I know it’s very late, and we’re smack-bang in the middle of a brand new event, but just my two cents on the Ultra Bonus weeks. I’ve had a lot happen in my personal life, but let’s get cracking!
The first part of the Ultra Bonus featured a Johto invasion. Unown spelling ‘ULTRA’ were hatching from 10km eggs for the first time. The Legendary Beasts Raikou, Entei and Suicune returned to 5* raids with their shinies available. Shiny forms of Sentret, Furret, Gligar and Gliscor were introduced. Incubators were also 2x effective and would remain that way for the rest of the Ultra Bonus event.
I was continually trying to hatch as many eggs as possible. My priority wasn’t raiding, as I already had all of the shiny Beasts. I wanted to collect the Unown, as the only one I had registered was U, back in the Safari event in 2017. I also obviously wanted the shiny – Gligar’s shiny rate was boosted, and because Sentret was common anyway, it couldn’t be that hard, surely?
The main result was that I hatched two Unown, despite having a lot of 10km eggs at one point – both of which were A (I traded one to Connor and got a lucky 100% IV Alolan Raichu). I caught one shiny during the event, a Sentret. My mum caught a shiny Gligar and wanted to catch a second to trade to me (bless).
Altogether, it wasn’t much of a reward as it was challenging to hatch the Unown. It allowed me to prioritise 10km eggs in case I hatched a Gible (which I did not).
The second week of the Ultra Bonus event focused on regional Pokemon from Kanto, yet again, where Mr. Mime, Kangaskhan, Farfetch’d and Tauros could be hatched from 7km eggs. However, this time the shinies were released. Deoxys was also available in 5* raids in all of its forms. Week two also introduced, for the first time outside of events, wild spawns for the following Pokemon: Mawile, Absol, Alolan Vulpix and Alolan Sandshrew. Now these were quite rare, and I only got one or two of each, but it was nice to see them in the wild, and I hope they make a permanent return in the future.
I found the Deoxys raids to be pretty pointless, considering we still had Speed forme Deoxys in EX raids, so I didn’t bother with those. It was also initially hard to stockpile 7km eggs, as most gifts did not give an egg, and not many people were sending gifts out either – this was fixed when they improved the odds of obtaining two eggs in gifts instead of one. However, I did hatch two shiny regionals in that time – Tauros and Farfetch’d. Farfetch’d was the one that I really wanted, so I was happy with that. There were plenty of opportunities, as the regional hatches stayed for two weeks.
Along with the shinies, your regional spawn could be shiny too. So I went ahead and caught two shiny Mr. Mime.
Week 3 introduced a portion of Pokemon from the Unova region as the main event, with Patrat, Lillipup and Klink being released with their shiny variants. Mewtwo was also brought back into 5* raids with its special move Psystrike, with a chance of a shiny being obtainable.
Mewtwo encountered a problem straight away – with such a high raid CP, there was little hope of taking it down with as few people as possible. You needed 6 to have a safe shot at defeating it. I only did a few Mewtwo raids during a chance lap around the park (I was also on crutches for most of this week and had difficulty leaving the house). The kicker was the difficulty setting on a raid boss that was part of a reward.
As for the Unova unveiling, I did catch a few of the new Pokemon, but I still have yet to encounter Pansear. I only found one Durant, too, and I’m disappointed that a lot of the Pokemon seem to be better found in eggs – proof that Niantic care more about monetising the game in order to ‘catch them all’.
I did find a shiny Patrat though, so all was not lost.
All in all, it was a bit of a mixed reception. While some aspects of the event were better than others, I felt that given the Johto event, Mewtwo returning again and the Kanto regionals, it felt like a repeat of last year’s events, giving us little to no variation except for shiny hunting.
Also, the gradual rollout of Unova sucks.
Let me know how you fared during these last three weeks!