Pokémon World Championships Event 2022

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Pokémon Worlds takes place in London from 18-21 August 2022, with competitors battling it out in The Trading Card Game, Pokémon Unite, Pokémon GO and more. Our very own Avrip is flying over from Australia to compete, and will be supported by Kitty, JellyBean and Spindiana, so if you see us, come say hey!

You’ll be able to watch the livestreams from Thursday 18 to Sunday 21 starting at 8:00 UTC every day, on the Pokémon GO Twitch Channel, or the Japanese stream. n conjunction, Pokémon GO will be celebrating with an in game event, and bonuses for those at Worlds, including a special pose for whoever is crowned the Pokémon GO Champion!

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Date & Time

Event icon From Thursday 18 August 2022 at 10:00 till Tuesday August 23 2022 at 8:00pm local time

Pokémon Debuts

Pikachu wearing a special Worlds Championship 2022 outfit will be appearing in raids, timed research and field research.

Event Bonuses

  • Battle icon The maximum number of GO Battle league sets you can play per day will be increased from 5 to 10, for a total of 50 battles per day
  • Pokestop icon Challengers with teams inspired by the ones used by trainers who won Pokémon Regional Championships will appear at PokéStops
  • Stardust icon 3x Stardust from GO Battle League wins
  • Evolve icon Evolve Rhyperior, Gengar, Gyarados, Metagross and Talonflame during the event to get Pokémon that know exclusive Community Day moves.

Featured Attacks

A variety of past Community Day exclusive moves will be available during this event, and will be well worth evolving to get on your Pokémon!

Pokémon Exclusive move
Rhyperior Rock Wrecker Rock
Gengar Shadow Punch Ghost
Gyarados Aqua Tail Water
Metagross Meteor Mash Steel
Talonflame Incinerate Fire
  • Evolve icon Evolve Rhydon (Rhyhorn's Evolution) into Rhyperior during the event to get a Rhyperior that knows the Charged Attack Rock Wrecker
  • Evolve icon Evolve Haunter (Gastly's Evolution) into Gengar during the event to get a Gengar that knows the Charged Attack Shadow Punch
  • Evolve icon Evolve Magikarp into Gyarados during the event to get a Gyarados that knows the Charged Attack Aqua Tail
  • Evolve icon Evolve Metang (Beldum's Evolution) into Metagross during the event to get a Metagross that knows the Charged Attack Meteor Mash
  • Evolve icon Evolve Fletchinder (Fletchling's Evolution) into Talonflame during the event to get a Talonflame that knows the Fast Attack Incinerate

Wild Encounters

The following Pokémon will appear more frequently in the wild:

If you are lucky, you might encounter the following:


One-Star Raids

Three-Star Raids

Five-Star Raids

Mega Raids

Field Research Tasks and Encounters

Task Text Reward
Power up a Pokémon 3 times
Battle a Challenger Pikachu Worlds Championship 2022
Power up a Pokémon 7 Times
Battle in GO Battle League


Timed Research

Timed Research will be available during the event. Complete to earn rewards, including the following:

Challengers are NPC Challengers found at PokéStops, they are not Team GO Rocket or other trainers in PvP.

Task Text Reward
Battle a Challenger PokéBall icon 10× PokéBall
Battle 2 Challengers Fast TM icon 1× Fast TM
Battle 3 Challengers Great Ball icon 10× Great Ball
Battle 4 Challengers Charge TM icon 1× Charge TM
Battle 5 Challengers Ultra Ball icon 10× Ultra Ball


Challengers appear near PokéStops around the world. Each battle is fought in the Master League format. Challengers do not usually use Shields, but they do use meta-relevant Teams.

Defeating a Challenger rewards 3 bundles, selected from the following options: 5 Poké Balls, 5 Great Balls, 500 Stardust, 3 Razz Berries, 3 Potions.

Ambitious Challenger (Deino hat)

  • Araquanid, Registeel, Talonflame
  • Araquanid, Registeel, Sableye
  • Swampert, Registeel, Sableye
  • Swampert, Registeel, Talonflame
  • Swampert, Walrein, Talonflame
  • Swampert, Walrein, Sableye
  • Obstagoon, Nidoqueen, Greedent
  • Trevenant, Nidoqueen, Greedent

Confident Challenger

  • Diggersby, Walrein, Cresselia
  • Walrein, Mandibuzz, Deoxys Defence
  • Walrein, Mandibuzz, Lickitung
  • Swampert, Mandibuzz, Deoxys Defence
  • Swampert, Mandibuzz, Lickitung
  • Swampert, Trevenant, Deoxys Defence
  • Scrafty, Nidoqueen, Cresselia
  • Scrafty, Walrein, Cresselia

Eager Challenger (black/white outfit)

  • Medicham, Sableye, Swampert
  • Medicham, Sableye, Walrein
  • Nidoqueen, Lickitung, Swampert

Eccentric Challenger

  • Sirfetch’d, Walrein, Talonflame
  • Walrein, Lickitung, Registeel
  • Sableye, Lickitung, Talonflame
  • Sableye, Walrein, Registeel

Novice Challenger (Pikachu onesie)

  • Sableye, Alolan Ninetales, Obstagoon
  • Sableye, Alolan Ninetales, Galarian Stunfisk
  • Trevenant, Azumarill, Galarian Stunfisk

Slick Challenger (black jacket)

  • Azumarill, Medicham, Registeel
  • Azumarill, Medicham, Trevenant
  • Walrein, Sableye, Trevenant

Featured Avatar Items

To celebrate the 2022 Pokémon World Championships’ Galar theme, the following Galar-inspired avatar items will be featured in the in-game shop.

To celebrate the Pokémon World Championships Galar theme, the following Galar inspired items will be available in game:

  • Dragon-type Sport Top
  • Dragon-type Sport Shorts
  • Dark-type Sport Top
  • Dark-type Sport Shorts

Avatar Items

Get your Pokémon World Championships Event 2022 T-shirt!

2022 Pokémon World Championships Shirts

  • 2022 Worlds Tee: Will be available globally via a code shared during the Worlds Championship Stream. The code will also be distributed via Pokémon GO social media afterwards, and will be valid through August 22, 2022 at 11:59pm UTC.
  • 2022 Worlds Participant Tee: Available from the Pokéstop located at the Pokémon GO booth in the Championships venue in London during the event.

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