Niantic released further details about its upcoming Pokemon GO Tour Kanto event. According to a post on the game’s official website, players will have until 7pm local time on February 20, 2021 to purchase tickets for the event. The special tour will include a chance to unlock Masterwork Research and encounter a Shiny Mew.
The event will have a story mode based in the Kanto, region, which was the first region players were able to explore the series. This Pokemon GO Tour Kanto Special Research story will feature Professor Willow, who is researching Pokemon in the area. Through this research, players will uncover clues about a “mysterious Pokemon” and eventually encounter a Shiny Ditto.
Once this arc is complete, the Masterwork Research will be unlocked. This will be comprised of a series of challenges. After completing tasks like obtaining a platinum Kanto medal, reaching level 40, catching 30 of each type of Pokemon, walking 151 km, and visiting 151 different PokeStops, players will meet Mew.
The event will play out according to a schedule. Different Pokemon from different regions of Kanto, like Pallet Town or Fuchsia City, will appear during different blocks of time. Each block will happen twice during the event and will feature unique music inspired by the original game. These tracks have been chosen by Junichi Masuda, who composed the soundtrack for Pokemon Red and Pokemon Blue.
The full event schedule is as follows. In each case, the time refers to a player’s local time:
- 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.: Pallet Town
- 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.: Pewter City
- 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: Cerulean City
- 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Fuchsia City
- 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.: Pokémon League
- 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.: Pallet Town
- 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Pewter City
- 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Cerulean City
- 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Fuchsia City
- 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.: Pokémon League
- 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Pokémon from all previous hours
Pokemon will be officially celebrating its 25th anniversary on February 27, 2021. A variety of events have been planned to coincide with the anniversary. A collaboration with OppoSuit has resulted in a Pokemon-themed suit that will ship on February 22, 2021 is currently available to pre-order. McDonald’s is distributing 25th Anniversary Special Edition booster packs for the Pokemon card game, as well.
The next series of booster packs for the Pokemon trading card game is set to release on February 19, 2021. GameStop and EB Games will be distributing a Shiny Toxtricity for Pokemon Shield and Pokemon Sword on the same day.
Pokemon GO is available for Android and Apple iOS devices. Pokemon GO Tour Kanto tickets can be purchased until February 20, 2021.