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Shiny Abra and Clefairy accidentally distributed at Pokemon GO Fest

Whoops!

Pokemon GO Fest kicked off in Chicago yesterday, where many fans were hoping to hunt down a Shiny Horsea. That was the original plan, anyway. For whatever reason, Pokemon GO Fest was dishing out Shiny Abra and Clefairy at the start of the event. Niantic says this was a mistake, and quickly took the Pokemon down and replaced them with Shiny Horsea. No explanation for the mistake was given.

Pokemon GO campaign taking place in Pokemon Center/Store locations

Fight for your life, win a sticker

The Pokemon Company has announced a new Pokemon GO campaign that fans can get in on at Pokemon Center and Pokemon Store locations in Japan. The campaign, which runs from June 17th to June 30th, 2019, focuses on Legendary Raid Battles. If players work together and manages to successfully complete a raid, they'll get to take home a set of Cresselia, Kyogre, or Groudon stickers.

Pokemon GO Fest global tie-in events now live

Have fun, trainers!

Pokemon GO Fest has kicked off in Chicago, but there's also some tie-in events for those who couldn't make it to the fun in person. Here's the following content players around the world can expect.

- increase in spawns of Horsea and some other GO Fest focused Pokémon
- Shiny Horsea now available

We also have details on content specific to those attending Pokemon GO Fest in Chicago.

- Pokémon GO Fest Chicago event attendees—Complete 1 million research tasks to unlock 2× Catch Candy
- Team Instinct—Complete 15 million research tasks globally to unlock guaranteed 1 Rare Candy per raid
- Team Valor—Complete 15 million research tasks globally to unlock 1/2 Hatch Distance
- Team Mystic—Complete 15 million research tasks globally to unlock 2× Hatch Candy
- If all players complete these, then the bonuses will run from 20:00 UTC June 18th to 20:00 UTC June 25th
- there will be a special Raikou Raid Day with Shiny Raikou available at a later date

Free Pokemon GO Fest t-shirt available in Pokemon GO

Holy shirt!

In honor of Pokemon GO Fest kicking off in Chicago, Niantic has added a special t-shirt to Pokemon GO. Even better, the t-shirt is free! We don't know how long it'll be available to download, so make sure to grab it while you can!

Pokemon GO Horsea event takes place on June 13th, 2019

Horsea play

In celebration of Pokemon GO Fest 2019, Niantic has announced that the water-type Pokémon Horsea will begin appearing more frequently globally. You can expect to start seeing more of the Pokemon at 9 a.m. PDT on June 13th, 2019. You might even find a Shiny while you're at it!

Are you ready for Professor Willow’s Pokemon GO Global Challenge?

Is the world ready?

Attention, Team Instinct, Mystic, and Valor Trainers!

Get ready for a Global Challenge like you’ve never experienced before! This year, Professor Willow has tasked Spark, Blanche, and Candela to take on new challenges and grow as leaders. While they’re already accomplished Pokémon GO Trainers, the professor wants to make sure they’re ready to take on any trouble that might come their way.

Each team leader will be responsible for rallying Trainers to complete research both around the world and at each of the three Pokémon GO Fest events this summer. Complete the Global Challenge research alongside the Trainers at every Pokémon GO Fest, and unlock exciting bonuses designed by none other than your very own team leaders the following week! If all three teams and the event attendees meet the research goals, a special bonus Raid Day will be unlocked during the bonus week. And if all goals are met by the end of summer, an even more exciting bonus will be unlocked!

The professor believes that Spark, Blanche, and Candela are ready to take on such a responsibility, and we hope you’re excited to support them. Read the details carefully, Trainers, and prepare yourselves!

Spark’s Candy Research Challenge

Challenge Date + Time
Thursday, June 13, 2019, at 9 a.m. to Sunday, June 16, 2019, at 5 p.m. PDT (GMT −7)

This challenge lasts from start to finish of Pokémon GO Fest Chicago.
Challenge Research Tasks

Pokémon GO Fest Chicago event attendees—Complete 1 million research tasks to unlock 2× Catch Candy
Team Instinct—Complete 15 million research tasks globally to unlock guaranteed 1 Rare Candy per raid
Team Valor—Complete 15 million research tasks globally to unlock 1/2 Hatch Distance
Team Mystic—Complete 15 million research tasks globally to unlock 2× Hatch Candy
Reward Bonus Date + Time

All successfully unlocked bonuses will run from Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at 1 p.m. until Tuesday, June 25, 2019, at 1 p.m. PDT.
Unlock all the above bonuses, and Raikou will be available in raids for a short period of time (date and time to be announced later). If you’re lucky, you might encounter Shiny Raikou!
Candela’s XP Research Challenge

Challenge Date + Time
Thursday, July 4, 2019, at 1 a.m. to Sunday, July 7, 2019, at 9 a.m. PDT (GMT −7)

This challenge lasts from start to finish of Pokémon GO Fest Dortmund.
Challenge Research Tasks

Pokémon GO Fest Dortmund event attendees—Complete 1 million research tasks to unlock 3× Catch XP
Team Instinct—Complete 15 million research tasks globally to unlock 1-hour Lucky Eggs
Team Valor—Complete 15 million research tasks globally to unlock 3× Hatch XP
Team Mystic—Complete 15 million research tasks globally to unlock 2× Raid XP
Reward Bonus Date + Time

All successfully unlocked bonuses will run from Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at 1 p.m. until Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at 1 p.m. PDT.
Unlock all the above bonuses, and Entei will be available in raids Sunday, July 14, 2019 (time to be announced later). If you’re lucky, you might encounter Shiny Entei!
Blanche’s Stardust Research Challenge

Challenge Date + Time
Monday, August 5, 2019, at 6 p.m. to Monday, August 12, 2019, at 1 a.m. PDT (GMT −7)

This challenge lasts from start to finish of Pokémon GO Fest Yokohama.
Challenge Research Tasks

Pokémon GO Fest Yokohama event attendees—Complete 2 million research tasks to unlock 3× Catch Stardust
Team Instinct—Complete 25 million research tasks globally to unlock guaranteed 3,000 Stardust per raid
Team Valor—Complete 25 million research tasks globally to unlock 3× Hatch Stardust
Team Mystic—Complete 25 million research tasks globally to unlock 1-hour Star Pieces
Reward Bonus Date + Time

All successfully unlocked bonuses will run from Tuesday, August 13, 2019, at 1 p.m. until Tuesday, August 20, 2019, at 1 p.m. PDT.
Unlock all the above bonuses, and Suicune will be available in raids on Saturday, August 17, 2019 (time to be announced later). If you’re lucky, you might encounter Shiny Suicune!
It’s time to set team allegiances aside and unite to complete this challenge. Professor Willow has high expectations for Spark, Blanche, and Candela, and they’ll need your support now more than ever. Let’s work together and GO!

Pokemon GO - Version 1.114.2 now available

Pokemon GO has been updated to Version 1.114.2. Check out the full patch notes below.

Trainers! In our last release, you discovered brand-new Lure Modules to help you catch even more Pokemon from the Shinnoh region. What can you expect in this release?

GO Fest-related content: Are you read for our Summer events? Our first Pokemon GO Fest of the Summer is coming up! Even if you won't be joining us June 13th to 16th, 2019 in Chicago, there are still tons of ways to join the fun.

Pokemon GO's most infamous elderly player gets a rig to play 30 games at once

This man is unstoppable!

The infamous 70-year-old Pokemon GO player Chen San Yuan is back! Last time we saw him, he had a special sponsorship deal with ASUS for their Zenfone Max Pro M2 phone. They created a special rig for him that featured 21 phones altogether, but it appears that wasn't enough for Yuan! He's now put together a rig featuring 30 different phones! That's a LOT of Pokemon GO playing!

Slakoth Pokemon GO Community Day getting a do-over in the EMEA region

Slakoth will return

Yesterday was the latest Pokemon GO Community Day, where players had an increased chance of grabbing Slakoth. Well, that's how things were supposed to be, but something went wonky in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. It seems the game's weather component was having issues in those regions, and it lead to Slakoth being extremely hard to find. Niantic has taken to Twitter to announce that they'll be giving players another chance to grab Slakoth later this Summer. More details will be shared at a later date.

Reminder: Pokemon GO Community Day featuring Slakoth kicks off today

Don't Slakoth!

Get out and play together in your local community parks on Pokémon GO Community Day. For just a few hours each month, you can encounter a special Pokémon in the wild. During these hours, there’s a chance to learn a previously unavailable move for that Pokémon or its Evolution, as well as earn some Community Day bonuses. Celebrate what it means to be a part of the Pokémon GO community and make new friends along the way!

Note: Fast TMs and Charged TMs will not grant exclusive moves during Community Day. To learn the exclusive move, you must catch or evolve the featured Pokémon during Community Day hours.

Find a Meetup Near You

Are you looking for Community Day event details or other Pokémon GO-related meetups happening in your city? There are many websites and platforms that Pokémon GO players use to organize with their local communities. To connect with other Trainers near you, try searching for your city name in conjunction with Pokémon GO on your preferred search engine, or finding groups in your area on social media channels, apps, and websites such as Facebook, Discord, Slack, WhatsApp, and more! These groups are managed independently by players and are not sponsored by Niantic, but offer great opportunities to meet Trainers in your area.

Pokemon GO's Torchic Community Day runs today from 3 to 6 PM EDT. Best of luck to all trainers out there!