Pokémon GO Celebrates 3rd Anniversary; Offers Bonuses, Teases Gen V

The popular Niantic title Pokémon GO is celebrating its third anniversary and is offering plenty of reasons to play! The official site has listed the events to expect.

To commemorate this incredible milestone, you can look forward to these exciting features!

New features starting on June 28 at 1 p.m. PDT

    • Shiny Alolan Pokémon — You’ll have a chance of encountering the following Shiny Alolan Pokémon: Rattata, Sandshrew, Vulpix, Diglett, Meowth, Geodude, Grimer, and Exeggutor.
    • Team leader avatar items — Avatar items featuring the team leaders’ personal styles will be available in the Style Shop.

From June 28, 2019, at 1 p.m. PDT to July 6, 2019, at 1 p.m. PDT

    • A familiar face returns to the party! — Once per day, you might have the chance to encounter a Pikachu wearing a party hat when you take a GO Snapshot photo! Pichu wearing a party hat will also be available to hatch from 7 km eggs.

From June 28, 2019, at 1 p.m. PDT to September 2, 2019, at 1 p.m. PDT

    • Jump-Start Research — Looking to get up to speed with your research? Do you have a friend who wants to play but feels they’ve missed out on too much in Pokémon GO? Don’t worry! Trainers can complete new Special Research for helpful rewards that will jump-start their new or continuing adventures. This Special Research is only available this summer for players at level 10 or higher, so be sure to let your friends know about this opportunity to join in and get special rewards.
    • Raid bonuses — Take down Raid Bosses faster and earn extra bonus Premier Balls to catch them with when you raid with friends.
    • Decreased Stardust costs for trading — Trading Pokémon will cost ¼ less Stardust.

Remember, Trainers: play more with your friends this summer to get the most out of raids and trading!

The catch-up mechanic could be a real lifesaver for those who have not played regularly. Don’t miss it, especially with Pokémon from Pokémon Black & White being teased in the art!

Let us know what you’ll be doing during the third anniversary or join us on Discord for chat about Pokémon Sword & Shield.

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