Datamined information from Pokémon GO Fest 2021 appears to have leaked a surprise Mythical Pokémon tease planned by Niantic for the latter half of the two-day global event.
Leading up to this weekend's Pokémon GO Fest 2021, Niantic has not been shy about promoting the event with announcements such as Meloetta being the featured Mythical Pokémon, plenty of promo perks made available for trainers thanks to Google Play sponsoring the event, and a special content series collab with The Try Guys. However, despite Niantic seemingly pulling out all the stops to prepare trainers for what exactly they can expect to experience in-game after redeeming their $4.99 USD tickets, it appears there are some extra surprises remaining in the woodwork that are soon to come to light.
As trainers from around the globe continue to gear up — both in-game and in real life — for this year's special summer celebration commemorating both the 25th anniversary of Pokémon and the fifth anniversary of Pokémon GO, it seems details regarding a major part of the program have been spilled.
The series of events was set off on r/TheSilphRoad on Thursday morning by a datamining report from PokéMiners that revealed dialogue from Professor Willow directly mentioning the Mythical Pokémon Hoopa and hinting that it would make its in-game debut on Day 2 of GO Fest 2021.
Starting July 18, Pokémon GO Fest 2021 was already scheduled to be all about raiding and feature the returns of the title's existing legendaries via an unknown force.
Soon after the PokéMiners thread was published, however, Pokémon GO YouTube partners and community sites working closely with Niantic promptly looked to heed warnings designed to slow down and temper the expectations of trainers.
At this point, some confusion began to be generated in the community as trainers suspected the initial datamining report was off-kilter.
However, PokéMiners soon responded with another datamine thread, showing strong signs that Hoopa will be added to the game's current opening loading screen once Day 1 of the festival wraps up on June 17 at 6 p.m. local time.
Ultimately, if Niantic's rumored idea to surprise players with a first look at Hoopa once they open the game midway through the event is truly real, that would be both unprecedented and a surprise that would be well-received by trainers.
However, it also does make sense that Niantic wants trainers to temper their expectations in the case that it doesn't happen. Although Pokémon GO Fest is an event where Mythical creatures are released, things would've turned pretty sour if excitement around Hoopa continued to grow at its initial pace — especially with paid ticket sales being involved.