I will fly to Paris on September 15th and will attend the Safari Zone Event at the Les4Temps Shopping Mall (at least if Niantic opens registration and I can manage to register for the event)
I would love to meet up with other GoHub Forum Members to raid, catch, talk and in generell represent our community.
If you are going too please let me know!
Also I plan on updating this thread with pictures from the event
It seems Mystic7 will also be at the event:
He mentioned in his last video that he will be staying 5 days in Paris starting from the 14th of September.
This leads me to believe that he might be working at the event in some capacity
similar to what he was doing in Chicago for the GoFest.
It would be cool to get an Interview for the Hub. What do you guys think?
Any suggestions what I should ask him if I get the chance to?
So Niantic just announced new details about the event here:
The basic rundown of the informations:
Safari Zone Events will take place at these shopping centers:
- CentrO in Oberhausen (Germany)
- Les Quatre Temps in Paris (France)
- La Maquinista in Barcelona (Spain)
Trainers who are able to register for the event will have the following Ingame benefits:
- Special event badge / medal : GoHub Datamine
- Special 2km Eggs: rare hatches
- Special Spawns: Kangaskhan, Chansey, Larvitar, Unown, Shiny Pikachu, Shiny Magikarp
- Lures will be activated all day at each PokéStop
Also there will be some real life benefits for attending trainers like:
- Team lounges
- Trainer kits (I assume this will be a physical badge, as it was at GoFest in Chicago)
- Special offers for Trainers at select stores
Now here is where things turn south in my opinion:
Gym and Raid Battles will not be available at these shopping centers during the events.
This directly contradicts what the initial event announcment stated:
Additionally, Trainers in attendance will join forces to take on unique and powerful Raid Bosses that will be making appearances at these events. (PokemonGo Summer Events)
I understand that this is most likely for safety reasons as 4000 people in a confined space like a shopping mall would almost certainly cause some trouble when trying to gather around a single gym to battle a raid boss.
Nonetheless it is somewhat frustrating for Trainers like myself who have booked flights and accomodation weeks in advance in hope of getting the chance to be within the first ones to battle some new Raid bosses, maybe even MewTwo.
My hype for this event is also tempered by the following statement in the official article:
Trainers who are unable to get tickets will be able to discover and catch some of the Pokémon found at the Pokémon GO Safari Zones events throughout the city where the shopping center is located.
This means basically that there is almost no benefit of attending this event at the mall besides the special ingame badge and an questionable "trainer kit".
Either way I will try to attend the festivities but will likely head back to the center of Paris to at least catch me some french Entei.
What are you guys thinking of this official announcment and the event?
UPDATE 06.09.2017 - 12:30
The shopping mall just posted this on their official Facebook Site:
We are preparing a Pokémon Go Safari Zone on 16th of September!
Trainers will have a chance to catch Pokémon like Kangashkan, Chansey, Larvitar and others.
There will be lures activated all day, 2 km eggs and much more!
In order to offer the best possible gaming experience Niantic has stated that
Gym- and Raid-Battles will not be available during the event.
Discover the latest information here: https://pokemongolive.com/fr/post/safarizoneupdate2
Come and receive trainer kits, enjoy team lounges, special offers in the shops of the centre and meeting with VIP guests.
Get ready, we'll open the registration platform tonight at 18:00
Stay tuned, you'll know more soon...
UPDATE 06.09.2017 - 20:00
So let's see those questions!