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  • Nice! I'm so close to a Typhlosion and about 40 candies away from a Charizard. Getting fire pokemon has been a real challenge, so this event was much appreciated. I'm a little disappointed in the lack of ice types, however. Shellder is pure water, so that was a bit frustrating seeing them pop up every once in a while, and Swinub is fairly difficult to catch, so I was kinda miffed having to throw ball after ball after ball to grab one. Nonetheless, I'm happy with the event and just hatched my third Sneasel from a 5 km egg.

    How are you all liking the gym revamp and raids? Got a good Bayleaf in my first raid, and then got a Weezing in another. I'm looking forward to some better ones soon.

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    • The raids seem interesting but I wish we could do them more often! Maybe with the new gyms I'll get coins easier, but I only got to use two passes so far and then I was done, and I lost both times (it was a Blastoise, 4*, and the main problem was we kept running out of time ~_~)
      Congrats on your successful raids! I'm definitely looking forward to more soon. Get any good items from yours?

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      • Flerm I was thinking the same thing about wanting to do more raids a day, and WOW! Blastoise! I wish I could've found one of those! I also want to buy one of the special raid passes; I'm about 20 coins away from affording one. I wonder what those are for.

        Looking into the coin mining process, things have gotten more difficult. From what I've found, coins are awarded on a per-hour basis (1 coin/hour). This is really going to hurt easy mining and potentially those that live in really competitive areas (me), but I think it'll encourage more training and battling.

        As for prizes, the better you do in raids, the more golden razzberries you get (about 2x effectiveness of regular razzberries) and the more premier balls you get. Those premier balls (white with red outlines) can only be used to catch raid pokemon. Otherwise, they do not show up in your inventory. Other loot I received was 3000 xp, bonus points for my team (whatever that means), and I think I may have gotten some health items (potions/revives), but they aren't showing up in my journal.

        Raids were pretty difficult. Bayleaf (9K CP) was a 1*, but Weezing (almost 12K CP) was a 2*. Unfortunately/fortunately they weren't the same CPs when you got the chance to catch them, but they were strong. My Meganium is 1254 CP (~3/4 to full) and my Weezing is 1228 CP (same place on the CP scale). Though CP isn't maxed out, they're probably 90+% pokemon, which have somewhat good movesets. Definitely not complaining, as they are welcome additions to my team.

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        • Originally posted by Murphando View Post
          [USER="343616"] I also want to buy one of the special raid passes; I'm about 20 coins away from affording one. I wonder what those are for..
          From what I can tell, the premium raid passes allow access to a raid just like a regular one, but the ones that you get from gyms can only be obtained once a day, and only if you don't already have one, while the premium passes can be bought continually. Not sure if you can stock up on them, or if you can only buy one at a time though... I think I remember reading somewhere that in the future they will have special raid passes for the legendary raids that are coming.

          I finally completed a raid! I got a Croconaw (1*) from one and an Electabuzz (2*) from the other. Huzzah! I managed to complete both of them solo, but the Electabuzz was just barely there. I saw that you can also get TMs from completing raids but I haven't found one yet. Hopefully soon!

          The new gym setup is definitely interesting... I'm lucky in that my team has a decent presence around here (before the update, all of the gyms had been the same Valor teams for months) and I'm definitely seeing a lot more turnover. My, main problem is that you can't collect coins until your pokemon is returned to you, but if they're defending the gym for a really long time then you're not going to get any. Plus, I heard they cap it at 100/day? Seems odd...if you leave your guy at a gym for a few days there's a cap then...

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          • Flerm Nice!! Congrats on the new Croconaw and Electabuzz! Let us know if you find a TM. That's really exciting that they may be out there!

            I hope I can stock up on some premium passes just to have them in my pocket in case they're required for a legendary event. Who knows with this game - the news blurbs barely pop up during the events and the Chicago ticket sales notification came in a while after all of the tickets were sold out. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

            I had the most frustrating raid experience on Sunday. A Tyranitar popped up at the gym by my house, but no one came during the time it was there and I only was able to knock off a tenth of its health before time ran out. Maybe not today, Tyranitar, but soon!

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            • Originally posted by Murphando View Post
              I had the most frustrating raid experience on Sunday. A Tyranitar popped up at the gym by my house, but no one came during the time it was there and I only was able to knock off a tenth of its health before time ran out. Maybe not today, Tyranitar, but soon!
              I did a successful Tyranitar raid yesterday. 30+ people turned up, so we divided ourselves equally to make it fair; a bunch of them were young kids but we had enough strong players to balance it out. Caught the beast itself with one ball remaining. Not the greatest of IVs (about 75%) but his attack is high and he has a good moveset (bite/stone edge). Got two charge TMs from the raid as well (I believe they're pretty much guaranteed at level 4 raids).

              Don't a handful of other raids as well, including a couple of level 3s, but yesterday was my only level 4 to date. There was another level 4 starting nearby, shortly afterwards, but it only turned out to be a Blastoise, which isn't very exciting around here given squirtles are semi-common.

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              • Do notice that now it does not matter what pokemon is in the gym, it only takes three matches and you kick them out.

                Loving this update.

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                • Nice, Skywalkered! I've seen an Alakazam, but I was working in my lab, so I wasn't able to leave and grab it. Otherwise, it's been Electabuzzes, Weezings, and the assorted Jolteons and Johto secondary evolutions. Looking forward to getting a Tyranitar soon!

                  Declan McCrory Me too. The days of unbeatable Blissey gyms seems like they're almost over. They're still difficult, but this update has made things more level.

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                  • I got a Vaporeon the other day that was a 3*, but I haven't seen any other 4* aside from that first Blastoise. According to one guy who helped me raid, one TM is guaranteed from a 3* raid, so I assume 2 TMs are guaranteed with a 4*. The problem with them is that you don't get to choose what ability your pokemon gets. My Tyrannitar knew fire blast, and I really wanted him to learn Stone Edge, but instead he learned Crunch ~_~

                    I'm also really enjoying the new gyms! The only problem I can see is that it doesn't make sense to leave too many pokemon guarding gyms since they can't bring back as many coins. All it takes is one who's been guarding for just over 8 hours before you're maxed out. Then, even if you've had 3 guarding for 4 days, you still only get the 50? That's the only thing that really bugs me...

                    Looking forward to seeing more great raid results!

                    F2P
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                    353 Unique Legendaries and counting!
                    Welcome, Red Lyrium Bartrand!

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                    • Flerm Had no idea there was a cap at 50 coins for holding a gym. I want my Rhydon back! lol it's been at an obscure one for 2+ days now. I didn't know that about the 3* and 4* gyms, though I don't think it's a guarantee. I've gotten through two Machamps and didn't get any TMs so far. I love that Machamp is a more common 3* raid boss, however. Blisseys beware.

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                      • Sorry for the bad news =/ I just got my Exeggutor back today that had been holding down a gym for 2 days. I feel like I need to coordinate with my rival teams, like "okay, knock out my snorlax anytime after 6pm, but don't attack our other gym until tomorrow. Then I'll knock out your guys and we'll just go back and forth"

                        I have to take back what I said before, I don't think that they guarantee any drops from the battles, I think it's pretty random. I got TMs the other day from 1* and 2* battles, and sometimes I only get revives from the 3*. You're lucky to have gotten those Machamps! I still haven't been able to get one, even from the raids!
                        I wonder if they've got anything special planned for the 1 year anniversary tomorrow...

                        F2P
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                        353 Unique Legendaries and counting!
                        Welcome, Red Lyrium Bartrand!

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                        • I'm so underwhelmed with the anniversary item box. Also, I've read that there is a special Pikachu again, but I've not seen it anywhere.

                          I just got my Rhydon back today with 3 days under her belt. Only 50 coins, but she unlocked the silver medal for the gym time achievement - still wish we would get rewards with those medals. The one aspect that has me rubbing my hands and grinning wickedly is that of revenge against those players that would run around in teams and hold down every gym in the area with maxed out Blisseys. I look over to their gyms thinking, I could release your pokemon back to you for your 50 coins......then again......muahahaha. Maybe I'm just being petty, but this passive aggressive revenge is somewhat sweet.

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                          • So now that the big pokemon go weekend is finishing up, how did you all do? I managed to reach level 31, and even met up with a group of players to do some leg. raids (a very big deal for me, as I am a completely antisocial gamer) and I even managed to get an Arcticuno! Huzzah! All in all, a good time though I wish it lasted a full week like other events.

                            Anyone else make some good catches?

                            F2P
                            Ally code: 526-213-456
                            353 Unique Legendaries and counting!
                            Welcome, Red Lyrium Bartrand!

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                            • Originally posted by Flerm View Post
                              So now that the big pokemon go weekend is finishing up, how did you all do? I managed to reach level 31, and even met up with a group of players to do some leg. raids (a very big deal for me, as I am a completely antisocial gamer) and I even managed to get an Arcticuno! Huzzah! All in all, a good time though I wish it lasted a full week like other events.

                              Anyone else make some good catches?


                              Hey! Congrats!!! I got an Articuno as well! Super lucky. At a conference that has amazing drops, so I've found two Miltank, a Meganium, lots of Houndour Growlithe and Cyndaquils, a couple Rhydons, and a Togepi. half way to 31.

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                              • Originally posted by Murphando View Post

                                Hey! Congrats!!! I got an Articuno as well! Super lucky. At a conference that has amazing drops, so I've found two Miltank, a Meganium, lots of Houndour Growlithe and Cyndaquils, a couple Rhydons, and a Togepi. half way to 31.
                                Wow, that's a hell of a haul! Did you manage to get a Lugia? I found a Pinsir nest today, I must have seen about a dozen of them. Made me realize how horrifying pokemon would be in real life XD

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