Back in December, we shared the news about Niantic holding a special one-day event centered on the Kanto region in Pokémon GO. Today the developer shared more information on the upcoming Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto event that is slated to be held on 20 February 2021. If you’re a fan of the original Pokémon games, this is going to be an event that you’re going to want to participate in.
The event is going to cost $11.99 (¥1,480 in Japan), a fair price if you consider what you’ll be able to get during the event. When registering, you’ll need to choose if you want to do the red path or the green path. Each path has a different set of Pokémon to catch, reminiscent of the original games on Game Boy.
Developer Niantic had the following to share about the upcoming event:
Work alongside Professor Willow in Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto’s Special Research story, where you’ll learn more about the Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region, practice your Trainer skills, and come across some clues related to a mysterious Pokémon. At the end of the Special Research, you’ll encounter a Shiny Ditto!
After completing the Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto Special Research, you’ll unlock a new kind of research called Masterwork Research, which will take determination and skill to complete. Just completing the first page will require that you receive your platinum Kanto medal. From there, you’ll have to reach level 40, catch 30 Pokémon of each type, spin 151 unique PokéStops, walk 151 km, and more—an incredibly special encounter with Shiny Mew lies at the end of this adventure!
You’ll be able to complete 10 Collection Challenges during Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto! Half of these collections are based on how you’ll find and collect the Pokémon during the event.
- Red (Trade) or Red (Incense)
- Green (Trade) or Green (Incense)
How you complete the Red and Green Collection Challenges will depend on your version. For example, if you’re playing the Red Version, all Pokémon in the Red Collection Challenge will be attracted to Incense during the event, but you’ll need to trade with a friend in order to complete the Green Collection Challenge.
Personally, I don’t see myself being able to catch the Shiny Mew as I would need a small miracle to be able to achieve all the requirements to unlock it, as I currently am only level 34. What makes this event special is that each hour the event is progressing, a different series of pocket monsters will be available for you to catch based on the various regions of the original title. The schedule for locations is:
- 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
With each change of location, the music will also change to a track from the original Game Boy titles, with the tracks being curated by none other than Pokémon music composer Junichi Masuda himself.
The Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto event kicks off at 9 a.m. local time on 20 February 2021.