Party with Pansear during the Pokémon GO Anniversary Event!
In lieu of birthday cake and balloons, celebrate with a Battle Weekend, Shadow Latios, Shiny Unown E, and so much more.
Pokémon GO‘s another year older, and it’s time to celebrate with the Ultra Unlock: Anniversary Event running through July 12, 2022, at 8:00 p.m. local time. Charmeleon wearing a party hat, Charizard wearing a party hat, and Pikachu wearing a cake hat will all make their Pokémon GO debuts! Pansear is also getting into the party spirit—while it’s usually only available in certain regions, it will appear globally in the wild and in raids throughout the event.
Partner up for this epic party with your favorite first partner Pokémon from Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, and Unova. If you evolve these Pokémon during the event, they’ll be able to learn featured attacks from past events. Evolve Bulbasaur, Chikorita, Treecko, Turtwig, or Snivy and they’ll learn the Charged Attack Frenzy Plant. Evolve Charmander, Cyndaquil, Torchic, Chimchar, or Tepig and they’ll turn up the heat with the Charged Attack Blast Burn. Evolve Squirtle, Totodile, Mudkip, Piplup, or Oshawott and they’ll make a splash with the Charged Attack Hydro Cannon. Plus, Charmander and Charizard can learn the Fast Attack Dragon Breath. Many of these first partner Pokémon will come in handy during the GO Battle League Element Cup running from August 3, 2022, to August 10, 2022, as Trainers can only compete with Fire-, Water-, and Grass-type Pokémon with a CP of 500 or lower.
Party in style with new commemorative avatar items and stickers—including a sixth anniversary avatar outfit—available in the in-game shop. Trainers can also spin PokéStops and open Gifts to obtain event-themed stickers.
The following Pokémon will appear in raids throughout the event.
Pikachu wearing a cake hat
Charizard wearing a party hat*
Mega Charizard X
Mega Charizard Y
*If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!
Ultra Unlock: Battle Weekend
Roll up your sleeves and get ready to take on Team GO Rocket—including their dastardly leader, Giovanni. From July 9, 2022, at 12:00 a.m. to July 10, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. local time, you can begin a new Special Research story, enjoy event bonuses, encounter new Shadow Pokémon, and save Shadow Latios from Giovanni. Trainers will have until September 21, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. local time to claim the Special Research.
During Ultra Unlock: Battle Weekend, Team GO Rocket Grunts will bring Shadow Geodude, Shadow Shinx, Shadow Patrat, and Shadow Purrloin into battle. Save these Shadow Pokémon and then teach them a new Charged Attack with a Charged TM during this special weekend. Opportunities to unlearn the Charged Attack Frustration don’t happen often, so make the most of this brief window.
The following bonuses will also make this weekend an ideal time to participate in raids and battle other Trainers.
Team GO Rocket balloons will appear every two hours.
The maximum number of sets you can play per day will be increased from five to 20, for a total of 100 battles.
5× Stardust from GO Battle League rewards.
One extra Raid Pass per day.
2× XP from Raid Battles.
Defeating Team GO Rocket Grunts will earn you two Mysterious Components.
Legendary Pokémon will appear as reward encounters in the GO Battle League at rank 16 and up.
Happy Anniversary, Trainers!
Celebrate six years of Pokémon GO during the Anniversary Event and Battle Weekend!
It’s time to celebrate Pokémon GO and party like it’s 2016! To help kick this anniversary into high gear, we’re having a sensational six-themed celebration—including a special emphasis on Charizard, which is #006 in the Pokedéx. With event-themed Field Research, Timed Research, and a Battle Weekend taking place, there’ll be plenty of fun for Trainers everywhere to enjoy!
What’s more, our intel suggests there may be components to this event that will only be revealed after certain Ultra Unlock conditions are met. Could Pokémon GO Fest: Berlin have something to do with this?
Tickets are still available for Pokémon GO Fest: Berlin, Pokémon GO Fest: Seattle, and Pokémon GO Fest: Sapporo. Stay tuned for more details on the global Finale event that will take place on August 27!
UPDATE: Congratulations, Trainers! Thanks to your efforts during Pokémon GO Fest: Berlin, you’ve earned Ultra Unlock bonuses for two upcoming events— Ultra Unlock: Anniversary Event and Ultra Unlock: Battle Weekend!
Get ready to celebrate even harder with more bonuses and Pokémon appearing!
Pokémon GO Anniversary Event
Wednesday, July 6, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. to Tuesday, July 12, 2022, at 8:00 p.m. local time
Party Hat Charmeleon, Party Hat Charizard, and Cake Costume Pikachu will make their Pokémon GO debuts! This is also the first time Trainers will be able to evolve their Party Hat Charmanders! If you’re lucky, you may even encounter Shiny Party Hat Charmeleon and Shiny Party Hat Charizard!
Ultra Unlock bonus: encounter Pansear!
Pansear, the High Temp Pokémon, will be appearing in the wild and in raids around the world during Pokémon GO’s Anniversary Event as an Ultra Unlock bonus!
Ultra Unlock bonus: Unown E appears!
Unown E will appear in Raid Battles during the Anniversary Event as an Ultra Unlock bonus!
Ultra Unlock bonus: Timed Research
Event-exclusive Timed Research will be available throughout the event!
Complete the research tasks to encounter the following Pokémon.
The following Pokémon will appear more frequently in the wild.
The following Pokémon will be appearing in raids.
***Mega Charizard Y will appear in Raid battles from Thursday, July 7, 2022, to Tuesday, July 12, 2022.
Field Research task encounters
You can encounter the following Pokémon when you complete Field Research tasks!
New avatar items and stickers
The following avatar items will be available to purchase in the in-game shop during this event and will continue to be available after the event ends!
6th Anniversary avatar items
You’ll also be able to get event-themed stickers by spinning PokéStops, opening Gifts, and purchasing them from the in-game shop.
From Saturday, July 9, 2022, at 12:00 a.m. to Sunday, July 10, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. local time
Ultra Unlock: Battle Weekend event bonuses
Ultra Unlock bonus: blasts from the past
If you evolve the following first partner Pokémon during Ultra Unlock: Battle Weekend, they’ll know attacks that were previously featured during past events!
Special Research centered on Giovanni will be available. Complete it to earn Super Rocket Radar!
The Special Research will be available to claim until the end of the Season of GO on September 1, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. local time.
Save Shadow Latios!
Giovanni doesn’t do anything halfway. After Trainers around the world saved Shadow Latias, the Team GO Rocket boss just had to get his hands on Shadow Latios—and now it needs your help! Get ready to face off against Giovanni and rescue Shadow Latios!
Team GO Rocket Grunts—as well as their leaders, Sierra, Cliff, and Arlo—are also using different Shadow Pokémon. Help Spark, Blanche, and Candela overcome their adversaries and rescue the Shadow Pokémon! If you’re lucky, you may encounter different Shiny Shadow Pokémon than normal, too!
In addition, Team GO Rocket has also turned the following Pokémon into Shadow Pokémon. Defeat Team GO Rocket Grunts to save them!
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—The Pokémon GO team