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Pokémon GO’s: 4th Anniversary Event

Weekly Challenges to Unlock Additional Species at GO Fest

Niantic has just released a HUGE 3-week long schedule of events leading up to Pokémon GO Fest 2020! Three weeks, three challenges, coinciding with three events! Highlights of the weekly challenges include Shiny Pidove, Flying Pikachu (and its Shiny), and Shiny Bellsprout, the debut of Ducklett and Petilil, the return of Ho-Oh, and access to the Jump-Start Special Research for those Trainers who have yet to obtain it.

OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

EVENT
DATE/
TIME:
Fri., Jul. 3, 2020, @ 8:00am
to
Wed., Jul. 8, 2020, @ 10:00pm (local time)
  
 
FEATURES:

TIMED RESEARCH:
Encounters with Ducklett and Flying Pikachu, a Star Piece, access to the GO Fest Elite Skill Challenge, plus more!
  
PARTY HAT POKÉMON: Pokémon wearing hats appearing in the wild.  
WILD: Party Hat Pokémon, Pidove, Ducklett, Flying Pikachu, and other Flying-type Pokémon.  
RAIDS: Party Hat Pokémon, Flying Pikachu, and other Flying-type Pokémon.  
5KM EGGS: Ducklett and Pokémon wearing Party Hats.  
SHINY: Pidove, Flying Pikachu, and other Flying-type Pokémon.
  
SPECIAL RESEARCH: The Jump-Start Special Research will be available for Trainers who have not previously completed it.  
SNAPSHOT: Take a Snapshot during the event for a surprise!  
RAID WKND:
Ho-Oh in 5-Star Raids from Fri., July 3, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. to Mon., July 6, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. local time.  
EVENT
DATE/
TIME:
Fri., Jul. 10, 2020, @ 8:00am
to
Wed., Jul. 15, 2020, @ 10:00pm (local time)
  
FEATURES:TIMED RESEARCH:
Encounters with Hitmonlee and Absol, a Super Rocket Radar, access to the GO Fest Elite Battle Challenge, plus more!
  
EVENT
DATE/
TIME:
Fri., Jul. 17, 2020, @ 8:00am
to
Wed., Jul. 22, 2020, @ 10:00pm (local time)
  
 
FEATURES:
TIMED RESEARCH:
Alolan Raichu encounter, Petilil encounter, a Lucky Egg, access to the GO Fest Elite Friendship Challenge, plus more!
  
SUMMER PIKA: Summer style Pikachu appearing in the wild.  
WILD: Petilil (in Sunny weather), Summer style Pikachu, and other summer-themed Pokémon.  
5KM EGGS: Petilil and other summer-themed Pokémon.  
SHINY: Bellsprout and other summer-themed Pokémon
  
SNAPSHOT: Take a Snapshot during the event for a surprise!  
Pokémon GO's 4th Anniversary Week 1 Skill section header

Wk 1: Skill challenge & 4th Anniversary Celebration

Week one of the GO Fest Weekly Challenge has two distinct themes to it. Firstly, all the unlockables share a color, and they are all pretty in PINK! Secondly, this week is for the birds! No, literally, Flying-type Pokémon are featured during week one. You know what they say… birds of a feather…

GO Fest Weekly Challenge: Skill

The reward for completing all three sets of tasks in the GO Fest Weekly Challenge: Skill Timed Research include encounters with Ducklett and Flying Pikachu, a Star Piece, access to the GO Fest Elite Skill Challenge, plus more!

Trainers from Instinct, Mystic, and Valor can unlock Pokémon that will then appear in the wild during Pokémon GO Fest 2020 by completing a set amount of Timed Research.

  • One million Team Instinct Trainers: Chimecho
  • One million Team Mystic Trainers: Alomomola
  • One million Team Valor Trainers: Chansey

If you complete the GO Fest Weekly Challenge: Friendship Timed Research, you’ll earn access to the GO Fest Elite Friendship Challenge, a set of difficult tasks that you can complete for personal bragging rights! You don’t need to complete these tasks for your Timed Research to count toward the Pokémon GO Fest 2020 unlock goals!

Pokémon to Earn for Wk. 1
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Fourth Anniversary Event Features

  • Flying-type Pokémon and Pokémon wearing party hats will be appearing in the wild, hatching from Eggs, and appearing in raids. If you’re lucky, you might find a Shiny Pidove!
  • Ducklett will be making its Pokémon GO debut! It’ll be appearing in the wild and hatching from 5 km Eggs.
  • Flying Pikachu will be appearing in the wild and in raids. If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny one!
  • The Jump-Start Special Research will also be available this week for any Trainers who missed out on it during last year’s anniversary celebration, so be sure to open the app during this period to claim it. This Special Research is designed to help you catch up with other Trainers, with a ton of Stardust and XP rewards, as well as some exciting Pokémon encounters.
  • Be sure to take a snapshot during this event for a surprise.
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HO-OH Special Raid Weekend

Ho-Oh will be be appearing in five-star raids from Friday, July 3, 2020, at 8:00am to Monday, July 6, 2020, at 10:00pm local time. Be sure to have your Remote Raid Passes stocked—you can purchase them in the shop.
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G2G’s HO-OH RAID GUIDE
Pokémon GO Fest Leadup: Week 2 Battle section header

Wk 2: Battle-Based Challenge

Week two brings us another pair of themes. The unlockables are this all GREEN in color, are you envious? Battle is the second theme, with hints at PvP and TGR battles both in the unlockables and rewards.

GO Fest Weekly Challenge: Battle

The reward for completing all three sets of tasks in the GO Fest Weekly Challenge: Skill Timed Research include encounters with Hitmonlee and Absol, a Super Rocket Radar, access to the GO Fest Elite Skill Challenge, plus more!

Trainers from Instinct, Mystic, and Valor can unlock Pokémon that will then appear in the wild during Pokémon GO Fest 2020 by completing a set amount of Timed Research.

  • One million Team Instinct Trainers: Ferroseed
  • One million Team Mystic Trainers: Alolan Grimer
  • One million Team Valor Trainers: Alolan Marowak

If you complete the GO Fest Weekly Challenge: Battle Timed Research, you’ll earn access to the GO Fest Elite Battle Challenge, a set of difficult tasks that you can complete for personal bragging rights! You don’t need to complete these tasks for your Timed Research to count toward the Pokémon GO Fest 2020 unlock goals!

Pokémon to earn for wk. 2
FerroseedAlolan GrimerAlolan Marowak
FerroseedAlolan Grimer*Alolan Marowak*

Battle-themed Event

  • Have your Pokémon ready for battle, Trainers! On Sunday, July 12, 2020, from 11:00am to 2:00pm local time, there will be a battle-themed event! Hopefully, it won’t take over too much of your time.
Pokémon GO's GO Fest Leadup: Week 3 Friendship section header

Wk 3: Friendship-based challenge

Friendship and summer are themes for week three with a theme of Blue/White Pokémon!. Only time will tell what this means for sure, but, one could guess… earning friendship levels faster?

GO Fest Weekly Challenge: Friendship

The reward for completing all three sets of tasks in the GO Fest Weekly Challenge: Skill Timed Research include encounters with Alolan Raichu and Petilil, a Lucky Egg, access to the GO Fest Elite Skill Challenge, plus more!

Trainers from Instinct, Mystic, and Valor can unlock Pokémon that will then appear in the wild during Pokémon GO Fest 2020 by completing a set amount of Timed Research.

  • One million Team Instinct Trainers: Togetic
  • One million Team Mystic Trainers: Dratini
  • One million Team Valor Trainers: Litwick

If you complete the GO Fest Weekly Challenge: Friendship Timed Research, you’ll earn access to the GO Fest Elite Friendship Challenge, a set of difficult tasks that you can complete for personal bragging rights! You don’t need to complete these tasks for your Timed Research to count toward the Pokémon GO Fest 2020 unlock goals!

Pokémon to earn for wk. 3
TogeticDratiniLitwick
TogeticDratini*Litwick

Summer-themed Event

  • Summer-themed Pokémon will be appearing in the wild, hatching from Eggs, and appearing in raids. If you’re lucky, you might find a Shiny Bellsprout!
  • Petilil will be making its Pokémon GO debut! It’ll be appearing in the wild when the weather is sunny and hatching from 5 km Eggs.
  • Summer Style Pikachu will also be appearing in the wild!
  • Be sure to take a snapshot during this event for a surprise.
SHINY BELLSPROUT FAMILY
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PETILIL FAMILY
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SUMMER STYLE PIKACHU FAMILY
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THREE WEEKS OF FUN!

Wow! What an exciting three weeks we have ahead of us. New Pokémon, new shinies, Pokémon to unlock for GO Fest, and so much more! Be sure to keep coming back to G2G for Infopedias of each week’s challenges for more detailed information and tip and tricks! 

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