*, as I can now take gyms. I'm enjoying getting 50 coins most days. On the other hand, I'm hating the raids. I got signed into the local discord group in the summer when it started up, but never really could find raids that said five or more people were going. Finally went to a few anyways. One we marked that we were going, but when we showed up everyone else had already played. We tagged along with them to their next raid, won it, then found it how rare it is to catch the thing (didn't catch it). We tried a few more weekends, but never found that group again (or any other) to make legendaries possible. It's a bummer, because I've always taken "gotta catch 'em all" as my loose goal for the game. I'm hoping that they find some other way to get these legendaries into the game at some point -- 100k eggs, trading from players who somehow got tons, something.

Also, Halloween is fun. I like all my new ghosties and that I can continue to build them up and admire them without being distracted by the rest of gen 3. I wouldn't mind if they introduced the rest a few at a time, every few weeks.

*The funny thing is that my husband started playing again, with a new account on my team, because we thought it might make gyms more fun/possible. It is fun, but the gyms no longer make it necessary.
posted by Margalo Epps at 8:24 AM on October 25, 2017

We've been chugging along and grinding, picking up the new little ghosties. Purr got on discord to join local legendary raids, but I usually just hand him my phone because I hate meeting people IRL. Everyone says he's very gallant because he tries to catch my legendary first. He also has managed to catch a wild unknown, of which I am very jealous.

We had thought that Mewtwo was only a rumor right now, and haven't seen these RaidEX things? What's that deal?
posted by Hermeowne Grangepurr at 12:31 PM on October 25, 2017

Niantic claims to be field testing EX Raids, so some cities get them, some don't.

We've had three in Savannah, about to have a fourth this Friday. No one has any idea why some people get them and others don't. But most of the players who Raid a lot have at least gotten one. But the #1 player in the world, who plays for 12 hours a day on 4-6 devices, hasn't gotten one.

So yeah, it's a bit of guessing game and that's pissed a lot of people off, with good reason.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 1:57 PM on October 25, 2017

I'm hoping that they find some other way to get these legendaries into the game at some point -- 100k eggs

This is another very excellent idea.
posted by purpleclover at 2:17 PM on October 25, 2017

I'm still playing! Only incentive is to get to level 40, which is about 3million XP away right now. Halloween event is helping a lot, because I'm getting to mass evolve every other day iwth a lucky egg.

Got an invite to an EX raid, but couldn't go, boo.

And I have only caught one legendary. I don't have time to go to raids, so it was completely random - I was standing in a subway station under a gym. Right place right time.
posted by gaspode at 5:49 AM on October 26, 2017

I'm also still playing! Mostly on my walks to and from subway rides to work or other errands, but it's still a nice bit of motivation to a few extra blocks. The Halloween event has been fun so far.

Wow, nice items, Brandon Blatcher! The only raids I've done have been low-level single player ones. I hope legendaries will be in 100K eggs eventually.
posted by wiskunde at 3:18 AM on October 27, 2017

New round of EX Raid Invites going out, looks mostly like the same people at the same location as today.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 3:46 PM on October 27, 2017

I'm still playing daily (at least to get the pokestop and catch bonuses) but have given up entirely on the legendary raids because it's too hard to co-ordinate to arrive with other groups of people. Very much hope that another mechanism for catching the ledges is introduced. The 100k egg idea is a great one!
posted by roolya_boolya at 3:20 AM on October 28, 2017

Hey folks! Checking in from New Zealand. I happen to live in a place with a pretty healthy community so can do a legendary raid or two just about every day. They also post any Unown sightings so managed to snag myself one of those. Plenty of level 40s here (only 32 myself) but the city still hasn't had an ex raid. Starting to get to know how the countryside players feel.

Got my first shiny karp before the event started (lucky number 301) but haven't managed any shiny ghosts yet.

Most of the hardcore players are now looking for perfect IV pokemon with medals a distant second. Although it was a savvy move introducing the legendary raid medal with a gold goal of 1000(!)

The Gengar spawns have been insane here lately and so I've got a stable of 6 2000+cp ones ready to knock over pesky normal pokemon in gyms. Team Instinct represent!

(Just quietly, did we get this post to stop us from spamming the front page)
posted by Start with Dessert at 9:29 PM on October 28, 2017

Am one of those lucky people that did an EX Raid this past Friday and got invited back to same location for another EX Raid hours after the first one ended.

Caveat: It's a location with terrible GPS that caused people to constantly drop out and we'd have to restart.

Yep, first world problems, but darkly humorous.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 8:44 AM on October 30, 2017

Suicune is out! I had the chance to catch six! Only got two! Not bitter at all, honest!!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 4:52 PM on October 31, 2017

Okay, now I have had I think 5 Pokemon in gyms for the past 8 or so days... I need someone to roll through town and defeat these gyms (1 per day, apparently, please)!
posted by Missense Mutation at 11:21 AM on November 1, 2017

I've had one in a gym for about 75 days now, lol. Hopefully it'll stay and break some record.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:43 AM on November 2, 2017

Did anyone else have precisely zero 10K eggs throughout the halloween event?

Also, just whiny shiny talk here, but I think they flipped the switch off a few minutes early, as I was waiting out some rain right before 2pm Pacific, and at 5 til, I stopped catching with bonus candy. I was also .2K away from hatching a 2k egg, and as the rain came back and the candy was gone, I went back inside... wherein I hatched a f'n spinorak with standard stupid amounts of stupid spinorak stupid candy.

probably I'm a bit sour because I also got my ass handed to me repeatedly trying to take down a single Blissey defender. Timing, it seems, is everything.
posted by Cold Lurkey at 5:55 PM on November 2, 2017

Did anyone else have precisely zero 10K eggs throughout the halloween event?

Oh no, I had at least two Sudowoodos hatch.
posted by Margalo Epps at 7:33 PM on November 2, 2017 [3 favorites]

Blisseys aren't as troublesome as they used to be but I still despise them.

I've been mostly playing just as an excuse to go for walks, so I haven't been doing any raiding (except some low-level ones I can beat on my own). I finally evolved a Blastoise over the weekend and now other than legendaries and region-locked pokemon, I've got all but Grimer and Polywraith from first gen.
posted by ckape at 11:17 PM on November 2, 2017

Did manage to get myself a shiny duskull the last day after grinding for a couple of hours.

Re: the 10k eggs have always been harder to get than the 5 and 2k eggs. Also, hatching Shuppet and Sableye in eggs was a bad idea. Nothing worse than hatching a non-shiny ghost from a 10k.

Having said that, my luck with 10ks was a bit better. Got 2 Porygons (with 120 candy!) And a Larvitar (with 56 candy!). At the end of the day - really happy with that.

Our city finally got ex raid passes today, so more good news, even if I missed out.
posted by Start with Dessert at 11:11 PM on November 3, 2017

10K eggs: I had a really good run for a while by saving up 10K eggs until I had nine. Then I'd only hatch 2 or 3 at time. Then, in a remarkably short amount of time, I'd wind up with more 10K eggs to fill those slots. The last double dust event seemed to break that, damn it.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 8:37 AM on November 4, 2017

Niantic is going to release a Harry Potter mobile AR game next year, for real! Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. No details at all yet except this brief description:
Players will learn spells, explore their real world neighborhoods and cities to discover & fight legendary beasts and team up with others to take down powerful enemies.
posted by mbrubeck at 7:39 PM on November 8, 2017

Yes, I'm really going to enjoy that larger market having a fit when Niantic does one of its patented stupid movies.

Also enjoying the friends who slightly sneered at me for playing PoGo who are now eagerly "signing up" for Harry Potter And the Augmented Reality. There's four houses in HP though, so that'll make team dynamics particularly interesting, lol.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:26 AM on November 9, 2017

There's four houses in HP though, so that'll make team dynamics particularly interesting, lol.
In the books, there are four houses at one school and no named houses of two more schools. In the Potterverse there are eleven schools, not all with named houses. So 44 teams if all schools go for a four house split...
posted by Margalo Epps at 4:45 PM on November 9, 2017

Just found this post and I still play. I'm pretty close to level 34, mostly thanks to raids. We have a strong and active Facebook group of local players who regularly post raids, and I have the time during the day to take advantage. We'll see what happens as the weather gets colder. I have no shinies at all, but did manage to get an Unown recently, so there's that.
posted by booksherpa at 5:34 PM on November 13, 2017

I caught a shuckle... yah?
posted by Cold Lurkey at 7:12 PM on November 14, 2017

The end of daylight saving time has messed with my raid opportunities. By the time I'm done work, there's maybe one round of raids left. I completely understand Niantic wanting to keep raids in the daylight hours, but that leaves me a weekend-only raider.
posted by gladly at 6:51 PM on November 15, 2017

Don’t fuckle shuckle.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 9:20 PM on November 15, 2017

I would probably still be playing if my app didn't crash every single time I opened it. It didn't always do that, but started behaving badly this summer. I got angry at the app and deleted it. (Also, my neighbourhood in London is currently being targeted by "moped gangs" of criminals who grab people's phones out of their hands, so police has advised everyone not to walk around with their phone visible. In other words, no Pokemon GO for me anymore...)
posted by easternblot at 2:10 AM on November 20, 2017

The end of daylight saving time has messed with my raid opportunities. By the time I'm done work, there's maybe one round of raids left. I completely understand Niantic wanting to keep raids in the daylight hours, but that leaves me a weekend-only raider.

You think that's bad? Most raids are finished here in New Zealand by 7pm and sunset is 8:30 and getting later by the day. They have been starting earlier, but who wants to do a raid at 6:30/7 in the morning?
posted by Start with Dessert at 2:34 AM on November 20, 2017

At the onset of the double XP giving event, I developed acute plantar fascitis... fml.
posted by Cold Lurkey at 4:45 PM on November 22, 2017

So I decided to take advantage of this event. So far I've grinded from level 33 to 34 and should be level 35 by tomorrow. Super-looking forward to getting a farfetch'd - my favourite.

Also, happy that they've finally outlined how to get an exclusive raid pass.
posted by Start with Dessert at 4:47 PM on November 23, 2017

Yeah, there's been a massive spike in gym turnover at local parks and sponsored gyms. Sadly, some of that is from known spoofers.

Which sucks, but also, whatever about gyms for the next week, it's double dust! That's the scarcest resource in the game.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 11:04 AM on November 24, 2017

FarFetch has been released globally until about Monday, November 27th 7:30 EST. It can be incensed!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 2:34 AM on November 26, 2017

Happy to have found the PoGo post :)

I enjoyed the last event a lot - caught my Farfetch'd, made it to Level 35, and did a bunch of legendary raids. There's a Discord chat that some players use in my city, but I happened upon most of these by chance, which makes it a little more fun (and less stressful, honestly) for me.
posted by invokeuse at 8:48 PM on December 2, 2017 [1 favorite]

I like the daily count of progression during the contest, along with the various tiers of unlocking different rewards. Hopefully they'll do something similar from time to time.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:48 AM on December 3, 2017

So, the last event go me to level 40 (yay!) and now I don't know what to do with myself!
Getting out to legendary raids is a pain for me (I only have Entei) but at the moment, I guess that's the only novel thing I have going on.
posted by gaspode at 10:27 AM on December 4, 2017 [1 favorite]

Whoot, congrats gaspode, that's so great!

As to what to do next, how are you badges looking? Finishing them out might be fun!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 10:49 AM on December 4, 2017

Does anyone know/want to speculate what the xmas event will be? Apart from cute hats, is it a candy or xp type give away... ( apart from the hatted pickachus, I don't remember what last year's was). I'm just trying to not be stupid (for once) about burning transfers, evolves and death marches of 10Ks.
posted by Cold Lurkey at 7:50 PM on December 4, 2017

Brandon Blatcher, oh good call. I just checked. I need to finish up my dragon badge and win 1000 raids (yes, that will take a while). I think, while I'm waiting for Gen 3, I'll just work on finding and maxing out 100iv pokemon. That will take a while.
posted by gaspode at 7:56 PM on December 4, 2017

Dang gaspode, congrats! What an achievement - especialy given you don't raid much. All the Level-40 grinders I know are strategic about timing their Lucky Eggs to maximize XP and don't even care about catching legendaries anymore - I ran into a guy who had over 140 Entei alone, and those were just the ones he kept.

I hope Delibird gets released for Christmas! It's perfectly themed.
posted by invokeuse at 9:42 PM on December 4, 2017 [1 favorite]

Anyone know if the health potion/revive spawn rates have been lowered recently? We always had a big surplus of health potions but in the last few weeks they've run out and we only get a potion now once every ten Pokestops or so. I'm sure they were more common than that before. Is it to encourage more revive/potion purchases from the shop?
posted by EndsOfInvention at 4:57 AM on December 5, 2017

Lol, I don't count the "Win 1000" battles badge, 'cause really, that would take years to do and ain't nobody got time or even the desire for that.

Cold Lurkey, last year they dropped Gen 2 babies in eggs, had some special boxes available and increased spawn rates for gen 1 pokemon, and lure models were increased for an hour. Plus Pikachu wore a hat. Here's the December 23, 2016 announcement and the one for December 25, 2016. I expect something similar, ie no double candy, dust, or XP. Would LOVE to see hats on more Pokemon, that would be fun.

EndsofInvention, potion drops from stops were majorly nerfed a few weeks ago. Currently the only way to get bundles is by raiding. No idea when or if they'll change, but yeah it sucks.

In good news, if you have a Gotcha, there will be a firmware update to make it work again with iOS11. No timetable on that though.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:10 AM on December 5, 2017 [1 favorite]

EndsofInvention, potion drops from stops were majorly nerfed a few weeks ago

Ah, thanks. I wasn't sure if we were just doing a lot more gym battles now with the updated gyms and just using potions more often.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 5:19 AM on December 5, 2017

Some of gen3 dropping this week (no, they're not going to tell you when), along with new weather effects!

Watch this here video!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 9:45 AM on December 6, 2017

The Silph Road's take here. An album of images including weather/type interactions here.

I saw PRESENT in the list of new attacks! DELIBIRD IS ON ITS WAY!

I'm keen to see the weather effects, although I have to admit that one thing that was nice about PoGo was that it was always sunny in that world (winters where I live are rather dreary.)
posted by invokeuse at 7:52 PM on December 6, 2017

The speculation is that Gen 3 drops Thursday night at 7pm EST, 'cause Thursday is usually when they drop stuff and evidently the game checks in with the server everything at midnight in the UK.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 10:24 AM on December 7, 2017 [1 favorite]

During the event I went from level 33 to level 36, and I told myself that I would pull back on the game for a bit until Gen 3 came out. Then Ho-oh came along and I've kind of run out of time to get a break. It feels like Niantic are really focused on keeping new content cycling into the game.

This is all great but I think I'm just going to slow-play Gen 3 and dial back for a bit. Gen 4 is the one with the awesome evolutions anyway.
posted by Start with Dessert at 3:25 AM on December 8, 2017 [1 favorite]

I'm totally on board with the weather update, and it will be so nice to have new things to catch. I still need to earn my steel type badge, so let's see if they're around for the flurries we're due this Saturday. If only there was weather that brought fighting types out.
posted by gladly at 8:12 AM on December 8, 2017

Let's talk about the weather:
It is really gorgeous to have clouds scudding across the pokesky.
That little bit of variation (on my grocery run tonight it went from partly cloudy to cloudy) in ambient pokemon is, for now, really sweet and exciting. I can imagine how frustrating it is to go from a more extreme weather back to partly cloudy.
Also wind? is it supposed to be showing wind direction and strength? It's hard for me to gauge, because I'm pretty sure they pull the weather data from O'Hare, our official recording station for all of Chicago, and that is ~15 miles away and a world apart in terms of microclimate. Thus, the game told me it was partly cloudy with winds from the east north east in there while I was under a clear blue sky with westerly wind.
I'm sure it is an absolute data nightmare for them to do this in the first place, but next level shit would be to pull from the closest weather station for absolutely killer VR immersion.

posted by Cold Lurkey at 5:03 PM on December 8, 2017 [1 favorite]

If only there was weather that brought fighting types out.

According to my weather icon in PoGo, fairy, fighting, and poison types are increased during cloudy weather, which is what we have locally today.
posted by booksherpa at 7:00 PM on December 8, 2017

According to my weather icon in PoGo, fairy, fighting, and poison types are increased during cloudy weather, which is what we have locally today.

Yep, picked up a massive 2315cp Hariyama today. Really looking forward to finally getting my fighting medal gold.
posted by Start with Dessert at 3:08 AM on December 9, 2017

Some of these new raids are a bit too difficult imo
posted by EndsOfInvention at 3:16 AM on December 9, 2017

Get a group together, you can do it!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:42 AM on December 9, 2017

My snowy Pokescape is beautiful this morning! Last night, I did have a cloudy evening and saw a lot of poison and fairy type mon, but alas, no fighting. I haven't had a chance to try the additional damage in a raid or gym fight, but I think that's a very cool addition.
posted by gladly at 9:01 AM on December 9, 2017

I'm really glad there are new Pokemon to catch. I was happy when they changed how gyms work, but it's clear that the drawback of being in one of the busiest cities is that it's hard to get into a gym, let alone defending.

Okay, now I have had I think 5 Pokemon in gyms for the past 8 or so days...

As far as finding gyms with an open slot, I have found exactly two since the change. There are there are raids happening everywhere, all the time, but I often get a message that it's a private group. On an early morning walk I defeated a gym on my own, but it was immediately flipped. Maybe I'm also doing it wrong.

For me, walking all over catching Pokemon is the real draw, but when I'm surrounded by the same handful of Pokemon it loses its appeal. Yesterday I caught a new-to-me Pokemon so I'm really looking forward to the smoke clearing so I can get back out and catch these new ones.

I've gotten to lvl 33 by staying in bed half the time. I have 171 ultra balls and just dumped 20 of my 70 Nanab Berrys to make room for more stuff, and my inventory doesn't even contain any potions since I hardly ever battle. I also have 12 Up-Grades for a Pokemon I've never seen, although the Pokedex says I have encountered one somewhere, which means 7-day streaks don't mean much. (Although I still try to remember!) I have no idea if that's in line with other players, but it's seems to me that before this release there just wasn't much for me to do unless I want another 500 Sandshrews.

None of this is a complaint, really, I'm just disappointed that I can't seem to keep up. Also, I think they need to take the speed limit down a scooch; I feel penalized for having to rely on public transportation.
posted by Room 641-A at 9:34 AM on December 9, 2017 [1 favorite]

Defeated a Ho-Oh today with 5 players - Rock attacks were boosted by the weather, which certainly helped.
Didn't catch it, though :(

I'm really enjoying Gen 3 so far, though - it's nice to have a little novelty in the game. I think Gulpin looks a bit like a Chikorita who's had waaaaay too much to drink.
posted by invokeuse at 4:59 PM on December 9, 2017

The weather thing is probably not going to be as interesting here in New Mexico: sunny days and clear nights forever. I haven’t even seen any clouds in the game.

The update did add a load more “parks” including along my normal running route, which is nice. Combined with the gen 3, it did mean I walked a lot more than usual on my “run” yesterday so I could catch Pokémon...
posted by Missense Mutation at 7:36 AM on December 10, 2017

The maps in the game switched to using Open Street Maps, which anyone can edit.

OSM has tips for PoGO players, i.e., please don't abuse it.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 9:49 AM on December 10, 2017

I'm keen to see the weather effects, although I have to admit that one thing that was nice about PoGo was that it was always sunny in that world (winters where I live are rather dreary.)

So far I'm seeing the weather as an extension of the imaginary world of Pokemon. It said sunny today, when in fact the fog was so thick you could barely see a block. Last time it said partly sunny and it was overcast with no blue or sunshine visible. I'm just hoping it thinks it's snowing sometime, because that's something we don't get every year here, so I can't count on it actually happening.
posted by Margalo Epps at 3:56 PM on December 11, 2017

It's still too smoky outside to chase Pokemon, but I've caught one each of Torchic, Skitty, and Spoink. I had a Zigzagoon but accidentally hit the escape button and it didn't come back, and the Pokedex tells me I've seen a Zangoose.

I’m also exactly 6k away from having enough candy to evolve my pet Scyther. They’re pretty rare around here, but that’s just here. It says we walked 61.5k, which is pretty crazy for this one Pokemon.

I’m having fun with this part
posted by Room 641-A at 6:43 PM on December 11, 2017

I am really in love with the weather changes to the game. I did a raid last night while it was clear out, and my Exeggutor was super strong! This is one change to game play that I just wholeheartedly love.
posted by gladly at 1:57 PM on December 12, 2017

I love the weather too, but is anyone else seeing increased server issues and bouts of slowness? It could be my provider, but since the update, the server often hangs up when I try to do something as rudimentary as feed a berry to a gym guardian.

Still, I'm enjoying the excitement of catching new creatures again!
posted by Pallas Athena at 10:11 PM on December 14, 2017

I think there's something screwy with the GPS code.
I'm getting perpetual GPS lost (11) errors and even without that my location won't update evenly. I get locked in one spot and won't move, then move all at once and then get a "Passenger warning".
If I shut the app and reopen it then it works again for about 10 minutes, then breaks.

Still, I had already caught them all (for a reasonable approximation of them all) so it's nice to have a goal again.
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 3:51 AM on December 15, 2017

Yesterday I took the first long walk since this update, and I’m not exactly sure what happened but I fought a whole gym and then caught the Porygon: it was early in the am so there weren’t a lot of people around, but there was definitely one person defending that gym and another red gym. I had a fun, productive time:

More new catches: Poocheyna, Mightyena, Zigzagoon, Plusle, Zangoose
New misses: Cascoon, Breloom, Slaking, Hariyama, Minun, Absol (some of these may have been a gym)

I'm not sure what indie right this time but I'll keep trying with these raids. Maybe when tourist season dies down next month it will get easier.
posted by Room 641-A at 5:56 AM on December 15, 2017

Room 641-A: Weather can boost or dull a raid boss (or any other Pokemon), so you might have getting a boost on that Porygon. Congrats!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 8:28 AM on December 15, 2017 [1 favorite]

Things today are different... there's a new pokestop on basically my block, and I also got a kingstone on a pokespin well into a 10k walk... not the first spin of a 7 day streak. Has anyone else seen this? (i look in on silph road and hadn't seen high level chatter to this effect)
That said, I'm on another 14 day streak with no 10k eggs. grumble rumble... however my 2ks are much less rare... and I hatched a tangelo out of a 5k, so, good?
posted by Cold Lurkey at 6:17 PM on December 19, 2017

Yeah, the special items are dropping radomly from any stop now.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 10:16 PM on December 19, 2017

Metafilter's closing in on us folks!
posted by Start with Dessert at 7:05 PM on January 2

What did everyone think of Community Day? I was stuck in a meeting for most of it but I enjoyed catching all the Surfin' Pikachu (luckily there was a Pokestop in range which I could lure up). No shiny ones for me, though.
posted by invokeuse at 10:40 PM on January 20

Pretty happy with it. Used my hard earned coins to buy some lucky eggs and pushed through to level 37. Got my first shiny pikachu... And my second... And third. I was a little disappointed that surf pikachu doesn't become surf Raichu but overall pretty happy. I didn't really get the community aspect though since I'm currently in a small town with no other resident players.

Also, I'm not a big fan of the update that now means the game remembers which ball you last used. More than once I began catching a trash mon with an ultra ball.
posted by Start with Dessert at 11:17 PM on January 20

I was initially critical of the three hour window for "Community Day," but I think it really forced people to focus, saw massive crowds of people out. Hell, about 20+ were standing on a corner battling a Kyogre, when a pizza delivery guy pulled and offered us 4 pizzas and and 20 wings! Great end to a really fun day!

Caught a bunch of Pikachus, but wound up deleting them all without checking to see if they have 'surf', so OOPS. Already had a shiny, so good on that front.

Doing this on a monthly basis will be good, definitely.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 3:18 AM on January 21

Huh, I wondered why I was suddenly surrounded by 6 Pikachu yesterday. No shiny ones but a few had Surf.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 6:40 AM on January 21

Got 2 shiny guys, so yay.
posted by gaspode at 4:49 PM on January 22 [1 favorite]

Apparently, the next community day will be February 24th and be Dratini based.
So I might finally get my dragon badge if I don't miss it like I did this last one.
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 2:32 AM on January 23 [1 favorite]

Same 3 hour lures, plus 3X the stardust when catching. So they clearly want to catching ALL the Dratini, lol.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 10:04 AM on January 23

More new mons.
posted by Start with Dessert at 12:55 PM on January 23

Well, I didn't get my Dragon badge, but I did get a shiny Dragonite with Dragon Meteor.

Most of the nearby Gym's seem to have green Dragonite's in though so I assume there was a reasonable chance of shiny. In my case, I only had a short window of time available, and the very last Dratini I caught was shiny.

Dratini and Dragonair are so nice and then Dragonite just looks dumb. It's such an annoying evolution.
But then shiny Dratini and Shiny Dragonair are awesome hot pink and then shiny Dragonite is green! Bah!
Better than normal orange Dragonite I guess, but still not a patch on either shiny or non shiny Dratini or Dragonair.

I was tempted to keep mine as a nice pink Dragonair, but I wanted to get the exclusive move, so...
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 3:19 AM on February 27

Pink and gold Dragonair does look great.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:03 AM on February 27

I think I've used up all my luck for this year:

Day 1: shiny Swablu
Day 2: shiny Magikarp
Day 3: perfect shiny Dratini on community day
Day 4: woke up to my first ex-raid pass

There's been a fair amount of complaining around here that shiny Dratini and Dragonair look so awesome and shiny Dragonite looks like vomit.
posted by Start with Dessert at 12:56 PM on February 27

Ok, so given the weather outside where is my ice castform?

it's not cloudy, or windy or anything except a full on icestorm snowpocalypse. Why can't I have an ice castform?!
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 12:46 PM on February 28

True story, the ice castform will appear in fog too!

But yeah, the weather system isn't totally accurate, but it changes on the hour, so check back every hour!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 12:48 PM on February 28

Well, fog might be doable. But it's been snowing here solidly for three days and nothing.
Actually, PoGo knows it's snowing because it's snowing in the capture screen, but the overworld weather is still just cloudy.
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 12:50 PM on February 28

Huh, that is weird, sounds like a bug, might have some luck reporting it.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 12:54 PM on February 28

i think I was just being unlucky with timing. I'm seeing snow weather now finally, and just caught the last castform, so we can go back to sensible weather now.
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 1:45 AM on March 1 [1 favorite]

Weather has been a bit of a bugbear around here. Following AccuWeather has been mostly useful, but it's often difficult to predict how the weather report will translate to weather in the game.

There's the snow example above, but also I don't think I've ever seen fog in the game and I think that's because it's often difficult to forecast. We've definitely had fog here but because it wasn't forecast it didn't arrive in game.

Rain is quite often difficult to predict as well. At one point, AccuWeather had 3% chance of precipitation and it started raining in game.

The worst is wind though. We haven't seen a single unown spawn since weather was introduced. The city I'm in is known for being quite windy (although it's been Summer) and while we've had windy days, wind does not always trigger in the game, or it gets overridden by other weather types, like cloudy or rainy.

Unfortunately I've been unable to find any research online on the trigger thresholds and rules for weather in the game. When you're also trying to coordinate for weather boosted legendaries it can make it very tough.
posted by Start with Dessert at 4:44 PM on March 4 [1 favorite]

Check the silphroad.com, there's several threads there about the weather system.

I just recently did a search on what qualifies as "windy," above 10-12mph seems to do it.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 4:34 AM on March 5

Maybe my Google skills are failing me, but there isn't any solid data yet for weather trigger points and which weather gets priority. From my experience, rain mainly occurs when the chance of precipitation is above 50% but there have been weird outliers. Wind is hardest, at least for our city.

We've often had 14mph winds (with gusts to 27mph) without wind triggering in game. I started checking on the forecast when it did finally get windy in game and it was 14mph with gusts up to 37. So unfortunately it may not be as simple as a single trigger point and other weather types may take priority. Oh well.
posted by Start with Dessert at 12:55 PM on March 5

While out gorging ourselves with bulbasaurs (TOO MANY SHINY, Y U MAKE BAD POKEMON EMOTIONALLY DIFFICULT TO DISCARD?!) we were rewarded with the sight of the Loyola Basketball Cinderella Express motorcade barrelling through Rogers Park, complete with 8(!) police escort vehicles, of which Loyola PD made a minority. We waved as they passed, then rambled on to more catching. I, for one, am now bulbabloated and moderately saur.
posted by Cold Lurkey at 5:43 PM on March 25

It looks like quests will be here soon! I'm interested to see what kinds of tasks they have in store for us. The grind was starting to get to me a bit, and it'll be nice to shake things up a touch.

My Bulbasaur Community Day was average to middling - over 100 Bulbasaur caught, I think, but only two shiny ones. Hope y'all had better luck.
posted by invokeuse at 8:34 PM on March 26

You can earn one Stamp per day by completing at least one Field Research task, and when you obtain seven stamps, you can achieve a Research Breakthrough to receive even greater rewards! You may even have an encounter with a Legendary Pokémon!

Hmm, looks like this may be a way to catch legendaries without having to socialise with nerds?
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 6:05 AM on March 27

Next Community Day is Mareep. Words fail me.

Hmm, looks like this may be a way to catch legendaries without having to socialise with nerds?

Oh thank god, if I have to wait for another time challenged person...
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 10:50 AM on March 27 [1 favorite]

So the first lot of field research yields a Moltres and the Special research yields a Mew.

No word yet on what happens if you do another week of field research. I'm hoping for more Legendaries, and it looks entirely probable.
There isn't a second set of Special research yet though.
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 4:18 AM on April 5

Did an EX raid today and caught Mewtwo (my second). I've found them to be very pleasant affairs so far (the higher catch rate helps.) The local Discord group is very organized and we were done in about 15 minutes.

I am still looking for a Ditto and am trying to catch 4 more ghosts. I've soloed a Sableye and Misdreavus so far because I encounter them in the wild so rarely. -sigh- I hope there isn't a time limit on the Special Research quest!
posted by invokeuse at 4:59 PM on April 7 [1 favorite]

I have the ditto. I need 9 more ghosts!

I even went out last night looking for ghosts and found none.
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 1:29 PM on April 8

Do you have 400 magikarp candies?
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:38 AM on April 10

I was ready for that, and yes I do. Or rather, I did.
In fact, it's my very first Magikarp evolution since I started playing. Despite living literally on a boat I've had really bad luck with Magikarp spawns.

I'm currently working on 10 raids.
The nice thing is, you don't have to win 10 raids. You only need to battle in 10 raids.
So, if you do a raid and let it time out, you can do it again.

I just sat in a pub for half an hour doing 6 sableeye raids and there is a 1-star raid around the corner from me in 10 minutes to do the rest.

So, hopefully, I'll be back in about 40 minutes and ready to do set 7/8. The time-consuming bit of that will be to catch 50 Pokemon with berries.
I reckon I'll get my curved excellent throw during those 50 catches and I already have my gold Kanto medal. So, Mew tomorrow? Maybe?

I have to remember to have a starpiece going for the encounter to see if I can get 20000 stardust from it.
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 6:29 AM on April 10

Yup, that all worked.
My 15 D Blissey was unconcerned by the Magikarp raid boss, and apart from a little annoying GPS drift, it was all fine.

An interesting note on the 50 berries challenge. You only have to spend 50 berries. If the pokemon escapes then you can spend another and they all count. So you can get a field research encounter and use pinap or nanab berries and low level balls. Field research encounter pokemon won't flee, so you can lots of berries used quite quickly.

A lot of the research tasks make it preferable to not traditionally succeed. Like, 3 Great throws in a row is much easier to do if you can just keep trying on the same guy, because you don't need to catch them for them to count, you just need to throw them. Same as the gym trick above. It's an interesting twist where I want the pokemon to break out.
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 7:42 AM on April 10

Yeah, a friend did the raid trick, but didn't go private on it, so eventually someone jumped in and won the Raid. She noted that we've reached a point in the game where we don't want people to help.

Got Mew a few days ago, pretty meh about it, due to it being essentially meaningless in the game at this point. The Research is a good idea, but poorly done outta the gate, IMO. Still, something new is good, I guess.

Off to transfer a bunch Legendaries once the event starts.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 12:55 PM on April 10

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