The first round of Professor Willow’s Global Challenge took place on June 30 and July 1 during the Pokémon GO Safari Zone event in Dortmund, Germany. Since all of the requirements of the challenge were met, players unlocked XP bonuses for catching Pokémon, hatching Eggs and participating in Raid Battles. Trainers also unlocked a bonus that made Lucky Eggs last for one hour until July 9.
In addition, Trainers worldwide were able to receive five free Raid Passes when they spun a Photo Disc at a Gym for Articuno Day, featuring the Legendary Pokémon Articuno. Articuno is no longer available in Raid Battles around the world. Trainers were able to encounter its rare Shiny form as well. See below for event hours in your region:
- The Asia-Pacific region: 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. JST (GMT +9)
- Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India: 9:00 a.m.to 12:00 p.m. UTC (GMT +0)
- The Americas and Greenland: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. PT (GMT -8)
Pokémon GO developer Niantic has postponed the Articuno Day event in Japan due to extreme weather conditions. A new date has yet to be announced, but the developer is planning to announce more details soon.