This Week in Pokémon GO History

With updates, activities, events, and more coming out every single day in Pokémon GO, we thought it was about time to take a look at this week, and how it stacks up with what we have seen in previous years. TWIPGH, or “This Week in Pokemon GO History,” is a series on GO Hub that takes a look at this calendar week from 2019 to 2016.

This Week in Pokémon GO History Index
Segment: Featuring:
2019 Community Day / New Sinnoh Pokémon and Lures Update / Land Nacht Der Museen
2018 Community Day / Ho-Oh Returns / Lugia Button / New Move Stats
2017 Adventure Week / New Pokéstops and Gyms
Final Notes My closing thoughts on this week of Pokémon GO

In this edition of TWIPGH, we will be taking a look at Week 20 of this year, which takes into account May 13th to May 19th.

Week 20 of 2019

This week of 2019 saw another Community Day event, the introduction of new Pokémon and items, and an exclusive event in Germany.


Community Day


This Community Day event featured the Generation III fire-type starter, Torchic! This included an increased spawn of the featured Pokémon, 3-hour long Lure Modules, 3x Catch Stardust, and the exclusive move for Blaziken, Blast Burn.

New Sinnoh Pokémon and Lures Update

Just as Trainers were starting to get bored with Generation IV spawns, Pokémon GO released a whole new set of Pokémon to encounter. These new Pokémon could be encountered in the wild, regionally, or through evolution with the help of a brand-new set of items, elemental Lure Modules! And of course, don’t forget the addition of the new move Earth Power!

Mini-News Roundup – Lang Nacht Der Museen

Okay so if you weren’t able to understand the title, it means “Long Night of the Museums,” an event that took place in Hamburg! This event featured 4-hour long Lure Modules, Double Stardust, featured Pokémon Finneon, and more! Besides this, a new Ingress Prime portal nomination system has caused some secondary effects in Pokémon GO!

Week 20 of 2018

This week of 2018 saw a popular Community Day event, the return of some Legendaries, the personification of a famous meme, and new moves.

Community Day


This Community Day event featured the Generation I fire-type starter, Charmander! This included an increased spawn of the featured Pokémon, 3-hour long Lure Modules, 3x Catch Stardust, and the exclusive move for Charizard, Blast Burn.


Ho-Oh Returns

It appears that finishing Community Day, trainers were surprised to see and hear a familiar Pokémon making its way back to Legendary Raid Battles. Of course, we had already seen Ho-Oh in raids before this occasion, but this was the first time that Trainers were able to encounter its Shiny variant. Of course, this included a 100% shiny catch rate, and an increased Shiny rate.

Mini-News Roundup – Lugia Button

First off, we saw the first leaked indications of the Let’s GO Nintendo Switch games having tie-ins with Pokémon GO. Next, and arguably, the most important thing to note, was that Lugia seemed to appear in Legendary Raid Battles out of the blue. Of course, if this scenario seems all too common to you, it’s most likely due to the infamous “Lugia Button” Pokémon meme.

Game Data Changes – New Move Stats

To go along with Community Day and also an upcoming event, Blast Burn and Smack Down stats were added to the Game Master file, unveiling all the hot new info on these powerful new moves! Besides this, it came as a comforting surprise to see that the Shiny Charmander family line was added to the Network Traffic!

Week 20 of 2017

This week of 2017 saw the start of a fan-favorite event and a slew of other things.

Adventure Week


This Adventure Week event featured Rock-type Pokémon, increased Pokéstop item drops, a 4x Buddy candy gain bonus, an in-store Pokéball discount, and a brand new Avatar item. Of course, as all events back in 2017, it wasn’t complete without issues.

Mini-News Roundup – New Pokéstops and Gyms

Starting off, we saw the appearance of brand-new Pokéstops and Gyms in select countries around the world via Ingress and “Operation Portal Recon,” a 100 Pokécoin bundle price drop in several countries, a Pokémon Trainer Club outage making the game unplayable for Trainers, and an updated animation for the move Bullet Punch.

This Week’s Final Notes

Do us a favor, tell us about this week in your own Pokémon GO history, what was your best catch this week? How about your best catch this same week of 2018? How about from 2017? How has your Pokémon journey evolved since then? Be sure to tell us in the comments below.

Have fun, and stay safe, Trainers!