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.
Upcoming Pokémon Go Event:
Whoa. Didn't see this coming.
From Pokémon Go:
Sunny days are ahead! Whether your forecast calls for rain or shine, we're celebrating all around the world by introducing some special Pokémon from the tropical Alola region to Pokémon GO. Get ready for some of the Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region to appear in their Alolan forms! These unique variants were first seen in the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon video games, and they will make their way to Pokémon GO in the coming weeks. Keep an eye out for news related to this exciting change—and don't forget to tell your friends! Stay safe, and happy exploring!
So. Many. Questions. This is essentially jumping ahead a few generations. But is it in lieu of Gen 4 coming at roughly the same pace as Gen 2 and Gen 3 did? Or is it an acceleration of pace with some in-between cross-gen fun?
Upcoming Pokémon Go Event: Community Day, June 16
Pokémon Go's next Community Day event will be held on June 16, 2018. No word yet on the Pokémon, the special move, or the extra bonuses, but we should find out soon!
Current Pokémon Go Event: Ho-Oh joins Latias and Latios in Legendary Raids until June 7!
If you missed out on catching the Leader of the Legendary Beasts, you've now got another chance to get your Ho-Oh on!
From Pokémon Go
Get ready for a surprise: The Legendary Pokémon Ho-Oh will return to Raid Battles in Pokémon GO on May 19! A powerful Fire- and Flying-type Pokémon originally discovered in the Johto region, the Rainbow Pokémon Ho-Oh will appear in Gyms across the globe alongside Latias and Latios, which will remain in their designated regions. Plus, if you're fortunate, you might be able to encounter a Shiny Ho-Oh after you win the battle! You can challenge Ho-Oh until June 7 and seize the opportunity to add this Legendary Pokémon to your Pokédex. So, gather your strongest party to take on Ho-Oh before it returns to the skies!
That's right, Shiny Ho-Oh, and when it's Shiny, it's got a 100% catch-rate.
Of course, it adds the usual uncertainty over which Tier 5 Egg will hatch which Legendary, and that can make it harder to get organized and get people out for one or the other Raids. So, not everyone is going to be happy about it. We'll have to wait and see.
Upcoming Pokémon Go Events: Get Pumped Up for Pokémon GO Summer Tour 2018!
Update: Tickets for Pokémon Go Fest are on sale as of 9am PT / 12pm ET, May 11, 2018. (So, basically now):
New events have just been announced for North America, Europe, and Asia. From Pokémon Go:
Our biggest North American event is back with a brand-new look! Pokémon GO Fest returns to Chicago from July 14 to July 15. Pokémon GO Fest 2018: A Walk in the Park will offer a unique, immersive play experience unseen anywhere else that will create a daylong adventure for Trainers. The event will be held in the city's historic Lincoln Park, with a 1.8-mile walking course that, among the tree-lined greenery, will include exclusive activities for Trainers of all ages. Single-day passes go on sale on May 11 for $20 on our event website. Also, check the event website for details on hotel accommodations and stay tuned for more details.
Trainers across Europe: Get ready for a Safari Zone event in Dortmund, Germany. Together with the city of Dortmund, we will host an event from June 30 to July 1 in beautiful Westfalenpark. Westfalenpark is not only one of the largest inner-city parks in Europe but also includes elaborate water features, a Japanese garden, and large playgrounds for kids and families. Enjoy the fresh air and beautiful view while catching many types of Pokémon! Activities will expand to Dortmund's entire city district, inviting players from all over Europe to explore the city's cultural history through Pokémon GO. This is an open event for all to enjoy, so book your travel and accommodations soon! For detailed information on the Dortmund Safari Zone Event, please visit the event website.
And for Asia:
We've been so inspired by the spirit and dedication of Trainers who have come to our events throughout Asia. From Tottori to Seoul to Chiayi, we've been lucky to see hundreds of thousands of Trainers coming together to view breathtaking scenery, catch many types of Pokémon, and enjoy a unique real-world experience. We'll have a Safari Zone event in Yokosuka, Japan, later this Summer, to be followed by an exciting schedule for our Trainers across Asia. Keep an eye out for more details on these events!
For those who can't make the events:
If you're unable to make it to one of our live events this summer, there are still plenty of amazing ways to participate in the action. Trainers across the globe will be able to engage in a variety of activities and challenges, so you'll be able to take part no matter where you are. Announcements on these features will be forthcoming, so watch out for more news! We invite you to join us on an adventure—even from your hometown.
Should be a fun summer!
Current Pokémon Go Events: Latias and Latios Legendary Raids until June 5! (And they've just switched places!)
May 8, 2018 Update: Latias is now live in North America, South America, and Africa, and Latios has moved on to Europe and Asia.
The Eon Duo is here! Generation 3's Psychic- Dragon-types, Latias and Latios have arrived in Raids.
From Pokémon Go:
The Legendary Pokémon Latias will appear in Raid Battles across Europe and Asia, while Latios will appear in North America, South America, and Africa. On May 8, the Eon Pokémon will switch locations and will be available until June 5, so all Trainers will have the opportunity to catch both powerful Pokémon.
Upcoming Pokémon Go Event: Adventure Week returns this month!
Pokémon Go has sent out an email, "breaking" the news:
One of our most successful events last year, Adventure Week, returns again this month! Gear up for exciting new bonuses and special activities to get you in the adventuring spirit! Also, don't forget to check this monthly newsletter for the latest sneak peeks of what's coming up on our calendar! You never know what you'll find...
Last year, during the first Adventure Week, Rock-type Pokémon spawned at a higher rate, Buddy candy accrued at 4x the usual speed, Poké Balls were 50% off in the shop, and extra items were dropped at PokéStops.
Upcoming Pokémon Go Events: Community Day on May 17, 2018, will feature... Charmander!
Pokémon Go's next Community Day, according to information posted on the Japanese website, is scheduled for May 17, 2018. The featured Pokémon will be Gen 1's Fire-starter: Charmander! There'll be 3-hour Lures, as usual, and the bonus will be 3x stardust on catches. No word yet on special moves.
Charmander evolves into Charmeleon which evolves into Charizard. And, if Pokémon Go keeps up it's Shiny tradition for May, that means Black Charizard. Oh. My.
Times remain the same:
- Asia-Pacific: 12:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. JST (GMT +9)
- Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India: 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. UTC (GMT +0)
- Americas and Greenland: 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. PST (GMT -8) / 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. EST (GMT -5)
Upcoming Pokémon Go Events: 2018 will be a Legendary Year
From The Pokémon Company:
The Pokémon Company International today announced plans to celebrate a legendary year in 2018, highlighting some of the most sought-after Pokémon yet to be discovered. From February to November, Legendary Pokémon will be featured across the franchise, including monthly video game character distributions, new Pokémon Trading Card Game products, mobile game retail and animation promotions.
Legendary Pokémon are extremely rare and powerful Pokémon, which exist across all regions of the Pokémon universe. Often elusive and incredibly hard to catch, Legendary Pokémon hold the answers to Pokémon lore and are deeply rooted to the regions from which they originate. Fans can learn more about these Pokémon at https://www.pokemonlegendary.com/en-gb/
As to Pokémon Go specifically:
Pokémon GO players can also expect to see special promotions featuring Legendary Pokémon in 2018 as part of this legendary year celebration, with details being released soon.
Now we just have to wait and see when and how this Legendary Year manifests itself in Pokémon Go!
2018 Pokémon Go Events: The potentials!
Based on past events, there are a few guesses we can make about future events. First, regional holidays don't mean regional events. Halloween isn't an internationally observed occasion but the event was worldwide. U.S. Thanksgiving is only celebrated in the U.S., and while it was an event in 2016 it gave way to the Global Catch Challenge in 2017.
Also, Pokémon Go has multiple levers to pull. The game can increase rewards, like candy, XP, and stardust. It can decrease requirements, like walking distance. It can increase spawn rates for all or specific Pokémon, like pink colored Pokémon or water-types, and create limited edition Pokémon just for events, like Party Hat Pikachu. It can also give away items or increase their duration, like 1-use Incubators or 8-hour Lures.
Pokémon Go can have events to aid in charitable causes, like the highly localized tsunami-relief event in Japan that featured Lapras or Snorlax exclusively for a week. There was also an event simply to promote the new streaks and bonuses. So, if they want to maintain momentum and there's too long a gap between proper occasions, Pokémon Go can invent their own.
You know what they say, though: The best indicator of future (Pokémon Go) events is...
Past Pokémon Go Events
The best indicator of future behavior is past behavior. So, to look forward to the next Pokémon Go events, it's helpful to look back at the events that have already run.
Special Battle Showdown 2018
In addition to Fighting-type Pokémon taking over, battling got a big boost with 2x XP for Gym and Raid battles, 3,000 Stardust a 1 Rare Candy minimums, extra items from Gym spins.
Earth Day Event 2018
Earth Day came again and this time, Ground-, Water-, and Grass-type Pokémon got a boost — and so did Stardust.
Kanto Event 2018
In honor of Mew finally making its appearance in-game, Pokémon Go hosted its first generation-themed event: A celebration of the Kanto Region, and all the Pokémon of Gen 1. In addition to increased Kanto spawns and Kanto-region Raid Bosses, double candy was awarded for every in-game action.
The 2018 version of Pokémon Go's spring/Easter event, called Eggstravaganza, offered 2 KM eggs containing all the Pokémon typically found in 10 KM and 5 KM eggs, an increase in babies (and some new Shiny babies!), bonus Candy for egg hatches, and double Stardust for the duration.
Pokémon Go Community Days
Pokémon Go is holding off a series of monthly community events where trainers around the world are able to catch Pokémon with exclusive moves for extra XP or Stardust, and with Lures that last three hours.
Previous Community Days have featured:
- May 19, 2018: 11am to 2pm PT: Charmander, evolve Charizard with Blast Burn, increased chance to catch (the newly added) Shiny Charmander, 3x catch Stardust.
- April 15, 2018; 11am to 2pm PT: Mareep, evolve Ampharos with Dragon Pulse, increased chance to catch (the newly added) Shiny Mareep, 1/4 walking distance for Eggs.
- March 25, 2018: 11am to 2pm PT: Bulbasaur, evolve Venusaur with Frenzy Plant, increased chance to catch (the newly added) Shiny Bulbasaur, 3x XP for catches.
- February 24, 2018: 11am to 2pm PT: Dratini, evolve Dragonite with Draco Meteor, increased chance to catch (the newly added) Shiny Dratini, 3x Stardust on catches.
- January 20, 2018, 11am to 2pm PT: Pikachu with Surf, increased chance to catch Shiny Pikachu, 2x XP.
Windy Weather Wins 2018
Windy Weather — which empowers Dragon-, Flying-, and Psychic-type Pokémon — got a boost for a week and a half in March of 2018. That included not only Pokémon Eggs but Raid Bosses. Oh, and double XP. Yeah.
Pokémon Go Lunar New Year Event 2018
Shiny Poochyena as well! But, yhy was Houndour left out?
Pokémon Go Valentines Day Event 2018
Chansey as well. Not as big or long a deal as last year's Pink Pokémon event, but don't look a gift 3x heart 'mon in the mouth. Or something like that. Also: Shiny Luvdisc!
Hoenn Egg Event
Pokémon Go held a Hoenn Egg Event from January 24 to February 1, 2018.
Pokémon Go Holiday & New Year 2018 Event
Celebrate the holiday season with festive Pikachu, Ice-types, Gen 3 Water- and Ice-types, free incubators, special boxes, Star Pieces, and AR+ for iPhone!
Pokémon Go Travel and the Global Catch Challenge 2017
Instead of a U.S. Thanksgiving event in 2017, Pokémon Go went international with a Global Catch Challenge. Pokémon Go trainers around the world caught over 3 billion Pokemon, unlocking Double XP, Double Stardust, Kangaskhan in Asia, and Farfetch'd in the rest of the world!
Pokémon Go Halloween Event 2017
Pokémon Go's second Halloween event included increased Ghost-type spawns, just like last year, and also some Dark-types from Gen 2. More exciting, the Gen 3 Ghosts debuted during the event. There was also double candy and a special witch-hat Pichu and Pikachu.
Pokémon Go Safari Zones Europe 2017
The Pokémon Go Safari Zones gave people in several major European cities the chance to catch Kangaskhan and Unown spelling E U R O P E.
Pokémon Autumnal Equinox Event 2017
Running from September 22 to October 3, the Autumnal Equinox event offered double stardust and special 2KM eggs for your hatching delight. Super incubators, which hatched 1.5x faster were available in the Pokémon Go Store, and triple XP for any new Pokémon added to your Pokédex.
Pokémon World Championships 2017
As part of the Pokémon Trading Card Game and Video Game World Championships on August 19 and 20 in Anaheim, California, Pokémon Go players in the vicinity had a chance to catch Kangaskhan — usually regional to Australia — and Unown spelling WORLDS.
European Sightings 2017
Safari Zones Europe might was drastically downscaled but Niantic made it up to players with European sightings instead. Similar to what happened with Pokémon Go Fest Chicago, an extra-continental legendary — in this case Kangaskhan — and Unown spelling out the location — in this case Europe — were being spotted.
- Vienna, Austria
- Prague, Czech Republic
- Copenhagen, Denmark
- Helsinki, Finland
- Dijon, France
- Lille, France
- Lyon, France
- Marseille, France
- Nice, France
- Paris, France
- Rennes, France
- Berlin, Germany
- Bochum, Germany
- Gera, Germany
- Leipzig, Germany
- Mönchengladbach, Germany
- Munich, Germany
- Oberhausen, Germany
- Recklinghausen, Germany
- Milan, Italy
- Naples, Italy
- Rome, Italy
- Oslo, Norway
- Warsaw, Poland
- Lisbon, Portugal
- Bratislava, Slovakia
- Badajoz, Spain
- Barcelona, Spain
- Cádiz, Spain
- Madrid, Spain
- Sevilla, Spain
- San Sebastián, Spain
- Valencia, Spain
- Valladolid, Spain
- Stockholm, Sweden
- Zürich, Switzerland
- Almere, The Netherlands
- Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- Leidschendam, The Netherlands
- Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
- Belfast, United Kingdom
- Birmingham, United Kingdom
- Cardiff, United Kingdom
- Glasgow, United Kingdom
- London, United Kingdom
- Manchester, United Kingdom
Pikachu Outbreak Japan 2017
As part of Pokémon's Pikachu Outbreak celebration in Japan, Pokémon Go brought Mr. Mine over for a short amount of time, increased spawns for Unown letters spelling Yokohama, added rare spawns from 2K eggs, introduced Shiny Pichu, Pikachu, and Raichu, and unleashed the very first Mewtwo Legendary Raids: with 9+ hour times, 50+ premiere balls, and... a guaranteed catch rate of 100% — at least for the event.
Pokémon Go Fest Chicago Bonus Event 2017
Following up on Pokémon Go Fest Chicago, a slew of bonuses were unlocked, including:
- Double Stardust
- Double Candy
- Double XP
- Increased Pokémon encounters
- Reduced hatching distance
- Reduced buddy distance
Hopefully, we won't have to wait another year for that many bonuses again.
Pokémon Go Fest Chicago
Pokémon Go Fest Chicago was the first major real-world event for Niantic's incredibly popular augmented reality, geo-hunting game. It took place Saturday, July 22, at Grant Park in Chicago, IL, and — the servers crashed and burned.
Still, Pokémon Go made good with refunds, $100 in Poké Coins, and a Lugia for every participant, as well as a 100% catch rate for Legendary Raids around the venue.
Pokémon Go Anniversary Event
Pokémon Go's Anniversary Event ran from July 6 to July 24 with a special Ash-hat Pikachu for players to catch in the wild and discounted Anniversary Boxes and Special Boxes to buy in the Poké Shop. The first Box was underwhelming but the second set delivered.
Pokémon Go Solstice fire- and ice-type event
From June 13 to 21, 2017 (extended a day due to Pokémon Trainer Club (PTC) login issues, Pokémon Go held and event of Ice- and Fire in honor of the summer soultice in the north and the winter solstice in the south. In addition to extra fire- and ice-type spawns, there was 5x XP on hatching eggs, 3x XP on catching Pokémon, and 50% off Lucky Eggs in the Poké Shop.
Pokémon Go Adventure Week rock-type event
Pokémon Go had a rock-type event, called Adventure Week, from May 18 to May 25, 2017. During the event, rock-type Pokémon spawned at a higher rate, Buddy candy accrued at 4x the usual speed, Poké Balls were 50% off in the shop, and extra items were dropped at PokéStops!
PokémonGo Worldwide Bloom Event 2017 (Grass-type)
Pokémon Go held a worldwide bloom event from May 5 to May 8, 2017. During the event, grass-type Pokémon spawns were increased and Lures lasted for six hours.
Pokémon Go "Golden Week" Lure Event at McDonald's Japan
Pokémon Go held a Lure Event for "Golden Week" in Japan, from April 29 to May 7, 2017.
Rough translation, cleaned up from Google:
During the period from Saturday, April 29 to Sunday, May 7, the petals will dance at PokéStops located at about 2,500 local MacDonald's. The "Lure module collaboration event" will be held so that you can get a lot of Pokemon! GO Golden Week goes to McDonald's GO!
Unlike the American Thanksgiving event, which was made international, this event was Japan-only, with McDonald's Japan footing the bill.
Pokémon Go and Knight Foundation on May 7, 2017
Niantic, the developer behind Pokémon Go and Ingress, and the Knight Foundation, and organization focused on community engagement, announced an ongoing partnership that hopes to use location and augmented-reality based gaming to help bring neighborhoods and neighbors together.
The first event was set for May 7 in Charlotte, North Carolina, as part of the Open Streets 704 event in a 2.5-mile area. 16 PokéStops and two Gyms, selected by the City of Charlotte at significant sites along the route, were offer increased spawns to help make it exciting and engaging for everyone.
May 4, 2017 - Niantic, Inc., creators of hit augmented reality games Pokémon GO and Ingress, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation have formed a multi-year partnership to advance civic engagement in local communities around the United States through augmented reality experiences. The partnership will foster discovery, bring communities together, and promote engagement within public spaces by leveraging Niantic's mobile location-based technology and experiences at select community events supported by The Knight Foundation.
"We founded Niantic to give people the chance to connect with the world around them using technology and games in innovative ways," said John Hanke, CEO, Niantic, Inc. "The partnership with The Knight Foundation is a great forum to explore how technology can drive civic engagement."
The collaboration will play out at community events in several cities, including Knight-sponsored Open Streets events. These temporarily close off car traffic so people can use streets for walking, bicycling, dancing, playing and socializing. The initiative will also tap unique facets of a city's public spaces such as parks and libraries to bring together people of diverse backgrounds and build a sense of shared community. Over the next year, Niantic will collaborate with civic leaders in several cities where Knight Foundation supports community engagement. The initiative will work to enhance these events featuring special content within their augmented reality mobile games, Ingress and Pokémon GO.
"Pokemon Go has already showed us the impact technology can have on getting people out into public," said Sam Gill, Knight vice president for learning and impact. "We're excited to work with Niantic to explore new ways to help people engage with each other and their neighborhoods."
The first event in the collaboration between Niantic and the Knight Foundation will be hosted on May 7 in Charlotte, North Carolina as part of the Open Streets 704 event in a 2.5 mile area. Though this first event will be experimental, fans of Pokémon GO can look forward to interacting with 16 PokéStops and two Gyms selected by the City of Charlotte at significant sites along the route. These locations will be highlighted on the official Open Streets 704 route map displayed at the event. To further immerse fans in the real-world experience, the physical location of each PokéStop will be physically marked along the route.
There are some reports that the event wasn't well organized and that many weren't pleased the only thing they got for participating was a set of stickers. Others seem to have really liked it. Either way, I hope we see many more of these, and like these, going forward.
Pokémon Go 'Eggstravaganza' Spring Event 2017
The Pokémon Go Spring Even lasted from April 13 to April 20, 2017. During the event, you got double XP, extra candy from egg hatches, and many 5 KM and 10 KM Pokémon began hatching from 2 KM eggs, including Lapras and Aerodactyl. Lucky Eggs were also offered at 50% in the Pokémon Go Shop.
Pokémon Go Water Festival 2017
The Pokémon Go Water Festival was done to help raise awareness for various global water days and weeks. During the festival, water-type Pokémon spawned at a much-increased rate, often replacing the typical common and rare spawns almost completely. And yes, that included Lapras!
In addition, a Magikarp hat was made available for trainers to wear, and Shiny Pokémon were introduced into Pokémon Go for the first time in the form of gold Magikarp and red Gyarados.
Pokémon Go Snorlax in Japan Event 2017
Similar to last fall's Lapras event, Japan's Kumamoto region is getting a Snorlax event to help bolster tourism following the earthquake of 2016.
Here's an approximate translation:
We've received information that in the Kumamoto prefecture and in Oita prefecture, Yufu city and Beppu city, Snorlax has begun appearing more frequently. Was it roused by the Pokémon flute? The phenomenon is expected to continue from March 4 to March 13. There are areas and places where local reconstruction work is continuing. Do not enter a dangerous place. Otherwise, please enjoy Kumamoto and Oita!
If you're in Japan or have wanted to go to Japan, and Snorlax is still on your must-get list, now's the time to go!
Pokémon Day from February 26 to March 6, 2017
The Pokémon Day event saw Pokémon Go join the larger festivities by offering a special, limited edition Pikachu in a festive hat that could be caught from February 26 at 1:00 p.m. PST to March 6 at 1:00 p.m. PST.
Pokémon Go Valentine's Day Event 2017
Pokémon Go ran a Valentine's Day event for a whole week! That's right, from February 8 to February 15, 2017.
During the Valentine's event there was double candy, half walking distances, increased spawning rates for pink Pokémon, and Lures that lasted six hours.
Pokémon Go Holiday & New Year Events 2016/2017
The Pokémon Go Holiday & New Year Events overlapped, the holiday part running from December 25 through January 3, 2017 and the New Year part, December 30 through January 8.
During the holiday part, it offered and increased spawn rate for limited-time Santa Pikachu, an increased chances of hatching Gen 2 babies Cleffa, Igglybuff, Togepi, Smoochum, Elekid, or Magby, and a free 1-time Incubator from the first PokéStop spin of the day.
During the New Year part, it offered Increased spawn rate for Gen 1 Starter Pokémon and their evolutions, Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, Venusaur, Charmander, Charmeleon, Charizard, Squirtle, Wartortle, and Blastoise, and Lures lasting twice as long.
Pokémon Go Thanksgiving Event 2016
The Pokémon Go Thanksgiving Event ran from November 23rd through November 30th. It offered Double XP and Stardust for catching, hatching, and evolving Pokémon.
Pokémon Go Lapras in Japan Event 2016
From November 11 to November 23, 2016, Pokémon Go made Lapras easier to find in the Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima Prefectures of Japan. It was an attempt to help bring tourism back to the region following the earthquake earlier in the year.
Listen up everyone! It has been confirmed that Lapras is now easier to find in the coastal regions of Iwata, Miyagi, and Fukushima Prefectures. The phenomenon will continue until November 23. Please go out and journey in Tohoku! There are many wonderful discoveries to be made beyond Pokémon Go.
Pokémon Go Halloween Event 2016
The Pokémon Go Halloween Event ran from October 26 through November 1. It offered double candy for catching, hatching, and transferring Pokémon, and cut the distance for walking Buddy Pokémon down to 1/4. Increased spawn rates were also offered for Zubat, Golbat, Drowzee, Hypno, Gastly, Haunter, Gengar, Cubone, Marowak, Meowth, and Persian.
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?