Pokémon Go Fest 2021 – Day 2 (Part 1: Prep)

As I am sure you are all aware, Go Fest 2021 is just around the corner. If you haven’t checked out my tips for Saturday, you can find them here. The Pokémon company and Niantic have pulled out all the Pokéstops for this event and on Sunday, we’ll have the chance to catch every Legendary Pokémon that has been released over the last 5 years! For someone like myself who only picked up the game after a hiatus, this is a great chance to find a bunch to add to my dex and make my future raid experiences even better.

If you have brought a ticket, then here are the additional features we’ll get on Sunday. Sunday’s portion will give us an extra 10,000 xp from each raid, which is huge! You will also be able to grab up to 10 orange raid passes from Gyms/Pokéstops. There will also be a timed research to get an extra 8 remote raid passes, as well as being able to grab a bundle of 3 remote raid passes from the store. The event will start at 10:00am and finish at 6:00pm local time.

Here are some initial tips so you can be prepared:

  • If you haven’t already, I would recommend joining a Discord/Facebook group. Alternatively, you can sign up to something like Pokéraid. The reason for this is that not only are there some regional Pokémon that are not normally available to catch, but if you get stuck looking for people to join your party, this will be a great way to find those extra people. Additionally, if you can use your remote raid passes to grab some legendary Pokémon then you’ll be able to get extra XL candy when trading with friends (provided it is still over 100km distance).
  • Create raid parties now – If you go to the Battle Screen in Pokémon Go and then over to Party, you’ll see a section that says Gyms and Raids. You can create up to 10 pre set teams for Gyms and Raids and it’ll save you a lot of time when it comes to raids. For example, if you get an invite from a friend and only have 20 seconds to get your team together, it’ll be much easier to just select the premade team than thinking of the best counters on the spot. Once you are in a Raid room and you see the Recommended Party, you can swipe left to scroll through your premade teams!
  • Furthermore, it might be worth doubling up some Raid bosses together when you name the team. For example – I’ll be using the same team for Kyogre and Suicune as they are bother water types.
  • Stock up on Mega Energy – You’ll be doing a lot of raids (hopefully!) and different Megas are going to be better for different bosses. Being able to have an abundance of options when it comes to Megas is helpful, although it is not the end of the world if you don’t have many in your collection. If you only have a few or not a huge amount of energy, then it might be worth trying to do as many raids that would benefit from having the Mega you have selected.
  • Prioritise what you want to catch – there are many different reasons for wanting a specific Pokémon from a raid, and all of them are valid. Just make sure you are able to catch what you can from each hour and have fun!
  • Stay hydrated – I know it is all very exciting, but we need to make sure we stay healthy throughout the event. Make time to eat food and keep your fluids up.

Stay tuned for the next instalment where I cover the first themed hour – Wind Hour. Happy hunting!

Craig

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