Pokemon GO has been having quite the summer so far this year. There has already been the Safari Zone Dortmund event, with another planned to take place in Yokosuka later this year. But before then, there's Pokemon GO Fest in Chicago as the next Pokemon GO event for trainers to enjoy, and this year sees plenty of awesome challenges that everyone around the world can get involved with. New Alola forms like Alolan Diglett and Alolan Geodude will be added in, there will be Shiny Minun and Shiny Plusle, and a special Zapdos Day will be the reward for the Global Challenge that weekend. We've got all the details you need in this handy Pokemon GO Fest Global Challenge Guide.
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Pokemon GO Fest Global Challenge Start Date
Now that the Pokemon GO Safari Event in Dortmund is over, it’s time to start looking at Pokemon GO Fest. The event will take place on July 14 and 15, and will bring a host of new challenges, pokemon and rewards to trainers all around the world. There is a list of challenges that trainers must work towards, and if all of them are beaten, a bonus reward will unlock on July 21.
Pokemon GO Fest Global Challenge - Field Research Tasks, Rewards, Bonus Reward
As mentioned previously, trainers will have to work together during Pokemon GO Fest to complete a series of challenges. These challenges are split into four regions: Pokemon GO Fest, Europe, The Americas, and The Asia-Pacific Region. Each region will have its own challenge to unlock, by collectively completing a certain number of research tasks. You can see the rewards for doing so in the image below. They include Hatch bonuses, extra Raids, Candy and more. There’s also a bonus reward which will unlock on July 21 if all challenges are completed over the July 14 - 15 period.
Rewards will be steadily rolled out after the event finishes, over the period of July 16-23.
Pokemon GO Zapdos Day - Shiny Zapdos Day Event
The reward for players completing all of the challenges for the Dortmund event was an Articuno Day. Articuno Raids will take place on July 7, and players will have the chance to bag themselves a Shiny Articuno as well. Niantic has just officially revealed what the Bonus Reward for the Pokemon GO Fest Global Challenge will be, and it's all going to revolve around Zapdos. If players are succesful in completing all of the global challenges, then a Zapdos day will run for three hours on Saturday July 21. The legendary bird pokemon will be availale in Raid Battles around the world, with a small chance to encounter a Shiny Zapdos with Thundershock.
Pokemon GO Fest Shiny Plusle and Shiny Minun, Stardust Bonuses
It seems that Plusle and Minun are the mascots of Pokemon GO Fest, and will be popping up more frequently while it is going on. There will also be a chance to catch Shiny Minun and Shiny Plusle during the event. Catching these two pokemon will grant bonus Stardust, so it’ll definitely be worth your while to seek them out.
Pokemon GO Alolan Diglett and Alolan Geodude
The final bonus associated with Pokemon GO Fest is the release of Alolan Diglett and Geodude into the game. They join a huge roster of island-themed Kanto Pokemon, and will be available as rare encounters throughout the weekend. Judging by how previous Alolan Forms have been added into the game, Alolan Geodude and Alolan Diglett will likely stick around after the event, probably being added as Hatch rewards for 7K Eggs. For a look at every other Alolan Form pokemon in Pokemon GO, Check out our Pokemon GO Alolan Guide.
Pokemon GO Fest Tickets 2018
Unfortunately, at the time of writing, all tickets for Pokemon GO Fest 2018 are sold out. Niantic hasn't given any updates on whether additional tickets have been released, but we will keep you updated with any changes. Of course, a lot of the Pokemon featured in the Pokemon GO Fest habitats will also appear all over the world during the event.
That’s everything you need to know about Pokemon GO Fest Global Challenge. We’ll be bringing you more details on everything to do with the upcoming event very soon, but in the meantime, head over to our Pokemon GO Gifts Guide for all the details on sending and receiving items with friends. You can also check out our updated guide on how to evolve Eevee in Pokemon GO.