Pokémon GO Event Review: Psychic Spectacular 2022


The Psychic Spectacular 2022 has wrapped up. Pokémon GO has hosted a mixture of terrific and deeply questionable events recently, so let’s see how this more traditional week of gameplay measures up. Did it start the Season of Light off with an intriguing offering or did it leave trainers bored?

Pokémon GO Psychic Spectacular 2022 event. Credit: Niantic
Pokémon GO Psychic Spectacular 2022 event. Credit: Niantic

What worked in this Pokémon GO event

  • New Shiny drop: It used to be a given that a new event would feature a Shiny release but that hasn’t been the case for a while. The release of Shiny Elgyem made this an event worth grinding out, especially because Elgyem was rather common in the wild. It felt like we were given a fair shot at this Shiny hunt, which hasn’t always been the case with new Shiny releases, especially this year.
  • New Mega Evolution: We are in a string of new Mega releases, starting with Scizor and continuing this week for Mega Alakazam. (Keep an eye out, as Mega Aggron is on its way as well!) I love to see this as we had great changes made to Mega Raids in May 2022 and then we saw the feature essentially ignored all summer. More Megas, please.
  • Solid wild spawns: The spawn pool included a great mixture of Shiny-capable Pokémon and even species that are normally rare. Munna was particularly a strong feature, as its Shiny form was just released, making the Psychic Spectacular event the first best chance that many Pokémon GO players had to catch it.
  • Decent raids: While there was a drawback to a certain raid feature, the presence of Espurr and Alolan Raichu made both Tier One and Tier Three strong raiding options.

What didn’t work in this Pokémon GO event

  • Unown raids: Why feature non-Shiny Unown raids? It felt like bait for people who don’t check the blog or read the news. If a species as rare as Unown is featured in raids, turning off the Shiny capability seems excessively stingy.


Aside from the incomprehensible non-Shiny Unown feature, Pokémon GO kicked off the Season of Light with a solid event here.

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