'Pokémon Go' Johto Celebration Event: Start Time, Shiny Miltank, Research Tasks and More

The final event before the Kanto Tour in Pokémon Go is about to begin and this time trainers will be able to enjoy all things from the Johto region.

The Johto Celebration event will bring increased encounters of Gen 2 Pokémon in the wild, changes to the Raids and much more including the debut of a Shiny Pokémon to Pokémon Go.

Here's everything you need to know about the upcoming Pokémon Go event.

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The Johto Celebration event begins Tuesday, January 26, at 10 a.m. and ends Sunday, January 31, at 8 p.m. local time.


Like the past Celebration events, trainers will be able to obtain exclusive Field Research tasks to complete by spinning PokeStops in the wild. We don't know the precise tasks as of yet, but the official Pokémon Go blog confirmed some of the rewards.

Trainers will be rewarded with Stardust as well as with encounters with Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Totodile, Chinchou, Mareep, Sudowoodo and Miltank.

  • Use 2 Berries to catch Pokémon - Chikorita/Cyndaquil/Totodile
  • Take a Snapshot of your buddy - Mareep/Chinchou
  • Catch 5 Grass-type Pokémon - Sudowoodo
  • Use 7 Berries to catch Pokémon - Miltank

A new timed event research tasks were also released:

  • Catch 15 Dark-type Pokémon - Great Ball (x5)
  • Catch 15 Shadow Pokémon - Revive (x5)
  • Defeat a Team Go Rocket Leader three times - Larvitar

Completion rewards: Poke Ball (x15), Incense, 5000XP

  • Defeat Arlo - Max Revive (x2)
  • Defeat Cliff - Hyper Potion (x3)
  • Defeat Sierra - Max Potion (x2)

Completion rewards: Ho-Oh


Miltank will finally have its Shiny form released in Pokémon Go with the Johto Celebration.

Trainers will get a chance to find Shiny Miltank in the wild, by completing certain Research tasks and in three-star Raids. Miltank's Shiny is one of the most noticeable in all of Pokémon. It goes from its standard pink coloring to a bright blue.


As for the Raids, the Johto Celebration will see the following Pokémon appear in one-star Raids: Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Totodile, Mareep, Marill and Larvitar.

Three-star Raids will see the following Pokémon: Togetic, Espeon, Umbreon, Skarmory and Miltank.

Legendary Raids will be populated by Entei, Raikou and Suicune during the event but at different times.

  • Entei will be appearing in five-star raids from Tuesday, January 26, at 10 a.m. to Sunday, January 31, at 10 a.m. local time.
  • Raikou will be appearing in five-star raids from Sunday, January 31, at 10 a.m. to Thursday, February 4, at 10 a.m. local time.
  • Suicune will be appearing in five-star raids from Thursday, February 4, at 10 a.m. to Tuesday, February 9, at 10 a.m. local time.


Pokémon Go trainers will benefit from a bunch of in-game bonuses. Not only will Johto region Pokémon like Sudowoodo, Sunkern, Murkrow and more appear more frequently in the wild, there will also be a Johto-themed Collection Challenge to complete.

Catch Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Totodile, Sudowoodo, Sunkern, Murkrow, Smeargle, Miltank and Larvitar to receive 15 Poké Balls, 10 Ultra Balls, and an Incense.

Evolving certain Pokémon during the Johto Celebration will give exclusive Community Day moves. Bayleef that evolve into Meganium will know Frenzy Plant, Quilava that evolve into Typhlosion will know Blast Burn, Flaaffy that evolve into Ampharos will know Dragon Pulse, and Pupitar that evolve into Tyranitar will know Smack Down.

Are you excited for the Johto Celebration event? What is your favorite Pokémon from the Johto region? Let us know in the comments section.