Pidgey Stack

It is just math

My friend Darryn told me about Pidgey stacks when I first started playing Pokémon Go on May 8, 2017. Today I racked up 97,000 Experience Points (XP) in 30 minutes. I did not understand how it worked until today.

The smallest brings the big score

For the past three months, I caught about 500 Pidgeys. I had 584 Pidgey candy before I started evolving them. I did not know why I was catching the little birds. I caught so many of them that real birds started looking like computer generated Pidgeys.

Sometimes I would avoid catching anything but Pidgeys. When my Pokedex got full I bought more space for the small birds. I eventually got tired of catching them just when raids started.

The big pay off

During a special event, the XP points increase by a factor of two. When you drop

Level 25 After Pidgey Stack
Level 25 After Pidgey Stack

a lucky egg you increase any XP point gained by a factor of two. The idea is that you evolve the Pidgeys during an event with a dropped lucky egg.

It takes 12 Pidgey candies to evolve one Pidgey into a Pidgeotto. My stash of candy ran out before my Pidgeys did. My next Pidgey Stack will have a better plan.  I started evolving Pidgeys about 5:45 PM and finished at about 6:15 PM.  I had about 23,000 XP before I started and finished with 120,843 XP after I finished.

Is it worth it

The thrill of evolving so many Pidgeys and getting them out of my Pokedex was worth the effort.  getting a bonus of all the XP was the rush that makes this type of gameplay make sense.  I will start collecting Pidgeys again for another stack.

The Thrill Of Legendaries

The Beginning

Lonnie's Lugia
Lonnie’s Lugia

I do not consider myself a computer gamer. I do not like playing board games. The only games that I like to play are the ones that I make up based on my day job, cycling or my hobbies…until now. I started playing Pokemon Go on May 8, 2017, with the encouragement of two coworkers, Dorea and Darryn.  I chose to be on Team Instinct because my son Zak was on the team and he was playing.  At first, I thought Pokemon go would be a diversion to get me to stop thinking about my job as an IT professional, but it has evolved to much more than that.

When I first started playing I was drawn into the game because it was based on moving around in the real world.  Riding my bike is a passion that adds enjoyment to my life and riding to Pokemon Stops and collecting items is just a side benefit to my exercise while cycling.  Getting to know my coworkers was another benefit to playing Pokemon go because it allowed me to get to know them better.  Playing Pokemon as a small team allowed me to learn how the game worked and develop my style for dealing with choices in the Pokemon go universe.  One of the most amazing features of the game was team interactions during gym battles.

Raid Party

Lonnie's Articuno
Lonnie’s Articuno

Now that the game has gone through an amazing update my mind is blown at how much fun I am having with Pokemon Go.  I love Albany, GA for a lot of reasons, but the main reason is the people that choose to live here.  Pokemon go has allowed me to have an excuse to meet more amazing people that live in this community.  The evolution of the game from a single player or small group experience into a community experience is wonderful.

My first Pokemon raid was exciting and this update to the game was inspiring.  Yesterday when I was on my lunch break I saw how the Pokemon Go community in Albany works.  The Pokemon Go community in Albany has a Facebook page where all teams share information about what is going on locally.  When the raids came out a new group was started just to help folks know about them.  Getting enough players at a raid was essential in defeating the raid boss.

Albany Pokemon Go Community

What was amazing at this raid at the Albany Post Office on Meredith Drive was that I witnesses group organization and logistics just happen spontaneously.  The raid can only accommodate 20 players at a time and it takes a lot to defeat a level 5 raid boss.  not all of the players had arrived at the location, but it was decided by the group to wait for everyone that had posted on Facebook that they were on their way.  when the group started counting up how many players were going to attend they realized that 24 players would be too many for one raid.  Instead of just starting with 20 the group decided to divide into two teams when the stragglers arrived.  This would give everyone an equal opportunity to get a chance to catch a legendary.  It got even better as the group decided to divide all of the advanced players that were at level 30 and above in half so that they could help the lower level players defeat the raid boss.  I was witnessing humanity at it’s best as the group planned how we would all get a chance to capture Articuno.

With the introduction of legendaries,s the adrenaline when I am playing has risen to a level that is thrilling.  Yes, I did catch the Articuno, but my heart was pounding so hard that I thought it was going to come out of my chest.  I was getting good throws at it but Articuno kept breaking out.  On my next to the last ball, I caught him.  Even if I had come away from the raid party empty handed the experience that I had watching how the Pokemon Go community in Albany works was amazing.

4th of July Raid Boss Party

On the 4th of July 2017, I participated in a Raid at the Fine Arts Museum on the Gillonville campus of ASU.  We met up with some other teams, but I decided to take a photo of all Team Instinct members.

Level 21

I wanted to get to level 20 before June 8.  It has been less than a month since I started playing Pokemon go.  It is getting harder to catch the easy stuff and the next level requires 75,000 experience points.  Here is what I have learned thus far in the game.

  • I am hatching eggs on a regular basis.  I have had good luck getting quality Pokemon in my arsenal.
  • I am preparing for Pidgey Stacking event.  right now I have 375 Pidgey candy and about 120 Pidgeys,
  • I increased my Pokemon storage to 350 and I may upgrade soon to 400.  I am keeping Pidgeys,  I transfer any Pokemon that get appraised that get the “Room for improvement as far as battling goes” to the professor.
  • I use the  Pokemon IV Calculator site to make decisions on which Pokemon I will keep and evolve.
  • I have been learning how to throw curve balls.
  • I never miss a day going to a stop or catching a Pokemon.  The seven day in a row reward is great.

All in all, I am still excited about the game.  I am playing with co-workers and I am having fun.

Level 10 Gyms on the ASU Gillonville Campus

Today the Pokemon Go crew, Dorea, Darryn and myself took both gyms on campus to level 10.  Yellow team has had possession of these gyms for a few days now.  When I first started playing the game the  Blue Team always took over the gyms right after we took them over.  for the past few days, there has not been a challenge from Team Blue so we powered them up to level 10.

I am currently in the middle of Level 19.