Niantic Announces Animation Week, Aeroblast Lugia Finally Making Debut

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Pokemon Journeys, the current season of the mainline Pokemon Anime, is getting a tie-in with Pokemon Go, which will give us a brand new event to take part in.

Pokemon Journeys has a very unique feel to it when compared to previous seasons of the anime, as it not only features the main cast visiting all main series regions in a single series, it also features a new character named Goh, a not-so-subtle nod to Pokemon Go who catches Pokemon by throwing Pokeballs in a familiar curve-ball manner that should be familiar to all of us by this point.

Goh throwing a curveball

Animation Week

Event Start Event End
November 6, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. local time November 12, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. local time
  • World Cap Pikachu will be available and potentially shiny
  • A timed research line will be available
  • Goh may appear in snapshots
  • Avatar items based on Goh will be available in the shop
  • A unique set of Pokemon will be appearing in raids
  • A unique set of Pokemon will be appearing in the wild

A unique set of Pokemon will be hatching from 7k eggs

Aeroblast Lugia's Debut

Arguably the most exciting part of this event's announcement is the revelation of one of November's mystery raid bosses. Lugia is coming back, and this time it finally gets its signature attack: Aeroblast!

Raids Begin Raids End
November 5, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST November 16, 2020, at 1:00 p.m.

Lugia, the Flying/Psychic Type cover legendary from Pokemon Silver, was the grand unlock for Go Fest 2016, and was set to receive its signature attack during the Spring of 2020. However, this was around the time that Covid began to rise, so it's been postponed until now.

we still have no clue what this move will entail, but rest assured that we will have a full breakdown as soon as the move's stats are known!

Full Announcement

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The Animation Week 2020 event—based on Pokémon Journeys: The Series—is coming soon to Pokémon GO!

During this event, Pokémon encounters and other content with ties to the two main characters—Ash and Goh—will be available in Pokémon GO. You’ll also be able to participate in event-exclusive Timed Research inspired by the animated series’ storyline!

Date + Time

From Friday, November 6, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. to Thursday, November 12, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. local time


  • World Cap Pikachu will be appearing in the wild. Some lucky Trainers may even encounter a Shiny one!
  • From Thursday, November 5, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, November 16, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8), Lugia will be returning to five-star raids—this time with the attack Aeroblast!
  • Pokémon like Ivysaur, Pinsir, Snorlax, Golurk, and others will be appearing in raids.
  • You can look forward to encountering the following Pokémon more frequently in the wild: Bulbasaur, Exeggcute, Cubone, Scyther, Dratini, Cyndaquil, and more! If you’re lucky, you may even encounter a Shiny Cubone! *Pichu, Mantyke, Riolu, and Cubone will be hatching from 7 km Eggs. Lucky Trainers may even hatch a Shiny Cubone!
  • Take on new Timed Research inspired by multiple episodes of the ongoing series Pokémon Journeys: The Series!
  • Goh might appear in GO Snapshot! Be sure to take a snapshot during the event!
  • Goh-inspired avatar items will be available! Check out the Style Shop to get yours for free.

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—The Pokémon GO team

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