Ultra Unlock: Paldea Event Guide


After successfully completing various Global Challenges during the Global Pokémon GO Fest 2023 event, we have unlock the Ultra Unlock: Paldea! Debuting new Pokémon, new shinies, special Unown letters spelling out PALDEA, event-exclusive Raids, and much much more!

Ultra Unlock Paldea is part of the new Adventures Abound season in Pokémon GO, which starts on September 1, 2023. Check out our September 2023 Event guide for more events taking place this month in Pokémon GO.

Ultra Unlock: Paldea Overview

Date & Time

Starts Ends
Sunday, September 10, 2023
at 10:00 PM local time
Friday, September 15, 2023
at 8:00 PM local time

Ultra Unlock Bonuses ⭐

  • XP icon 4x XP for catching Pokémon
  • Stardust icon 4× Stardust for catching Pokémon
  • Pokestop icon Gimmighoul won't appear at Golden PokéStops unless a Golden Lure is used, but trainers may still find Gimmighoul Coins when they spin a Golden PokéStop event without a Golden Lure!
  • Pokestop icon PokéStops may turn Golden without the use of a Golden Lure
  • Pokestop icon Enter your Pawmi and Nymble into showcases at PokéStops!
  • Pokemon Encounter icon Houndour, Hoppip, Buizel and Fletchling will be more likely to be shiny during the event

Pokemon Debuts

The following Pokémon will debut in Pokémon GO for the first time:

The newly debuting Paldean Pokémon can evolve into more Pokémon! Here are the evolution requirements for all Pokémon debuting during this event.

Pokémon Condition Evolution
Nymble 50 Candy Lokix
Pawmi 25 Candy Pawmo
Pawmo 100 Candy and explore 25km with Pawmo as your Buddy Pawmot
Frigibax 25 Candy Arctibax
Arctibax 100 Candy Baxcalibur

When the event ends, Frigibax will be available to hatch from 10km eggs.

Shiny Bombirdier

Shiny Bombirdier is a more subtle shiny to spot, so be sure to pay attention! The beak and feed change to a dark grey, with the eyes gaining a pink accent.

Bombirdier Sprites Bombirdier Shiny Sprite

Ultra Unlock Bonuses


The following Pokémon will appear in Tier 1 Raids:

Timed Research

Timed Research featuring Leckonk will be available during the event. If you’re lucky, you may encounter a shiny one!

Paid Timed Research: I’ve Got Your Back

For US$5 (or the equivalent pricing tier in your currency), you’ll be able to access exclusive timed research. Complete the event-themed timed research to receive the following:

  • Two encounters with Pawmi
  • Pawmi backpack avatar item (*)
  • Three rare candy
  • One incubator
  • 10 Silver Pinap Berries
  • 921 Stardust
  • 9210 XP

Why 921? Pawmi is Pokédex number 921!

I’ve Got Your Back – Stage 1/1

Task Reward
Send 9 Gifts to Friends Incubator icon 1× Incubator
Walk 1km Pawmi
Use 9 Berries to help catch Pokémon Silver Pinap Berry icon 10× Silver Pinap Berry
Walk 3km Pawmi
Catch 9 different species of Pokémon Rare Candy icon 3× Rare Candy
Stage Rewards
  • Pawmi Backpack
  • XP icon 9210× XP

Please note this timed research will expire on Friday, September 15, 2023 at 8:00pm local time. It must be completed, and all rewards claimed before then.

Trainers will be able to gift this ticket to their friends who they have a level of Great Friends and above with. Please note all purchases are non-refundable (subject to applicable law and the exceptions set forth in the terms and conditions) and the ticket cannot be purchased with PokéCoins.

The ticket for this timed research will only be available in the shop until September 14, 2023, at 8:00pm local time.

(*) by completing this timed research you will gain access to the Pawmi backpack before it arrives in the shop. It will also be available to purchase after the event ends.

Adventures Abound Special Research

Choose your Paldean partner Pokémon! A new Special Research story with branching paths will be available to Trainers! Throughout Pokémon GO: Adventures Abound, you’ll be able to adventure together and bond with your chosen partner Pokémon.

You can claim this Special Research at no cost from Tuesday, September 5, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. to Friday, December 1, 2023, at 9:59 a.m. local time.

Wild Encounters

The following Pokémon will be available to encounter in the wild during the event:

If you are lucky, you may encounter the following:


1-Star Raids

The following Pokémon will feature in 1-Star raids:

3-Star Raids

Related raid guides: Turtonator, Kleavor and Bombirdier.

5-Star Raids

Related raid guides: Kartana and Celesteela.

Mega Raids

Manectric (Mega)

Related raid guides: Mega Manectric.


The following Pokémon will be available to hatch from 7km eggs during the event:

Field Research Task Encounters

The following Pokémon will be available to encounter from field research tasks during the event:

Task Reward
Catch 5 Pokémon Pawmi
Catch 20 Nymble Stardust icon 2500× Stardust
Catch 5 Nymble Stardust icon 500× Stardust

New Avatar Items

To celebrate the release of the first DLC for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, The Teal Mask, avatar items inspired by the main characters will be available to all trainers starting September 13th.

  • Paldea Set (Kitakami)
  • Paldea Backpack (Kitakami)
  • Paldea Sandals (Kitakami)

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