Pokémon Go Fest returns this year with an interactive music festival and discounted ticket prices to celebrate its five-year anniversary.
Niantic announced last week that this year’s Pokémon Go Fest will take place virtually and offer attendees an interactive concert from Junichi Masuda, the franchise’s signature music producer. The event is scheduled for July 17 and 18.
On July 17, all Trainers will be able to get into the festival, whether they have a paid ticket to the event or not. Four themed habitat hours will alternate throughout the event – Jungle, Desert Mountain, Ocean Beach and Cave. During each habitat hour, certain pokémon will make more frequent appearances in nature. In addition, new Pokémon will debut at the event – the brilliant Wismur, Chimecho, Audino and Timpol.
On July 18, paying ticket holders will be able to participate in the Pokémon GO Fest 2021 music festival, where they’ll act as show directors. By choosing a Pokémon to participate, participants will help Professor Willow conduct a special study for which they will receive special rewards – an encounter with a mythical Pokémon, a shirt-shaped avatar item and an exclusive avatar pose.
By choosing Pikachu Rock Star or Pikachu Pop Star, participants determine their in-game music to play during the event. Pokémon music producer Junichi Masuda created brand new tracks specifically for the event, including a rock track for Pikachu Rock Star fans and an electro-pop song for Pikachu Pop Star fans.
The Global Challenge Arena also returns this year, allowing ticket holders to work together to complete a joint challenge every hour on July 18. If they complete the challenge on time, they will receive a bonus for the remaining hour.
They will also be able to explore four themed rotating habitat hours and work with coaches from around the world in the Global Challenge Arena, where players can take photos that will appear in the “Today View” section of the app.
By unlocking this year’s in-game challenges, players will have the opportunity to complete exclusive event challenges, earn special rewards and meet more than 75 species of pokémon and even a mythical one whose name the company has yet to reveal.
Tickets for the event can be purchased in-app for the non-refundable price of $4.99, a discount from last year’s $14.99 price in honor of the game’s fifth anniversary.
This year’s event is officially sponsored by Google Play, so there are fun surprises and exclusive perks for coaches.