Continued Go Fest Celebrations Bring New Ultra Beasts

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Article by Brian Tein

It seems that Niantic isn't done with Go Fest yet! In a new move by the AR company behind Pokemon Go, it looks like we're getting another round of Ultra Beasts far earlier than expected.... if you live in select cities. 

Yes, more in-person events tied to a Go Fest that had a luke-warm reception at best are on their way, and each one heralds something new.

Go Fest Celebrations

Each of the three exclusive Go Fest events will feature an exclusive Ultra Beast that will only be available at these events as of now. While it hasn't been outright confirmed yet, it's overwhelmingly likely that these Ultra Beasts will be available in global raids at a later date.

Go Fest: Berlin
Location Event Start Event End Featured Pokemon
Berlin, Germany July 1, 2022 July 3, 2022 Pheromosa

Pheromosa is an interesting Pokemon for Berlin. It's got the raw power needed to become the top-DPS Bug, but it's also very, very frail. However, its frailty is also one of the big reasons that Pheromosa joining the game is good news; it's a Tier 5 that is possible to solo. Overall, an exciting Pokemon to encounter.

Go Fest: Berlin
Location Event Start Event End Featured Pokemon
Seattle, Washington July 22, 2022 July 24, 2022 Buzzwole

The Seattle Event will be broken up into a "Park Experience" and a "City Experience" depending on the time, and will feature none other than Buzzwole. It has the same typing as Pheromosa, but it's definitely more PvP-oriented thanks to its moveset, in particular.

Go Fest: Sapporo
Location Event Start Event End Featured Pokemon
Sapporo, Japan August 5, 2022 August 7, 2022 Xurkitree

Sapporo arguably won the lottery in terms of which Ultra Beast they're getting. Xurkitree is a monster of a Pokemon, rivaling even Shadow Electivire in terms of sheer power. Here's hoping that this one sees a global release ASAP!

The Beast Ball

For the second time since Pokemon Go was released, we can now look forward to the release of a new Pokeball class. Joining the Pokeball, Great Ball, Ultra Ball, and Premier Ball, is none other than the Beast Ball.

In the main series, the futuristic Beast Ball was designed specifically to catch Ultra Beasts. It had very high odds of catching any Ultra Beast that it was used against, but abysmal odds of catching anything else. While we don't have much information to go on currently, it seems likely that the Beast Ball will replace the Premier Ball for future Ultra Beast raids. If this is the case, then be sure to hold onto any Premier Ball Nihilego, as we may not get another chance for collectors to get one outside of trades.

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Ultra Wormholes are appearing in the sky, and we’ve noticed that more of them are appearing over Berlin, Seattle, and Sapporo. This can only mean one thing: more Ultra Beasts are coming!

What are Ultra Beasts?

Ultra Beasts are mysterious Pokémon originating from Ultra Space. One such Ultra Beast, Nihilego, made its first appearance during Pokémon GO Fest, but it appears that others may soon emerge...

Pokémon GO Fest events attract Ultra Beasts

Trainers attending the following Pokémon GO Fest events can expect to encounter an Ultra Beast as a part of their Special Research.

After these Ultra Beasts debut during their respective in-person Pokémon GO Fest events, they will appear globally later in the Season of GO.

Beast Balls are coming to Pokémon GO!

Cooperation breeds innovation! After working together with you to confront Nihilego,Rhi of the GO Ultra Recon Squad has created a limited number of Beast Balls—a special kind of Poké Ball—to help in-person Pokémon GO Fest attendees catch an Ultra Beast as part of Special Research during each in-person Pokémon GO Fest event.

Tickets on sale now!

Tickets to Pokémon GO Fest events across the globe are available now!**

Please note: tickets are limited and will be available for purchase while supplies last. Pokémon GO Fest attendees may only purchase tickets for one day of each event.

Trainers can also look forward to the Pokémon GO Fest finale event on August 27, 2022. More information about that event will be announced soon.

Different events, shared bonuses

Ticket-holding Trainers at each of the in-person Pokémon GO Fest locations will be able to enjoy the following bonuses during event hours on their ticketed day:

  • 1/2 Hatch Distance when Eggs are placed into Incubators during the event period.
  • Take a snapshot at the event for a surprise!
  • Event-themed Field Research will be available.
  • You’ll be able to get event-themed stickers by spinning PokéStops and opening Gifts.
  • Confetti will be appearing on the in-game map.

The following bonuses will also be available to ticket-holding Trainers at each of the in-person Pokémon GO Fest locations during event hours on their ticketed day. Trainers at the Seattle and Sapporo events will only have access to them during the park experience.

  • Four additional special trades can be made during the event for a maximum of six for the day.
  • Trades made during the event will require less Stardust.
  • Four Collection Challenges, themed to in-park habitats

More event bonuses

For ticket-holding Trainers at the Seattle and Sapporo events, the following bonuses will be available during the city experience. Ticket-holding Trainers at the Berlin event will have access to these bonuses for the duration of the event.

  • Claim up to nine total daily Raid Passes by spinning Photo Discs at Gyms.
  • Team GO Rocket balloons will be appearing more often, and defeating Team GO Rocket Grunts will earn you twice as many Mysterious Components.

Look out for these Pokémon at Pokémon GO Fest!

Ultra Beasts aren’t the only exciting Pokémon appearing during our in-person celebrations.

  • Cowboy Hat Snorlax will be appearing in the wild. Yeehaw!
  • Unown A, B, E, L, R, S, T, and U will be appearing in the wild. If you’re lucky, you might even encounter a shiny one!

Please be aware of your surroundings and follow guidelines from local health authorities when playing Pokémon GO. Upcoming events are subject to change. Be sure to follow us on social media, opt in to receiving push notifications, and subscribe to our emails to stay updated.

—The Pokémon GO team

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