Pokémon GO Community Day: The Best Way To Get Every Shiny Eevee Evolution On Day 2

 forbes.com  8/12/2018 11:39:00 AM  3

Dave Thier
I write about video games and technology.

Shiny evolutions in Pokemon Go.Credit: Niantic

If you didn't get the shiny Eevee evolutions you wanted yesterday, you've got another shot with the second day of Pokémon GO's Eevee Community Day. It's a special two-day affair this time around, so we're getting a repeat performance of yesterday's Eevee spawns and other bonuses this afternoon at the same time. For players in the Americas and Greenland, that means 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Eastern. The name of the game is clear: to collect one each of the five shiny Eevee evolutions: Jolteon, Flareon, Vaporeon, Umbreon and Espeon. Yesterday I decided to go ahead and evolve the shinies I got and ended up with 3 Jolteon and 2 Vaporeon.

If you're working on your evolutions, remember that you can use the naming or walking tricks to determine what an Eevee will evolve into.  

It feels pretty clear why we've got two days this time around. People will be catching on both days, but yesterday was more for building out a small collection of shiny evolutions and seeing which ones you still need. Today is for getting out there and seeing who has which ones your missing. Collecting all five shinies on your own is going to be near-impossible, but you get the feeling that that's sort of the whole point. Niantic is trying to find ways to get more people to use these new systems.

Community day makes it a bit easier to do that. The most successful part of the event is that limited three-hour window. Sure, it can be irritating if you can't make one, but it ensures that everyone is going to be out at the same time, and that's even more useful now that we have a social system in place. Rest assured that if you go to a place where people are playing today, someone there will have the evolutions you're looking for.

So: if you're looking to trade your way to success with these shiny Eevee evolutions, check your local Facebook, Discord or other groups to see where people are meeting up. If you're not sure where to look, just show up at the most central location you can find: I went to Philadelphia's Washington Square yesterday, and there were more people playing than in those early days in 2016.

Once you're there, don't be shy. Ask around for the evolutions you're missing, let people know which evolutions you have. Show up at raids if you want to get a smaller group of people to talk to. It can be a little daunting, but Pokémon GO players are some of the most friendly people I've ever met.

Take note that trading is incredibly expensive with people that you've just become friends with. It costs 1,000,000 Stardust to trade an unowned shiny on a normal day, and it still costs 750,000 with the current event discount. If that's too rich for you're blood--it is for most people--then make some friends, exchange some codes and agree to trade once you've levelled your friendship up a little bit. After the event ends it will still cost 80,000 to trade with a "great friend," which is expensive but much more manageable.

You might not be able to get every evolution today unless you've already levelled up some friendships or saved up a ton of Stardust. But you may be able to start laying the groundwork by asking someone to set a trade aside for you until you're better friends, which is sort of the whole point of the levelling system: to turn a one-off interaction into a more lasting relationship. Niantic is pushing its new social features hard, and this particular community day is an effective way of doing so.

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