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Niantic Announces the Johto Celebration

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Article by Brian Tien

Unova, Sinnoh, Hoenn... I guess that it's time for Johto!

The Johto Celebration is the last step towards the thoroughly hyped up Kanto Celebration, and this one is actually fairly exciting! Between the re-release of several old Community Day moves and the return of the Legendary Beasts, this could be an interesting event for many players.

Johto Celebration Event
Event Start Event End
January 26, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time January 31, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. local time
  • A special selection of Pokemon that originated in Johto will spawn more frequently in the wild
  • A special selection of Pokemon that originated in Johto will be hatching from 5km eggs
  • Shiny Miltank will be released
  • A special selection of Pokemon that originated in Johto appear in raids
  • Event-exclusive research that rewards items and encounters with Pokemon that originated in the Johto region will be available
  • A special collection challenge will be available, involving the following Pokemon:
  • Pokemon that originated in the Johto Region and had Community Days in 2018 will be able to learn their special moves during this event!

Event Move: Frenzy Plant

Event Move: Blast Burn

Event Move: Dragon Pulse

Event Move: Smack Down

To top this all off, the Legendary Beasts of Generation 2 are making their return, roaming across the land as raid bosses for a limited time.

Raid Boss Raids Start Raids End
Entei January 26, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time January 31, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.
Raikou January 31, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time February 4, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.
Suicune February 4, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time February 9, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.

So these were apparently the unannounced raid bosses that were teased at the start of the month? Not particularly exciting, but at least it gives us a chance to farm a bit of XL candy if we're so inclined?

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Trainers,

Today we’re excited to announce that Johto will be the next region featured in our countdown celebration! Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto is right around the corner!

Date + Time

Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Sunday, January 31, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. local time

Features

  • Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Totodile, Mareep, Hoppip, Aipom, Sunkern, Yanma, Murkrow, Gligar, Snubbull, Slugma, Miltank, and more will be appearing more frequently in the wild. If you’re extremely lucky, you might encounter a Shiny Miltank!
  • The following Pokémon will be hatching from 5 km Eggs: Pichu, Cleffa, Igglybuff, Wooper, Tyrogue, Smoochum, and Larvitar.
  • Enjoy event-exclusive Field Research tasks that reward Stardust and lead to encounters with Pokémon such as Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Totodile, Chinchou, Mareep, Sudowoodo, and Miltank.
  • The following Pokémon will be appearing in raids.
  • Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Totodile, Mareep, Marill, and Larvitar will be appearing in one-star raids.
  • Togetic, Espeon, Umbreon, Skarmory, and Miltank will be appearing in three-star raids.
  • Complete the Johto-themed Collection Challenge during the event by collecting Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Totodile, Sudowoodo, Sunkern, Murkrow, Smeargle, Miltank, and Larvitar to receive 15 Poké Balls, 10 Ultra Balls, and an Incense. Head on over to the Today View to track your progress!
  • Get Pokémon that know exclusive attacks from 2018 Community Day events! If you evolve the following Pokémon during the event, their Evolution will know an exclusive attack.
  • Evolve Bayleef (the evolved form of Chikorita) to get a Meganium that knows Frenzy Plant.
  • Evolve Quilava (the evolved form of Cyndaquil) to get a Typhlosion that knows Blast Burn.
  • Evolve Flaaffy (the evolved form of Mareep) to get an Ampharos that knows Dragon Pulse.
  • Evolve Pupitar (the evolved form of Larvitar) to get a Tyranitar that knows Smack Down.

In addition, Entei, Raikou, and Suicune will be appearing in five-star raids at different times during and after the Johto Celebration event!

  • Entei will be appearing in five-star raids from Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Sunday, January 31, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.
  • Raikou will be appearing in five-star raids from Sunday, January 31, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Thursday, February 4, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.
  • Suicune will be appearing in five-star raids from Thursday, February 4, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Tuesday, February 9, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.

Up next: Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto! Tickets are now available in the shop. For more details on this special event, be sure to read the blog post here.

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—The Pokémon GO team

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