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Pokemon Go Sixth Anniversary, Battle Weekend

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Happy Anniversary, everyone! As we make our way towards July, Pokemon Go celebrates its introduction way back in the Summer of 2016. Six years later, we've got Pokemon in our dex originating from Kanto to Galar, and we have no end in sight. So let's get ready for this new celebration and the bonuses that it will entail.

Sixth Anniversary Event

Event Start Event End
July 6, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. local time July 12, 2022, at 8:00 p.m. local time
Time Until Start
  • Charizard, Charmeleon, and Pikachu will make their debut with new event hats
  • New avatar items and stickers will be available
  • A special selection of Pokemon will be available in the wild
  • A special selection of Pokemon will be available in raids
  • A special selection of Pokemon will be available via research
  • Yup, that's it. That's all that we get for the Sixth anniversary event.

Battle Weekend

But we're not done yet! In conjunction with the Anniversary event, we've also got an upcoming Battle Weekend, and updates to Team Rocket as well.

Event Start Event End
July 9, 2022, at 12:00 a.m. local time July 10, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. local time
  • Rocket Balloons will spawn every 3 hours
  • Up to 20 Go Battle League sets will be available per day
  • 4x Stardust from Go battle League
  • Charged TMs will be able to remove Frustration from Shadow Pokemon
  • New Shadow Pokemon will be available from Rocket battles, including Shadow Latios from Giovanni

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Trainers,

It’s time to celebrate Pokémon GO and party like it’s 2016! To help kick this anniversary into high gear, we’re having a sensational six-themed celebration—including a special emphasis on Charizard, which is #006 in the Pokedéx. With event-themed Field Research and a Battle Weekend taking place, there’ll be plenty of fun for Trainers everywhere to enjoy!

What’s more, our intel suggests there may be components to this event that will only be revealed after certain Ultra Unlock conditions are met. Could Pokémon GO Fest: Berlin have something to do with this?

Tickets are still available for Pokémon GO Fest: BerlinPokémon GO Fest: Seattle, and Pokémon GO Fest: Sapporo. Stay tuned for more details on the global Finale event that will take place on August 27!

Pokémon GO Anniversary Event

Wednesday, July 6, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. to Tuesday, July 12, 2022, at 8:00 p.m. local time

Pokémon debuts

Party Hat Charmeleon, Party Hat Charizard, and Cake Costume Pikachu will make their Pokémon GO debuts! This is also the first time Trainers will be able to evolve their Party Hat Charmanders! If you’re lucky, you may even encounter Shiny Party Hat Charmeleon and Shiny Party Hat Charizard!

Party Hat Charmeleon

Party Hat Charmeleon

Party Hat Charizard

Party Hat Charizard

Cake Costume Pikachu

Cake Costume Pikachu

*If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

Wild encounters

The following Pokémon will appear more frequently in the wild.

Bulbasaur

Bulbasaur

Party Hat Charmander

Party Hat Charmander

Squirtle

Squirtle

Cake Costume Pikachu

Cake Costume Pikachu

Machop

Machop

Ledyba

Ledyba

Ralts

Ralts

Buneary

Buneary

Venipede

Venipede

Chespin

Chespin

Fennekin

Fennekin

Froakie

Froakie

Bunnelby

Bunnelby

Litleo

Litleo

Pikipek

Pikipek

If you’re lucky, you might encounter the following.

Gabite

Gabite

Clauncher

Clauncher

Helioptile

Helioptile

If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

Raids

The following Pokémon will be appearing in raids.

one-star eggOne-Star Raids

Cake Costume Pikachu

Cake Costume Pikachu

Dratini

Dratini

Three-Star Raids

Venusaur

Venusaur

Party Hat Charizard

Party Hat Charizard

Blastoise

Blastoise

Tyranitar

Tyranitar

Metagross

Metagross

five-star eggsFive-Star Raids

Zapdos

Zapdos

Mega Raids

Mega Charizard X **

Mega Charizard X **

Mega Charizard Y***

Mega Charizard Y***

If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

**Mega Charizard X will appear in Raid battles on Wednesday, July 6, 2022, and Thursday, July 7, 2022.
***Mega Charizard Y will appear in Raid battles from Thursday, July 7, 2022, to Tuesday, July 12, 2022.

Field Research task encounters

You can encounter the following Pokémon when you complete Field Research tasks!

Bulbasaur

Bulbasaur

Charmander

Charmander

Squirtle

Squirtle

Chikorita

Chikorita

Cyndaquil

Cyndaquil

Totodile

Totodile

Treecko

Treecko

Torchic

Torchic

Mudkip

Mudkip

Turtwig

Turtwig

Chimchar

Chimchar

Piplup

Piplup

Snivy

Snivy

Tepig

Tepig

Oshawott

Oshawott

Chespin

Chespin

Fennekin

Fennekin

Froakie

Froakie

Rowlet

Rowlet

Litten

Litten

Popplio

Popplio

If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

New avatar items and stickers

The following avatar items will be available to purchase in the in-game shop during this event and will continue to be available after the event ends!

Sixth anniversary avatar items

You’ll also be able to get event-themed stickers by spinning PokéStops, opening Gifts, and purchasing them from the in-game shop.

Battle Weekend

From Saturday, July 9, 2022, at 12:00 a.m. to Sunday, July 10, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. local time

Event bonuses

Rocket - White

Team GO Rocket balloons will appear every three hours.

Battle Icon - White

Enjoy up to 20 GO Battle League sets each day.

Stardust

Earn 4× Stardust from GO Battle League Rewards.

TM - White

Use a Charged TM to help a Shadow Pokémon forget the Charged Attack Frustration.

Save Shadow Latios!

Giovanni doesn’t do anything halfway. After Trainers around the world saved Shadow Latias, the Team GO Rocket boss just had to get his hands on Shadow Latios—and now it needs your help! Get ready to face off against Giovanni and rescue Shadow Latios!

Shadow Latios

Shadow Latios

Shadow Pokémon

Team GO Rocket Grunts—as well as their leaders, Sierra, Cliff, and Arlo—are also using different Shadow Pokémon. Help Spark, Blanche, and Candela overcome their adversaries and rescue the Shadow Pokémon! If you’re lucky, you may encounter different Shiny Shadow Pokémon than normal, too!

In addition, Team GO Rocket has also turned the following Pokémon into Shadow Pokémon. Defeat Team GO Rocket Grunts to save them!

Geodude

Geodude

Shinx

Shinx

Purrloin

Purrloin

And more!

And more!

Special Research

Special Research centered on Giovanni will be available. Complete it to earn Super Rocket Radar!

The Special Research will be available to claim until the end of the Season of GO on September 1, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. local time.

Please be aware of your surroundings and follow guidelines from local health authorities when playing Pokémon GO. Upcoming events are subject to change. Be sure to follow us on social media, opt in to receiving push notifications, and subscribe to our emails to stay updated.

—The Pokémon GO team

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