Jirachi Special Research Available in Pokemon GO Now, Ultra Bonuses Confirmed

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Available Now: Jirachi

On August 20th, 2019, Niantic officially announced the arrival of Jirachi to global servers. 

An announcement last week had confirmed that new information regarding the Ultra Bonus Unlock would be available on August 20th. We received that information today at 7 PM CST, only four hours after players expected it(previous hype countdown tweets were posted at 3 PM CST for several days). 

Jirachi is, after all, a Pokemon that appears in the night sky!

Players can expect to find the steps of the Special Research, titled A Thousand Year Slumber, on our Research Tasks List at the link below. 

Ultra Bonus Unlock Full Details

The full details of the Ultra Bonus Unlocks for September have been officially confirmed!

Week 1: September 2nd to September 9th, 2019

  • Unown U, L, T, R, A available in 10km eggs 
  • Legendary Beasts available in Raids
  • Shiny Sentret and Gligar available
  • 2x incubator effectiveness(10 km eggs take only 5 km)

Week 2: September 9th to September 16th, 2019

  • Farfetch'd, Kangaskhan, Tauros, and Mr. Mime available in 7km eggs with shinies available
  • All Deoxys forms available in raids
  • Psychic-type counters available as lower-tier raid bosses
  • 2x incubator effectiveness(7 km eggs take only 3.5 km)

Week 3: September 16th to September 23rd, 2019

    • Mewtwo with Psystrike available in raids
    • Shiny Mewtwo available
    • Klink, Patrat, and LIillipup available in their shiny forms
    • 2x incubator effectiveness

    See below for the full details.

    Full Announcement Text


    Congratulations! With all your hard work in successfully completing all three parts of the Global Challenge, you’ve unlocked the Ultra Bonus! We’re excited to finally reveal the details of what’s in store for you during the three weeks of this event.

    Week 1: Johto Journey
    Trainers can enjoy a chance to work on their Johto Pokédex while exploring and raiding. Put on your walking shoes, as Pokémon never before seen in Eggs in Pokémon GO will be hatching during this time.

    Date + Time
    September 2, 2019, at 1 p.m. to September 9, 2019, at 1 p.m. PDT


    • If you’re extraordinarily lucky, you might hatch Unown forms U, L, T, R, and A from 10 km Eggs.
    • Raikou, Entei, and Suicune will return to raids, along with other Johto Pokémon.
    • If you’re lucky, you might encounter Shiny Sentret and Shiny Gligar!


    • 2× Incubator effectiveness

    Week 2: Global Challenge, Global Hatches
    Pokémon from across the globe will join in the celebration this week, along with a special appearance by a Mythical Pokémon that will be available to challenge in raids.

    Date + Time
    September 9, 2019, at 1 p.m. to September 16, 2019, at 1 p.m. PDT


    • Regional Pokémon Farfetch’d, Kangaskhan, Mr. Mime, and Tauros will hatch from 7 km Eggs. If you’re lucky, you might hatch Shiny ones! These Pokémon will remain available from Eggs until the end of week 3—September 23, 2019, at 1 p.m. PDT.
    • All Deoxys forms will make their first appearances outside EX Raids.
    • Need a good team to take on Deoxys? Other Pokémon appearing in raids will help you build a good team to challenge the DNA Pokémon.


    • 2× Incubator effectiveness

    Week 3: A Unova Unveiling
    All your research has paid off! Professor Willow has informed us that some Pokémon originally discovered in the Unova region are now appearing in the world of Pokémon GO!

    Date + Time
    September 16, 2019, at 1 p.m. to September 23, 2019, at 1 p.m. PDT


    • Mewtwo with the special move Psystrike will be available to challenge in five-star raids. If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny Mewtwo!
    • Need a good team to take on Mewtwo? Other Pokémon appearing in raids will help you build a good team to challenge the Genetic Pokémon.
    • The Gear Pokémon Klink, originally discovered in Unova, will also appear in raids. You might even encounter a Shiny Klink!
    • You may also find Shiny Patrat and Shiny Lillipup!


    • 2× Incubator effectiveness

    Jirachi Has Awoken!
    We’re excited to announce that Jirachi is now available for all Trainers via Special Research!

    For those who have already completed the exclusive Pokémon GO Fest Special Research and have caught the Wish Pokémon, completing this new Special Research will earn you Candy to power up your Jirachi.

    On behalf of Professor Willow and the team leaders, thank you for tackling the Global Challenge with such electrifying, cool-headed, and fiery passion. Even if we have our team allegiances, we’ll always be bonded by our shared love of Pokémon. When we work together, anything is possible!

    Now...who’s ready to experience a taste of Unova for the very first time in Pokémon GO?

    —The Pokémon GO team

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    David Teraoka is the news editor for GamePress News. He has been a contributor, manager, and editor for GamePress since 2017. Vinyl collector and lover of all games. From HI.