Pokémon is celebrating its 25-year anniversary in style through Pokémon GO with the Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto event.
The event will zoom in on the first-generation Pokémon from the Kanto region, which is known from both the original anime and from early series games including Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow. The event is looking to be a trip down memory lane in Pokémon GO and will include new bonuses and a special research mission. Most importantly, shiny Mew and shiny Ditto will be introduced to Pokémon GO for the first time ever, and this will be the big chance for players to catch them.
⭐ Themed Collection Challenges
🗓️ Full event schedule
✨ Shiny Ditto
🔬 Masterwork Research
— Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) February 9, 2021
Here’s all you need to know about the upcoming Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto event.
The Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto event starts on February 20, 2021. The event will only run for 12 hours, which means that players will have to be very efficient with their time. The event kicks off at 9 AM local time and will run until 9 PM. In the 12-hour span, players will experience all the new features the event has to offer.
To get the complete event experience, the Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto ticket will be available. The ticket can be purchased in the in-game store for $11.99 and will open up for an exclusive global event throughout the day.
With the ticket, players will experience all Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region appearing in the wild. The Pokémon will also appear in raids, through research-task encounters, incense, or during evolution during the event. These bonuses will allow players to potentially catch all 150 Pokémon from the Kanto region, which will be rewarded.
Furthermore, the ticket will unlock an event-exclusive special research story, which will unlock shiny Ditto if completed. The tasks for the mission are still unknown, but will likely have to do with the original Kanto Pokémon. Since the tasks have to be completed during the 12-hour event, expect the tasks to be fairly easy and approachable.
After completing the special research mission, players will unlock another event-exclusive research story. This one is meant to be completed over a longer period of time and will likely be more challenging than the first. When completed, players will encounter shiny Mew.
To give players the ultimate feel of nostalgia, the Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto ticketed event will ask players to choose between the Red and Green Version. This is a throwback to 1996, where players had to choose between Red and Blue in the original games.
Each side will make the ticketed event experience different, depending on which version is picked. Each side will include exclusive Pokémon, which means that collecting all 150 Pokémon during the event will only be possible through trading. To help out, the trading range is increased to 40 kilometers during the week of the event.
For the Red Version, Pokémon like Ekans, Oddish, Mankey, Growlithe, and others will be attracted to Incense. Players will have an increased chance of encountering shiny versions of Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Pidgey, Ekans, Pikachu, Nidoran ♀, Oddish, Diglett, Mankey, Growlithe, Ponyta, Shellder, Drowzee, Krabby, Hitmonlee, Lickitung, Scyther, Electabuzz, Eevee, Kabuto, and Dratini.
For the Green Version, players will encounter different Pokémon through Incense like Sandshrew, Vulpix, Meowth, Magmar, and others. For the Pokémon in the wild, players can expect shiny versions of Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Pidgey, Pikachu, Sandshrew, Nidoran ♂, Vulpix, Meowth, Psyduck, Bellsprout, Geodude, Exeggcute, Hitmonchan, Koffing, Tangela, Horsea, Magmar, Pinsir, Eevee, Omanyte, and Dratini.