Hi Trainers, I have been thinking recently about female Nidoran. The shiny form of this was added into the game under the radar… a little broadcast event, International Day of the Girl. Could Pop-up events like this be the future of introducing shinies?
While we did cover this at the time, it did show us that Niantic is not above adding a 24-hour event with little notice.
With a little research, several other days could be extrapolated. The most obvious of these based on the above would be the male Nidoran on International Boys Day, which would have fallen on May 16th this year. As this has been and gone without a new shiny, the next choice would be International Men’s Day, celebrated in over 80 countries, on November 19th.
I have got a few dates penciled into my calendar to see how close my theory hits the mark.
Other dates to note for popup events are as follows. These are all my thoughts, and while I did have something I wanted to drop if May 16th turned out accurate, maybe the obvious choices are not what we will see ongoing.
So here we go, a list of dates over the next few months, the weird and the meaningful, and the Pokémon they could relate to in a 24-hour Pop-up event.
|2nd July, 2019||I Forgot Day||Slowpoke|
|14th July, 2019||Shark Awareness Day||Carvana|
|16th July, 2019||World Snake Day||Ekans|
|20th July, 2019||Moon Day||Clefairy|
|4th August, 2019||Psychic Day||Abra|
|8th August, 2019||International Cat Day||Meowth|
|16th August, 2019||Men’s Grooming Day||Nosepass|
|27th August||2019 International Bat Night||Zubat|
|8th September, 2019||Hug Your Hound Day||Electrike|
|19th September, 2019||Talk Like A Pirate Day||Pirate Hat Pikachu|
|24th September, 2019||Punctuation Day||Unown ? !|
In addition to the above, 21st September, 2019 is World Gratitude Day. As Shaymin is the Gratitude Pokémon, this could be the time to release the Story associated with it to obtain its base form, with the story ending with its Sky form.
Lets Wrap This Up
Here’s hoping Niantic is listening. Expanding content beyond the current story can only enhance the game for both the solo player and the overall community.