This coming Saturday and Sunday we are seeing our first ever two-day community event with the featured Pokémon Eevee.
This has been one of the most hotly anticipated Community Days yet with Eevee potentially evolving into five different Pokémon currently with two more on the way soon.
A couple of things are different about this event. It lasts two days, presumably to get you more opportunities to catch shinies. It features an exclusive move that will carry over with the evolved Pokémon rather than getting the move upon evolution. And, finally, we are being allowed until Monday to evolve Eevee to retain the exclusive move Last Resort.
I’m very much looking forward to this event, just like the previous Community Day events, because it’s a great way to grind XP, hunt shinies, and collect stardust. That being said, there are some glaring issues with this upcoming Community Day.
Firstly, it seems at this late stage in the game that it is unlikely they are releasing Leafeon and Glaceon. This would have been a perfect way to introduce Gen IV Pokémon but with everything else going on in the game they may just be waiting until December again to release the new generation. Personally I’ll be hunting for a minimum of eight shinies to include an evolution to Sylveon in the distant future.
Secondly, Eevee’s evolutions are still random. Sort of. Unless you haven’t used the naming trick yet you’re going to need dozens of shiny Eevees to ensure one Vaporeon, Jolteon, and Flareon. Umbreon and Espeon will also need to be walked 10km each before the cutoff on Monday in order to be evolved with the exclusive move. This brings me my last concern.
The special move is useless. As far as I can tell there is no good reason to want to evolve anything with this move unless you just want that Pokémon evolution as a collector’s item. Last Resort is a normal type move which means you’ll lose STAB on any Eevee evolved form unless in Gen XI they release a normal type Eevee evolution. We’ll call it Leon.
In the absence of Leon there will be no STAB for both attacks on any Pokémon evolved from this.
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The only thing that could work is saving up all your evolved forms to trade with friends later (much later if you want Lucky evolutions) to complete your shiny Eevee collection.
Lucky Pokémon have been interesting if not game changing. The current evolution event has been a little strange and has lacked the fanfare of previous events.
I was left with about 175 Larvitar from the Larvitar Community Day so I’ve been trading them frantically to get between four and six candies each. It sure beats the double candy event I’d been waiting for.
Other aspects of the event have been a little underwhelming. The introduction of shiny Houndour and shiny Snubbull have been barely noticeable. I’ve come across exactly one wild Houndour and one Snubbull from a research task, both not shiny. Seeing either of those Pokémon in this area virtually never happens.
Additionally the Spinda research tasks have been just as hard to find. I’ve finally nabbed a couple but it seems only the eighth form is released with no real idea of when future forms are showing up.
The Ultra Friends have been pouring in lately and with a lucky egg that means a sort of obscene amount of XP as a reward.
Unfortunately, after more than a year of raiding, the process has become a little stale. It doesn’t help that the latest round of legendaries are legendarily bad. With only high level attackers being worth raiding I’ve been just catching one or two and calling it quits. I actually completely missed Regice and will be happy to just trade some stardust for one in the future.
Actually “happy” may be a little strong.