Pokemon Go ARG by Niantic (a Google company)

Oh man, so much yelling in the house right now. Tristan hopped into a remote raid that had people in it and beat Rayquaza again. It gave him a shiny to catch... he didn't use any berries, just straight threw one ball and he caught it. I swear that kid just used up any bit of luck he's going to have for a LONG time.

PurEvil wrote:

It gave him a shiny to catch... he didn't use any berries, just straight threw one ball and he caught it. I swear that kid just used up any bit of luck he's going to have for a LONG time.

Not to burst your bubble, but shiny legendaries have a 100% catch rate.

Well... that explains a lot. Took me forever to catch the regular ones, when I saw him toss the first ball I figured he was going to lose it.

Ranger Rick wrote:
PurEvil wrote:

It gave him a shiny to catch... he didn't use any berries, just straight threw one ball and he caught it. I swear that kid just used up any bit of luck he's going to have for a LONG time.

Not to burst your bubble, but shiny legendaries have a 100% catch rate. :)

*If you hit it with a ball....

Important distinction.

I may have gone overboard on magikarps. I got 18 shinies...

We had a competition on our local server.... my modest 10 shinies not worth mentioning... one played got 50, his girlfriend lost with 49.......

I feel like with each new community day the volume of shinies get's higher.

Not that I'm complaining, there was nothing like taking the kids out for a few hours back on the early community days and having one get a shiny and the other miss out. I'd much rather be 30 minutes in and already have the competition going for who can catch the most.

Cronox wrote:

I feel like with each new community day the volume of shinies get's higher.

Not that I'm complaining, there was nothing like taking the kids out for a few hours back on the early community days and having one get a shiny and the other miss out. I'd much rather be 30 minutes in and already have the competition going for who can catch the most.

I think this one was different across the board. Way more than usual.

Did they increase the shiny rate in the past year-ish? I played this game religously for about 18 months when it first came out before stopping and recently coming back and caught 1 shiny outside of community days. In the past week I've now caught 3...

There are more things that can be shiny. Also, typically, more spawns. Statistics are pretty important in PoGo.

There are a small handful of rarer pokemon that have higher shiny rates... but since they are rarer... it evens out a bit.

Also, we are in the middle of a 3 week long post GoFest celebration. So various shiny pokemon species are spawning more than the usual mix of mostly pokemon species that are not shiny.

I swear this game is going to be the death of me. I got the kids into a remote raid using a local PoGo Discord channel. The group finished off Genesect, and my phone got locked up which made me have to restart the game for Tristan while Sabastian threw his balls. I'm pretty sure he started with x11, but handed me the phone at x5 pokeballs. I hit 4 times with it breaking free and completely whiffed the last ball, so he didn't get it.

And of course Tristan gets a shiny. So, as usual, I'm consoling Sabastian and he's pissed. And I can't even blame him that much, but Tristan plays a ton more than him so he tends to have more opportunities at these things...

PurEvil wrote:

I swear this game is going to be the death of me. I got the kids into a remote raid using a local PoGo Discord channel. The group finished off Genesect, and my phone got locked up which made me have to restart the game for Tristan while Sabastian threw his balls. I'm pretty sure he started with x11, but handed me the phone at x5 pokeballs. I hit 4 times with it breaking free and completely whiffed the last ball, so he didn't get it.

And of course Tristan gets a shiny. So, as usual, I'm consoling Sabastian and he's pissed. And I can't even blame him that much, but Tristan plays a ton more than him so he tends to have more opportunities at these things...

This has often been my experience too. My boys love doing the raids and trying to collect legendaries but unfortunately don't cope very well with the high failure rate. Personally I feel it's probably good for them to learn that sometimes things are pure luck and you can't succeed everytime, but that's not they helpful when you have a kid in tears at a crowded park on a cumminity day.

Cronox wrote:
PurEvil wrote:

I swear this game is going to be the death of me. I got the kids into a remote raid using a local PoGo Discord channel. The group finished off Genesect, and my phone got locked up which made me have to restart the game for Tristan while Sabastian threw his balls. I'm pretty sure he started with x11, but handed me the phone at x5 pokeballs. I hit 4 times with it breaking free and completely whiffed the last ball, so he didn't get it.

And of course Tristan gets a shiny. So, as usual, I'm consoling Sabastian and he's pissed. And I can't even blame him that much, but Tristan plays a ton more than him so he tends to have more opportunities at these things...

This has often been my experience too. My boys love doing the raids and trying to collect legendaries but unfortunately don't cope very well with the high failure rate. Personally I feel it's probably good for them to learn that sometimes things are pure luck and you can't succeed everytime, but that's not they helpful when you have a kid in tears at a crowded park on a cumminity day.

Yeah, PoGo is a great example of how statistics work, but man that is hard on the younger ones.

I saw a raid waiting for hatch at a park I take them to occasionally so I got them in the car and we drove over. Tristan got another shiny. Two in a row. At least this time Sabastian managed to capture his normal one, even without any help from me.

Yeah, trying to explain drop rates to a 10 year old sucks.

On the other hand, I'm considering having Tristan pick some lottery numbers.

So I just caught a bouffalant. I thought those were NYC exclusive? I'm about 250 miles from there...

Same here, and I'm pretty sure you're right. Just saw it pop up on Tristan's account as I was about to charge my phone, and drove over to catch one on both kids' accounts.

I got one a couple of days ago. I’m in northern Virginia

Seems it's a pretty big coverage area based on reports. I'd seen the announcement that it was being released around New York City, I really expected it to be limited to a short range around the city... not nearly every northern state on the east coast. I'm not complaining, just surprised.

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I call foul play! No fair!

Also obnoxious that Bouffalant apparently can't get over or around the lake to Toronto.

FYI - you can buy 3 remote raid passes for 1 coin in the store right now.

Thanks for posting that. I picked them up on both kids' accounts.

I’ve started playing again with my son and we ran into a big disappointment yesterday. Spent more than a half hour at a legendary raid only to walk away empty handed. We beat the raid but couldn’t catch the Charizard despite my son hitting it perfectly nearly every time and using berries as well.

Is this normal? And if so is there a workaround to ensure you get a legendary prize? I’d be willing to throw Niantic some cash on a sure fire win to avoid a sad 11-year old.

Curveballs, excellent throws, and catch bonuses from completing the badges for pokemon types.

A curveball by itself is better than the bonus for excellent... the catch bonuses are super important too because they apply to every pokemon you catch.

I still miss legendaries regularly, but it is like 90% catches for me. I'm almost level 40 -4 times over at this point so I've had a lot of practice... Always be ok with losing a shiny or legendary.... otherwise this game will make you feel bad at least once a week.

(Side note: Charizard is a Mega raid... harder than a legendary raid... don't get too frustrated. Try to find your local discord to get help. Or hit me up on discord and I can bring the heat... maybe with others as well.)

manta173 wrote:

Curveballs, excellent throws, and catch bonuses from completing the badges for pokemon types.

A curveball by itself is better than the bonus for excellent... the catch bonuses are super important too because they apply to every pokemon you catch.

I still miss legendaries regularly, but it is like 90% catches for me. I'm almost level 40 -4 times over at this point so I've had a lot of practice... Always be ok with losing a shiny or legendary.... otherwise this game will make you feel bad at least once a week.

(Side note: Charizard is a Mega raid... harder than a legendary raid... don't get too frustrated. Try to find your local discord to get help. Or hit me up on discord and I can bring the heat... maybe with others as well.)

Thanks Manta I will take you up on that. My son and I are only level 25 so it’s possible we were also way out of our league. I’ll try and temper expectations next time.

jdzappa wrote:
manta173 wrote:

Curveballs, excellent throws, and catch bonuses from completing the badges for pokemon types.

A curveball by itself is better than the bonus for excellent... the catch bonuses are super important too because they apply to every pokemon you catch.

I still miss legendaries regularly, but it is like 90% catches for me. I'm almost level 40 -4 times over at this point so I've had a lot of practice... Always be ok with losing a shiny or legendary.... otherwise this game will make you feel bad at least once a week.

(Side note: Charizard is a Mega raid... harder than a legendary raid... don't get too frustrated. Try to find your local discord to get help. Or hit me up on discord and I can bring the heat... maybe with others as well.)

Thanks Manta I will take you up on that. My son and I are only level 25 so it’s possible we were also way out of our league. I’ll try and temper expectations next time.

At level 25 raids are only a group activity unless you are doing the level 1 or both together doing a level 3 (these will mostly require planning unless you already know pokemon pretty well and counters).

The mega raids take at least 2 level 40 players and its better to have 3. At level 25 you'd need probably more than 6 just to win. There are a lot of raid guides (gamepress is my preferred site) out there but most start with level 30 pokemon. You'll hit 30 easily if you play regularly and level up friendships... that's when you should start trying to make raid teams. Don't waist stardust leveling up stuff you don't need that week. Every time you play you get more higher level pokemon that are better to raid with.

I'll mention again here... join the local group discord. I promise there is someone else playing nearby. It's a lot harder to meet up with COVID and all but check the silph road website for the registered discords or facebook for local groups. Makes a world of difference to have a chat with someone before a raid to understand what the plan is.

If you want to know more about your specific pokemon get Calcy IV or a similar app to help you know which pokemon should be used for what. Especially if you want to do PVP at some point. At your leavel I only recommend great league... as most of your pokemon won't be able to hack it in the other tiers.

Adding another point... the key to successful raids is communication. Getting a random invite from someone you don't play with much is a good way to waste a remote pass. Know counters before starting the raid.

If you can't find some kind of info you want or need, hit me up... This has been my addiction game since it was released.

manta173 wrote:

I'll mention again here... join the local group discord. I promise there is someone else playing nearby. It's a lot harder to meet up with COVID and all but check the silph road website for the registered discords or facebook for local groups. Makes a world of difference to have a chat with someone before a raid to understand what the plan is.

This, definitely. I can see when people are roaming around in my area, and I drive my kids out to a somewhat-close by park that always gets a lot of people showing up. I normally make them wait to join a raid until there's 4-5 people in it, but that park almost always sees 10+ per raid.

The mega raids have been far harder to capture than even the legendary raids. We've lost quite a few Charizards at this point, and they're both still trying to catch a Blastoise or Venusaur (neither have one in their dex). Thankfully it's helping me teach my kids that sometimes you lose, and it's OK as long as you don't get upset and just look forward to the next attempt. I've been having a lot of issues with that with Tristan (autistic, he melts down to a severe degree but it's been getting better with time).

But yeah, Discord is your best shot at getting into really popular raids and not wasting your passes.

Got back into this over the summer after taking almost a year off. Been playing daily since then and having a lot of fun with my wife and our youngest.

Would welcome anyone looking to friend up! My trainer code is 6512 1466 8788.