Initially announced in 2021 to promote a themed airplane traveling experience in Japan, the Pokémon GO x Pokémon Air Adventures event is now happening in May 2022. With the delay, there have also been some new changes in Pokémon GO. Niantic just rolled out the revamped Mega Evolution system, so some more Mega Pokémon are joining the game. Since Flying-type Pokémon are being showcased, that means it’s finally time for Mega Latias and Mega Latios to enter the skies of Pokémon GO!

This event has split into two different experiences – a worldwide event that all Trainers can participate in and an in-person event in Okinawa, Japan. The following guide covers the worldwide version of the event, but does mention some key differences due in part to promotional materials Niantic is using to promote the worldwide version.

 

Pokémon GO’s Season of Alola – Pokémon Air Adventures event

Begins: Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time.

Ends: Sunday, May 8th, 2022 at 8 p.m. your local time.

 

Pokémon Debuts – Mega Latias and Mega Latios

 

 

More Mega Pokémon are joining Pokémon GO! This time it’s the Eon duo, Mega Latias and Mega Latios. They’ll both be appearing via Mega Raids and in order to unlock the ability to Mega Evolve a Latias or Latios, you must defeat their Mega forms in a Mega Raid. Once defeated, you’ll also get a catch encounter with them (i.e.: battle a Mega Latias and then get a Latias Encounter) a limited set of Premiere Balls.

Note: As for the Flying Pikachu shown in the above image, that is a color variant that is exclusive to a ticketed, in-person event taking place in Okinawa, Japan on Saturday, May 7th, and Sunday, May 8th. The worldwide event will have the previously released Flying Pikachu with pastel-colored balloons. This same Okinawa event will have another Costumed Pikachu exclusive (wearing a button-up shirt) as well. You can see those exclusives on the official Japanese Pokémon GO blog.

 

Event Bonuses

  • 1/2 Egg Hatch Distance when Eggs are placed in an Incubator during the event period.

 

Wild Encounters

  • The following Pokémon will be appearing in the wild: Flying Pikachu* (pastel-colored balloons), Jigglypuff*, Meowth*, Psyduck*, Doduo*, Magikarp*, Wingull*, Swablu*, and Drifloon*.
    • If you’re lucky, you might encounter the following Pokémon: Charizard* and Mantine*.

 

Note: Pokémon marked with an * means that “If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny one!”

 

Eggs

The following Pokémon will be hatching from Eggs.

  • 7 km Eggs
    • 1-Egg Rarity: Togepi*, Mantyke, Emolga, and Noibat.

 

Note: Pokémon marked with an * means that “If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny one!”

 

Raids

The following Pokémon will be appearing in Raids:

  • Three-Star Raids: Charizard*, Lapras*, and Togekiss.
  • Mega Raids: Mega Latias* and Mega Latios*.
    • Note: Mega Latias and Mega Latios will still be available in Mega Raids once the event is over. Their rotation ends on Tuesday, May 10th, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time.

 

Note: Pokémon marked with an * means that “If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny one!”

 

Charged Attacks for Latias and Latios

Latias and Latios caught during the event will know a specific Charged Attack. Latias will know Mist Ball, whereas Latios will know Luster Purge. The stats for both attacks are listed below:

 

Mist Ball

  • Trainer Battles: 120 power and a chance to lower the opposing Pokémon’s Attack
  • Gyms and Raids: 105 power

 

Luster Purge

  • Trainer Battles: 120 power and a chance to lower the opposing Pokémon’s Defense
  • Gyms and Raids: 100 power

 

Timed Research

There will be a Timed Research, called Electrify the Sky, focused on catching Pikachu and Flying-type Pokémon that are showcased during this event. Trainers who complete the Timed Research will be rewarded with 50 Latias Mega Energy, 50 Latios Mega Energy, 3,000 XP, and an encounter with Flying Pikachu.

  • Task 1: Catch 10 Pikachu.
    • Reward 1: 50 Latias Mega Energy
  • Task 2: Catch 30 Flying-type Pokémon.
    • Reward 2: 50 Latios Mega Energy
  • Completion Reward: 3,000 XP and an encounter with Flying Pikachu (pastel-colored balloons)

 

Field Research Tasks

New event-exclusive Field Research Tasks will be available and the rewards include encounters with Flying Pikachu*, Doduo*, Swablu*, and Emolga*. These Field Research Tasks can be found when spinning PokéStops (and acquired if you have an open slot in your Field Research menu) when the event is active.

  • Task: Catch 3 Flying-type Pokémon
    • Reward: Flying Pikachu* (with pastel-colored balloons) Encounter
  • Task: Catch 10 Pokémon with Weather Boost
    • Reward: Doduo* Encounter
  • Task: Defeat 3 Team GO Rocket Grunts
    • Reward: Emolga Encounter
  • Task: Purify 1 Shadow Pokémon
    • Reward: Swablu* Encounter

 

Note: Pokémon marked with an * means that “If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny one!”

 

Event Stickers

Event-themed stickers will be available to purchase with PokéCoins via the in-game shop on Saturday, May 7th, and Sunday, May 8th. Attendees of the in-person event in Okinawa, Japan will be able to acquire these stickers by spinning PokéStops and opening Gifts.

 

 

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Written by Jennifer Burch

Illustrator, designer, writer and big Nintendo geek, you can find Jennifer with an N3DS within reach 24/7. As the oldest of three, she has survived many Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart sessions intact in addition to getting her brothers hooked on some really weird games. (Cubivore anyone?)