Pokémon GO launched nearly five years ago, providing Trainers the opportunity to encounter Pokémon in the real world. You can celebrate a half decade of Pokémon GO adventures with Pokémon GO Fest 2021, which will take place on July 17 and 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. local time each day. Tickets are now available in the Pokémon GO shop, and to commemorate the game's fifth anniversary, tickets are only US$4.99 (or the equivalent pricing tier in your local currency, plus any applicable taxes and fees)!
There's a lot to look forward to for this year's Pokémon GO Fest. Each day will offer a unique experience, with exciting features for all Trainers and exclusive benefits for ticket holders. Here are just some of the highlights you can expect during each day of Pokémon GO Fest 2021.
Saturday, July 17, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Local Time
With a ticket, you'll be able to access the Pokémon GO Fest 2021 Special Research story starting on the first day of the event! In this Special Research story, you'll be the event director for a music festival. You'll get to pick between Pokémon to join your musical group and help Professor Willow to put on the best concert possible. Choose between Pikachu Rock Star and Pikachu Pop Star to join you in this mission—depending on which Pikachu you choose, a different track created by Pokémon music producer Junichi Masuda will play during the event! Plus, Pokémon related to music will be appearing more frequently in the wild throughout the day.
The Global Challenge Arena is returning, offering ticket holders a different collaborative challenge each hour. If they complete the challenge, they'll benefit from a special bonus for the remainder of the hour.
Four themed habitats will feature on an hourly rotation: Jungle, Desert Mountain, Ocean Beach, and Cave. During each habitat hour, certain Pokémon will be appearing in the wild for all Trainers. For ticket holders, other featured Pokémon will be attracted to Incense depending on which habitat is currently active, and ticket holders will also have an increased chance of encountering featured Shiny Pokémon. Ticket holders will also be able to complete four Collection Challenges, each one corresponding to a habitat.
Sunday, July 18, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Local Time
Day two of Pokémon GO Fest 2021 is all about raids! On Sunday, July 18, all Trainers will be able to participate in raids featuring fan-favorite Pokémon. Ticket holders will earn an additional 10,000 XP for completing raids that day, and they'll also be able to stock up on Raid Passes during event hours, including up to 10 Raid Passes from spinning Gym Photo Discs, up to eight Remote Raid Passes from Timed Research, and a bundle of three Remote Raid Passes at no cost from the shop.
Plus, all the Pokémon featured on Saturday will also be appearing on Sunday, so it'll be a good opportunity for you to encounter any that you might have missed on the first day of the event!
Certain features will be available both days of the event, too! For ticket holders, Unown F and Unown G will be attracted to Incense. Lucky ticket holders might even find a Shiny Unown F or Unown G! For all Trainers, any Lure Modules activated during event hours will last for three hours, and Eggs placed in an Incubator during event hours will require half the usual Hatch Distance. In addition, a special event T-shirt will be available at PokemonCenter.com beginning next month, so stay tuned for additional details.
There are even more exciting surprises planned for Pokémon GO Fest 2021, and you won't want to miss them. You can purchase an event ticket in the Pokémon GO shop for US$4.99 (or the equivalent pricing tier in your local currency, plus any applicable taxes and fees). Note that PokéCoins cannot be used to purchase a ticket. For more details on Pokémon GO Fest 2021, visit the Pokémon GO blog.