Niantic’s Pokémon GO Fest is set to kick off soon, with attendees left with less than a week to prepare to catch all the pocket monsters they possibly can.
Anticipation for the upcoming Chicago-set event has remained high since its initial announcement, but recent news has put a slight damper on players’ excitement. A quick look at forecasts for the region show that Pokémon GO Fest faces the threat of poor weather, including thunderstorms and chilly temperatures.
Reddit user Infinipro, a Pokémon GO fan from the American Midwest/Chicago region, took to the site’s forums to make others aware of the weather-related information. The post indicates that the weather forecast for Chicago on the day of Pokémon GO Fest (Saturday, July 22) looks quite grim.
There’s reportedly a 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, and Infinipro advised attendees to “be prepared with rain gear and jackets” to combat the wet weather. Unfortunately, fans can’t bring umbrellas to stay dry, as they’re on the event’s list of prohibited items. It’s also unclear if the event will have designated shelter(s) to protect attendees if a storm does hit.
If the event does go off without a hitch on July 22, players may be in for a few extra surprises. In the past, Niantic has promised that this summer will be “legendary” for Pokémon GO. This statement has, understandably, led to a ton speculation about the possibility that Legendary Pokemon are coming soon. Pokémon GO Fest could very well mark the first instance in which a trainer captures a Legendary out in the wild. Here’s to hoping that Chicago won’t rain on the Pokémon GO parade next weekend.