Niantic has announced that there will be a bonus event for all paid ticket holders to the Pokémon Go Tour Kanto event held over the weekend. It will come as compensation for those who paid up after an error led to thousands of Pokémon Go players having access to the premium content of the event for several hours on Saturday morning.
Trainers, Thanks for your patience while we looked into the Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto ticket issues. We will be hosting a bonus event for all paid ticket holders at a later date. Please stay tuned for details.
— Niantic Support (@NianticHelp) February 20, 2021
Pokémon Go Tour: Kanto kicked off on Saturday 20th February, celebrating Pokémon’s upcoming 25th anniversary with an event that tapped into the original lineup of 151 Pokémon. There was content for all players, such as being able to battle special Trainer characters, evolving Ivysaur, Wartortle and Charmeleon earning you specific attacks, and each hour through the day seeing specific Pokémon spawn themed after the various towns and cities in the original game.
There was also the option to buy a digital ticket to the event and gain access to some exclusive content. Two versions of the tickets were available – Red and Green to match the Japanese release of the original game – with specific Pokémon having a higher chance to spawn depending on the ticket. That came alongside free item bundles, extra Raid passes, Collection Challenges, Special Research and Masterwork Research that could snag you Shiny Ditto and Shiny Mew Pokémon.
The digital ticketing issue meant that all users were able to access the pair content, so there was little lost through the error, it could be seen as devaluing the paid content. Niantic were relatively quick to react and blocked access, but speedy players were able to finish quests and take advantage of the free access. A bonus event for those paying players should go some way to compensate.
However, other fans are incensed over some of the tasks needed to complete through the research tasks. Specifically, Niantic stated prior to the event that trading Pokémon with another player would not be required in order to complete the Special Research quest chain, an act that can be difficult for players in lockdown, and have retroactively changed their FAQ after including a task to, you guessed it, trade three Pokémon with a friend. That’s not very cool and prevents some people from fully taking part in the event, even with the trading distance increased to 40km.