Niantic missed a bright opportunity for evolved Pokémon in Pokémon Go’s Evolving Stars event

This week, Pokémon Go kicked off its first major event in October, the second month of the mobile game’s ongoing season, the Season of Light. The Evolving Stars event celebrates the arrival of Cosmog’s second form, Cosmoem, by highlighting the second forms of several other Pokemon such as Kakuna, Poliwhirl, Haunter, and Pidgeotto. However, as the event continues over the weekend, players have noticed that Niantic missed a golden opportunity to bring more shine to the community by allowing many of these Pokémon not to appear in their shiny form.

Several secondary forms will not spawn in their shiny form in the wild. These Pokémon include Magneton, Rhydon, Piloswine, Seadra, Haunter, Kadabra, Poliwhirl, Pidgeotto, and Kakuna, although the base forms of these Pokémon have a chance of appearing in the wild as shiny versions.

Pokémon Go fans took notice during the event and it seems like a good opportunity for players to collect more shiny versions. However, at previous events over the past few months, Niantic has shared its stance on shiny versions. Pokemon Go Game Director Michael Steranka spoke about Shiny Odds during Pokemon Go Fest 2022 when players felt there was a dip in Shiny Pokemon during those events.

To sum up Steranka’s words, he shared that while players judge the quality of Pokémon Go events by the Shiny Pokémon they catch, if too many Shiny Pokémon appear during an event, it could reduce its value for players in mitigate future. Steranka acknowledged that the team has heard player feedback and considered this for future events, but this may be specific to Pokémon Go Fests and not general weekly events.

Although the Evolving Stars event is small, players love to find these shiny Pokémon in the wild. Making them spawn in their secondary form when they could already spawn in a base form could have been an exciting opportunity for these players, especially since they were actively working through the event’s quests and collection challenges.

Evolving Stars won’t be the last event highlighting the arrival of the newest Legendary Pokémon, Cosmog. There will be one final event right before the Season of Light finale, and it will likely offer players the chance to choose from Cosmog’s final forms, Solgaleo and Lunala. That won’t happen until the end of November, and we’re hoping players will see more shiny Pokémon opportunities to catch, like the upcoming Litwick Community Day on October 15th. Niantic missed a bright opportunity for evolved Pokémon in Pokémon Go’s Evolving Stars event

Curtis Crabtree

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