Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto

Pokémon GO Kanto Tour Event is a virtual ticked event that Trainers all around the globe will be able to take part in. The event takes place on Saturday, February 20, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. local time. There are two versions of tickets for this event — Red Version and Green Version — each featuring version-exclusive Pokémon.

During the Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto event, all 150 Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region will be available as Shiny Pokémon, including Shiny Mew which is a guaranteed Shiny Pokémon available from an event-exclusive Masterwork Research storyline. Shiny Ditto is also being released through a Special Research storyline during the event.


Kanto Tour’s Shiny Ditto Special Research

Trainers who decide to purchase a ticket to the Kanto Tour Event will have the chance to work alongside Professor Willow once again. By completing the Kanto Tour Special Research, you’ll learn more about the Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region, practice your Trainer skills, and come across some clues related to a mysterious Pokémon. At the end of the Special Research, you’ll encounter a Shiny Ditto!

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Shiny Ditto’s mechanics are still unknown, but we look forward to seeing into which Pokémon form it transforms in Gym and Raid Battles!

Masterwork Research

After completing the Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto Special Research, you’ll unlock a new kind of research called Masterwork Research, which will take determination and skill to complete. Just completing the first page will require that you receive your platinum Kanto medal.

From there, you’ll have to reach level 40, catch 30 Pokémon of each type, spin 151 unique PokéStops, walk 151 km, and more—an incredibly special encounter with Shiny Mew lies at the end of this adventure!


Ten Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto Collection Challenges

You’ll be able to complete 10 Collection Challenges during Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto! Half of these collections are based on how you’ll find and collect the Pokémon during the event.

  • Red (Trade) or Red (Incense)
  • Green (Trade) or Green (Incense)
  • Raid
  • Research
  • Evolve

The other Collection Challenges are inspired by locations from the original games!

  • Pallet Town
  • Pewter City
  • Cerulean City
  • Fuchsia City
  • Pokémon League

How you complete the Red and Green Collection Challenges will depend on your version. For example, if you’re playing the Red Version, all Pokémon in the Red Collection Challenge will be attracted to Incense during the event, but you’ll need to trade with a friend in order to complete the Green Collection Challenge.

All these Collection Challenges will be available until Sunday, February 28, 2021, at 7:59 p.m in your local time zone. Please note that Pokémon hatched from Eggs and Shadow Pokémon rescued from Team GO Rocket will not count toward your Collection Challenges.

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Kanto Tour Event Schedule

The event will be divided into five different location-themed hour blocks, during which Pokémon from the corresponding Collection Challenge will be appearing in the wild! Each location’s hour block will happen twice during the event.

The last two hours of the event will include all Pokémon from the prior hours—this will be a great chance to look for any Pokémon you missed earlier in the day!

  • 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
  • 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
  • 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Pokémon from all previous hours

All times are local time. Each hour will feature music inspired by the original game, curated by none other than Pokémon’s original soundtrack composer, Junichi Masuda.


Kanto Tour Bonuses

During the Kanto Tour event, select bonuses will be available to all Trainers, regardless of whether they purchased a ticket or not. Of course, Ticket holders will get much better bonuses throughout the event, but also after, as you need a Ticket to get a guaranteed Shiny Mew.

Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto Event
Event Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto
Date + time Saturday, February 20, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. local time.
Event highlights
  • Massively increased encounters with all Kanto Pokémon, including regional Pokémon
  • All 150 Kanto Shiny forms will become available in Pokémon GO
  • A chance to get a guaranteed Shiny Mew
  • Kanto Legendary Pokémon return to Raids
  • Two ticket versions – Green and Red – which influence your event experience
Ticket information
  • Available now
  • Costs US$11.99 + taxes + fees
  • Buy early to unlock free January and February 2021 Community day Special Research Stories
  • Ticket holders get massive bonuses throughout the event

Bonuses for everyone

These bonuses apply for all Trainers, worldwide, during the event hours (Saturday, February 20, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. local time)

  • Some Pokémon originally discovered in Kanto will be appearing in the wild and in raids.
  • Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, and Mewtwo will be returning to Legendary raids! See below for these Pokémon’s featured exclusive attacks.
  • All Trainers will be able to access event-exclusive Timed Research.
  • Trade range will be increased to 40 km.

Featured exclusive attacks

Some Pokémon will have exclusive moves if caught or evolved during this event, applicable for everyone:

Bonuses for Ticket holders

Ticket holders will get massive benefits for purchasing a ticket, regardless of which version they purchase.

  • All Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region will be appearing in the wild, will be appearing in raids, will be appearing in encounters after research tasks, will be attracted to Incense, or will be obtainable via Evolution during this time.
  • Try to collect the first 150 Pokémon originally discovered in Kanto to earn rewards and bragging rights! You’ll be able to track your progress in the Today View. Are you up for the challenge?
  • Select which experience you want: Red Version or Green Version. See below for more details on the differences between these experiences!
  • All 150 Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region will be available as Shiny Pokémon, some of them for the first time! In addition, you’ll be more likely to encounter certain Shiny Pokémon in the wild depending on the event version you selected. Check out the version overview below for more information.
  • Enjoy an event-exclusive Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto Special Research story, which you can complete to earn an encounter with a special Pokémon!
  • Once you complete the first Special Research line, you’ll be able to access a second event-exclusive Special Research story, meant to be completed over a long period of time, in which you’ll embark on a long and challenging journey to discover Shiny Mew.
  • Certain Pokémon caught or evolved during the event will know exclusive attacks!
  • You’ll earn more Candy for catching Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region.
  • If you purchase a Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto ticket by a certain date, you’ll also receive tickets for the January and February Community Day Special Research stories for free! See details below.

Shiny Mew Special Research

Mew

After completing the Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto Special Research, Trainers will receive a second event-exclusive Special Research line. Overcoming difficult challenges and daunting tasks will be required to complete it, but it’ll all be worth it to discover Shiny Mew.

Regular Mew Shiny Mew

Mew was previously only available by completing the Mew Special Research: A Mythical Discovery.

All 150 Kanto Shiny Pokémon

During the Kanto Tour event, all 150 Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region will be available as Shiny Pokémon. We’ve recently written about What Shiny Pokémon Are Still Missing From the Kanto Region? and we’re happy to report that this article will be outdated after this event. You’ll be able to encounter these Shiny Pokémon after the event is over, too.


Special rewards for catching all 150 Kanto Pokémon

You’ll be able to collect the first 150 Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region in several challenges, earning rewards as you do.

If you don’t manage to collect the first 150 Pokémon originally discovered in Kanto during the event, don’t worry! You’ll have until February 27, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. PST (GMT −8) to catch certain Pokémon.

You can use this extra time to trade Pokémon, evolve Pokémon, battle in raids, and encounter Pokémon after completing research tasks to finish your collection and claim the rewards.


Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto Event Tickets

Red and Green Version

Ever since 1996, “Which version are you getting?” has been an important question for Pokémon fans. Similar to the original game series, Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto will feature different versions of the ticketed experience, each with version-exclusive Pokémon.

To collect the first 150 Pokémon originally discovered in Kanto, you’ll need to trade with friends who have the other event version. To help with this, trade range will be increased to 40 km during the week of the event!

Version-exclusive Pokémon will be attracted to Incense during event hours. Additionally, you’ll have a greater chance of encountering certain Shiny Pokémon depending on which version you choose, as outlined below.

Once you choose your event version, you can’t change it, so pick carefully! Note that you’ll pick your version closer to the event date, so don’t worry about choosing right now.

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Difference between Red and Green Version tickets

Whichever version you pick, be aware that the chance to get a Shiny version of the featured Pokémon is higher than regular Pokémon. Read more about the New Shiny Rates Speculated in Pokémon GO.

Jshen130 created a graphic that helps you see which Pokémon have increased shiny chances in each version of the ticket:

Red and Green ticket boosted shiny chances
Red and Green ticket boosted shiny chances

Red Version

  • Red Version–Exclusive Pokémon: Ekans, Oddish, Mankey, Growlithe, Scyther, and Electabuzz will be attracted to Incense.
  • You’ll have an increased chance of encountering these Shiny Pokémon: Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Pidgey, Ekans, Pikachu, Nidoran ♀, Oddish, Diglett, Mankey, Growlithe, Ponyta, Shellder, Drowzee, Krabby, Hitmonlee, Lickitung, Scyther, Electabuzz, Eevee, Kabuto, and Dratini.

Green Version

  • Green Version–Exclusive Pokémon: Sandshrew, Vulpix, Meowth, Bellsprout, Magmar, and Pinsir will be attracted to Incense.
  • You’ll have an increased chance of encountering these Shiny Pokémon: Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Pidgey, Pikachu, Sandshrew, Nidoran ♂, Vulpix, Meowth, Psyduck, Bellsprout, Geodude, Exeggcute, Hitmonchan, Koffing, Tangela, Horsea, Magmar, Pinsir, Eevee, Omanyte, and Dratini.

Early purchase bonuses

Community day speculation

If you purchase a Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto ticket by a certain date, you’ll get free tickets for the January and February Community Day events’ Special Research stories! Read on for more details and conditions.

When to buy a ticket to get all Early Purchase bonuses?

If you want to get the most out of your Kanto Tour ticket purchase, get your tickets by Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. PST (GMT −8).

January Community Day Special Research Story

January Community Day is scheduled for Saturday, January 16, 2021. To receive a free ticket for the January Community Day Special Research story, you must purchase your Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto ticket by Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. PST (GMT −8).

If you purchase your Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto ticket by this deadline, you’ll also receive a ticket for the February Community Day Special Research story!

February Community Day Special Research Story

February Community Day is scheduled for Sunday, February 7, 2021. In order to receive a free ticket for the February Community Day Special Research story, you must purchase your Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto ticket by Wednesday, February 3, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. PST (GMT −8).

Conditions and rules

Please note that you must meet certain conditions to receive these Special Research stories.

  1. To receive your free tickets for the Community Day Special Research stories, you’ll need to purchase your Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto ticket by the deadlines outlined above.
  2. You must log in to Pokémon GO during each Community Day event to obtain its corresponding Special Research story.
  3. After you’ve obtained a Community Day Special Research story, you can complete it at any time. Tickets for the Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto event are nonrefundable (subject to applicable law and the exceptions set forth in the Terms of Service).

How to buy Tickets for Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto?

GO Tour Kanto ticket
GO Tour Kanto ticket

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

To purchase your ticket, follow these steps.

  1. In the in-app shop, tap the Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto image.
  2. Tap the Buy button.
  3. You’ll then see a checkmark purchase confirmation indicating that you’ve successfully purchased a ticket for Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto.
  4. After the purchase, you can find the ticket in your Item Bag.
  5. When you open the app during the event hours on Saturday, February 20, 2021, you’ll receive access to the Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto ticketed experience, including the Special Research story.
  6. After you’ve obtained the Special Research, you can complete it at any time. Tickets to this event are nonrefundable (subject to applicable law and the exceptions set forth in the Terms of Service).

How to pick the version of the ticket?

  1. A few weeks before the event, you’ll be able to choose which event version you’d like to participate in by tapping the Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto ticket in your Item Bag and selecting your desired version in the resulting pop-up. Note that once you choose your version, you can’t change your selection.
  2. After confirming your version selection, you’ll receive a corresponding medal.
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