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.
- Main article: Halloween 2016
This was the very first in-game event that became a seasonal event to celebrate real-world Halloween. In 2016, it took place from October 26th to November 1st. During this event there was double amount of candies given to players for every action that was rewarding them with it. There were also higher chance to encounter select Ghost and "spooky"-themed Pokémon in the wild, such as Gastly, Marowak, Zubat or Hypno.
Daily Bonus Celebration
- Main article: Daily Bonus Celebration
This was a short, unique event to celebrate introduction of Daily Bonus mechanic to the game, that took place from November 7th to November 11th, 2016. During the event there were significantly more Pokémon appearing in the wild and trainers were rewarded with much more items for spinning Photo Discs.
- Main article: Lapras Event
Lapras Event was the first Japan-exclusive event, that took place from November 11th to November 22nd, 2016. The event offered increased numbers of Lapras in parts of the coastal regions of Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima prefectures.
- Main article: Thanksgiving
The third worldwide event in 2016 happened to celebrate real-world Thanksgiving and it took place from November 23rd to November 30th, 2016. As a gesture of gratitude to the player community, Niantic rewarded trainers with double XP and Stardust.
- Main article: Holiday 2016
This event, for celebration of real-world Christmas, Hanukkah and the other winter holiday celebrations, took place from December 25th, 2016 to January 3rd, 2017. During Holiday 2016 event there were first Pikachu wearing even-that released, there were also single-use Egg Incubators obtainable from the first PokéStop of the day and the very first in the game event special offers available from the shop for the time of an event. It became second seasonal event in the game.
There were 20 events that occurred in 2017.
- Main article: Valentine's Day 2017
Valentine's Day was the first event in 2017, despite the Holiday event that began in previous year. This event took place from February 8th to February 15th, 2017, and during it selected, pink-coloured Pokémon were appearing more frequently in the wild and selected Baby Pokémon were hatching more often in Eggs.
Additionally, trainers received double candy for catching, hatching and transfer of Pokémon. The required Buddy distance was a half of its regular amount, which means that Pokémon received candy twice as fast and Lure Modules lasted up to six hours, rather than their normal 30 minutes.
- Main article: Pokémon Day 2017
Pokémon Day was an event that took place from February 26th to March 6th to celebrate the anniversary of the Pokémon franchise. During this event, any Pikachu that were encountered in the wild wore a festive party hat. Any Pikachu captured during the event keeps its hat forever and every Raichu evolved from Pikachu with such hat have the same hat as well.
- Main article: Snorlax Event
Snorlax Event was the second Japan-exclusive event and it took place from March 4th to March 13th, 2017. During the event, there were increased numbers of Snorlax in all of Kumamoto Prefecture, as well as Yufu, Ōita and Beppu, Ōita.
- Main article: Water Festival 2017
Water Festival event took place from March 22nd to March 29th, 2017 to celebrate World Water Day. During the event, there was an increased frequency of Water-type Pokémon encounters in the wild. Pokémon like Magikarp, Squirtle, Totodile and even the elusive Lapras were easier to find in the wild. Additionally, there was also a higher chance to encounter Pokémon from Johto in water biomes and a new Magikarp Hat was available, in the hat section of the wardrobe, at no cost.
- Main article: Eggstravaganza 2017
Eggstravaganza was an event to celebrate real-world Easter and it took place from April 13th through April 20th, 2017. During the event, Trainers received double XP and, if a Lucky Egg was active, the amount of XP received would be be quadrupled. A greater variety of Pokémon could hatched from 2-km eggs, and the amount of candy received from hatched Eggs was also increased.
- Main article: Golden Week
Golden Week was a Japan-exclusive event which took place between April 29th through May 7th, 2017, to celebrate Golden Week in Japan. During the event, PokéStops located at every McDonald's in Japan were lured from 6:00 AM until midnight.
- Main article: Grass Weekend
Grass Weekend was a unique event that began on May 5, 2017 and lasted only for a weekend. This event celebrated the transition to Spring in the Northern Hemisphere. To celebrate Spring and the blooming of flowers, Grass-type Pokémon appeared more frequently. Lure Modules also lasted a full six hours.
- Main article: Adventure Week 2017
The Adventure Week event happened in the middle of May of 2017, exactly, from May 18th to May 25th. During this event, there were more items were awarded from every PokéStop, and Poké Balls were 50% off in the in-game Shop. Buddy Pokémon found Candies four times as fast for the duration of the celebration. Additionally, an all-new avatar item became available in the wardrobe — the Explorer's Hat. Moreover, Rock-type Pokémon, known in player community as the "Fossil Pokémon" had increased spawn rate in the wild.
- Main article: Solstice Week
This event happened in June, 2017 to celebrate the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere. During the event, Fire- and Ice-type Pokémon had increased spawns. Pokémon like Charmander, Cyndaquil, Growlithe, Houndour, Ponyta, Swinub, Vulpix, and their evolutions appeared more frequently. Rare Pokémon like Sneasel, Magmar, Cloyster appeared as well.
Additionally, Trainers received XP bonuses for successfully catching Pokémon with Nice, Great, and Excellent Throws, as well as Curveballs and First Throws. Hatching Eggs will also rewarded trainers with triple XP.
Pikachu Meet & Greet
- Main article: Pikachu Meet & Greet
Pikachu Meet & Greet was a series of real-world events that began in the middle of June, 2017 and lasted until the end of July. The events featured Pikachu at Unibail-Rodamco shopping centers across Europe. At these events, Trainers were able to take pictures with Pikachu, meet other Trainers, and catch a lot of Pokémon at the many PokéStops, which had Lure Modules activated all day.
- Main article: 1st Anniversary
The 1st Anniversary event happened between July 6th, 2017, and July 27th to celebrate the first Anniversary of Pokémon GO. During the event, Trainers were be able to capture limited edition Pikachu, adorned with a Pokémon League hat resembling the one worn by Ash Ketchum in the animated series. The shop also featured an Anniversary Boxes which featured discounted Incubators, Max Revives, Ultra Balls, and Raid Passes.
Pokémon GO Fest
- Main article: Pokémon GO Fest 2017
Pokémon GO Fest was a real-world event that was that was held at Grant Park in Chicago. It was the first officially sanctioned event by Niantic and The Pokémon Company. This event coincides with the 1st Anniversary and Chester Heritage Festival events.
Chester Heritage Festival
- Main article: Chester Heritage Festival
- Main article: Pikachu Outbreak
During this real-world, Japanese event, there were two Pokémon GO-related events in Yokohama: Pokémon GO Park, that took place from August 9th to 15th, 2017 and Pokémon GO Stadium that took place on August 14th, 2017.
For the time of these events there was increased spawn rate of Pikachu, also shiny variant of Pikachu introduced to the gameplay, as well as Mewtwo released as the Raid Boss that later become globally available in EX Raid Battles.
Pokémon World Championships 2017
Pokémon World Championships in 2017 took place between August 18th and 20th, 2017 in California. For these three days, around Anaheim Convention Center there was increased spawnrate of Pokémon such as Tauros, exclusively available Kangaskhan and Unown in forms of letters that spell "Worlds".
- Main article: Equinox 2017
This event took place from September 22nd, 2017 through October 3rd, 2017 to celebrate Equinox and for this time, trainers were rewarded with double Stardust for catching Pokémon and hatching Eggs. Eggs had an increased chance of hatching Pokémon such as Chansey, Mareep, and Larvitar, that do not regularly hatch from these eggs or they do not do that so often.
- Main article: Halloween 2017
2017 Halloween event took place from October 20th through November 2nd, 2017. During the event, 5 select Ghost-type Pokémon from the Hoenn region were released to be caught in wild and hatched from eggs: Sableye, Shuppet, Banette, Duskull, and Dusclops (including their shiny forms). There was also Pikachu family members wearing a witch hat, temporally available to obtain through catching in wild (Pikachu and Raichu), hatching from eggs (Pichu) and evolution from one to another.
Moreover, similarly to the year-before event, double amount of candies was awarded for catching, hatching, and transfer of Pokémon. Buddy Pokémon found Candy twice as fast and a free Mimikyu’s Disguise Hat became accessible from the Wardrobe.
Week in Korea
- Main article: Pokémon GO Week in Korea
Global Catch Challenge
- Main article: Global Catch Challenge
- Main article: Holiday 2017
There were 30 events during 2018.
Hoenn Pokémon Eggs
- Main article: Hoenn Pokémon Eggs
This event took place from January 23rd to February 1st, 2018. All Pokémon Eggs acquired during this event were hatching only Pokémon from the Hoenn region. Also new promotional offer was available in the shop by the same time.
- Main article: Hoenn Celebration 2018
The second event of 2018 was related to newly added Hoenn-region Pokémon as well. This time, during the event that took place between February 9th to 13th, 2018, all Pokémon from Hoenn region were more common to spawn in the wild. New promotional offer was available in the shop from the beginning of the event to February 23rd, 2018.
- Main article: Valentine's Day 2018
The second Valentine's Day-related event in the game and the first seasonal event of 2018 lasted just for three days, from February 13th to 15th, 2018, unlike the year ago, when it lasted for one week. During these event there was highly increased chance of approaching Luvdisc and Chansey in the wild and there was tripled Stardust reward for catching them.
Lunar New Year
- Main article: Lunar New Year 2018
The in-game event celebrating the Lunar New Year took place between February 15th and 17th, 2018. During this event Growlithe, Eevee, Snubbull, Poochyena and Electrike were spawning more often and for catching them Trainers were rewarded with bonus Stardust.
- Main article: Pokémon Day 2018
The second event for the celebration of the anniversary of the Pokémon franchise took place between February 26th and February 28th, 2018 - which was much shorter time period than the year before event. During the event there was possibility to get Pikachu family members wearing party hats, similarly as during the year-before event, but with opportunities to have Pichu wearing this hat and to obtain shiny variants of these event Pokémon.
- Main article: Legendary Week
This event took place between February 23rd and March 5th, 2018 and during it there were all three Legendary Pokémon of Weather Trio available as the Raid Bosses. This event included also promotional offer in the in-game shop.
Starting on March 5th, 2018, for the next 11 days, it was more likely to hatch from eggs Pokémon "preferring" windy weather - which was chosen as a result of defeating Rayquaza more times than Groudon and Kyogre combined. Moreover, there was double XP rewarded for all actions and it was more likely to encounter Raid Bosses that also were preferring windy weather.
- Main article: Eggstravaganza 2018
One year later, another Easter holiday celebration event took place, starting on March 22nd and it concluded on April 2nd, 2018. This time during the event, there were only 2-km Eggs obtainable from PokéStops. From each 2-km Eggs there was a chance of hatching one of Pokémon that were normally hatching from 5-km and 10-km Eggs. Moreover, trainers received bonus Candy for each hatched Pokémon and double Stardust for various actions in the game.
April Fools' Day
- Main article: April Fools' Day
April Fools' Day was an event that took place between March 31st and April 7th in 2018, to celebrate real-world April Fools' Day. The most recognisable feature of this event was temporal change to regular sprites of Pokémon (static raster graphics of 3D models) into 8-bit sprites known from original Pokémon games. Moreover, there was increased spawn rate of Murkrow during the event, and shiny variant of it released to be caught in the wild.
Slowpoke Prefecture was a real-world event in Kagawwa, Japan between March 31st and April 1st, 2018. And it was a part of April Fools prank where the Kagawa Prefecture, commonly referred to as the "Udon Prefecture", was renamed to the "Slowpoke (Yadon) Prefecture". During this event there was massively increased spawnrate of Slowpoke all around the prefecture.
- Main article: Kanto Celebration
This event happened between April 10th and April 17th, 2018 and during it there Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region were seen more frequently. Pokémon such as Aerodactyl and Snorlax were featured in Raid Battles across the world.
- Main article: Earth Day 2018
Earth Day was an event in Pokémon GO that took place in the middle of April (22nd – 24th), 2018 to celebrate the real-world Earth Day. As enough Trainers had globally attended and partaken in the cleanup efforts, they unlocked the bonus Stardust for Grass-, Water-, and Ground-type Pokémon which were spawning more frequently in the wild, until the last day of April.
- Main article: Battle Showdown 2018
Battle Showdown was a new event in Spring 2018 and it lasted for the first two weeks of May. During the event there were Fighting-type Pokémon appearing in Raid Battles and more frequently spawning in the wild. Moreover, there was doubled bonus items from Photo Discs at the gyms and double XP for battling in gyms and Raid Battles.
- Main article: Adventure Week 2018
- Main article: Water Festival 2018
- Main article: Global Challenge 2018
Global Challenge was a event theme around particular events dated for summer 2018, including: Pokémon GO Safari Zone in Dortmund, 2018 edition of Pokémon GO Fest and Safari Zone in Yokosuka. During the events there were "Global Research tasks" for player community with established amount of Research Tasks to be done by players in specific regions. Shiny Legendary Birds were the rewards of each part. For completing each "Global Research task" there were special bonus rewards that would be available worldwide.
- Main article: 2nd Anniversary
2nd Game Anniversary happened in July, 2018 and featured special Pikachu with summer hat and sunglasses. There was extremely increased spawnrate of Pikachu in such costume, so Trainers could complete their Pikachu Fan medals in order to unlock special clothes.
Pokémon GO Fest
- Main article: Pokémon GO Fest 2018
Year later, next Pokémon GO Fest happened in Lincoln Park, Chicago. During the festival attendants could access exclusive Special Research tasks which rewarded them with Celebi encounter, two months prior its global release. There were also Shiny variants of Plusle and Minun released globally with the increased spawnrate during the event.
Special Trading Event
- Main article: Special Trading Event
During this August event, all trades, including Special Trades costed 25% less Stardust. Trainers also received three extra candies for each trade. The experience gained by registering a new Pokémon in the Pokédex was tripled, making it 1,500 XP. There was also Spinda released with the beginning of this event.
- Main article: Johto Festival
Pokémon originally discovered in the Johto region were seen more frequently during this event, so Trainers had the perfect opportunity to earn a gold Johto medal and complete their Johto Pokédex. Pokémon such as Sunkern and Ursaring were featured in Raid Battles across the world. In the first few hours, Trainers around the world spotted the higher chance to encounter Unown in the wild. Additionally, there were certain Field Research tasks during this event that rewarded with Evolution Items and would help with Special Research tasks series — A Ripple in Time.
Ultra Bonus Event
- Main article: Ultra Bonus Event
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 later half of September, 2018 and revolved around Kanto-region Pokémon. During the event there was higher chance for meeting Kanto-region Pokémon in the wild and Legendary Birds — Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres once again were available from Raid Battles. Additionally, Region-exclusive Pokémon from Kanto for a time of the event hatch from 7-km Eggs and Mewtwo was available from Legendary Raid (not only Ex Raid) for the first time.
Week in Korea
- Main article: Week in Korea
A year later, there was another Week in Korea event scheduled to happen in September, 2018.
Hiroshi Fujiwara outfits mini-event
There was a mini-event between October 5th and 7th, 2018, during which there was possibility to exclusively capture Pikachu and its family members wearing caps of Fragment line, which were designed by Japanese streetwear designer Hiroshi Fujiwara. During this small event, there was Fragment line caps and T-shirts released in Trainer style shop. These T-shirts were inspired with Pikachu design.
During this event there was higher spawnrate of Pikachu wearing Fragment cap and there was possibility to capture its shiny variant.
- Main article: Psychic Spectacular
- Main article: Female Day
This one-day event featured increased spawns of female Pokémon, especially the Nidoran♀ family.
- Main article: Halloween 2018
The Halloween 2018 event took place from October 23rd through November 1st, 2018. During the event, 6 more Ghost or Dark-type Pokémon from the Sinnoh region were released. Unlike previous events, double amount of candies was awarded for catching only.
Ingress Prime Celebration
- Main article: Ingress Prime Celebration
There was another mini-event in November to celebrate launch of Ingress Prime and it lasted from November 5th to 7th, 2018.
- Main article: Stardust Blast
The Stardust Blast event took place from November 6th through November 13th, 2018, featuring double Stardust received from catching and hatching.
- Main article: Hatchathon
The Hatchathon event takes place from November 14th through November 27th, 2018. Pokémon with evolved forms from Sinnoh region were possible to hatch from 2-km Eggs.
Let's Go Celebration
- Main article: Let's Go Celebration
This event takes place from November 16th through November 27th, 2018. It promotes the release of Nintendo Switch games Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!.
- Main article: Holiday 2018
This event took place from December 18th, 2018 to January 2nd, 2019. This event featured series of bonus including double catch and transfer Candy, double catch Stardust, double catch XP, and half Egg distance.
So far there were 21 events during 2019.
- 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.
- Main article: Hoenn Celebration 2019
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Main article: Battle Showdown 2019
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Main article: Summer Snooze
- Main article: Adventure Week 2019
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.
- 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 are special bonus rewards that will be available worldwide.
- 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
- 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.
These, following events unlike the rest aren't neither unique nor seasonal and they do not have specific year in which they happened.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 will 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.
- 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.