A Colossal Discovery

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A Colossal Discovery is a Special Research story event that introduces Regigigas to Pokemon GO. A Colossal Discovery takes place worldwide on Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 11:00 a.m to 7:00 p.m local time.

In order to participate in “A Colossal Discovery”, you need to purchase a special ticket (USD $7.99) from the in-game shop. The purchasable ticket gives you an opportunity to encounter Regigigas before it debuts in EX Raids later in November.

Regirock, Regice, and Registeel reunite in raids! Prepare for a colossal discovery!
Regirock, Regice, and Registeel reunite in raids! Prepare for a colossal discovery!



The list below does  not include all quests required to complete the quest line:

Stage 1/4

Stage rewards: 3x Golden Razz Berry, 3000 Stardust and 10x Great Ball

Quest Rewards
Catch a Regirock, Regice or Registeel from a raid 3000 XP
Catch 7 Rock-type Pokemon Cranidos
Evolve 7 Rock-type Pokemon Tyranitar

Stage 2/4

Stage rewards: Sinnoh Stone, 3000 Stardust and 10x Great Ball

Quest Rewards
Catch a Regirock, Regice or Registeel from a raid 3000 XP
Catch 7 Ice-type Pokemon Lapras
Evolve 7 Ice-type Pokemon Abomasnow

Stage 3/4

Stage rewards: Unova Stone, 3000 Stardust and 1x Star Piece

Quest Rewards
Catch a Regirock, Regice or Registeel from a raid 3000 XP
Catch 7 Steel-type Pokemon Shieldon
Evolve 7 Steel-type Pokemon Steelix

Stage 4/4

Stage rewards: Regigigas Encounter, 10x Regigigas Candy, Exclusive Pose

Quest Rewards
Take a GO Snapshot of Registeel 3000 XP
Take a GO Snapshot of Regice 3000 XP
Take a GO Snapshot of Regirock 3000 XP

The Story

Stage 1 / 4

Hey there, %PLAYERNAME%. Good to see you again. Your research inspired me to do some more research of my own, and I think I’ve come across something…groundbreaking.
I was investigating the digging patterns of Diglett, and I wound up heading deep into a cave. Inside, I came across some unusual markings carved heavily into the cavern walls.  At first, I thought them to be random, but then I realized the carvings formed four unique patterns, each consisting of seven circles. These patterns look incredibly familiar, and I think we need to take a closer look at some Pokémon in particular.

Can I count on you to help me research some Rock-type Pokémon? I have a hunch that this will lead us to our first clue.

Stage 2 / 4

Simply amazing! The pattern on the Regirock you caught matches perfectly with the first pattern of carvings on the cave walls. This leads me to believe we should move our investigation to Ice-type Pokémon. I wonder if we’ll find another Pokémon that will help us solve this puzzle.

I have one in mind, but I don’t want to get ahead of myself! I’m sure with the help of an accomplished Trainer such as yourself, we’ll be on our way to figuring this out in no time.

Stage 3 / 4

As expected, Regice clearly has similar markings to the second carving I found in the cave.
I remember an ancient legend that told a story about a Colossal Pokémon. It’s said that it made Pokémon that looked like itself from a special ice mountain, rocks, and magma.

Could it be these Pokémon these patterns originate from? This is starting to get exciting, isn’t it? If the first two Pokémon were Regirock and Regice…then there’s only one left that we must research further.

Stage 4 / 4

Excellent work. I believe we’re going in the right direction. This could only mean one thing, %PLAYERNAME%. We’re close to coming across the Legendary Pokémon Regigigas! According to legend, this Pokémon towed continents with rope.

Maybe it can help move my research lab next time it gets stuck. Hahaha! Anyway…I have a feeling that once you fully document these amazing creatures, you’ll make a colossal discovery of your own.

Event details

Event Name “A Colossal Discovery” Special Research Event
Date + Time November 2, 2019 from 11:00 a.m to 7:00 p.m local time
Ticket Price USD $7.99 (or the equivalent in your local currency)
Refundable? No
  • 1× Regigigas Encounter
  • 1× Exclusive Medal
  • 1× Exclusive Avatar Pose
  • 1× Sinnoh Stone
  • 1× Unova Stone

Buying the ticket

Niantic will announce when the tickets go live on social media channels. Once announced, you can buy a ticket from the shop:

  1. Tap on the Learn More button in the shop.
  2. Tap on the Purchase button.
  3. You will then receive a pop-up indicating that you have received a ticket for A Colossal Discovery. Once you click OK, the ticket will appear in your Item Bag.
  4. Before the event, you will receive a medal. When the event begins, open Pokemon GO and you will be given access to the Special Research quest line titled “A Colossal Discovery”

The ticket for “A Colossal Discovery” costs USD $7.99 (or the equivalent in your local currency) and can be purchased directly from the shop. The ticket cannot be purchased with PokéCoins. The ticket for this Special Research story event is nonrefundable.

Tickets can be purchased once when they go live. The ticket sale lasts until Saturday, November 2, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. in your local time zone. After buying the ticket, you must open Pokémon GO during the event (Saturday, November 2, 2019) from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. receive the Special Research titled “A Colossal Discovery”. These times are in your local time zone as well. Once you get the quest line you can start progressing it immediately, but check out our Strategy Guide for a few tips and tricks.

Ticket holders can complete the event even after it ends, but Niantic is suggesting to complete it inside official event times for “an optimal gameplay experience”. Again, check the Strategy Guide section below for more information.

Special Research Event Ticket

Ticket rewards

Exclusive Medal for the event
Exclusive Medal for the event

As already mentioned above, purchasing the ticket for A Colossal Discovery Special Research will grant you the following rewards:

  • A new Special Research story event, featuring an early-access encounter with Regigigas, appearing in Pokémon GO for the very first time
  • An exclusive Colossal Discovery medal
  • A Unova Stone, a Sinnoh Stone, and an exclusive avatar pose from conducting the Special Research
  • Up to 10 additional Raid Passes at no cost during the Special Research story event time period when you spin a Photo Disc at a Gym. These Raid Passes will not be available after the event period is over. You cannot hold more than one Raid Pass at once.

Remember that you need to open Pokemon GO on Saturday, November 2, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m in your local time zone in order to initially receive the Special Research.

Strategy Guide

Alright, let’s get this streamlined. First things first, important dates and times:

Event Date
1. Buy the ticket From the moment they go live until November 2, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. local time
2. Get the medal and Special Research November 2, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time
3. Finish the quest line Before November 4, 2019, 1:00 p.m. PDT

Why should I finish the quest line before November 4?

Once you receive the Special Research on November 2, you will be able to finish it at any time. However, Niantic recommends trying your best to complete the research on Saturday, November 2, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in your local time zone. Why? It’s simple!

In order to complete the quest line, you will need to catch Regirock, Regice, and Registeel. The Regis are available until November 4, 2019, 1:00 p.m. PDT.

Regirock Regice Registeel

Are the Regis the only raid I need to do?

No, the Regis are not the only raid you will have to complete during the quest line. Judging by the number of free raid passes and the official announcement, be prepared to take on a lot of Raid Battles in order to complete full Special Research.

Our suggestion is to group up with local players and plan to play in an area with enough Gyms. We suggest having groups of 5-6 players in order to easily defeat the legendary Titans raids. Expect to complete up to 10 raids during the quest line.

Niantic is giving 10 free raid passes for the event, which hints the number of raids you’ll need to complete. We know that 3 passes will be spent on Regis, which leaves 7 unclaimed tickets.

Okay, this makes sense. So how would you do this, Mr. Go Hub?

  1. Create a WhatsApp / Telegram / Messenger / Discord group with locals who have confirmed that they will buy the ticket
  2. Make sure everyone has successfully bought the ticket once they go live. If they haven’t, you will still have the chance to do so on the event day.
  3. Plan a local meet-up on November 2, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. Always do things earlier if possible.
  4. Start the quest line and go through it together.
  5. Do a group photo at the end with Regigigas and send it to GO Hub via Discord. We’ll add them here somewhere.

What if someone messes up and shows up late? Well, we expect the first few stages to be quick and painless. Wait for them and continue together. As event organizers, take great care that everyone has collected the exclusive medal and that they have received the quest line.

Sounds reasonable, but what if someone bugs out and doesn’t get the quest line?

Easy! Write to Niantic Support immediately and press them hard until you get the quest line. Afterwards, do a makeup event as soon as possible, preferably November 3.

November 2, 3, 4… which days are these?

These should be the first weekend in November, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Worth the money?

The ticketed event is definitely an interesting experiment. Having access to the exclusive quest line should be a strong incentive to purchase and experience it. The Colossal Discovery medal and avatar pose are also appreciated. This could also be the only opportunity to obtain a Level 15 Regigigas as well. We recommend buying the ticket, at the very least to see how it goes. If it turns out to be a terrible quest line, at least we know for the future. If it turns out to be great, awesome!

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Zeroghan started the Hub in July 2016 and hasn't had much sleep since. A lover of all things Pokémon, web development, and writing.

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