Pokémon GO is in a strange place right now. The game is in the midst of releasing an endless parade of legendaries, first Legendary Birds, now Legendary Beasts and soon the one Legendary to rule them all, Mewtwo, yet it’s hard to feel like the game is anything but stuck in a rut in a number of ways.
First off, Pokémon GO has done away with one of its primary motivating factors to get players out playing again, global special events. The last major event like this was Fire and Ice in June, which saw increased bonuses and special spawns of fire and ice type Pokémon. In the wake of Pokémon GO Fest in Chicago in July, there were also a number of in-game bonuses in addition to the first two Legendaries launching, but since then? Nothing like that.