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Pokémon GO Anniversary Event 2022

Updated: Jul 14, 2022

📅 Wednesday, July 6 10:00 a.m. → Tuesday, July 12, 08:00 p.m. (local time)

This article has been updated on July 4 to include information that has been unlocked during the Ultra Unlock at GO Fest Berlin. All new information will be added in italics.

Happy anniversary to Pokémon GO! To celebrate their anniversary, there will be an in-game event in Pokémon GO. Extra components may unlock for this event during the Ultra Unlock Bonuses, during Berlin GO Fest.

Pokémon Debuts

The following Pokémon will make their Pokémon GO debuts:

  • Party Hat Charmeleon

  • Party Hat Charizard

  • Cake Costume Pikachu

✨ = Shiny possible

For the first time ever, you will now also be able to evolve your Party Hat Charmander into a Party Hat Charmeleon or Party Hat Charizard.

Wild Encounters

The following Pokémon will be appearing more in the wild:

  • Bulbasaur ✨

  • Party Hat Charmander ✨

  • Squirtle ✨

  • Cake Costume Pikachu ✨

  • Machop ✨

  • Ledyba ✨

  • Ralts ✨

  • Buneary ✨

  • Venipede

  • Chespin

  • Fennekin

  • Froakie

  • Bunnelby ✨

  • Litleo ✨

  • Pikipek

And if you are lucky:

  • Gabite

  • Clauncher

  • Helioptile

✨ = Shiny possible

Ultra Unlock Bonus

The following Pokémon have been added to the Anniversary Event as part of the Ultra Unlock Bonus:

  • Pansear

  • Shiny possible ✨

  • Raids and Wild Encounters

  • Unown E

  • Shiny possible ✨

  • Raids

  • Wash Rotom

  • Shiny not possible

  • Event-exclusive Timed Research


The following Pokémon will be appearing in Raids:

One-Star Raids

Three-Star Raids

Five-Star Raids

Mega Raids

Cake Costume Pikachu ✨

Venusaur ✨

Zapdos ✨

Mega Charizard X ✨*

Dratini ✨

Party Hat Charizard ✨

Mega Charizard Y ✨ **

Pansear ✨

Blastoise ✨

Unown E ✨



✨ = Shiny possible

* = Wednesday, July 6 and Thursday, July 7

** = Thursday, July 7 → Tuesday, July 12

Field Research Task Encounters

The following Pokémon can be encoutered through Field Research Tasks:

  • Bulbasaur

  • Charmander

  • Squirtle

  • Chikorita

  • Cyndaquil

  • Totodile

  • Treecko

  • Torchic

  • Mudkip

  • Turtwig

  • Chimchar

  • Piplup

  • Snivy

  • Tepig

  • Oshawott

  • Chespin

  • Fennekin

  • Froakie

  • Rowlet

  • Littlen

  • Popplio

✨ = Shiny possible

New Avatar Items and Stickers

New Avatar Items and Stickers will be available in the game. The Avatar Items can be purchased in the in-game shop and the Stickers will be available by spinning PokéStops, opening Gifts, and by purchasing them in the in-game shop.

Battle Weekend

📅 Saturday July 9, 12:00 a.m. Sunday, July 10, 11:59 p.m. (local time)

Event Bonuses

  • Enjoy up to 20 GO Battle League sets each day

  • Use a Charged TM to help a Shadow Pokémon forget the Charged Attack Frustration

Additional Bonuses (and Bonuses that got an update) through the Ultra Unlock:

  • Earn 50% extra XP from Raid Battles

  • Enjoy 1 extra Raid Pass per day

  • Earn 50% extra XP from Raid Battles

  • Earn 2 Mysterious Components from defeating Team GO Rocket Grunts

  • Earn 50% extra Stardust from defeating Team GO Rocket Grunts.

  • Encounter Legendary Pokémon in GO Battle League reward encounters at Rank 16 and up.

  • Earn 5× Stardust from GO Battle League Rewards

  • Team GO Rocket balloons will appear every two hours

Ultra Unlock: Featured Attacks

The following Pokémon will learn previously featured attacks when evolved during the Battle Weekend:

Frenzy Plant

Blast Burn

Hydro Cannon

Dragon Breath

















Shadow Pokémon

Team GO Rocket Grunts and the Team GO Rocket Leaders (Sierra, Clif, and Arlo) will be using different Shadow Pokémon. If you're lucky, you may also encounter different Shiny Shadow Pokémon. The following Pokémon have now been turned into Shadow Pokémon by Team GO Rocket:

  • Geodude

  • Shinx

  • Patrat

  • Purrloin

  • And more...

Special Research

A Special Research focused on facing Giovanni will be available. Complete it to earn a Super Rocket Radar and rescue Shadow Latios. You can claim the Special Research until the end of the Season of GO, on September 1, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. (local time).


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