Here’s another update for this weekend’s Pokémon GO Fest! Niantic wants to make sure that all Trainers are able to buy their GO Fest 2020 ticket and to hit certain milestones before the festivities begin. Plus, playing at home means planning out your catching plans!

  • Make the most out of your experience by using Incense: Incense activated during the event will last for one hour and will be even better at attracting featured Pokémon.
  • Explore all the habitats: During Day 1, there will be five themed habitats rotating each hour, and each will feature different Pokémon!
  • Get to level 10: If you are currently below Level 10, be sure to get to level 10 prior to the event in order to maximize your experience.
  • Get your Print at Home kit: Bring the adventure of Pokémon GO Fest 2020 home. With the Print at Home kit, you can assemble crafts, decorations, and more to help re-create the adventure of traditional Pokémon GO Fests, no matter where you are in the world! The kit is available now on the Pokémon GO Fest website.
  • Visit the Virtual Team Lounge: If you want to take a break from catching Pokémon during GO Fest, join us in the Virtual Team Lounge! Watch live video content, join the chat, check your team’s contributions to the Global Challenge Arena, and more! Mark your calendars—don’t miss the Pokémon GO Fest 2020 global kickoff keynote by John Hanke, founder and CEO of Niantic, on Friday, July 24, at 2:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7) .
  • Dress up with Pokémon GO Fest 2020 avatar items! Pick them up in the shop Thursday, July 23, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. PDT.

If you’re a seasoned Pokémon GO Trainer, then there’s one new and welcomed update you’ll want to take part in now. Pokémon Storage has been limited to 3,000 for months, but that changes today. The limit has been raised to 3,500 now! Each “expansion pack” of Pokémon Storage costs 200 PokéCoins, giving you 50 Pokémon spots (2,000 PokéCoins total when upgrading from 3,000 to 3,500). 

Also, now we know what rewards we can earn from completing Global Challenges. Working together, we can conquer 32 Global Challenges and earn three different themed weeks of certain Pokémon spawning and appearing in Raid Battles. Oh yeah, there’s one dedicated to the Unova region. Ready to start collecting Pokémon from Generation V? Below are the full details from the official Pokémon GO blog:

Ultra Unlock details

As is tradition with Pokémon GO Fest events, we’re excited to unveil details on this year’s Ultra Unlock bonus! Throughout day one of Pokémon GO Fest 2020, Trainers will have 32 global challenges they can work together to complete in the Global Challenge Arena. Every eight challenges that are collectively completed will unlock one additional Ultra Unlock event week, up to a total of three events. When Pokémon GO Fest 2020 begins, you’ll be able to track Global Challenge Arena progress in the Today View.

Here’s what you can expect for each Ultra Unlock week. 

Ultra Unlock Week One: Dragon Week

If Trainers complete eight global challenges, they’ll unlock Dragon Week. The majestic Dragon-type Pokémon come in all shapes and sizes, from the tiny Gible to the towering Alolan Exeggutor, and this week will be their time to shine! Dragon Week will run from Friday, July 31, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Friday, August 7, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7).

Features

  • The following Pokémon will be appearing more frequently in the wild: Alolan Exeggutor, Horsea, Dratini, Trapinch, Swablu, and Bagon. If you’re lucky, you might find a Gible!
  • The following Pokémon will be hatching from 7 km Eggs: Horsea, Dratini, Trapinch, Swablu, and Bagon. Gible and Deino will also be hatching from 7 km Eggs, but only if you’re lucky!
  • Rayquaza will be in five-star raids.
  • Complete the Timed Research this week for a chance to encounter not one, but two Deino! This Timed Research will be available from Friday, July 31, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Friday, August 7, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7).
  • If you’re lucky, you might find a Shiny Deino!

Ultra Unlock Week Two: Enigma Week

If Trainers complete 16 global challenges, they’ll also unlock Enigma Week. The featured Pokémon range from the mysterious Elgyem to the powerful Deoxys! Enigma Week will run from Friday, August 7, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Friday, August 14, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7).

Features

  • The following Pokémon will be appearing more frequently in the wild: Staryu, Jigglypuff, Clefairy, Lunatone, Solrock, Baltoy, Bronzor, and Elgyem.
  • The following Pokémon will be hatching from 7 km Eggs: Cleffa, Igglybuff, Lunatone, Solrock, and Elgyem
  • The following Pokémon will be available in raids: Bronzong, Claydol, Bronzong, Elgyem, and Unown U, L, T, R, and A.
  • Deoxys will be in five-star raids. If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny Deoxys!
  • If you’re lucky, you might find a Shiny Staryu!

Ultra Unlock Week Three: Unova Week

If Trainers complete 24 challenges,, they’ll also unlock Unova Week. Sewaddle, Cottonee, Emolga, and Bouffalant, originally discovered in the Unova region, will be making their Pokémon GO debut! Bouffalant will be available in New York City, USA and the surrounding areas. Unova Week will run from Friday, August 14, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Friday, August 21, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7).

Features

  • The following Pokémon will be appearing more frequently in the wild and hatching from 7 km Eggs: Sewaddle, Cottonee, and other Pokémon originally discovered in the Unova region. If you’re lucky, you might find an Emolga!
  • Bouffalant will be appearing in the wild and hatching from 7 km Eggs in New York City, USA and the surrounding areas.
  • Roggenrola and other Pokémon originally discovered in the Unova region will be available in raids.
  • Genesect will be in five-star raids. If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny Genesect!
  • If you’re lucky, you might encounter Shiny Roggenrola!

 
A sparkly gold mine for Shiny hunters, these rewards will keep all Trainers busy! Let’s all work together and complete all 32 Global Challenges this weekend!

 

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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?)

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