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Ultra Unlock: Space and Ultra Unlock: Time Details Revealed

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The Ultra Unlocks for Go Fest were initially given no context beyond small hints and confirmation that we'd managed to score the unlocks during the event. But now we have official confirmation of what these events will entail.

Ultra Unlock 1: Time

Event Start Event End
July 23, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time August 3, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. local time
  • A special selection of Pokemon will be spawning in the wild
  • Shieldon and Cranidos will have their shiny formes released, alongside their evolutions, Bastiodon and Rampardos.
  • A special selection of Pokemon will be hatching from 7k eggs
  • A special selection of Pokemon will be available in raids. One of them will be Unown in its "U" forme.
  • A special research line will be made available
  • Last, and far from least, Dialga will be returning to Five Star raids, with its Shiny Forme available for the first time!

Ultra Unlock 2: Space

Event Start Event End
August 6, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time August 20, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time
  • A special selection of Pokemon will be appearing in raids, including Kangaskhan and Heracross in three star raids world-wide, as well as both variants of Shellos!
  • Heracross will also have its shiny forme be made available
  • A special selection of Pokemon will be appearing in the wild, including both Heatmor and Durant, as well as both variants of Basculin!
  • A special selection of Pokemon will be hatching from 7k eggs
  • A special research line will be made available
  • Finally, Palkia will be returning to Five Star raids!

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Trainers,

Incredible work completing all 24 challenges in the Global Challenge Arena during Pokémon GO Fest 2021! As is tradition with Pokémon GO Fest events, we’re excited to unveil more details on this year’s Ultra Unlock bonus events.

As you know, the Mythical Pokémon Hoopa appeared during Pokémon GO Fest 2021 just the other day. Hoopa seemed intent on causing mischief and summoned all kinds of Legendary Pokémon to raids! That mischief is continuing even now, and it seems the Legendary Pokémon Dialga and Palkia will be summoned to raids next! Keep an eye on how time and space are distorted by the appearance of each of these Legendary Pokémon. There’s still no sign of Hoopa reappearing, but we’ll continue to monitor the situation. For now, read on to learn about what awaits you in Parts 1 and 2 of this year’s Ultra Unlock!

Ultra Unlock Part 1: Time

The flow of time has been disrupted! Dialga will be appearing in five-star raids, and Pokémon from various eras will be appearing more often. Look forward to encountering formerly fossilized Pokémon like Cranidos and Shieldon—if you’re lucky, you might even encounter a Shiny Cranidos or a Shiny Shieldon!

Ultra Unlock Part 1: Time will run from Friday, July 23, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Tuesday, August 3, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. local time.

Features

  • The following Pokémon will be appearing in raids from Friday, July 23, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Friday, August 6, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time:
    • Dialga will be appearing in five-star raids. If you’re lucky, you might find a Shiny Dialga!
    • Magneton, Aerodactyl, Porygon2, and Golurk will be appearing in three-star raids.
    • Unown U, Cranidos, Shieldon, Bronzor, and Klink will be appearing in one-star raids. If you’re lucky, you might find a Shiny Unown U!
  • The following Pokémon will be appearing more frequently in the wild: Voltorb, Porygon, Omanyte, Kabuto, Baltoy, Cranidos, Shieldon, and more. If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny Cranidos or a Shiny Shieldon!
  • The following Pokémon will be hatching from 7 km Eggs: Omanyte, Kabuto, Aerodactyl, Lileep, Anorith, Cranidos, and Shieldon.
  • Complete Timed Research for a chance to earn encounters with certain event-themed Pokémon! This Timed Research will be available from Friday, July 23, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Tuesday, August 3, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. local time. There will also be themed Field Research available at PokéStops throughout the event.

Ultra Unlock Part 2: Space

It appears space will be distorted as well, causing Pokémon from various places to appear where they usually don’t! Look forward to seeing Palkia appearing in five-star raids, Heatmor and Durant appearing in the wild, and more. Heracross will also be appearing globally for the first time in three-star raids—if you’re lucky, you might even encounter a Shiny Heracross!

Ultra Unlock Part 2: Space will run from Friday, August 6, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Tuesday, August 17, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. local time.

Features

  • The following Pokémon will be appearing in raids from Friday, August 6, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Friday, August 20, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time:
    • Palkia will be appearing in five-star raids. If you’re lucky, you might find a Shiny Palkia!
    • Alakazam, Kangaskhan, and Heracross will be appearing in three-star raids. If you’re lucky, you might find a Shiny Kangaskhan or a Shiny Heracross!
    • Unown U, West Sea and East Sea Shellos, Elgyem, and Espurr will be appearing in one-star raids. If you’re lucky, you might find a Shiny Unown U!
  • The following Pokémon will be appearing more frequently in the wild: Clefairy, Munna, Red-Striped and Blue-Striped Basculin, Elgyem, Heatmor, Durant, and more!
  • The following regional-exclusive Pokémon will be hatching from 7 km Eggs: West Sea and East Sea Shellos, Red-Striped and Blue-Striped Basculin, Heatmor, and Durant.
  • Complete Timed Research to earn encounters with certain event-themed Pokémon! This Timed Research will be available from Friday, August 6, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Tuesday, August 17, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. local time. There will also be themed Field Research available at PokéStops throughout the event.

Ultra Unlock Part Three: ??? will run from Friday, August 20, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Tuesday, August 31, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. local time. What will happen once Parts 1 and 2 are over? Will these abnormal events continue to happen? What awaits us during Part 3? Stay tuned!

Thanks again to all the Trainers who participated in this global challenge. Let’s enjoy these bonuses and look forward to next year’s Pokémon GO Fest, and all the adventures in between!

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—The Pokémon GO team

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