Niantic Announces Friendship Day

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We've got another one-day event on the near horizon, this time with a distinct emphasis on friendship, trading, and XP accumulation. Between huge experience gain potential and trade incentive, it should prove to be an interesting day.

Friendship Day

April 24, 2021
Event Start Event End Lucky Trade Bonus End
11:00 a.m. local time 2:00 p.m. local time 5:00 p.m. local time
  • Grass Type Pokemon will spawn more frequently
  • Trade distance increased to 40km
  • 3x Catch XP
  • Pokemon traded during the event (and until 5:00 p.m. local time) will have enhanced odds of being Lucky
  • Incense and Lures will last for 3 hours if activated during the event
  • A special Collection Challenge will be available that grants players 100,000 XP 
  • Hourly global challenges will be available that reward players 20,000 XP each

This will be a fantastic time to drop a Lucky Egg and do some grinding, so get ready to strive towards Lv.50!

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We’re excited to introduce Friendship Day, a new event that’s all about having fun with your friends and enjoying various bonuses while playing Pokémon GO. For this first Friendship Day, Grass-type Pokémon will be appearing more often in the wild. Plus, you’ll be able to complete a Collection Challenge to receive a ton of XP, and you’ll have an increased chance of receiving Lucky Pokémon when you trade with a friend!

Date + Time

Saturday, April 24, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. local time


  • Various Grass-type Pokémon will be appearing more often in the wild.
  • Complete the Friendship Day Collection Challenge before the event concludes to earn 100,000 XP!
  • Take part in the Friendship Day Global Challenge! For each hourly challenge you complete, you’ll earn 20,000 XP!
  • Green confetti will be appearing on the map in celebration of Grass-type Pokémon!


  • You’ll have an increased chance of receiving a Lucky Pokémon when you complete a trade with a friend. Please note that this bonus will be active until 5:00 p.m. local time on the day of the event.
  • Trade distance will be increased to 40 km.
  • A 3× Catch XP bonus will be active.
  • Incense activated during the event will last for three hours.
  • Lures activated during the event will last for three hours.

Be sure to share your adventures with us on social media using #PokemonGOfriend! We can’t wait to see what Pokémon you and your friends catch and trade together during Friendship Day.

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. For the latest on in-game events and feature updates, be sure to check this help center article.

—The Pokémon GO team

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