GO Fest 2021

Niantic just put out an official announcement about the new Ultra Unlock challenges and additional GO Fest bonuses. We went ahead and broke down the information so you can be better prepared to help play your part in completing these global challenges.

It’s that time of the year again where Trainers gather as a community to partake in what’s looking to be another exciting GO Fest. Each year, players are faced with new and entertaining challenges that provide players with new ways of obtaining rare and uncommon Pokémon along with a tone of other benefits.

From the Official Announcement

Trainers,
Pokémon GO Fest 2021 is quickly approaching, and we’re so excited to finally share more details on what to look forward to this year—including a new Ultra Unlock! Want to catch up on what we already shared? Check out the main event announcement, the Sunday gameplay reveal, and the Google Play sponsorship details blog!

The Ultra Unlock is a series of global challenges where trainers must work together in order to complete a set of tasks including catching type-specific Pokémon, using certain items, spinning PokéStops and many more tasks. More details about the Ultra Unlock challenges are listed below.

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Pokémon GO Fest 2021 Ultra Unlock

Global Challenge Logo

Trainers will be able to work together in the Global Challenge Arena! This exclusive feature will be available only to ticket holders. In the Global Challenge Arena, Trainers will have the chance to join forces in order to complete a collaborative challenge each hour.

If Trainers complete a challenge, they will earn a bonus for the remainder of the hour. You can check the Global Challenge Arena screen to keep track of global progress!

Complete a certain number of challenges in the Global Challenge Arena to unlock the following bonuses that will occur after Pokémon GO Fest 2021. Complete a total of 24 challenges in order to unlock all three!

Ultra Unlock Part 1: Time

If Trainers complete a total of eight global challenges, they’ll gain access to Ultra Unlock Part 1: Time. The flow of time will be disrupted:

  • Pokémon from various eras will be appearing more often.
  • 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.

Ultra Unlock Part 1 Rewards have been discovered:

  • Shiny Cranidos and shiny Shieldon released in Pokémon GO

Shiny Craindos and Shieldon

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  • Featured spawns include Crainods, Shieldon and Porygon.

Ultra Unlock Part 2: Space

If Trainers complete a total of 16 global challenges, they’ll gain access to Ultra Unlock Part 2: Space. As Part 1: Time wraps up, we’ll set our eyes to its other dimensional counterpart: space!

  • Space itself will be distorted as Pokémon from various places appear!
  • 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.

Ultra Unlock Part 2 Rewards have been discovered:

  • Shiny Heracross released in Pokémon GO

shiny heracross

  • Featured spawns include Gastly, Kangaskhan and Heracross

Ultra Unlock Part 3: ???

If Trainers complete a total of 24 global challenges, they’ll unlock Ultra Unlock Part 3: ???. 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, Trainers—we’ll keep you posted on our findings! Part 3: ??? will run from Friday, August 20, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Tuesday, August 31, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. local time.

These Ultra Unlock challenges will be an exciting way of teaming together with your community in order to unlock global bonuses. Each challenge will unlock different rewards based on the theme of Time and Space. Part 3 remains a mystery but we can assume that this is how Trainers will be able to catch Maloetta.


Parting Words

From this announcement, we can tell that GO Fest 2021 is looking to be an exceptionally exciting event full of themed Pokémon, rewards and challenges. GO Fests are all about the memories you make, players always have heartwarming stories of people gathering together and helping one another which is what it’s all about.

Be sure to check out our official GO Fest 2021 guide here on the Pokémon GO Hub.

Are you looking forward to GO Fest 2021? We would love to hear from you in the comment section below. Remember to stay safe while playing and be courteous of others.

Best of luck, Trainers!

Adam ‘Avrip’

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