New research might have shown that the Pokemon Go player base might have dropped from 28.5 million to 5 million by the end of last year, but there’s no denying that the launch of Gen 2 and events such as the recent Water Festival go some way to improving player interaction.
With that in mind it seems fairly nailed on that Niantic will release details of an Easter event in the coming days, with some outlets suggesting it could launch as early as this week.
Previously slashgear.com had reported that Niantic was considering “several possibilities” with more than likely a repeat of Special Event abilities, including one or more of the following items:
• Double XP
• Double Stardust
• Increased Spawn Rate for certain otherwise-rare Pokemon
• Halved Pokemon Egg Distance Requirements
• New spawning of new Pokemon
• New spawning of Shiny versions of already-released Pokemon
More recently Slashgear published more details from their “yet-unproven source” suggesting that Niantic might be looking to follow up on their Shiny Magikarp roll out with more Shiny Pokemon for Easter.
“Easter Week might well bring about another Shiny Pokemon,” writes SlashGear
“We’ve had a tip from a yet-unproven source which suggests that it’ll be Exeggcute – which would make a lot of sense given the double-whammy of a Pokemon that Pokemon is for this season.
1. Exeggcute is a Grass-Type Pokemon.
2. Exeggcute is a bunch of eggs.
3. There isn’t yet a real Easter Bunny Pokemon in the game.
4. Exeggcute isn’t overly common, nor is it super-rare.”
This news follows on from an epic weekend where The Silph Road was unexpectedly taken over by Team Rocket.
If you missed any of the action, it could be quite confusing trying to stumble through all the developments on Reddit, so here’s a handy summary of what exactly took place, courtesy of one Silph Road Reddit user by the name of ‘nononsenseresponse’
“The people in charge of this subreddit made a fun online scavenger hunt by saying they were ‘kidnapped’ by Team Rocket.
“Clues were left on the Silph Road Atlas website for certain locations that would help them in the scavenger hunt.
“People using the Silph Road atlas website go to that location can click on a link which should take you to a site where you can ‘fight’ the ultra-rare Pokemon Mewtwo.”
Though the event is over, The Silph Road have made the Mewtwo minigame still available, now with a league table too with special prizes for those who finish in the two 250.
“The top 250 battlers will be ranked on the Leaderboard, and will receive a special, limited edition badge on their permanent Traveler’s Card in recognition of their services to Silph.”