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?

Special Female Pokemon Event is live, featuring shiny Nidoran family

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.

Date Title Pokémon Featured
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 ? !

Mythical Pokemon

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

We all love shiny Pokémon, and they add that little thrill on each encounter.
While we see some added and tagged into larger events, safari zones, ‘fests, and community days, a well-communicated 24-hour event for some pocket monsters could add some spice to the regular week-long events and cycle of community days.
What Pop-up Events would you like to introduce? I would love to hear further feedback on this.

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.

Venasto1se

Venastoise.