Pokémon GO should introduce Contests similar to its Gyms, where players compete against others to earn Pokécoins, ribbons, and Pokéblocks.
Many features from the mainline series have made their way into Pokémon GO gameplay. Whether fans enjoy Shiny Hunting, taking on Gyms, or battling Team GO Rocket, elements of previous Pokémon games have helped make the adventures in Pokémon GO fun for both new and old fans alike. However, adding Pokémon Contests could be a way to expand the gameplay in Pokémon GO beyond just battling.
Introduced in Generation 3 alongside the expansive berry list now available in most Pokémon games, the Hoenn region’s Pokémon Contests were a way for players to compete without battling. Instead, Pokémon could enter one of several categories based on traits like beauty or toughness. Much like Gym Badges, winning contests would earn the player and respective Pokémon Ribbons. Traits for certain contest categories could be improved by feeding a Pokémon the corresponding Pokéblock, a blended Pokémon food made from berries in the Berry Blender.
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Introducing contests into Pokémon GO could be done with relative ease. Using the same template as Pokémon GO’s Gyms, Contest Halls could be scattered around an area. At the Contest Hall, the player could pick a Pokémon to compete in the contest, and enter them into one of the categories available. When all the slots are filled at the Contest Hall, judging could take place, and whoever has the Pokémon with the highest stat for the category would win a Ribbon. These Ribbons could also come with a Pokécoin reward, or a handful of candy for the Pokémon’s species. To help keep players from over-saturating Contest Halls, there could be a daily limit for entries, or players might need a Contest Hall Pass to participate, which could be obtained by spinning Pokéstops.
Pokémon GO Could Introduce Pokéblocks With Contest Halls
To help players raise the contest stats of their Pokémon, Pokémon GO could introduce the Pokéblock. Much like berries, Pokéblocks could be a drop at Pokéstops, earned during Pokémon GO’s Raid battles, or given as rewards for Field Research or event day participation. They could come in different qualities, with common Pokéblocks in red, blue, pink, green, and yellow, and rare Pokéblocks coming in Purple, Indigo, Brown, LiteBlue, and Olive. These colors correspond with the colors used for different Pokéblock types in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
While it would be incredible to introduce Pokémon’s Berry Blenders inside Contest Halls to make Pokéblocks, it is unlikely the mechanic would make it into Pokémon GO. To effectively use the Berry Blender, a large number of berry types would need to be added to the game. Currently, there are only 5 useable types included in Pokémon GO, and while adding a few more could give players new options while catching Pokémon or battling, too many could bog down gameplay, and overload inventory space in bags.
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