Hello Trainers! A few things were pushed into the game including Pre-Go Fest Special Research, Some potential Premier cup spoilers, an update to Kyruem and more.

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Please be aware that everything posted here has been publicly reported by data miners (PokeMiners). Information shared through these channels is not affiliated nor approved by Niantic, and is always subject to change. Do not take it for granted, features change and get scrapped all the time. It is very important that you are aware that these things CAN and WILL CHANGE. Additionally, this article contains my thoughts and opinions in regards to the items that were shared online – all of these should be treated as conjecture, not as hard statements. If you’re OK with that, feel free to read further.

Spoilers ahead.


Go Fest Research

Battle, Friendship & Skill Challenges

"gofest2020_leadup_title_battle", "GO Fest Battle Challenge",
"gofest2020_leadup_title_battle_01", "GO Fest Battle Challenge (1/3)",

"gofest2020_leadup_title_friendship", "GO Fest Friendship Challenge",
"gofest2020_leadup_title_friendship_01", "GO Fest Friendship Challenge (1/3)",

"gofest2020_leadup_title_skill", "GO Fest Skill Challenge",
"gofest2020_leadup_title_skill_01", "GO Fest Skill Challenge (1/3)",

It appears that the three Go Fest challenges will each have three steps.

The Elite Challenges

"gofest2020_leadup_title_battle_bonus", "GO Fest Elite Battle Challenge",
"gofest2020_leadup_title_battle_bonus_01", "GO Fest Elite Battle Challenge (1/1)",

"gofest2020_leadup_title_friendship_bonus", "GO Fest Elite Friendship Challenge",
"gofest2020_leadup_title_friendship_bonus_01", "GO Fest Elite Friendship Challenge (1/1)",

"gofest2020_leadup_title_skill_bonus", "GO Fest Elite Skill Challenge",
"gofest2020_leadup_title_skill_bonus_01", "GO Fest Elite Skill Challenge (1/1)",

Potential Premier Cup Rules

"league_ruleset_info_timestamp_after_subtitle", "This Cup is limited to Pokemon caught after {0}.",
"league_ruleset_info_timestamp_before_subtitle", "This Cup is limited to Pokemon caught before {0}.",
"league_ruleset_info_timestamp_both_subtitle", "This Cup is limited to Pokemon caught after {0} and before {1}.",

These look like rules for a premier cup.  It appears that one of the restrictions will be the Pokémon you use will have to have been caught between specific times.

Buddy Updates


"pokemon_info_evolve_need_quest_completion", "Finish a challenge with this buddy",
"pokemon_info_evolve_quest_bubble_collapsed", "Adventure together for evolving",

Some details around evolving your buddy.  It looks like completing quests will be a requirement for evolving?

Buddy Gift Journal Entry

"buddy_consumables_journal", "Your buddy brought you a gift.",

Your buddy bringing you a gift will soon show up in your journal.


"sticker_default_desc", "Stickers can be found as rewards in Pok\u00e9mon GO. Collect em all!",
"sticker_iap_desc", "This sticker can be found in the shop.",
"sticker_iap_get", "GET THIS STICKER",
"sticker_iap_view_in_store", "SEE IN SHOP",

Some text updates to explain what the stickers are all about.


Removed      cinematic_moves: ICY_WIND

Kyruem had the charge move Icy Wind removed.

Parting Words

It would appear that the Pre-Go Fest special researches will be fairly short.  No word on how difficult the steps will be, but there will only be three steps.  It should be fairly easy for us to finish those up and unlock the extra Pokémon for Go Fest.

What do you guys think about the potential Premier cup rules?  Limiting the Pokémon you can use to one’s you’ve caught during a specific timeframe?  This is similar to a trend that got fairly popular where tournament organizers would give trainers a certain amount of time (30 minutes, an hour, two hours, etc) to catch Pokémon they could use for that tournament.  This will probably be a little more expansive on the timeframe, but it’s a very similar concept and could level the playing field for a lot of trainers who are newer to the PVP scene.

That’s all for now, stay safe out there trainers.