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Pokémon GO Fest was a real-world event that was initially held in Chicago. The first event was hosted in Grant Park and the second one was hosted in Lincoln Park.[1]

2017 Event

Features

There were challenges for both attendees and Trainers around the world. The event featured the region-exclusive Pokémon Heracross.

Attendees

  • PokéWalks
  • Timed Catch Challenges
  • Mystery Challenge

Trainers worldwide

  • Extending bonuses from Timed Catch Challenges
  • Unlocking Mystery Challenge

Rewards

Pokémon GO Fest Chicago 2017

Exclusive medal for 2017

As a result of all the hard work put in during Pokémon GO Fest, incredible in-game bonuses were unlocked for the entire Pokémon GO community.[2]

Based on the efforts of the Trainers at the event, Lugia was revealed as the first Legendary Pokémon to enter the real world. In addition, since Team Mystic captured the most Pokémon during the event, Articuno joined Lugia in Raid Battles immediately upon completing the challenge.

Legendary Birds release

The other two Legendary Birds - Moltres and Zapdos, were also unlocked, but they will be available in the weeks to come. [3]

Bird Name Start date End date
Articuno Articuno Saturday, July 22 Monday, July 31
Moltres Moltres Monday, July 31 Monday, August 7
Zapdos Zapdos Monday, August 7 Monday, August 14

Shop special offer

There was a special item boxes offer in the shop for time of the event. These three following boxes were available with the start of the event on July 22nd, 2017 until July 27th, 2017.[4]

Box Cost Items
Special Box
Special Box
PokeCoin 480
Great Box
Great Box
PokeCoin 980
Ultra Box
Ultra Box
PokeCoin 1,480

Event map

Pokémon GO Fest Chicago 2017 event map

Reception

There were numerous networking and connectivity issues present, during the event. Many Trainers could not log into their accounts during the event. The game's CEO, John Hanke, was booed on stage for the frustration. Because of these issues, all attendees were refunded their admission cost, received $100 in Shop credit and given a free Lugia. [5][3]

2018 Event

Features

Pokémon GO Fest Chicago 2018

Exclusive medal for 2018

The following goals were the second phase of Global Challenge. They were set to be done on July 14th and July 15th, for players attending to GO Fest 2018 and these worldwide. The rewards for each goal last between July 16th and 23rd, 2018 and the bonus reward for completing all goals — the Zapdos Day, happening on July 21st, 2018. The event featured the region-exclusive Pokémon Torkoal.

Region and goal Reward
Pokémon GO Fest 2018
Complete 100,000 Research Tasks
Double Candy for Catching Pokémon
Europe, Middle East & Africa
Complete 5,000,000 Research Tasks
Double Candy for Hatching Eggs
The Americas
Complete 5,000,000 Research Tasks
Half of a distance on Eggs
The Asia-Pacific Region
Complete 5,000,000 Research Tasks
Guaranteed Rare Candy for completing each Raid Battle

Featured Pokémon

Following Pokémon were appearing more frequently in wild globally.[6]

Diglett alolan
#050
Alolan Diglett
Icon Ground
Icon Steel
Geodude alolan
#074
Alolan Geodude
Icon Rock
Icon Electric
Exeggutor alolan
#103
Alolan Exeggutor
Icon Grass
Icon Dragon
Magmar
#126
Magmar
Icon Fire
Aerodactyl
#142
Aerodactyl
Icon Rock
Icon Flying
Slugma
#218
Slugma
Icon Fire
Swinub
#220
Swinub
Icon Ice
Icon Ground
Treecko
#252
Treecko
Icon Grass
Torchic
#255
Torchic
Icon Fire
Mudkip
#258
Mudkip
Icon Water
Lotad
#270
Lotad
Icon Water
Icon Grass
Seedot
#273
Seedot
Icon Grass
Aron
#304
Aron
Icon Steel
Icon Rock
Plusle
#311
Plusle
Icon Electric
Minun
#312
Minun
Icon Electric
Wailmer
#320
Wailmer
Icon Water
Trapinch
#328
Trapinch
Icon Ground
Cacnea
#331
Cacnea
Icon Grass
Feebas
#349
Feebas
Icon Water
Snorunt
#361
Snorunt
Icon Ice

Moreover, these Shiny Pokémon were released with the start of the event.

Plusle shiny
#311
Plusle
Icon Electric
Minun shiny
#312
Minun
Icon Electric

Exclusive Pokémon

Attendants received an exclusive Special Research to obtain Mythical Pokémon Celebi. Question mark of Unown was first released in this event.

Unown ?
#201
Unown
Icon Psychic
Celebi
#251
Celebi
Icon Psychic
Icon Grass

Shop special offer

There was a special item boxes offer in the shop for time of the event.[7]

Box Cost Items
Bronze Box
Special Box
PokeCoin 480
Silver Box
Great Box
PokeCoin 780
Gold Box
Ultra Box
PokeCoin 1,480

2019 Event

Pokémon GO Fest Chicago 2019

Exclusive medal for 2019

This will be the first year that Pokémon GO Fest is hosted outside of the United States.[8] Tickets for the event will go on sale through the Pokémon GO application.[9]

Grant Park, Chicago

The event was hosted at Chicago's Grant Park from June 13th, 2019 through June 16th, 2019. This was the second time the event has been hosted at Grant Park in Chicago. This was the original location for the event when it debuted in 2017. The event featured the region-exclusive Pokémon Pachirisu.

Featured Pokémon

Following Pokémon were appearing more frequently in wild globally.[10]

Sandshrew
#027
Sandshrew
Icon Ground
Clefairy
#035
Clefairy
Icon Fairy
Psyduck
#054
Psyduck
Icon Water
Geodude
#074
Geodude
Icon Rock
Icon Ground
Cubone
#104
Cubone
Icon Ground
Horsea
#116
Horsea
Icon Water
Magikarp
#129
Magikarp
Icon Water
Marill
#183
Marill
Icon Water
Icon Fairy
Misdreavus
#200
Misdreavus
Icon Ghost
Snubbull
#209
Snubbull
Icon Fairy
Sneasel
#215
Sneasel
Icon Dark
Icon Ice
Swinub
#220
Swinub
Icon Ice
Icon Ground
Sableye
#302
Sableye
Icon Dark
Icon Ghost
Wailmer
#320
Wailmer
Icon Water
Snorunt
#361
Snorunt
Icon Ice
Turtwig
#387
Turtwig
Icon Grass
Chimchar
#390
Chimchar
Icon Fire
Piplup
#393
Piplup
Icon Water
Drifloon
#425
Drifloon
Icon Ghost
Icon Flying

Moreover, these Shiny Pokémon were released with the start of the event.

Horsea shiny
#116
Horsea
Icon Water
Seadra shiny
#117
Seadra
Icon Water
Kingdra shiny
#230
Kingdra
Icon Water
Icon Dragon

Exclusive Pokémon

Attendants received an exclusive Special Research to obtain Mythical Pokémon Jirachi.

Jirachi
#385
Jirachi
Icon Steel
Icon Psychic

Shop special offer

There were four bundles available during the Chicago Pokémon GO Fest 2019.[11]

Box Cost Items
Bronze Box
Special Box
PokeCoin 480
Silver Box
Great Box
PokeCoin 780
Gold Box
Ultra Box
PokeCoin 1,480
Ultra Box
Adventure Box
PokeCoin 1,480

Westfalenpark, Dortmund

The event will be hosted at Westfalenpark in Dortmund, Germany from July 4th, 2019 through July 7th, 2019. Westfalenpark was the location for the 2018 Safari Zone event. The event will feature the region-exclusive Pokémon Carnivine.

A few days prior to the announcement, a leaked image for the upcoming Westfalenpark event depicted Dortmund, Germany as a potential host for the event.[12] A follow-up to this image included a digital brochure that stated that an unnamed event would be hosted at the park from July 4th, 2019 through July 7th, 2019.[13]

Yokohama

The event will be hosted at three venues in Yokohama, Japan from August 6th, 2019 through August 12th, 2019. These venues include Yamashita Park, Rinko Park and Akarenga Park. Yokohama was the location for the 2017 Pokémon GO Park event.[14] The event will feature the region-exclusive Pokémon Chatot.

Event participation is free, but there will be a pre-application lottery system. Application for participation will be open from Wednesday, June 19, 2019 to Friday, June 28, 2019. Winners will be notified on Saturday, June 29, 2019.[14]

Gallery

Trivia

  • It was the first officially sanctioned event by Niantic and The Pokémon Company.
  • This event initially coincided with the 1st Anniversary and Chester Heritage Festival events.
  • Unown spawns:
    • There were A, C, G, H, I and O forms of Unown spawning very frequently at the event in 2017. These letters spell "Chicago" - location of the event.
    • There were B, C, E, I, L and ? forms of Unown spawning frequently at the event in 2018. These letters spell "Celebi?" - Mythical Pokémon that debuted in the game on this event.

References

  1. Get Pumped Up for Pokémon GO Summer Tour 2018!. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2018-05-07.
  2. Legendary Pokémon are here!. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2017-07-26.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Hanke, J. (2017, July 25). An Update regarding Pokémon GO Fest in Chicago. Niantic. Retrieved on 2017-07-26.
  4. New Boxes on sale in the Shop!. /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2017-07-26.
  5. Pokemon Go Fest refunds all tickets as players can't get game to work. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved on 2017-07-26.
  6. The following Pokemon have increased spawns this weekend. /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2018-07-27.
  7. New Pokémon GO Fest 2018 boxes now available with Ultra Balls, Star Pieces, Incubators, Lucky Eggs and more Pokémon Blog. Retrieved on 2018-12-17.
  8. You'll Need a Bigger Bottle of Sunscreen for Our Pokémon GO Summer Events 2019!. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2019-04-04.
  9. McWhertor, M. (2019, Aprl 4). Pokémon Go Fest 2019 goes global with three events this summer. Polygon. Retrieved on 2019-04-04.
  10. Currently worldwide GO Fest boosted Pokémon. /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2019-06-15.
  11. New boxes have been added. /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2019-06-15.
  12. Google's cache of safarizone-dortmund.com shows a logo depicting "Pokémon Go Fest 2019 Dortmund"!. /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2019-04-03.
  13. Dates and info for Dortmund GO Fest 2019. /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2019-04-03.
  14. 14.0 14.1 Join "Pokémon GO Fest 2019 Yokohama" held in Yokohama!. Niantic. Retrieved on 2019-06-06.

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