Pokémon GO to celebrate the 2022 Pokémon World Championships with a special in-game event over August 18th-23rd

2022 marks the first time Pokémon GO will be included as category in the Pokémon World Championships. To celebrate this, Niantic has announced an in-game event that will be taking place during the same timeframe as the 2022 Pokémon World Championships, running from August 18th at 10:00am to August 23rd at 8:00pm local time.

During the 2022 Pokémon World Championships, fans will be able to tune in to the official Pokémon GO Twitch channel to catch the entire tournament live. As part of their prizes, the Pokémon GO World Champion will receive a special in-game World Champion 2022 outfit and pose.

Event bonuses
The following bonuses will be active during this event:
  • Challengers with Pokémon teams inspired by the ones used by Trainers who won the Pokémon GO Regional Championships will appear at PokéStops.
  • The maximum number of GO Battle League sets you can play per day will be increased from five to 10, for a total of 50 battles per day.
  • Stardust from GO Battle League win rewards.
Timed Research
Timed Research will also be available during the event. Players who complete these tasks will receive the following rewards:
  • An encounter with World Championships 2022 Pikachu that can be Shiny
  • Elite Fast TM
  • Elite Charged TM
Wild encounters

The following Pokémon will appear more frequently in the wild during this event:
  • Nidoran♀ ⁂
  • Mankey ⁂
  • Machop ⁂
  • Mudkip ⁂
  • Sableye ⁂
  • Meditite ⁂
  • Swablu ⁂
  • Spheal ⁂
  • Croagunk ⁂
  • Dewpider
  • Scraggy (rare)
  • Galarian Stunfisk (rare) ⁂
The following Pokémon will appear in raids during this event:
  • One-Star Raids
    • World Championships 2022 Pikachu ⁂
    • Galarian Farfetch'd ⁂
    • Marill ⁂
    • Barboach ⁂
    • Timburr ⁂
    • Scraggy
  • Three-Star Raids
    • Primeape
    • Lickitung ⁂
    • Skarmory ⁂
  • Five-Star Raids
    • Zacian
    • Zamazenta
  • Mega Raids
    • Mega Slowbro ⁂
Field Research task encounters
The following Pokémon can be encountered during this event when Field Research tasks are completed:
  • Bulbasaur ⁂
  • World Championships 2022 Pikachu ⁂
  • Gastly ⁂
  • Rhyhorn ⁂
  • Magikarp ⁂
  • Chikorita ⁂
  • Mudkip ⁂
  • Galarian Zigzagoon ⁂
  • Beldum ⁂
  • Galarian Stunfisk ⁂
  • Fletchling ⁂
Featured Evolution attacks
During this event, the following Pokémon can be evolved to learn a move it can't normally learn:
  • Rhyperior
    Evolve Rhydon to get a Rhyperior that knows the Charged Attack Rock Wrecker.
    Trainer Battles: 110 power
    Gyms and raids: 110 power
  • Gengar
    Evolve Haunter to get a Gengar that knows the Charged Attack Shadow Punch.
    Trainer Battles: 40 power
    Gyms and raids: 40 power
  • Gyarados
    Evolve Magikarp to get a Gyarados that knows the Charged Attack Aqua Tail.
    Trainer Battles: 50 power
    Gyms and raids: 50 power
  • Metagross
    Evolve Metang to get a Metagross that knows the Charged Attack Meteor Mash.
    Trainer Battles: 100 power
    Gyms and raids: 100 power
  • Talonflame
    Evolve Fletchinder to get a Talonflame that knows the Fast Attack Incinerate.
    Trainer Battles: 15 power
    Gyms and raids: 29 power
Avatar Items

Two new in-game avatar items will be available in commemoration of the 2022 Pokémon World Championships:
  • The 2022 Worlds Tee will be available globally via a code shared during the World Championships Stream and on official Pokémon GO social media channels. The code will be valid through August 22, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. UTC.
  • The 2022 Worlds Participant Tee will be available from the PokéStop located at the Pokémon GO Booth in the World Championships venue in London during the event.
Additionally, the following Galar-inspired avatar items will be featured in the in-game shop:
  • Dragon-type Sport Top
  • Dragon-type Sport Shorts
  • Dark-type Sport Top
  • Dark-type Sport Shorts
Other Updates
Niantic has announced via their Niantic Support Twitter account that a new function has been added to Pokémon GO's settings, allowing players to default their catch screen to the last Poké Ball they used.

AllenWarrior Written by AllenWarrior