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Pokémon GO Anniversary event 2022 guide

Pokemon Go Anniversary Event 2022 New
Pokemon Go Anniversary Event 2022 New (Image credit: Niantic)

The Season of Go has arrived in Pokémon Go, bringing with it the Pokémon Go Anniversary 2022 event. Join in with your fellow trainers to celebrate the sixth anniversary of Pokémon Go with new and returning costumed Pokémon, special raids, and a battle weekend featuring the debut of a brand new Shadow Legendary Pokémon. We here at iMore have everything you need to know to get the most out of this new event and be sure to check out our best Pokémon Go accessories so you can be fully equipped on your Pokémon Journey!

What is the Pokémon GO Anniversary 2022 event?

Pokemon Go Anniversary Event 2022 Avatar Items (Image credit: Niantic)

As the name would imply, the Pokémon GO Anniversary 2022 event is celebrating the debut of Pokémon GO. Six years ago, Pokémon GO launched and to commemorate, this event features many costumed Pokémon, including the return of party hat Charmander who can now be fully evolved into a party hat Charizard. The event also features a special line up of raids, tons of event exclusive Field Research tasks, and a battle weekend focused on Giovanni and Team GO Rocket. Giovanni's new line up includes a brand new Legendary: Shadow Latios.

When is the Pokémon GO Anniversary 2022 event?

The Pokémon GO Anniversary 2022 event runs from Wednesday, July 6 through Tuesday, July 12, 2022.

Pokémon with the potential to be Shiny are indicated with an asterisk.

Wild Pokémon

Pokemon 694 Helioptile (Image credit: The Pokémon Company)

Pokemon 280 Ralts (Image credit: The Pokémon Company)

Pokemon 444 Gabite (Image credit: The Pokémon Company)

Source: The Pokémon Company

During the Pokémon GO Anniversary 2022 event, the following Pokémon can be encountered more often in the wild:

  • Bulbasaur*
  • Costumed Charmander*
  • Squirtle*
  • Costumed Pikachu*
  • Machop*
  • Ledyba*
  • Ralts*
  • Bunneary*
  • Gabite
  • Pansear*
  • Venipede
  • Chespin
  • Fennekin
  • Froakie
  • Bunnelby*
  • Litleo*
  • Clauncher
  • Helioptile
  • Pikipek

Raids

Pokemon Go Gyms Raids (Image credit: Niantic)

The following raids can be battled during the Pokémon GO Anniversary 2022 event:

  • Costumed Pikachu* (one star)
  • Dratini* (one star)
  • Unown E* (one star)
  • Pansear* (one star)
  • Venusaur* (three star)
  • Costumed Charizard* (three star)
  • Blastoise (three star)
  • Tyranitar (three star)
  • Metagross (three star)
  • Zapdos* (five star)
  • Mega Charizard X* (Mega)
  • Mega Charizard Y* (Mega)

Field Research

Pokemon Go Wayfarer (Image credit: Niantic)

Players can spin PokéStops and gyms during the Pokémon GO Anniversary 2022 event to collect the following event exclusive Field Research tasks:

  • Spin six PokéStops or Gyms for a Bulbasaur* encounter
  • Spin six PokéStops or Gyms for a Charmander* encounter
  • Spin six PokéStops or Gyms for a Squirtle* encounter
  • Use six Berries to help catch Pokémon for a Chikorita* encounter
  • Use six Berries to help catch Pokémon for a Cyndaquil* encounter
  • Use six Berries to help catch Pokémon for a Totodile* encounter
  • Catch six different species of Pokémon for a Treecko* encounter
  • Catch six different species of Pokémon for a Torchic* encounter
  • Catch six different species of Pokémon for a Mudkip* encounter
  • Catch six Pokémon for five Great Balls
  • Earn six hearts with your Buddy Pokémon for a Turtwig* encounter
  • Earn six hearts with your Buddy Pokémon for a Chimchar* encounter
  • Earn six hearts with your Buddy Pokémon for a Piplip* encounter
  • Make six Curveball Throws for a Snivy* encounter
  • Make six Curveball Throws for a Tepig* encounter
  • Make six Curveball Throws for a Oshawott* encounter
  • Make six Nice Throws for 25 Venusaur Mega Energy
  • Make six Nice Throws for 25 Charizard Mega Energy
  • Make six Nice Throws for 25 Blastoise Mega Energy
  • Send six gifts with stickers for a Chespin encounter
  • Send six gifts with stickers for a Fennekin encoutner
  • Send six gifts with stickers for a Froakie encounter
  • Take six Snapshots of wild Pokémon for a Rowlet encounter
  • Take six Snapshots of wild Pokémon for a Litten encounter
  • Take six Snapshots of wild Pokémon for a Popplio encounter

Timed Research

Pokemon Go Professor Willow (Image credit: Niantic)

Thanks to Ultra Unlock bonuses, the Pokémon Go Anniversary 2022 event also includes the following Timed Research line:

Page one

  • Catch 15 Pokémon for 15 Poké Balls
  • Catch five different species of Pokémon for ten Great Balls
  • Make five Nice Throws for five Ultra Balls
  • Make three Great Throws for 500 XP
  • Make five Curveball Throws for a Foongus* encounter
  • Use ten Berries to help catch Pokémon for 500 Stardust

Completion Rewards: Costumed Pikachu* encounter, Poffin

Page two

  • Play with your Buddy Pokémon for five Razz Berries
  • Give your Buddy Pokémon a treat for five Nanab Berries
  • Take a Snapshot of your Buddy Pokémon for five Pinap Berries
  • Battle another trainer with your Buddy Pokémon for 500 XP
  • Earn five hearts with your Buddy Pokémon for an Eevee* encounter
  • Earn a candy with your Buddy Pokémon for 500 Stardust

Completion Rewards: Costumed Charmander* encounter, Poffin

Page three

  • Take five Snapshots of wild Pokémon for five Potions
  • Take a Snapshot of Charmander for five Revives
  • Take a Snapshot of your Buddy Pokémon for 15 Poké Balls
  • Take a Snapshot of five different Pokémon for 500 XP
  • Take a Snapshot of a Normal type Pokémon for a Meowth* encounter
  • Take Snapshots of three different Grass, Fire, or Water type Pokémon for 500 Stardust

Completion Rewards: Pansear* encounter, Unova Stone

Page four

  • Spin five PokéStops or Gyms for 20 Poké Balls
  • Hatch an Egg for three Golden Razz Berries
  • Walk 2KM for three Silver Pinap Berries
  • Earn a candy with your Buddy Pokémon for 500 XP
  • Complete five Field Research tasks for three Rare Candy
  • Battle in a Gym three times for 500 Stardust

Completion Rewards: Gible* encounter, Premium Battle Pass

Page five

  • Send five gifts to friends for 20 Super Potions
  • Send five gifts to friends with stickers for 35 Revives
  • Transfer 15 Pokémon for 500 XP
  • Battle in two raids for a Fast TM
  • Win a raid for a Charged TM
  • Power up Pokémon ten times for 500 Stardust

Completion Rewards: Snorlax* encounter, Rocket Radar

Page six

  • Autocompleted for 1000 XP
  • Autocompleted for 1000 XP
  • Autocompleted for 1000 XP
  • Autocompleted for 1000 XP
  • Autocompleted for 1000 XP
  • Autocompleted for 1000 XP

Completion Rewards: Rotom (Wash) encounter, 2500 XP

Other bonuses

Pokemon Go Anniversary 2022 Stickers (Image credit: Niantic)

Players can also enjoy the following additional bonuses during the Pokémon GO Anniversary 2022 event:

  • Anniversary themed Avatar items in the PokéShop
  • Event themed stickers in the PokéShop, in gifts, and from spinning PokéStops

Battle weekend

Pokemon Go Giovanni Latios (Image credit: Niantic)

The Pokémon GO Anniversary 2022 event features a special Battle Weekend mini event running from Saturday, July 9 through Sunday, July 10.

Shadow Pokémon debuts

Pokemon Go Team Go Rocket (Image credit: Niantic)

The Battle Weekend event features the debut of the following new Shadow Pokémon:

  • Shadow Geodude
  • Shadow Latios
  • Shadow Shinx
  • Shadow Purrloin

Legacy moves

Pokemon Go Elite Tm (Image credit: Niantic)

During the Battle Weekend, the following Pokémon will know their Community Day moves when evolved:

  • Bulbasaur can be evolved into Venusaur that knows Frenzy Plant
  • Charmander can be evolved into Charizard that knows Dragon Breath and Blast Burn
  • Squirtle can be evolved into Blastoise that knows Hydro Cannon
  • Chikorita can be evolved into Meganium that knows Frenzy Plant
  • Cyndaquil can be evolved into Typhlosion that knows Blast Burn
  • Totodile can be evolved into Feraligatr that knows Hydro Cannon
  • Treecko can be evolved into Sceptile that knows Frenzy Plant
  • Torchic can be evolved into Blaziken that knows Blast Burn
  • Mudkip can be evolved into Swampert that knows Hydro Cannon
  • Turtwig can be evolved into Torterra that knows Frenzy Plant
  • Chimchar can be evolved into Infernape that knows Blast Burn
  • Piplup can be evolved into Empoleon that knows Hydro Cannon
  • Snivy can be evolved into Serperior that knows Frenzy Plant
  • Tepig can be evolved into Emboar that knows Blast Burn
  • Oshawott can be evolved into Samurott that knows Hydro Cannon

Special Research

Pokemon Go Team Go Rocket Giovanni (Image credit: Niantic)

The Pokémon GO Anniversary 2022 event Battle Weekend also includes Field Notes: Team GO Rocket, a Special Research line focused on Giovanni:

Page one

  • Win a raid for a Darumaka encounter
  • Defeat three Team GO Rocket members for three Hyper Potions
  • Catch a Shadow Pokémon for a Galarian Darumaka encounter

Completion Rewards: three Rare Candy, 15 Poké Balls, 1000 XP

Page two

  • Catch five Shadow Pokémon for ten Pinap Berries
  • Make three Nice Curveball Throws in a row for ten Razz Berries
  • Defeat five Team GO Rocket Grunts for ten Nanab Berries

Completion Rewards: ten Great Balls, 1000 Stardust, 1500 XP

Page three

  • Purify five Shadow Pokémon for 1000 XP
  • Defeat five Team GO Rocket Grunts for 1000 XP
  • Earn three candy walking with your Buddy Pokémon for 1000 XP

Completion Rewards: Rocket Rader, 15 Great Balls, 2000 XP

Page four

  • Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Arlo for 1500 XP
  • Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Cliff for 1500 XP
  • Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Sierra for 1500 XP

Completion Rewards: Super Rocket Radar, 1000 Stardust, 2500 XP

Page five

  • Find the Team GO Rocket Boss for five Max Potions
  • Battle the Team GO Rocket Boss for 20 Ultra Balls
  • Defeat the Team GO Rocket Boss for five Max Revives

Completion Rewards: two Golden Razz Berries, Lucky Egg, 3000 XP

Page six

  • Autocompleted for 2500 XP
  • Autocompleted for 2500 XP
  • Autocompleted for 2500 XP

Completion Rewards: two Silver Pinap Berries, Fast TM, Charged TM

Timed Research

Pokemon Go Battle League Season (Image credit: Niantic)

The Pokémon GO Anniversary 2022 event Battle Weekend also includes Battle Weekend Challenge, a Timed Research line as an Ultra Unlock bonus:

Page one

  • Power up Pokémon 15 times for a Machop encounter
  • Use a Charged TM for a Fast TM
  • Evolve three Pokémon for a Charged TM

Completion Rewards: Premium Battle Pass, 3500 Stardust

Branched choice

  • Select Raids, Grunts and Gyms or GO Battle League

Page two: Raids, Grunts, and Gyms

  • Battle in a Gym five times for five Rare Candy
  • Use super effective charged attacks in ten Gym battles for a Galarian Stunfisk* encounter
  • Battle in two raids for 2500 XP
  • Win two raids for a Swinub* encounter
  • Defeat three Team GO Rocket Grunts for 2500 Stardust
  • Defeat Team GO Rocket Leaders three times for a Beldum* encounter

Completion Rewards: Chansey* encounter, Lucky Egg, Star Piece

Page two: GO Battle League

  • Battle another trainer in the Great League for five Rare Candy
  • Win one Great League trainer battle for a Galarian Stunfisk* encounter
  • Battle in the GO Battle League ten times for 2500 XP
  • Win two trainer battles in the GO Battle League for a Swinub* encounter
  • Battle in the GO Battle League 20 times for 2500 Stardust
  • Achieve rank five in the GO Battle League for a Beldum* encounter

Completion Rewards: Chansey* encounter, Lucky Egg, Star Piece

Page three: Raids, Grunts, and Gyms

  • Autocompleted for 25 Poké Balls
  • Autocompleted for 15 Great Balls
  • Autocompleted for ten Ultra Balls

Completion Rewards: Charizard* encounter

Page three: GO Battle League

  • Autocompleted for 25 Poké Balls
  • Autocompleted for 15 Great Balls
  • Autocompleted for ten Ultra Balls

Completion Rewards: Charizard* encounter

Other bonuses

Pokemon Go Team Go Rocket Balloon (Image credit: Niantic)
  • Team GO Rocket balloons increased to once every two hours
  • Double Mystery Components for beating Team GO Rocket Grunts
  • Up to 20 Pokémon Go Battle League sets per day
  • Five times Stardust rewards in the Pokémon Go Battle League
  • 50% more XP from raids
  • Bonus free raid pass per day
  • Legendary Pokémon encounters in the Pokémon Go Battle League at rank 16 and up
  • Charged TMs can be used on Shadow Pokémon to forget Frustration

Questions about the Pokémon GO Anniversary 2022 event?

Do you have any questions about the Pokémon GO Anniversary 2022 event? Are you excited to face off against Giovanni and Shadow Latios? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to check out the rest of our Pokémon GO guides so you too can become a Pokémon Master!

Casian Holly has been writing about gaming at iMore since 2019, but their real passion is Pokémon. From the games to the anime, cards and toys, they eat, sleep, and breathe all things Pokémon. You can check out their many Pokémon Go and Pokémon Sword and Shield guides and coverage here on iMore.