Pokemon Go is capping off its Season of Heritage next month with a Pokemon Go Tour: Johto event. Much like the Kanto Tour that took place in 2021, the Johto Tour event will let you choose between Gold and Silver “experiences,” with different Pokemon spawns and other features depending on which version you choose. Here’s everything you need to know about the event.
The Pokemon Go Tour: Johto in-game event runs globally on Saturday, Feb. 26, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. local time. The following day, Feb. 27, the game will hold in-person events at three locations around the world. The venues are as follows:
- Monterrey, Mexico at Parque Fundidora
- Kaohsiung, Taiwan at the Taiwan Lantern Festival
- Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates at Yas Bay
A ticket to attend a live event costs $25 and can be purchased on the Pokemon Go Tour website. Attendees will be able to explore real-world themed habitats and take advantage of other perks and bonuses, including exclusive Special Research tasks, double candy for hatching eggs and catching featured Pokemon, and a special in-game medal. You can read more details about these live events on the official Pokemon Go blog.
While some aspects of the Johto Tour event will be open to all players, there will also be exclusive features for ticket holders. You can purchase a virtual ticket for the event from Pokemon Go’s in-game shop right now for $12.
Ticket holders will gain access to an exclusive Masterwork Research line, along with other features during the event. As an added bonus, everyone who purchases a Johto Tour ticket before Jan. 10 will also get access to this season’s January and February Timed Research tasks. If you miss that deadline, you can still get February’s Timed Research by purchasing a ticket by Feb. 10.
As mentioned, ticket holders will be able to select between two different event experiences: a Gold version and a Silver version. A handful of exclusive Pokemon will appear in the wild when you use an Incense depending on which version you choose, and you’ll have a greater chance of encountering certain Shiny Pokemon. You can see the list of version-exclusive monsters below:
In addition to choosing which version you want to experience, you’ll get to choose a starter Pokemon at the beginning of the event. Just as in the original Gold and Silver games, the three choices are Chikorita, Cyndaquil and Totodile, and the Pokemon you pick will be involved in the research tasks you can complete during the event.
On top of that, ticket holders will encounter every other Johto Pokemon during the event, regardless of which version they choose, and there’s a chance they could be Shiny. There will also be an event-exclusive Special Research story that leads to encounters with Shiny Gyarados and the mythical Pokemon Celebi.
Beyond the featured Pokemon, ticket holders will be able to take advantage of some in-game bonuses. Pokemon eggs will require a quarter of their normal distance to hatch, and you’ll earn two times the usual amount of candy for hatching eggs. You’ll also receive extra candy for catching Johto Pokemon. Finally, all ticket holders will receive an exclusive in-game medal.
Players who don’t purchase a Pokemon Go Tour: Johto ticket will still be able to enjoy some of the event’s features, including some Johto Pokemon spawns and Timed Research tasks. Additionally, Pichu, Cleffa, Igglybuff and Togepi will hatch from 2 km eggs you receive from PokeStops during the event.
In the meantime, Pokemon Go’sis currently underway until Feb. 1. As part of the event, you have your first chance to catch the electric Pokemon Helioptile in the game. You can see everything else happening this month in our roundup.