Trainers, it took a staggering ten days for Niantic to finally break their silence on the Shiny Shadow Zapdos fiasco. And their answer? A mere three free Premium Battle Passes as compensation. For players who went above and beyond, participating in multiple raids and spending far more than just three Premium Battle Passes, this feels like a slap in the face.
The whole Shiny Shadow Zapdos saga has been a rollercoaster. First, we had the bird switched off from its shiny form on September 16, 2023, causing an uproar among the community. Niantic and Pokémon GO were quick to acknowledge the problem, assuring players that a compensation plan was in the works. But let’s be honest, none of us expected it to take this long for them to roll out something as trivial as three Premium Battle Passes.
Now, let’s put this into perspective. We have Trainers who participated in upwards of 10 Raids, all in the hopes of snagging a Shiny Shadow Zapdos. They’ve burned through far more than just three Premium Battle Passes. So, what happens to those extra efforts? Based on the current situation, Niantic’s answer seems to be: “Better luck next time.”
Remember the Lake Trio debacle? When Niantic messed up the shiny rates in remote raids, they went all out. Not only did they refund all the passes players had used, but they even threw in an extra pass for good measure. Why the discrepancy in handling these two situations?
Starting at 10:00 a.m. local time on September 28, the compensation bundle will go live. But given the lackluster offering, it’s hard to feel fully compensated for all the time, effort, and in-game resources that went into those Zapdos raids.
What’s your take, Trainers? Do you think this compensation does justice to the commitment you’ve put into the game? Let us know your thoughts.