'Pokémon Go' Animation Week: Start Time, Research Tasks, Shiny Cubone & More

The first November event in Pokémon Go celebrates the animated series with special Pokémon encounters and the return of a Legendary Pokémon in Raids.

Dubbed Animation Week, this new Pokémon Go event will have Pokémon tied to the two protagonists—Ash and Goh—appear more often in the wild and there will be a special timed research event that's inspired by the anime's storyline.

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Pokémon Go Animation Week begins Friday, November 6, at 8 a.m. to Thursday, November 12, at 10 p.m. local time.


Niantic confirmed on its blog that the Animation Week event will have an exclusive timed research that trainers will want to complete.

While the specific tasks are not known, Niantic states that it will have something to do with the anime's storyline. For those not watching the Pokémon: Journeys anime, Ash and new traveling companion Goh travel to the different regions of the Pokémon world, including the new Galar region.

With the event live, here's the timed research:

  • Catch 5 Pokémon - Razz Berry (x3)
  • Transfer a Pokémon - Super Potion (x3)
  • Make 3 Nice Throws - Poke Ball (x5)

Completion rewards: Pikachu encounter, Stardust (x500), 500xp


  • Battle Another Trainer - Hyper Potion (x3)
  • Battle in a Raid - Revive (x3)
  • Win a Raid - Incense (x1)

Completion rewards: Sinnoh Stone (x1) Stardust (x500), 500xp


  • Defeat 3 Team Go Rocket Grunts - Venusaur Mega Energy (x20)
  • Catch 2 Pokémon with Weather Boost - Venusaur Mega Energy (x20)
  • Catch 3 Grass-type Pokémon - Venusaur Mega Energy (x20)

Completion rewards - Ivysaur Encounter, Stardust (x500), 500xp


  • Give your buddy 3 treats - Razz Berry (x5)
  • Earn a heart with your buddy - Pinap Berry (x5)
  • Earn a Candy walking with your buddy - Nanab Berry (x5)

Completion rewards - Snorlax encounter, Stardust (x500), 500xp


  • Catch 3 Bug-type Pokémon - Pinap Berry (x3)
  • Use 3 Berries to help catch Pokémon - Great Ball (x3)
  • Make an Excellent Throw - Venonat Encounter

Completion rewards - Scyther Encounter, Stardust (x500), 500xp


  • Battle in a Gym 2 Times - Fast TM (x1)
  • Win a Gym Battle - Hariyama Encounter
  • Battle another Trainer - Super Potion (x3)

Completion rewards - Charged TM, Stardust (x500), 500xp


  • Hatch an Egg - Tentacool Encounter
  • Spin 3 Pokestops or Gyms - Croagunk Encounter
  • Spin 3 Pokestops or Gyms - Piplup Encounter

Completion Rewards - Psyduck encounter, Stardust (x500), 500xp


  • Make 3 Nice Throws in a row - Cyndaquil Encounter
  • Catch 1 Flying-type Pokémon - Hoothoot Encounter
  • Purifty 1 Shadow Pokémon - Lucky Egg

Completion rewards - Fearow Encounter, Stardust (x500), 500xp


  • Catch 5 Pokémon - Ultra Ball (x10)
  • Make 3 Great Throws - Magnemite Encounter
  • Battle in a raid - Max Revive (x3)

Completion rewards - Gengar encounter, Stardust (x500), 500xp


  • Claim Reward - 1000xp
  • Claim Reward - 1000xp
  • Claim Reward - 1000xp

Completion rewards - Pikachu encounter, Stardust (x500), 1000xp


Trainers will have a higher than normal chance to find and catch a Shiny Cubone during the Animation Week event.

Shiny Cubone is visibly different from its normal coloring. Normally Cubone's coloring is brown, but its Shiny form makes it a vibrant green. Pokémon Go trainers will have a chance to find it in the wild or hatching it from 7km Eggs.


There will be a lot of in-game bonuses Pokémon Go trainers will be able to earn during this upcoming event.

World Cap Pikachu will be appearing in the wild. This special Pikachu will be wearing the same hat Ash wears in the anime. It will also be available in its Shiny form for lucky trainers.

A special Lugia will be appearing in Raids during the event. The Psychic and Flying-type Legendary from the Johto region will be appearing in five-star raids knowing the exclusive attack, Aeroblast.

Along with Lugia other Pokémon like Ivysaur, Pinsir, Snorlax, Golurk and others will be showing up in raids.

Pokémon hatching from 7km Eggs will include not just the aforementioned Cubone, but also Pichu, Mantyke and Riolu.

Trainers can also get Goh-inspired avatar items in the Style shop, and the character may appear in Go Snapshot.

What do you think of Animation Week in Pokémon Go? Let us know in the comments section.