Pokemon World Championships 2022

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The Season of Go is getting ready to come to a close, and near its end is one of the most important events in all of the Pokemon fandom; the annual Pokemon World Championships. Pokemon Go is going to be included in the tournaments this year, so we have a lot to look forward to, and those of us not attending can still celebrate with our own event!

World Championships 2022

Event Start Event End
August 18, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. local time August 23, 2022, at 8:00 p.m. local time
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World Championship Exclusive Avatar Items

Two exclusive avatar shirt items will be available from different sources during this event.

  • The 2020 Worlds Tee will be available via a code distributed during the World Championships Steamand will later be given away via Social media.
  • The 2020 Worlds Participant Tee will be available from the Pokemon Go Booth Pokestop at the World Championships themselves, meaning you're going to need to go and enjoy the festivities in person in order to pick it up.

World Championship Event Bonuses

  • Pikachu in a new World Championships outfit will be available
  • NPC Trainers with teams similar to Go Regional Champions will appear at Pokestops
  • 3x Go Battle League Stardust
  • The daily limit on Go Battle League Sets will be raised to 10
  • A Timed Research line will be available that rewards an Elite Fast TM, an Elite Charged TM, and an encounter with World Championships Pikachu
  • A select set of Pokemon will be spawning in the wild:
  • A select set of Pokemon will be available in raids:
  • A select set of Pokemon will be available from Field Research:
  • A number of Pokemon will have access to their Community Day moves during the event:
    • Rhydon evolved into Rhyperior will know Rock Wrecker
    • Haunter evolved into Gengar will know Shadow Punch
    • Magikarp evolved into Gyarados will know Aqua Tail
    • Metang evolved into Metagross will know Meteor Mash
    • Flechinder evolved into Talonflame will know Incinerate
  • A number of new Avatar Items inspired by the Galar region will be available 

Full Announcement

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Pokémon GO is headed to the 2022 Pokémon World Championships!

Crowning a World Champion!

The 2022 Pokémon World Championships will take place from August 18–21, 2022, in London, England, at the ExCeL London convention center!

The top qualifying Pokémon GO players from around the globe will compete to determine who will be crowned the 2022 Pokémon GO World Champion!

Among other prizes, the Pokémon GO World Champion will receive an in-game World Champion 2022 outfit and pose!

Tune in to watch live!

Tune in from Thursday, August 18, 2022, to Sunday, August 21, 2022, and watch all the action beginning at 8:00 a.m. UTC each day!

Celebratory avatar items

Two new in-game avatar items will be available in commemoration of the 2022 Pokémon World Championships!

  • 2022 Worlds Tee: Available globally via a code shared during the World Championships Stream. The code will also be distributed on official Pokémon GO social media channels shortly after. The code will be valid through August 22, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. UTC.

  • 2022 Worlds Participant Tee: Available from the PokéStop located at the Pokémon GO Booth in the World Championships venue in London during the event.

A World Championships Celebration in Pokémon GO!

From Thursday, August 18, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. to Tuesday, August 23, 2022, at 8:00 p.m. local time

Pokémon GO is celebrating the 2022 Pokémon World Championships and all things GO Battle League!

Pokémon debuts

World Championships 2022 Pikachu makes its Pokémon GO debut in raids, Field Research, and Timed Research!

World Championships 2022 Pikachu

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

Event bonuses

Battle Icon

Challengers with Pokémon teams inspired by the ones used by Trainers who won the Pokémon GO Regional Championships will appear at PokéStops.

Battle Icon

The maximum number of GO Battle League sets you can play per day will be increased from five to 10, for a total of 50 battles per day.

Stadust - Black

3× Stardust from GO Battle League win rewards.

Research Icon - BlackTimed Research

Timed Research will be available during the event. Complete the tasks to receive rewards, which include the following.

World Championships 2022 Pikachu

EliteTM_Quick copy

Elite Fast TM

EliteTM_Charged copy

Elite Charged TM

Wild Encounter - BlackWild encounters

The following Pokémon will appear more frequently in the wild.

Nidoran - Shiny On


Mankey - Shiny On








Meditite - Shiny On




Spheal - Shiny Icon On




Dewpider - Shiny Off


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



Galarian Stunfisk - Shiny On

Galarian Stunfisk

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

Raid Icon - BlackRaids

The following Pokémon will appear in raids.

one-star eggOne-Star Raids

World Championships 2022 Pikachu

Galarian Farfetch'd

Galarian Farfetch’d

Marill - Shiny Icon On




Timburr - Shiny On




three-star eggThree-Star Raids



Lickitung - Shiny On


Skarmory - Shiny On


five-star eggsFive-Star Raids

Zacian - Shiny Off




mega-raid eggMega Raids


Mega Slowbro

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

Research Icon - BlackField Research task encounters

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

Bulbasaur - Shiny On


World Championships 2022 Pikachu

World Championships 2022 Pikachu







Chikorita - Shiny On





Galarian Zigzagoon



Galarian Stunfisk - Shiny On

Galarian Stunfisk



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

Featured attacks


Evolve Rhydon (Rhyhorn’s Evolution) during the event to get a Rhyperior that knows the Charged Attack Rock Wrecker.


Rock Wrecker

  • Trainer Battles: 110 power
  • Gyms and raids: 110 power


Evolve Haunter (Gastly’s Evolution) during the event to get a Gengar that knows the Charged Attack Shadow Punch.


Shadow Punch

  • Trainer Battles: 40 power
  • Gyms and raids: 40 power


Evolve Magikarp during the event to get a Gyarados that knows the Charged Attack Aqua Tail.


Aqua Tail

  • Trainer Battles: 50 power
  • Gyms and raids: 50 power


Evolve Metang (Beldum’s Evolution) during the event to get a Metagross that knows the Charged Attack Meteor Mash.


Meteor Mash

  • Trainer Battles: 100 power
  • Gyms and raids: 100 power


Evolve Fletchinder (Fletchling’s Evolution) during the event to get a Talonflame that knows the Fast Attack Incinerate.



  • Trainer Battles: 15 power
  • Gyms and raids: 29 power

Featured Avatar Item

To celebrate the 2022 Pokémon World Championships’ Galar theme, the following Galar-inspired avatar items will be featured in the in-game shop.

  • Dragon-type Sport Top
  • Dragon-type Sport Shorts
  • Dark-type Sport Top
  • Dark-type Sport Shorts

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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