Pokémon GO Fest Yokohama 2019

GO Fest Yokohama 2019 is under way, bringing a handful of changes and challenges to Trainers in Japan and worldwide. We’ve collected a selection of the news and summarized them into this article for brevity sake. There’s a handful amount of info graphics attached to the article if you want to share it with your local community.

Yokohama News

The following info graphic showcases important tidbits about the GO Fest Yokohama event:

Plus, here are the current international research quests that you can perform:

In case you forgot, these are the global challenges that Blanche’s research tasks brings:

GO Fest Yokohama Challenge
GO Fest Yokohama Challenge

Update on Yokohama Research Targets

The official Pokemon GO twitter account has shared the statistics on the progress of Blanche’s Research Task:

  • Team Mystic: 2.86M / 25M
  • Team Valor: 2.45M / 25M
  • Team Instinct: 1.76M / 25M
  • Attendees: 429k/2M

Not great, not terrible. Keep on working on it, stop slacking!

Giovanni Photo Bombs

Giovanni Photo Bombs were spotted at GO Fest Yokohama! Another Giovanni hint has dropped, this time in the form of AR photo bombs. Giovanni appears as a full character with a fully rigged and textured 3D model, similar to how Team GO Rocket Grunts appeared earlier this summer. If this event, follows the now well established tradition, Giovanni should be making an appearance in Pokemon GO relatively soon!

Giovanni Pokemon GO

Shiny Alolan Sandshrew and Sandslash

It seems that shiny Alola Sandshrew and Sandslash have been released for GO Fest Yokohama attendees. There’s no word if these will be coming worldwide or not, but at least we know that they exist. An image proving it has been posted on reddit earlier today:

International research quests

These quests are now available as GO Fest specific field research. Please be aware that the global community needs to solve 25 million research tasks per team, which is an absurd number, but let’s see how it goes. After all, the rewards are increased Stardust gain from everything and 1 hour long Star Pieces, which is quite good.

Research Tasks:

  • Throw 2 Great Curveballs in a Row
  • Evolve 3 Pokemon
  • Hatch an Egg
  • Win 3 Gym Battles
  • Win a Raid

Rewards (you get a random Pokemon from the poll):

  • Snorunt (Max CP – 380)
  • Lotad (Max CP – 256)
  • Swablu (Max CP – 353)
  • Taillow (Max CP – 328)
  • Poliwag (Max CP – 355)

Worldwide spawns

Mybham has collected a list (source) of spawns which are appearing worldwide due to GO Fest Yokohama being underway. The following table summarizes his findings (✔ means it is confirmed as a event spawn in nests):

Possible shinies Non-shinies
  • Anorith ✔
  • Drifloon ✔
  • Horsea ✔
  • Kabuto ✔
  • Luvdisc ✔
  • Murkrow ✔
  • Natu ✔
  • Pidgey
  • Pikachu
  • Poliwag
  • Psyduck
  • Shellder
  • Sneasel ✔
  • Swinub ✔
  • Wailmer ✔
  • Wingull ✔
  • Buizel ✔
  • Chimchar ✔
  • Chinchou ✔
  • Finneon ✔
  • Marill ✔
  • Piplup ✔
  • Skarmory ✔
  • Snover ✔
  • Spearow
  • Spheal ✔
  • Starly ✔
  • Turtwig ✔
  • Yanma ✔

Other news

  • Gifts Event is live! Enjoy your 30 daily gifts, increased inventory (20 gifts, temporary) and new 2 KM Alolan eggs which can contain a shiny Bonsly!
  • Shiny Bonsly is now available worldwide. The recently announced Pokemon GO Gifts Event has started and you’re now able to hatch a Shiny Bonsly from the new 2 KM eggs.
  • Shiny Poliwag is now available worldwide. As a tie in to Yokohama’s GO Fest event, Poliwag can now be shiny and evolved into shiny Poliwhirl, Poliwrath and Politoed. Read more here: Shiny Poliwag Available in Pokemon GO on August 6
  • Costume Pikachu can be shiny and Costume Pichu can be hatched! The recently started Costume Pikachu event brings us a different costumed Pikachu form every day. Players have reported that these can be shiny, only shiny Santa Hat Pikachu for now, remains to be seen if shiny Summer Hat and Detective Pikachu have been released. Additionally, if there was a hatchable Pichu with a hat, it will hatch again from eggs picked up on the day.
  • Kirlia and Cloyster are again appearing in raids. They were accidentally removed from the Level 2 eggs and swapped with a selection of Fighting types. Now they’re back, ready to fuel your shiny hunting ambitions. Don’t spend a free pass on these folks if you’re building a Rayquaza destruction team – you need Mamoswines!
  • Poliwag available as Tier 1 raid boss!