Pokemon GO

Credit: Niantic

Pokemon GO’s season of celebration comes to a kind of crescendo this weekend with the Kanto Tour, a ticketed event that feels like it’s somewhere halfway between Pokemon GO Fest and one of those paid special research events. There’s a lot going on, but the main thrust is that this is an ode to the original Pokemon Red and Green games—Blue in the West, of course. The event runs from 9:00 AM-9:00 PM local time

To start with, you’ll need to choose which version to buy, just like in the mainline games. There are two on offer: Red and Green, each of which will come with incense that attracts exclusive creatures. Read more here, but the important thing is that you’ll need a friend, or stranger, with the opposite version in order to complete the event.

Collections: The entire event is themed around the new collection challenges, with a whopping 10 collection challenges available to all ticket holders. These come in two flavors—the first five are themed around methods of acquiring critters, and they are:

  • Red (Trade) or Red (Incense)
  • Green (Trade) or Green (Incense)
  • Raid
  • Research
  • Evolve

After that, the next five are themed around different areas from the original games:

  • Pallet Town
  • Pewter City
  • Cerulean City
  • Fuchsia City
  • Pokémon League

All challenges will remain available until February 28, 7:59 PM.


Schedule: Just like with GO Fest, spawns and incense attracted Pokemon will shift by the hour, with each hour themed around a different area from the games. Here’s the full schedule:

  • 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.: Pallet Town
  • 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.: Pewter City
  • 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: Cerulean City
  • 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Fuchsia City
  • 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.: Pokémon League
  • 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.: Pallet Town
  • 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Pewter City
  • 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Cerulean City
  • 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Fuchsia City
  • 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.: Pokémon League
  • 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Pokémon from all previous hours

Research: There’s an interesting twist here, because we’ve got two research lines. The first is the standard event research, which we’ll know more about soon. After that, however, you’ll get access to a special “Masterwork Research”, which is meant to be much tougher, requiring you to collect all Kanto creatures, reach level 40, catch 30 Pokemon of each type, spin 151 unique Pokestops and walk 151 km. After you’re finished, you get a shiny Mew.

And that’s about the size of it. There will be more to know as the day goes on, but until then, get ready to walk.


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