The much-anticipated Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto event is just around the corner. Trainers have been waiting eagerly for this event ever since it was first announced.
Months of celebrating different Pokémon regions will finally culminate in the Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto event on February 20 (from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. your local time). The event brinks all-new shiny Pokémon, Trainer avatar encounters, and much more.
Those who have purchased the tickets for the event can already choose which version of the event they want to play. Much like the main series Pokémon games, there will be two versions named after the original Pokémon games – Red Version and Green Version.
Just like the main series games, the difference between the two versions is the Pokémon that are exclusive to each of them. There will be certain Pokémon that will only appear in their respective Versions, as well as boosted shiny rates for the version-specific ‘mons. To get a full list of exclusive Pokémon to each version, refer to our article.
You can choose the version you want to play before the event starts by clicking the in-game ticket for the Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto. Make sure to choose wisely, since once you make your decision, there’s no going back.
The ticketholders will get access to an exclusive Special Research story, centered around the original Pokémon region – Kanto. You will get the opportunity to learn more about the original 151 Pokémon, try out your Trainer skills and get a guaranteed encounter with a Shiny Ditto at the end of the Research.
After completing the Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto Special Research, you’ll unlock a new kind of research called Masterwork Research. According to Niantic, completing the Masterwork Research “will take determination and skill”.
Among other things, to advance in the Masterwork Research, you will have to receive a platinum Kanto medal (catching all Kanto Pokémon). Additionally, you’ll have to reach level 40, catch 30 Pokémon of each type, spin 151 unique PokéStops, walk 151 km, and much more. A very special Pokémon will be waiting for the Trainers who get to the end of this challenging research – a Shiny Mew, available for the first time ever in Pokémon GO.
Trainers have expressed their concerns over the difficulty of some of the tasks, but Niantic assured that neither the Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto Special Research, or the Masterwork Research will have a time limit and can be completed at the players’ convenience. Feel free to take your sweet time going through the tasks and don’t feel pressured to get your hands on Shiny Ditto and Shiny Mew on their release day.
The Trainers will be able to complete 10 Collection Challenges during the Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto event. First introduced with the region celebration events, Collection Challenges have a time limit and set specific tasks for trainers to complete in time. Half of these collections are based on how you’ll find and collect the Pokémon during the event, such as Trade, Incense, Raid, Research, and Evolve.
To complete the Collection Challenge, you will have to trade with your friends with other versions to ensure that you collect all 151 original Pokémon discovered in the Kanto region.
The other five Collection Challenges are inspired by locations from the original games – Ash Ketchum’s hometown, the Pallet Town, Pewter City, Cerulean City, Fuchsia City, and Pokémon League.
All these Collection Challenges will be available until Sunday, February 28, 2021, at 7:59 p.m in your local time zone. Keep in mind that Pokémon hatched from Eggs and Shadow Pokémon rescued from Team GO Rocket will not count toward your Collection Challenges.
The Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto event will be divided into five different location-themed hour blocks, during which Pokémon from the corresponding Collection Challenge will be appearing in the wild. Each location’s hour block will happen twice during the event and the last two hours of the event will include all Pokémon from the prior hours.
· 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.: Pallet Town
· 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.: Pewter City
· 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: Cerulean City
· 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Fuchsia City
· 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.: Pokémon League
· 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.: Pallet Town
· 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Pewter City
· 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Cerulean City
· 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Fuchsia City
· 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.: Pokémon League
· 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Pokémon from all previous hours
Additionally, Niantic has recruited Pokémon’s original soundtrack composer, Junichi Masuda to curate music inspired by the original game for each hour.
Even though the Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto is a one-day event, the celebration of the original Kanto region won’t be ending on February 20th. The celebration will continue for a week, leading up to Pokémon Day on February 27th.
During the celebration week, different Kanto Pokémon will be featured as the wild spawns, Incense spawns, Eggs and Raids. Additionally, you will be able to evolve certain Kanto Pokémon that were featured in the past Community Days to learn an exclusive attack.
By evolving certain Pokémon during the Kanto Celebration week, you will be able to get the following Pokémon with special moves:
· Evolve Ivysaur to get a Venusaur that knows Frenzy Plant.
· Evolve Charmeleon to get a Charizard that knows Blast Burn.
· Evolve Wartortle to get a Blastoise that knows Hydro Cannon.
· Evolve Pichu to get a Pikachu that knows Surf.
· Evolve Eevee into any of its Evolutions to get an evolved form that knows Last Resort.
· Evolve Dragonair to get a Dragonite that knows Draco Meteor.
Tickets for Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto are now available in the in-app shop. They cost US $11.99 or the equivalent in your local currency.
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