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Niantic has announced a new contest for Pokémon GO, with winners to be featured in-game as battle-able Trainers.

The Pokémon GO Gym Trainer Contest will give players the opportunity to have their Trainer characters show up on the in-game map during the upcoming Pokémon GO Tour: Johto event, where they can be battled by other trainers for rewards.

“During the Pokémon GO Tour: Johto event, GO Gym Trainer characters will be appearing on the in-game map,” the contest details page reads. “You’ll be able to find these Trainer characters even if you don’t have a ticket for the event. You’ll also be able to battle these Trainers and gain rewards through Timed Research! Not only can you battle them—you could be one of them!

Entries into the contest can be done via Twitter; those interested have until Tuesday, February 1st, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PT to enter.

Check out the details:


How to become a featured GO Gym Trainer character during Pokémon GO Tour: Johto

We’ll be holding a contest to decide which Trainers will appear as in-game characters during the event. To enter, simply post your entry on Twitter by Tuesday, February 1, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. PST (GMT −8) and include the following elements.

  1. A screenshot of your Trainer profile that includes your nickname and shows off your avatar.
  2. Which type of team you’re submitting: Normal, Fighting, Flying, Bug, Ghost, Ice, Dragon, or Steel. All Pokémon you pick should be the same type.
  3. A list of three Pokémon that would make up your team. These Pokémon must have been originally discovered in Kanto or Johto. Ditto, Legendary Pokémon, and Mythical Pokémon are not allowed.
  4. The hashtag #PokemonGOTourContest.

We’ll judge entries based on the following criteria.

  • Avatar item choices
  • General theme
  • Connection to the Pokémon type of choice

Winners will receive a special reward unlike any other: the chance to be featured in the Pokémon GO world and seen by fellow Trainers from across the globe! We look forward to your entries! Let’s GO! No purchase of a Pokémon GO Tour: Johto ticket is necessary to enter. This contest is open to all Trainers at or above the age of majority in their country, if eligible, at the time of entry. Be sure to read the full contest rules here.

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