Niantic is celebrating the Buddy Pokémon feature in Pokémon Go with a brand new in-game event.
The Buddy Up Event is set to begin this week and bring players some rare Pokémon and chances to catch some of the mobile game's most popular Buddy Pokémon. As the coronavirus pandemic persists, Pokémon Go is making it easier to play from home and this event continues the trend by making it more beneficial to play with your Buddy Pokémon.
Pokémon such as Alolan Meowth, Chansey, Eevee, Feebas, Lillipup and Joltik will appear in the wild more often. They will also hatch from 5km Egg at a higher rate. Woobat, once an event-exclusive Pokémon, will also return and start to hatch from 2km Eggs once the event is over.
POKEMON GO BUDDY EVENT START TIME
The Pokémon Go Buddy Up Event will begin Tuesday, April 21, at 8 a.m. local time and end Monday, April 27, at 10 p.m. local time.
SHINY VOLBEAT AND ILLUMISE
Volbeat and Illumise are Bug-type Pokémon from the Hoenn region, but in Pokémon Go they are region-exclusive, meaning they can only be caught in certain parts of the world.
For the Buddy Up event, Volbeat and Illumise will show up in the wild no matter where you are, giving trainers access to one of the Pokémon they normally wouldn't be able to catch. Both Pokémon will also appear as rewards for completing certain Research Tasks.
In addition, both Volbeat and Illumise will have their Shiny forms make their debuts in Pokémon Go during this event.
When the event ends, Volbeat will go back to only appearing in Europe, Asia and Oceania, while Illumise will return to the Americas and Africa.
BUDDY UP EVENT RESEARCH TASKS
The official Niantic blog confirms that there will be new field research tasks for the Buddy Up event with the rewards being Stardust, Alolan Meowth, Volbeat, Illumise and Woobat.
Until the event begins, we won't know the special field research tasks, but this section will be updated once that information is available.
Niantic revealed on its blog some of the in-game bonuses players can take advantage of in Pokémon Go and they include the following: