Global Research Challenges Announced for Summer Tour 2018 (EVENT PROGRESS UPDATED)



On June 15, 2018 Niantic announced a way that players from all over the world would be able to participate in the events of the Summer Tour 2018. During "Professor Willow's Global Challenge", players from 4 regions(Europe/Middle East/Africa, Americas, Asia/Pacific, main research site) will have to complete a set number of research tasks to unlock rewards for players around the globe. 

A picture representing the rewards and goals was released, along with some more details regarding the Pokemon GO Safari Zone at Dortmund and Go Fest 2018.

Safari Zone Dortmund (June 30-July 1, 2018)

  • Unown and Corsola spawns
  • Players from around the world will have increased Roselia spawns
  • Shiny Roselia release
  • Challenge rewards are Bonus XP for catching, hatching, and raiding and also for 1 hour Lucky Egg duration
  • If players meet all rewards for the event, Articuno will be a raid boss on July 7th, and its shiny form will be available. 
    • Goal met! Articuno Raid will be a Raid Boss for three hours on July 7th, and we will also receive 5 raid passes.

GO Fest 2018 (July 14-15, 2018)

  • Trapinch, Feebas, and "other Pokemon featured in the habitats of Pokemon GO Fest will appear more frequently all over the world during that weekend."
  • Plusle and Minun will appear more frequently and reward bonus Stardust
  • Shiny Plusle and Minun release
  • Alolan Diglett and Geodude release
  • If players meet all rewards for the event, Zapdos will be a raid boss on July 21st, and its shiny form will be available. 
    • Goal met! Zapdos Raid will be a Raid Boss for three hours on July 21st, and we will also receive 5 raid passes.
    • Zapdos will also have the move Thundershock.

Safari Zone Yokosuka (August 29-September 2, 2018)

  • A free event, but ticket is required
  • Tropius and Unown available
  • Must apply through Yokosuka City website, Applications open July 6 1:00AM JST
  • Participation limited to 1 day of event
  • Feebas and Torchic found more often throughout Japan
  • Shiny Wingull release
  • Global Challenge on September 1-2, 2018

See below for full details. 

Official Announcement

As Trainers from all over the world participate in live events during Pokémon GO Summer Tour 2018, we’re happy to bring amazing in-game opportunities for Trainers everywhere!

Take a look at some of the exciting things coming up on our calendar.

Professor Willow’s Global Challenge

Professor Willow needs your help! On the weekends of our special live events, Trainers from all over the world will be tasked to complete Professor Willow’s Global Challenge! The challenge is simple: complete Field Research tasks!

For the purposes of this challenge, the global community will be split into four parts: The Americas; Europe, the Middle East, and Africa; the Asia-Pacific region; and the main research site itself. Each area will have to complete a set number of Field Research tasks, and if the goals are met, Trainers everywhere will be able to enjoy some amazing bonuses.

There will be three opportunities to complete these Field Research goals throughout the summer, so get ready to work together! At the end of each event, if all goals are met for each area, an even bigger bonus will be unlocked, so stay tuned for more information on this exciting reward!

We’ll let the Professor explain it in his own words:

Thanks so much for your help in gathering important Field Research. Your amazing contributions have already furthered my work, and I have a feeling that at the end of this challenge, something amazing will happen! I wonder what it could be...

I’ve put together this handy chart to help track your progress:


So best of luck, Trainers, and I hope you enjoy my challenge! I can’t wait to see what you’ll find. Time to get up and GO!

—Prof. W.

Thanks, Professor! Trainers, we can’t wait to see you out in the field. Get ready to do some research!

Get Ready for Pokémon GO Safari Zone at Dortmund!

The first event in Professor Willow’s Research Challenge will occur in Dortmund, Germany, during the Safari Zone event. While there is plenty to do in the Dortmund area during this free event, such as encountering Unown and Corsola throughout beautiful Westfalenpark and exciting Raid Battles happening around the city, Trainers worldwide will be able to join in the fun!

In addition to completing Field Research tasks provided by Professor Willow, Trainers all over the world will see increased appearances of the Grass- and Poison-type Pokémon originally discovered in the Hoenn region, Roselia! Perhaps you’ll have a chance at catching a Shiny Roselia sprouting purple flowers.

So mark your calendars for June 30 and July 1 to take advantage of this cool celebration!

Celebrate Pokémon GO Fest around the World!

Pokémon GO Fest 2018 on July 14 and 15 will be the next stop for fun! Trainers without a ticket to the event won’t be able to see any Pokémon or PokéStops in Lincoln Park, but Trapinch, Feebas, and other Pokémon featured in the habitats of Pokémon GO Fest will appear more frequently all over the world during that weekend.

The Cheering Pokémon, Plusle and Minun, will also appear more frequently worldwide as Trainers complete themed Field Research tasks. Catching Plusle and Minun will result in bonus Stardust, and lucky Trainers might even discover their Shiny versions!

The Alolan forms of Diglett and Geodude will be in on the fun, too. Beginning that weekend Alolan Diglett and Alolan Geodude will be appearing globally for the first time in Pokémon GO. Don’t miss the chance to encounter the unique forms of these Pokémon.

There will be so much to do on the weekend of Pokémon GO Fest, you won’t want to miss it!

Even More Awaits…

Trainers, even more surprises are coming. Keep an eye out for news as we get closer to each event and stay tuned as we continue to announce late-summer events and more!

So get out there and GO!

—The Pokémon GO team

Are you ready to take on the challenge? The first raound of Professor Willow's Global Challenge begins on June 30 and July 1 during the Safari Zone event in Dortmund, Germany! If certain areas of the world can meet the requirements of the challenge, they will unlock XP bonuses for catching Pokemon, hatching Eggs, and participating in Raid Battles,starting July 2. Also, Trainers can unlock a bonus to make Lucky Eggs last for one hour until July 9!

Plus, if the challenge is completed, Trainers worldwide will be given five free Raid Passes when they spin a Photo Disc at a Gym for Articuno Day, featuring the Legandary Pokemon Articuno! On Saturday, July 7, Articuno will be available in Raid Battles around the world for a three-hour period. And if you're lucky, you may be able to encounter its Shiny form!

So, get ready to GO! See you out in the field, trainers!


Our Pokémon GO Summer Tour 2018 will come to a close with our final event, the Pokémon GO Safari Zone event in Yokosuka, Japan! This event kicks off Wednesday, August 29, and lasts until Sunday, September 2 (JST) in Yokosuka City in Kanagawa Prefecture.

Yokosuka is an amazing city known for its fondness for American culture and its beautiful nature. Three city parks (Mikasa, Verny, and Kurihama) will be participating in this special event. Trainers will be able to find Pokémon not normally seen in Japan, such as the Grass- and Flying-type Pokémon Tropius, Unown, and more! While there will be many exciting Pokémon to catch throughout the event, Raid Battles will not be available at the event locations.

The Pokémon GO Safari Zone in Yokosuka is a free event, but those who wish to attend will need to apply through Yokosuka City’s special website. Applications open Friday, July 6, at 10:00 a.m. JST and close Friday, July 20, at 10:00 a.m. JST, so don’t delay if you’re interested in attending! If applications exceed the capacity of the event, a drawing will be held by Yokosuka City to select the attendees. If selected, Trainers will receive a ticket containing a 2D barcode. Note that Trainers without a ticket will not encounter Pokémon at the event locations.

The Yokosuka Pokémon GO Safari Zone event will be held over the course of five days, but gameplay is designed to be a single-day experience. In order to give as many Trainers as possible the chance to take part, participation is limited to the day listed on each ticket. If a Trainer somehow manages to obtain multiple tickets, they will only be able to find special Pokémon on the day the first ticket is claimed.

In celebration of the Yokosuka Pokémon GO Safari Zone event, Pokémon such as Feebas and Torchic will be found more often throughout Japan. Additionally, Wingull will appear more frequently worldwide, and lucky Trainers may even encounter its Shiny form! To top it off, Professor Willow’s Global Challenge will take place on September 1 and 2, giving Trainers all over the world the opportunity to unlock incredible bonuses while they take part in this special event.

We can’t wait to see you there!

—The Pokémon GO team


Are you ready for round two of Professor Willow’s Global Challenge? Starting July 14 through July 15, each area of the world will have to meet the challenge requirements during Pokémon GO Fest in Chicago, USA! If each area achieves its respective goals, Candy-related bonuses will unlock starting on July 16—including bonuses for catching Pokémon and participating in Raid Battles. Trainers can also unlock a bonus to reduce the distance needed to hatch Eggs!

If all goals are achieved, Trainers all over the globe will be able to receive up to five free Raid passes when they spin a Photo Disc at a Gym during Zapdos Day, featuring the Legendary Pokémon Zapdos. On Saturday, July 21, Zapdos will be exclusively available in Raid Battles around the world for a three-hour period. During that time, all Zapdos caught will know the Fast Attack Thundershock. You might even encounter a Shiny Zapdos!

As this summer’s exciting Global Challenge events continue, please remember to be respectful of other Trainers and of PokéStops, Gyms, and other locations while you’re out there adventuring!

See you out in the field, Trainers!

—The Pokémon GO team