Today marks the second half of August’s Pokémon GO Community Day, which is really a Community Weekend, given that Niantic is doubling the amount of time that players have to hunt shiny Eevees (2-5PM ET both days).
The six hours is meant to make up for the fact that players aren’t trying to snag one shiny to evolve into a final form, but instead at least five, with five current evolutions of Eevees, but in reality, more than that, given that three out of five are randomly evolved. That means that without trading, you have to evolve roughly nine shiny Eevee to have a 90% chance to get all three evolutions yourself. Plus two more to manually evolve into Espeon and Umbreon by walking them as your buddy.
It didn’t have to be this way, and for as on the ball as Niantic has been the last few months, I’m frankly surprised they didn’t take better advantage of this opportunity.
A week or so ago, there was a supposed “insider” leak that an Evolution Event was coming this past week which would be a “soft” introduction to Gen 4, where Pokémon that evolve from Gen 1, 2 and 3 Pokémon would be available for players.
That would make a lot of sense considering 20+ Pokémon fall under that category, and it would have been a great lead-in to Eevee Community Day, considering that it would bring with it two new Eevee evolutions, Glaceon and Leafeon.