7. Continued Special Events
Some events are better than others, but there’s always something either ongoing, or just around the corner, in Pokemon Go. Whether it’s an increase in the heart-shaped Luvdisc for Valentine’s Day, special egg hatches during Easter, or bonus candy rewards during Halloween, there’s plenty of things to keep trainers interested. There have also been infrequent safari events, where trainers can capture Pokemon that previously only appeared in other parts of the world.
The events usually last anywhere from a weekend or a couple weeks, and are timed nicely to keep the flow of the game going. When Generation III Pokemon were released, it was an event to itself, as the world was flooded with Hoeen Pokemon for a little while. There will likely be another big event for the two-year anniversary of Pokemon Go in Summer 2018, plus multiple smaller events until then.
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6. Raid Systems
In July 2017, over a year after the game had been released, Niantic introduced the players to their new Raid System. Certain Pokemon would “take over” gyms and require trainers to form a group in order to defeat it, offering a chance to catch it afterwards. While some Raids can be beaten by a solo trainer, the real attraction to the new system was the inclusion of legendary Pokemon and other super strong attackers, like Tyranitar and Alakazam.
So far, over a dozen regular legendary Pokemon have been released through the Raid System (Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Lugia, Entei, Raikou, Suicune, Groudon, Kyogre, Rayquaza, Latios, Latias, and Regice). These raids require teamwork, which means a lot of communities have started Facebook groups, Whatsapp chats, or Discord servers in order to coordinate. If you still play the game, or are interested in picking it back up, search out a local Pokemon Go community near you — it almost certainly exists somewhere.
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