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Pikachu festive

A Festive Pikachu is an event-exclusive; costumed Pokémon.

Events are either in-game or both in-game and real-world celebrations for special occasions. During them, there are various, temporal changes to the game including various bonuses and perks for trainers.

Events usually last a week or two and grant trainers a chance to complete their Pokédex by increasing the chance of acquiring rare Pokémon. Trainers may also see an increased spawn-rate of Pokémon in wild, more probable eggs hatchlings or generally receive more items, XP, Stardust, or candies.

During some events members of Pikachu family (Pichu, Pikachu and Raichu) and other Pokémon can be caught or hatched wearing event-themed hats.

2016

There were 5 in-game events in 2016. 4 of them were worldwide available and one was exclusive event for Japan.

Name Features
Halloween
Oct 26th - Nov 1st

x2 catch, hatch and transfer Candy
x1/4 Buddy distance
Increased wild Ghost and "spooky"-themed Pokémon

Daily Bonus Celebration
Nov 7th - 11th

More spawns around PokéStops
More Items from PokéStops

Lapras Event
Nov 11th - 23rd

The first regional event
Japan-exclusive event
Increased wild Lapras in parts of the coastal regions

Thanksgiving
Nov 23rd - 30th

Double XP and Stardust

Holiday
Dec 25th - Jan 3rd

Once Egg Incubator from PokéStops per day
1-hour Lure Modules
Increased spawns of Kanto-region Starter Pokémon family in the wild
Introduction of Event Pokémon and shop special offers
Introduction of Pikachu in Holiday hat (available in the wild)

2017

There were 20 events that occurred in 2017.

Name Features
Valentine's Day
Feb 8 - 15

x2 catch, hatch and transfer Candy
x1/2 Buddy distance
1-hour Lure Modules
Increased wild spawns and Egg hatchlings of pink Pokémon (e.g. Clefairy, Jigglypuff, Slowpoke and Exeggcute)

Pokémon Day
Feb 26 - Mar 6
Release of Pikachu in party hat

Increased spawns of costumed Pikachu in wild

Snorlax Event
Mar 4 - 13

Japan-exclusive
Increased spawns of Snorlax in wild

Water Festival
Mar 22 - 29

Increased spawns of Water-type Pokémon in wild
Introduction of the very first Shiny Pokémon to the game
Release of following Shiny Pokémon: Magikarp and Gyarados

Eggstravaganza
Apr 13 - 20

x2 XP
Increased hatch Candy
More Pokémon in 2-km Eggs

Golden Week
Apr 29 - May 7

Japan-exclusive
PokéStops located at every McDonald's were lured from 6:00 AM until midnight

Grass Weekend
May 5 - 9

6-hour Lure Modules
Increased wild Grass-type Pokémon

Adventure Week
May 18 - 25

x1/4 Buddy distance
Increased wild Rock-type Fossil Pokémon

Solstice Week
Jun 13 - 22

x3 catch and hatch XP
Increased wild Fire- and Ice-type Pokémon

Pikachu Meet & Greet
Jun 17 - 30

Pikachu at Unibail-Rodamco shopping centers across Europe

1st Anniversary
Jul 6 - Jul 27

Release of Pikachu in Ash Ketchum cat
Increased spawns of costumed Pikachu in wild

Pokémon GO Fest
Jul 22

Introduction of Legendary Pokémon to the game
Release of Articuno and Lugia

Chester Heritage Festival
Jul 22 - 23
Pikachu Outbreak
Aug 9 - 15

Pokémon GO Park and Pokémon GO Stadium took place
Release of following Shiny Pokémon: Pikachu, Raichu and Pichu.
Early release of Mewtwo in the event raids.

Pokémon World Championships 2017
Aug 18 - 20

Increased Tauros, Kangaskhan and Unown in forms of letters that spell "Worlds" around Anaheim Convention Center

Equinox
Sep 22 - Oct 3
x2 catch and hatch Stardust
x3 new Pokédex XP
Special Pokémon in Eggs
Halloween
Oct 20 - Nov 2

x2 catch, hatch and transfer Candy
x1/2 Buddy distance
Increased spawns in wild of Ghost- and Dark-type Pokémon
Release of Hoenn-region Pokémon (Shuppet, Duskull and Sableye families)
Release of following Shiny Pokémon: Shuppet, Banette, Duskull, Dusclops and Sableye
Release of Pikachu in Witch Hat
Increased spawns of costumed Pikachu in wild

Pokémon GO Week in Korea
Nov 10 - 12
Global Catch Challenge
Nov 20 - 26

Series of bonuses
Farfetch'd available worldwide
Kangaskhan available in Farfetch'd region

Holiday
Dec 21 - Jan 4

1 Egg Incubator per day
6-hour Lure Modules
Increased wild Ice-type Pokémon
Release of Delibird and aquatic-themed Hoenn-region Pokémon
Release of following Shiny Pokémon: Snorunt and Glalie
Release of Pikachu in Holiday hat
Increased spawns of costumed Pikachu in wild

2018

There were 30 events during 2018.

Name Features New Pokémon
Hoenn Pokémon Eggs
Jan 23 - Feb 1
Only Hoenn Pokémon from Eggs
Hoenn Celebration
Feb 9 - 13
6-hour Lure Modules
Only Hoenn Pokémon in wild
Swablu shiny Altaria shiny
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Valentine's Day
Feb 13 - 15
x3 catch Stardust for Chansey and Luvdisc
Increased wild Chansey and Luvdisc
Luvdisc shiny
Lunar New Year
Feb 15 - 17
x3 catch Stardust for event spawns
Increased wild canine-like Pokémon
Poochyena shiny Mightyena shiny
Pokémon Day
Feb 26 - 28
x3 catch Stardust for Pikachu
Increased wild Pikachu
Pichu party Pikachu party shiny Raichu party shiny Pichu party shiny
Legendary Week
Feb 23 - Mar 16
Weather Trio in raid
Pokémon prefer windy weather in Eggs
Eggstravaganza
Mar 22 - Apr 2
x2 Stardust
Bonus hatch Candy
Only 2-km Eggs from PokéStops
Pokémon normally in 5/10-km Eggs could be in 2-km Eggs
Magmar shiny Togepi shiny Togetic shiny Wobbuffet shiny Magby shiny Wynaut shiny
April Fools' Day
Mar 31 - Apr 7
Pokémon 3D models changed to 8-bit sprites
Increased wild Murkrow
Murkrow shiny
Slowpoke Prefecture
Mar 31 - Apr 1
Kagawwa, Japan-exclusive
"Udon Prefecture", was renamed to the "Slowpoke (Yadon) Prefecture"
Increased wild Slowpoke
Kanto Celebration
April 10 - 17
x2 Candy for all actions
x1/2 Buddy distance
6-hour Lure Modules
Increased wild and raid Kanto Pokémon
Earth Day
Apr 22 - 30
x3 catch Stardust for Grass-, Water- and Ground-type Pokémon
Increased wild Grass, Water- and Ground-type Pokémon
Wailmer shiny Wailord shiny
Battle Showdown
May 1 - 14
x2 XP for Gym and Raid Battle
3000 Stardust and at least 1 Rare Candy from raid
x2 Gym Badges multipler
Increased wild and raid Fighting-type Pokémon
Makuhita shiny Hariyama shiny Meditite shiny Medicham shiny
Adventure Week
May 24 - Jun 5
x1/4 Buddy distance
x2 spin XP (x10 if new)
Increased wild, raid and research Rock-type Pokémon
Omanyte shiny Omastar shiny Kabuto shiny Kabutops shiny Aerodactyl shiny
Water Festival
Jun 7 - 21
x3 catch Stardust for Water-type Pokémon
x2 hatch Candy and Stardust
Increased wild, Egg, raid and research Water-type Pokémon
Shellder shiny Cloyster shiny Kyogre shiny
Global Challenge
Jun 30 - Sep 10
Series of events:
Dortmund Safari Zone
Pokémon GO Fest 2018
Yokosuka Safari Zone
Special Raid Challenge of Legendary Birds
Articuno shiny Zapdos shiny Moltres shiny
2nd Anniversary
Jul 5 - 31
Increased wild Pikachu Pikachu summer Raichu summer Pichu summer
Pokémon GO Fest
Jul 14 - 15
Early access to Celebi Unown ? Celebi Plusle shiny Minun shiny
Special Trading Event
Aug 2 - 20
Trading 25% discount
x3 new Pokédex XP
3 extra Candies per trade
Johto Festival
Aug 20 - 28
Worldwide Celebi
Increased wild, raid and research Johto Pokémon
Natu shiny Xatu shiny Sunkern shiny Sunflora shiny Pineco shiny Forretress shiny
Ultra Bonus Event
Sep 13 - 30
Mewtwo in normal raid
Kanto region-exclusive Pokémon in 7-km Eggs
Increased wild and raid Kanto Pokémon
Geodude shiny Graveler shiny Golem shiny Grimer shiny Muk shiny
Pokémon GO Week in Korea
Sep 14 - 26
Hiroshi Fujiwara outfits
Oct 5 - 7
Increased wild Pikachu
Designed by Japanese streetwear designer Hiroshi Fujiwara
Fragment line caps and T-shirts released
Pikachu fragment Raichu fragment Pikachu fragment shiny Raichu fragment shiny
Psychic Spectacular
Oct 5 - 14
Increased wild, raid and research Psychic-type Pokémon Drowzee shiny Hypno shiny
Female Day
Oct 11 - 12
Increased wild female only, higher female ratio Pokémon and Pokémon with gender differences Nidoran♀ shiny Nidorina shiny Nidoqueen shiny
Halloween
Oct 23 - Nov 1
x2 catch Candy
Increased wild, raid and research Ghost- and Dark-type Pokémon
A Spooky Message Special Research
Drifloon Drifblim Stunky Skuntank Spiritomb Giratina Pikachu witch shiny Raichu witch shiny Pichu witch shiny Drifloon shiny Drifblim shiny
Ingress Prime Celebration
Nov 5 - 7
Celebrate launch of Ingress Prime
Increased wild Ponyta and Cubone
Ponyta shiny Rapidash shiny Cubone shiny Marowak shiny Marowak alolan shiny
Stardust Blast
Nov 6 - 13
x2 catch and hatch Stardust
Hatchathon
Nov 14 - 27
Increased Pokémon with evolved forms from Sinnoh region in 2-km Eggs Electabuzz shiny Elekid shiny Electivire shiny
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Let's Go Celebration
Nov 16 - 27
Celebrate launch of Pokémon Let's Go
Increased wild and research Kanto Pokémon
Let's Go, Meltan Special Research
Meltan Melmetal Raichu alolan shiny Magnemite shiny Magneton shiny
Holiday
Dec 18 - Jan 2
1 Egg Incubator per day
Series of bonuses
Increased wild and raid Ice-type Pokémon
Pikachu festive shiny Raichu festive shiny Pichu festive shiny Marill shiny Azumarill shiny Delibird shiny Azurill shiny
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2019

There were 34 events during 2019.

Hatchathon

Main article: Hatchathon

Adventure Sync Hatchathon took place from January 2nd to January 15th, 2019. Trainers are more likely to receive 5 and 10-km Eggs from PokéStops and Gyms. The Candy and Stardust awarded from Eggs are doubled.

Hoenn Celebration

Main article: Hoenn Celebration 2019

This Hoenn-themed event took place from January 15th to January 29th, 2019. It included more Hoenn spawns, Hoenn Pokémon from 7-km Eggs, return of Kyogre and Groudon, new research tasks and more.

Lunar New Year

Main article: Lunar New Year 2019

The in-game event celebrating the Lunar New Year took place between February 4th and 13th, 2019. Pokémon resembling Chinese zodiac increased spawns in wild. Shiny Spoink was released to celebrate Year of the Pig.

Friendship event

From February 8th to 11th, 2019, there was a mini-event featuring extra bonuses of friendship. The friendship meter increased twice as fast. All trades gave double candies and reduced half amount of Stardust.[1]

Valentine's Day

Main article: Valentine's Day 2019

The third Valentine's Day event lasted from February 13th to 21st, 2019. There was highly increased chance of pink Pokémon in the wild, Eggs and Raid Battles and given double candy reward.

Pokémon Day

Main article: Pokémon Day 2019

The third event for the celebration of the anniversary of the Pokémon franchise took place between February 26th and February 28th, 2019. During the event there was increased spawns of Kanto Pokémon. Pikachu and Eevee family members (except Pichu) wearing flower crowns were obtainable with their shiny variants.

Battle Showdown

Main article: Battle Showdown 2019

Battle Showdown returned in March. Similarly, Fighting-type Pokémon increased spawn rate and the rewards from Gym, Raid and Trainer Battle were increased.

Equinox

Main article: Equinox 2019

This event took place from March 19th to 26th, 2019 to celebrate Equinox and for this time, Grass-type Pokémon increased spawn rate and were featured in Raid Battles and Field Researches. Lunatone and Solrock switched their places.

Bug Out

Main article: Bug Out

Bug Out was a new event increasing spawn rate of Bug-type Pokémon which took place from April 2nd to 9th, 2019. The duration of Incense was doubled and more Pokémon appeared from it.

Eggstravaganza

Main article: Eggstravaganza 2019

One year later, another Easter holiday celebration event took place from April 16th to 23rd, 2019. More 2-km Eggs were obtainable from PokéStops which could hatch Baby Pokémon that were normally hatching from 7-km Eggs. Moreover, trainers received double Candy for each hatched Pokémon. Egg Incubators effectiveness and duration of Lucky Egg were doubled.

Earth Day

Main article: Earth Day 2019

Earth Day was celebrated in Pokémon GO again. As enough Trainers had globally attended and partaken in the cleanup efforts, they unlocked double Stardust and Candy for catching specific event spawn Pokémon from April 29th to May 2nd, 2019. Groudon returned as well.

Detective Pikachu Celebration‎‎

Main article: Detective Pikachu Celebration‎‎

As the live-action film Pokémon: Detective Pikachu was near release, the game held a special event about it from May 7th to 17th, 2019. Select Pokémon featured in the movie appeared more in wild, raids, and research tasks. There was a chance to be photobombed by a Pikachu wearing a detective hat.

Extraordinary Raid Week‎‎

Main article: Extraordinary Raid Week‎‎

Multiple special Raid Bosses were available in this event from May 21st to 28th.

Summer Snooze

Main article: Summer Snooze‎‎

From May 28th to June 3rd, sleeping Snorlax were in the wild with exclusive move Yawn. This event is a promotion to an upcoming application Pokémon Sleep.

Adventure Week

Main article: Adventure Week 2019

This event occurred between June 4th and June 11th, 2019. This year featured more Rock-themed spawns, Eggs, Raid Bosses and research tasks.

Pokémon GO Fest

Main article: Pokémon GO Fest 2019

This year Pokémon GO Fest consisted of three locations: Chicago, Dortmund and Yokohama. During the festival attendants could access exclusive Special Research tasks which rewarded them with Jirachi encounter. There were also different groups of Pokémon with the increased spawnrate during the events.

Global Challenge

Main article: Global Challenge 2019

Similar to last year, Global Challenge were divided into three parts and each of them was related to each GO Fest. During the events there were "Global Research tasks" for player community with established amount of Research Tasks to be done by specific teams. Shiny Legendary Beasts were the rewards of each part. For completing each all tasks there were special bonus rewards that would be available worldwide.

3rd Anniversary

Main article: 3rd Anniversary

3rd Anniversary was a long event. Trainers can enjoy the Jump-Start Research, bonuses in Raid Battle and trading until September 2nd. There was increased spawnrate of some Alolan Pokémon and party hat Pikachu was available in GO Snapshot in a short period. All Alolan Pokémon released their shiny variant.

Straw Hat Pikachu

Main article: Straw Hat Pikachu

This event occurred between July 22nd to July 29th. Pikachu wearing Luffy's iconic Straw Hat will increase spawnrate.

Team GO Rocket Disruption

Main article: Team GO Rocket Disruption

This event occurred between July 25th to August 1st. It started along with the launch of Team GO Rocket Invasion. Pokémon found in the wild, eggs, or raids are related to Team GO Rocket.

Gift Event

Main article: Gift Event

This event occurred between August 5th to August 19th. The Eggs received from Gifts became 2-km Eggs which still hatched Pokémon normally appearing in 7-km Eggs. The number of daily open gifts and gift inventory also increased.

Water Festival

Main article: Water Festival 2019

This event happened between August 23rd and August 30th, 2019. This year featured Water-themed spawns, Eggs, Raid Bosses and research tasks again.

Ultra Bonus Event

Main article: Ultra Bonus Event 2019

The Ultra Bonus Event was a conclusion of Professor Willow's Global Research Challenge, that has been successfully completed by trainers around the world. It happened in September and divided into three parts.

Johto Journey

Main article: Johto Journey

During the event there was higher chance for meeting Johto-region Pokémon in the wild and Legendary Beasts — Raikou, Entei and Suicune once again were available from Raid Battles. Additionally, Unown was available in 10-km Eggs, spelling ULTRA.

Global Challenge, Global Hatches

Main article: Global Challenge, Global Hatches

The wild increased spawns of some special Pokémon. Region-exclusive Pokémon from Kanto for a hatched from 7-km Eggs with chance of being shiny. All forms of Deoxys were available from normal Legendary Raid for the first time.

A Unova Unveiling

Main article: A Unova Unveiling

Pokémon from Unova started to appear. Mewtwo returned in Raid Battles with exclusive move Psystrike and had a chance of being shiny.

World Tourism Day

Main article: World Tourism Day

This event made the region-exclusive Pokémon available in 5-km Eggs in their respective real-world regions even after the event. There were research tasks and bonuses of trading and PokéStops during the event.

Stardust Blast

Main article: Stardust Blast

The Stardust Blast event took place from October 3rd through October 10th, 2019, featuring double Stardust received from catching, hatching, Raid Battle and Team GO Rocket.

Halloween

Main article: Halloween 2019

The Halloween 2019 event took place from October 17th through November 1st, 2019. Darkrai, Yamask and costumed-Kanto-starters and Pikachu were released. The amount of candy awarded for catching, hatching, and transferring Pokémon were doubled.

A Colossal Discovery

Main article: A Colossal Discovery

A Colossal Discovery took place from November 1st through November 4th, 2019. Shiny forms of Skarmory, Regirock, Regice and Registeel were released. A Special Research was available for a limited time, featuring Regigigas.

Team GO Rocket Leaders Disruption

Main article: Team GO Rocket Leaders Disruption

The Team GO Rocket Leaders Disruption took place from November 7th through November 14th, 2019. Team GO Rocket Leaders made their debut.

Supereffective Week

Main article: Supereffective Week

The Supereffective Week took place from November 19th through November 26th, 2019, featuring double Stardust from trainer battles, more potions from Pokéstops and TMs from tier 3 Raids.

Friend Fest

Main article: Friend Fest

The Friend Fest took place from November 27th through December 2nd, 2019. It featured two special trades per day, half the amount of Stardust required for trading and attack boosts when raiding with friends.

Evolution Event

Main article: Evolution Event

The Evolution Event took place from December 5th through December 12th, 2019. It featured Pokémon with unique evolution ways. All lures lasted for one hour, evolving earned double XP and Evolution Items were dropped from raids.

Holiday

Main article: Holiday 2019

This event took place from December 24th, 2019 to January 1st, 2020. This event featured series of bonus including double catch and transfer Candy, double catch Stardust, double catch XP, and half Egg distance.

2020

So far there were 6 events during 2020.

Hatchathon

Main article: Hatchathon 2020

Adventure Sync Hatchathon took place from January 2nd to January 16th, 2020. This event focused on Pokémon wearing party hat.

Lunar New Year

Main article: Lunar New Year 2020

The in-game event celebrating the Lunar New Year took place between January 24th and February 3rd, 2020. Red-color Pokémon increased spawns in wild. Minccino Limited Research celebrated the Year of the Rat.

Sinnoh Celebration

Main article: Sinnoh Celebration

This Sinnoh-themed event took place from February 7th to February 10th, 2020. It included more Sinnoh Pokémon in the wild, 7-km Eggs, raids and research tasks.

Valentine's Day

Main article: Valentine's Day 2020

The fourth Valentine's Day event lasted from February 14th to 17th, 2020. There was highly increased chance of pink Pokémon in the wild, 7-km Eggs and Raid Battles and given double candy reward.

Friendship event

From local time February 21st 8 a.m. to 24th 10 p.m., 2020, there was a mini-event featuring extra bonuses of friendship. The friendship meter increased faster. All trades gave double candies and reduced half amount of Stardust. The number of daily open gifts increased to 40 and gift inventory increased to 20.[2]

Pokémon Day

Main article: Pokémon Day 2020

The fourth event for the celebration of the anniversary of the Pokémon franchise took place between February 25th and March 2nd, 2020. Many Event Pokémon, including red party hat and Clone versions are obtainable in this event. Armored Mewtwo returned in Raid Battles with exclusive move Psystrike.

Other events

These, following events unlike the rest aren't neither unique nor seasonal and they do not have specific year in which they happened.

Nest Migrations

Main article: Pokémon Nests

Nest Migrations are the technical changes to the game in which Pokémon Nests changes species which spawns in the specific locations.

Community Day

Main article: Community Day

Community Day is the first in game, regular event introduced in January, 2018. This event lasts only few-hours on one, particular day of each month and during it players can catch a Pokémon with an exclusive move that cannot be obtain normally in gameplay.

Safari Zone

Main article: Pokémon GO Safari Zone

Pokémon GO Safari Zone is a recurrent regional event, that happens in different locations around the globe. The events give Trainers the ability to catch region-exclusive Pokémon that do not usually appear in these regions.

Limited Research

Main article: Limited Research

Limited Research is a recurrent event that is hosted for a few hours and features exclusive Research tasks that may reward a Trainer with a shiny Pokémon.

Special Raid Challenge

Main article: Special Raid Challenge

Special Raid Challenge is a recurrent event that is hosted during a three-hour window and features a Pokémon as Raid Boss. This Pokémon may know one or more limited or legacy attacks and may also have a chance to be shiny. All Trainers will also receive up to five Raid Passes from Gyms at no cost.

Special Raid Event

Main article: Special Raid Event

Special Raid Event is a recurrent event that is hosted during a short period of time and features a returning Legendary Raid Boss which may have a chance to be shiny.

Legendary Raid Hour

Main article: Legendary Raid Hour

Legendary Raid Hour is an occasional event that turns every available Gym to a specific Raid Boss during one hour. It usually occurs on Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in local time zone.

Event Pokémon

Main article: Event Pokémon

Event Pokémon are Pokémon that wear clothing such at hats or scarves and can only be obtained during an special event. They cannot be mass-transferred, similar to Legendary, Mythical, or Shiny Pokémon. They usually do not appear in the Pokédex, because they are not handled as forms.

References

  1. Make new friends during this special weekend!!. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2019-02-15.
  2. February events to make your heart flutter!. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2020-02-01.

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