Pokmon Sun and Moon players have a bit of work to do.
As of today, the first of what will be seemingly many Sun and Moon Global Events has gone live, tasking players with catching a total of 100,000,000 Pokmon by 13th December, for a reward of up to 2000 Festival Coins for anyone taking part.
You can get a little more information from the main Pokmon Global Link site, although the task itself really is as simple as it sounds – with the obvious point that, you know, it’s not just you that needs to catch a hundred million Pokmon in a fortnight, that’s a community total you’re shooting for.
The prize itself is pretty significant; Festival Coins are used as currency in Sun and Moon’s Festival Plaza, a slightly odd in-game area that acts as the main hub for multiplayer communication.
While some of the things you can spend Coins on are merely cosmetic, others can have a real impact on gameplay – you can completely max a Pokmon’s stat, for example, for a cost of five to 50 Festival Coins depending on how high it is already.
Maxing out a Pokmon’s stat entirely – through the practice of EV (Effort Value) Training, as it’s known to fans – can take hours, and so having the Festival cash to take this kind of shortcut will be a big help to those interested in the more ‘hardcore’ side of Pokmon Training.
To the rest, it’s still a nice addition to the communal side of the game, which is often skewed towards those more competition-focused trainers.
You can register to participate – which you’ll need to do if you want to gain access to the event’s prizes – by heading to the Festival Plaza from the in-game, bottom-screen menu, and then talking to the first lady on the right inside the castle.
You’ll also need both a Pokmon Trainer Club account and a Global Link account all set up, which you can do with relative ease at the Pokmon Global Link site, here.
As things stand around 17,000 Pokmon have been caught over roughly half a day, so it looks like this one’s going to take a concerted effort to pull off, despite what sounds like a pretty large playerbase in the wake of news that Sun and Moon are Nintendo’s biggest UK launch of all time.
Be sure to check out our Sun and Moon walkthrough and strategy guide, too, if you’re looking for a little more help!