The Pokémon GO Fest has been an integral part of the game since 2017, when the first-ever GO Fest was held in Chicago, US. Since then, the Pokémon GO fest has been held each year. For the duration of the event, Trainers get exclusive rewards and rare Pokémon.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which restricted the opportunity for in-person events in 2020, Niantic decided to organize an entirely online GO Fest in 2020, allowing Trainers to participate in 2020 GO Fest from the comfort of their own homes. It took place on July 25-26, 2020.
In 2021, to respect the COVID regulations worldwide, the GO Fest will once again be held online on July 17 and 18. In celebration of this year being the twenty-fifth anniversary of Pokémon and the fifth anniversary of Pokémon GO, ticket prices will be reduced from USD $15 to $5 (or equivalent in your local currency).
The Pokémon GO Fest 2021 will last two days, with each day offering a different experience. Trainers will be able to participate during both days of the event with one ticket.
Some parts of the celebration will be available to all Trainers, while some aspects of the event will require the ticket. Keep on reading to find out about the exciting features that Pokémon GO Fest will bring in 2021.
On the first day of GO Fest 2021 (July 17) from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. local time, all Trainers will enjoy the following features, regardless of whether they have an event ticket. The first day will be focused on catching Pokémon.
Hourly habitats will make a comeback this year. A total of four habitats will be rotating throughout the day, each featuring different Pokémon.
The Jungle habitat will feature Pokémon such as Scyther, Aipom, Froakie, and more.
The Desert Mountain habitat will feature Pokémon such as Skarmory, Shieldon, Hippopotas, and more.
The Ocean Beach habitat will feature Pokémon such as Dratini, Swablu, Alomomola, and more.
The Cave habitat will feature Pokémon such as Roggenrola, Galarian Stunfisk, Deino, and more.
Raids on Saturday will feature Pokémon such as Hitmontop, Cranidos, and Deino. Additionally, Galarian Ponyta and Galarian Zigzagoon wearing special costumes will be appearing in raids.
Music-related Pokémon, including Chimecho, Kricketot, and Audino, as well as a special costumed Pikachu, will be appearing in the wild throughout the day.
During the first day of the event, Shiny Whismur, Chimecho, Audino, and Tympole will be making their Pokémon GO debut.
For the ticketholders, the first day of GO Fest will bring the following features.
Pokémon GO Fest 2021 will revolve around music. For those who purchase the ticket, a Special Research will be available, awarding the players with an encounter with Meloetta, a dual-type Normal/Psychic Mythical Pokémon introduced in Generation V. in addition, the rewards will include a shirt avatar item and an exclusive avatar pose.
Trainers will be tasked with assisting Professor Willow and the team leaders in putting on an amazing musical celebration by selecting which Pokémon will take part in the festivities.
Trainers will be able to choose the in-game music that will play for them during the event. By selecting between Pikachu Rock Star or Pikachu Pop Star, Trainers can listen to brand-new tracks created just for Pokémon GO Fest 2021 from the iconic Pokémon music producer Junichi Masuda.
Additionally, you will be able to choose how to fill the rest of your musical group by choosing between Galarian Ponyta or Galarian Zigzagoon, Gardevoir, or Flygon, all of which will be dressed to impress in special event costumes.
The Global Challenge Arena is also back this year. Each hour on Saturday, ticket holders will collaborate to accomplish a joint challenge. They'll get a bonus for the rest of the hour if they finish the task on time. You may keep track of global progress by using the Today View.
You’ll be able to complete four Collection Challenges, each themed after a habitat hour. During each habitat hour, certain Pokémon will be attracted to Incense:
· Jungle: Unown F, Unown G, Ludicolo, Chatot, Leafeon, and Serperior.
· Desert Mountain: Flareon, Unown F, Unown G, Tyranitar, Flygon, and Throh.
· Ocean Beach: Gyarados, Vaporeon, Azumarill, Unown F, Unown G, and Sawk.
· Cave: Umbreon, Unown F, Unown G, Gardevoir, Absol, and Galvantula.
For the ticketholders, during event hours, Pokémon appearing in the wild and attracted to Incense will have a higher chance of being Shiny. According to Niantic, it will be easier to discover Shiny Pokémon (in the wild and those attracted by Incense) on Saturday than on Sunday.
Shiny Unown F, Shiny Throh, and Shiny Sawk will be making their Pokémon GO debut during the event.
The second day of GO Fest 2021 will be all about Raids. On July 18, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. local time, all Trainers will enjoy the following.
Raids will be the centerpiece of Sunday's activities and some of the all-time favorites will be returning for the celebration. Niantic will provide additional details closer to the date on which Pokémon will make a comeback in raids.
All Pokémon appearing more frequently in the wild on Saturday will be appearing again on Sunday during event hours.
For the second day of GO Fest, ticketholder Trainers will enjoy the following.
On Sunday, those who purchase the ticket, upon completion of a Raid Battle will earn an extra 10,000 XP in raid rewards.
Throughout the second day, there will be plenty of opportunities to acquire Raid Passes. By spinning Gym Photo Discs, you will be able to earn up to 10 Raid Passes. Completing a Timed Research will earn you up to eight Remote Raid Passes. A free event bundle containing three Remote Raid Passes will also be available in the shop during the event hours. All Pokémon attracted to Incense from Saturday will be attracted to Incense during event hours on Sunday.
Some GO Fest 2021 features will be available during both days. During the event, Trainer photos will be featured in the Today View. Share your photos with #PokemonGOFest2021 for a chance to see them featured during the event.
All Lure Modules activated during GO Fest hours will last for three hours. If you put an Egg in an Incubator during even hours, it will have half the usual hatch distance. Additionally, Pokémon hatching from 7 km eggs will include Igglybuff, Chingling, Audino, and more.
For ticketholders, spinning PokéStops and opening gifts from friends will reward them with special event stickers. Snapshots taken during both event days will include a surprise.
For the ticketholders, Unown F and Unown G will be attracted to Incense throughout the event. If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one.
GO Fest 2021 will be another great opportunity for Trainers all over the world to enjoy the celebration of Pokémon GO, no matter where they are. With exclusive new Mythical Pokémon and Shiny rates increased, there will be much to look forward to next month.
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