Pokémon GO Fest is back for 2022, and full details of what we can expect from the two-day event – whether you’re a ticket holder or not – have finally been announced, including the debut of Gratitude Pokémon Shaymin, costumed Pikachu, and Unown variations.
Pokémon GO’s Summer GO Fest event takes place in June, and Trainers around the globe can take part, whether you purchase a ticket or not. Here, we’re going to take a look at what’s taking place each day, all ticket-holder exclusive bonuses, and the all-new Pokémon GO Fest Finale! The main things to know, though, are that this year’s GO Fest is all about Shaymin, the Mythical Gratitude Pokémon, which will be making its Pokémon GO debut for ticket holders. Also, Pokémon that have previously been very rare will be appearing throughout the weekend, such as Axew, Tropius and Pancham, and a bunch of other Pokémon will be making their shiny Pokémon GO debut!
Pokémon GO Fest Day 1 — June 4, 2022
On Saturday, the event will be split into hour-long segments, each represented by a habitat theme. The four rotating habitats will be indicated by themed confetti, and different Pokémon will appear for all Trainers. Every single player will also be able to claim a free event-themed avatar item in the in-game shop.
Event Pokémon appearing in the wild
Each themed hour will take place twice during the course of the eight-hour day, so if you miss the first one, don’t panic! You’ll have another chance later.
Ticket holders only
Event-themed Special Research Story
Ticket holders will have access to an exclusive Special Research Story that will result in an encounter with the Mythical Pokémon Shaymin. Other rewards for completing these research tasks include an event-exclusive avatar item and a special avatar pose.
Before undertaking your Special Research Tasks, you’ll need to choose the path you’d like to follow, a choice which will be permanent, so choose wisely!
You will need to choose between Relaxed, Standard and Master difficulty for your challenges. While this will change the challenges you receive, it won’t change your rewards, apart from the sticker given upon completion.
You’ll also need to select whether you prefer to Catch, Explore or Battle, which will also determine the type of challenges you receive.
Event Pokémon attracted to Incense
Unown B will be making its global Pokémon GO debut, and will be attracted to Incense for the duration of the Saturday event alongside other Unown variants. Ticket holders with incense active will also see an increased chance of encountering shiny Pokémon!
Earn up to four new Elite Collector medals with four separate Collection Challenges for ticket-holders to complete on Saturday, each themed around the different habitat hours.
The Global Challenge Arena
Ticket holders around the world will work together on Saturday to unlock additional bonuses for completing specific challenges. The challenges are yet to be announced, but check your Today feed during the event for the current challenge, as well as the global progress and the progress your friends have made.
Pokémon GO Fest Day 2 — June 5, 2022
On Sunday, all Pokémon that appeared during the habitat hours will be appearing in the wild all day, so you have the chance to encounter any you might have missed on Saturday! Plus, a surprise Legendary Pokémon will be making an appearance in Five-Star Raids.
The Global Challenge Arena
On Sunday, all Trainers will be able to take part in the Global Challenge. As with Saturday’s Global Challenge, you’ll be able to check the Today feed for your progress, your friends’ progress, and the world’s progress!
Ticket holders only
The same Pokémon that were attracted to ticket-holders’ incense on Saturday will do the same again on Sunday, so you’ll get another chance to catch that brand-new Unown B!
Ticket-holders will also notice an increased frequency of Team GO Rocket balloons, and will earn double Mysterious Components for defeating Grunts… That means it will take only three battles to forge a Rocket Radar!
Bonuses all weekend
Event Pokémon appearing in One-Star Raids
On both Saturday and Sunday, for all Trainers, Costumed Pikachu wearing a flower inspired by Shaymin will be appearing in One-Star Raids! So will Axew, who is making its shiny debut during the event, so get raiding for your chance of adding a strong, shiny Haxorus to your collection!
|Pikachu wearing Gracidea flower
Excitingly, loads of Pokémon will be making their shiny debut during Pokémon GO Fest 2022, appearing for both ticket-holders and non ticket-holders!
Don’t forget to take snapshots throughout the weekend! Not only will Trainers’ snapshots be featured in the Today View all weekend, but Trainers can also expect a surprise Pokémon to appear in their snapshots! Non ticket-holders can get one surprise snapshot encounter a day, while ticket-holders can get up to five.
Ticket holders only
Ticket holders will also benefit from the following rewards on both days of the event:
- Spin Gym Photo-Discs to earn up to nine free standard Raid Passes each day.
- Spin Pokestops and open Gifts for special event-themed stickers
When does Pokémon GO Fest take place?
Pokémon GO Fest will be live between the hours of 10am and 6pm local time on Saturday June 4, and Sunday June 5, 2022. The finale event, however, will not be held until August 27, 2022.
Pokémon GO Fest: Finale! — August 27, 2022
The Pokémon GO Fest Finale is taking place in August once in-person GO Fest events have concluded in Germany (July 1 – 3), Seattle, US (July 22 – 24), and Sapporo, JPN (August 5 – 7). The finale will include a Special Research Story, more event-exclusive Pokémon encounters and much more, with additional details to be revealed nearer the time. This is also a ticketed event, and Trainers can get access for free with a GO Fest ticket, or for $10.99 or your regional equivalent.
Tickets for GO Fest Finale! are not yet available, but we’ll let you know as soon as they are!
How to buy a Pokémon GO Fest ticket
If you want to get the full rewards from the event, as well as entry to the August Finale, then you can buy a ticket from the Pokémon GO in-game shop. Tickets cost US$14.99/£13.99 or your local equivalent, and can be found in the in-game shop right now.
If you’re still not sure, Niantic have shared a handy table at pokemongolive.com which showcases the differences between the ticket-holder experience and the non-ticket-holder experience.
We can’t wait for Pokémon GO Fest this year, it feels like one of the busiest and most exciting Pokémon GO events to date with the great selection of Pokémon debuts and shinies. Apart from the adorable Shaymin, the highlight for us is definitely shiny Axew… fingers crossed for that shundo (shiny, 4*) Haxorus.