Pokémon GO Fest 2021's Ultra Unlock & Six Special Trades Detailed

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Today in an official release from Niantic, a handful of the benefits for Pokemon GO Fest 2021 participants were revealed courtesy of the sponsor of the event, Google Play. They range from discounted subscriptions to in-game items.

Leading up to Pokemon GO Fest 2021, there will be three different perks or surprises thanks to Google Play. First, eligible Pokemon GO trainers will be able to get three months of YouTube Premium. It’s not clear who will be eligible for this, but they promised that more information is coming next week.

There will also be a Google Play points x4 multiplier for all purchases made in Pokemon GO from July 12 until July 18. If you’re not familiar with the Google Play points program, it’s essentially just a customer loyalty program that gives you points for making purchases in the Google Play app or within apps downloaded from Google Play which can be turned into Google Play money or coupons for specific games.

The last surprise leading up to Pokemon GO Fest 2021 in a tie-in with YouTube group, The Try Guys. They will be releasing videos that have to do with three different categories that Pokemon GO trainers can follow to learn more about the given topic. The three categories are exercise, exploration, and music. The Try Guys have also enlisted a handful of well-known names like olympian Chloe Kim, singer/actor Jordan Fisher, and Pokemon GO YouTuber Mystic7.

Below, you can find the official announcement video from The Try Guys.

The last bit of news Niantic released today about the Google Play perks for Pokemon GO Fest 2021 was that a sponsored gift that will become available to Android users on day one of the event, July 17. This gift will include one Incense, one Super Incubator, and 30 Ultra Balls.

If you would like to check out the official release from The Pokemon GO Team about the Google Play perks in Pokemon GO Fest 2021, you can find it right here.

Pokemon GO Fest 2021 will be held on July 17 and 18. To participate, you can pick up a ticket from the in-game Shop for $5.

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How to get Pop Star Pikachu and Rock Star Pikachu during Pokémon Go Fest 2021

Dot Esports 10 July, 2021 - 11:21pm

As part of Pokémon Go Fest 2021, Niantic is adding in several special bonuses and encounters, like Meloetta and other Pokémon that will only be available during the event. 

One of those bonuses is a new set of event-exclusive Special Research that will force players to make certain decisions, which will then branch off and change what rewards will be given once you finish specific tasks. 

The main appeal of the Special Research, outside of grabbing a bunch of bonus items and rare encounters, is the fact both Pop Star Pikachu and Rock Star Pikachu are available as rewards. You will only be able to get one as a reward because of the branching paths, but you can still get one of the Cosplay Pikachu variants for your collection simply by playing the game. 

Pop Star Pikachu gains access to Fairy-type moves like Charm, Draining Kiss, and Play Rough, while Rock Star Pikachu can use Charm and Play Rough, with the added bonus of the powerful Steel-type attack Meteor Mash. This keeps in line with Pikachu Libre, the only other Cosplay Pikachu currently in the game, which has the same moveset and Flying Press. 

In order to get either Pop Star Pikachu or Rock Star Pikachu, players will need to purchase the $5 Go Fest 2021 ticket. That is the only way to access the event-exclusive research and the other content that will be locked behind the event’s paywall. 

Related: Everything we know about Pokémon Go Fest 2021’s Ultra Unlock bonuses

Specifically, the event ticket will be available for purchase through the in-game shop for $4.99. The ticket will then be added to your inventory. Once the event begins on July 17 you should be given access to the Special Research. 

After you complete the Special Research on the chosen brand for one of the two Pikachu variants, they will appear as Snapshot Photobombs. There will also be a unique avatar pose gifted to players once they capture either Pop Star Pikachu and Rock Star Pikachu.

Pokémon Go Fest 2021 will run on July 17 and 18, with tons of bonuses and additional content. 

New datamine reveals quest branches, Special Research details, and more for Pokémon Go Fest 2021

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Pokémon Go Fest 2021 begins on July 17, and a new update that just went live for the game has pushed several text assets for the event. 

Thanks to datamining group PokeMiners, version 0.213.1 of the app has revealed a lot of information about the event-exclusive content that will be live during Go Fest. 

Starting with what we already knew, the Quest Branches for the event-exclusive Special Research have been revealed. In total, there will reportedly be 11 steps to the main research, with eight possible endings based on the choices a player makes throughout the tasks. They are basically just the same thing with slightly different text. 

This will be where players choose to encounter specific event-exclusive Pokémon, like Pop Star Pikachu and Rock Star Pikachu, or Pokémon like Gardevoir, Flygon, Galarian Ponyta, and Galarian Zigzagoon wearing Meloetta-inspired hats.

Here are all of the different branches, which are all music-themed, that were listed in the datamine, in no specific order or function. 

The Special Research itself seems to be titled “The Melody Pokémon” and also involves Team Go Rocket. 

Because the second day of Go Fest, July 18, is going to be a special Raid Day, there will also be Raid Day Timed Research pushed live during the event. It will be eight steps, though no specifics were included beyond that. 

Outside of that, the data showed text for a few smaller in-game changes and the Go Fest clothing being pushed to the backend of the app so it can go live in the Shop closer to the July 17 start time. 

Everything we know about Pokémon Go Fest 2021's Ultra Unlock bonuses

Dot Esports 10 July, 2021 - 11:21pm

Pokémon Go Fest 2021 is going to feature a lot of content returning from previous years, mixed in with all of the new bonuses and encounters, like Meloetta and other Pokémon wearing Meloetta-inspired hats.

Among the returning features are global challenges that will unlock additional bonus events throughout August, better known as the Ultra Unlock.

The Ultra Unlock bonus could result in up to three weeks of extra content and events for all players in Pokémon Go

Those bonuses can only be achieved if players participating in Go Fest 2021 complete a specific amount of global challenges in the Global Challenge Arena. This year, there will be a total of 24 global challenges laid out for all trainers to work together and complete.

For now, the details are scarce, but the first two weeks will be themed on Time and Space. The third week is being kept a mystery, but based on the context of Go Fest 2021 and the other descriptions, it is likely week three will feature either Giratina or Hoopa-themed bonuses.

Here is everything we currently know about each Ultra Unlock bonus for the event.

Pokémon Go Fest 2021 will run on July 17 and 18, but with all of these bonuses, the Go Fest content might just keep rolling until the end of August.

Pokemon Go 5th Anniversary Rewards for Indian Players Revealed

IGN India 10 July, 2021 - 11:21pm

During the Pokemon Go 5th anniversary celebration, players can catch a limited-edition flying Pikachu with a 5-shaped balloon. The event will coincide with Pokemon Go Fest 2021 and players can buy tickets at a special anniversary price of Rs. 399. Ticket holders will get access to Global Challenge Arena, where they will be able to collaborate with other players across the globe to complete a challenge every hour. Completing a challenge will unlock a bonus for the remainder of the hour. Players who complete a total of 24 challenges will unlock Time, Space, and a mystery bonus weeks after Pokemon Go Fest 2021.

Thank you to every single Trainer who joined us in exploring the world in search of Pokémon! We’re glad to have made some amazing friends and memories along the way. Here’s to you, Trainers! Happy #PokemonGO5YearAnniversary! pic.twitter.com/KzNlPSklzW

Google Play is official event sponsor for Pokemon Go Fest 2021 and as part of the deal, eligible players will get the following rewards:

While talking about the Indian player base of Pokemon Go, Omar Téllez, Vice President of Niantic Inc., said, “India is one of the most promising markets for Niantic. We are working to introduce new titles powered by Niantic Inc. and building an exciting groundwork for India in the near future – such as reimagining the augmented reality experience around the country. Pokémon Go’s 5th anniversary is a significant milestone and indicates the growth potential of augmented reality in India. Through the Pokémon GO Fest 2021 we are committed to bringing the best of AR gaming to India.’’

Here's the Pokémon GO Fest 2021 Print at Home Kits | Attack of the Fanboy

Attack of the Fanboy 09 July, 2021 - 12:11pm

One of the surprise hits from last year’s festivities returns for Pokémon GO Fest 2021 with the release of the new Print at Home kits. These downloadable pieces or artwork allow players to create their own decorations for the annual event. Since last year everything has been focused on offering an at-home experience, since live events were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some in-person events have returned, but GO Fest 2021 is still mostly cenetered around players enjoying it at home. So let’s break down how to use and where to get the new Pokémon GO Fest 2021 Print at Home kits.

The new Pokémon GO Fest 2021 Print at Home kits have just been released by Niantic. You can grab them right here. All you need to do is select the decorations you want to place in your home then select the paper size that matches your printer. Both A4 and 8.5″x11″ are available. Many of the decorations are large, utilizing multiple pages to create a life size representation. They all come with instructions on how to piece them together though, so as long as you have the printer ink to make them you should be all set.

There’s also papercraft items such as Poké Balls and a Pikachu Visor. These require far less paper and ink and usually only need a page or two. Again, just print them out then follow the directions to complete the item and you’ll be all set for the event itself. Elevent Print at Home items are offered in total, so check them all out at the link above and decide which are worth printing out for your GO Fest 2021 setup.

Pokémon GO Fest 2021 takes place from July 17th to the 18th, so you have a week to prepare. We’ll have all the info you need to get the most out of the event, so check back soon for more.

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