While all the cool kids are looking down on anyone still playing Pokémon GO, the fact of the matter is that Niantic just threw one of its better events in recent memory. The second iteration of Community Day was even more fun than the first.
Why does Community Day work so well? The short window of time gets players out and playing all at the same time, recapturing some of that magic of launch week, even for just a brief moment. It also is offering some of the best prizes in the game, particularly this time around which instead of Pikachu, was handing out Dratini like candy. Not only could players evolve a couple high IV Dragonite with enough catches, but the introduction of shiny (pink) Dratini that could evolve into a shiny (green) Dragonite with a special move was one of the cooler prizes in GO history (provided you didn’t have terrible luck over that three hours).
Clearly, Community Day is going to continue to be a thing because it’s been such a big success and something even beleaguered fans can applaud Niantic for. It’s hard to deny Community Day was anything but a brilliant idea to revitalize the game, albeit for just a few hours a month. Pokémon GO has, however, been throwing other events left and right as well, like right now we’re in the middle of Legendary week where Kyogre, Groudon and Rayquaza are all spawning at the same time.
But back to Community Day, my suggestion for the next one is that it should feature one Pokémon in particular:
Eevee is not only cute and cuddly, but I think introducing Eevee would be an extra special dynamic for GO given the nature of Community Day and his evolution pattern. You may already see where I’m going with this, but the idea of using Eevee is that we would also get shiny Eevee for the first time, and if it’s anything like the spawn rates of past Community Days, you’d probably have a 1 in 20-25 shot of grabbing one.
The fun part of this is what comes next. Shiny Eevee would mean the potential for shiny Vaporeon, shiny Jolteon, shiny Flareon, shiny Espeon and shiny Umbreon. That’s five different evolutions of Eevee that would each get their own shinies from the event, and players could end up with any number of them, or all of them, if they got extremely lucky. At a certain point it would be gambling with rare shiny Eevees hoping you get the evolve you want, but I think it would add a cool dynamic to the event that would be hard to replicate with other spawns.
Shiny Pikachu with Surf was fine, but shiny Dratini evolving into shiny Dragonite was awesome. Shiny Eevee and all his different potential shiny evolution paths would arguably be the most interesting use of this concept yet. And you could also go a step further and give each Eevee evolution a unique move when evolved in the Community Day window on top of everything.
Obviously shiny versions of many Pokémon are going to be sought after by players, but Eevee really seems ripe for a feature given the potential there. I am hoping we’ll see him in the coming months, if not up next.