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Pokemon GO Tour: Kanto Event Announcement and Details

Pokemon GO Tour: Kanto Event Announcement and Details

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Next year marks both Pokemon’s 25th anniversary and Pokemon GO’s fifth anniversary! To celebrate, we’re excited to announce a virtual, ticketed event that Trainers all around the globe will be able to take part in. That even is called Pokemon GO Tour: Kanto.

No matter where you are in the world, take a trip back to the region where it all started: Kanto and the original 150 Pokemon.

Pokemon GO Tour: Kanto

Experience the wonder of the games that sparked a global phenomenon! In the ticketed version of this event, you’ll choose between the Red Version or Green Version of the event experience, each featuring version-exclusive Pokémon. Complete event-exclusive Special Research, and test your Pokémon-collection skills. Trading with a friend who chose the other version will be important, just like it was in Pokémon Red and Pokémon Green! Can you collect all 150 original Pokémon in one day?

We’re also excited to announce that during the Pokemon GO Tour: Kanto event, the first 150 Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region will be available as Shiny Pokémon, some of them for the first time ever. If you’re lucky, you just might find a Shiny Pokémon! You’ll be able to encounter these Shiny Pokémon after the event is over, too.

That’s not all—after completing the Pokemon GO Tour: Kanto Special Research, Trainers will receive a second event-exclusive Special Research line. Overcoming difficult challenges and daunting tasks will be required to complete it, but it’ll all be worth it to discover Shiny Mew.

Tickets for Pokemon GO Tour: Kanto are available in the in-app shop now! And if you purchase a Pokemon GO Tour: Kanto ticket by a certain date, you’ll also receive tickets for the Special Research stories for the January and February Community Day events! If you choose not to purchase a ticket, there’ll still be exciting features for you to enjoy during the event.

Read on for more details about Pokemon GO Tour: Kanto!

Date and Time

Saturday, February 20, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. your local time.

Event Features (w/ Ticket)

  • All Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region will be appearing in the wild, will be appearing in raids, will be appearing in encounters after research tasks, will be attracted to Incense, or will be obtainable via Evolution during this time.
  • Try to collect the first 150 Pokémon originally discovered in Kanto to earn rewards and bragging rights! You’ll be able to track your progress in the Today View. Are you up for the challenge?
  • Select which experience you want: Red Version or Green Version. See below for more details on the differences between these experiences!
  • All 150 Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region will be available as Shiny Pokémon, some of them for the first time! In addition, you’ll be more likely to encounter certain Shiny Pokémon in the wild depending on the event version you selected. Check out the version overview below for more information.
  • Enjoy an event-exclusive Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto Special Research story, which you can complete to earn an encounter with a special Pokémon!
  • Once you complete the first Special Research line, you’ll be able to access a second event-exclusive Special Research story, meant to be completed over a long period of time, in which you’ll embark on a long and challenging journey to discover Shiny Mew.
  • You’ll earn more Candy for catching Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region.
  • If you purchase a Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto ticket by a certain date, you’ll also receive tickets for the January and February Community Day Special Research stories for free! See details below.

Other Features (No Ticket necessary)

  • Some Pokémon originally discovered in Kanto will be appearing in the wild and in raids.
  • Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, and Mewtwo will be returning to Legendary raids! See below for these Pokémon’s featured exclusive attacks.
  • All Trainers will be able to access event-exclusive Timed Research.
  • Trade range will be increased to 40 km.

Red Version or Green Version?

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Ever since 1996, “Which version are you getting?” has been an important question for Pokémon fans. Similar to the original game series, Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto will feature different versions of the ticketed experience, each with version-exclusive Pokémon. To collect the first 150 Pokémon originally discovered in Kanto, you’ll need to trade with friends who have the other event version. To help with this, trade range will be increased to 40 km during the week of the event!

Version-exclusive Pokémon will be attracted to Incense during event hours. Additionally, you’ll have a greater chance of encountering certain Shiny Pokémon depending on which version you choose, as outlined below. Once you choose your event version, you can’t change it, so pick carefully! Note that you’ll pick your version closer to the event date, so don’t worry about choosing right now.

Red Version

  • Red Version–Exclusive Pokémon: Ekans, Oddish, Mankey, Growlithe, Scyther, and Electabuzz will be attracted to Incense.
  • You’ll have an increased chance of encountering these Shiny Pokémon: Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Pidgey, Ekans, Pikachu, Nidoran ♀, Oddish, Diglett, Mankey, Growlithe, Ponyta, Shellder, Drowzee, Krabby, Hitmonlee, Lickitung, Scyther, Electabuzz, Eevee, Kabuto, and Dratini.

Green Version

  • Green Version–Exclusive Pokémon: Sandshrew, Vulpix, Meowth, Bellsprout, Magmar, and Pinsir will be attracted to Incense.
  • You’ll have an increased chance of encountering these Shiny Pokémon: Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Pidgey, Pikachu, Sandshrew, Nidoran ♂, Vulpix, Meowth, Psyduck, Bellsprout, Geodude, Exeggcute, Hitmonchan, Koffing, Tangela, Horsea, Magmar, Pinsir, Eevee, Omanyte, and Dratini.

Earn rewards by collecting the first 150 Pokémon originally discovered in Kanto! You’ll be able to collect the first 150 Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region in several challenges, earning rewards as you do!

If you don’t manage to collect the first 150 Pokémon originally discovered in Kanto during the event, don’t worry! You’ll have until February 27, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. PST (GMT −8) to catch certain Pokémon. You can use this extra time to trade Pokémon, evolve Pokémon, battle in raids, and encounter Pokémon after completing research tasks to finish your collection and claim the rewards!

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Exclusive Attacks from Raid Pokemon

  • Articuno caught during the event will know Hurricane.
  • Zapdos caught during the event will know Thunder Shock.
  • Moltres caught during the event will know Sky Attack.
  • Mewtwo caught during the event will know Psystrike.
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Early-Purchase Bonus

If you purchase a Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto ticket by a certain date, you’ll get free tickets for the January and February Community Day events’ Special Research stories! Read on for more details and conditions.

  • January Community Day is scheduled for Saturday, January 16, 2021. To receive a free ticket for the January Community Day Special Research story, you must purchase your Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto ticket by Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. PST (GMT −8). If you purchase your Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto ticket by this deadline, you’ll also receive a ticket for the February Community Day Special Research story!
  • February Community Day is scheduled for Sunday, February 7, 2021. In order to receive a free ticket for the February Community Day Special Research story, you must purchase your Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto ticket by Wednesday, February 3, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. PST (GMT −8).

Please note that you must meet certain conditions to receive these Special Research stories. To receive your free tickets for the Community Day Special Research stories, you’ll need to purchase your Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto ticket by the deadlines outlined above. You must log in to Pokémon GO during each Community Day event to obtain its corresponding Special Research story. After you’ve obtained a Community Day Special Research story, you can complete it at any time. Tickets for the Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto event are nonrefundable (subject to applicable law and the exceptions set forth in the Terms of Service).

How to Buy a Ticket for Pokemon GO Tour: Kanto

Tickets for Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto are now available in the in-app shop! Tickets are US$11.99 plus any applicable taxes and fees (or the equivalent in your local currency). Tickets cannot be purchased with PokéCoins. To purchase your ticket, follow these steps.

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  1. In the in-app shop, tap the Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto image.
  2. Tap the Buy button.
  3. You’ll then see a checkmark purchase confirmation indicating that you’ve successfully purchased a ticket for Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto.
  4. After the purchase, you can find the ticket in your Item Bag.
  5. A few weeks before the event, you’ll be able to choose which event version you’d like to participate in by tapping the Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto ticket in your Item Bag and selecting your desired version in the resulting pop-up. Note that once you choose your version, you can’t change your selection. After confirming your version selection, you’ll receive a corresponding medal.
  6. When you open the app during the event hours on Saturday, February 20, 2021, you’ll receive access to the Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto ticketed experience, including the Special Research story. After you’ve obtained the Special Research, you can complete it at any time. Tickets to this event are nonrefundable (subject to applicable law and the exceptions set forth in the Terms of Service).

Be sure to check the Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto website for more updates in the coming weeks.

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