Pokemon Go Tour Hoenn event guide: Date & time, Primal Forms, Egg pool, bonuses
Pokemon Go Tour Hoenn is the next major event to take place in the popular mobile game, and we’ve got all the details you need right here including wild encounters, Raid Bosses, and bonuses.
After celebrating the Kanto region in 2021 and the Johto region in 2022, Pokemon Go players will head to the Hoenn region in February 2023 for a celebration of the beloved Gen 3 games Ruby & Sapphire.
This two-day event is free for all players to enjoy (except for a ticketed Masterwork Research quest) and it features the debut of Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre alongside new Shinies and costumed Pikachu.
Below, we’ve rounded up everything you need to know about Pokemon Go Tour Hoenn’s Global event.
- Start date & time
- Ruby vs Sapphire
- Sapphire Wild Encounters
- Ruby Wild Encounter
- Hoenn Tour Wild Encounters
- Raid Bosses
- Egg Pool
- Primal Groudon & Primal Kygore
- Special Research
- Masterwork Research
- Shiny debuts
- New Costumed Pikachu
- Las Vegas event
Pokemon Go Tour Hoenn start date & time
Pokemon Go Tour Hoenn’s Global event takes place on Saturday, February 25, 2023, and Sunday, February 26, 2023, from 10AM to 6PM local time.
Ruby vs Sapphire: Which version will you choose?
Players will be able to choose between Ruby or Sapphire versions for Pokemon Go Tour Hoenn.
The side that completes the most Field Research tasks during each hour of the event will influence which Pokemon spawn in the wild and whether Primal Groudon or Primal Kyogre appears in Raids.
We’ve rounded up the differences between Ruby and Sapphire to try and help you decide which one to choose, or you can see the specific spawns below.
Team Ruby Wild Encounters
If Team Ruby completes more Field Research tasks during an hour, Primal Groudon will appear in Raids more frequently and the following Pokemon will spawn in the wild for all trainers:
- Castform (Rainy Form)
Team Sapphire Wild Encounters
If Team Sapphire completes more Field Research tasks during an hour, Primal Kyogre will appear in Raids more frequently and the following Pokemon will spawn in the wild for all trainers:
Pokemon Go Tour Hoenn Wild Encounters
Blistering Sands Habitat Wild Encounters
These Pokemon will appear in the wild during the Blistering Sands Habitat:
Eerie Mists Habitat Wild Encounters
These Pokemon will appear in the wild during the Eerie Mists Habitat:
Verdant Earth Habitat Wild Encounters
These Pokemon will appear in the wild during the Verdant Earth Habitat:
Ancient Shores Habitat Wild Encounters
These Pokemon will appear in the wild during the Ancient Shores Habitat:
Pokemon Go Tour Hoenn Raid Bosses
- Normal Forme Deoxys
- Attack Forme Deoxys
- Defense Forme Deoxys
- Speed Forme Deoxys
- Primal Kyogre
- Primal Groudon
Pokemon Go Tour Hoenn Eggs
Primal Groudon & Primal Kyogre make their Pokemon Go debut
During the Pokemon Go Tour Hoenn event, you’ll be able to encounter the powerful Primal Reversion forms of Groudon and Kyogre for the first time by taking part in Primal Raid Battles.
If you manage to defeat Primal Groudon or Primal Kyogre, you’ll earn Primal Energy. Collect enough of this and you’ll be able to temporarily turn your favorite Groudon or Kyogre into their Primal form!
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Pokemon Go Tour Hoenn Special Research: Chasing Legends
Trainers around the world will be able to take part in a free Chasing Legends Special Research story featuring Rhi from the Go Ultra Recon Squad.
During this Special Research story, you’ll help Rhi discover Hoenn folklore about the Red and Blue Orbs, which are said to have a connection to Primal Kyogre and Primal Groudon.
Shiny Jirachi makes its debut with Masterwork Research
Players around the world will be able to purchase a Wish Granted Masterwork Research to encounter Shiny Jirachi. Tickets are available from the in-game shop until March 20, 2023.
More Shinies make their debut in Pokemon Go
For the first time ever, you’ll be able to encounter Shiny Unown H, Shiny Surskit, Shiny Gulpin, Shiny Torkoal, Shiny Cacnea, Shiny Tropius, and Shiny Relicanth in Pokemon Go – if you’re lucky!
New Costumed Pikachu sporting Hoenn trainer gear
In addition to the debut of several Shiny Pokemon, two new Costumed Pikachu will appear during the event, and they are dressed like Pokemon Ruby & Saphire’s main protagonists.
Players can encounter Pikachu wearing Brendan’s Hat and Pikachu wearing May’s Bow by using Incense to attract them. And they can both appear Shiny!
Pokemon Go Tour Hoenn bonuses
One of the biggest bonuses during this event is that players who choose Ruby can encounter Latios in the wild and taking a snapshot of it will lead to another Latios encounter.
On the other hand, players who choose Sapphire will be able to encounter Latias in the wild. Taking a snapshot of it will lead to another Latias encounter.
Niantic hasn’t released the full list of bonuses for Pokemon Go Tour Hoenn’s Global event yet, but we’ll update this page when they’re revealed.
Pokemon Go Tour Hoenn live event in Las Vegas
As well as the Global event we’ve just covered, there was a separate Pokemon Go Tour Hoenn event that took place in Sunset Park in Las Vegas on February 18, 2023, and February 19, 2023.
During this ticketed in-person event, players were able to enjoy an exclusive Special Research story, an increased Shiny rate for Hoenn Pokemon, some in-game bonuses, and real-life photo opportunities.
On the whole, the Las Vegas and Global events are expected to be quite similar – the main perk of going to Las Vegas was that players got to experience the event’s features a week before everyone else.
That’s everything we know about the Hoenn event! Check out some more Pokemon Go guides below:
How to catch Ditto | Best Eeveelutions | Field research tasks | Promo Codes for free items | How to get Pinap Berries | Spotlight Hour schedule | How to defeat Giovanni | Rarest Pokemon | Best Mega Evolutions | Community Day schedule | How to get Raid Passes | Team Go Rocket Grunt guide