Pokémon Go Events: What’s coming in 2018
Happy Valentine’s Day from Pokémon Go! Catch Luvdisc and Chansey in the wild and get 3x Stardust!
Pokémon Go is intended to get you out and about, both on your own and with family and friends. One of the ways Pokémon Go tries to bolster activity is with events. Some of the events get splashy announcements and coincide with big public holidays. Others are quieter and more regular. Here’s what’s happened already and what’s coming up next.
Current Events: Pokémon Go Valentine’s Day until February 15
— Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) February 13, 2018
Chansey as well, looks like. Not as big or long a deal as last year’s Pink Pokémon event, but don’t look a gift 3x heart ‘mon in the mouth. Or something like that1
Current Events: Legendary Rayquaza Raids until March 16
From Pokémon Go:
Prepare for exciting new adventures as you encounter even more Pokémon originally discovered in the Hoenn region on February 9! Alongside several Flying- and Dragon-type Pokémon appearing in Pokémon GO for the first time, the Legendary Pokémon Rayquaza will descend from the ozone layer and become available in Raid Battles for a limited time.
The Legendary Pokémon Rayquaza will be appearing in Raid Battles in Gyms near you until March 16. You’ll also have a chance to battle the Legendary Water-type Pokémon Kyogre before it swims away on February 14. Will you be the first to catch all three ancient Legendary Pokémon originally discovered in the Hoenn region?
Dragon hunting time!
Upcoming Events: Pokémon Go Community Day on February 24: Dratini and 3x Stardust on catches
The next Pokémon Go Community Day will feature everyone’s favorite — and only! — base-level Gen 1 dragon-type: Dratini. No word yet on the special move. It’ll also offer 3x Stardust on any Pokémon you catch in the wild.
The Dratini Community Day event will run on February 24, 2018, from 11am to 1pm PT / 2pm to 5pm ET.
Upcoming Events: 2018 will be a Legendary Year
From The Pokémon Company:
The Pokémon Company International today announced plans to celebrate a legendary year in 2018, highlighting some of the most sought-after Pokémon yet to be discovered. From February to November, Legendary Pokémon will be featured across the franchise, including monthly video game character distributions, new Pokémon Trading Card Game products, mobile game retail and animation promotions.
Legendary Pokémon are extremely rare and powerful Pokémon, which exist across all regions of the Pokémon universe. Often elusive and incredibly hard to catch, Legendary Pokémon hold the answers to Pokémon lore and are deeply rooted to the regions from which they originate. Fans can learn more about these Pokémon at https://www.pokemonlegendary.com/en-gb/
As to Pokémon Go specifically:
Pokémon GO players can also expect to see special promotions featuring Legendary Pokémon in 2018 as part of this legendary year celebration, with details being released soon.
Now we just have to wait and see when and how this Legendary Year manifests itself in Pokémon Go!
See below for event hours in your region:
- The Asia-Pacific region: January 20, 2018, from 12:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. JST (GMT +9)
- Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India: January 20, 2018, from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. UTC (GMT +0)
- The Americas and Greenland: January 20, 2018, from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. PST (GMT -8)
Current Events: Legendary Kyogre Raids until February 14
Legendary Groudon Raids are over but now its greatest rival, Kyogre, is also showing up in Legendary Raids around the world.
From Pokémon Go
Kyogre, the Water-type Legendary Pokémon originally discovered in the Hoenn region, is now appearing in Raid Battles around the world! Keep an eye out for Kyogre at Gyms near you, and you may be one of the first to catch this Legendary Pokémon. But don’t delay—Kyogre will only be available until 1:00 P.M. PST on February 14, 2018. Good luck, Trainers!
It’s widely anticipated that the final member of the Weather Trio, the Dragon-type Rayquaza, will follow in early March.
Upcoming Events: Pokémon Go Nest Migration on February 21, 2018
The next Pokémon Go Nest Migration is expected to occur on Wednesday, February 21, 2017, at 8 p.m. EDT / 5 p.m. PDT.
Pokémon Go nest migrations but they’ve occurred every two weeks at exactly the same time for months. There’s always a possibility that will change but, until it does, the nest migration is a safe bet.
2018 Pokémon Go Events: The potentials!
Based on past events, there are a few guesses we can make about future events. First, regional holidays don’t mean regional events. Halloween isn’t an internationally observed occasion but the event was worldwide. U.S. Thanksgiving is only celebrated in the U.S., and while it was an event in 2016 it gave way to the Global Catch Challenge in 2017.
Also, Pokémon Go has multiple levers to pull. The game can increase rewards, like candy, XP, and stardust. It can decrease requirements, like walking distance. It can increase spawn rates for all or specific Pokémon, like pink colored Pokémon or water-types, and create limited edition Pokémon just for events, like Party Hat Pikachu. It can also give away items or increase their duration, like 1-use Incubators or 8-hour Lures.
Pokémon Go can have events to aid in charitable causes, like the highly localized tsunami-relief event in Japan that featured Lapras or Snorlax exclusively for a week. There was also an event simply to promote the new streaks and bonuses. So, if they want to maintain momentum and there’s too long a gap between proper occasions, Pokémon Go can invent their own.
You know what they say, though: The best indicator of future (Pokémon Go) events is…
Past Pokémon Go Events
The best indicator of future behavior is past behavior. So, to look forward to the next Pokémon Go events, it’s helpful to look back at the events that have already run.
Hoenn Egg Event
Pokémon Go held a Hoenn Egg Event from January 24 to February 1, 2018.
Get hatching, Trainers. For a limited time, every Egg you hatch will feature a Pokémon originally discovered in the Hoenn region. pic.twitter.com/WOWdLzyPpj
— Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) January 24, 2018
Pokémon Go Community Days
Pokémon Go is holding off a series of monthly community events where trainers around the world are able to catch Pokémon with exclusive moves for extra XP or Stardust, and with Lures that last three hours.
Previous Community Days have featured:
- January 20, 2018, 11am to 2pm PT: Pikachu with Surf, increased chance to catch Shiny Pikachu, 2x XP.
Pokémon Go Holiday & New Year 2018 Event
Celebrate the holiday season with festive Pikachu, Ice-types, Gen 3 Water- and Ice-types, free incubators, special boxes, Star Pieces, and AR+ for iPhone!
Pokémon Go Travel and the Global Catch Challenge 2017
Instead of a U.S. Thanksgiving event in 2017, Pokémon Go went international with a Global Catch Challenge. Pokémon Go trainers around the world caught over 3 billion Pokemon, unlocking Double XP, Double Stardust, Kangaskhan in Asia, and Farfetch’d in the rest of the world!
Pokémon Go Halloween Event 2017
Pokémon Go’s second Halloween event included increased Ghost-type spawns, just like last year, and also some Dark-types from Gen 2. More exciting, the Gen 3 Ghosts debuted during the event. There was also double candy and a special witch-hat Pichu and Pikachu.
Pokémon Go Safari Zones Europe 2017
The Pokémon Go Safari Zones gave people in several major European cities the chance to catch Kangaskhan and Unown spelling E U R O P E.
Pokémon Autumnal Equinox Event 2017
Running from September 22 to October 3, the Autumnal Equinox event offered double stardust and special 2KM eggs for your hatching delight. Super incubators, which hatched 1.5x faster were available in the Pokémon Go Store, and triple XP for any new Pokémon added to your Pokédex.
Pokémon World Championships 2017
As part of the Pokémon Trading Card Game and Video Game World Championships on August 19 and 20 in Anaheim, California, Pokémon Go players in the vicinity had a chance to catch Kangaskhan — usually regional to Australia — and Unown spelling WORLDS.
European Sightings 2017
Safari Zones Europe might was drastically downscaled but Niantic made it up to players with European sightings instead. Similar to what happened with Pokémon Go Fest Chicago, an extra-continental legendary — in this case Kangaskhan — and Unown spelling out the location — in this case Europe — were being spotted.
- Vienna, Austria
- Prague, Czech Republic
- Copenhagen, Denmark
- Helsinki, Finland
- Dijon, France
- Lille, France
- Lyon, France
- Marseille, France
- Nice, France
- Paris, France
- Rennes, France
- Berlin, Germany
- Bochum, Germany
- Gera, Germany
- Leipzig, Germany
- Mönchengladbach, Germany
- Munich, Germany
- Oberhausen, Germany
- Recklinghausen, Germany
- Milan, Italy
- Naples, Italy
- Rome, Italy
- Oslo, Norway
- Warsaw, Poland
- Lisbon, Portugal
- Bratislava, Slovakia
- Badajoz, Spain
- Barcelona, Spain
- Cádiz, Spain
- Madrid, Spain
- Sevilla, Spain
- San Sebastián, Spain
- Valencia, Spain
- Valladolid, Spain
- Stockholm, Sweden
- Zürich, Switzerland
- Almere, The Netherlands
- Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- Leidschendam, The Netherlands
- Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
- Belfast, United Kingdom
- Birmingham, United Kingdom
- Cardiff, United Kingdom
- Glasgow, United Kingdom
- London, United Kingdom
- Manchester, United Kingdom
Pikachu Outbreak Japan 2017
As part of Pokémon’s Pikachu Outbreak celebration in Japan, Pokémon Go brought Mr. Mine over for a short amount of time, increased spawns for Unown letters spelling Yokohama, added rare spawns from 2K eggs, introduced Shiny Pichu, Pikachu, and Raichu, and unleashed the very first Mewtwo Legendary Raids: with 9+ hour times, 50+ premiere balls, and… a guaranteed catch rate of 100% — at least for the event.
Pokémon Go Fest Chicago Bonus Event 2017
Following up on Pokémon Go Fest Chicago, a slew of bonuses were unlocked, including:
- Double Stardust
- Double Candy
- Double XP
- Increased Pokémon encounters
- Reduced hatching distance
- Reduced buddy distance
Hopefully, we won’t have to wait another year for that many bonuses again.
Pokémon Go Fest Chicago
Pokémon Go Fest Chicago was the first major real-world event for Niantic’s incredibly popular augmented reality, geo-hunting game. It took place Saturday, July 22, at Grant Park in Chicago, IL, and — the servers crashed and burned.
Still, Pokémon Go made good with refunds, $ 100 in Poké Coins, and a Lugia for every participant, as well as a 100% catch rate for Legendary Raids around the venue.
Pokémon Go Anniversary Event
Pokémon Go’s Anniversary Event ran from July 6 to July 24 with a special Ash-hat Pikachu for players to catch in the wild and discounted Anniversary Boxes and Special Boxes to buy in the Poké Shop. The first Box was underwhelming but the second set delivered.
Pokémon Go Solstice fire- and ice-type event
From June 13 to 21, 2017 (extended a day due to Pokémon Trainer Club (PTC) login issues, Pokémon Go held and event of Ice- and Fire in honor of the summer soultice in the north and the winter solstice in the south. In addition to extra fire- and ice-type spawns, there was 5x XP on hatching eggs, 3x XP on catching Pokémon, and 50% off Lucky Eggs in the Poké Shop.
Pokémon Go Adventure Week rock-type event
Pokémon Go had a rock-type event, called Adventure Week, from May 18 to May 25, 2017. During the event, rock-type Pokémon spawned at a higher rate, Buddy candy accrued at 4x the usual speed, Poké Balls were 50% off in the shop, and extra items were dropped at PokéStops!
PokémonGo Worldwide Bloom Event 2017 (Grass-type)
Pokémon Go held a worldwide bloom event from May 5 to May 8, 2017. During the event, grass-type Pokémon spawns were increased and Lures lasted for six hours.
Pokémon Go “Golden Week” Lure Event at McDonald’s Japan
Pokémon Go held a Lure Event for “Golden Week” in Japan, from April 29 to May 7, 2017.
— Pokémon GO Japan (@PokemonGOAppJP) April 28, 2017
Rough translation, cleaned up from Google:
During the period from Saturday, April 29 to Sunday, May 7, the petals will dance at PokéStops located at about 2,500 local MacDonald’s. The “Lure module collaboration event” will be held so that you can get a lot of Pokemon! GO Golden Week goes to McDonald’s GO!
Unlike the American Thanksgiving event, which was made international, this event was Japan-only, with McDonald’s Japan footing the bill.
Pokémon Go and Knight Foundation on May 7, 2017
Niantic, the developer behind Pokémon Go and Ingress, and the Knight Foundation, and organization focused on community engagement, announced an ongoing partnership that hopes to use location and augmented-reality based gaming to help bring neighborhoods and neighbors together.
The first event was set for May 7 in Charlotte, North Carolina, as part of the Open Streets 704 event in a 2.5-mile area. 16 PokéStops and two Gyms, selected by the City of Charlotte at significant sites along the route, were offer increased spawns to help make it exciting and engaging for everyone.
May 4, 2017 – Niantic, Inc., creators of hit augmented reality games Pokémon GO and Ingress, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation have formed a multi-year partnership to advance civic engagement in local communities around the United States through augmented reality experiences. The partnership will foster discovery, bring communities together, and promote engagement within public spaces by leveraging Niantic’s mobile location-based technology and experiences at select community events supported by The Knight Foundation.
“We founded Niantic to give people the chance to connect with the world around them using technology and games in innovative ways,” said John Hanke, CEO, Niantic, Inc. “The partnership with The Knight Foundation is a great forum to explore how technology can drive civic engagement.”
The collaboration will play out at community events in several cities, including Knight-sponsored Open Streets events. These temporarily close off car traffic so people can use streets for walking, bicycling, dancing, playing and socializing. The initiative will also tap unique facets of a city’s public spaces such as parks and libraries to bring together people of diverse backgrounds and build a sense of shared community. Over the next year, Niantic will collaborate with civic leaders in several cities where Knight Foundation supports community engagement. The initiative will work to enhance these events featuring special content within their augmented reality mobile games, Ingress and Pokémon GO.
“Pokemon Go has already showed us the impact technology can have on getting people out into public,” said Sam Gill, Knight vice president for learning and impact. “We’re excited to work with Niantic to explore new ways to help people engage with each other and their neighborhoods.”
The first event in the collaboration between Niantic and the Knight Foundation will be hosted on May 7 in Charlotte, North Carolina as part of the Open Streets 704 event in a 2.5 mile area. Though this first event will be experimental, fans of Pokémon GO can look forward to interacting with 16 PokéStops and two Gyms selected by the City of Charlotte at significant sites along the route. These locations will be highlighted on the official Open Streets 704 route map displayed at the event. To further immerse fans in the real-world experience, the physical location of each PokéStop will be physically marked along the route.
There are some reports that the event wasn’t well organized and that many weren’t pleased the only thing they got for participating was a set of stickers. Others seem to have really liked it. Either way, I hope we see many more of these, and like these, going forward.
Pokémon Go ‘Eggstravaganza’ Spring Event 2017
The Pokémon Go Spring Even lasted from April 13 to April 20, 2017. During the event, you got double XP, extra candy from egg hatches, and many 5 KM and 10 KM Pokémon began hatching from 2 KM eggs, including Lapras and Aerodactyl. Lucky Eggs were also offered at 50% in the Pokémon Go Shop.
Pokémon Go Water Festival 2017
The Pokémon Go Water Festival was done to help raise awareness for various global water days and weeks. During the festival, water-type Pokémon spawned at a much-increased rate, often replacing the typical common and rare spawns almost completely. And yes, that included Lapras!
In addition, a Magikarp hat was made available for trainers to wear, and Shiny Pokémon were introduced into Pokémon Go for the first time in the form of gold Magikarp and red Gyarados.
Pokémon Go Snorlax in Japan Event 2017
Similar to last fall’s Lapras event, Japan’s Kumamoto region is getting a Snorlax event to help bolster tourism following the earthquake of 2016.
— Pokémon GO Japan (@PokemonGOAppJP) March 2, 2017
Here’s an approximate translation:
We’ve received information that in the Kumamoto prefecture and in Oita prefecture, Yufu city and Beppu city, Snorlax has begun appearing more frequently. Was it roused by the Pokémon flute? The phenomenon is expected to continue from March 4 to March 13. There are areas and places where local reconstruction work is continuing. Do not enter a dangerous place. Otherwise, please enjoy Kumamoto and Oita!
If you’re in Japan or have wanted to go to Japan, and Snorlax is still on your must-get list, now’s the time to go!
Pokémon Day from February 26 to March 6, 2017
The Pokémon Day event saw Pokémon Go join the larger festivities by offering a special, limited edition Pikachu in a festive hat that could be caught from February 26 at 1:00 p.m. PST to March 6 at 1:00 p.m. PST.
Pokémon Go Valentine’s Day Event 2017
Pokémon Go ran a Valentine’s Day event for a whole week! That’s right, from February 8 to February 15, 2017.
During the Valentine’s event there was double candy, half walking distances, increased spawning rates for pink Pokémon, and Lures that lasted six hours.
Pokémon Go Holiday & New Year Events 2016/2017
The Pokémon Go Holiday & New Year Events overlapped, the holiday part running from December 25 through January 3, 2017 and the New Year part, December 30 through January 8.
During the holiday part, it offered and increased spawn rate for limited-time Santa Pikachu, an increased chances of hatching Gen 2 babies Cleffa, Igglybuff, Togepi, Smoochum, Elekid, or Magby, and a free 1-time Incubator from the first PokéStop spin of the day.
During the New Year part, it offered Increased spawn rate for Gen 1 Starter Pokémon and their evolutions, Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, Venusaur, Charmander, Charmeleon, Charizard, Squirtle, Wartortle, and Blastoise, and Lures lasting twice as long.
Pokémon Go Thanksgiving Event 2016
The Pokémon Go Thanksgiving Event ran from November 23rd through November 30th. It offered Double XP and Stardust for catching, hatching, and evolving Pokémon.
Pokémon Go Lapras in Japan Event 2016
From November 11 to November 23, 2016, Pokémon Go made Lapras easier to find in the Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima Prefectures of Japan. It was an attempt to help bring tourism back to the region following the earthquake earlier in the year.
皆さんにお知らせです。岩手県、宮城県、福島県の沿岸部でラプラスが出現しやすくなっていることが確認されました。この現象は11/23まで続くようです。東北の今を感じる旅に是非おでかけください！きっとPokémon GO以外でも素敵な発見がたくさんあると思います。 pic.twitter.com/1VPBngRU6v
— Pokémon GO Japan (@PokemonGOAppJP) November 11, 2016
Listen up everyone! It has been confirmed that Lapras is now easier to find in the coastal regions of Iwata, Miyagi, and Fukushima Prefectures. The phenomenon will continue until November 23. Please go out and journey in Tohoku! There are many wonderful discoveries to be made beyond Pokémon Go.
Pokémon Go Halloween Event 2016
The Pokémon Go Halloween Event ran from October 26 through November 1. It offered double candy for catching, hatching, and transferring Pokémon, and cut the distance for walking Buddy Pokémon down to 1/4. Increased spawn rates were also offered for Zubat, Golbat, Drowzee, Hypno, Gastly, Haunter, Gengar, Cubone, Marowak, Meowth, and Persian.
What Pokémon Go events do you want to see?
If you were planning the next big Pokémon Go event, when would you have it and how would you handle it?