After the massive success of Pokémon GO Fest 2021, Niantic have announced that we have completed all parts of the Ultra Unlock Challenge! This means all three different themes, time, space, and a currently unknown theme will each get their own event. Hype is in order, because these events look fantastic!

‘Trainers,
Incredible work completing all 24 challenges in the Global Challenge Arena during Pokémon GO Fest 2021! As is tradition with Pokémon GO Fest events, we’re excited to unveil more details on this year’s Ultra Unlock bonus events. As you know, the Mythical Pokémon Hoopa appeared during Pokémon GO Fest 2021 just the other day. Hoopa seemed intent on causing mischief and summoned all kinds of Legendary Pokémon to raids! That mischief is continuing even now, and it seems the Legendary Pokémon Dialga and Palkia will be summoned to raids next! Keep an eye on how time and space are distorted by the appearance of each of these Legendary Pokémon. There’s still no sign of Hoopa reappearing, but we’ll continue to monitor the situation.’

Ultra Unlock Part 1: Time

The flow of time has been disrupted! Dialga will be appearing in five-star raids, and Pokémon from various eras will be appearing more often. Look forward to encountering formerly fossilized Pokémon like Cranidos and Shieldon—if you’re lucky, you might even encounter a Shiny Cranidos or a Shiny Shieldon!

Date & Time

Ultra Unlock Part 1: Time will run from Friday, July 23, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Tuesday, August 3, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. local time.

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Raids

The following Pokémon will be appearing in raids from Friday, July 23, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Friday, August 6, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time:

Five Star Raids

Dialga

Dialga will be appearing in five-star raids. If you’re lucky, you might find a Shiny Dialga! Dialga is not only a hugely meta relevant Legendary Pokémon, but it also has a wonderful green shiny too. Check out our Dialga raid guide to prepare your optimal counters.

Regular Dialga Sprite Shiny Dialga Sprite

Three Star Raids

Magneton, Aerodactyl, Porygon2, and Golurk will be appearing in three-star raids.

One Star Raids

Unown U, Cranidos, Shieldon, Bronzor, and Klink will be appearing in one-star raids. If you’re lucky, you might find a Shiny Unown U!

Wild Spawns

The following Pokémon will be appearing more frequently in the wild: Voltorb, Porygon, Omanyte, Kabuto, Baltoy, Cranidos, Shieldon, and more. If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny Cranidos or a Shiny Shieldon!

Shiny Shieldon Shiny Bastiodon

Shiny Cranidos Shiny Rampardos

7km Eggs

The following Pokémon will be hatching from 7 km Eggs: Omanyte, Kabuto, Aerodactyl, Lileep, Anorith, Cranidos, and Shieldon.

Field Research

Task Text Reward
Hatch an Egg Shieldon (s)
Win a raid Cranidos (s)
Spin 10 Pokestops or gyms 10 Pokeballs
Earn a candy walking with your buddy 3 Ultra Balls
Catch 3 pokemon with weather boost 2 Pinap berries

Timed Research

The Timed Research is available until Tuesday, August 3, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. local time.

Stage 1

  • Catch 10 pokemon – Diglett (s)
  • Use 5 berries to help catch pokemon – Drilbur
  • Catch 5 different species of pokemon 6 Nanab berries
  • Stage reward – 10x poke balls, 483 XP, 3x ultra balls

Stage 2

  • Catch 5 voltorb – Magnemite (s)
  • Transfer 7 pokemon – 7x Ultra balls
  • Send 3 gifts to friends – 3x Pinap berries
  • Stage reward – 5x great balls, 483 XP, 5x ultra balls

Stage 3

  • Catch 10 omanyte or kabuto – Aerodactyl (s)
  • Power up a pokemon 5 times – 3x Max revive
  • Earn 5 hearts with your buddy – 7x Razz berries
  • Stage reward – 15x poke balls, 483 XP, 5x ultra balls

Stage 4

  • Catch 7 Porygon – Upgrade
  • Evolve a pokemon – 8x Ultra balls
  • Use 10 berries to help catch pokemon – 5x Pinap berries
  • Stage reward – 10x Great balls, 483 XP, 5x ultra balls

Stage 5

  • Catch 15 Rock-type pokemon – Onix (s)
  • Win a raid – Shieldon (s)
  • Power up a pokemon 7 times – Cranidos (s)
  • Stage reward – 30x poke balls, 3x ultra balls, 2000 stardust

Ultra Unlock Part 2: Space

It appears space will be distorted as well, causing Pokémon from various places to appear where they usually don’t! Look forward to seeing Palkia appearing in five-star raids, Heatmor and Durant appearing in the wild, and more. Heracross will also be appearing globally for the first time in three-star raids—if you’re lucky, you might even encounter a Shiny Heracross!

Date & Time

Ultra Unlock Part 2: Space will run from Friday, August 6, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Tuesday, August 17, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. local time.

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Raids

The following Pokémon will be appearing in raids from Friday, August 6, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Friday, August 20, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time:

Five Star Raids

Palkia

Palkia will be appearing in five-star raids. If you’re lucky, you might find a Shiny Palkia!

Regular Palkia Sprite Shiny Palkia Sprite

Three Star Raids

Alakazam, Kangaskhan, and Heracross will be appearing in three-star raids. If you’re lucky, you might find a Shiny Kangaskhan or a Shiny Heracross! This is a great opportunity to add two regional exclusives to your collection, and Shiny Heracross in particular is fantastic.

Shiny Heracross Shiny Kangaskhan

One Star Raids

Unown U, West Sea and East Sea Shellos, Elgyem, and Espurr will be appearing in one-star raids. If you’re lucky, you might find a Shiny Unown U!

Wild Spawns

The following Pokémon will be appearing more frequently in the wild: Clefairy, Munna, Red-Striped and Blue-Striped Basculin, Elgyem, Heatmor, Durant, and more!

Regional Pokémon in 7km Eggs

The following regional-exclusive Pokémon will be hatching from 7 km Eggs: West Sea and East Sea Shellos, Red-Striped and Blue-Striped Basculin, Heatmor, and Durant.

Timed Research

Complete Timed Research to earn encounters with certain event-themed Pokémon! This Timed Research will be available from Friday, August 6, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Tuesday, August 17, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. local time.

Field Research Tasks

There will also be themed Field Research available at PokéStops throughout the event. We will update our guide when we have more information.

Ultra Unlock Part Three: ???

What will happen once Parts 1 and 2 are over? Will these abnormal events continue to happen? What awaits us during Part 3? Stay tuned!

Date & Time

Ultra Unlock Part Three: ??? will run from Friday, August 20, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Tuesday, August 31, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. local time.

Conclusion

This is a great opportunity to add a variety of regionals to your Pokédex, as well as potentially some amazing new shinies. Kangaskhan and Heracross both have a Mega form that will arrive in game at some point. Bastiodon is a Great League PvP champ. Rampardos is one of the all time best Rock type attacks in the meta. Plus both versions of Shellos and Basculin will be spawning world wide, rather than either side of the Meridian Line. And who doesn’t want shiny Dialga and Palkia?! Two absolute giants of legendaries that are widely loved. Hype!

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