It was another big summer season for Pokémon GO, Niantic’s wildly popular mobile adventure game. While the COVID-19 pandemic forced Niantic to adjust how Pokémon GO functioned in order to keep trainers safe while exploring, the game has since been returning to normal over the past year while restrictions have started to relax. Unfortunately, a portion of the player base hasn’t been thrilled with these changes as many player friendly changes have been reverted to their pre-pandemic style.
One major piece of Pokémon GO that was shelved due to the pandemic were the GO Fest events, these massive gatherings and celebrations for the community at various cities. However, Niantic finally brought back the in-person event this year, splitting it into 3 different locations from Berlin, to Seattle, and finally Sapporo. Offering unique opportunities and special research, these events have also introduced Ultra Beasts into the mobile game for the first time including the likes of Buzzwole, Xurkitree, and others.
During the latest Pokemon Presents direct, Pokémon GO also had a few announcements in store for fans. While the Sapporo GO Fest is happening this coming weekend, the reveal touched on what fans can expect for the Finale event coming on August 27 from 10am-6pm local time. All four Ultra Beasts, Nihilego, Buzzwole, Pheromosa, and Xurkitree will be gathering at the FInale global event, open to all trainers across the globe to participate in.
During the Finale, players will also encounter Pokemon not normally seen in the wild while also helping the GO Ultra Recon Squad character Rhi with the Ultra Beast and figure out what happened to Professor Willow. Special Research will also be available and those who manage to complete it will encounter the mythical Sky Forme Shaymin. Originally introduced inside of Generation 4, Shaymin’s Sky Forme is a dual Flying and Grass type that looks a little more imposing than it’s traditional hedgehog-like grass form.
Along with the GO Fest Finale, August is set to be a busy month for Pokémon GO players as Niantic recently revealed the schedule of activities including which Legendaries and Mega Raids will be available. For August, players can go up against the likes of Palkia, Genesect, and then the Sword and Shield legendaries, Zacian and Zamazenta. In addition, Pokémon GO will have limited time events including one called Bug Out which, as expected, features only bug-type Pokemon to catch for a limited time.
Pokémon GO is available on Android and iOS.
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