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Paldean Pokémon coming to Pokémon GO from September - World Championships Celebration event running in-game from August 11th to 15th

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Pokémon GO 2023 Pokémon World Championships Event
The Pokémon Presents video presentation today has announced that Pokémon originally from Paldea would be coming to Pokémon GO starting in September. Earlier today, Niantic also announced details regarding the 2023 Pokémon World Championships celebration event being held in Pokémon GO from August 11th, at 10:00am to August 15th, at 8:00pm local time. Passimian, the Teamwork Pokémon, and Shiny Scraggy will all make their Pokémon GO debut as part of this event, alongside a new World Championships 2023-costumed Pikachu.

Apart from the announcement of the Paldea Pokémon, little new information was actually shown in the Pokémon Presents video presentation video presentation relating to Pokémon GO, with much of this content covering already announced events and Pokémon.

Pokémon GO World Championships Celebration event - Infographic
2023 World Championships Celebration Event
Event Bonuses and Activities
The following event bonuses will be active during the event:
  • The maximum number of sets a Trainer can play per day in the GO Battle League will go up from 5 to 10.
  • Pokémon encountered via GO Battle League rewards will have a wider variance of Attack, Defense, and HP.
Timed Research
World Championships–themed Timed Research will be available throughout the event. Players who complete these tasks will receive an Elite Fast TM, and an encounter with a World Championships 2023 Pikachu, amongst other rewards.

Pokémon Encounters
All Pokémon listed below with a ⁂ next to their name can also be encountered in their Shiny variants.

Wild encounters
The following Pokémon will appear more frequently in the wild:
  • Machop ⁂
  • Chinchou ⁂
  • Wooper ⁂
  • Sableye ⁂
  • Meditite ⁂
  • Spheal ⁂
  • Drilbur ⁂
  • Scraggy ⁂ (Shiny debut)
  • Bunnelby ⁂
  • Wooloo
  • Onix ⁂ (uncommon)
  • Lickitung ⁂ (uncommon)
The following Pokémon will be appearing in raids for this event:
  • One-Star Raids
    • World Championships 2023 Pikachu ⁂ (debut)
    • Alolan Sandshrew ⁂
    • Gligar ⁂
    • Scraggy ⁂
  • Three-Star Raids
    • Skarmory ⁂
    • Galarian Stunfisk ⁂
    • Passimian
Field Research task encounters
The following Pokémon can be encountered when Field Research tasks are completed:
  • World Championships 2023 Pikachu ⁂ (debut)
  • Alolan Sandshrew ⁂
  • Seel ⁂
  • Magikarp ⁂
  • Galarian Zigzagoon ⁂
  • Spheal ⁂
  • Passimian
  • Wimpod
Featured attacks
Several Pokémon will learn special attacks when evolved during the event period:
  • Alolan Sandshrew → Alolan Sandslash: Fast Attack Shadow Claw
  • Machoke → Machamp: Charged Attack Payback
  • Seel→ Dewgong: Fast Attack Ice Shard and Charged Attack Icy Wind
  • Sealeo → Walrein: Fast Attack Powder Snow and Charged Attack Icicle Spear
  • Galarian Linoone → Obstagoon: Charged Attack Obstruct
Pokémon World Championships Celebration Avatar Items
2023 Worlds Tee Avatar Items
New Avatar Items
The following items will be available beginning on August 11, 2023:
  • 2023 Worlds Jersey
  • 2023 Worlds Jacket
  • 2023 Worlds Tee (Gray)
Trainers who tune in to the 2023 Pokémon World Championships Pokémon GO Day 1 livestream on Twitch will be able to receive a code to redeem an in-game 2023 Worlds Tee (Yellow) avatar item. The Pokémon GO World Champion will also receive an in-game World Champion 2023 outfit and pose.


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