It’s going to be a busy July for “Pokemon Go.” If Go Fest 2020 isn’t enough, Niantic is packing several weeks worth of events leading up to the celebration. These skill events will make the July 25 and 26 festival even better by unlocking more Pokemon for the two-day global gathering. Keep in mind everyone can participate in these weekly challenges, and to be honest, they should. It will help attendees have any even better Pokemon Go Fest so they can make trades those hard-to-find Pokemon with their community.
Here’s the breakdown:
Week 1: 8 a.m. July 3 to 10 p.m. July 8
This is a jam-packed week because it also falls on fourth anniversary of “Pokemon Go.” The game was released on July 6, 2016, and chaos followed. Beautiful. Crowded. Chaos in the Before Times. That was the summer when everyone played.
The fourth anniversary perks will include flying-type pocket monsters and hat-wearing Pokemon appear in the wild, eggs and in raids. It is also features the introduction shiny Pidove. This is an interesting family because the final evolutions of male and female versions, Unfezant, have completely different looks. Although shiny Pidove looks similar to regular version, the final forms’ colors are more vibrant compared to the normal ones.
Ducklett will aso make its “Pokemon Go” debut. This Water Bird Pokemon has a water and flying typing and it evolves into Swanna. It doesn’t appear to shake up the meta in player-versus-player competition. It will appear in the wild and in 5 km eggs.
For those looking for Pikachu variants, Niantic is releasing another one. Flying Pikachu will be available in the wild and in raids. It can be shiny. No one knows what it looks like exactly but perhaps a Pokemon card holds a clue. Don’t forget to take a snapshot because Niantic says players will find a surprise. (It’s probably another Pikachu.)
Lastly, those who have joined “Pokemon Go” recently should pay attention to the Jump-Start Special Research. It’s special line of quests that will be available for a short time. It’s a great way to catch up with other trainers because it’s fairly easy and offers a ton of stardust and experience points. It will help players on the road to hitting level 40.
With that out of the way, let’s look at the Go Fest Challenge, which is based on skill. There’s a timed quest line, in which players will earn encounters with Ducklett and Flying Pikachu in case you can’t go out and catch them. They’ll offer rewards like a Star Piece. All players should complete this timed challenge because it unlocks the following Pokemon for Pokemon Go Fest 2020.
1 million completions by Team Instinct Trainers: Chimecho (This is OK. It was at last year’s Go Fest.)
1 million completions by Team Mystic Trainers: Alomomola (This Pokemon is decent and was introduced earlier this year so it’s fairly new and uncommon.)
1 million completions by Team Valor Trainers: Chansey (This is where it’s at. Valor players if you do not complete this challenge it will look bad. Not only will it show that a team with an enormous following can’t complete a basic challenge, it will be a huge loss for Go Fest participants. A shiny Chansey will be one of the more sought-after Pokemon at the event.)
Lastly, this will unlock an Elite Skills Challenge at Go Fest. It sounds like a hard mode for those who want a challenge at the event. It’s for bragging rights and nothing else.
Week 2: 8 a.m. July 10 to 10 p.m. July 15
The Weekly Challenge will be focused on Battle and finishing the quest line will give player encounters for Hitmonlee and Absol. A Super Rocket Radar is also available as a reward. Again, each team will have to complete this quest to unlock these Pokemon at Go Fest:
1 million completions by Team Instinct Trainers: Ferroseed (That’s a pretty decent Pokmeon with a grass and steel typing.)
1 million completions Team Mystic Trainers: Alolan Grimer (This is also decent. The good thing is that Alolan Grimer has a place in the Ultra League meta and it comes in a shiny version. It’s a great addition for collectors.)
1 million completions by Team Valor Trainers: Alolan Marowak (Again, the pressure is on Valor trainers. Alolan Marowak has a place in the Great League meta and its shiny form looks great as well. Being able to catch one at Pokemon Go Fest 2020 will be a huge bonus. Here’s hoping that it’s in the wild.)
Like the previous week, finishing the quest line will unlock an Elite Battle Challenge for Go Fest. It’s for bragging rights.
Week 3: 8 a.m. July 17 to 10 p.m. July 22
The Weekly Challenge will focus on Friendship and the timed quest line will earn players encounters with Alolan Raichu (It can be shiny.) and Petilil, the bulb Pokemon that will make its debut that week. It will be in the wild and hatch from 5 km eggs. It evolves into Lilligant but may need an item to do so. A Lucky Egg will also be a reward. As with the previous weeks, trainers from each team must complete the task to unlock these Pokemon at Go Fest:
1 million completions by Team Instinct Trainers: Togetic (This is a meta relevant Pokemon for Ultra and Master League. It’s unsure if this will be shiny. The only shiny version available is Togepi, which hatches out of eggs. This is still a worthwhile Pokemon for players.)
1 million completions by Team Mystic Trainers: Dratini (This Pokmeon can be shiny and it is huge in the Master League and in raids. It’s definitely a must-have for Go Fest.)
1 million completions by Team Valor Trainers: Litwick (This Pokemon is important in raids and gym battles though it has been outclassed by the likes of Reshiram. It’s still a good and valuable Pokemon to have.)
In addition to the challenge this third week, Niantic will have summer-themed Pokemon and it will introduce shiny Bellsprout. Thankfully, the shiny version of this Pokemon is different the regular version, so you won’t accidentally delete it. Shiny Bellsprout has more gold on it and the rest of the family has a green-gold tint.