Pokémon GO Fest 2020 Weekly Challenges Guide

Niantic has announced the weekly challenges leading up to Pokémon GO Fest 2020. Trainers will be given a chance to take part in three Weekly Challenges in the form of Timed Research lines, regardless of whether they have a Pokémon GO Fest 2020 ticket.

By participating in these Weekly Challenges, Trainers can earn encounters with rare Pokémon, special rewards and unlock additional species of Pokémon that will appear during GO Fest.

Pokémon GO Fest 2020 Weekly Challenges last from July 3, 2020 to July 22, 2020 and no GO Fest ticket is required to participate.


Week 1: Skill challenge and Pokémon GO’s fourth-anniversary celebration event

Pokemon GO Catch mechanicsThe first GO Fest Weekly Challenge is called Skill, and it overlaps with Pokémon GO’s fourth anniversary celebration. The Challenge focuses on catching Pokémon. Three new Pokémon will be released during the event: Shiny Pidove, Flying Pikachu and Ducklett.

Date + Time
Friday, July 3, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. to Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. local time

Features
This week features a GO Fest weekly challenge, a Ho-Oh special raid weekend and various Fourth-anniversary rewards

Fourth-anniversary event features

The following bonuses will be active throughout this week:

  • Flying-type Pokémon and Pokémon wearing party hats will be appearing in the wild, hatching from Eggs, and appearing in raids. If you’re lucky, you might find a Shiny Pidove!
  • Ducklett will be making its Pokémon GO debut! It’ll be appearing in the wild and hatching from 5 km Eggs.
Pokemon GO DucklettDucklett
  • Flying Pikachu will be appearing in the wild and in raids. If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny one!
Flying Pikachu Pokémon Card
Flying Pikachu Pokémon Card
  • The Jump-Start Special Research will also be available this week for any Trainers who missed out on it during last year’s anniversary celebration, so be sure to open the app during this period to claim it. This Special Research is designed to help you catch up with other Trainers, with a ton of Stardust and XP rewards, as well as some exciting Pokémon encounters.
  • Be sure to take a snapshot during this event for a surprise.

GO Fest Weekly Challenge: Skill

Complete all three sets of tasks in the GO Fest Weekly Challenge: Skill Timed Research to earn an encounter with Ducklett, an encounter with Flying Pikachu, a Star Piece, and more!

If the following numbers of Trainers from the same team complete this Timed Research, the corresponding Pokémon will appear during Pokémon GO Fest 2020.

Challenge Reward
One million Team Instinct Trainers Pokemon GO ChimechoChimecho
One million Team Mystic Trainers Pokemon GO AlomomolaAlomomola
One million Team Valor Trainers Pokemon GO ChanseyChansey

If you complete the GO Fest Weekly Challenge: Skill Timed Research, you’ll earn access to the GO Fest Elite Skill Challenge, a set of difficult tasks that you can complete to earn personal bragging rights! You don’t need to complete these tasks for your Timed Research to count toward the Pokémon GO Fest 2020 unlock goals

Ho-Oh Special Raid Weekend

Ho-Oh will be joining in on the festivities! You can challenge it in five-star raids from Friday, July 3, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. to Monday, July 6, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. local time. Be sure to have your Remote Raid Passes stocked—you can purchase them in the shop.


Week 2: Battle-based challenge

The second Pokémon GO Fest weekly challenge revolves around GO Battle League. A special battle themed event takes place on Sunday, July 12. No new shiny Pokémon will be released during this week.

Date + Time
Friday, July 10, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. to Wednesday, July 15, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. local time

GO Fest Weekly Challenge: Battle

Complete all three sets of tasks in the GO Fest Weekly Challenge: Battle Timed Research to earn an encounter with Hitmonlee, an encounter with Absol, a Super Rocket Radar, and more.

If the following numbers of Trainers from the same team complete their Timed Research this week, the corresponding Pokémon will appear during Pokémon GO Fest 2020.

Challenge Reward
One million Team Instinct Trainers Pokemon GO FerroseedFerroseed
One million Team Mystic Trainers Pokemon GO Grimer (Alola)Grimer (Alola)
One million Team Valor Trainers Pokemon GO Marowak (Alola)Marowak (Alola)

If you complete the GO Fest Weekly Challenge: Battle Timed Research, you’ll earn access to the GO Fest Elite Battle Challenge, a set of difficult tasks that you can complete for personal bragging rights!

You don’t need to complete these tasks for your Timed Research to count toward the Pokémon GO Fest 2020 unlock goals.

Battle-themed event

Have your Pokémon ready for battle, Trainers! On Sunday, July 12, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. local time, there will be a battle-themed event! Hopefully it won’t take over too much of your time.


Week 3: Friendship-based challenge

Lucky Friends and Avatar PosesThe third GO Fest weekly challenge celebrates an important aspect of Pokémon GO: friendship. The challenge includes tasks based around your Buddy Pokémon, your fellow Trainers and gifts.

Two new Pokémon will be released during the event: Petilil and Summer Style Pikachu.

Date + Time
Friday, July 17, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. to Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. local time

GO Fest Weekly Challenge: Friendship

Complete all three sets of tasks in the GO Fest Weekly Challenge: Friendship Timed Research to earn an encounter with Alolan Raichu, an encounter with Petilil, a Lucky Egg, and more.

If the following numbers of Trainers from the same team complete their Timed Research this week, the corresponding Pokémon will appear during Pokémon GO Fest 2020.

Challenge Reward
One million Team Instinct Trainers Pokemon GO TogeticTogetic
One million Team Mystic Trainers Pokemon GO DratiniDratini
One million Team Valor Trainers Pokemon GO LitwickLitwick

If you complete the GO Fest Weekly Challenge: Friendship Timed Research, you’ll earn access to the GO Fest Elite Friendship Challenge, a set of difficult tasks that you can complete for personal bragging rights!

You don’t need to complete these tasks for your Timed Research to count toward the Pokémon GO Fest 2020 unlock goals.

Summer-themed event features

  • Summer-themed Pokémon will be appearing in the wild, hatching from Eggs, and appearing in raids. If you’re lucky, you might find a Shiny Bellsprout!
  • Petilil will be making its Pokémon GO debut! It’ll be appearing in the wild when the weather is sunny and hatching from 5 km Eggs.
Pokemon GO PetililPetilil
  • Summer Style Pikachu will also be appearing in the wild!
  • Be sure to take a snapshot during this event for a surprise.