It's been a crazy few weeks with all the new Pokémon GO summer updates, such as the overhaul on Gyms and the introduction of Raid Battles. However, the real festivities have yet to begin. On July 22, the Pokémon GO Fest kicks off at Grant Park in Chicago, IL, and will be the first of several celebratory events around the world. Trainers in Europe have a handful of special Safari Zone events lined up in various shopping centers, while gamers in Japan have an annual Pikachu-centered festivity to look forward to.
Even if you're unable to physically attend the Pokémon GO summer events, you can still participate online. Global challenges will be issued to trainers all over the world, who must work together to unlock exclusive rewards and bonuses. Anticipation is running high for the summer festivities, but only time will tell if legendary Pokemon will actually make an appearance. Read on to discover more details about the events below.
The Pokémon GO Fest at Grant Park in Chicago, IL, is on July 22, 2017. The event will feature increased Pokémon encounters, special PokéStops, an exclusive digital medal, special 2km eggs, team lounges, and three 30-minute "Challenge Windows" at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., and 3 p.m.
During the Challenge Windows, players physically present at Grant Park must catch certain types of Pokémon within the timeframe to obtain correlated bonuses for players worldwide. For example, catching Water type Pokémon will activate an XP bonus.
Trainers in Europe will have a handful of smaller events to celebrate Pokémon GO's anniversary. There will be Safari Zone events at Unibail-Rodamco Shopping Centers throughout August and September where players can encounter unique and rare Pokémon. Niantic even promises Pokémon "never encountered in Europe!" The schedule is as follows:
- August 5, 2017
- August 12, 2017
- September 16, 2017
There will also be a Pokémon GO event in the city of Chester, England, UK, at the Big Heritage Festival. On July 22 and 23, trainers will find activities and rewards both in the real world and on the app throughout Chester. Chester Castle will also open its doors to the public for the first time in 20 years during the festival to allow visitors and gamers to learn about "the heritage of one of the world’s most historic cities."
From August 9 to 15, the fourth Pikachu Outbreak will take place in Yokohama, Japan. It is hosted by the Pokémon Company each year, but this time around, it will have a special tie-in with the festivities of Pokémon GO's anniversary. No major details have yet been released, but if 2016's Pikachu Outbreak is any indication, there are going to be a ton of adorable, dancing yellow mice.
Trainers all over the world can participate in the Pokémon GO summer events online through the app. So far, specific global rewards have only been announced for the Pokémon GO Fest for July 22. In the three 30-minute Challenge Windows during the festival, trainers outside of Grant Park must work with those at the festival.
To increase the time of the bonuses obtained by trainers within the park, the gamers on the outside must catch "as many Pokémon as possible." There are three levels of global rewards that can be unlocked by the players outside the park. The highest hurdle unlocks the Mystery Challenge for trainers within the park. Then, it is up to the players in Grant Park to complete the Mystery Challenge to obtain the Global Reward for all trainers.