Pokémon GO 8th Anniversary Event

Can you believe it has really been 8 whole years of Pokémon GO?! Celebrate the 8th anniversary with Grimer and Muk wearing party hats, shiny Meltan available from the Mystery Box, and a host of party hat wearing Pokémon in spawns and raids! A new special research line that rewards shiny Celebi will be also be available for trainers who haven’t encountered it before!

Why Grimer and Muk you ask? Grimer is number 88 in the Pokédex!

8th Anniversary Event icon

Date and Time 📅

Event icon Friday, June 28, at 10:00 a.m. to Wednesday, July 3, 2024, at 8:00 p.m. local time

Bonuses ⭐

  • Trade icon Increased chance to become Lucky Friends.
  • Trade icon Increased chance to get Lucky Pokémon in trades.
  • General icon Friendship levels will increase faster than normal through opening Gifts, trading Pokémon, or battling together in raids, Gyms, or Trainer Battles!
  • Pokemon Encounter icon Chance of finding 8 or 88 (or maybe more!) Gimmighoul Coins when you spin a PokéStop with a Golden Lure Module.
  • Shiny icon Shiny Meltan can be encountered from your Mystery Box
  • Pokemon Encounter icon Grimer and Muk wearing party hats will debut during the event

In addition to the above, the 8th Anniversary Party will have special bonuses on certain days!

June 28 at 10:00 a.m. – June 29 at 11:59 p.m. local time

  • Egg icon 1/2 Egg Hatch Distance when Eggs are placed in an Incubator on these days.

June 30 at 12:00 a.m. – July 1 at 11:59 p.m. local time

  • XP icon 2× XP for catching Pokémon.

July 2 at 12:00 a.m. – July 3 at 8:00 p.m. local time

  • Stardust icon 2× Stardust for catching Pokémon.

New Pokémon introduced in this event ✨

Grimer and Muk wearing party hats will be available for the first time, and they can be shiny! Grimer is featured during the event due to it being the 88th Pokémon in the Pokédex.

Shiny Meltan available during the event ✨

Shiny Meltan will be available during the event, by opening your Mystery Box! We’ve included basic instructions below on how to get a Mystery Box, but check out our full guide here for more details. Shiny Meltan is only available during certain events, so this is a good time to grind for it! It can be quite tricky to spot as it darkens slightly in colour, with the golden metal area becoming more copper toned. During the event you can open a Mystery Box every 48 hours!

Why is Meltan featured during this event? It is number 808 in the Pokédex!

  Meltan Melmetal
Regular
Shiny

A Mystery Boy is obtained by sending a Pokémon from Pokémon GO to Pokémon Let’s Go, Pikachu! or Let’s Go, Eevee! on the Nintendo Switch, or to Pokémon HOME which is available for free on your phone as an app.

Follow these simple steps to get a Mystery Box in Pokémon GO:

  1. Create an account on Nintendo.com. You need a Nintendo Account to use Pokémon HOME, so make sure to make one if you don’t have one already
  2. Download Pokémon Home from Google Play or App Store, and sign in with your Nintendo Account.
  3. Open Pokémon GO and go to Pokéball menu > Settings > Connected Devices and Services > Pokémon HOME and Sign in with Nintendo
  4. Once you sign in, you will be able to send Pokémon to Pokémon Home
  5. Select any Pokémon and confirm Transport. Your Pokémon will leave Pokémon GO and travel to Pokémon Home (*).
  6. Be sure to open Pokémon Home and receive your Pokémon. You can’t get a new Mystery Box if there’s unclaimed Pokémon.

(*) Transferring Pokémon costs transporter energy. If you are transferring Pokémon to Home for the purpose of obtaining a Mystery Box, be sure to avoid Legendary Pokémon, especially shiny Legendary Pokémon. They cost too much transporter energy.


Wild Encounters Pokemon Encounter icon

The following Pokémon will appear more frequently in the wild:

Some trainers may even encounter the following:

The following Pokémon will appear more frequently on these date:

June 28 at 10:00 a.m. – June 29 at 11:59 p.m. local time

June 30 at 12:00 a.m. – July 1 at 11:59 p.m. local time

July 2 at 12:00 a.m. – July 3 at 8:00 p.m. local time

Raids Raid icon

Pokémon appearing in one-star raids will have a greater chance of being a Shiny Pokémon than when found in the wild.

The following Pokémon will appear in raids:

One-Star Raids

Field Research Task Encounters Research icon

The following Pokémon will be available to encounter when you complete certain Field Research tasks:

Task Reward
Send a Gift with a Sticker
Spin 2 PokéStops or Gyms
Take 3 Snapshots of Wild Pokémon
Earn 4 Hearts with your Buddy
Make 5 Curveball Throws
Use 6 Berries to help catch Pokémon
Catch 7 Different Species of Pokémon
Power up a Pokémon 9 Times
Make 8 Nice Throws
  • Mega Energy icon 25× Blastoise Mega Energy
  • Mega Energy icon 10× Charizard Mega Energy
  • Mega Energy icon 10× Venusaur Mega Energy
  • Mega Energy icon 10× Sceptile Mega Energy
  • Mega Energy icon 10× Blaziken Mega Energy
  • Mega Energy icon 10× Swampert Mega Energy

Pokéstop Showcases General icon

Be on the lookout for Showcases at different PokéStops where you can enter event-themed Pokémon!

Timed Research Research icon

Event-themed Timed Research will be available throughout the event. Complete tasks to earn XP, Stardust, and encounters with event-themed Pokémon such as Raticate wearing a party hat, Nidorino wearing a party hat, Wobbuffet wearing a party hat, Meltan, and more!

8th Anniversary Part 1/2

Task Reward
Earn 8 hearts with your buddy Bulbasaur wearing a party hat
Catch 88 Pokémon Charmander wearing a party hat
Spin 8 different PokéStops or Gyms Squirtle wearing a party hat
Earn 8,888 XP Wurmple wearing a party hat
Make 88 Curveball Throws Wobbuffet wearing a party hat
Earn 8,888 Stardust Nidorino wearing a party hat
Evolve 8 Pokémon Raticate wearing a party hat

Rewards

8th Anniversary Part 2/2

Task Reward
Claim Reward! Meltan
Claim Reward! Meltan
Claim Reward! Meltan
Claim Reward! Meltan
Claim Reward! Meltan
Claim Reward! Meltan
Claim Reward! Meltan

Rewards

Paid Timed Research Research icon

For US$2.00 (or the equivalent pricing tier in your local currency), you’ll be able to access event-exclusive Timed Research.*

Complete the event-themed research tasks, such as spinning eight PokéStops or evolving eight Pokémon, to receive the following:

Task Reward
Earn 8 hearts with your buddy Lucky Egg icon 1× Lucky Egg
Catch 88 Pokémon Incubator icon 1× Incubator
Spin 8 different PokéStops or Gyms Rocket Radar icon 1× Rocket Radar
Earn 8,888 XP Battle Pass icon 1× Battle Pass
Make 88 Curveball Throws Poffin icon 1× Poffin
Earn 8,888 Stardust Star Piece icon 1× Star Piece
Evolve 8 Pokémon Incense icon 1× Incense

Rewards

Please note that Timed Research expires. The tasks associated with this Timed Research must be completed and their rewards must be claimed before Wednesday, July 3, 2024, at 8:00 p.m. local time.

Trainers will be able to purchase and gift tickets to any of their Pokémon GO friends that they have achieved a Friendship level of Great Friends or higher with. Please note that purchases—including those made for other Trainers—are non-refundable (subject to applicable law and the exceptions set forth in the Terms of Service).Tickets cannot be purchased with PokéCoins.

Whispers in the Wood Research icon

Celebi

For US$5.00 (or the equivalent pricing tier in your local currency), you’ll be able to pick up a Masterwork Research story, Whispers in the Woods, which leads to an encounter with Shiny Celebi!*

Shiny Celebi originally appeared in Pokémon GO in the Distracted by Something Shiny Special Research story, and it’s returning once more as part of the 8th Anniversary Party.

Once purchased, you’ll be able to access a Masterwork Research story, which are special kinds of research that are intended to be completed over a long period of time.

Tickets for this Masterwork Research story will be available to purchase until Wednesday, July 3, 2024, at 8:00 p.m. local time.

Ticket holders will gain access to the Masterwork Research story during the 8th Anniversary Party event. To receive the Masterwork Research, you must open Pokémon GO at some point between Friday, June 28, at 10:00 a.m. and Wednesday, July 3, 2024, at 8:00 p.m. local time. After you’ve received the Masterwork Research, you can complete it at any time.

Trainers who purchase this Masterwork Research story or have previously received the Distracted by Something Shiny Special Research story (either active or completed) can also enjoy the following bonuses for the duration of our 8th Anniversary Party event:

  • Incense icon 2× Incense duration
  • Incense icon 2× Daily Adventure Incense duration
  • Lucky Egg icon 2× Lucky Egg duration

* Trainers who completed the Distracted by Something Shiny Special Research story will not be able to purchase this Masterwork Research story.

Pokémon GO Web Store —Anniversary Box Shop icon

The Pokémon GO Web Store is celebrating this exciting milestone with the Anniversary Box!

This offer features three Remote Raid Passes, one Incubator, and three Premium Battle Passes for US$4.99 (or the equivalent pricing tier in your local currency).

Now even more Trainers can enjoy the web store! Trainers with Pokémon Trainer Club (PTC) accounts will now be able to log in to the Pokémon GO Web Store with the same credentials used to log in to Pokémon GO.

Avatar Items Shop icon

The following avatar items will be available to purchase in the in-game shop during this event:

  • Noctowl Loose-Fitting Jacket
  • Mankey Loose-Fitting Jacket
  • Loose-Fitting Pants (Dark Gray)
  • Pom-Pom Style Oricorio Hat
  • Pa’u Style Oricorio Hat
  • Baile Style Oricorio Hat
  • Sensu Style Oricorio Hat

Stickers Shop icon

You’ll be able to get event-themed stickers by spinning PokéStops, opening Gifts, and purchasing them from the in-game shop.

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