Pokemon Go’s Next Big Event Asks Players Worldwide To Work Together For Rare Prizes

Pokemon Go’s Next Big Event Asks Players Worldwide To Work Together For Rare Prizes

When Pokemon GO Fest was announced, many players were bummed that they might miss out on the first live event for the game. Turns out, July 22nd is going to be a worldwide spectacular where everyone can participate.

Folks in Chicago will get perks of course, including increased monster encouters, special challenges and raids, new medals, and unique eggs. The challenges, however, will not rest entirely on the shoulders of the players within Chicago. Here’s Niantic:

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 Pokemon GO players around the world by catching certain types of Pokemon. Each Pokemon- type will be tied to a different perk, so Trainers at the park will need to carefully choose which Pokemon they catch. Will those in attendance try to catch Electric-type Pokemon to reduce the distance required to hatch Eggs, or Grass-type Pokemon to increase Stardust bonuses, or other Pokemon- 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 Pokemon 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 Pokemon, a mystery challenge will be unveiled in Grant Park that, once completed, will unlock an extra-special bonus across the globe.

The teamwork aspect of this sounds rad. Kotaku will be in Chicago reporting on what happens first-hand, so I’m curious to see what players will choose to unlock. This whole thing sounds like Pokemon GO’s “true” anniversary celebration.

Here’s a closer look at the potential challenge rewards and times:

In other news beyond Pokemon GO Fest, Niantic announced that it is also making the Safari Zone real. As many of you know, the main games have special areas where all sorts of rare monsters spawn. They’re going to apply that same concept…to shopping malls, of all things:

August 5, 2017 

 Fisketorvet — Copenhagen, Denmark

 Centrum Cerny Most — Prague, Czech Republic

August 12, 2017 

 Mall of Scandinavia — Stockholm, Sweden

 Stadshart Amstelveen — Amstelveen, The Netherlands

September 16, 2017 

 CentrO — Oberhausen, Germany

 Les Quatre Temps — Paris, France

 La Maquinista — Barcelona, Spain

And finally, because this game doesn’t have enough damn electric rodents in it, Japan is going to get a “Pikachu Outbreak” event from August 9 to 15. As soon as Australia gets an event of its own, we’ll let you know.


  • Yeah this is really shit… It’s not worldwide at all! I’ve hung up my trainer shoes a long time ago but things like this just annoy me – They had such a good platform and so wide reaching yet they shoot themselves in the foot by doing small regional things and calling them “worldwide”… Why cant every shopping mall be a safari zone? Oh because they want the malls to partner with them and give them money… Stupid – they’re getting plenty from just keeping people playing the game!!!

  • I’m not getting up in the early am to help with this goals so for those around the planet who will be awake at a more reasonable hour good luck!

  • That Kangaskhan in the picture better be a mistake.
    Haven’t even seen one, as its meant to be my region exclusive >:(

  • I get about 40 a day… it got to the point 6 months ago where we just ignore them now there are so many

    Now, if we can get some Charmanders, or you know, anything else that isn’t a Rattata or Spearow, that would be awesome

  • Yep Kangaskhan in Australia is so regular it has now become vermin and i look past at least 10 every day

  • “As soon as Australia…”

    I’m highly skeptical they would bother with Australia’s tiny market.

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