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  Reply # 2096328 25-Sep-2018 17:53
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Moving away from the storage issue rants; the new EX tags are helpful - found 2 additional gyms where I live that could hold EX raids (I knew of one due to triggering it on Zapdos day)
Sadly most of my raids are not where I live because the local group is not organised/not strong enough and generally don't raid at the times I can .. However have made an effort to raid at a few Ex gyms in Dunedin several times, so it will be interesting what gyms are picked as holding the next EX raids .. and when .. and if the pattern from last time continues ..

 

It will be also interesting to see exactly how the EX pass sharing works ..

 

Over the weekend also got 4 best friends, which also took me to 60 million total XP - which means in 1 year and 1 week since hitting level 40 (20 million XP) I made an addition 40 million XP. It would have been nice if it would have worked out if that had happened in just a year .. but it was not to be. It also really shows you how much XP Niantic have started handing out in the form of XP bonuses, raids and friendships .. 


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  Reply # 2096376 25-Sep-2018 19:21
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Yeah, I hit L40 in April and 40 x 2 last night. I'm aiming for 50 million by New Year. XP is so much more plentiful now, levels are a bit meaningless. Badge totals are a much more accurate measure of player level these days.

 

What is it with the high IV Geodudes? I also have a silly number of high-90's, including a 98% wild-caught Graveler at L30+ that I caught on Mareep day and was holding onto in case it got a Community Day, although that seems less likely with shiny Geodude already out.

 

I caught a shiny Omanyte today. So happy - really wanted that one.

 

The EX tags are very enlightening, especially after all the research I did trying to get my crew EX passes. It looks like the S2 cell size has been reduced again. It was originally limited to one EX raid per L12 S2 cell. Then they reduced it to one per L13 cell (there are four L13s to a L12) and now the EX tags are showing on one gym in every L14 cell (four L14s to a L13) so that means more gyms are now eligible in any one wave - there are now 96 L14 cells covering an area that was previously only split into six (although there's not an eligible gym in each cell). Where there are still two eligible gyms in a L14 cell, the tags appear to swap gyms. On Friday they were on one gym, then Saturday they changed to the other and have stayed that way. For this reason, we think that's when the eligibility window for the next wave began, and we'll probably get passes on Friday or Saturday morning. I've long suspected that in multi-gym cells, only one gym is eligible in any one week, and this appears to be the case, although I will have to observe for longer to confirm.





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  Reply # 2098086 28-Sep-2018 12:21
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So, another cluster-duck this morning.

 

I woke up this morning with a feeling that EX raids may be announced, given that we have had roughly a week of raiding since Mewtwo left the EX raids
At 7.15 there was no information and nothing on Reddit so I drifted back to sleep (no need to leave home till 9am). At 8.15am a friend asked if I wanted to get an invite to an EX raid happening at 8.41am; I logged into the game and checked - I also had the same invite. I couldn't make hatch but might have made 9am, so I got up .. then people said there was a T4 raid due to hatch at 8.41am ..
Someone posted Niantic's Twitter response saying they will correct at the end of the raid ... and then the EX raid is canceled ..

 

It also seems like EX raid gyms are now not blocked from getting a regular raid on them .. I wonder if this is a mistake

 

 


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  Reply # 2098128 28-Sep-2018 13:17
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Clearly they have attempted to fix the "clock blocking" issue and the pass erroneously picked up the information for the next scheduled raid, which happened to be active at the time passes went out. They just tweeted that they're still fixing that, since the passes all auto-cancelled once the raids expired.

 

I think keeping the gyms open might be deliberate to help communities with only one or two eligible gyms. This could potentially see an EX gym spit out invites on a weekly basis. They also reduced the minimum cell size to L14 S2 cells, making even more gyms eligible at any one time.

 

I have a pass for next Tuesday so it'll be interesting to see how my first Deoxys encounter goes. 





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  Reply # 2098247 28-Sep-2018 15:53
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I just found out that some people who had passes for this mornings raid DIDN'T have their EX pass canceled - it adjusted correctly and as far as they are concerned, they have an EX raid to attend on Tuesday.

 

It really does bewilder me how things like this happen


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  Reply # 2099089 1-Oct-2018 09:09
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Niantics reply on Twitter (Saturday morning) REALLY wound me up - "whoops, we stuffed up but can't restore your EX raid, but we will be sure to fix it for the next time .. keep on raiding" (paraphrased) 
As a result, I cancelled the planned purchase of another box to get more Super Incubators.

 

Then I found out they had new hats in the store .. so they can't fix issues but they can sell you more stuff.

 

I did get offered an EX pass for 1pm Tuesday but I couldn't make it, so had to decline, then got sent one for 6pm on Tuesday which I can make, but I am fuming about the entire situation.

 

I now see this morning that Niantic extended the 7km regional eggs .. guess they need all the money.


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  Reply # 2099234 1-Oct-2018 10:51
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It was unfortunate that the EX passes were glitched. Under the old system, they just never would have gone out because those gyms had eggs or raids when the passes dropped, and nobody would have been any the wiser. I applaud their attempt to fix that, but goodness, it would be nice if they could release something without botching it. We used the sharing system to make sure all our crew who got their passes cancelled were invited to other raids, so I think overall, it's improving. 

 

We did a bunch more Mewtwo raids on the weekend - maybe nine or ten in total? Got another 98% and a load of really awful ones, but I will reroll them with my son to see if we can get a lucky one. Pretty happy that I now have a 98% with Shadow Ball, one with Psychic and one with Focus Blast. I'd like a couple of good Ice Beam ones to supplement my Mammoswine army, and I'll probably keep a single Flamethrower and Thunderbolt for collectibility, although not sure if I'll bother powering them up. I need to look into their potential usefulness a bit more first. With the range of movesets available to Mewtwo, I can see it coming back in the future with different ones.

 

We hit one EX gym on the weekend and it was untagged at the time (sharing a cell with another which was tagged) so it'll be interesting to see if we get a pass from that. Some people on The Silph Road have said they got passed from untagged gyms, which would suggest the tag-swapping is a visual glitch, or that both gyms are always eligible but for some reason, they can't show the tags on both gyms in a cell at once so they just swap them around every few days.

 

I'm really looking forward to Halloween this year. It's my favourite event - I just love the spooky Pokemon spawns. And so many of them can be shiny. I assume we'll get shiny Gastly. I'm still looking for that elusive shiny Duskull.

 

 





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  Reply # 2100810 3-Oct-2018 14:21
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In an "completely unexpected" move (note the very heavy sarcasm) I see that people all around the world had cancelled EX raids due to either "random issues" or a non EX raid happening around the time of the EX raid that prevented the EX raid.

 

Of course Niantic is "sorry" these issues happened .. I wish I actually played other games to know if other games companies have these issues and if they do what Niantic does when they stuff up (aka, nothing) or if they actually do something about it.

 

I was really worried that the 6pm EX raid I had the invite to would be canceled as a 3 star raid was due to start at 3.30pm... thankfully it did go ahead and I was able to get my new dex entry (78% IV ... so terrible)


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  Reply # 2100841 3-Oct-2018 15:02
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My son plays Fortnite, probably the world's biggest game at the moment, and they have their fair share of bugs and stuff-ups. New features that don't work and have to be turned off, graphical glitches, unexpected downtime, etc. I don't think it's unusual. Niantic seems to be particularly bad about testing new features, though. Obviously, the attempt to keeps gyms open after they've received an EX raid isn't working as it should. Perhaps they should have gone a safer route and just locked them down on the day of the raid to ensure no other spawning raids derailed the EX raid. I did my EX raid yesterday without issue, but I wasn't very excited considering Deoxys is far too glassy to be anything other than a Pokedex entry, although I suppose my double-electric one could shave an extra second or two off a Magikarp raid? LOL. It had terrible IVs, anyway. 





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  Reply # 2102210 5-Oct-2018 15:33
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So .. um, I now have two Mews and two Celebi in my storage!

 

I read that people were getting there research stack back; I never had any issues with my research stack as I had cleared it well before the original, extended and then early date
In checking my stack, the Dratini I caught during the Kanto event was still there - then out of interest I checked the Mystical Research section.

 

This told me I had a Pokemon to catch, even though both tasks were complete
So I started the encounter - Eevee and caught it. Went back in and there was another encounter - this turned out to be Celebi

 

Caught Celebi, rechecked and it still said I had an encounter - caught another Eevee
Went back in again and there was another encounter - caught a Mew

 

All four Pokemon had the same IVs - 86.7%

 

I've taken lots and lots of screenshots, as I fully expect Niantic to take them out of my storage when they figure out the mistake.

 

#ClassicNiantic!


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  Reply # 2102282 5-Oct-2018 18:50
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Aw, man, why didn't they stuff up mine? I only have one of each, lol. I guess at least they're trying to fix it? I'm sure they'll run some kind of de-dupe and remove the extra mythicals at some point.

 

I'm glad we have the wee Psychic event to tide us over until the inevitable Halloween event. Not that there are many things that can be shiny, but I really want a pink Hypno, and it'll give me another shot at Natu and Meditite, both of which I am still missing.





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  Reply # 2103242 8-Oct-2018 11:18
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So after reading more about what people were seeing with the error; I decided to clear out the 8 or so stored Dratinis I had in the research stack to see what happens.
Eventually the Dratinis ended .. and random Pokemon I definitely didn't store started appearing .. After around 20 catches of random Pokemon that have been in research rewards, I stopped to IV check them - they were all exactly the same IVs as the Celebi and Mew - 86.7%, 15-13-11. Every single species was also the same - same height, weight and movesets. 

 

I chucked on a lucky egg and star piece and went for 30 minutes catching .. then did the same for another 30 minutes until I started getting low on Pokeballs.
After some Saturday housework and chores, I went and stocked up on Pokeballs again and .. repeated the same - lucky egg and star piece a few more times over Saturday evening and Sunday morning.

 

On Sunday I went back out, stocked up on Pokeballs and repeated the catching ..
At this stage I have no idea when the research stack will end .. 

 

It is a fun experience seeing what comes next in the stack and while most it is the same old stuff repeated over and over, every so often there is a gem
Have managed to add an extra 3 shiny sunglasses Squirtle to the already overflowing bag along with 2 shiny Aerodactyl - others have reported also getting shiny Pineco and Absol, but no luck yet

 

One of the users on Reddit mentioned that after the months of promising that the stack would be restored, they encountered an issue restoring stacks and decided to just give people random Pokemon .. that way they don't have another bad PR disaster like the recent EX cancellations. Though - I still do not know why my account has been tagged as I didn't have a broken stack and didn't complain.

 

In other news - I got a shiny Drowzee on Saturday, which was a nice bonus
Still looking for that Natu though


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  Reply # 2103516 8-Oct-2018 19:02
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That's hilarious. Especially since you didn't actually have a problem to start with, lol. People have mentioned that not every single thing in their stack is the same IV - occasionally they'll get something that's different, so keep an eye open for that.

 

My son has had a decent shiny weekend - Drowzee on Saturday while waiting for a Mewtwo to hatch, and Natu this morning. I don't have either but did get a shiny hat Pikachu yesterday, which I am pretty excited about.

 

I see that Pokemon Go teased a Halloween event in their newsletter. Starting to wonder if we'll get Gen 4 at the same time. I guess the next couple of client updates will let us know for sure.





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  Reply # 2103895 9-Oct-2018 13:06
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People are reporting on TSR that the stack does end, but it doesn't seem to be slowing down for me. I again stocked up on Pokeballs before heading home and spent 2 hours catching last night and then an hour catching this morning .. Currently stocking up on balls again...

 

So far I have managed to get 8 shiny sunglasses Squirtle, a regular shiny Squirtle and two shiny Aerodactyl. (I am over shiny sunglasses Squirtle and have started deleting them as soon as I catch them - I had far too many from the actual event, and extras just fill up bag space)..
Everytime I encounter a Krabby, Shellder, Growlithe, Houndour, Grimer, Magikarp, Eevee, Kabuto and Pineco I wish it was a shiny - I have also seen 1 Snubbull , 1 Absol and 1 Luvdisc as well ... so I hope I see more and one is shiny, though with the shiny rates being high compared to Sunglass Squirtle and Aerodactyl, I can understand why those are the ones I am getting shinies of.

 

Today I also purchased a Nintendo Switch - Let's Go Edition with the Pokemon branding, the included game and the Pokeball Plus
As a result, I have saved some of my spare Kanto shinies for transfering into the game, whenever I manage to unlock the GoPark .. I should also probably save some of the "rarer" Kanto Pokemon from this research stack glitch but my limited bag space and the upcoming European trip (plus a couple of Community Days in between)


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  Reply # 2104036 9-Oct-2018 17:20
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Someone was theorising that the stack actually comprises every field research encounter you've ever earned, lol.

 

My son has a Switch that he got for Christmas last year, so I have pre-ordered him the Let's Go Pikachu game bundled with the Pokeball Plus for this Christmas. I'm unlikely to get my own copy, but I'll probably play along with him in his game from time to time. The Switch is a very cool device. I think it does the hybrid console/handheld thing very well.





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