Article written by Mythical, GO Hub forum member and moderator. 

We are a group of 3 Mystic Players from Sibiu Romania, who travelled over 2000 km to attend the Oberhausen Safari Event in Germany. Seeing how one of us did not manage to get a ticket (QR Code), this report will cover both points of view.

  • Doors opened at 8 AM, we arrived there around ~8:30AM
  • We waited in line for less than 5 minutes, everything went by very smooth and fast. Being foreigners, we had to present our passports upon registration.
  • We received our ‘Trainer Kit’ containing a brochure/map, Team sticker, Team rubber bracelet, Pikachu fold-it hat and the QR Code
  • Around 9:30AM, after grabbing a coffee and a quick breakfast to go, we proceeded to register our QR code at the special PokeStop
  • The second we scanned our QR code, all the Safari Zone PokeStops appeared
  • We checked out all Team lounges and this is how they looked:

My overall experience was very good, few connectivity issues here and there, a lot of GPS drifting, lots of people and good times. I bought a local data SIM card which turned out to be worse than my actual SIM card on roaming.

We had WiFi inside, which worked flawless in some areas of the mall and horrible in others (near the entrance for example). Managed to catch 2 shiny Pikachus, got to level 39 and met Reversal in person. I think it was worth it.

My friend who did not manage to get a ticket…well, his experience was different. The mall area was empty, no PokeStops whatsoever, he had to go to the park across the street from the mall to be able to benefit from the Safari Event spawns. Because of the amount of people roaming around there, connectivity was horrible in some areas. The outside area was filled with lures all day so it wasn’t that bad, but the second you would get close to the mall, things got a bit weird.

My friend would see the spawns from the Lures inside the mall (although he couldn’t see the PokeStops) and if he tried to tap on the spawns, they would become buggy and would change to regular spawns in 1-2 seconds (see video below).

In the picture below you can see the amount of PokeStops available for people without a QR Code. Keep in mind, these Stops were across the Mall, not inside. Overall it was a very nice experience because he managed to catch a lot of rare Pokemon and a shiny Magikarp (his 4th one). Oh, and he also heard a lady say “…ugh, the 3rd Shiny Pikachu today…”.

  • Chris Denton

    Southern Indiana event report: 1 Pokémon over 3 hours and 22 km.

    • Faizan Arshad


      • Chris Denton

        Don’t laugh bro, it was a nidoran. Only the finest single Pokémon in history.

        • Zappy-N

          male or female? these are important questions.

          • Chris Denton

            It was female. Cp 200 something. My nidoran is completely awful, it’s hp is laughable, attack is weak and defense is non existent. Pretty good day of Pokémon. How could anyone be salty about this game?

  • Kevin Stratigis

    i was also there, i catched about 150 pikachus in 7 hours and had no shiny one.. I made a lot of candys and had absolutly no connection issues. But I hoped there would be more regionals to catch.. so next time, when an Event like this is in Oberhausen, I dont going to travel so many KM for it again. This event could be in much more cities. Niantic could make so cool and pokemon like events. but they´re just doing this kind of stuff.. WOW. yes I am a bit salty.

  • Heydavid17

    Proud of those guys, Romanians and representing the blue team! That’s the spirit!

    Still doubtful about the upcoming safari zone where I live, it really doesn’t seem worth it (that much) to get a ticket, if you can catch the same stuff around in the city. Of course, less pressure on the game as well, since you won’t be near so many players at the same time, if you just roam around the city.

    • Higher_Ground

      how expensive are the tickets?

      • Leeroy Jenkins


        • hkmaly

          Officially. Question is how much you need to pay to get informed when the registration starts.

  • Trulla Troll

    Reading your report there are some corrections (was also there with a ticket)
    1. I already registered 8.05h and was able to play.
    2. The stops you can see aren’t in the Mall but on the outside area of the mall, where the event didn’t took place
    3. with the PoGo plus you had been able to spin the stops and catch the event pokemon without a ticket

    • Randy Keehnen

      Are you saying that with a PoGo plus you can actually join the people with a ticket in walking around and clicking the lures and special pokemon, special eggs, etc..?

      • Trulla Troll

        I said, it was possible in Oberhausen.

  • anne-susan

    one of the next safari is near my house (well 1h drive), and im so afraid im not gonna get a ticked, as the german one was “sold”out in less thn 15 minuts, note- the trainer kit is bit dissapoiting, but the rubber band is fun

  • Grześ Szadkowski

    Where I can get ticket to event in czech republic

    • Michal Hušák

      Registration did not started. Info about registration will be on the shopping center facebook (I live in Prague and I check regulary). About 150 people alredy asked on te Faceboom about registration info with no answer …

  • Jan Zsifkovits

    Was it possible to get more than 1 ticket per Person?