The singleplayer grind of battling and catching is the heart and soul of the Pokémon experience. But the social experience of trading and battling with others has also been exciting for the hardcore trainers among us. With the integration of Global Events via the Global Link system, players of all types can bond over some common ground around the world, and have done so for some time!
And now, #PokemonSunMoon's first Global Event has just gone live and it's a bit of a tall order!
Do You Have What It Takes To Catch 100 Million Pocket Monsters In Pokémon Sun and Moon?
Want to see how the Pokémon games have evolved over all these years?
Here's the official rundown from the Pokémon Global Link website:
The first global mission will be for Trainers to catch as many Pokémon as they can to reach the collective goal. If everyone combines their efforts to catch 100 million Pokémon between November 29 and December 13, 2016, each participant will receive 1,000 Festival Coins as a reward. If the goal isn’t met, Trainers who contributed will still receive a participation prize of 100 Festival Coins. To be sure that your Pokémon bounty gets included in the final count, be sure to use Game Sync by December 13.
It honestly sounds like an awesome way to make the solitary experience of Pokémon feel a little more social, and the Festival Coin prize is definitely the icing on the cake... really sweet and possibly game-changing icing.
What Are Festival Coins And What Are They For?
So, let's say that you participate, the goal is achieved and everyone wins the 1,000 Festival Coins that they are due. What then? Well, Festival Coins are incredibly versatile and can be used for:
- Maxing Out Pokémon Stats
Festival Coins can be used to turn hours of grind work into a few seconds of purchasing to get your Pokémon's stats up. Depending on your Pokémon's current levels, you can max a stat for as little as 50 Festival Coins.
- Buying Clothes, Food and Supplies
Dying your white clothes at a dye shop, getting meals for your Pokémon and buying supply sets are all things that you can take care of at the Festival Plaza with your Festival Coins.
- Buying Lottery Tickets Or Other Chance Opportunities
At the Lottery Shop, you can use Festival Coins to purchase tickets that help you win prizes. You can also buy things like fortunes from a Fortune Teller or entry to a Haunted House for your Pokémon. Each time your Pokémon visits the Haunted House, they come out with an item!
So much fun, so little money...unless you join the challenge and win! Speaking of joining...
How Can You Participate?
You can get things started by going to the Festival Plaza and chatting with the women on the right just as you enter the castle. In order to further qualify for participation, all you have to do is set up a Pokémon Trainer Club account and a Global Link account. Global Link registration is relatively straightforward and can be completed on the official website.
What Are The Odds Of Winning?
A day into the objective and we are a few tens of thousands up in the numbers. Despite the large player base, first impressions would indicate that things are a bit tougher than you think. However, it's only Wednesday and the real action might happen over the weekend when more players have time to dig in.
To increase your odds you can make sure to grab as many Z-Crystals as possible, or if you're going to be starting anew during the event over the next two weeks, you can check out this guide to choosing the best starter Pokémon to set you on the right path.
Either way, good luck out there, trainers!
What would you buy with 1,000 FC? Will you level up your Pokémon or will you buy a new wardrobe?