Pokémon GO Fest 2018 on July 14 and 15 was the second major event in Professor Willow’s Global Research Challenge, which was underway in the Asia-Pacific region until 23:59 JST, in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India until 23:59 UTC, and in the Americas and Greenland until 23:59 PDT on July 15. Rewards that will be available from July 16 to July 23 at 1 p.m. PDT are mentioned in the below chart:
Trainers without a ticket to the event were not able to see any Pokémon or PokéStops in Lincoln Park, but Trapinch, Feebas and other Pokémon featured in the habitats of Pokémon GO Fest were appearing more frequently all over the world during the weekend. The Cheering Pokémon, Plusle and Minun, were also appearing more frequently worldwide as Trainers complete themed Field Research tasks. Catching Plusle and Minun resulted in bonus Stardust, and Trainers got to discover their Shiny versions. Alolan Diglett, Alolan Dugtrio, Alolan Geodude, Alolan Graveler and Alolan Golem have also begun appearing globally for the first time in Pokémon GO.
If you didn’t have a Pokémon GO Fest 2018 ticket, Niantic suggested that you avoid playing Pokémon GO in Lincoln Park this weekend. In celebration of Pokémon GO Fest 2018, Lugia and Shiny Lugia returned to Raid Battles until July 15. Lugia was replacing Regice for this weekend only. Plus, special Pokémon and Raid Battles were appearing across the globe. There are three new boxes that were made available to purchase via the in-game shop as well:
- Special Box – one Egg Incubator, four Premium Raid Passes and 20 Ultra Balls for 480 PokéCoins
- Great Box – three Super Incubators, six Premium Raid Passes, 10 Pinap Berries and six Star Pieces for 780 PokéCoins
- Ultra Box – nine Super Incubators, nine Lucky Eggs, 12 Premium Raid Passes and nine Star Pieces for 1480 PokéCoins
Niantic reiterated that Trainers without a Pokémon GO Fest ticket could not see any Pokémon in Lincoln Park during this weekend. However, some special Pokémon found in the Pokémon GO Fest grounds were appearing around downtown Chicago. Special Pokémon included Torkoal, Aggron, Lotad, Torchic, Mudkip, Nuzleaf, Unown, Unown ?, Treecko, Plusle and Minun. Trainers from the Asia-Pacific region have successfully completed 5 million research tasks, guaranteeing that, starting on July 16, Trainers will receive 1 Rare Candy for winning Raid Battles.
Team Mystic and Blanche supporters have managed to successfully complete three million research tasks. The Mythical Pokémon Celebi has officially made its Pokémon GO debut at Pokémon GO Fest 2018. Celebi can be caught after successfully completing a Special Research quest. The Mythical Pokémon will soon be available to Trainers worldwide. Fans can now follow Plusle and Minun’s Pokémon GO Fest 2018 adventures on Instagram. Trainers from Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India have finished over 2.5 million research tasks. Trainers from the Americas and Greenland are now more than halfway toward unlocking the halved hatch distance global bonus. Team Valor and Candela supporters have hit over 6 million completed research tasks. Trainers at Pokémon GO Fest 2018 have completed over 100,000 research tasks. For a limited time, the Legendary Pokémon Articuno and Shiny Articuno have started appearing Raid Battles in Chicago, Illinois. Trainers in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India have managed to finish 5 million research tasks, which means the 2× hatch Candy bonus will be available to everyone. Trainers from the Americas and Greenland have finished 5 million research tasks, which means the halved hatch distance global bonus will be available to everyone.
Niantic has reiterated that Trainers who attended Pokémon GO Fest 2018 with a Saturday ticket will not be able to find Pokémon or PokéStops in Lincoln Park today, but Trapinch, Feebas and more special Pokémon can be found throughout downtown Chicago. Avid Pokémon GO fan Pkmn Master Holly has shared the following tip for taking Pokémon GO AR photos: “Take pictures of Pokémon in their natural habitat where you could find them in the wild, for a seamless realistic photo.” Five other avid Pokémon GO fans have shared tips of their own. Team Instinct and Spark supporters have managed to contribute over nine million Field Research task completions to Professor Willow’s Global Challenge.