Third Anniversary Event Guide

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Pokémon Go’s Third Anniversary Event is here and will be celebrated with a load of events worthy of three amazing years of gameplay! It is quite an extensive list of offerings, so we present our exclusive event guide to help you plan during the festivities!

Note: This article will be updated as the event unfolds, as some parts of the event like the new Special Research will need to be investigated once the event goes live. 

Pokémon Go’s Third Anniversary Event
Event Timeline
Shiny Alolan Pokémon
Party Hat Pikachu
Jump-Start Research
Raid Bonuses
Trade Stardust Reduction

Third Anniversary Event Timelines

Event Start Event End Features
June 28th, at 1 p.m. PDT No End (Permanent Game Feature) Shiny Alolan Pokémon and Team Leader Avatar Items
July 6th, at 1 p.m. PDT Party Hat Pikachu
September 2nd, at 1 p.m. PDT Research, Stardust Reduction, and Raid Bonuses

Shiny Alolan Pokémon

Starting the 28th of June, 1 p.m. PDT, all Alolan Pokémon will have a chance to be shiny! Additionally, this is a permanent feature, so there is no need to worry about missing out on finding one of these Pokémon, as they will always be around. We have the full list of Alolan Pokémon getting the shiny treatment, as well as a comparison chart for your viewing pleasure:

Party Hat Pikachu

Ending on July 6th at 1 p.m. PDT, Party Hat Pikachu and Pichu will be making a return to the scene, with Pikachu appearing through Photobombs and Pichu coming out of 7km eggs! For this, we linked to the known photobomb tips and tricks as part of out Returning to Pokémon Go series, as well as providing what the Party Hat Pikachu and Pichu look like in regular and shiny forms, just in case Niantic puts out its shiny form.

Normal Shiny


Jump-Start Research

Stage 1:

  • Make a new friend – 5,000 XP
  • Catch 3 Pokémon with Weather Boost – 5,000 XP
  • Hatch an Egg – 5,000 XP

Rewards: 2 Lucky Eggs, Dratini Encounter, 15,000 Stardust

Stage 2:

  • Earn a Candy walking with your buddy – 30x Dratini Candy
  • Take a Snapshot of Dratini – 30x Dratini Candy
  • Evolve a Dratini – 10,000 XP

Rewards: 1x Raid Pass, 15,000 Stardust, 2 Lucky Eggs

Stage 3:

  • Power up a Pokémon 10 times – 15,000 XP
  • Battle another Trainer in the Great League – 15,000 XP
  • Battle in a Raid – 15,000 XP

Rewards: 2x Lucky Eggs, 15,000 XP, 2x Star Pieces

Stage 4:

  • Catch 5 different species of Pokémon – Chimchar Encounter
  • Catch a Legendary Pokémon from a Field Research Breakthrough or Raid – Piplup Encounter
  • Hatch 3 Eggs – Turtwig Encounter

Rewards: 2x Lucky Eggs, Shiny Eevee Encounter, 15,000 Stardust

Stage 5:

  • Take a Snapshot of Eeevee – 30,000 XP
  • Send 5 Gifts to friends – 30,000 XP
  • Trade 3 Pokémon with a friend – 30,000 XP

Rewards: Lapras, 30,000 XP, 2x Lucky Eggs

Stage 6:

  • Make a new Friend – 60x Dratini Candy
  • Win a level 3 or higher Raid – 60x Dratini Candy
  • Evolve a Dragonair – 100,000 XP

Rewards: 2x Lucky Eggs, 100,000 XP, 15,000 Stardust

Raid Bonuses

As of now, we know very little about what the Raid Bonus will be. All we can do for now is again refer to what was said in the official announcement. This section will also be updated as reports come in after the event goes live.

Takedown Raid Bosses faster and earn extra bonus Premier Balls to catch them with when you raid with friends.

Stardust Cost Reduction

From June 28th to September 2nd, Niantic is reducing the cost of trading Pokémon by 25%, which is a substantial long-term discount. For those wondering how these will affect the stardust prices, we have done the math to come up with the following values:

  • No Shiny or Legendary
    • If all Pokémon involved are Registered
      • 75 dust to trade (Any Friends)
    • If one or neither Pokémon involved are registered
      • 15,000 dust to trade (Good Friends)
      • 12,000 dust to trade (Great Friends)
      • 1,200 dust to trade (Ultra Friends)
      • 600 dust to trade (Best Friends)
  • Shiny or Legendary
    • If all Pokémon involved are Registered
      • 15,000 dust to trade (Good Friends)
      • 12,000 dust to trade (Great Friends)
      • 1,200 dust to trade (Ultra Friends)
      • 600 dust to trade (Best Friends)
    • If one or neither Pokémon involved are registered
      • 750,000 dust to trade (Good Friends)
      • 600,000 dust to trade (Great Friends)
      • 60,000 dust to trade (Ultra Friends)
      • 30,000 dust to trade (Best Friends)

3rd Anniversary Stardust Chart for Trading*just a reminder that the above graphic is for the 3rd Anniversary Event bonuses.

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