Pokémon GO Fest 2021: Top Things You Should Know

Time to celebrate.
Time to celebrate. Niantic

We finally have the details of the Pokémon GO Fest 2021. This year’s celebration is doubly special since it’s the fifth anniversary of the game and the 25th anniversary of the Pokémon franchise. It’s going to be a two-day event from July 17 to July 18, and is divided into "Catch!" for day one and "Raid!" for day two.

Like previous GO Fest celebrations, trainers need to have a ticket to attend the entire event. There’s good news though as ticket prices have been lowered to $5 from the usual $14.99 price. The Pokémon GO Team reminded in a post that the tickets can only be purchased via the in-app store and can’t be bought using PokéCoins.

Both Days

For this year’s GO Fest, these features are open on both days to all players including those without a ticket:

  • Trainer photos are going to be featured in the Today View.
    • Trainers can share their photos with the hashtag #PokemonGOFest2021 for a chance to have them featured.
  • ​All Lure Modules activated during event hours last for three hours.
  • Special music created by Pokémon music producer Junichi Masuda will be playing in the app throughout the event.
  • 1/2 Hatch Distance when Eggs are placed in an Incubator during event hours.
  • Pokémon hatching from 7-kilometer eggs includes Igglybuff, Chingling, and Audino.
  • Event-exclusive Field Research tasks and special on-map visual effects, among others.

However, those who have tickets can enjoy these exclusive features for both days:

  • Open Gifts or spin PokéStops to get special event stickers.
  • Take snapshots on both event days for a surprise!
  • Unown F and Unown G are attracted to Incense throughout the event.


Just because you didn’t buy a ticket doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy GO Fest. For day one, the highlight is the return of Hourly Habitats in which four themed habitats will rotate every hour. Each habitat hour will cause certain Pokémon to appear more frequently in the wild. The habitats are Jungle, Desert, Ocean, and Cave.

For day two, the focus is on raids so be prepared. Plus, Pokémon that appeared more frequently in the previous day appear again on this day.


It goes without saying that those who buy tickets get to enjoy additional events. For day one, there’s a music festival and ticket holders can help Professor Willow and team leaders put on a great show.

Ticket holders can also enjoy the Hourly Habitats, however, they have the advantage of having certain Pokémon from each habitat be attracted to Incense. Another event that they can expect is the Global Challenge, which should ensure that they make the most of their time.

When day two rolls in, trainers with tickets get to enjoy these perks:

  • Earn an extra 10,000 XP in raid rewards when completing a Raid Battle
  • Spinning Gym Photo Discs give the chance to earn as much as 10 Raid Passes
  • Complete Timed Research to earn as much as 8 Remote Raid Passes
  • Get an event bundle that contains 3 Remote Raid Passes for free

Read the complete details of the GO Fest 2021 here.

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