Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto FAQ

Answers to common questions about the Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto event. Please check out our Kanto Tour Prep Guide, Red vs Green version differences and Kanto Tour Event Guide articles if you have any additional questions.


How do I purchase a ticket?

Tickets to Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto are now available in the in-app shop! Tickets are USD$11.99 plus any applicable taxes and fees (or the equivalent in your local currency). Tickets cannot be purchased with PokéCoins.

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  1. In the shop, tap the Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto image.
  2. Tap the Buy button.
  3. You’ll then see a pop-up indicating that you’ve received a ticket for Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto.
  4. After you tap OK, you can find the ticket in your Item Bag.
  5. Tapping the event ticket in the Item Bag will bring up a pop-up allowing you to pick a Version.
  6. After confirming your Version selection, you’ll receive a corresponding Red/Green medal in your profile.

Note: the Version selection is final, you cannot change your version once it has been selected.


What do I get with a ticket?

Ticket holders, here’s what you need to know.

  • Version selection: Your adventure will begin after choosing either Red Version or Green Version of the event. Not sure which to pick? Check out our blog here for more info on what makes each one unique.
  • Collection Challenges: Once you begin the event, you’ll gain access to 10 Collection Challenges, and they’ll remain available until Sunday, February 28, 2021, at 7:59 p.m local time.
  • Special Research: When you begin your Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto adventure, make sure to tap on the Special Research icon after Professor Willow appears in order to claim your new Special Research. Once you do, it can be completed at any time during or after the event.
  • Masterwork Research: After finishing the Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto Special Research, you’ll be granted access to a new, more challenging type of research: Masterwork Research! Masterwork Research is designed to be completed over a long period of time, and the first story—All-in-One #151—will result in an encounter with Shiny Mew!
  • Free items: Be sure to claim the free item bundles in the shop to give yourself a boost on your adventure! These item bundles are included with your ticket and will grant you three Remote Raid Passes and 200 Poké Balls.
  • Extra daily Raid Passes: Claim up to nine daily Raid Passes during event hours.
  • Incense: Incense will attract version-exclusive Pokémon during the event, so make sure to use it!
  • Social media: Share photos on Twitter or Instagram using #PokemonGOTour, and you may see them featured in-app during the event!

What if I don’t have a ticket?

No ticket? No worries!

All Trainers will be able to enjoy the following during the Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto event.

  • Featured Trainer characters will be appearing as GO Tour Challengers during the event. Find and battle them at PokéStops to complete event-exclusive Timed Research and earn rewards!
  • Evolve certain Pokémon during the event to get a Pokémon that knows an exclusive attack.
  • Evolve Ivysaur—the Evolution of Bulbasaur—to get a Venusaur that knows Frenzy Plant.
  • Evolve Wartortle—the Evolution of Squirtle—to get a Blastoise that knows Hydro Cannon.
  • Evolve Charmeleon—the Evolution of Charmander—to get a Charizard that knows Blast Burn.
  • Event hours themed after locations from the Pokémon Red and Pokémon Green games will be occurring during the event. Check out the schedule here.
  • Turn up that audio! Each location-themed hour will feature music inspired by Pokémon Red and Pokémon Green, created by those games’ original composer, Junichi Masuda!

Do I need to pick a version? How do I select it?

Yes, to participate in GO Tour: Kanto you will need to choose either Red Version or Green Version. Learn more about the version difference, and how to make your selection here: Pokémon GO Tour Kanto: Red vs Green version differences


What is the difference between the Red Version and Green Version?

Each version has a set of exclusive Pokémon (based on the original games). Additionally, each version has a higher chance of encountering the Shiny forms of certain Pokémon. Learn more about the version difference, and how to make your selection here: Pokémon GO Tour Kanto: Red vs Green version differences


I selected Red Version, can I switch to Green Version (or vice versa)?

No, after confirming your version selection, your ticket Version cannot be changed: pick carefully!


Why does my in-app GO Tour medal say “02.21”?

The date format shown on in-app medals is Month.Year, and does not include Day. The 02.21 shown on your medal refers to February 2021.


Do I need to leave my house in order to participate in GO Tour?

No, this event is designed to be playable at home if needed. To have the best possible experience we recommend playing in a local park or other similar area; however it is very important that you follow local health guidelines.

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Do I need to be able to trade to complete the Research?

No, you will not need to trade to complete Special Research. However, as only certain Pokemon are available in each path, you will need to trade to complete some of the collection challenges and collect the first 150 Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region.To help with this, we’ve increased the trading distance limit to 40 km during the event.


Do I need to collect all 150 Pokémon to complete the Special Research / finish the event / etc.?

No. Each Collection Challenge that you complete will earn you rewards and progress your Elite Collector badge, but it is not necessary to do so in order to experience all Pokémon GO Tour content.


Will all 150 Pokémon appear for each version?

There are version exclusive Pokémon that will not be available to all ticket holders, but otherwise everyone will have the same event experience. Please note that evolved forms will not be appearing in the wild during the event.


How can I find a particular Pokémon?

See below for how to find Pokémon during GO Tour: Kanto event hours. These Pokémon will be appearing in the wild and attracted to Incense during the noted location-themed hour:

  • Pallet Town: Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Caterpie, Weedle, Pidgey, Rattata, Spearow, Pikachu, and Zubat
  • Pewter City: Nidoran-f, Nidoran-m, Clefairy, Paras, Diglett, Geodude, Magnemite, Onix, Voltorb, and Rhyhorn
  • Cerulean City: Jigglypuff, Psyduck, Poliwag, Tentacool, Shellder, Krabby, Horsea, Goldeen, Staryu, and Magikarp
  • Fuchsia City: Venonat, Abra, Ponyta, Grimer, Gastly, Drowzee, Exeggcute, Koffing, Omanyte, and Kabuto
  • Pokémon League: Machop, Slowpoke, Doduo, Seel, Hitmonlee, Hitmonchan, Jynx, Eevee, Porygon, and Dratini

These Pokémon will not be appearing in the wild during the event, see below for how to encounter them:

  • Farfetch’d, Kangaskhan, Mr Mime, Tauros, Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, and Mewtwo will be appearing in Raids.
  • Cubone, Lickitung, Chansey, Tangela, Lapras, Ditto, Aerodactyl, and Snorlax will appear as reward encounters from the GO Tour: Kanto Special Research tasks.
  • If you select Red Version these Pokémon will be attracted to Incense during the event:  Ekans, Oddish, Mankey, Growlithe, Scyther, and Electabuzz.
  • If you select Green Version these Pokémon will be attracted to Incense during the event: Sandshrew, Vulpix, Meowth, Bellsprout, Magmar, and Pinsir.
  • Cubone, Lickitung, Chansey, Tangela, Lapras, Ditto, Aerodactyl, and Snorlax will appear as reward encounters from the GO Tour: Kanto Special Research tasks.
  • Additionally: Lickitung, Chansey, Tangela, Lapras, and Aerodactyl will be appearing rarely in the wild throughout the event (not tied to a specific hour). If you’re lucky you might encounter a Snorlax in the wild as well!

What is the event schedule? / When will a particular location-themed hour happen?

Location-themed hours will rotate throughout the day. The event schedule (local time) is outlined below:

First block

  • 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. – Pallet Town
  • 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. – Pewter City
  • 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Cerulean City
  • 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Fuchsia City
  • 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Pokémon League

Second block

  • 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Pallet Town
  • 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Pewter City
  • 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Cerulean City
  • 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Fuchsia City
  • 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Pokémon League

Last block

  • 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – Pokémon from all previous hours will be appearing in the wild

Do I need to finish the Special Research or Masterwork Research by a deadline to encounter Shiny Mew?

No, there is no deadline to complete either the GO Tour: Kanto Special Research or the Masterwork Research acquired after completing the Special Research. Masterwork Research is meant to be completed over a long period of time, so take as long as you need.


How long do I have to complete the Collection Challenges?

All ten GO Tour: Kanto Collection Challenges will be open until Sunday, February 28, 2021, at 7:59 p.m in your local time zone. With the exception of the Evolve & Trade challenges we recommend working to complete them during the event itself.


How can I collect enough Candy to complete the Evolve Collection Challenge?

Pokémon caught during GO Tour event hours will reward extra Candy. You will be able to collect Candy for the version exclusive Pokémon not included in your version in two different ways: 1) trade with a friend 2) complete event-exclusive Field Research tasks.


What if I don’t have someone to Trade with during the event?

It will not be possible to complete the “Trade” Collection Challenge without a trading partner, but you will have until Sunday, February 28, 2021, at 7:59 p.m in your local time zone to work on completing all GO Tour Collection Challenges.


What if I buy a ticket but can only play during a portion of the time? What if I don’t complete the Special Research quests during the time period?

If you purchase a ticket, we encourage you to play for the maximum amount of time that you are able to enjoy the various bonuses activated during this time period! The duration is fixed and will not change depending on when you log in. We highly recommend purchasing a ticket in advance in order to enjoy the bonuses to the fullest.

Players with tickets will still be able to access the Special Research after it is over as long as they sign in and take an in-game action during the time period (Saturday, February 20, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. local time) to collect the Special Research.

There will be no change to the rewards and there is no time limit to complete it, but the Special Research must have been collected during the time period.


I don’t want to buy a ticket, can I still participate in the event?

Yes! These features will be available to all Trainers during the event, even if you don’t purchase a ticket:

  • Some Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region will be appearing in the wild and in raids.
  • Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, and Mewtwo will be returning to Legendary Raids! Check details in the official blog for the featured Special Moves.
  • All Trainers will be able to access event-exclusive Timed Research.
  • Trade range will be increased to 40 km.

What is the GO Tour Timed Research?

The Timed Research is part of the free event experience and is available to all Trainers (whether or not you have an event ticket) during event hours. Work to complete it and earn rewards by finding and battling GO Tour Challengers at PokéStops. Please follow local health and safety guidelines.


How can I get a refund?

Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto tickets are nonrefundable.* *Subject to applicable law and the exceptions set forth in the Terms of Service.

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