Hey, buddy. Yeah, you over there. Do you play that Pokemon Go thing? Of course, you do. And did you hear about the Pokemon Go Fest in Chicago the other day, where they were going to unveil the first legendary Pokemon to appear in the game? Probably. But, since not everyone in the U.S. lives in Chicago, naturally that means only a fraction of the country’s population got to attend and summon the promised legendary Pokemon. No worries, though. It should come as no surprise that the trainers who did get to go not only racked up enough points to make it appear, but they also defeated it and made it available for the rest of the world.
Naaaah, just kidding! Actually, attendees were unable to play the game due to server issues. No, I’ serious. That actually happened! So Niantic opted to just give players the legendary Pokemon Lugia and then release Articuno to nearby gyms as Raid Bosses for players to catch instead. Now that worked. Articuno was the victory reward for Team Mystic. How did Team Mystic win when no one could login to the game? Well, I’d assume, since there are more Mystic players than Valor or Instinct, those members appeared in greater numbers early on before the great crash. Or Niantic just made assumptions.
Game-breaking poetic irony aside, the important thing is that both Lugia and Articuno will now appear in raid battles everywhere else. Like other raid bosses, there’s a one-hour time limit to beat them while teamed up with 19 other people, and a chance to capture them if they’re defeated. Legendary Pokemon can be used to attack opposing gyms, but cannot be left as guardians of that gym. I mean, come on, that wouldn’t be remotely fair. Now go out there and… sit around waiting for one of them to appear at a raid.
Matt Eschbach is a PC, Mac and Android indie game developer and fiction writer. His works have won multiple monetary awards from various contests. Graduating college in 2012 with a major in Game Design, Matt spends his time making stuff up and then building it. His favorite hobby… is sleeping.