Pokémon GO celebrates the animated series in special event

Anime? In my Pokémon GO? It’s more likely than you think. Ok, well, there won’t be an cartoon cutscenes, but monsters inspired by Ash and Goh’s adventures in the latest anime series will be appearing in-game! Check out the official details below:

The Animation Week 2020 event—based on Pokémon Journeys: The Series—is coming soon to Pokémon GO!

During this event, Pokémon encounters and other content with ties to the two main characters—Ash and Goh—will be available in Pokémon GO. You’ll also be able to participate in event-exclusive Timed Research inspired by the animated series’ storyline!

Date + Time

From Friday, November 6, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. to Thursday, November 12, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. local time


    • World Cap Pikachu will be appearing in the wild. Some lucky Trainers may even encounter a Shiny one!
    • From Thursday, November 5, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, November 16, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8), Lugia will be returning to five-star raids—this time with the attack Aeroblast!
    • Pokémon like Ivysaur, Pinsir, Snorlax, Golurk, and others will be appearing in raids.
    • You can look forward to encountering the following Pokémon more frequently in the wild: Bulbasaur, Exeggcute, Cubone, Scyther, Dratini, Cyndaquil, and more! If you’re lucky, you may even encounter a Shiny Cubone!
    • Pichu, Mantyke, Riolu, and Cubone will be hatching from 7 km Eggs. Lucky Trainers may even hatch a Shiny Cubone!
    • Take on new Timed Research inspired by multiple episodes of the ongoing series Pokémon Journeys: The Series!
    • Goh might appear in GO Snapshot! Be sure to take a snapshot during the event!
    • Goh-inspired avatar items will be available! Check out the Style Shop to get yours for free.

The return of World Cap Pikachu may please fans who missed out on it previously and the mighty Lugia is switching things up with a brand-new attack! Let us know what you think of this crossover in the comments or on Discord!