Pokemon Go Fest 2020: Spawns, tickets, schedule & more details

Published: 24/Jul/2020 11:40 Updated: 24/Jul/2020 21:27

by Paul Cot


Pokemon GO Fest 2020 is upon us and this year all trainers can participate!

In previou years, GO Fest had taken place in real-life locations which trainers would have to buy a ticket to go to. Tickets will still be required to experience the whole event this time around, although all trainers can look forward to some form of bonus.

These tickets cost $14.99 (or £14.99 in the UK) and can be purchased in the Pokemon Go Shop right now. Buying a ticket will allow you to play both days.

The two-day event will take place on July 25-26. The festivities of each day will start at 10am and conclude at 8pm in your local time. What will Pokemon Go GO Fest 2020 actually entail, though?

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The 2020 Pokemon GO Fest will allow all trainers to get involved from the comfort of their own homes…

Special Research

Trainers will be given a Special Research line for each day of GO Fest 2020. The first will be given on July 25 and the second on July 26.

As of writing it hasn’t been announced exactly what will be included in either of these Special Research quests. To get them, and this is important, you’ll need to make sure you log into the Pokemon Go app on each day – that’s for trainers who buy a ticket.

Rotating habitats

As part of GO Fest Day 1, every hour there will be rotating habitats. These include fire, water, grass, battle and friendship.

As the habitat names suggest, Pokemon of the same theme will be appearing when each is active. The active habitat will depend on where you are in the world.

Fortunately, some kind folk over on Reddit took the time to detail which habitat each region can expect depending on their location. Everywhere will get each habitat twice, though.

To maximize them, Incense will last for one hour and will also be even more effective at attracting Pokemon — so we’d suggest using one! Furthermore, Niantic have advised trainers to save their gift interactions in Day 1. This is because the friendship habitat will feature a Global Challenge to send Gifts to friends.

Global Challenge Arena

During Day 1 of GO Fest 2020, trainers will be able to work together in the Global Challenge Arena. Each hour there will be a collaborative challenge.

Completing the challenge will result in a bonus for the remainder of the hour. Trainers will be able to check the progress of each hour’s challenge within the Global Challenge Arena screen.

There will also be unlock challenges which create special events in the weeks following GO Fest 2020. They are as follows:

  • Dragon Week: Complete 8 global challenges
  • Enigma Week: Complete 16 global challenges
  • Unova Week: Complete 24 global challenges

GO Fest spawns

There will be 75 different species of Pokemon appearing in Day 1 of GO Fest 2020. They will appear across the wild, Raid Battles and as rewards for Special Research.

While we don’t know all of the Pokemon that will be included, we do know what some of them will be. As a result of trainers completing various challenges in the build up events to GO Fest 2020 the following spawns have been confirmed:

  • Chimecho
  • Ferroseed
  • Togetic
  • Alomomola
  • Alolan Grimer
  • Dratini
  • Chansey
  • Alolan Marowak
  • Litwick
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Togetic is one of the confirmed spawns for Day 1 of GO Fest which means if you catch enough you’ll be able to get hold of Togekiss!

Meanwhile, while not confirmed, promotional material has hinted that the following could be within the 66 remaining species:

  • Alolan Exeggutor
  • Charizard
  • Cherrim
  • Chinchou
  • Eevee
  • Gible
  • Jigglypuff
  • Mudkip
  • Pikachu
  • Seviper
  • Snorlax
  • Squirtle
  • Unown G
  • Zangoose

GO Fest 2020 Day 2

There are plenty of details about what trainers can expect on the first day. However, there is very little information available for Day 2.

This is intentional though, as Niantic want trainers to have a suprise. Therefore, details of Day 2 won’t be revealed until closer to its start.

We do know the day will feature its own Special Research and will no doubt have plenty more to look forward to. Maybe Niantic will do something massive and release Shiny Mew — but whatever they have in store, we’re sure it’ll be worth the wait.


Trainer confused by mystery location in Pokemon Sword & Shield’s Galar Region

Published: 21/Jan/2021 14:00

by Daniel Megarry


Pokemon Sword and Shield’s Galar Region map is vast and wonderful, but one trainer has spotted one place on the map they can’t manage to get to – a mystery house. 

The critically-acclaimed games have been out on the Nintendo Switch since 2019, and fans who have completed them probably believe they’ve seen everything the game has to offer.

But every now and then, something comes along that surprises players. Just recently, the community was stunned by the discovery of a Detective Pikachu easter egg that slipped by many players for over a year.

Now, one Pokemon Sword & Shield player has stumbled upon a strange house that they believe doesn’t show up in-game, but can be found on the map. What could it be?

Mysterious building found in Pokemon Sword & Shield

Reddit user jibbjebber took to the Pokemon Sword & Shield subreddit to share a screenshot of a building that appeared on their Galar map which they hadn’t seen before. They explained there was no obvious way to get to it, either.

“So while I was playing Pokemon, I looked at the map and saw this house. As far as I know there is no way to get to [it] and after looking up other maps it isn’t even there. If anyone knows more about [it] let me know,” they wrote.”

On the surface, this seemed like quite the discovery. Could we have really played this game for over a year now and never spotted such an obvious mystery?

So while I was play Pokémon, I looked at the map and saw this house, as far as I know there is no way to get to and after looking up other maps it isn’t even there, if anyone knows more about let me know. from PokemonSwordAndShield


The building appears behind Professor Magnolia’s house, and seemingly can’t be reached on foot. Galar Region maps that can be found online don’t appear to include the building, either, making things even more confusing.

It got the Pokemon trainer in question wondering what the building is used for in the game, and whether you can even visit it. Fortunately, it didn’t take long for a few other Redditors to find the answer.

Mystery solved

While jibbjebber assumed the mysterious building on the map was a house, it turns out it’s actually a train station.

In the comments section of the post, other Pokemon players pointed out that this is indeed a building that you can’t visit on foot, so in that way the poster was correct. But, it does serve a purpose as part of The Isle of Armor downloadable content.

Pokemon Sword & Shield Isle of Armor
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The Isle of Armor is a DLC for Pokemon Sword & Shield.

When a player wants to visit the DLC location, the train stops at the station, and a taxi then picks you up to take you to the Isle of Armor. It’s a simple explanation, but we can see why players might get confused! It does look like a house, after all.

It’s not the first time players have been left baffled by a Pokemon Sword & Shield mystery: Last year, a trainer discovered that there’s something not quite right about Wailmer and it caused plenty of debate.

At least this time, the answer was clear. Maybe the map icons could do with a slight tweak in the future, but it’s not exactly a game-breaking issue.