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Article by Brian Tien

Pokemon: Brilliant Diamond and Pokemon: Shining Pearl, remakes of the original Generation 4 games of the Main Series, are just atound the corner. New editions to the main series are always a big deal, and Pokemon Go is getting in on the celebration. As is par for the course, we have a new event in honor of the long-awaited Sinnoh remakes, so let's get into it!

Sinnoh Remake Event

Event Period Event Start Event End
Overall Event November 16, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time November 21, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. local time
Brilliant Diamond Event November 16, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time November 18, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time
Shining Pearl Event November 18, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time November 21, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. local time
Time Until Start
  • 1/2 Incubator hatch distance, and 1/3 Super Incubator hatch distance
  • Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup will appear wearing hats inspired by the male and female protagonists of the Sinnoh region. Note that these Pokemon will not be able to evolve.
  • A collection challenge will be available
  • Sinnoh-themed Avatar items and stickers will be available
  • All Cresselia caught during this event will know the Elite Move Grass Knot.

Brilliant Diamond Event

  • A special selection of Pokemon will be available in the wild
  • A special selection of Pokemon will be available in raids
  • A special selection of Pokemon will be available via eggs
  • A special selection of Pokemon will be available through research

Shining Pearl Event

  • A special selection of Pokemon will be available in the wild
  • A special selection of Pokemon will be available in raids
  • A special selection of Pokemon will be available via eggs
  • A special selection of Pokemon will be available through research

Full Announcement

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Trainers,

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl will be released on Nintendo Switch on November 19, 2021!

Learn more about the games here.

Experience the Sinnoh region in an adventure reborn with Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl! In celebration of the release of these games on Nintendo Switch, Pokémon originally discovered in the Sinnoh region will be appearing more often in Pokémon GO. Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup wearing special Sinnoh-inspired hats will be appearing in the wild, and avatar items inspired by those same first partner Pokémon will be available in the shop.

Celebrating the release of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl on Nintendo Switch.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Sunday, November 21, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. local time

Available for the full duration of the event.

Event Bonuses

Incubator Bonus Icon

1/2 Incubator Distance

Incubator Bonus Icon

1/3 Super Incubator Distance

Costumed IconCostumed Pokémon

Turtwig wearing Lucas’s hat

Turtwig wearing Lucas’s hat

Chimchar wearing Lucas’s hat

Chimchar wearing Lucas’s hat

Piplup wearing Lucas’s hat

Piplup wearing Lucas’s hat

Turtwig wearing Dawn’s hat

Turtwig wearing Dawn’s hat

Chimchar wearing Dawn’s hat

Chimchar wearing Dawn’s hat

Piplup wearing Dawn’s hat

Piplup wearing Dawn’s hat

If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

Collection Challenge

In celebration of these costumed Pokémon making their debut, a Collection Challenge will be available that requires you to catch them all.

Complete the challenge to earn 1,000 XP, 3,000 Stardust, and an encounter with Froslass!

New Avatar Items, Stickers, and Bundles

The following new avatar items will be available in the in-game shop starting on Monday, November 15, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8) and will continue to be available after the event ends!

  • Turtwig Costume
  • Chimchar Costume
  • Piplup Costume

The following new avatar items will be available at no cost starting on Monday, November 15, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8) and will continue to be available after the event ends!

  • Sinnoh Hat
  • Sinnoh Top Set
  • Sinnoh Pants
  • Sinnoh Shoes
  • Sinnoh Backpack
  • Sinnoh Skirt
  • Sinnoh Boots

You’ll be able to get event-themed stickers by spinning PokéStops, opening Gifts, and purchasing them from the in-game shop.

The following bundles will also be available in the shop throughout the event.

  • Event Box (one-time exchange): 20 Poké Balls, one Sinnoh Stone
  • Great Box (300 PokéCoins - one-time exchange): three Super Incubators, two Incubators, one Lure Module

Part 1 – Pokémon Brilliant Diamond

Tuesday, November 16, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Thursday, November 18, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time

The first half of the event begins with an homage to Pokémon Brilliant Diamond! Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup wearing red Sinnoh hats will be appearing in the wild, and that same trio wearing white Sinnoh hats will be available as Field Research encounters. If you’re lucky, you might find a Shiny Turtwig, Shiny Chimchar, or Shiny Piplup!

Wild EncountersWild Encounters

The following Pokémon will be appearing more frequently in the wild.

Seel

Seel

Murkrow

Murkrow

Poochyena

Poochyena

Aron

Aron

Turtwig wearing Lucas’s hat

Turtwig wearing Lucas’s hat

Chimchar wearing Lucas’s hat

Chimchar wearing Lucas’s hat

Piplup wearing Lucas’s hat

Piplup wearing Lucas’s hat

Bidoof

Bidoof

Kricketot

Kricketot

Buneary

Buneary

Stunky

Stunky

If you’re lucky, you might encounter the following.

Scyther

Scyther

Larvitar

Larvitar

Burmy (Plant Cloak)

Burmy (Plant Cloak)

Buizel

Buizel

If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

Raids IconRaids

One-Star EggOne-Star Raids

Cranidos

Cranidos

Drifloon

Drifloon

Bronzor

Bronzor

Gible

Gible

Three-Star EggThree-Star Raids

Tyranitar

Tyranitar

Lopunny

Lopunny

Drapion

Drapion

Toxicroak

Toxicroak

Gallade

Gallade

Five-Star EggFive-Star Raids

Cresselia

Cresselia*

Mega EggMega Raids

Mega Lopunny

Mega Lopunny

If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

* Cresselia caught during this period will know the Attack Grass Knot.

Eggs

The following Pokémon will be hatching from Eggs globally.

7km egg icon7km Eggs

Egg

Budew

Budew

Bonsly

Bonsly

Happiny

Happiny

Mime Jr.

Mime Jr.

Riolu

Riolu

If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

:This list is organized by rarity, with one Egg icon being most common and five Egg icons being most rare.

Field Research Task Encounters

The following Pokémon will be available to encounter when you complete Field Research tasks.

Bagon

Bagon

Turtwig wearing Dawn’s hat

Turtwig wearing Dawn’s hat

Chimchar wearing Dawn’s hat

Piplup wearing Dawn’s hat

Burmy (Sandy Cloak)

Burmy (Sandy Cloak)

Burmy (Trash Cloak)

Burmy (Trash Cloak)

If you’re lucky, you might encounter the following.

Shieldon

Shieldon

If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

Part 2 – Pokémon Shining Pearl

Thursday, November 18, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Sunday, November 21, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. local time

The second half of the event is an homage to Pokémon Shining Pearl! Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup wearing white Sinnoh hats will be appearing in the wild, and that same trio wearing red Sinnoh hats will be available as Field Research encounters. If you’re lucky, you may find a Shiny Turtwig, Shiny Chimchar, or Shiny Piplup!

Wild Encounter IconWild Encounters

Pinsir

Pinsir

Misdreavus

Misdreavus

Houndour

Houndour

Spheal

Spheal

Turtwig wearing Dawn’s hat

Chimchar wearing Dawn’s hat

Piplup wearing Dawn’s hat

Bidoof

Bidoof

Kricketot

Kricketot

Buneary

Buneary

Glameow

Glameow

If you’re lucky, you might encounter the following.

Slowpoke

Slowpoke

Bagon

Bagon

Buizel

Buizel

Burmy (Sandy Cloak)

Burmy (Sandy Cloak)

If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

Raids

One-Star EggOne-Star Raids

Shieldon

Shieldon

Drifloon

Drifloon

Bronzor

Bronzor

Three-Star EggThree-Star Raids

Salamence

Salamence

Lopunny

Lopunny

Drapion

Drapion

Toxicroak

Toxicroak

Gallade

Gallade

Five-Star EggFive-Star Raids

Cresselia*

Cresselia

Mega Raid EggMega Raids

Mega Lopunny

Mega Lopunny

If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

* Cresselia caught during this period will know the Attack Grass Knot.

Eggs

The following Pokémon will be hatching from Eggs globally.

7km eggs7km Eggs

Egg

Budew

Budew

Bonsly

Bonsly

Happiny

Happiny

Mime Jr.

Mime Jr.

Riolu

Riolu

If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

:This list is organized by rarity, with one Egg icon being most common and five Egg icons being most rare.

Research IconField Research Encounters

The following Pokémon will be available to encounter when you complete Field Research tasks.

Turtwig wearing Lucas’s hat

Turtwig wearing Lucas’s hat

Chimchar wearing Lucas’s hat

Chimchar wearing Lucas’s hat

Piplup wearing Lucas’s hat

Piplup wearing Lucas’s hat

Burmy (Plant Cloak)

Burmy (Plant Cloak)

Burmy (Trash Cloak)

Burmy (Trash Cloak)

If you’re lucky, you might encounter the following.

Larvitar

Larvitar

Cranidos

Cranidos

If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

As we all eagerly await the release of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl, why not get a taste of the Sinnoh region in Pokémon GO? Hope to see you all out and about playing, Trainers!

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—The Pokémon GO team

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