What’s New in Pokemon Go: Shiny Poliwag, Pokemon Go Fest, and More

Monday, August 5th, 2019 7:22 am

A new gifting event kicks off August 5.

It’s a new week in Pokemon Go, and there’s plenty to look forward to in the days ahead! Here’s everything you need to know.

Limited Time Gift Event

From August 5 at 1 p.m. PT to August 19 at 1 p.m. PT, an in-game Gift event will allow players to carry more Gifts than normal and open more Gifts each day. Specifically, during this event, players will be able to open 30 Gifts each day, and they’ll be able to carry up to 20 Gifts at a time.

Plus, any Eggs that players receive from Gifts during this time will hatch after walking only 2km (rather than 7km). They’ll also look like standard 2km Eggs, but the contents will be the same as those found in 7km Eggs.

Finally, players will have the chance to hatch a Shiny Bonsly!

Pokemon Go Fest Yokohama

The final Pokemon Go Fest of the year will take place in Yokohama, Japan from August 6 through August 12. During that time, players at the event and those around the world will be challenged to complete research tasks in huge quantities to unlock special Stardust-themed rewards. Here’s the breakdown:

  • If Pokemon Go Fest Yokohama attendees complete two million research tasks, they’ll unlock a 3x catch Stardust bonus
  • If Team Instinct completes 25 million research tasks, they’ll unlock a guaranteed 3,000 Stardust per Raid bonus
  • If Team Valor completes 25 million research tasks, they’ll unlock a 3x Egg hatch Stardust bonus
  • If Team Mystic completes 25 million research tasks, they’ll unlock a one-hour Star Piece bonus

If players successfully complete all four goals, Suicune will appear in Raids for a limited time, and players will have the chance to encounter Shiny Suicune.

Shiny Poliwag

To celebrate Pokemon Go Fest Yokohama, beginning on August 6 at 10 a.m. JST (6 p.m. PT on August 5), Shiny Poliwag will begin appearing in the game.

Source: Niantic

Pikachu Wearing Special Hats

Also in celebration of Pokemon Go Fest, from August 6 at 10 a.m. JST (6 p.m. PT on August 5) to August 12 at 5 p.m. JST (1 a.m. PT on August 12) Pikachu will appear around the world wearing a different hat each day. These hats include things like the flower crown and witch’s hat, which have been previously released.

Brandy Berthelson

Brandy Berthelson has been writing about video games and technology since 2006, with her work appearing on sites including AOL Games, Digital Spy, and Adweek. When she’s not gaming, Brandy enjoys crafting, baking, and traveling with her husband.

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