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Pokemon Go Fest 2020 Will Be Different From Previous Years

The annual Pokemon Go real-world event is returning this year as a global virtual experience on July 25-26.


Niantic's annual Pokemon Go Fest event is returning once again this summer with some major changes. While the event is traditionally held in-person at Chicago's Grant Park, this year developer Niantic is transforming Pokemon Go Fest into "an entirely global event in a virtual format."

Pokemon Go Fest 2020 will take place on July 25-26. Not many other details about the event have been announced yet, but Niantic says that all ticket holders will be able to attend both days and the new virtual format will allow players to join the festivities regardless of where they're located.

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"While we'll miss the traditional congregation of Pokemon Go fans, we're thrilled to bring a special Pokemon Go Fest experience to Trainers," Niantic wrote in a blog post. "Not only are you in for an exciting weekend of bonuses, Pokemon encounters, and Special Research, there will also be exciting ways to connect with other Trainers and experience other fun surprises throughout the entire summer."

In the meantime, a new Legendary Pokemon has made its debut in Pokemon Go. Reshiram, the cover monster from Pokemon Black, is appearing in five-star Raids until June 16. Two other Gen 5 Legendaries, Zekrom and Kyurem, have been teased for the game as well, although Niantic has not yet announced when they'll debut.

We've also learned what the featured Pokemon will be for June and July's Community Day. For the second time ever, Niantic allowed players to vote on the featured Pokemon, and the winning monsters are Weedle and Gastly. The former will be featured during June's Community Day, which will take place on June 20, while the latter will star in July's event.

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