Pokemon Go Rivals Week 2024 sets gold standard for shiny & PvP catches

Niladri Sarkar
pokemon go rivals week 2024 regional-exclusives durant, heatmor, zangoose, and seviper

Rivals Week 2024 is the best thing for Pokemon Go in months and is a perfect example of how events should look for the rest of the year.

After a shaky few months for Pokemon Go in 2024, tainted by soaring ticket prices and hideous avatar updates, biomes were celebrated as a great addition. Now, devs Niantic have struck gold with the announcement of the Rivals Week 2024 event.

Starting from May 1, 2024, this event features Pokemon who are rivals in the lore of the mainline games. Seviper, Zangoose, Durant, Heatmor, Sawk, and Throh, all region-exclusives in Pokemon Go, will take center stage in this May extravaganza.

These rare species will not only be available globally for all trainers in the wild as well as in 3-Star Raids but they will also be shiny boosted! This would help many trainers complete their Pokedex since these regional Pokemon are usually available worldwide only on special occasions, such as Go Fest.

If this wasn’t amazing already, the event also features wild spawns like Mankey, Ralts, Machop, Galarian Stunfisk, and Gligar among others, whose evolutions are top-tier picks in the Go Battle League (GBL) and some are even exceptional Raid counters.

What’s more, it also hosts a challenging Go Battle Weekend to let you test your PvP skills and earn plenty of juicy GBL rewards. So whether you’re shiny hunting, completing your Pokedex, increasing your GBL Rank, or earning XL Candy to power up Pokemon like Annihilape, Machamp, Gardevoir, and Gallade, you couldn’t have asked for a better event than this.

And this is how events should be built, as obvious from the buzzing excitement among players in response to a Reddit post by user ‘g47onik’ about the Rivals Week 2024 event in Pokemon Go.

Fans couldn’t stop raving about the event, with an increased chance for shiny regionals and brand-new Pokedex entries touted as the event’s highlights.

GBL fans chimed in, “Poliwrath, Annihilape, [Galarian] Stunfisk, and Gligar are great PvP mons. Will definitely try to get a lot of candies for them.” Others called it a “nice surprise” and admitted they were “pretty hyped” for everything packed in the event.

Even those hunting for Hundos and Shundos or just hunting rare shinies can have a great time playing Rivals Week 2024, and this event could lay the foundation for happier players in Pokemon Go.

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