Pokémon GO’s Starly Community Day Seems Like Self-Sabotage

Pokémon GO’s Starly Community Day Seems Like Self-Sabotage
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You’re Niantic, and your community of Pokémon GO players is pretty damned pissed at you over a whole bunch of recent changes, not least to Community Days. So what do you do to try to fix things? No, sorry, you’re wrong. You make the next Community Day about sodding Starly.

In what is increasingly looking like a Producers-style attempt to destroy the game (“Springtime For Hitmonlee,” anyone?), July’s Community Day appears designed to be as arse-achingly boring as is humanly possible.

It’s still three hours long, despite absolutely everyone in the entire world (I asked) wanting them back to the far more convenient six-hour version, but this Sunday we can all enjoy collecting a Pokémon that makes Rattata seem interesting.

There’s no announced twist, no special extra happening, no suggestion we might finally get some closure on the dragging on GO Fest storyline about Professor Willow’s disappearance. Just another generic monthly event, which will presumably have us slog through the exact same tasks as the last 37 of them: catching 10 Starly, evolving a Staravia, and then being rewarded a Staraptor like everyone who’s ever played doesn’t already have them falling out the sides of their phone.

I will be delighted if I have to eat my words about all this, and it turns out the whole thing is a front for a big surprise, finally some sort of payoff for this half-arsed Ultra Beast storyline that has so far been limited to three cities on the whole planet. I’m not holding my breath though.

Once again, for about 0.5% of the population of players, “local” events are taking place for the Community Day, which is great so long as you can see the sea. (Except for Colorado this time! A new in-land event to cover about 11 states!)

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Oh, I know, these days only cost a dollar, and whatever, it’s a dumb mobile game. But I genuinely loved playing this game with my son, and it’s so crappy to watch it descend into this mire of obviously terrible decisions and seemingly deliberately boring events. Niantic could have picked any Pokémon it liked. We could have had Goomy, Roggenrola, Rowlet, Litten, Jangmo-o, Timburr, Sewaddle, Tynamo, Lotad…All three-stage evolutions, none ever having had their day.

OK, army of Starly-stans, let’s hear your hate. At least it’s not Pidove I suppose.



  • Definitely not defending the choice of Starly, but it was following a Deino Community Day which was a pretty epic CD mon to have, so I didn’t mind having a “quiet” one personally.

    Also we did get the second month of having Staravia in four star raids to spawn extra Starly… only in typical Niantic fashion, the bonus spawns were bugged and we ended up getting extra Starly spawns for an extra 90 mins anyway, without needing to raid for them!

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