Pokemon GO players set out to catch a shiny Feebas as part of a new type of in-game event: limited-time research. This event was incredibly similar to the well-received monthly Community Day events, as it was set to occur during a three-hour period. However, unlike Community Day, it did not receive the same initial reception, with several players upset about the results and calling for Niantic to make a change.
For those unaware, Community Day sees a massive increase in spawn for the featured Pokemon typically during a three-hour period on one day (though certain featured Pokemon like Eevee received two days). This increased spawn kept players engaged and on the hunt for the featured Pokemon’s shiny sprite, with Pokemon GO players walking away with at least one most of the time
The Limited-Time Research event followed a similar pattern with a three-hour period, but instead of increased spawns, players needed to complete certain tasks to spawn a Feebas encounter. This was complicated by the fact that the associated Pokemon GO tasks were by no means simple, thus throttling the number of encounters more casual players could actually complete.
Although there was a method or two to help some players complete more tasks, many expressed their concerns and offered up ideas for improvements if Niantic decides to run another event like this. Some of these issues were localized, as severe weather dampened the spirits of several players. For some, it was the restraining time limit that ultimately hurt the event, as hatching an egg within a three-hour period with the right tasks is highly demanding.
Many proposed the idea that, instead of a three-hour time limit, this event should last for a full day, if not a full weekend. Many were also upset due to not catching a shiny, so increasing the spawn limit slightly more than on Community Day (due to the fewer encounters) could make a world of difference. Increasing the spawns of Pokemon, in general, could also be of benefit considering the number of throws required by this event, though some argued for reducing the number of throws for the tasks.
Perhaps the most notable commentary on this event is that many loved the concept, but felt the implementation could be improved. With this in mind, hopefully, Niantic will return to this idea in a more refined rendition of the Limited-Time Research event. Until then, many are likely looking to the February Community Day event to undo the damage caused by this Feebas Research event.