Celebrate Pokémon GO’s 8th Anniversary with Exciting Events and New Features

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Celebrate Pokémon GO’s 8th anniversary with a special event running from to . This milestone event introduces new costumed Pokémon, exciting bonuses, and unique research opportunities, ensuring that Trainers have plenty to explore and enjoy.

Pokémon Debuts

During the anniversary event, look out for new costumed Pokémon, including Grimer and Muk wearing party hats. If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny version of these festive Pokémon! Additionally, Meltan will appear more frequently when using the Mystery Box, with an increased chance of being Shiny.

Costumed Pokémon:

  • Grimer wearing a party hat
  • Muk wearing a party hat
  • Shiny Meltan (if you’re lucky) when using the Mystery Box
Pokémon GO’s 8th Anniversary Pokemon

Event Bonuses

Take advantage of special bonuses throughout the event to enhance your gameplay and build stronger friendships.

  • Increased chance to become Lucky Friends
  • Higher chance of obtaining Lucky Pokémon in trades
  • Faster friendship level increases through Gifts, trading, and battles
  • Chance to find 8 or 88 (or more!) Gimmighoul Coins when spinning a PokéStop with a Golden Lure Module

Special Daily Bonuses:

  • June 28-29: 1/2 Egg Hatch Distance for Eggs placed in Incubators
  • June 30-July 1: 2× XP for catching Pokémon
  • July 2-3: 2× Stardust for catching Pokémon

Wild Encounters

During the event, several costumed and starter Pokémon will appear more frequently in the wild. You might even find Shiny variants if you’re lucky!

Frequent Wild Encounters:

  • Bulbasaur wearing a party hat
  • Charmander wearing a party hat
  • Squirtle wearing a party hat
  • Pikachu wearing a cake hat
  • Grimer wearing a party hat
  • Eevee wearing a party hat
  • Sprigatito, Fuecoco, Quaxly

Special Date-Specific Pokémon:

  • June 28-29: Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Totodile, Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip
  • June 30-July 1: Turtwig, Chimchar, Piplup, Snivy, Tepig, Oshawott
  • July 2-3: Chespin, Fennekin, Froakie, Rowlet, Litten, Popplio
Pokémon GO’s 8th Anniversary Encounters


Enjoy increased chances of encountering Shiny Pokémon in one-star raids featuring special costumed Pokémon.

One-Star Raid Pokémon:

  • Bulbasaur wearing a party hat
  • Charmander wearing a party hat
  • Squirtle wearing a party hat
  • Pikachu wearing a cake hat
  • Grimer wearing a party hat

Field Research Task Rewards

Complete event-themed Field Research tasks to earn encounters with various first-partner Pokémon, including Bulbasaur, Cyndaquil, and Mudkip. Some tasks will also reward you with Mega Energy for Venusaur, Charizard, Blastoise, Sceptile, Blaziken, and Swampert.

Timed Research

Participate in event-themed Timed Research to earn rewards like XP, Stardust, and encounters with Pokémon in party hats, including Raticate, Nidorino, and Wobbuffet. You can also purchase a US$2.00 Timed Research ticket for additional rewards, including Incubators, Premium Battle Pass, and an encounter with Meltan.

New Avatar Items and Stickers

Enhance your avatar with new items available in the in-game shop, including Noctowl and Mankey loose-fitting jackets and various Oricorio hats. Get event-themed stickers by spinning PokéStops, opening Gifts, or purchasing them from the shop.

Pokémon GO’s 8th Anniversary Party Avatar Items

Whispers in the Woods: Masterwork Research

For US$5.00, access the Whispers in the Woods Masterwork Research, leading to an encounter with Shiny Celebi. This special research story is available until July 3, 2024, and offers extended durations for Incense and Lucky Eggs during the event.

Pokémon GO Web Store — Anniversary Box

Celebrate the anniversary with the Pokémon GO Web Store’s Anniversary Box, offering Remote Raid Passes, Incubator, and Premium Battle Passes for US$4.99. Now, Trainers with Pokémon Trainer Club accounts can also log in and enjoy the web store’s offerings.

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