Pokemon GO Anniversary Live Events - Chicago Fest & Safari Zones

Niantic have released more details about the upcoming Pokemon GO Anniversary live events, which will mark the game’s first birthday. The biggest event will be the Pokemon GO Fest in Chicago, during which trainers will be able to unlock special perks for all players across the globe. Europe will have several smaller events across the continent while Japan will get a “Pokemon GO experience” during the Pikachu Outbreak event in Yokohama.

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Pokemon GO Anniversary Live Events - Chicago Fest & Safari Zones
Pokemon GO Anniversary Live Events – Chicago Fest & Safari Zones

Pokemon GO Fest Chicago

First up, the Chicago Pokemon GO fest. It will take place in Grant Park, on Saturday, July 22nd, from 10 AM to 7 PM CDT. Although the bulk of the event will be taking place in Chicago, the whole world will be participating. There are several phases to the event, and here’s how it’s gonna go down.

In Phase One, trainers in Grant Park will have three challenge windows to catch as many Pokemon as they can. The challenge windows are from 11 to 11:30 AM, 12 to 12:30 PM, and 3 to 3:30 PM. During those times, those of you at the park will have to catch as many Pokemon as you can. Depending on which type of Pokemon you catch, you can unlock different perks for trainers worldwide. Here’s which perks go with which Pokemon type:

  • Fire – Candy Bonus
  • Water – XP Bonus
  • Grass – Stardust Bonus
  • Electric – Egg Distance Bonus
  • Ground – Buddy Distance Bonus
  • Normal – Encounter Rate Bonus

While this is happening in Chicago, all the other trainers in the world will also have to catch as many Pokemon as possible in the challenge windows. Depending on how many Pokemon trainers worldwide catch, three different tiers can be unlocked. Bronze will extend the bonuses that the Chicago trainers unlock by 24 hours, Silver will extend them by 48 hours, while Gold will unlock the Mystery Challenge, beginning the next phase.

Phase 2 will take place in Grant Park in Chicago only, from 6 to 7 PM. Considering that it’s a Mystery Challenge, we have no idea what exactly it’s going to be. However, if the Grant Park trainers manage to beat the challenge, they’ll unlock a “major global reward” for all of us!

Pokemon GO Europe Events – Safari Zone

European trainers have their share of events that they’ll be able to take part in. These will be organized in cooperation with Unibail-Rodamco shopping centers across the continent. During the Safari Zone events, trainers on location will be able to catch a wide range of various Pokemon, both from the Kanto and Johto regions, even Pokemon that you can’t find in Europe in normal circumstances.

You can check out the list of dates and locations of Pokemon GO Safari Zone events below.

August 5, 2017

  • Fisketorvet—Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Centrum Cerny Most—Prague, Czech Republic

August 12, 2017

  • Mall of Scandinavia—Stockholm, Sweden
  • Stadshart Amstelveen—Amstelveen, The Netherlands

September 16, 2017

  • CentrO—Oberhausen, Germany
  • Les Quatre Temps—Paris, France
  • La Maquinista—Barcelona, Spain

Yokohama Pikachu Outbreak

The annual Pikachu Outbreak event, hosted by the Pokemon Company will take place in Yokohama, between August 9th – 15th. A part of the event will be a “special Pokemon GO experience”. So far, that’s the only available information so far. We’ll be sure to keep you posted as new info rolls in.

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