Niantic is testing out a new kind of Pokémon Go event for the new year.
During January’s scheduled Totodile Community Day event, Pokémon Go will also feature a limited-time Limited Research event. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. PT on Saturday, January 19th, players will be able to spin Poké Stops in order to pick up some exclusive research tasks. Completing these tasks will award players with a Feebas encounter, and these Feebas will have a chance to be shiny.
This event is reminiscent of the Squirtle Community Day, which awarded players with sunglasses-wearing Squirtles for completing tasks. However, this event is limited to research tasks only; Feebas won’t have increased spawn rates in the wild like regular Pokémon that get featured Community Days.
This is also a unique new way for Niantic to add a shiny variant of a Pokémon to the game. In the traditional Pokémon games, Feebas already required some unusual steps to obtain (its original appearance in Ruby and Sapphire required players to fish in specific spots in a river, with the location of those spots changing randomly each day, and then made players maximize Feebas’s Beauty stat to evolve it). Players can only get one Limited Research task per Poké Stop, so they’ll have to continually move around and “migrate,” mirroring this randomized location pattern. Then, Pokémon Go requires players to walk a Feebas 20 kilometers before it can evolve. It’s interesting to see the game experiment with other, more unusual ways of obtaining Pokémon.
For those not interested in Feebas or the Limited Research tasks, the Totodile Community Day will add 4x incubator effectiveness, extended lure time, more Totodile spawns, shiny Totodile forms, and an exclusive move for Totodiles evolved into Feraligatr during the time of the event.