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Last week, we reported that the Pokémon Day festivities within Pokémon GO were set to continue well past the in-game Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto event this weekend — running until Pokémon day on February 27th. As it turns out, Niantic had one last surprise in their item pocket, and have now announced that a special post-Pokémon Day raid event is scheduled to send the celebrations out with a bang!

This special Kanto-themed Raid Day will be on Sunday, February 28th, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (your local time). The event will see the classic Legendary birds Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres appearing in five-star raids, with a chance to encounter shiny versions of each!

The event will also feature more Team GO Rocket Special Research challenges to complete, and each player can receive a free bundle of three Remote Raid Passes in the shop from Saturday, February 27th, at 1 p.m. PT until Monday, March 1st, at 1 p.m. PT. 

Here’s a full breakdown of this grand finale Raid Event from the official blog post:

  • Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres will be appearing in five-star raids! If you’re lucky, you might even encounter a Shiny Articuno, Shiny Zapdos, or Shiny Moltres!
  • We’re hearing reports that Giovanni will be returning with a different Shadow Legendary Pokémon in his clutches. Get ready to complete some new Team GO Rocket Special Research to save this Pokémon, Trainers!
  • Pick up a free bundle of three Remote Raid Passes in the shop starting on Saturday, February 27 at 1 p.m. Pacific time to Monday, March 1 at 1 p.m. Pacific time.
  • Earn up to five free Raid Passes by spinning Photo Discs at PokéStops or Gyms during event hours.
  • During the event period, you can use a Charged TM to help a Shadow Pokémon forget the Charged Attack Frustration.
  • Team GO Rocket Grunts will be appearing more frequently at PokéStops and in balloons throughout the event window.


Have fun out there, Trainers!


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Written by Marcus Ramirez

A writer and dreamer who loves all things tropical, bright, colorful, and shiny. Marcus is obsessed with Kingdom Hearts and patiently awaits its triumphant return to Nintendo hardware. He has a (totally real) court order that requires him to always have a 3DS or Switch on his person when leaving the house for more than a few hours.