Pokemon Go Anniversary Event 2022: Date & time, Shiny Zapdos, new costumes

Dylan Horetski
Pokemon Go Anniversary Event

Niantic has announced that it’s celebrating six years with the Pokemon Go Anniversary Event. Here’s everything we know about it, including the dates and time it’s taking place. 

As the Pokemon Go TCG Crossover event comes to a close, trainers may be wondering what event Niantic has under their sleeve.

The Pokemon Go Anniversary Event was announced on June 29, and it celebrates Niantic’s sixth year of Pokemon Go.

Here’s everything we know about the event, including when it’s happening and what’s included.


Pokemon Go Anniversary Event
During the event, trainers will be able to purchase new avatar items to celebrate.

Pokemon Go Anniversary Event Date & Time

Niantic has confirmed that the event will run from Wednesday, July 6, 2022, at 10:00 am to Tuesday, July 12, 2022, at 8:00 pm in the trainer’s local time.

The event will also feature avatar items and stickers to celebrate the game’s sixth anniversary.

Pokemon Go Anniversary Event debut Pokemon

Three new costumed Pokemon will make their debut during this event: Party Hat Charmelon, Party Hat Charizard, and Cake Costume Pikachu.

If you’re lucky, you may even find a shiny version of all three.

Pokemon Go Anniversary Event Wild Encounters

The Anniversary event brings yet another shakeup to Pokemon Go’s wild encounters.

Here are the ‘mon that will spawn during the event:

  • Bulbasaur*
  • Party Hat Charmander*
  • Squirtle*
  • Cake Costume Pikachu*
  • Machop*
  • Ledyba*
  • Ralts*
  • Buneary*
  • Venipede
  • Chespin
  • Fennekin
  • Froakie
  • Bunnelby*
  • Litleo*
  • Pikipek
  • Gabite
  • Clauncher
  • Helioptile

The Pokemon marked with a * beside their name may spawn as a shiny — if you’re lucky. 

Anniversary Event Field Research Encounters

The following Pokemon will be available as trainers complete Field Research Encounters during the event:

  • Bulbasaur*
  • Charmander*
  • Squirtle*
  • Chikorita*
  • Cyndaquil*
  • Totodile*
  • Treecko*
  • Torchic*
  • Mudkip*
  • Turtwig*
  • Chimchar*
  • Piplup*
  • Snivy*
  • Tepig*
  • Oshawott*
  • Chespin
  • Fennekin
  • Froakie
  • Rowlet
  • Litten
  • Popplio

The Pokemon marked with a * beside their name may spawn as a shiny — if you’re lucky. 

Screenshot of Pokeballs in Pokemon Go
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
Its always helpful to stock up on Pokeballs before a new event in Pokemon Go.

Pokemon Go Anniversary Event Raids

One-Star Raids:

  • Cake Costume Pikachu*
  • Dratini*

Three-Star Raids:

  • Venusaur*
  • Party Hat Charizard*
  • Blastoise*
  • Tyranitar
  • Metagross

Five-Star Raids:

  • Zapdos*

Mega Raids

  • On Wednesday, July 6, 2022, and Thursday, July 7, 2022 – Mega Charizard X*
  • From Thursday, July 7, 2022, to Tuesday, July 12, 2022 – Mega Charizard Y*

The Pokemon marked with a * beside their name may spawn as a shiny — if you’re lucky. 

Now that you know everything about the Anniversary Event, check out some of our other guides below:

Best Pokemon in Pokemon Go | Type chart | How to catch Ditto | Best Eeveelutions | Field research rewards and tasks | Promo Codes for free items | How to get Pinap Berries | Spotlight Hour schedule