Pokemon Go Players would Pay $350 up to $1,000 to Hatch Shiny Riolu

Riolu and its evolution Lucario are one of the most famous Pokemon in the Pokemon franchise. Lucario is the signature Pokemon from Pokemon Diamond and Pearl, has its own movie, appeared in Pokemon X&Y and this Pokemon is a playable character in the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. So pretty much, Riolu and Lucario are two very popular Pokemon in the Pokemon world.

Riolu/Lucario made its debut in Pokemon Go back in October 2018, but it seems like it’s very hard to get/catch this Pokemon, as it’s available only from 7km and the chance of getting/hatching one is very low (2%).

Now with the Sinnoh Celebration event, players around the globe were hoping to see an increased hatch rate and eventually end up getting Riolu. However, this doesn’t seem to work in Niantic’s and Pokemon Go’s world.

As we all know, Riolu’s shiny form is also available, and since the event started, there aren’t many reports of players hatching one. This tells us that Niantic wants players to spend some $, buy PokeCoins and buy Incubators.

Now, if you want to hatch Shiny Riolu out of 7KM Egg and increase your chances of hatching one, you must spend $350 up to $1,000 to buy PokeCoins and incubators.

$350 you say? Yes, that’s right! Have in mind that buying coins and regular incubators at full price would cost you $1K for that Shiny Riolu and an empty wallet I guess.

A Reddit user called RobbieAquinas shared an “approximate shiny cost analysis,” so you might want to have a look below.

Making a couple of assumptions on the hatch rate of Riolu (1/14) and shiny rate (1/50)(1/700 overall odds). The approximate cost of shiny Riolu is broken down below.

Buying PokeCoins at 14,500 for $99.99 and getting incubators at the historically low cost of 74 coins per incubator during the 2019 Adventure Week, the cost of shiny Riolu is an affordable $357.21 and the chances of hatching Shiny Riolu at that cost is 95%.

TSR  RobbieAquinas

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  1. Due to shiny riolu a rarity I think I’d just keep trying till I got him. Keep walking and grinding and getting incubators in value boxes.

  2. WIth the extremely low hatch rate, it is no surprise that most people don’t get one.

    Niantic does create a black market though. Just look on eBay. With all Niantics attempts to TRY and make sure a black market doesn’t exist, the world of underground trades does exist, and people do spend 1,000,000 dust and trade with ebay sellers to get this pokemon.

    Actually theres a high likelihood you spend the money through Niantic on their scammy incubators and hatch ALL trash, which happens a LOT IN THIS GAME… SO, whats better then, pay Niantic for a load of trash or just get what you want from eBay?

    This is the real game

  3. Loot boxes are banned in many games. Incubators are essentially a loot box and should also be banned as you don’t know what you are getting in advance of payment. Niantic play on the rarity to fill their coffers.

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