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Pokémon Worlds return to an in-person event this year! Taking place in London from August 18th – 21st, Niantic is once again hosting an in-game Pokémon GO event to celebrate the occasion. Plus, this will be the first Pokémon Worlds that features competitive Pokémon GO battling. Yes, there will be some bonuses for attendees who happen to be at the event itself, but the rest of the Pokémon GO community can participate in the World Championships Celebration 2022 event!

Since the best of the best are battling it out in London, Trainers can expect to see a number of Galar region Pokémon and a special Costumed Pikachu. Get all the details for this event with our guide below:

Pokémon GO’s Season of GO – A World Championships Celebration in Pokémon GO!

Begins: Thursday, August 18th, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time.

Ends: Tuesday, August 23rd, 2022 at 8 p.m. your local time.


Pokémon debuts – Costumed Pikachu* (World Championships 2022 Pikachu)!



With every Pokémon Worlds, there tends to be branding and merchandise themed after the location it’s taking place at. Pokémon Worlds 2017 in Anaheim, CA featured Alolan Exeggutors and a Pikachu ready to surf, channeling those iconic Southern California vibes. For London, Pikachu is sporting a top hat and coat that is channeling the Union Jack (but minus the white and add some Poké Ball imagery instead). Not only is this Pikachu available as a plushie at the event, but it’ll be available in Pokémon GO (via Raids, Field Research, and Timed Research) as the event’s Costumed Pikachu*!

Plus, for Trainers who missed out on Zacian and Zamazenta, they’re returning in Five-Star Raids.



  • Niantic refers to this Pikachu as “World Championships 2022 Pikachu”*, but for this guide, it’ll be listed as Costumed Pikachu*.
  • Pokémon marked with an * means that “If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny one!”


Event Bonuses

  • Challengers with Pokémon teams inspired by the ones used by Trainers who won the Pokémon GO Regional Championships will appear at PokéStops.
  • 3× Stardust from GO Battle League win rewards.
  • The maximum number of GO Battle League sets you can play per day will be increased from five to 10, for a total of 50 battles per day.


In-Person Pokémon Worlds

If you’re attending Pokémon Worlds in-person, the following perks will be available throughout the weekend (in addition to the in-game Avatar Item shown at the end of the guide):

  • Wild Encounters
    • Unown D*, L*, N*, and O*: Unown spelling “LONDON” will be spawning at the event and all can be Shiny!
    • Zangoose*, Pansear*, and Sawk*: There are also reports of Zangoose*, Pansear*, and Sawk* appearing frequently at the venue.
  • Field Research Task Encounters
    • Throh* and Bouffalant: These two are possible rewards for the “Power up Pokémon 10 times” task that you can get at PokéStops at the venue.
    • Costumed Pikachu*: Get the task “Take a Snapshot of your Buddy at the Pokémon GO Booth”, complete it, and you’ll get an encounter with the event’s Costumed Pikachu*.
  • 2022 Worlds Collection Challenge: Get an Elite Fast TM, an Elite Charged TM, a Poffin, and an addition to your Elite Collector medal when collecting the following Pokémon. Meditite (catch), Scraggy (catch), Dewpider (catch), Croagunk (catch), Medicham (evolve), Scrafty (evolve), Araquanid (evolve), and Toxicroak (evolve).


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


Wild Encounters

  • The following Pokémon will be appearing in the wild: Nidoran♀*, Mankey*, Machop*, Mudkip*, Sableye*, Meditite*, Swablu*, Spheal*, Croagunk*, and Dewpider.
    • If you’re lucky, you might encounter the following Pokémon: Scraggy and Galarian Stunfisk*.


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



The following Pokémon will be appearing in Raids:

  • One-Star Raids: Costumed Pikachu*, Galarian Fardetch’d*, Marill*, Barboach*, Timburr*, and Scraggy.
  • Three-Star Raids: Primeape, Lickitung*, and Skarmory*.
  • Five-Star Raids: Zacian and Zamazenta.
  • Mega Raids: Mega Slowbro*.


Additional Notes:

  • Pokémon marked with an * means that “If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny one!”
  • Zacian and Zamazenta will be available after the event (in Raids), until Wednesday, August 31st, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time.
  • Mega Slowbro* will be available after the event (in Raids), until Thursday, August 25th, 2022 at 10 a.m. your local time.


Featured Attacks

Since this event is all about the World Championships and battling, a few Pokémon can learn some special Charged or Fast Attacks. Here’s which Pokémon are featuring, their attacks, the attacks’ power, and the requirements in learning these moves:



Evolve Rhydon (Rhyhorn’s Evolution) during the event to get a Rhyperior that knows the Charged Attack Rock Wrecker.

  • Trainer Battles: 110 power
  • Gyms and Raids: 110 power



Evolve Haunter (Gastly’s Evolution) during the event to get a Gengar that knows the Charged Attack Shadow Punch.

  • Trainer Battles: 40 power
  • Gyms and Raids: 40 power



Evolve Magikarp during the event to get a Gyarados that knows the Charged Attack Aqua Tail.

  • Trainer Battles: 50 power
  • Gyms and Raids: 50 power



Evolve Metang (Beldum’s Evolution) during the event to get a Metagross that knows the Charged Attack Meteor Mash.

  • Trainer Battles: 100 power
  • Gyms and Raids: 100 power



Evolve Fletchinder (Fletchling’s Evolution) during the event to get a Talonflame that knows the Fast Attack Incinerate.

  • Trainer Battles: 15 power
  • Gyms and Raids: 29 power


Field Research Tasks

New event-exclusive Field Research Tasks will be available and the rewards include encounters with Bulbasaur*, Costumed Pikachu*, Gastly*, Rhyhorn*, Magikarp*, Chikorita*, Mudkip*, Galarian Zigzagoon*, Beldum*, Galarian Stunfisk*, and Fletchling*. 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. A full list of tasks and their associated rewards will be added here once the event is live.


  • Task: Power up a Pokémon 3 times
    • Reward: Bulbasaur* OR Chikorita* OR Mudkip* Encounter
  • Task: Power up a Pokémon 7 times
    • Reward: Gastly* OR Rhyhorn* OR Magikarp* OR Beldum* OR Fletchling* Encounter
  • Task: Battle a Challenger
    • Reward: Costumed Pikachu* Encounter
  • Task: Battle in the Great Battle League (GBL)
    • Reward: Galarian Zigzagoon* OR Galarian Stunfisk* Encounter


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


Battling Challengers

Similar to previous events, there will be Trainers (called Challengers for this event) at PokéStops. Defeating a Challenger will reward Trainers with items – like various Poké Balls, Berries, and Stardust. There are also tasks associated with defeating these Challengers. Here’s what Challengers you’ll find during the event and their team of Pokémon:


  • Novice Challenger (wearing Pikachu Onesie): Sableye, Azumarill, and Obstagoon.
  • Confident Challenger (wearing Genesect hat and Festival of Lights t-shirt): Walrein, Trevenant, and Lickitung.
  • Slick Challenger (wearing Team Skull face mask and black jacket): Azumarill, Medicham, and Trevenant.
  • Ambitious Challenger (wearing Deino hat and Layered Jacket): Obstagoon, Nidoqueen, and Greedent.
  • Eccentric Challenger (wearing Ho-oh wings): Sirfetch’d, Walrein, and Talonflame.
  • Eager Challenger (wearing Lugia t-shirt): Nidoqueen, Sableye, and Swampert.


Timed Research – Pokémon World Championships 2022

An event-exclusive Timed Research will be available! Its rewards include the following: Costumed Pikachu* Encounter, 1 Elite Fast TM, and 1 Elite Charged TM. You’ll be battling Challengers at PokéStops (similar to PokéStops taken over by Team GO Rocket members) for this set of tasks.


  • Task: Battle a Challenger
    • Reward: 10 Poké Balls
  • Task: Battle 2 Challengers
    • Reward: 1 Fast TM
  • Task: Battle 3 Challengers
    • Reward: 10 Great Balls
  • Task: Battle 4 Challengers
    • Reward: 1 Charged TM
  • Task: Battle 5 Challengers
    • Reward: 10 Ultra Balls
  • Completion Rewards: Costumed Pikachu* Encounter, Elite Fast TM, and Elite Charged TM


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


Timed Research – Team Building

Announced in a separate post, there will be an exclusive Timed Research via code distribution on the Pokémon GO Twitch stream. According to Niantic, “exclusive time-limited codes will be shared periodically in the Pokémon GO Twitch chat while the Pokémon GO World Championships stream is live!”

Below are the stream times for the Pokémon GO Twitch account:

  • Thursday, August 18, 2022, at 7:30 a.m. UTC
  • Friday, August 19, 2022, at 7:45 a.m. UTC
  • Saturday, August 20, 2022, at 7:45 a.m. UTC

No matter which code you get, it will give you the same Timed Research quest line (Sorry! Can’t repeat this one, despite the route splits). Plus, each code will only be active for an hour after its posting. Codes can be redeemed in-app (Android) or via Niantic’s code redemption site.

Redemption Code(s):

  • Active: There are no active codes currently available.



The Timed Research itself is focused on building a team to participate in the Great League. There are three team options, Trainers will get a special Trainer medal, and each path will have the following Pokémon Encounters as rewards:

  • Team Option 1 Pokémon Encounters: Ariados, Pelipper, and Galarian Stunfisk*.
  • Team Option 2 Pokémon Encounters: Skarmory*, Swampert, and Drapion.
  • Team Option 3 Pokémon Encounters: Talonflame, Venusaur*, and Jellicent (female shown).


Timed Research – Team Building: Great League
Step 1/3Reward
Catch 1 Pokémon500 Stardust
Catch 2 Pokémon500 Stardust
Catch 3 Pokémon 500 Stardust
Completion Rewards3 Star Pieces
Choose A PathDescription
Path 1: Galarian StunfiskComplete tasks and encounter: Ariados, Pelipper, and Galarian Stunfisk*.
Path 2: DrapionComplete tasks and encounter: Skarmory*, Swampert, and Drapion.
Path 3: JellicentComplete tasks and encounter: Talonflame, Venusaur*, and Jellicent (female shown).
Step 2/3 Galarian Stunfisk PathReward
Use a Charged TMAriados Encounter
Power up Pokémon 10 timesPelipper Encounter
Defeat 3 Team GO Rocket GruntsGalarian Stunfisk* Encounter
Completion Rewards10 Spinarak Candies, 10 Wingull Candies, and 10 Stunfisk Candies
Step 2/3 Drapion PathReward
Use a Charged TMSkarmory* Encounter
Power up Pokémon 10 timesSwampert Encounter
Defeat 3 Team GO Rocket GruntsDrapion Encounter
Completion Rewards10 Skarmory Candies, 10 Mudkip Candies, and 10 Skorupi Candies.
Step 2/3 Jellicent PathReward
Use a Charged TMTalonflame Encounter
Power up Pokémon 10 timesVenusaur* Encounter
Defeat 3 Team GO Rocket GruntsJellicent (female) Encounter
Completion Rewards10 Fletchling Candies, 10 Bulbasaur Candies, and 10 Frillish Candies
Step 3/3Reward
Battle another Trainer in the Great League500 Stardust
Win a Trainer Battle in the Great League1,000 Stardust
Win 5 Trainer Battles in the Great League5,000 Stardust
Completion Rewards1 Premium Battle Pass (Green Raid Pass)


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


Avatar Items

Some new Avatar Items will be debuting during this event. First are the Dragon-type and Dark-type Sport Tops and Shorts. These can be purchased with PokéCoins via the in-game shop.



There will also be two event tees available. They have their own set of requirements though!



  • 2022 Worlds Participant Tee (Pokémon World Championships Venue-Exclusive): Trainers that are attending the Worlds 2022 event in person can obtain this tee by spinning the PokéStop located at the Pokémon GO Booth in the World Championships venue.
  • 2022 Worlds Tee (Global Distribution): Available to Trainers all over the world, this blue tee will be distributed via a code. To get the code, tune into the World Championships Stream or check the official Pokémon GO Twitter account. After that, redeem the code in-app or via Niantic’s code redemption site before Monday, August 22, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. UTC.
    • Redemption Code: WRGUZRVKRR2M3 (shared during stream and Pokémon GO tweet)


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