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Ultra Unlock 3 Revealed, The Galar Region is Coming to Pokemon Go

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The Final Ultra Unlock, an event that Niantic has quietly hyped up for the past few weeks, is finally revealed! As has been tradition since the start of the game, a new year is bringing a new region in its wake, and this time we're about to enter the realm of none other than Alol-...I mean, Galar. 

That's right; we're jumping straight into the latest generation of Pokemon Go. While this may be a temporary trek with limited new Pokemon, it's still potentially exciting!

Ultra Unlock Part 3: Sword and Shield

Event Start Event End
August 20, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time August 31, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. local time
  • A number of Pokemon originating in or somehow related to the Galar region will be available in the wild
  • A special selection of Pokemon will be hatching from 7k eggs
  • Galarian Meowth, Galarian Farfetch'd, Galarian Weezing, and Galarian Stunfisk will be have their Shiny formes available
  • A timed research line will be available that rewards encounters with Pokemon from Galar
  • Special field research will be available that rewards encounters with Pokemon from Galar
  • Galar-themed Avatar Items and Stickers will be available
  • Zacian and Zamazenta, the Legendary Duo of the Galar region, will be available in raids in their "Hero of Many Battles" forme for the first time!

Yes, this is definitely a big deal. However! don't get too excited yet! These are not the forms that we're hoping for. "Hero of Many Battles" is the base form of these two Pokemon. Their real power comes in the form of their "Crowned" formes. We will have more information on these Pokemon in an upcoming article!

Scheduled Raids

Each week of this event has a specific set of raids planned. In order to best plan out the event, take a look at what will be available:

Week 1

Raids Start Raids End
August 20, 2021 August 26, 2021

Week 2

Raids Start Raids End
August 26, 2021 September 1, 2021

What About Hoopa?

Because of the theming of Pokemon Go Fest 2021, many players were fully expecting to see Hoopa take center stage during the final Ultra Unlock, especially after it somewhat upstaged poor Meloetta during what was supposed to be its time in the spotlight. Well, as has been stated in previous announcements, Hoopa is behind this paradigm shift as far as the in-game story is concerned, and will likely be involved in future events and changes as well.

I've got to admit; this is a cute use of a Mythical Pokemon in a manner that seems very on-brand for its characterization and powers. This may not be the first time that Niantic has tried to make the game feel as though different events and changed in-game were related via some common thread, but it's the first time that it actually feels a bit more cohesive and natural. Kudos on this story thread.

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Trainers,

Hoopa’s mischief from Pokémon GO Fest 2021 continues with the final part of our Ultra Unlock event—Part 3: Sword and Shield! No one could have predicted that Pokémon originally discovered in the Galar region of Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield would be making their Pokémon GO debuts!

The final part of this year’s Ultra Unlock will feature the Pokémon GO debuts of two Legendary Pokémon first found in the Galar region, Zacian and Zamazenta, in their Hero of Many Battles forms! It appears that the one who brought them to Pokémon GO was none other than Hoopa, which recently caused mischief during Pokémon GO Fest 2021. Alongside them, Skwovet, Greedent, Wooloo, Dubwool, and Falinks will be arriving in Pokémon GO. If you’re lucky, you might even find a Shiny Galarian Meowth, a Shiny Galarian Farfetch’d, a Shiny Galarian Weezing, or a Shiny Galarian Stunfisk!

Date + Time

Friday, August 20, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Tuesday, August 31, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. local time

Features

  • Skwovet and Wooloo will be appearing more frequently in the wild! You can also look forward to finding Galarian Darumaka, Trubbish, and more! If you’re lucky, you might encounter Falinks!
  • The following Pokémon will be hatching from 7 km Eggs: Galarian Meowth, Galarian Ponyta, Galarian Slowpoke, Galarian Farfetch’d, Galarian Zigzagoon, Galarian Darumaka, and Galarian Stunfisk.
  • If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny Galarian Meowth, Shiny Galarian Farfetch'd, Shiny Galarian Weezing, or Shiny Galarian Stunfisk! See below for when some of these Pokémon will be appearing in raids during the event.
  • Complete event-exclusive Timed Research for a chance to encounter Pokémon first discovered in the Galar region!
  • Get themed Field Research tasks from PokéStops. If you complete Field Research, you may encounter Skwovet, Wooloo, or Falinks.
  • Starting on Thursday, August 19, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7), uniforms that appear in the Galar region will be available as avatar items in Pokémon GO! Pick up the Gym Challenger Uniform avatar item for free, which is worn by Pokémon Trainers challenging Gyms in the Galar region. If you want to show off your Dragon-type or Dark-type pride, you can purchase Dragon-Type Sport Uniform and Dark-Type Sport Uniform avatar items in the shop.
  • Starting on Friday, August 20, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time, event-exclusive Gift stickers will also be available! Pick them up in the shop or by spinning Photo Discs at PokéStops and Gyms.

In addition, you can look forward to challenging different Pokémon in raids during each week of the event.

Week 1 raids

The following Pokémon will be appearing in raids from Friday, August 20, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Thursday, August 26, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.

  • Galarian Slowpoke, Galarian Farfetch’d, Unown U, and Galarian Zigzagoon will be appearing in one-star raids. If you’re lucky, you might find a Shiny Galarian Farfetch'd or a Shiny Unown U!
  • Galarian Weezing, Lapras, and Falinks will be appearing in three-star raids. If you’re lucky, you might find a Shiny Galarian Weezing!
  • Zacian in its Hero of Many Battles form will be appearing in five-star raids. You can also look out for a Raid Hour event featuring Zacian happening on Wednesday, August 25, 2021, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time.
  • Mega Beedrill will be appearing in Mega Raids. Mega Evolve Beedrill for an advantage against Zacian in its Hero of Many Battles form!

Week 2 raids

The following Pokémon will be appearing in raids from Thursday, August 26, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Wednesday, September 1, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.

  • Galarian Meowth, Galarian Ponyta, Unown U, and Galarian Darumaka will be in one-star raids.
  • Snorlax, Galarian Stunfisk, and Falinks will be appearing in three-star raids.
  • Zamazenta in its Hero of Many Battles form will be appearing in five-star raids. Look out for a Bonus Raid Hour featuring Zamazenta happening on Monday, August 30, 2021, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time.
  • Mega Pidgeot will be appearing in Mega Raids. Mega Evolve Pidgeot for an advantage against Zamazenta in its Hero of Many Battles form!

What’s Hoopa up to now? We’re not sure, Trainers, but we’ll keep up our research and report any findings as soon as we can. Until then, look forward to Pokémon originally discovered in Galar coming to Pokémon GO!

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—The Pokémon GO team

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