Pokémon Go Events for Summer 2019

Pokémon Go is intended to get you out and about, both on your own and with family and friends. One of the ways Pokémon Go tries to bolster activity is with events. Some of the events get splashy announcements and coincide with big public holidays. Others are quieter and more regular. Here's what's happened already and what's coming up next.

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Team Go Rocket PokeStop Takeover on July 28

Team Go Rocket has taken over. New York. The @PokemonGoApp Twitter account. And soon, all of our PokeStops can has been theirs.

Sunday, July 28, 2019 from 4pm-5pm local time, at least.

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Team Go Rocked Disruption from July 25 to August 1

Team GO Rocket's arrival seems to have disrupted Pokémon habitats! We have yet to understand why these Pokémon in particular are suddenly appearing more frequently. Perhaps they have some special significance wherever Team GO Rocket came from?

Date + Time

  • Thursday, July 25, 2019, at 1 p.m. until Thursday, August 1, 2019, at 1 p.m. PDT (GMT −7)


  • Oddly specific Shiny Pokémon have started appearing! Our research has found that if you're lucky, you may encounter a Shiny Ekans or Shiny Koffing in the wild, in raids, or in Eggs!
  • The following Pokémon will hatch more frequently from Eggs: Rattata, Ekans, Sandshrew, Zubat, Meowth, Machop, Magnemite, Grimer, Gastly, Drowzee, Cubone, Koffing, Murkrow, Sneasel, Houndour, and Poochyena.
  • Raids will feature Pokémon that we believe are significant to Team GO Rocket.

Our information is incomplete, and investigations into this phenomenon are ongoing, so be on the lookout for other surprises!

We hope these are the last of the disruptions we'll see from Team GO Rocket...

Straw Hat Pikachu Arrives in Pokémon GO from July 22 through July 29

If you enjoy collecting Pikachu wearing amusing hats in Pokémon GO, there's still one piece to that puzzle that you need. Luckily, the latest in the grand line of behatted Pikachu is arriving soon in the form of Straw Hat Pikachu!From July 22, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. through July 29, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. local time, this special Pikachu will appear in the wild, giving Trainers plenty of chances to add it to their crew. Pikachu's kicky straw hat is perfect for keeping the burning sun at bay during these sunny summer months. If you want to coordinate your avatar's outfit with Pikachu, there will be a matching straw hat available in the Style Shop.You're sure to treasure this new addition to your team, so don't miss out—get ready to head out on another grand Pokémon GO adventure!

Armored Mewtwo in Legendary Raids from July 10 to July 31

Mewtwo returns...with a new look. For a limited time, you can encounter this Psychic-type Pokémon in five-star raids.

Date + Time

  • Armored Mewtwo will appear in five-star raids from July 10 at 1:00 p.m. PDT to July 31 at 1 p.m. PDT


  • For the first time in Pokémon GO, Armored Mewtwo will be available to challenge in raids for a limited time!

Avatar Items

  • Do you consider yourself a Mewtwo Trainer? Show off your prowess for power and aesthetics with some stylish new items coming to the Style Shop!

Deoxys Speed Forme in EX Raids starting June 23

Starting on June 23, 2019, at 8 a.m. PDT, Trainers who receive EX Raid Passes will encounter Speed Forme Deoxys in EX Raids!

Pokemon Summer Event Rewards

Go Fest Chicago Rewards

  • All successfully unlocked bonuses will run from Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at 1 p.m. until Tuesday, June 25, 2019, at 1 p.m. PDT.
  • Unlock all the above bonuses, and Raikou will be available in raids for a short period of time (date and time to be announced later). If you're lucky, you might encounter Shiny Raikou!

Go Fest Dortmund Rewards

  • All successfully unlocked bonuses will run from Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at 1 p.m. until Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at 1 p.m. PDT.
  • Unlock all the above bonuses, and Entei will be available in raids Sunday, July 14, 2019 (time to be announced later). If you're lucky, you might encounter Shiny Entei!

Go Fest Yokaham Rewards

  • All successfully unlocked bonuses will run from Tuesday, August 13, 2019, at 1 p.m. until Tuesday, August 20, 2019, at 1 p.m. PDT.
  • Unlock all the above bonuses, and Suicune will be available in raids on Saturday, August 17, 2019 (time to be announced later). If you're lucky, you might encounter Shiny Suicune!

Pokemon Go Summer Community Day Schedule

This is great. Makes it way easier to plan for the community days.

For those interested in the upcoming worldwide Community Day events, mark your calendars for the following dates:

  • April 13 (Bagon)
  • May 19 (Torchic)
  • June 8 (Slakoth)
  • July 21 (Mudkip)
  • August 3 (Ralts)

What Pokémon Go events do you want to see?

If you were planning the next big Pokémon Go event, when would you have it and how would you handle it?

Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

  • Wow Rene, are you 'gaming' to become a writer for a kids game mag or what?
  • It's only funny until you realize just how popular Pokémon Go really is. Not writing about it, at this point, would be like not writing about the iPhone. :)
  • Really...
  • Really: https://twitter.com/reneritchie/status/823752268050731008
  • Not really a good way to bolster your argument, the spike was in Dec 2015 and has long subsided back down to below iphone searching.
  • Let me begin this by telling you that I admire your hard and educated work. I also visit iMore at least a couple times a day for some years now. While in that time most changes were for the better, there are some little things that need a small course correction. I believe I saw that graph yesterday. But I think you missed the point. And you should also listen to the growing complaints on the comments. I used to come to iMore for its great articles, great insight, great reviews, great how-tos, great news, etc. Nowadays all this is being diluted between quite futile and excessive Pokemon articles, sales deals and an unfortunate political article in semi-disguise. I understand the interest in Pokemon on its first couple weeks or so, but this is very tiring now. I understand the Pokemon interest, because it runs on the iPhone. But there's hardly any technical or technological reason to keep posting these constant articles on iMore, except to attract clicks. As an alternative, I could suggest creating an iMore microsite dedicated exclusively to the subject. Don't fill the feed with constant articles about it!
    Saying that not writing about Pokemon at this point would be like not writing about the iPhone is a fallacy. Is it because it runs on the iPhone? Just like I'm not telling you to make P-o-r-n articles just because it is also (and even more) indissociable from Apple products, you should by this point have ended the Pokemon ones. A long time ago. Focus, Rene!
    A bit less sales deals, no Pokemon on the main iMore feed and absolutely no political articles except those whose focus (and most of its text body) is technically and technologically related to Apple.
  • Clearly one persons opinion compared to others. I too don't care much for Pokemon go but I certainly don't mind it on the feed - far too many other things to be worrying about in the world. If you don't like them then surely don't read them? - ANOTHER Pedro.
  • No, Pedro. It's clearly one more opinion like so many others that express displeasure. If you have been paying attention, there's a growing number of voices saying the same. Mine is just one more. And, if you also paid attention, the displeasure is against the *excessive* Pokémon articles on the feed. I mind it not because it's Pokémon, but because of the excess of articles and because there's no clear and direct connection to Apple and Apple's technology. And I also gave a possible solution for this. And according to Rene's argument and reasoning and graph, p o r n would be a much better candidate to be featured on iMore's articles, which is obviously a bad reasoning.
    I obviously don't read them. But I clicked on this article to leave here my comment. There's nothing wrong with it.
    If you think that because there's many other things to be worrying about in the world, one should not express his opinions on less worrying things, you just made just the same thing. According to your argument, why are you even reading iMore or any other technology website if there are other much worrying things in the world to solve, to help and to spend your time and energy?
    Your comment doesn't add much to the topic.
  • Which I agree there are people on that particular fence. However, this is still iPhone related, and feeds like this are needed in order to keep the site activate. How many topics can you have about tutorials about clearing your emails can you have? It isn't exactly the hardest thing to do. Another thing - do you actually believe your opinion will carry weight? Sure you have put your opinion across and rightly so are entitled to do. Im just not too convinced it will change anything. Clicks mean money and iMore is apart of Mobile Nations which essentially is a business.
  • And don't forget April Fool's Day where I'm hoping they mix around the Regionals for fun. But the big question is when and how will Gen 2 be released..
  • That would be fun!
  • It might have been mentioned before but I didn't look any any previous comment when I wrote this but I think it would make a lot of sense if the Valentine's Day event involved candies and a lot of them. Keep in mind that candies is a big part of Valentine's Day and especially for the kids. So hopefully we will get a similar event like Halloween but instead of scary Pokémon increase we will see increase in fairy Pokémon which includes jigglypuff, wigglypuff, and even though it's not a fairy and was mentioned in the article, Chancey and maybe exeggcute and exeggutor
  • Chansey carrying an egg, which seems like a good easter fit.
  • Chansey*