Pokemon GO Fest 2021: Everything You Need to Know About

Niantic Labs has revealed some new information about this year's Pokemon GO Fest.
Niantic Labs has revealed some new information about this year's Pokemon GO Fest. / Niantic Labs

Niantic Labs has revealed some new information about this year's Pokemon GO Fest.

Trainers are in for "an exciting musical adventure" at Pokemon GO Fest 2021. The celebration marks not only the fifth anniversary of Pokemon GO as a game, but also the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Pokemon franchise. Additionally, this year's fest has an official sponsor in Google Play, setting the stage for the theme of the party: a music festival with trainers as the directors of the show.

Pokemon GO Fest 2021 Details So Far

Pokemon GO Fest 2021 will feature remote programming akin to last year's event. This means that the party will be wherever trainers are for the duration and that all they'll need to do is purchase a single ticket to gain access to the experience.

Tickets for the event are just $4.99 USD in honor of the anniversary number. They can be purchased in-game in the shop tab. Pokemon GO Fest 2021 will run from Sunday, June 17 to Monday, June 28. Each day will feature different events that last from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. according to the trainer's local time.

Some special bonuses for all trainers include:

  • Trainer photos will be featured in the Today View Share your photos with #PokemonGOFest2021 for a chance to see them featured during the event.
  • All Lure Modules activated during event hours will last for three hours
  • Special music created by Pokémon music producer Junichi Masuda will be playing in the app throughout the event.
  • 1/2 Hatch Distance when Eggs are placed in an Incubator during event hours.
  • Pokémon hatching from 7 km eggs include Igglybuff, Chingling, Audino, and more.
  • Event-exclusive Field Research tasks, special on-map visual effects, and more!

Day One Catch Details

The goal of day one is to catch Pokemon. Hourly rotating Pokemon pools are making a comeback this year. However, instead of type, they'll be focused on the habitat where the Pokemon can be found in the wild. Additionally, the change in scenery will affect the type of Pokemon attracted to incense with an increased shiny chance.

There are currently four habitats announced. We've included their incense-specific spawns below:

  • Jungle—Unown F, Unown G, Ludicolo, Chatot, Leafeon, and Serperior.
  • Desert Mountain—Flareon, Unown F, Unown G, Tyranitar, Flygon, and Throh.
  • Ocean Beach—Gyarados, Vaporeon, Azumarill, Unown F, Unown G, and Sawk.
  • Cave—Umbreon, Unown F, Unown G, Gardevoir, Absol, and Galvantula.

According to Niantic, when not using incense, trainers will be running into Pokemon associated with these biomes during their time slot—alongside music-themed Pokemon such as Kricketot. For example, one could encounter a Geodude during Cave hour and a Scyther during Jungle hour. The habitats also come with unique collection challenges.

Trainers will also have the opportunity to help their team complete Global Challenges for bonus rewards.

Several Pokemon are making their first ever debut during this event:

  • Shiny Whismur
  • Shiny Chimecho
  • Shiny Audino
  • Shiny Tympole
  • Shiny Unown F
  • Shiny Throh
  • Shiny Sawk

Certain Pokemon will appear in music-inspired costumes, including:

  • Rock Star Pikachu
  • Pop Star Pikachu
  • Galarian Ponyta
  • Galarian Zigzagoon
  • Gardevoir
  • Flygon

Day Two Raid Details

The second day is all about raiding. All the Pokemon encounters and chances from day one carry over into day two with special raids and raid bonuses slapped on top.

Announced raid bosses include:

  • Hitmontop
  • Cranidos
  • Deino
  • Costumed Galarian Ponyta
  • Costumed Galarian Zigzagoon

Ticket holders can enjoy the following raid items and rewards:

  • Extra 10,000 XP upon completing a raid.
  • Spin Gym discs to earn up to 10 bonus raid passes.
  • Redeem a bundle of three free Remote Raid passes in the in-game shop.
  • Complete timed research to earn eight more Remote Raid passes.

What about the Music?

The musical aspect of Pokemon GO Fest 2021 is featured in this year's special research line, as well as the costumes of select Pokemon and the wild pool of music-themed encounters.

Players will have the opportunity to choose Rock Star or Pop Star Pikachu to start. This will affect the type of music played during the event—so choose wisely! Junichi Masuda, music producer for the Pokemon franchise, has designed specific soundtracks for both sides to enjoy.

Rewards for the event-exclusive research are an avatar pose, avatar shirt item, and even an encounter with an unannounced Mythical Pokemon.

More information about the event can be found on Niantic's Pokemon GO news blog.