'Pokémon Go' Unova Celebration Event: Start Time, Shiny Snivy, Research Tasks and More

Pokémon Go is getting players ready for the upcoming Kanto Tour with a series of events that will celebrate other regions of the Pokémon world, starting with Unova.

The Unova region introduced a lot of Pokémon and themes to the franchise and to honor that, Pokémon Go is giving trainers a chance to catch some of its most popular 'Mon, including the debut of a Shiny Pokémon.

For one week, Pokémon Go players can enjoy everything that the Unova region has to offer in the mobile game with exclusive field research, another chance to catch a Legendary Pokémon and much more.

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POKEMON GO UNOVA CELEBRATION START TIME

The Pokémon Go Unova Celebration event begins Tuesday, January 5, at 10 a.m. local time and ends Sunday, January 10, at 8 p.m. local time.

POKEMON GO UNOVA CELEBRATION RESEARCH TASKS

Trainers will be able to obtain special event-exclusive research tasks during the Unova celebration. While we won't know what the contents of the research tasks are until the event is live, the official Pokémon Go blog has confirmed that players will receive encounters with Snivy, Tepig, Oshawott and Ferroseed for completing certain missions.

With the event live in some regions, here's the field research trainers can complete:

  • Catch 5 Pokémon - Snivy/Tepig/Oshawott
  • Hatch 2 Eggs - Ferroseed
  • Use 3 Golden Razz Berries to help catch Pokémon - Stardust (x3500)
  • Use 5 Berries to help catch Pokémon - Stardust (x1200)

SHINY SNIVY

Snivy is the Grass-type Starter Pokémon from the Unova region, and its Shiny variant will make its Pokémon Go debut during this event.

Trainers will be able to find Snivy more frequently in the wild and as a reward in the event-exclusive research tasks. The Grass-type Pokémon will also appear in Raids when the event begins.

Shiny Snivy is different from its original coloring—it's less of a green and more of a teal color.

RAID UPDATE

A big part of the Unova Celebration event is the update to the Raids. During the event, Pokémon from the Unova region will occupy all of the Raids (aside from Mega Raids), giving trainers a chance at some powerful Pokémon.

Genesect, the Bug and Steel-type Legendary Pokémon, will also make its Pokémon Go return during the event. While Pokémon Go trainers won't be able to catch Shiny Genesect, this version of the Legendary Pokémon will come with the Burn Drive, making its Techno Blast attack a Fire-type move.

In one-star Raids, Snivy, Tepig, Oshawott, Timburr, Dwebble and Klink will appear. In three-star Raids, Herdier, Tranquill, Excadrill and Amoonguss will appear.

As for the Mega Raids, Mega Charizard Y, Mega Blastoise and Mega Abomasnow will appear. Mega Charizard Y will be more powerful from Tuesday, January 5, at 10 a.m. through Tuesday, January 12, at 10 a.m. local time.

IN-GAME BONUSES

Trainers will notice Unova region Pokémon appearing more frequently in the wild, but they'll also see a change in the Egg chart.

Roggenrola, Sewaddle, Petilil, Emolga, Karrablast, Joltik, Elgyem and Shelmet will all hatch from 5 km Eggs obtained during the event. To obtain these Eggs, trainers need to spin Poké Stops.

The Unova Celebration event will also introduce a new feature in Pokémon Go called the
"Collection Challenge." This special challenges will reward trainers with items for catching certain Pokémon.

Here's what we know:

  • Catch Snivy - Stardust (x3000)
  • Catch Tepig - Stardust (x3000)
  • Catch Oshawott - Stardust (x3000)
  • Catch Lillipup - Poke Ball (x30)
  • Catch Herdier - Poke Ball (x30)
  • Catch Blitzle - Poke Ball (x30)
  • Catch Roggenrola - Rare Candy (x5)
  • Catch Solosis - Rare Candy (x5)
  • Catch Ferroseed - Rare Candy (x5)

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