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Niantic Announces Additional Worldwide Pokemon GO Anniversary Events

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A good summer to be a trainer.

Niantic has today revealed its plans for a number of additional worldwide Pokemon GO events to celebrate the app’s one-year anniversary.

While we already knew about Pokemon GO Fest in Chicago, it turns out that wannabe Trainers won’t have to be at Grant Park themselves to participate in the festivities and reap the rewards. According to a post over on the official Pokemon GO website, there will be Challenge Windows throughout the day where Trainers around the world can help those at the event in Chicago to complete the ‘Catch Challenge’ by simply catching as many Pokemon as possible. If, by working together, Trainers beat the challenge at Grant Park, this will then unlock a ‘mystery challenge’ for those at the event in Chicago, which, if beaten, will unlock a ‘major global reward.’ You can check out the full explanation below.


During the day, there will be three Challenge Windows in which Trainers everywhere will work alongside those in Chicago to unlock global rewards. During the Challenge Windows, Trainers in Grant Park will attempt to unlock perks for Pokémon GO players around the world by catching certain types of Pokémon. Each Pokémon- type will be tied to a different perk, so Trainers at the park will need to carefully choose which Pokémon they catch. Will those in attendance try to catch Electric-type Pokémon to reduce the distance required to hatch Eggs, or Grass-type Pokémon to increase Stardust bonuses, or other Pokémon- types to secure a variety of other bonuses? Join in the action and find out!

Meanwhile, Trainers outside of Chicago will attempt to catch as many Pokémon as possible during the Challenge Windows to extend the duration of the bonuses unlocked by those attending the event. If Trainers around the world catch enough Pokémon, a mystery challenge will be unveiled in Grant Park that, once completed, will unlock an extra-special bonus across the globe. Trainers everywhere will want to grab their friends and family to help make this the biggest celebration in Pokémon GO’s history!

It’s certainly a neat way to get everyone involved in the festivities on the day, but Niantic will also have other events taking place around the world this summer to celebrate Pokemon GO’s anniversary.

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Safari Zones will be set up in a number of different shopping malls in European cities. In these places, a wider variety of Pokemon will be up for grabs, including some Pokemon that have never been sighted in the wild in Europe before. There will also be all-new, original Raid Bosses for Trainers to defeat together.

Finally, Niantic announced the Pikachu Outbreak event in Japan which will take place in Yokohama from Aug. 9-15. Unfortunately, no other details were shared regarding the event yet, but you can bet your bottom dollar the yellow mouse will have a big presence.

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