Earth Day is April 22, and Pokémon is celebrating with its first-ever Sustainability Week, which runs from 10 a.m. April 20 through 8 p.m. April 25. The event is meant to award players for taking eco-friendly actions in the real world with rewards in-game. Read on for everything you need to know to make the most of the event.
What is Pokémon Go Sustainability Week?
Pokemon Go developer Niantic began celebrating Earth Day in 2018 by teaming up with organizations worldwide to host park and beach cleanups, giving special rewards based on the number of trainers who participated. While Earth Day activities were canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they've returned this year as part of the new Pokémon Go Sustainability Week.
Players are encouraged to help fight climate change and take care of the planet through activities including picking up trash, building bee hotels, changing the way they commute, and volunteering. If they share a picture and a description about how they are helping the planet on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #SustainableWIthNiantic, their activity will count towards unlocking these in-game rewards:
- Five-star raids will appear more after 2,500 activations.
- The shop will stock a free bundle containing three Remote Raid Passes after 5,000 activations.
- All trainers will earn double XP from catching Pokémon after 10,000 activations.
Niantic will donate $5,000 to the three nonprofits tagged in the most social posts. You can also pick up a free Sustainability Week avatar T-shirt from the shop during the event.
New Pokémon in Pokémon Go Sustainability Week
Binacle, the Generation VI Rock and Water-type Pokémon, will be making its Pokémon Go debut. The two-headed Pokémon can be evolved into Barbaracle. Sustainability Week will also be the first time that you can catch a shiny version of Trubbish.
Wild spawns during Pokémon Go Sustainability Week
The following Pokémon will be appearing more often in the wild:
5KM Eggs during Pokémon Go Sustainability Week
The following Pokémon will be hatching from 5KM Eggs:
Raids during Pokémon Go Sustainability Week
The following Pokémon will be appearing in Raids:
- Alolan Diglett (One Star)
- Binacle (One Star)
- Ferroseed (One Star)
- Psyduck (One Star)
- Trubbish (One Star)
- Alolan Exeggutor (Three Star)
- Camerupt (Three Star)
- Rhydon (Three Star)
- Torterra (Three Star)
- Vileplume (Three Star)
Field Research during Pokémon Go Sustainability Week
- Catch five Grimer for a Spheal or Ducklett encounter.
- Catch five Trubbish for a Cottonee encounter.
- Use five Berries to help catch Pokémon for a Chespin encounter.
- Use three Golden Razz Berries to help catch Pokémon for a Binacle encounter.
- Use an Incense for a Sewaddle encounter.
Timed Research during Pokémon Go Sustainability Week
Players can find this three-step Timed Research in the Today View:
- Use five berries to help catch Pokémon for an Oddish encounter.
- Catch seven Water type Pokémon for a Goldeen encounter.
- Catch seven Pokémon with a Weather Boost for a Bellsprout encounter.
Completion rewards: Turtwig encounter, 20 Venusaur Mega Energy, 1,000 XP.
- Use five Berries to help catch Pokémon for a Tangela encounter.
- Catch five different species of Grass type Pokémon for a Ferroseed encounter.
- Send five Gifts to friends for a Phanpy encounter.
Completion rewards: Grotle encounter, 20 Venusaur Mega Energy, 1,500 XP.
- Use seven Berries to help catch Pokémon for a Cherrim encounter.
- Catch 40 Grass type Pokémon for an Alolan Diglett encounter.
- Use an Incense for a Binacle encounter.
Completion rewards: Venusaur encounter, 60 Venusaur Mega Energy, 2,500 XP.
Questions about Pokémon Go Sustainability Week?
Do you have any questions about Pokémon Go Sustainability Week? Do you plan to take some action to help the planet during the event? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to check out our guide to the best Pokémon Go accessories and other Pokémon Go guides so you too can be the best like no one ever was!
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