After it was teased by Niantic, in a (not-so) shocking twist, Abra was originally revealed to be March’s Community Day Pokemon instead of Snivy. We already covered why in a previous post, but it came as no shock that Abra would be featured. Thank you to Tim for the title suggestion!
As previously announced, the Abra Community Day was postponed for its original date of 15th March, and so we were given this alternative day of 25th April, and with it came a lot of changes.
When we got the rescheduled Community Day information, we got a lot of changes to the usual format. This was to advertise Community Day: Play at Home Edition.
- 3x Catch XP was changed to 3x Catch Stardust
- 3-hour Lure Modules was changed to 3-hour Incense
- Buddy Pokemon of Great Buddy or higher will bring Poke Balls
- Take a snapshot for a ‘surprise’
- The 11am-2pm time was changed to 11am-5pm local time (this was to compensate for the playability from home)
- The ‘Investigating Illusions‘ Special Research ticket is still alive and kicking for 79p (UK price)
An Abra that evolves to Alakazam during or up to 2 hours after the end of the event for the exclusive move Counter. I also discussed the possibility of the ‘Investigating Illusions’ Special Research to result in a shiny Abra guaranteed at the end, just like with the Safari Zone Special Research that we have been seeing be played from home.
We also discussed the issue of if the ‘Investigating Illusions’ Special Research was actually going to be playable from home because we were lied to about that during the Genesect event.
On the day…
I decided to stay at home for as long as possible, to see how much could be played from home. I decided I would take part in my one form of exercise of the day as well, to ensure that I didn’t go stir-crazy being inside. It was a cloudy day, but it didn’t appear to be that cold. I
One thing I noticed was that they’d decreased the flee rate of Abra – it was only the second time that I’d had Abra break out of a ball and not have it flee, and this happened a few times – I think this was so that the mechanic would be fairer with the shiny.
Only nearly 20 minutes in did I get a shiny, which was great! It was a 3* appraisal, which I was happy with definitely.
My Great Buddy, Oshikuru the Dewott, gave me 50 Pokeballs in the gift. Oh boy. Speaking of Buddy, we had our surprise photobomb come in the form of Abra, which we could obtain five of during this event. Their shinies would also appear in the overworld, as was Pikachu, Aipom and Croagunk before it.
I decided to take advantage of the one-walk-per-day and went out for a bit of hunting. We did just a quick lap of the park and ended up seeing Jonny. We were Lucky Friends anyway, so we traded an Abra for Abra at a safe distance, so we’d end up with the Lucky shiny.
It ended up being in two-hour sections – spending the first two hours at home, the next two hours outside and the final two back at home. I did feel that the home sections felt longer than the active section, but I think that was down to having a lot of writing for the blog to do, as well as being in one place constantly.
In the end, I had 21 shinies, which was my best total. I think the extra time we had helped with that, although I found my best haul to come from going outside. It couldn’t be helped, as there are bound to be more spawns outside of your home environment.
Overall, this Special Research was pretty easy, and it could all be done from home. It was straight-forward, too, and there’s not a lot of skill behind it either. Using the 3-hour Incense will help immensely with the Research, too.
Part One consisted of:
- Power up Pokemon 10 times (x10 Pokeballs)
- Catch 10 Abra (x20 Abra candy)
- Make 5 Nice throws (Abra encounter)
The rewards for this section consisted of 2,000 Stardust, an Incense and an Abra encounter. The Abra is not guaranteed to be shiny but will have that chance (it wasn’t shiny for me).
Part Two consisted of:
- Catch 15 Abra (x20 Abra candy)
- Transfer 10 Pokemon (Kadabra encounter)
- Evolve 3 Abra (1,000 XP)
The rewards for this section consisted of 2,000 Stardust, an Incense and a Poffin.
This was really easy, as long as I was able to tear myself away from the Incense spawns in order to catch this. I mean, I don’t buy or use Poffins, but I’ll make it work. That said, I haven’t really bothered with the Buddy system for a while, so having this Buddy Up event as well kinda makes things a bit easier I suppose.
Part Three consisted of:
- Make 3 Great Curveball throws (x20 Abra candy)
- Evolve 1 Kadabra (x5 Golden Razz Berries)
- Transfer 10 Pokemon (1,500 XP)
The rewards for this section consisted of 2,000 Stardust, 1 Incense and 1 Rocket Radar. I actually do need to defeat Cliff, but it’s been a while so I’m not sure how difficult he is at this point. Oops! I just haven’t bothered with the Rocket battles in a while, that’s all.
Part Four consisted of:
- [Already Complete] (5,000 Stardust)
- [Already Complete] (1,500 XP)
- [Already Complete] (x5 Silver Pinap Berries)
The rewards for this easy section consisted of 2,000 Stardust, x3 Rare Candy and an Alakazam encounter. This Alakazam also had the exclusive move Counter.
I was done in half an hour of the event’s start. I did keep getting distracted with the spawns and whatnot, or else I would have finished earlier. The Alakazam from this encounter ended up 91% which I’m really happy with.
Overall, in terms of monetary value, it’s worth the money. The Poffin is the same price as the ticket, so the cost is covered in that Poffin alone. It’s very simple to do, but I feel that if we weren’t in lockdown, we would be able to have more tasks, possibly related to spinning Pokestops, hatching eggs and sending Gifts. However, it all depends on if you want to plug money into the game. I wanted to give you the full round-up, including the Special Research experience. That’s the main reason why I bought this Special Research ticket.
Honestly, I’d gotten so bored with the monotony of Community Day that today was a breath of fresh air. I wasn’t pressured into having to put up with some of our community’s unfavourable people, and I was able to enjoy it at my own pace. I was appreciative of the extra three hours because it didn’t put as much pressure on me to get so many shinies. I didn’t feel like I was competing with someone at all.
Shortly after the event was over I got a shiny Alolan Meowth outside my flat. Happy days!