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Pokemon Go Kanto Celebration Event Now Live

Niantic is following the Pokemon Go Tour: Kanto event with a week-long Kanto Celebration that will give players more chances to catch Gen 1 Pokemon.


The Pokemon Go Tour: Kanto event is over, but that's not the end of the Kanto-themed festivities. Developer Niantic is following that event with a week-long Kanto Celebration, which will give players even more chances to catch Gen 1 Pokemon and take advantage of other bonuses.

The Kanto Celebration kicks off at 10 AM local time today, February 21, and runs until 8 PM local time on February 27. Throughout the event, the following Gen 1 Pokemon will appear in the wild more frequently than usual:

  • Bulbasaur
  • Charmander
  • Squirtle
  • Weedle
  • Pikachu
  • Geodude
  • Clefairy
  • Psyduck
  • Slowpoke
  • Gastly
  • Voltorb
  • Magikarp

On top of that, the following Pokemon will appear more frequently when you use Incense:

  • Caterpie
  • Pidgey
  • Spearow
  • Poliwag
  • Abra
  • Seel
  • Machop
  • Krabby
  • Exeggcute
  • Horsea
  • Goldeen

In addition, there will be event-exclusive Field Research tasks that lead to encounters with Doduo, Magnemite, Diglett, Omanyte, Kabuto, Snorlax, and other Gen 1 Pokemon, while the Legendary monsters Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, and Mewtwo will all appear in five-star Raids. You'll also have another chance to learn previously Community Day-exclusive moves when you evolve the following Pokemon during the event:

  • Evolve Ivysaur to get a Venusaur that knows Frenzy Plant
  • Evolve Charmeleon to get a Charizard that knows Blast Burn
  • Evolve Wartortle to get a Blastoise that knows Hydro Cannon
  • Evolve Pichu to get a Pikachu that knows Surf
  • Evolve Eevee and its evolution will know Last Resort
  • Evolve Dragonair to get a Dragonite that knows Draco Meteor

You can read more details about the Kanto Celebration event on the official Pokemon Go blog.

Niantic still has one final Kanto-themed event after the Kanto Celebration ends. On February 28, the studio is holding a Kanto Raid Day. From 11 AM to 2 PM, the Legendary birds Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres will all appear in five-star Raids, and you'll have a chance to encounter their Shiny variants.

Beyond that, Niantic is holding March's Community Day on March 6. The featured Pokemon this time will be Fletchling, and if players can evolve it into Talonflame during the event, it will automatically know the Fire-type attack Incinerate.

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