Over the past week or so, Pokémon GO has had trainers all over the world have been battling Kyogre, Groudon and Rayquaza in a strange little event meant to award particular bonuses based on which Legendary Pokémon people caught more of. The results are in: it’s Rayquaza, meaning that Pokémon that prefer Windy weather will be hatching from eggs over the course of the next week. That means Dragon, Flying and Psychic-types, and Niantic specifically called out Bagon, which eventually evolves into the rare Salamence. As an interesting addition said Windy Pokémon will also be showing up in Raid battles, so we’ll have to wait to see if some valuable Dragon-types wind up there too. Those additions, as well as double experience, will last until March 16.
This was most definitely the expected outcome of Legendary Week — not only was Rayquaza by far the easiest fight among the three Pokémon, but it was also the current monthly creature anyway, meaning that people would still be more excited about picking one up even if they were already full up on Kyogre and Groudon. On top of that, Salamence is a difficult-to-obtain and powerful creature, and any leg up in getting it added to the Pokédex is much-appreciated by the community. Which is a shame, all things told, because I was really hoping to use the event to get a Kyogre: I only successfully fought and finished one Raid against the whale thing, but 10 great curveballs later it ran away — which as I’ve mentioned, is terrible design.
As I said before, Legendary Week didn’t feel like the best-implemented event in the world to me. Legendary Raids are already hard to get people together for, and so it just didn’t really work for me to have some kind of competition based on choosing one or the other: most people are lucky just to get one, even if having three different creatures available dilutes the enthusiasm a little bit. Pokémon GO is still struggling to work with the fact that at the end of the day nearly every reward on offer comes from a random number generator at some point, which is a good recipe for frustration. Legendary Week showcased that problem in full form.
Still, the rewards from Legendary Week are a little better than the fights themselves, and you can be sure I’ll be coughing up some money for incubators hoping to get that Bagon. I’m especially curious to see what new Raid Pokémon are available, so stay tuned for that.