Niantic has just announced that Pokémon GO Fest is going live, in celebration of Pokémon GO’s one year anniversary and 750 million global downloads. Pokémon GO Fest is a celebration taking place both in the virtual and in the real world.
To kick things off, from June 13 2017 to June 20, a Solstice (Fire and Ice) event will take place, as leaked by Team Evolution, featuring:
- increased fire and ice spawn rates
- XP bonuses for Poké Ball throws
- Discounted Lucky Eggs
Right after the event ends, the GYM REWORK is going to land. In preparation for that, Niantic will be temporarily disabling Gyms for a short period of time.
Here’s the official wording:
To kick things off, we will be hosting the Solstice Event starting on June 13, 2017. This in-game event will feature Fire-type and Ice-type Pokémon, huge XP bonuses for throwing Poké Balls accurately, and discounted Lucky Eggs in the in-game shop. Soon thereafter, you can look forward to a new update focused on collaborative group gameplay features that will get you playing Pokémon GO in fun new ways. In preparation for these exciting features, we’ll be temporarily disabling Gyms for a short period of time.
Following up on that, a first real-world Pokémon GO event is coming: Pokémon GO Fest in Chicago! This event will take place in downtown Chicago, Illinois, USA at the beautiful Grant Park on July 22, 2017.
The event is not only limited to US players, as European Trainers can look forward to Pokémon GO celebrations hosted across the continent from June through September in partnership with Unibail-Rodamco shopping centers.