Pokémon Go Fest 2021: Players Were Able to Catch 1.5 Billion Pokémon

Pokémon Go Fest 2021
Pokémon Go Fest 2021 Niantic

The Pokémon GO Fest 2021 happened over the weekend and developer Niantic was very pleased with the outcome.

It is comforting that Pokémon GO, a game that was supposed to be enjoyed outside and best played with friends and family, is still going strong after five years of development.

Last weekend, players from over 100 countries played together to catch Pokémon and enjoyed what the game has to offer thanks to the annual event.

A Successful Event

It was not long ago that Pokémon GO players were angry at the developers for reverting some of the pandemic changes, particularly the one that concerns Pokéstop distance.

Well, it seems that the community outrage was quelled because trainers worldwide were able to enjoy the festivities brought about by the annual event.

Here are just some interesting statistics:

  • Over 1.5 billion Pokémon were captured
  • Trainers have walked 125 million kilometers collectively
  • Over 23 million raids were completed
  • Pokéstops have been spun over 900 million times

Even though some parts of the world are still experiencing high cases of Covid-19, it seems that it didn’t deter trainers from going out and catching some Pokémon.

Aside from the whopping 1.5 billion Pokémon captured, all trainers have walked 125 million kilometers, which is pretty impressive considering the restrictions imposed in some countries.

New Addition

A new musical Pokémon, Meloetta, was introduced and she was the highly-coveted prize of last weekend’s event.

Basically, trainers would have to complete a special research assignment where they would capture and assemble different Pokémon to form a band.

One step involved choosing the main genre of the band, which was either pop or rock. Choosing the genre would set the background music for the entire thing. 

Upon quest completion, Meloetta graces trainers with her musical ability as she sings some songs surrounded by the Pokémon that the trainers have assembled.

Catch Them All

Aside from the introduction of a new Pokémon, trainers from all over the world have captured some legendary and shiny Pokémon.

On Saturday, for example, some have caught a lot of Shiny Pokémon. To be clear, all of the Pokémon that can be gathered is subject to RNG, which means that some trainers have caught numerous “shinies” while others didn’t.

The next day, Legendary Pokémon were available for grabs. Raids were also rampant and those who have remote raid passes may get an additional one upon completion. Trainers could get a maximum of eight total remote raid passes which is a huge bonus.

One of the pandemic changes, remote raiding, was added last year as a means for trainers worldwide to still play with their friends without being physically present.

Because of it, a lot of people were able to raid with their buddies and it had a positive impact, which led to a more satisfied player base.

Despite the looming effects of the pandemic, Niantic has pulled a successful event. This could possibly pave the way for better events in the near future.

So, how was your Pokémon Go experience last weekend?

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