Pokémon GO: Things to Remember Before the GO Tour

Quick reminders.
Quick reminders. Niantic

The Pokémon GO Tour: Johto is all set to start this weekend. There’s a lot to be excited about, whether you have the free event or the ticketed experience. Today, we’ll discuss a few things to keep in mind to enjoy this big event.

Let’s start with ticket holders. If you’re one of them, here’s what you need to know:

  • Version selection
    • This starts after choosing either the Gold Version or the Silver Version of the event.
  • ​Collection Challenges
    • Once you start the event, you’ll get access to 10 Collection Challenges, which remain until the event ends.
  • Special Research
    • When you start the Johto Tour, be sure to tap on the Special Research icon after Professor Willow appears. Do this to claim the new Special Research.
    • It can be completed at any time during or after the event.
  • Masterwork Research
    • After finishing the event’s Special Research, you’ll get access to new Masterwork Research. This is designed to be completed over a long period of time.
    • Completing this set of research results in an encounter with Apex Shadow Lugia and Apex Shadow Ho-Oh.
  • ​Free items
    • A free item bundle that has three Remote Raid Passes is available in the shop. Claim it to get that needed boost.
  • Extra daily Raid Passes
    • Claim as many as nine daily Raid Passes during event hours by spinning Photo Discs at Gyms.
  • ​Incense
    • Incense attracts version-exclusive Pokémon during the event.
  • ​Social media
    • Share photos on Twitter or Instagram using #PokemonGOTour.
    • If you’re lucky, you may see them featured in-game during the event.
  • ​Stickers
    • Special stickers available from PokéStops and Gifts.

If you don’t have a ticket, don't worry. It’s still possible to experience these during the event:

  • Winners of the #PokemonGOTourContest will appear as GO Gym Trainers during the event. Find and battle them at PokéStops to complete event-exclusive Timed Research and earn rewards.
  • Evolve certain Pokémon during the event to get a Pokémon that knows a featured attack.
    • Evolve Eevee to get an Espeon that knows Last Resort.
    • Evolve Eevee to get an Umbreon that knows Last Resort.
    • Evolve Bayleef (the Evolution of Chikorita) to get a Meganium that knows Frenzy Plant.
    • Evolve Quilava (the Evolution of Cyndaquil) to get a Typhlosion that knows Blast Burn.
    • Evolve Croconaw (the Evolution of Totodile) to get a Feraligatr that knows Hydro Cannon.
    • Evolve Flaaffy (the Evolution of Mareep) to get an Ampharos that knows Dragon Pulse.
    • Evolve Skiploom (the Evolution of Hoppip) to get a Jumpluff that knows Acrobatics.
    • Evolve Piloswine (the Evolution of Swinub) to get a Mamoswine that knows Ancient Power.
    • Evolve Pupitar(the Evolution of Larvitar) to get a Tyranitar that knows Smack Down.
  • Trainers can complete up to six Special Trades during the event.
  • Event hours that are themed after locations from the Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver games are occurring during the event.
  • Look forward to three new pieces of featured music inspired by Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver, composed by the producer/director of the Pokémon game series (who also handles music production), Junichi Masuda!
  • Lugia Jacket and Ho-Oh Jacket avatar items are available for purchase in the in-game shop during the event.

Pokémon GO is available on Android and iOS.

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