PokemonGo: Thanksgiving Event A Look Back

PokemonGo Thanksgiving Event A Look Back

The PokemonGo Thanksgiving Event was a lot of fun! I hope trainers were able to utilize the event as much if not more than I was able to!  This year I was responsible to cook my first family turkey! Due to the cooking and quality family time I was not able to play as much as I typically could.  No complaints as I love spending time with my family, and no offense Niantic and PokemonGo it trumps.


PokemonGo Thanksgiving Event Details

The PokemonGo Thanksgiving Event was the third in game event to date since the initial release of the game back in July.  The event ran from November 23rd at 00:00 UTC and continued through November 30th 00:00 UTC.  The Thanksgiving event’s notable bonuses were as follows:

  • Double the amount of Experience
  • Double the amount of Stardust

One pointer was that if you had a lucky egg in use, you would receive four times the experience.  One other notable thing that was discovered during the event was Ditto!  Trainers had been waiting on the opportunity to catch ditto for months, and had been theorizing how ditto would appear in the game.  Niantic finally put all the theories to rest, and showed us how to obtain Ditto in the game.

The New Tracker Update was also rolled out during this time in the Midwest.  The Tracker Update definitely had its ups and downs at first, but Niantic has since acted on the criticism around the tracker making it much more convenient for rural players, as there was a bug in the code.  I only wish it was a week earlier so I could have caught that evasive Snorlax!  In all honesty, the Tracker is great to really help you find those Pokemon so you don’t sit there and spin.

How to Obtain Ditto

Ditto has a low catch rate of course, but the big thing is you never really know until you know if it’s Ditto.  Once this information was available I started catching every darn Pidgey and not passing on any Pokemon as a precautionary tale.  I was able to catch three Dittos during the event.

Essentially, what happens is you catch another Pokemon, and instead of the normal you caught so and so.  The screen pops up saying “Oh?”, and then the Pokemon transforms into Ditto.  It will then say “Ditto was caught!”  Here is the current list of supposed Pokemon you can catch that transform into Ditto.  Personally I can confirm two, which are Pidgey and Zubat.

  • Pidgey
  • Zubat
  • Rattata
  • Spearow
  • Metapod
  • Magikarp
  • Venonat
  • Paras
  • Ekans
  • Snorlax
  • Doduo
  • Nidoran♂
  • Mankey

Ditto Gym Battles

One other big question is how does Dittos battle mechanics work.  The video below shows how Dittos abilities work, and should help with a few questions regarding gym battles with Ditto.

In my personal opinion Ditto is pretty weak, as you will see in the video.  However, its fun to show off your Ditto, so dropping Ditto off at the local gym is always fun.

PokemonGo Personal Achievements

Other notable things that happened for me over the PokemonGo Thanksgiving Event was not only the fact that I was able to catch Ditto and add him to my pokedex, but I was also able to add a few more Pokemon.  I was able to also add Ninetails, and Abrakadabra.  On top of all the new Pokemon I was able to level to 28!

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I hope you enjoyed the recap of the PokemonGo Thanksgiving Event, and like myself were able to enjoy it.  I wish you the best in your attempts to catch Ditto, and make good use of the updated tracker.

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PokemonGo Daily Bonus Event

PokemonGo Daily Bonus Event

Since it was discovered PokemonGo Daily Bonus would be a new feature via data mining, and confirmed by Niantic the PokemonGo Daily Bonus is finally coming to fruition.  With that said it was recently announced yesterday in honor of the Daily Bonus Update Niantic would have a PokemonGo Daily Bonus Event running from November 7th to November 11th.  This is extremely exciting coming off of the PokemonGo Halloween Event.

Pokemon Go Daily Bonus Event

Celebrating Daily Bonuses with More Daily Bonuses

With the rollout of the new PokemonGo Daily Bonuses it has been confirmed from November 7th to November 11th not only will you get to experience a PokemonGo Daily Bonus, you will get a few additional bonuses!  First you will experience more Pokemon sightings! On top of an increase in sightings, each pokestop will yield a bigger loot!  This means more great balls, and ultra balls for trainers that are 20 plus!

PokemonGo Daily Bonus – Personal Experience

Two days ago coming home from a trip I noticed an increase in stardust on my first pokemon, and an increase in items from my first Pokestop.  I wondered to myself if they had finally pushed the Pokemongo Daily Bonus out.  Then when I got home I was baffled by all the Pokemon I was seeing show up on my radar. Whenever I see something odd in PokemonGo my immediate reaction is this supposed to be happening?  Then I immediately go into the mode of, well I definitely must play more and take advantage of this.  One of the things I noticed was a big increase in Tauros so jokingly I was calling it Pokemon Thanksgiving Event.

Low and behold finding out today they are actually running a PokemonGo Daily Bonus Event, which is awesome.  The best part being not only have I been able to capture a lot of Pokemon in the last 36 hours I have been able to keep my bags full.  I think Niantic has done a good job with coinciding this event with the new Pokestop Lock where you can’t get Pokestops any more while you are driving.  As much as I hate this I think it is a fair compromise, but definitely a pain in the butt as many older trainers probably only have time to play during their work commutes.  Hence pushing those trainers further and further behind.  We all know unfortunately we can’t all play 24/7 as much as we would like to.

The Pokestop lock will also lead to a decrease in activity among trainers that will face a big weather change coming soon known as winter.  This will be a key question as how Niantic will make it an even playing field with weather pattern changes.  Fortunately for PokemonGo Trainers in the northern hemisphere it has been exceptionally mild weather so far.

PokemonGo Increase Sightings

So, if you are fortunate to have time to play PokemonGo I highly encourage you to get out there and catch some Pokemon over the coming days! Good luck Trainers, and stay safe.