Pokémon GO fans are rarely silent on the choices Niantic makes regarding the ever-popular mobile title. Usually, fans are upset about how hard it is to obtain rare or shiny Pokémon. Recently, however, fans have been upset about Community Days.
Here’s why fans are concerned about the trajectory of the game.
Pokémon GO Community Day drastically increases shiny odds
Throughout the history of Pokémon games, shiny Pokémon have been extremely rare. The standard rate for finding a shiny in the core game series is 1 in every 4,096. In Pokémon GO the rate is approximately 1 in 450. These odds increase dramatically on Community Day events, however.
While these increased odds may seem appealing, they do devalue the shiny. For example, a player who caught a shiny Magikarp before it appeared in a Community Day event had something that was extremely rare. After the event, shiny Magikarp is commonplace.
In the past, the shiny variation of a Pokémon was never available until that Pokémon was featured for the event. You couldn’t get a shiny Turtwig before Turtwig Community Day, for example. This changed during the COVID-19 pandemic, however, when Pokémon GO started featuring older Pokémon in the events.
Older Pokémon like Magikarp, Gastly, and now Machop that already had available shiny versions in the game are now getting featured on Community Days. Players who had these shiny Pokémon are upset because they won’t be nearly as rare or valuable after the event.
Not overly happy about this one. Took me almost 5,000 encounters to get my first shiny Machop, and now it’ll just be another community day Pokémon that’s devalued. To each their own, but the constant devalue of shinies is quite frustrating. Anyone else feel the same? https://t.co/pVNdcJi83S
— FleeceKing (@ItsFleeceKing) December 21, 2020
Not everyone agrees, of course, there are plenty of people who are more than happy to get their hands on shiny Pokémon during these events. Especially since you can send these shinies to Pokémon Home and into Pokémon Sword and Shield now.
Do you think that Community Day events devalue shiny Pokémon? Or do you enjoy the opportunity to get your hands on easy shinies? Let us know below in the comments!