One thing I missed from Covid times was meeting up with some friends and playing Pokémon Go – typically a Community Day, or some other special event like raid hour. We decided to get together in person today for Day 1 of Go Fest 2021… unfortunately one person couldn’t make it but the other 3 of us still met up.
The events were 4 hours of different habitats, one hour each, featuring a different set of pokémon to collect: cave habitat, jungle habitat, desert mountain habitat, and ocean beach habitat. Various shinies were also available, costumed pokémon, a special research quest (“The Melody Pokémon”) which rewarded Meloetta, regionals (Sawk and Chatot), the typical raids, field research, a bump in the number of special trades allowed, and probably some other stuff.
Anyway it was fun, got a lot of walking in, caught a ton of pokémon including Sawk and Chatot, ate lunch, and chatted.
For me the highlight was catching a shiny Snorlax:
followed closely by the 98% IV Mewtwo:
Of course, getting the normally-somewhere-else regionals Chatot and Sawk was great too, as far as filling out pokédex entries.
Tomorrow will feature various raid Legendaries, but we don’t plan to meet in person and will instead try to do remote raid invites. I think my two friends want a break from walking around and in many ways remote raids are more convenient – players on discord can announce the raids local to them and interested folks can try to get into a group. I’m very interested in Palkia (appearing during Frost Hour) and Dialga (appearing during Thunder Hour) since I never caught either when they were out earlier, for whatever reason.