The votes were cast and the votes were counted, and the winner of Pokemon GO’s February Community Day contest should come as no surprise to those following the news. People have chosen Rhyhorn, a plucky little Kanto mainstay that’s sure to round out a couple of rock-type teams out there.
The February Community Day will be on February 22, and any Rhyhorn evolved into Rhyperior during the window will know Rock Wrecker, a powerful move that should make these Rhyperiors into some highly effective raid creatures. And, as usual, Rhyhorn will be available as a shiny. In addition i increased Rhyhorn spawns we’ll be getting 3X catch Stardust.
Like I said, this is no surprise: the other options were Dratini, Vulpix and Machop: perfectly fine little creatures but not the most useful things, particularly for longtime players. Rhyhorn/Rhyperior emerged as early favorites both on social media channels and in informal polls, and so it’s not surprising to see the evolution line emerge victorious.
The key here, I think, was that single players could cast multiple votes by design. People were able to vote by completing a special field research task that corresponded to their Pokemon of choice: it asked you to catch 20 Pokemon, but at that rate a single dedicated player could vote many times. That meant that the vote was likely skewed towards hardcore players, and hardcore players overwhelmingly favored Rhythorn.
I like the model, in a general way, and I hope that Niantic tries something like this again. I do wonder if some tweaks are in order, however: the current system overwhelmingly favors urban players with plenty of Pokestops around, though that’s not exactly anything new. I would be very curious to see how something like this would turn out if we were closer to a one vote per person situation.
Regardless, this was a good was to shake up Community Day, particularly since we were sort of running out of creatures to fill up the old starter/rare Pokemon rotation. I imagine the developer will do it again at some point, so we’ll see if there are any changes at that point.