Pokémon GO Event Review: GO Battle Day – Mankey

This previous end of the week, Niantic Labs facilitated an exceptional Pokémon GO occasion for PVP players. GO Battle Day: Mankey highlighted an expanded number of GBL sets all through the entire day as well as a unique window where Mankey was ensured as the experience, should the player win an experience. We should check whether this occasion merited playing.

What worked in this Pokémon GO event

  • Shiny Mankey: During the event, Mankey had dramatically boosted Shiny odds. This is consistent with previous GO Battle Days which featured Marill and Pidgey, so this isn’t a new feature but it is an appreciated one. I tend to find GO Battle League encounters underwhelming outside of special events, so this was a major incentive to play.
  • Pokémon-driven GO Battle Day: There have been GO Battle Days that didn’t focus on a specific Pokémon and instead simply allowed for more battles. This kind of species-themed event with an increased Shiny rate is much more worth playing. Most players I know don’t even complete their full allotted battles on a regular day, so adding that Shiny possibility definitely gives incentive that otherwise wouldn’t exist for this kind of event.
  • Premium Track encounters: It was awesome that we could use Premium Battle Passes to get a Mankey encounter for every win. With years of pre-remote Premiums saved up, I was thrilled to use these to Shiny hunt Mankey.
  • What didn’t work in this Pokemon GO event

  • Master League as it were:S Why not open every one of the three Leagues? We just had Master League and the ongoing themed Cup. This was certainly not an enormous disappointment using any and all means, however it would have felt more like a unique occasion on the off chance that we had a day where the Leagues were all opened up. That would’ve given hesitant players who needed to attempt GBL for the occasion a superior thought of the way things are to PVP in the game.
  • Small window:S The Mankey piece of the occasion was extremely short. I’d have wanted to see this drawn out with the goal that the main fascinating part of the occasion would occupy additional season of the occasion.

  • Overall

    Pokémon GO has struggled a bit to make GO Battle League fun, and events like this are a step in the right direction to greatness.