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Pokemon Go: GO Fest Friendship Challenge – Tasks, rewards and more

Published: 17/Jul/2020 7:02

by Paul Cot


We are just one week away from the much anticipated Pokemon Go GO Fest 2020 event. In the meantime though, we have Week 3 of the build-up event to look forward to which includes the Friendship Timed Research.

Niantic have been providing weekly preliminary events to lead us up to Pokemon Go GO Fest 2020. Week 3 of those is now upon us and is themed around friendship.


Week 3 Friendship Challenge tasks and rewards – Full list

There are only three sets of tasks to complete. Surprise surprise, they are friendship related and are as follows:

GO Fest Friendship Challenge 1/3

  • Earn a Heart with your Buddy – 1 Razz Berry
  • Send a Gift to a Friend – 100 Stardust
  • Play with your Buddy – 1 Pinap Berry
  • Rewards: 100 XP, 100 Stardust, 10 Poke Balls

GO Fest Friendship Challenge 2/3

  • Send 5 Gifts to Friends – 10 Pinap Berries
  • Earn 5 Hearts with your Buddy – 10 Razz Berries
  • Earn a Candy walking with your Buddy – 1 Rare Candy
  • Rewards: 300 XP, Alolan Raichu encounter, 300 Stardust

GO Fest Friendship Challenge 3/3

  • Take a Snapshot of your Buddy – 10 Pinap Berries
  • Send 10 Gifts to Friends – 10 Razz Berries
  • Earn 10 Hearts with your Buddy – 1 Rare Candy
  • Rewards: 1 Rare Candy, Petilil encounter, 1 Lucky Egg

GO Fest Elite Friendship Challenge

  • Use 30 Berries to help catch Pokemon – 5 Nanab Berries
  • Send 30 Gifts to Friends – 5 Razz Berries
  • Earn 30 Hearts with your Buddy – 5 Pinap Berries
  • Rewards: 500 XP, 500 Stardust, 5 Razz Berries

Unlock more Pokemon for GO Fest 2020

Trainers from each of Instinct, Mystic and Valor will be tasked with unlocking additional Pokemon for the big event on July 25. If one million trainers from each team complete the Friendship Timed Research the following Pokemon will be made available:

  • Instinct Trainers: Togetic
  • Mystic Trainers: Dratini
  • Valor Trainers: Litwick

As was the same with the previous two weeks, the Elite part of the Timed Research won’t be required to complete. These time consuming tasks are for bragging rights only.


From Friday, July 17, 8am to Wednesday, July 22, 10pm local time you’ll be able to find Shiny Bellsprout! This will mark the first its Shiny form has been available in Pokemon Go.


Elsewhere, a different style Pikachu has been appearing in each of this build-up weeks. Week 3 will see Summer Style Pikachu appearing in the wild and hatching from eggs.

Finally, Petilil will be making its Pokemon Go debut. The Bulb Pokemon is from Gen 5 and is a pure grass-type. It evolves into Lilligant.


We’re now only a week away from the 2020 Pokemon Go GO Fest event. This will be unlike GO Fest’s from the past whereby this will be strictly play at home. Fortunately, that hasn’t dampened trainers excitement and actually makes it available to everyone!


Pokemon Go Autumn event – Start time, new Gen 5 Pokemon, bonuses, more

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:57 Updated: 8/Oct/2020 1:59

by Paul Cot


To celebrate the change of season, Niantic is hosting an autumn-themed Pokemon Go event. A new Gen 5 Pokemon will be introduced as well as other bonuses.

The 2020 Pokemon Go autumn event starts on Friday, October 9, 8 am PDT and finishes on Monday, October 12, 1 pm PDT. That’s an 11 am EDT start for those on the east coast of the US and 4 pm BST for those residing in the UK.


To the surprise of nobody, the event will feature various fall-themed Pokemon. These ‘mons can be found in the wild and in eggs when you hatch them.

Double effective Berries

Elsewhere, autumn is the time harvest and that seemingly applies to Pokemon Go, too. As a result, Berries can be found more often when spinning PokeStops. There will also be berry-themed Field and Timed Research.


During the event, all Berries will be twice as effective when giving them to your Buddy Pokemon as treats. Perhaps more excitingly, however, is that Pinap Berries will also become doubly as effective.

This means that instead of just double Candy when capturing a Pokemon, you’ll actually get four times the amount! Other Berries such as the Razz variety won’t be doubly as effective, though.

Autumn-themed Pokemon

Meanwhile, the following Pokemon will be appearing more frequently in the wild:

  • Oddish
  • Vulpix
  • Bayleef
  • Hoothoot
  • Sudowoodo
  • Yanma
  • Pineco
  • Zigzagoon
  • Seedot
  • Shroomish
  • Plant Cloak Burmy
  • Foongus

Others will be appearing in 5km eggs but those Pokemon weren’t released in the Pokemon Go blog post.

Additionally, Shiny Vulpix will be spawning more often. The ever-popular Fox Pokemon has already had its Shiny form released previously but few trainers will want to miss out on the chance to get another or even their first!

Deerling Pokemon Go
Deerling changes color depending on what seasonal form it is…


As is very apt for the change of season, Deerling will be introduced to the world of Pokemon Go for the first time. The Season Pokemon has four forms – Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter – so expect to come across its autumn variant.


It evolves into Sawsbuck, which has the same four forms, also. Deerling needs 50 Candy to evolve, so if you want to get Sawsbuck during the event you’ll need to catch as many Deerling as possible. When using a Pinap Berry though, you’ll only need to catch five of them!

There’s plenty to look forward to in Pokemon Go during October. Charmander is coming to a Community Day a second time with the exclusive move Dragon Breath and there is even a surprise Raid Boss to look forward to at the end of the month.