Pokémon GO Celebrating Friendship Day April 24

Enjoy the game with friends.
Enjoy the game with friends. Niantic

Pokémon GO announced that it is holding the first-ever Friendship Day on April 24. This is a good day for Trainers to play the game with friends while enjoying different bonuses. For this event, players can expect to see Grass-type Pokémon appearing in the wild more often. There’s also a Collection Challenge where Trainers can get a lot of XP upon completion.

Unlike other events, it’s not going to last as Friendship Day starts 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., local time.

Here are the details of Friendship Day:

  • Features
    • Different Grass-type Pokémon appear more often in the wild.
    • Finish the Friendship Day Collection Challenge before the event concludes and earn 100,000 XP.
    • Join the Friendship Day Global Challenge.
    • For each hourly challenge a Trainer completes, they earn 20,000 XP.
    • Green confetti appears on the map in celebration of Grass-type Pokémon.
  • Bonuses
    • Trainers get an increased chance of receiving a Lucky Pokémon when they complete a trade with a friend.
    • This bonus is active until 5:00 p.m. local time on the day of the event.
    • Trade distance is increased to 40 kilometers.
    • A 3× Catch XP bonus is active.
    • Incense activated during the event lasts for three hours.
    • Lures activated during the event last for three hours.

Sustainability Week

Friendship Day actually happens within Sustainability Week. This event is made possible through a partnership with the Niantic Sustainability Campaign. Here, Trainers get to earn in-game bonuses by finishing different sustainability-related objectives in the real world.

Sustainability Week is from April 20 to April 25 and features:

  • Binacle, the Two-Handed Pokémon , makes its Pokémon GO debut.
  • These Pokémon appear more often in the wild:
    • Grimer
    • Drilbur
    • Trubbish
    • Ferroseed
  • These Pokémon hatches from 5-km Eggs:
    • Diglett
    • Tangela
    • Goldeen
    • Budew
    • Cherubi
    • Finneon
    • Drilbur
  • These Pokémon appear in raids:
    • Vileplume
    • Alolan Exeggutor
    • Trubbish
    • Binacle
  • Finish event-exclusive Field Research to earn encounters with Cottonee, Chespin, and Binacle.
  • There’s going to be an event-exclusive Timed Research for everyone to enjoy.
  • A free Sustainability Week T-shirt avatar item is available in the shop.
Help make the world a better place.
Help make the world a better place. Niantic

On the last day of the event, Trainers can join the Niantic Sustainability Campaign in the real world to unlock these special tiered in-game rewards:

  • Tier 1 (2,500 activations)
    • Five-star raids appear more often.
  • ​Tier 2 (5,000 activations)
    • A free bundle containing three Remote Raid Passes is offered in the shop.
    • The rewards from Tier 1 remain active.
  • Tier 3 (10,000 activations)
    • A 2× Catch XP bonus is live.
    • The rewards from Tiers 1 and 2 remain active.

Take note that the rewards are available on April 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., local time.

Excited about these two events?

Join the Discussion
Top Stories