Pokémon GO Fest 2022: Event should be “rip-off” – players extremely frustrated

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The tickets for the Pokémon GO Fest 2022 cost just under 17 euros and should bring special benefits to players. But they are now calling the event a rip-off.

San Francisco – Pokémon GO Fest 2022 took place on June 4th and 5th. This event has been celebrated for several years – every summer. The GO Fest takes place worldwide and can be “visited” by all trainers. In order to get even more rewards and bonuses, players can often also buy a ticket. But this year, fans are by no means happy with the ticket’s bonuses. The first voices on Reddit are that Niantic ripped off the players with the ticket.

name of the game Pokemon GO
Release (date of first publication) July 06, 2016
Publishers niantic
series Pokemon
platforms Android, iOS
developer niantic
genre Augmented reality, mobile

Pokémon GO Fest 2022: Ticket costs 16.99 euros – these benefits should be included

This is how much the ticket cost: The ticket to Pokémon GO Fest 2022 cost €16.99 in the in-game shop. Trainers could buy this several weeks in advance and even give it away to friends. In order to take part in the event, the ticket was not necessary. Because you could go to the Pokémon GO Fest 2022 without a ticket. But if you bought a ticket, you should get special advantages.

Pokémon GO Fest 2022: Event should be “rip-off” – players extremely frustrated

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These advantages came with a ticket: Anyone who bought a ticket to Pokémon GO Fest 2022 received special bonuses on both event days. These included a higher chance of Shinys, special Pokémon that are only attracted by smoke, and Shaymin special research. If you didn’t have a ticket, you didn’t get this special research either, and using smoke only attracted the usual Pokémon from the respective habitats. All bonuses for ticket buyers at a glance:

  • Collector challenge to all habitats
  • Exclusive event medal, avatar pose and avatar item
  • Special research with Shaymin
  • Short special research “Welcome, Rhi!”
  • Increased chance of certain Shiny Pokémon on Saturday
  • Generally increased chance of shinys for the event
  • Unown B, G, O, U are attracted by smoke
  • Event stickers from PokéStops
  • Up to nine Raid Passes per day
  • Free ticket to the closing event
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The advantages read quite well. That’s why some trainers also bought tickets to the Pokémon GO Fest 2022. But now the first critical voices are being raised. Because fans are not at all satisfied with the rewards received.

Pokemon GO Fest 2022: Players disappointed with event – say it’s a rip-off

That’s why fans complain: on Reddit the first fan of the Pokémon GO Fest 2022 has already complained. According to user EvilTortoise396, developer Niantic would have the players “completely ripped off“. As he or she elaborates further:

These shiny probabilities are so broken it’s not even funny. I honestly believe that everyone who bought a ticket was completely scammed. The prices aren’t like last year and they should have said they’re the [Shiny-Wahrscheinlichkeiten] have reduced. I regret buying this horrible event and they should repeat this event. Niantic, you’ve lost all my respect.

Evil Tortoise396 via Reddit

The post has already received 6,368 upvotes on Reddit. So EvilTortoise doesn’t seem to be alone with the criticism. The comments below the post also indicate that many fans see the Pokémon GO Fest 2022 as a disappointment. There are numerous comments that remember the last festival, i.e. the GO Fest 2021, as much better.

We asked Niantic to comment on the criticism. As soon as we receive feedback, we will update this article.

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