Pokemongo community day for June is larvitar. It’s one of the most highly anticipated CDs. I haven’t played in every CD but I had time to do this one. I only have one tyranitar and I’ve been walking larvitar for candies the past few weeks.
Bus arrival determined where I would go–Central Piers, where I went for dratini day. Got there early, in time for a kyogre raid nearby but didn’t get it.
Promptly at 11am a larvitar appeared and I caught it, yay! Then it all went pear-shaped. Can’t login. Spinning wheel. Blank map when I was able to login. It wasn’t just me, there were around 30-40 people in the area and every single one was looking at their phones with frustration. I checked reddit and it was happening elsewhere too.
For dratini day the login problem went on for around half an hour. Mareep day there was a 10-min delay. For larvitar day, the problem persisted for THREE HOURS. I did screenshots at the top of the hour, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm. The one at 1pm at least showed stops–see how they’re all lured up?
The game was pretty much unplayable. There were may be 10- or 20min windows when I could get in. And when it was working, it was okay. Larvitar everywhere. The stretch of piers is around 500m, so walking up and down was also great for hatching eggs. I’d say when I could get in, 50% of the time it was working fine but 50% of the time the game froze when I caught larvitar, I did a screen recording. See how many times I had to click to get to the catch screen. Sometimes i can see it in my storage when I finally got back in, sometimes it wasn’t there.
I cracked 2 lucky eggs at first, but totally wasted so I didn’t dare crack any more.
They announced that the event will be extended for 2hrs. Not enough but ah well. I feel bad for people who made time and had to leave at 2pm. And for the kids who must surely be disappointed. I was able during the 5hrs that I was attempting to play to get a lot of larvitars. I also got 3 shinies, which means I have now one each of shiny larvitar, pupitar and tyranitar. It was a hot day, luckily there was shade and a nice breeze. A sports drink company set up a free tasting booth and I got hydrated that way, I must have sampled 10 cups of their drink.
I see people online complain that it’s not fair that we get an extension when they don’t. That they should also get extra time too. An Australian trainer on twitter replied he’s absolutely for the idea of other regions getting extensions on the condition that they also have to have 3hrs of network errors, error 25, error 26, GPS issues, blank maps, lost pokemons, lost items etc. That’s only fair, right.
Edit: I read after the event that Europe had problems too but didn’t get an extension. That’s not fair.