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Ahead of the arrival of the much-anticipated Go Fest 2020, Niantic has outlined a new set of special challenges very much of kin to the Throwback events of recent memory.

During set periods, players will be assigned three special weekly challenges regardless of if they purchase a Go Fest ticket or not. On top of this, if a specific number of players from each of the three teams can complete these tasks in time, additional rewards will be unlocked for Go Fest 2020. During this time, we'll also see special spawns in the wild, in eggs, and in raids. Among them is Flying Pikachu, a new Pikachu variant with details that have yet to be released.

Week 1: Skill Challenge

Research Begins Research Ends
July 3, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. local time July 8, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. local time

The first week of this event coincides with the four-year anniversary of Pokemon Go's release. During this leg of the event, players will be given a 3-step set of research. Completion of this event will reward an encounter with the aforementioned Flying Pikachu, the yet-to-be-released Water/Flying Type pokemon Ducklett (don't forget to Pinap!), and a Star Piece!

Players who successfully complete the challenge will also be granted access to the GO Fest Elite Skill Challengea yet-to-be-disclosed special research line that can be completed at any time and that will not need to complete to help unlock rewards for Go Fest 2020.

To top this research off, each of the three teams will also be given a goal that must be completed in order to unlock a special spawn for Go Fest 2020.

  • Mystic: complete tasks 1,000,000 times total to unlock Alomomola
  • Valor: complete tasks 1,000,000 times total to unlock Chansey
  • Instinct: complete tasks 1,000,000 times total to unlock Chimecho

4th Anniversary Event

Niantic didn't forget! We have a new event coming in honor of Pokemon Go's 4th anniversary!

  • Flying Type Pokemon will be featured
  • Flying Type and special hat Pokemon will be more common in the wild, raids, and hatching from eggs
  • Ducklett will see its grand debut in 5k eggs and the wild
  • Flying Pikachu will be in the wild and raids, and will be available in its shiny forme
  • Special Pokemon encounters will be available via snapshots
  • The Jump Start Special Research will be making a return for those who have not yet completed it!

Ho-oh Special Raid Weekend

The Rainbow Pokemon is returning to the raid scene for a special Raid Weekend... but still no word on Sacred Fire or other special moves.

Raids Begin Raids End
July 3, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. July 6, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. local time

Week 2: Battle Challenge

Event Start Event End
July 10, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. local time July 15, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. local time

Another three-task set, and another special unlock set for Go Fest 2020 for this week, as well as some hints at something potentially special...

Completion of this week's research will grant encounters with Hitmonlee and Absol, as well as a super rocket radar! I wonder what we'll want to have that for...?  The unlocks for this week are as follows:

  • Mystic: complete tasks 1,000,000 times total to unlock Alolan Grimer
  • Valor: complete tasks 1,000,000 times total to unlock Alolan Marowak
  • Instinct: complete tasks 1,000,000 times total to unlock Ferroseed

Completion of this set will unlock the GO Fest Elite Battle Challenge, another unique challenge that can be completed at any time and does not go towards any additional unlocks.

Undisclosed Battle Event
Event Start Event End
July 12, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. local time July 12, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. local time

It's a "battle-themed event", and Niantic says to "have your Pokemon ready for battle". Also worth noting is that Niantic said that it hopes that it doesn't "take over too much of your time". Hmm, I wonder what this could mean...? Oh well, here's a likely unrelated article!

Week 3: Friendship Challenge

Event Start Event End
July 17, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. local time July 22, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. local time

The last leg of our journey will set us firmly into the realm of friendship. Let me just state this now: start saving all stickers that you may have now as they're apparently going to be a part of this week's event. For this week, we'll see a new Summer Style Pikachu in the wild and raids, and the release of Petilil! Completion of the research will grant encounters with Alolan Raichu and Petilil, as well as a Lucky Egg. And, as the previous weeks, we have more special unlocks for Go Fest:

  • Mystic: complete tasks 1,000,000 times total to unlock Dratini
  • Valor: complete tasks 1,000,000 times total to unlock Litwick
  • Instinct: complete tasks 1,000,000 times total to unlock Togetic

    ...am I the only one who feels like Go Fest might be a bit better if Instinct doesn't hit 1,000,000 in these events? Probably the weakest spawns in general my estimation (with the exception of Ferroseed), and this is coming from a day-one Instinct player! I mean, they're not bad by any stretch, just less impressive than other teams. Completion of these is the same as the previous research events: GO Fest Elite Friendship Challenge with a new set of challenges unrelated to GO Fest that can be completed at any time.

    Summer-Themed Event

    Finally, this same time-frame brings a small summer event to bring us into Go Fest 2020!

    • "Summer-themed" Pokemon will be available in the wild, in raids, and hatching from eggs. Including a Summer Style Pikachu in the wild.
    • Petilil will be available in the wild and 5k eggs when the weather is sunny. This could very well be a weather-specific Pokemon moving forward.
    • A special event snapshot encounter

    Closing

    We have a little something for everyone here! From a potential Rocket Takeover event (save those charged TMs just in case) to the return of the jumpstart research for those who have not yet completed it, it promises to be an exciting few weeks... and that's not even touching on Go Fest itself!

    Personal goals: get all of the Elite researches unlocked (and then sit on them forever), finally catch a shiny Ho-oh (highly unlikely given my unique luck), and catch some good Petilil and Ducklett (because why not?). That said, we'd love to hear what you think of this event, and what your goals are. Please let us know in the comments below!

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    Trainers,

    Whether you’re a new Trainer just starting on your adventure or an ace with years of experience, we’re all on this journey together. Thank you, Trainers, for all your hard work in becoming the very best over the last four years! Professor Willow must be proud of all of you.

    In celebration of Pokémon GO’s fourth anniversary, you’ll enjoy an exciting summer of Pokémon GO events leading up to Pokémon GO Fest 2020! All Trainers globally, regardless of whether they have a Pokémon GO Fest 2020 ticket, will be able to take part in three weekly challenges in the form of Timed Research lines. By completing these Timed Research lines, Trainers can unlock additional species of Pokémon that’ll appear during Pokémon GO Fest 2020.

    Week 1: Skill challenge and Pokémon GO’s fourth-anniversary celebration event

    The first Pokémon GO Fest weekly challenge will coincide with Pokémon GO’s fourth-anniversary celebration! In the four years since Pokémon GO was released, how have your skills improved, Trainers? Have you been keeping up with your basics? It’s time to put you to the test! This first weekly challenge will focus on catching Pokémon, so be sure to perfect your throwing technique ahead of July 3!

    During the fourth-anniversary event, special Pokémon will be appearing in the wild, hatching from Eggs, and appearing in raids—notably Flying Pikachu! If you’re lucky, you might find a Shiny Flying Pikachu!

    Date + Time Friday, July 3, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. to Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. local time

    GO Fest Weekly Challenge: Skill

    • Complete all three sets of tasks in the GO Fest Weekly Challenge: Skill Timed Research to earn an encounter with Ducklett, an encounter with Flying Pikachu, a Star Piece, and more!
    • If the following numbers of Trainers from the same team complete this Timed Research, the corresponding Pokémon will appear during Pokémon GO Fest 2020.
    • 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: Skill Timed Research, you’ll earn access to the GO Fest Elite Skill Challenge, a set of difficult tasks that you can complete to earn 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.

    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.

    Ho-Oh Special Raid Weekend

    Ho-Oh will be joining in on the festivities! You can challenge it in five-star raids from Friday, July 3, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. to Monday, July 6, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. local time. Be sure to have your Remote Raid Passes stocked—you can purchase them in the shop.

    Week 2: Battle-based challenge

    Get your Pokémon ready for battle before July 10, Trainers—the second Pokémon GO Fest weekly challenge will test your battle skills!

    Date + Time

    Friday, July 10, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. to Wednesday, July 15, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. local time

    GO Fest Weekly Challenge: Battle

    • Complete all three sets of tasks in the GO Fest Weekly Challenge: Battle Timed Research to earn an encounter with Hitmonlee, an encounter with Absol, a Super Rocket Radar, and more!
    • If the following numbers of Trainers from the same team complete their Timed Research this week, the corresponding Pokémon will appear during Pokémon GO Fest 2020.
    • 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.

    Battle-themed event

    Have your Pokémon ready for battle, Trainers! On Sunday, July 12, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. local time, there will be a battle-themed event! Hopefully it won’t take over too much of your time.

    Week 3: Friendship-based challenge

    In the third Pokémon GO Fest weekly challenge, it’ll be time to celebrate what Pokémon GO is really all about: friendship. This challenge will ask you to take a moment to appreciate your pals, like your Buddy Pokémon and fellow Trainers! Send Gifts to friends, and don’t forget to attach a Gift sticker, too—it might make your friends’ day. This challenge’s Timed Research will be available until July 22—just a few days before Pokémon GO Fest 2020 starts!

    The Timed Research will be accompanied by an event that celebrates summer! Summer Style Pikachu will be appearing in the wild and hatching from Eggs, and Petilil, the Bulb Pokémon, will be making its Pokémon GO debut.

    Date + Time

    Friday, July 17, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. to Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. local time

    GO Fest Weekly Challenge: Friendship

    • Complete all three sets of tasks in the GO Fest Weekly Challenge: Friendship Timed Research to earn an encounter with Alolan Raichu, an encounter with Petilil, a Lucky Egg, and more!
    • If the following numbers of Trainers from the same team complete their Timed Research this week, the corresponding Pokémon will appear during Pokémon GO Fest 2020.
    • 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!

    Summer-themed event features

    • 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.

    Be sure to check the Niantic blog and the Pokémon GO Fest website for more updates in the coming weeks. We can’t wait to share them all with you. Until we can all meet again in the same park and under the same sky...let’s GO!

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    —The Pokémon GO team

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