This year marks the fifth anniversary of Pokémon GO and the Pokémon franchise’s 25th anniversary, and to celebrate, there will be a big event to kick off the festivities in the form of the Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto. Before then, we have a countdown celebration with monsters from the Johto region. That’s right — a celebration of a celebration!

From Tuesday, January 26th, at 10 a.m. until Sunday, January 31st, at 8 p.m. (your local time), trainers will be able to enjoy a greater appearance rate of many Pokémon from Gold and Silver, as well as other bonuses. Here’s what to expect according to the official Pokémon GO blog:


  • Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Totodile, Mareep, Hoppip, Aipom, Sunkern, Yanma, Murkrow, Gligar, Snubbull, Slugma, Miltank, and more will be appearing more frequently in the wild. If you’re extremely lucky, you might encounter a Shiny Miltank!
  • The following Pokémon will be hatching from 5 km Eggs: Pichu, Cleffa, Igglybuff, Wooper, Tyrogue, Smoochum, and Larvitar.
  • Enjoy event-exclusive Field Research tasks that reward Stardust and lead to encounters with Pokémon such as Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Totodile, Chinchou, Mareep, Sudowoodo, and Miltank.
  • The following Pokémon will be appearing in raids.
  • Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Totodile, Mareep, Marill, and Larvitar will be appearing in one-star raids.
  • Togetic, Espeon, Umbreon, Skarmory, and Miltank will be appearing in three-star raids.
  • Complete the Johto-themed Collection Challenge during the event by collecting Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Totodile, Sudowoodo, Sunkern, Murkrow, Smeargle, Miltank, and Larvitar to receive 15 Poké Balls, 10 Ultra Balls, and an Incense. Head on over to the Today View to track your progress!
  • Get Pokémon that know exclusive attacks from 2018 Community Day events! If you evolve the following Pokémon during the event, their Evolution will know an exclusive attack.
  • Evolve Bayleef (the evolved form of Chikorita) to get a Meganium that knows Frenzy Plant.
  • Evolve Quilava (the evolved form of Cyndaquil) to get a Typhlosion that knows Blast Burn.
  • Evolve Flaaffy (the evolved form of Mareep) to get an Ampharos that knows Dragon Pulse.
  • Evolve Pupitar (the evolved form of Larvitar) to get a Tyranitar that knows Smack Down.


In addition, Entei, Raikou, and Suicune will be appearing in five-star raids at different times during and after the Johto Celebration event!

  • Entei will be appearing in five-star raids from Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Sunday, January 31, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.
  • Raikou will be appearing in five-star raids from Sunday, January 31, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Thursday, February 4, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.
  • Suicune will be appearing in five-star raids from Thursday, February 4, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Tuesday, February 9, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.


Please be safe while playing Pokémon GO and happy catching!


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Written by Bryan Finch

A video editor by trade, Bryan Finch is a lifetime Nintendo fan, and he loves writing about his passions. He also spends too much time playing and watching fighting games. Bryan enjoys​​ movies, comics, cooking with his wife, and the idea of Elite Beat Agents 2.

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