How to get Shiny Ditto in Pokemon Go during Kanto Tour

Published: 20/Feb/2021 14:45 Updated: 20/Feb/2021 16:10

by Brent Koepp


Niantic has finally confirmed that Shiny Ditto is being added to Pokemon Go. The Gen I ‘mon is set to make its debut with the upcoming Kanto Tour event. Here’s how to get one.

Despite making its debut in Pokemon Go back in November 2016, the ever-elusive Ditto has yet to have its Shiny version added to the game. Now, after years of waiting, fans are about to get their wish.

On February 9, Niantic confirmed the shape-shifting ‘mon is getting its rare variant, and revealed how players can finally get their hands on it during the Kanto Tour event.

Screenshot of Shiny Ditto in Pokemon Lets Go Pikachu.
The Pokemon Company
Pokemon Go is getting Shiny Ditto in an upcoming update.

How to get Shiny Ditto in Pokemon Go

Ditto is one of the trickiest monsters to catch in Go as the adorable pink blob can disguise itself as other ‘mon. Up until this year, the popular character has been lacking its highly sought-after Shiny variant.

On February 9, The Pokemon Company revealed that it is finally coming to the game with the Kanto Tour event which starts on February 20. During the celebration, players will need to help Professor Willow with some Special Research.

“Work alongside Professor Willow in Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto’s Special Research story, where you’ll learn more about the Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region, practice your Trainer skills, and come across some clues related to a mysterious Pokémon. At the end of the Special Research, you’ll encounter a Shiny Ditto!” the blog post reads.

Shiny Ditto Research Tasks

With the Kanto Tour event kicking off on February 20, here’s everything you need to do in order to catch a Shiny Ditto, and all of the rewards you’ll enjoy along the way. Note: some rewards will vary depending on the type of task selected (Red or Green).

  1. Step 1
    • Claim Reward (Poke Ball x 10)
    • Claim Reward (Razz Berry x 3)
    • Claim Reward (Potion x 3)
    • Total Rewards: 150 XP, Incense x 3, Charmander/Bulbasaur Encounter
  2. Step 2
    • Use an Incense (Poke Ball x 50)
    • Catch 30 Pokemon ( Tangela Encounter)
    • Take a snapshot of Charmander/Bulbasaur (Poffin x 1)
    • Total Rewards: Poke Ball x 50, Chansey Encounter, Charmander/Bulbasaur Candy x 25
  3. Step 3
    • Earn 3 hearts with your buddy (Stardust x 300)
    • Catch 30 Pokemon (500 XP)
    • Evolve a Charmander/Bulbasaur (Charmander/Bulbasaur Candy x 25)
    • Total Rewards: Incense x 2, Cubone Encounter, Ultra Ball x 25
  4. Step 4
    • Use an Incense (Egg Incubator x 1)
    • Send 3 Gifts to friends (Pinap Berry x 5)
    • Trade 3 Pokemon (Red or Green) with a friend (Charmander/Bulbasaur Candy x 25)
    • Total Rewards: Stardust x 500, Lickitung Encounter, Cubone Candy x 25
  5. Step 5
    • Make 3 Nice Throws in a row (Aerodactyl Encounter)
    • Catch 10 different species of Pokémon (Star Piece x 1)
    • Use 20 Berries to help Catch Pokemon (Red or Green) (Charmander/Bulbasaur Candy x 25)
    • Total Rewards: Premium Battle Pass x 1, Snorlax Encounter, Cubone Candy x 25
  6. Step 6
    • Power up Pokemon 5 times (Red or Green) (Charmander/Bulbasaur Candy x 25)
    • Battle in 3 Raids (Mewtwo Candy x 20)
    • Evolve 1 Pokemon (Tour Cap x 1)
    • Total Rewards: Fast TM x 1, Lapras Encounter, Charged TM x 1
  7. Step 7
    • Catch 30 Pokemon (3000 XP)
    • Catch 15 different species of Pokemon (Rare Candy x 3)
    • Transfer 20 Pokemon (3000 XP)
    • Total Rewards: Lure Module x 1, Shiny Ditto Encounter, Lucky Egg x 1
  8. Step 8
    • Claim Reward (3000 XP)
    • Claim Reward (Stardust x 3000)
    • Claim Reward (3000 XP)
    • Total Rewards: Ditto Candy x 20, Mew Candy x 20, Ditto Sticker x 10

Ditto being added as a Shiny isn’t too surprising, as Niantic’s Kanto Tour blog post back in December stated that 150 Gen I ‘mon would get the rare form: “We’re also excited to announce that during the Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto event, the first 150 Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region will be available as Shiny Pokémon, some of them for the first time ever.”

Still, it’s nice for players to finally get official confirmation. If nothing else, it is a great way to get the community hyped up for the 25th anniversary celebration. The chance of getting the shape-shifting character in its alternate variant will be worth the price of admission for many Trainers.


Pokemon community goes nuts after possible Let’s Go Sinnoh hint

Published: 24/Feb/2021 0:46

by Brent Koepp


A viral tweet from The Pokemon Company sent fans of the Game Freak RPG into a frenzy after some believed it was a hint about the long-rumored Diamond & Pearl remakes. Is the Sinnoh reimagining a Let’s Go sequel?

Over the last two years, rumors about a Diamond & Pearl remake have been inescapable. As we inch closer to Pokemon Day on February 27, the hype surrounding the 2006 titles has never been greater, as many believe the project to be a foregone conclusion.

A social media post from The Pokemon Company’s official Twitter account, however, had fans worried that the Gen IV reimagining would be a Let’s Go release instead. The panic became such a frenzy that Sinnoh began trending on Twitter worldwide.

Screenshot of shocked Pikachu from Pokemon Lets Go Eevee & Pikachu.
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
Pokemon fans were shocked when an official tweet used Let’s Go and Sinnoh in the same sentence.

Sinnoh tweet sparks panic from Pokemon fans

In 2018, Game Freak reimagined the Kanto region in the form of Let’s Go Pikachu & Eevee. The Nintendo Switch titles removed Wild Area battles and put a greater emphasis on catch mechanics. The RPG was meant to draw in Pokemon Go players to the mainline series. The project has been divisive as some fans argue its difficulty was too easy.

The community was shocked then when the official Pokemon Twitter account tweeted out a 25th-anniversary countdown message on February 23 that referred to both Diamond & Pearl and Let’s Go in the same sentence. “Let’s go, Sinnoh! Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup are preparing for #PokemonDay—it’s only 4 days away!”

While the social media post could have been purely coincidental, the phrasing of “Let’s go” immediately caught the eye of fans who believed it to be a reference to the 2018 Gen I remakes. As a result, #Sinnoh immediately began to trend on the platform as the tweet quickly went viral.

“Please don’t be let’s go. Please don’t be let’s go. Please don’t be let’s go,” a player wrote in reaction. “That doesn’t sound like remakes it sounds like a gen 4 let’s go oh no,” another user jokingly replied. Other fans panicked over the social media post. “NO, you WILL NOT. Listen here, if you guys decide to turn this game into a let’s go remake instead of a true remaster I WILL CRY PLEASE NO,” someone else said. One follower even exclaimed, “This remake better not be a sh**ty let’s go game. If it’s a let’s go game, you just wasted this remake.”

Screenshot of Pokemon fans in a frenzy over Pokemon Sinnoh Lets Go tweet.

Adding fuel to the fire, it was also discovered on February 23 that Nintendo had gotten a new certificate for the Poke Ball Plus peripheral released for the Let’s Go titles in 2018. While it’s not uncommon for companies to update recertification, user ‘Pixelpar’ pointed out that it also had testing done for the controller. “Periodic testing needs to be done (at a minimum) once per year. If a material change is made then the production batch needs retesting. This means it’s either a reprint or a new version,” they explained.

Popular rumor account Centro Pokemon commented on the frenzy, stating that they still expect a traditional Diamond & Pearl remake. “It’s funny to see the Pokémon community panic, however, our expectations remain the same; we don’t expect DP remakes to be a ‘Let’s Go’ game.” The publication then wrote, “However, Let’s Go is not dead. It will likely come back in the future, maybe in a much different way than you’re expecting.”

So what’s to make of all this? We know that in January, Nintendo created a Diamond & Pearl subdomain, and set it live for a few minutes before disabling it after fans discovered it. On February 22, there was a leak claiming a Let’s Go sequel was going to be announced alongside a Gen IV remake. Although updated reports claimed to debunk that. All signs point towards some form of a Sinnoh title in the works.

The new murmurings of Let’s Go can not be ignored, however. At the end of the day, fans should just drop expectations. In fact, expect nothing at all – that way, there is no disappointment. The 25th anniversary is only a few days away at this point, so we will soon find out what Game Freak is actually working on. The rumors and hype have gotten so out of control that it’s best to take everything with a grain of salt until we get an official announcement

One thing is for certain though – many in the community do not want Diamond & Pearl to be a Let’s Go release. While the 2018 switch titles were divisive, to say the least, it appears a lot of fans would rather have a mainline RPG similar to Sword & Shield rather than the catch-oriented projects. Just the slight mention of its title next to Sinnoh was enough to cause panic. Pokemon Day is going to be one heck of a ride, that is for sure