The next event in Pokémon GO is a long one! This time, the game is celebrating the upcoming Pokémon GO TCG expansion that’s launching this month. Pokémon that are featured in the expansion will be appearing more often in the wild, Raids, and more! In the spirit of collecting Pokémon cards, there will also be a series of collection challenges. Here’s what you can look forward to over the next two weeks when the Pokémon TCG Crossover Event is in full swing:

 

Pokémon GO’s Season of GO – Pokémon TCG Crossover Event

Begins: Thursday, June 16th, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time.

Ends: Thursday, June 30th, 2022 at 8 p.m. your local time.

 

Pokémon debuts – Costumed Pikachu, Wimpod, and Golisopod

 

 

 

Another Pokémon from the Alola region is now available in Pokémon GO! This event brings Wimpod and Golisopod to the forefront along with a special costumed Pikachu. Celebrating the upcoming release of the Pokémon GO TCG expansion, Pikachu will be sporting a blue cap with Pokémon cards on the front. If you’re lucky, you might even find a Shiny Pikachu sporting this hat.

 

Note: Pikachu wearing a Pokémon TCG hat will be referred to as Costumed Pikachu for the rest of the guide.

 

Event Bonuses

  • Ditto disguised as more Pokémon in the wild (specifically Bidoof, Spinarak, and Numel)

 

Wild Encounters

  • The following Pokémon, which are featured in the Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO expansion, will be appearing in the wild: Bulbasaur*, Ivysaur, Charmander*, Charmeleon, Squirtle*, Wartortle, Alolan Rattata*, Costumed Pikachu*, Slowpoke*, Magikarp*, Eevee*, Spinarak*, Natu*, Aipom*, Numel*, Bidoof*, Pidove*, and Wimpod.
    • If you’re lucky, you might encounter the following Pokémon: Onix*, Chansey*, Snorlax*, Dragonite, and Slaking.

 

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:

  • One-Star Raids: Chansey*, Larvitar*, Tumburr*, and Wimpod.
  • Three-Star Raids: Alolan Exeggutor*, Snorlax*, Dragonite, and Slaking.
  • Five-Star Raids: Mewtwo* (see Additional Notes).
  • Mega Raids: Mega Venusaur*, Mega Charizard X*, Mega Charizard Y*, and Mega Blastoise*.

 

Additional Notes:

  • Pokémon marked with an * means that “If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny one!”
  • Mewtwo will know a certain Charged Attack depending on when caught during the event:
    • From Thursday, June 16th, 2022 at 10 a.m. to Thursday, June 23rd, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time, Mewtwo will know Shadow Ball.
    • From Thursday, June 23rd, 2022 at 10 a.m. to Friday, July 1st, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time, Mewtwo will know Psystrike.

 

More Featured Pokémon – Meltan, Lunatone, and Solrock

There are more Pokémon that will be showcased during the event that appear in the Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO expansion. Each has certain conditions and/or alterations to its usual spawning locations.

 

Meltan

What’s in the Mystery Box? Meltan*! This mechanic (Mystery Box), still functions the same – connect to Pokémon HOME and/or Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! & Let’s Go, Eevee! with Pokémon GO and get the Mystery Box after transferring a Pokémon from GO to Home or Let’s Go. For this event, Mystery Box wait times (3 days) will be reduced and you can possibly find a shiny Meltan*. This section will be updated when the event is live.

 

Lunatone and Solrock

During the event, Lunatone* and Slorock* will be available in wild worldwide! When the event is over though, Lunatone will only be appearing in the Western Hemisphere whereas Solrock will only be appearing in the Eastern Hemisphere.

 

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

 

Collection Challenges

Get ready for a gauntlet of Collection Challenges! A total of nine challenges will be issued during the event – six on Thursday, June 16th, 2022 at 10 a.m. and three on Thursday, June 23rd, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time.

Rewards for these Collection Challenges include an encounter with Meltan and two sets of encounters with Venusaur, Charizard, and Blastoise. Other rewards include XP, a Lure Module, an Incubator, and additions to your Elite Collector medal.

 

Collection Challenges debuting on Thursday, June 16th, 2022

Bulbasaur Collection Challenge 1

  • Collect the following Pokémon: Bulbasaur, Spinarak, Wimpod, Aipom, and Costumed Pikachu.
  • Reward: 1,000 XP, Elite Collector medal, and Venusaur Encounter.

Charmander Collection Challenge 1

  • Collect the following Pokémon: Charmander, Numel, Magikarp, Alolan Rattata, and Costumed Pikachu.
  • Reward: 1,000 XP, Elite Collector medal, and Charizard Encounter.

Squirtle Collection Challenge 1

  • Collect the following Pokémon: Squirtle, Bidoof, Slowpoke, Eevee, and Costumed Pikachu.
  • Reward: 1,000 XP, Elite Collector medal, and Blastoise Encounter.

Trade Collection Challenge

  • Collect the following Pokémon via trading: Pikachu (regular), Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle.
  • Reward: 3,000 XP, Elite Collector medal, and 1 Lure Module.

Kanto Collection Challenge

  • Collect the following Pokémon: Ivysaur, Charmeleon, Wartortle, Venusaur, Charizard, and Blastoise.
  • Reward: 5,000 XP, Elite Collector medal, and 1 Incubator.

Advanced Collection Challenge

  • Collect the following Pokémon: Venusaur (trade only), Charizard (trade only), Blastoise (trade only), Snorlax, Slaking, and Dragonite.
  • Reward: 10,000 XP, Elite Collector medal, and Meltan Encounter.

 

Collection Challenges debuting on Thursday, June 23rd, 2022

Bulbasaur Collection Challenge 2

  • Collect the following Pokémon: Bulbasaur, Spinarak, Pidove, Natu, and Costumed Pikachu.
  • Reward: 1,000 XP, Elite Collector medal, and Venusaur Encounter.

Charmander Collection Challenge 2

  • Collect the following Pokémon: Charmander, Numel, Wimpod, Natu, and Costumed Pikachu.
  • Reward: 1,000 XP, Elite Collector medal, and Charizard Encounter.

Squirtle Collection Challenge 2

  • Collect the following Pokémon: Squirtle, Bidoof, Pidove, Wimpod, and Costumed Pikachu.
  • Reward: 1,000 XP, Elite Collector medal, and Blastoise Encounter.

 

Field Research Tasks

New event-exclusive Field Research Tasks will be available and the rewards include encounters with Ivysaur, Charmeleon, Wartortle, Costumed Pikachu*, Wimpod, Venusaur*, Charizard*, Blastoise*, Snorlax*, Dragonite, and Slaking. 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 10 Pokémon
    • Reward: 3 Razz Berries
  • Task: Catch 15 Pokémon
    • Reward: Ivysaur OR Charmeleon OR Wartortle Encounter
  • Task: Catch 25 Pokémon
    • Reward: Venusaur* OR Charizard* OR Blastoise* Encounter
  • Task: Catch 40 Pokémon
    • Reward: Slaking OR Dragonite Encounter
  • Task: Trade a Pokémon
    • Reward: Costumed Pikachu* Encounter
  • Task: Transfer 10 Pokémon
    • Reward: 5 Poké Balls
  • Task: Spin 5 PokéStops or Gyms
    • Reward: Wimpod Encounter

 

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

 

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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?)