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Week 1 challenges and bonuses of Pokemon Go Fest 2020 event

Published: 2/Jul/2020 22:26

by Paul Cot


Pokemon Go Fest 2020 is edging ever closer. In the build to the hugely anticipated event, Niantic have set up three weekly challenges to get trainers rearing to go.

Week 1 of the Go Fest challenge overlaps with July 6, the anniversary of Pokemon Go’s release date. The first of these challenges will put the skills you have learned over the past four years to the test.


The first week will start on Friday, July 3, 8am and finish on Wednesday, July 8, 10pm local time. This means you will have just over five days to complete the “Skill” Timed Research.

Week 1 Skill Challenge tasks and rewards – Full list

There are only three sets of tasks to complete and they are as follows:


GO Fest Skill Challenge 1/3

  • Catch 20 Pokemon – 100 Stardust
  • Make 5 Nice Throws – 10 Poke Balls
  • Use 5 Berries to help catch Pokemon – 5 Pinap Berries
  • Rewards: 100 XP, 1 Golden Razz Berry, 10 Great Balls

GO Fest Skill Challenge 2/3

  • Catch 30 Pokemon – 300 Stardust
  • Make 10 Great Throws – 10 Great Balls
  • Transfer 20 Pokemon – 20 Poke Balls
  • Rewards: 300 XP, Ducklett encounter, 1 Silver Pinap Berry

GO Fest Skill Challenge 3/3

  • Catch 50 Pokemon – 1,000 Stardust
  • Make an Excellent Throw – 10 Ultra Balls
  • Catch 15 different species of Pokemon – 20 Great Balls
  • Rewards: 1 Rare Candy, Flying Pikachu encounter, 1 Star Piece

GO Fest Elite Skill Challenge

  • Catch 100 Pokemon – 5 Poke Balls
  • Catch 25 different species of Pokemon – 5 Great Balls
  • Make 50 Excellent Throws – 5 Ultra Balls
  • Rewards: 500 XP, 500 Stardust, 5 Razz Berries
Pokemon Go Fest 2020 Date
Pokemon Go Fest 2020 will take place on the weekend of the 25th/26th July…

Join forces with other teams to unlock Pokemon

Trainers from each of Instinct, Mystic and Valor will be responsible for unlocking additional Pokemon in the actual Go Fest 2020 on July 25. If one million trainers from each team complete the Skill Timed Research the following species will be made available:

  • Instinct Trainers: Chimecho
  • Mystic Trainers: Alomomola
  • Valor Trainers: Chansey

Completing the Go Fest Weekly Challenge: Skill Timed Research will grant you access to the Go Fest Elite Skill Challenge. These are an additional group of difficult tasks but won’t count towards the group unlock goals.



During these five days special Pokemon will also be appearing in the wild. At the top of that list will be Flying Pikachu which is brand new to Pokemon Go.

The dual electric/flying-type (you would have never guessed) can be found not only in the wild but in Raids, too. If you’re really lucky you may even come across its Shiny form as well.


Elsewhere, Ducklett will be introduced to the Pokemon Go world. The Gen 5 dual flying and water-type will be in the wild and 5km eggs.

Finally, the Jump-Start Special Research will be making a return for trainers that haven’t completed it. It was added to Pokemon Go during last year’s anniversary event and will give you the chance to earn a lot of XP, Stardust and Pokemon encounters.


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.