'Pokémon Go' Tour: Kanto Start Time, Research Tasks and Everything You Need to Know

The biggest event of Pokémon Go's 2021, so far, is the Kanto Tour event which will bring every Shiny Pokémon from the Kanto region to the mobile game.

Like other ticketed events in Pokémon Go, the Kanto Tour will benefit non-ticketed players, too. There are plenty of bonuses and exclusives that will give those who pony up some money. However, for this event are two different tickets—Red and Green.

Depending on which ticket you purchase/choose, the variety of Pokémon and Shiny Pokémon that you'll encounter on Saturday will change.

pokemon go kanto tour red green versions


The Pokémon Go Tour: Kanto event begins on Saturday, February 20 at 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. local time.


Players can still purchase a Kanto Tour ticket, but trainers will have to choose their version before the event begins on Saturday. To select your event version, following these instructions:

  1. Open your Item Bag.
  2. Tap your Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto ticket to bring up the selection pop-up.
  3. This selection pop-up will prompt you to tap either Choose Red or Choose Green.
  4. After selecting your version, you'll be asked to tap YES to confirm.

If you need a refresher on which version gives you encounters with which Pokémon, read on below.

  • Red Version–Exclusive Pokémon: Ekans, Oddish, Mankey, Growlithe, Scyther, and Electabuzz will be attracted to Incense.
  • You'll have an increased chance of encountering these Shiny Pokémon: Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Pidgey, Ekans, Pikachu, Nidoran♀, Oddish, Diglett, Mankey, Growlithe, Ponyta, Shellder, Drowzee, Krabby, Hitmonlee, Lickitung, Scyther, Electabuzz, Eevee, Kabuto, and Dratini.
  • Green Version–Exclusive Pokémon: Sandshrew, Vulpix, Meowth, Bellsprout, Magmar, and Pinsir will be attracted to Incense.
  • You'll have an increased chance of encountering these Shiny Pokémon: Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Pidgey, Pikachu, Sandshrew, Nidoran♂, Vulpix, Meowth, Psyduck, Bellsprout, Geodude, Exeggcute, Hitmonchan, Koffing, Tangela, Horsea, Magmar, Pinsir, Eevee, Omanyte, and Dratini.


During the Kanto Tour, trainers will have a chance to catch different from the region. This will help in completing your Collection Challenges. Refer to the schedule below.

Remember, Trainers! #PokemonGOTour will feature five different location-themed hours, during which Pokémon from different Collection Challenges will be appearing in the wild! Here’s a handy event schedule that you can save and refer to throughout the event. pic.twitter.com/cRlLR7GhXq

— Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) February 19, 2021


The big gimmick for the Kanto Tour event is the availability of Shiny Pokémon, including those that have yet to debut in Pokémon Go.

During the event, all 150 Pokémon discovered in the Kanto region will have their Shiny version available, especially some that have yet to have them debut in the game. Some of the Kanto Pokémon are region-exclusive like Kangaskhan and Farfetch'd will likely be available during the event, but it's unclear how they will be distributed.

If you're wondering where Shiny Mew, the 151st Pokémon of the Kanto region, is, continue reading to learn how to get your special Mythical Pokémon.


Players will be able to experience a special research story during the Kanto Tour event. Completing it will earn a trainer to earn an encounter with a special Pokémon.

If you complete the first special research, you'll gain access to a second that will give a Shiny Mew as the reward encounter.

Non-ticketed players will also have a Timed Research that they complete.

Here's the tasks and rewards for the upcoming Timed Research:

Pokemon Go Tour Kanto

  • Claim reward - Poke Ball (x10)
  • Claim reward - Razz Berry (x3)
  • Claim reward - Potion (x3)

Completion rewards - 150xp, Charmander, Incense (x3)


  • Use an Incense - Poke Ball (x50)
  • Catch 30 Pokemon - Tangela
  • Take a snapshot of Charmander - Poffin (x1)

Completion rewards - Charmander Candy (x25), Chansey, Poke Ball (x50)


  • Earn 3 hearts with your buddy - Stardust (x300)
  • Catch 30 Pokemon - 500xp
  • Evolve a Charmander - Charmander Candy (x25)

Completion rewards - Incense (x2), Cubone, Ultra Ball (x25)


  • Use an Incense - Egg Incubator
  • Send 3 Gifts to friends - Pinap Berry (x5)
  • Trade 3 Pokemon with a friend - Charmander Candy (x25)

Completion rewards - Stardust (x500), Lickitung, Cubone Candy (x25)


  • Make 3 Nice Throws in a row - Aerodactyl
  • Catch 10 different species of Pokemon - Star Piece (x1)
  • Use 20 Berries to help catch Pokemon - Charmander Candy (x25)

Completion rewards - Premium Battle Pass, Snorlax, Cubone Candy (x25)


  • Make 3 Nice throws in a row - Charmander Candy (x25)
  • Battle in 3 Raids - Mewtwo Candy (x20)
  • Evolve 1 Pokemon - Tour Cap

Completion rewards - Fast TM, Lapras, Charged TM


  • Catch 30 Pokemon - 3000xp
  • Catch 15 different species of Pokemon - Mewtwo Candy (x20)
  • Transfer 20 Pokemon - 3000xp

Completion rewards - Lure Module, Shiny Ditto, Lucky Egg


  • Claim Reward - 3000xp
  • Claim Reward - Stardust (x3000)
  • Claim Reward - 3000xp

Completion rewards - Ditto Candy (x20), Mew Candy (x20), Ditto Sticker (x10)


Defeat All Challengers

  • Catch 20 Pokemon - Stardust (x500)
  • Power up Pokemon 3 Times - Great Ball (x15)
  • Battle 2 Go Tour Challengers - Eevee

Completion rewards: Super Potion (x5), Eevee Candy (x20), Revive (x5)


  • Evolve 3 Pokemon - 500xp
  • Power up Pokemon 3 times - Stardust (x500)
  • Battle 2 Go Tour Challengers - 500xp

Completion rewards: Max Potion (x3), Sinnoh Stone, Max Revive (x3)


  • Battle in a Raid - 1000xp
  • Win a Raid - Lapras
  • Defeat 3 Go Tour Challengers - Star Piece (x1)

Completion rewards: 1000xp, Lapras Candy (x20), Stardust (x1000)


  • Power up Pokemon 5 times - Snorlax
  • Defeat 3 Go Tour Challengers with your buddy - Snorlax Candy (x20)
  • Defeat 5 Go Tour Challengers - Premium Battle Pass

Completion rewards: Fast TM, Lucky Egg, Charged TM

We'll update this section with the tasks and rewards once the event is live.


If you haven't bought a ticket for the Kanto Tour, you can still earn some in-game bonuses during the event window.

Kanto Pokémon will appear more frequently in the wild and in raids, and will give trainers a chance to catch their Shiny versions. Special of Raids, Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres and Mewtwo will return to Raids with exclusive attacks.

All trainers will benefit from the trade range being increased to 40km.

Are you excited for the next Pokémon Go event? Which version have you selected? Let us know in the comments section.