Pokémon Go is intended to get you out and about, both on your own and with family and friends. One of the ways Pokémon Go tries to bolster activity is with events. Some of the events get splashy announcements and coincide with big public holidays. Others are quieter and more regular. Here's what's happened already and what's coming up next.

Upcoming Pokémon Go Events

Pokémon Go Events to look forward to soon!

Pokemon Go Holiday 2018 Event starts December 18

The cheer and joy of the holidays is coming to the world of Pokémon GO, as the Delivery Pokémon, Delibird, returns for Pokémon GO Holidays 2018!

Starting on December 18, Ice-type Pokémon will appear more frequently in the wild, including Jynx, Sneasel, Swinub, Snorunt, Spheal, and Snover! Certain other Pokémon are also getting into the festivities—you might see holiday-ready Pokémon, such as a Pikachu wearing a festive hat, until January 2!

What's celebrating the holidays without gifts? Pokémon such as Smoochum, Azurill, and Munchlax will have a greater chance of hatching from 7 km Eggs, so show your friends you care by sending them special Gifts! In order to help with hatching during the holiday season, Trainers will also earn a free single-use Incubator once per day via spinning a Photo Disc on a PokéStop until January 2.

To keep the celebrations coming, there will be plenty of bonuses throughout the event! From December 18 to December 22, Trainers will be able to enjoy double Candy for catching and transferring Pokémon. Then, from December 22 to December 26, earn double Catch Stardust to help power up your Pokémon! From December 26 to December 30, earn double XP when you catch Pokémon to help you reach a higher Trainer level before the new year! Finally, from December 30 to January 2, Incubators will be twice as effective. Make sure you check in regularly to take advantage of all these exciting bonuses!

Excited about showing your holiday spirit? Outfit your avatar with the Delibird-themed sweater, gloves, and boots, available on December 18 in the Style Shop!

No word yet on whether or not there'll be a special regional day like Farfetch'd last year.

Deoxys shifts to Attack Forme for Ex-Raid starting December 20

Pokémon Go has made it official: The Mythical Gen 3 Pokémon, Deoxys, will replace Mewtwo when Ex-Raids make their return... at some point in the hopefully near future.

It's time to prepare for a new challenge from a powerful Mythical Pokémon originally discovered in the Hoenn region! The DNA Pokémon, Deoxys, will arrive for EX Raid Battles. This Psychic-type Mythical Pokémon will be available to challenge in its Normal Forme beginning with the next cycle of EX Raid invitations.

And, after two long months, Pokémon Go is finally shifting to the next forme: Attack:

The DNA Pokémon, Deoxys, has tested the strength of Trainers in EX Raids and has now changed form! Attack Forme Deoxys will be in EX Raid Battles, with more power than previously seen, so make sure your team is prepared. This Psychic-type Mythical Pokémon will be available to challenge beginning with the next cycle of EX Raid invitations, after December 20.

Read more about the new Ex Raid system

2018 Pokémon Go Events: The potentials!

Based on past events, there are a few guesses we can make about future events. First, regional holidays don't mean regional events. Halloween isn't an internationally observed occasion but the event was worldwide. U.S. Thanksgiving is only celebrated in the U.S., and while it was an event in 2016 it gave way to the Global Catch Challenge in 2017.

Also, Pokémon Go has multiple levers to pull. The game can increase rewards, like candy, XP, and stardust. It can decrease requirements, like walking distance. It can increase spawn rates for all or specific Pokémon, like pink colored Pokémon or water-types, and create limited edition Pokémon just for events, like Party Hat Pikachu. It can also give away items or increase their duration, like 1-use Incubators or 8-hour Lures.

Pokémon Go can have events to aid in charitable causes, like the highly localized tsunami-relief event in Japan that featured Lapras or Snorlax exclusively for a week. There was also an event simply to promote the new streaks and bonuses. So, if they want to maintain momentum and there's too long a gap between proper occasions, Pokémon Go can invent their own.

You know what they say, though: The best indicator of future (Pokémon Go) events is...

Past Pokémon Go Events

The best indicator of future behavior is past behavior. So, to look forward to the next Pokémon Go events, it's helpful to look back at the events that have already run.

Here's your complete list of all the Pokémon Go Events that were!

Halloween Event 2018

More Ghosts. More Darks. Giratina in raids. Shiny Drifloon. And a whole new batch of Gen 4 Ghost and Dark types. Happy Halloween!

Female Pokémon Event, October 2018

Pokémon Go Psychic Event, October 5 to October 14, 2018

Pokémon Go held a Psychic-type event from October 5 to October 14, 2018. During the event, there were more Psychic-type spawns, more Psychic-type Field Research, and Shiny Drowzee and Hypno debuted.

Pokémon Go Summer 2018 Ultra Bonus Event

Legendary Birds returning to Raids, Mewtwo in Legendary Raids for the first time, Kanto spawns and Raid Bosses, Shiny Geodude and Grimer, Kanto Regionals in 7KM eggs... this was the big one!

Pokémon Go Community Days

Pokémon Go is holding off a series of monthly community events where trainers around the world are able to catch Pokémon with exclusive moves for extra XP or Stardust, and with Lures that last three hours.

Previous Community Days have featured:

  • October 21, 2018: Beldum and Shiny Beldum, evolve Metagross with Meteor Mash,1/4 Egg Hatching distance.
  • September 22, 2018: Chikorita, evolve Meganium with Frenzy Plant, 3x XP for catches.
  • August 11 & 12, 2018: Eevee with Last Resort, the Shiny Eevee-lutions, 3x Stardust for catches.
  • July 8, 2018: Squirtle, evolve Blastoise with Hydro Cannon, the Shiny Squirtle family, "Squirtle Squad" family with sunglasses, Shiny "Squirtle Squad" family, and 1/4 Egg walking distance.
  • June 16, 2018: Larvitar, evolve Tyranitar with Smack Down, the Shiny Larvitar family, and 3x XP for catches.
  • May 19, 2018: Charmander, evolve Charizard with Blast Burn, increased chance to catch (the newly added) Shiny Charmander, 3x catch Stardust.
  • April 15, 2018: Mareep, evolve Ampharos with Dragon Pulse, increased chance to catch (the newly added) Shiny Mareep, 1/4 walking distance for Eggs.
  • March 25, 2018: Bulbasaur, evolve Venusaur with Frenzy Plant, increased chance to catch (the newly added) Shiny Bulbasaur, 3x XP for catches.
  • February 24, 2018: Dratini, evolve Dragonite with Draco Meteor, increased chance to catch (the newly added) Shiny Dratini, 3x Stardust on catches.
  • January 20, 2018: Pikachu with Surf, increased chance to catch Shiny Pikachu, 2x XP.

Read the Pokémon Go Community Day Guide

Pokémon Go Legendary Raid Days

Following each of the big Summer 2018 events, namely Safari Zone Germany, Go Fest North Chicago, and Safari Zone Japan, Pokémon Go held a Raid Day where a Gen 1 Legendary Bird would take over all available (non EX-Raid) Gyms for 3 hours, with Tier 4 timers and CP but Tier 5 rewards, and Shiny variants.

  • September 8, 2018: Moltres Raid Boss on all non-Ex-Raid Gyms, Shiny Moltres available.
  • July 21, 2018: Zapdos Raid Boss on all non-Ex-Raid Gyms, Shiny Zapdos available.
  • July 7, 2018: Articuno Raid Boss on all non-Ex-Raid Gyms, Shiny Articuno available.

There's no way to know if there'll be additional Legendary Raid Days this year, or if we'll have to wait for next year — or longer. But wow they were fun while they lasted.

Pokémon GO Safari Zone event in Yokosuka, Japan, from August 29 to September 2

Pokémon Go's third big summer event for 2018 was Safari Zone in Yokosuka:

Yokosuka is an amazing city known for its fondness for American culture and its beautiful nature. Three city parks (Mikasa, Verny, and Kurihama) will be participating in this special event. Trainers will be able to find Pokémon not normally seen in Japan, such as the Grass- and Flying-type Pokémon Tropius, Unown, and more!

In celebration of the Yokosuka Pokémon GO Safari Zone event, Pokémon such as Feebas and Torchic will be found more often throughout Japan. Additionally, Wingull will appear more frequently worldwide, and lucky Trainers may even encounter its Shiny form!

Johto Event from August 20 to August 28

Shiny Natu, Pinco, and Sunkern too!

Special Trading Event from August 2 until August 19

During the Special Trading Event, trades cost 25% less Stardust and awarded extra candy, up to 6 Candy for trades over 100KM. There was also a 3x XP bonus for new Pokédex entries.

Pokémon Go Fest Chicago Global Rewards

Pokémon Go Fest Chicago Global Reward Bonuses offered:

  • 2x Catch Candy Bonus
  • 2x Hatch Candy Bonus
  • 1/2 Egg Distance Bonus
  • +1 Rare Candy Bonus on Raids
  • Zapdos Day

Pokémon Go Fest Chicago 2018 on July 14 and 15

Shiny Plusle and Minun, boosted Shiny rates for many other Pokémon, Torkoal, Unown C E L E B I ?, and... Celebi. Plus the return of Lugia raids worldwide and Articuno raids in Chicago. What a weekend!

Pokémon Go Safari Zone Dortmund Global Rewards

As a result of Professor Willow's Global Research Challenge from July 2 to July 9, 2018, all players received:

  • 3X XP for every catch
  • 3X XP for every egg hatch
  • 2X XP for every raid battle completed
  • 1hr Lucky Eggs
  • Articuno Day

Pokémon Go Safari Zone Dortmund 2018

Roselia spawns were boosted, Shiny Roselia made an appearance, the typically tropical Regional Corsola could be caught, and Unown was out to play.

Since there were login and connectivity issues for players at the Safari Zone Dortmund event in Germany, Pokémon Go decided to make good with an impromptu, Europe-wide mini event:

Pokémon Go Adventure Week 2018

The biggest news was the mega bonus to first time PokeStop spins — with a Lucky Egg, you could get thousands of XP just walking through a new part of town... or a new town!

Pokémon Go Special Battle Showdown 2018

In addition to Fighting-type Pokémon taking over, battling got a big boost with 2x XP for Gym and Raid battles, 3,000 Stardust a 1 Rare Candy minimums, extra items from Gym spins.

Pokémon Go Earth Day Event 2018

Earth Day came again and this time, Ground-, Water-, and Grass-type Pokémon got a boost — and so did Stardust.

Pokémon Go Kanto Event 2018

In honor of Mew finally making its appearance in-game, Pokémon Go hosted its first generation-themed event: A celebration of the Kanto Region, and all the Pokémon of Gen 1. In addition to increased Kanto spawns and Kanto-region Raid Bosses, double candy was awarded for every in-game action.

Pokémon Go Eggstravaganza 2018

The 2018 version of Pokémon Go's spring/Easter event, called Eggstravaganza, offered 2 KM eggs containing all the Pokémon typically found in 10 KM and 5 KM eggs, an increase in babies (and some new Shiny babies!), bonus Candy for egg hatches, and double Stardust for the duration.

Pokémon Go Windy Weather Wins 2018

Windy Weather — which empowers Dragon-, Flying-, and Psychic-type Pokémon — got a boost for a week and a half in March of 2018. That included not only Pokémon Eggs but Raid Bosses. Oh, and double XP. Yeah.

Pokémon Go Lunar New Year Event 2018

Shiny Poochyena as well! But, yhy was Houndour left out?

Pokémon Go Valentines Day Event 2018

Chansey as well. Not as big or long a deal as last year's Pink Pokémon event, but don't look a gift 3x heart 'mon in the mouth. Or something like that. Also: Shiny Luvdisc!

Pokémon Go Hoenn Egg Event

Pokémon Go held a Hoenn Egg Event from January 24 to February 1, 2018.

Pokémon Go Holiday & New Year 2018 Event

Celebrate the holiday season with festive Pikachu, Ice-types, Gen 3 Water- and Ice-types, free incubators, special boxes, Star Pieces, and AR+ for iPhone!

Pokémon Go Travel and the Global Catch Challenge 2017

Instead of a U.S. Thanksgiving event in 2017, Pokémon Go went international with a Global Catch Challenge. Pokémon Go trainers around the world caught over 3 billion Pokemon, unlocking Double XP, Double Stardust, Kangaskhan in Asia, and Farfetch'd in the rest of the world!

Pokémon Go Halloween Event 2017

Pokémon Go's second Halloween event included increased Ghost-type spawns, just like last year, and also some Dark-types from Gen 2. More exciting, the Gen 3 Ghosts debuted during the event. There was also double candy and a special witch-hat Pichu and Pikachu.

Pokémon Go Halloween 2017 Event Guide

Pokémon Go Safari Zones Europe 2017

The Pokémon Go Safari Zones gave people in several major European cities the chance to catch Kangaskhan and Unown spelling E U R O P E.

Pokémon Go Autumnal Equinox Event 2017

Running from September 22 to October 3, the Autumnal Equinox event offered double stardust and special 2KM eggs for your hatching delight. Super incubators, which hatched 1.5x faster were available in the Pokémon Go Store, and triple XP for any new Pokémon added to your Pokédex.

Pokémon World Championships 2017

As part of the Pokémon Trading Card Game and Video Game World Championships on August 19 and 20 in Anaheim, California, Pokémon Go players in the vicinity had a chance to catch Kangaskhan — usually regional to Australia — and Unown spelling WORLDS.

Pokémon Go European Sightings 2017

Safari Zones Europe might was drastically downscaled but Niantic made it up to players with European sightings instead. Similar to what happened with Pokémon Go Fest Chicago, an extra-continental legendary — in this case Kangaskhan — and Unown spelling out the location — in this case Europe — were being spotted.

Locations included:

  • Vienna, Austria
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Helsinki, Finland
  • Dijon, France
  • Lille, France
  • Lyon, France
  • Marseille, France
  • Nice, France
  • Paris, France
  • Rennes, France
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Bochum, Germany
  • Gera, Germany
  • Leipzig, Germany
  • Mönchengladbach, Germany
  • Munich, Germany
  • Oberhausen, Germany
  • Recklinghausen, Germany
  • Milan, Italy
  • Naples, Italy
  • Rome, Italy
  • Oslo, Norway
  • Warsaw, Poland
  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Badajoz, Spain
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Cádiz, Spain
  • Madrid, Spain
  • Sevilla, Spain
  • San Sebastián, Spain
  • Valencia, Spain
  • Valladolid, Spain
  • Stockholm, Sweden
  • Zürich, Switzerland
  • Almere, The Netherlands
  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Leidschendam, The Netherlands
  • Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
  • Belfast, United Kingdom
  • Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • Cardiff, United Kingdom
  • Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Manchester, United Kingdom

Pikachu Outbreak Japan 2017

As part of Pokémon's Pikachu Outbreak celebration in Japan, Pokémon Go brought Mr. Mine over for a short amount of time, increased spawns for Unown letters spelling Yokohama, added rare spawns from 2K eggs, introduced Shiny Pichu, Pikachu, and Raichu, and unleashed the very first Mewtwo Legendary Raids: with 9+ hour times, 50+ premiere balls, and... a guaranteed catch rate of 100% — at least for the event.

Pokémon Go Fest Chicago Bonus Event 2017

Following up on Pokémon Go Fest Chicago, a slew of bonuses were unlocked, including:

  • Double Stardust
  • Double Candy
  • Double XP
  • Increased Pokémon encounters
  • Reduced hatching distance
  • Reduced buddy distance

Hopefully, we won't have to wait another year for that many bonuses again.

More on Pokémon Go Fest Chicago.

Pokémon Go Fest Chicago

Pokémon Go Fest Chicago was the first major real-world event for Niantic's incredibly popular augmented reality, geo-hunting game. It took place Saturday, July 22, at Grant Park in Chicago, IL, and — the servers crashed and burned.

Still, Pokémon Go made good with refunds, $100 in Poké Coins, and a Lugia for every participant, as well as a 100% catch rate for Legendary Raids around the venue.

More on Pokémon Go Fest Chicago.

Pokémon Go Anniversary Event

Pokémon Go's Anniversary Event ran from July 6 to July 24 with a special Ash-hat Pikachu for players to catch in the wild and discounted Anniversary Boxes and Special Boxes to buy in the Poké Shop. The first Box was underwhelming but the second set delivered.

Pokémon Go Solstice fire- and ice-type event

From June 13 to 21, 2017 (extended a day due to Pokémon Trainer Club (PTC) login issues, Pokémon Go held and event of Ice- and Fire in honor of the summer soultice in the north and the winter solstice in the south. In addition to extra fire- and ice-type spawns, there was 5x XP on hatching eggs, 3x XP on catching Pokémon, and 50% off Lucky Eggs in the Poké Shop.

More on thePokémon Go solstice Ice- and Fire-type event

Pokémon Go Adventure Week rock-type event

Pokémon Go had a rock-type event, called Adventure Week, from May 18 to May 25, 2017. During the event, rock-type Pokémon spawned at a higher rate, Buddy candy accrued at 4x the usual speed, Poké Balls were 50% off in the shop, and extra items were dropped at PokéStops!

More on the Pokémon Go Adventure Week Rock-type Event

PokémonGo Worldwide Bloom Event 2017 (Grass-type)

Pokémon Go held a worldwide bloom event from May 5 to May 8, 2017. During the event, grass-type Pokémon spawns were increased and Lures lasted for six hours.

More on the Pokémon Go grass event

Pokémon Go "Golden Week" Lure Event at McDonald's Japan

Pokémon Go held a Lure Event for "Golden Week" in Japan, from April 29 to May 7, 2017.

Rough translation, cleaned up from Google:

During the period from Saturday, April 29 to Sunday, May 7, the petals will dance at PokéStops located at about 2,500 local MacDonald's. The "Lure module collaboration event" will be held so that you can get a lot of Pokemon! GO Golden Week goes to McDonald's GO!

Unlike the American Thanksgiving event, which was made international, this event was Japan-only, with McDonald's Japan footing the bill.

Pokémon Go and Knight Foundation on May 7, 2017

Niantic, the developer behind Pokémon Go and Ingress, and the Knight Foundation, and organization focused on community engagement, announced an ongoing partnership that hopes to use location and augmented-reality based gaming to help bring neighborhoods and neighbors together.

The first event was set for May 7 in Charlotte, North Carolina, as part of the Open Streets 704 event in a 2.5-mile area. 16 PokéStops and two Gyms, selected by the City of Charlotte at significant sites along the route, were offer increased spawns to help make it exciting and engaging for everyone.

There are some reports that the event wasn't well organized and that many weren't pleased the only thing they got for participating was a set of stickers. Others seem to have really liked it. Either way, I hope we see many more of these, and like these, going forward.

Pokémon Go 'Eggstravaganza' Spring Event 2017

The Pokémon Go Spring Even lasted from April 13 to April 20, 2017. During the event, you got double XP, extra candy from egg hatches, and many 5 KM and 10 KM Pokémon began hatching from 2 KM eggs, including Lapras and Aerodactyl. Lucky Eggs were also offered at 50% in the Pokémon Go Shop.

More on the Pokémon Go Spring / Easter Event

Pokémon Go Water Festival 2017

The Pokémon Go Water Festival was done to help raise awareness for various global water days and weeks. During the festival, water-type Pokémon spawned at a much-increased rate, often replacing the typical common and rare spawns almost completely. And yes, that included Lapras!

In addition, a Magikarp hat was made available for trainers to wear, and Shiny Pokémon were introduced into Pokémon Go for the first time in the form of gold Magikarp and red Gyarados.

More on the Pokémon Go Water Festival Event

More on Shiny Pokémon in Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go Snorlax in Japan Event 2017

Similar to last fall's Lapras event, Japan's Kumamoto region is getting a Snorlax event to help bolster tourism following the earthquake of 2016.

Here's an approximate translation:

We've received information that in the Kumamoto prefecture and in Oita prefecture, Yufu city and Beppu city, Snorlax has begun appearing more frequently. Was it roused by the Pokémon flute? The phenomenon is expected to continue from March 4 to March 13. There are areas and places where local reconstruction work is continuing. Do not enter a dangerous place. Otherwise, please enjoy Kumamoto and Oita!

If you're in Japan or have wanted to go to Japan, and Snorlax is still on your must-get list, now's the time to go!

Pokémon Day from February 26 to March 6, 2017

The Pokémon Day event saw Pokémon Go join the larger festivities by offering a special, limited edition Pikachu in a festive hat that could be caught from February 26 at 1:00 p.m. PST to March 6 at 1:00 p.m. PST.

More on the Pokémon Day event and Party Hat Pikachu

Pokémon Go Valentine's Day Event 2017

Pokémon Go ran a Valentine's Day event for a whole week! That's right, from February 8 to February 15, 2017.

During the Valentine's event there was double candy, half walking distances, increased spawning rates for pink Pokémon, and Lures that lasted six hours.

More about the Pokémon Go Valentine's event

Pokémon Go Holiday & New Year Events 2016/2017

The Pokémon Go Holiday & New Year Events overlapped, the holiday part running from December 25 through January 3, 2017 and the New Year part, December 30 through January 8.

During the holiday part, it offered and increased spawn rate for limited-time Santa Pikachu, an increased chances of hatching Gen 2 babies Cleffa, Igglybuff, Togepi, Smoochum, Elekid, or Magby, and a free 1-time Incubator from the first PokéStop spin of the day.

During the New Year part, it offered Increased spawn rate for Gen 1 Starter Pokémon and their evolutions, Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, Venusaur, Charmander, Charmeleon, Charizard, Squirtle, Wartortle, and Blastoise, and Lures lasting twice as long.

More about the Pokémon Go Holiday and New Year Events

Pokémon Go Thanksgiving Event 2016

The Pokémon Go Thanksgiving Event ran from November 23rd through November 30th. It offered Double XP and Stardust for catching, hatching, and evolving Pokémon.

More about the Pokémon Go Thanksgiving Event

Pokémon Go Lapras in Japan Event 2016

From November 11 to November 23, 2016, Pokémon Go made Lapras easier to find in the Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima Prefectures of Japan. It was an attempt to help bring tourism back to the region following the earthquake earlier in the year.

Rough translation:

Listen up everyone! It has been confirmed that Lapras is now easier to find in the coastal regions of Iwata, Miyagi, and Fukushima Prefectures. The phenomenon will continue until November 23. Please go out and journey in Tohoku! There are many wonderful discoveries to be made beyond Pokémon Go.

Pokémon Go Halloween Event 2016

The Pokémon Go Halloween Event ran from October 26 through November 1. It offered double candy for catching, hatching, and transferring Pokémon, and cut the distance for walking Buddy Pokémon down to 1/4. Increased spawn rates were also offered for Zubat, Golbat, Drowzee, Hypno, Gastly, Haunter, Gengar, Cubone, Marowak, Meowth, and Persian.

More about the Pokémon Go Halloween Event

What Pokémon Go events do you want to see?

If you were planning the next big Pokémon Go event, when would you have it and how would you handle it?

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