Not only since the announcement of Community Day in June 2021 in Pokémon Go has there been a bitter discussion among fans of Niantic’s pocket monster hunt that Shinys are increasingly being devalued. But with the Hard Lettuce Community Day, this debate is all the more heated, because he has found a Shiny Hard Lettuce in Pokémon Go so far and could have imagined something on it. Sure, it’s all just prestige and reputation, because Shinys have no real playful value; they are neither stronger nor do they have better attacks than their non-dazzling brothers and sisters. But that doesn’t mean that one should underestimate the emotional value.

What’s the Value of a Shiny?

They think so too Pokémon Go Hub authors and investigate the question of how the value of a Shiny can actually be measured. At least the emotional value is great. Do you remember the first iridescent thing you ever caught (apart from a Community Day)? Mine was a Wablu. Wablu was suddenly not blue, but glowed gold and yellow. I was absolutely ecstatic. My very first Shiny! And it was also something that you could see as such with the naked eye (I’m looking at you, Shiny Zapdos …).

The value of a Shiny is based on availability. Basically, a Shiny that has not yet existed as part of a Community Day is, emotionally speaking, worth more. And my Wablu was more valuable to me until May 15, 2021 than afterwards – precisely because there was now Wablu Community Day and now everyone with twelve Shiny Wablu and Altaria can walk around in the Pokébox.

But the value of my Shiny Wablu is nothing compared to a Shiny Kapuno. Because Kapuno is extremely rare to find in the game (mostly at least). And if there is still a Shiny Kapuno that comes across, then it’s like winning the lottery with the right super number. Long story short: The value of a Shiny is always in the eye of the beholder. If you’re on the hunt for costumed Shiny Pokémon, like kittypokemonsalot from Pokémon Go Hub, then they might be more valuable to you than a Shiny Kapuno.

The devaluation of Shinys

How the value of a Shiny is quantified by you is just as subjective as the devaluation of a Shiny by a Community Day. This is no different from the common concept of supply and demand. Personally, I still appreciate my Shiny Wablu after Community Day because it was my first Shiny. But now it’s not uncommon, other coaches won’t be happy about my First anymore. Because everyone can have it now without being very lucky.

However, Pokémon Go is a game that is still made for soloists, despite all the community experiences like Battle League and Raids. Shinys have no playful effect, so there is no real measurable value for the dazzling. The value you personally put on a Shiny stays the same in the end, doesn’t it? The question is rather whether we shouldn’t be happy if Pokémon that are a little rarer than any starters or pocket monsters as uninteresting for the metagame as Dartiri become part of Community Day.

For my part, I was also happy about the Kindwurm Community Day, because I had no brutalanda beforehand. And I’m looking forward to a Kaumalat Community Day. Because my collection really needs more dragons with rockets! Nevertheless, I must also object at this point: Finding a Shiny on Community Day doesn’t feel as exciting as hatching a Shiny Togepi, for example.

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