Pokemon Go Fest to be held as a two-day virtual event in July 2021

The fest aims to break last year's numbers

Niantic has announced that the annual Pokemon Go Fest has returned once again this summer and is scheduled to take place on July 17-18, 2021, respectively. The COVID-19 pandemic forced the game developers to hold the event online instead of taking place in person and in selected cities around the world. However, this year’s Pokémon Go Fest may once again be virtual as Niantic developer describes it as a “global event.”

Niantic says that the upcoming event will be special compared to previous events

While Niantic was discreet with some details, they did tease that the 2021 event might be noteworthy in particular. According to Niantic in a blog post:

2021 marks both the twenty-fifth anniversary of Pokémon and the fifth anniversary of Pokémon Go, so trust us when we say you won’t want to miss Pokémon Go Fest 2021!

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That’s some pretty reassuring comments and fans of the Pokémon Go Fest may just have one hell of a fest ahead of them come July.

Niantic announced the dates via a Twitter post where it stated that the 2021 event will be back as a two-day global event from July 17 to July 18, 2021. The post also stated that the previous event saw players team up and work together to complete several challenges, defeat Team Go Rocket and unlocking rewards.

Pokémon GO Fest 2021: Schedule

Pokémon GO Fest 2021 will take place over two days, with each day providing a unique experience. You’ll be able to participate in both days of the event with one ticket.

Pokémon GO Fest 2021 Day 1: Catch

On Saturday, July 17th, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. local time, all Trainers will enjoy the following features, regardless of whether they have an event ticket.

  • Hourly habitats are back This year will feature four themed habitat hours—Jungle, Desert Mountain, Ocean Beach, and Cave—rotating throughout the event. During each habitat hour, certain Pokémon will be appearing more frequently in the wild.
    • The Jungle habitat will feature Pokémon such as Scyther, Aipom, Froakie, and more.
    • The Desert Mountain habitat will feature Pokémon such as Skarmory, Shieldon, Hippopotas, and more.
    • The Ocean Beach habitat will feature Pokémon such as Dratini, Swablu, Alomomola, and more.
    • The Cave habitat will feature Pokémon such as Roggenrola, Galarian Stunfisk, Deino, and more.
  • Raids on Saturday will feature Pokémon such as Hitmontop, Cranidos, and Deino—plus, Galarian Ponyta and Galarian Zigzagoon wearing special costumes will be appearing in raids!
  • Pokémon related to music—such as Chimecho, Kricketot, Audino, and a special costumed Pikachu—will be appearing in the wild throughout the day.
  • Get ready for Pokémon GO Fest with a free event shirt avatar item.
  • Shiny Whismur, Chimecho, Audino, and Tympole will be making their Pokémon GO debut during the event. If you’re lucky, you may encounter one!

On Saturday, July 17, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. local time, Pokémon GO Fest 2021 ticket holders will be able to enjoy the following features!

  • Pokémon GO Fest 2021 is a music festival, and you’re the show director! Help Professor Willow and the team leaders put on an incredible concert celebration by choosing between certain Pokémon to join the festivities. Complete this Special Research for special rewards, including an encounter with a Mythical Pokémon, a shirt avatar item, and an exclusive avatar pose! After you complete the Special Research, take a snapshot for a surprise!
    • Pikachu Rock Star or Pikachu Pop Star—your choice will determine the in-game music that will play for you during the event. The Pokémon music producer Junichi Masuda has produced brand-new tracks just for Pokémon GO Fest 2021, including a rock-and-rolling track for Pikachu Rock Star fans, a high-energy electro-pop song for Pikachu Pop Star stans, and more!
    • You’ll also get to fill out the rest of your musical group! Will you pick Galarian Ponyta or Galarian Zigzagoon? Gardevoir or Flygon? All these Pokémon will be dressed to impress in special event costumes!
  • The Global Challenge Arena is back this year. On Saturday, ticket holders will work together to complete a collaborative challenge each hour. If they complete the challenge in time, they’ll earn a bonus for the remainder of the hour. You can check the Today View to keep track of global progress!
  • You’ll be able to complete four Collection Challenges, each themed after a habitat hour.
  • During each habitat hour, certain Pokémon will be attracted to Incense.
    • Jungle: Unown F, Unown G, Ludicolo, Chatot, Leafeon, and Serperior.
    • Desert Mountain: Flareon, Unown F, Unown G, Tyranitar, Flygon, and Throh.
    • Ocean Beach: Gyarados, Vaporeon, Azumarill, Unown F, Unown G, and Sawk.
    • Cave: Umbreon, Unown F, Unown G, Gardevoir, Absol, and Galvantula.
  • During event hours, Pokémon appearing in the wild and attracted to Incense will have an increased chance of being Shiny! It will be easier to discover Shiny Pokémon (in the wild and those attracted by Incense) on Saturday than on Sunday.
  • Shiny Unown F, Shiny Throh, and Shiny Sawk will be making their Pokémon GO debut during the event!

Pokémon GO Fest 2021 Day 2: Raid

On Sunday, July 18, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. local time, all Trainers will enjoy the following.

  • Sunday’s gameplay will be focused on raids, and some of your favorites will be returning for this epic celebration! Stay tuned for more info.
  • Miss any Pokémon on the first day of the event? Don’t worry! All Pokémon appearing more frequently in the wild on Saturday will be appearing again on Sunday during event hours.

On Sunday, July 18, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. local time, ticket holders will be able to enjoy the following.

  • Earn an extra 10,000 XP in raid rewards when you complete a Raid Battle!
  • Spin Gym Photo Discs to earn up to 10 Raid Passes. These can be used for in-person raids.
  • Complete Timed Research to earn up to eight Remote Raid Passes. These can be used to join a raid from anywhere.
  • Pick up a free event bundle containing three Remote Raid Passes! This will be available in the shop on Sunday, July 18, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. local time.
  • All Pokémon attracted to Incense from Saturday will be attracted to Incense during event hours on Sunday.

Moreover, all Trainers can expect both event days to feature the following.

  • Trainer photos will be featured in the Today View Share your photos with #PokemonGOFest2021 for a chance to see them featured during the event.
  • All Lure Modules activated during event hours will last for three hours
  • Special music created by Pokémon music producer Junichi Masuda will be playing in the app throughout the event.
  • 1/2 Hatch Distance when Eggs are placed in an Incubator during event hours.
  • Pokémon hatching from 7 km eggs include Igglybuff, Chingling, Audino, and more.
  • Event-exclusive Field Research tasks, special on-map visual effects, and more!

Ticket holders can expect both days of the event to feature the following.

  • Open Gifts or spin PokéStops to get special event stickers.
  • Take snapshots on both event days for a surprise!
  • Unown F and Unown G will be attracted to Incense throughout the event. If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

Pokemon GO Fest 2021 celebrations will be held in more than 20 cities

Niantic has announced that Pokémon GO Fest 2021 celebrations will be held in more than 20 cities this year. The following cities will feature in-person celebrations.


  • Linz, AT
  • Dresden, DE
  • Essen, DE
  • Hamburg, DE
  • Sevilla, ES
  • Paris, FR
  • Warsaw, PL
  • Bristol, UK
  • Edinburgh, UK
  • Liverpool, UK
  • London, UK

United States

  • San Francisco, CA
  • Denver, CO
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • New York City, NY
  • Nashville, TN
  • Austin, TX
  • Seattle, WA
  • Washington, D.C.


  • Auckland, NZ

Previously held Pokemon Go Fests

The previous Pokémon Go online event that was held last year helmed quite a massive success for Niantic with “a record number of millions of trainers” in over 120 countries and regions seizing almost a billion Pokémon in total, Said Niantic after the event of the previous year.

Niantic has also announced the pricing ticket for the 2021 event which will be reduced from $5 from last year’s event tickets which were sold at $14.99 and which allowed a certain number of entitled players to partake in the Pokémon Go Fest Special Research Project. Moreover, From now until May 30th, Google Play members will get 4× Google Play Points on all purchases made in Pokémon GO, including tickets. There will also be a special earn rate from July 12th to July 18th, 2021. After the 2017 and 2018’s Pokémon Go Fests were held in Chicago, and then the 2019 Fest was an expansion that was held in Dortmund, Germany, and Japan. This will be the fifth installment of the Pokémon Go Fest since being forced by the COVID-19 pandemic to relocate the event as a fully online event.

What are your thoughts on the Pokemon Go Fest for the year 2021? Do let us know in the comments below!

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