The previously leaked and later teased Kanto-themed event for Pokémon Go has been officially announced to begin today, April 10th, at 1 p.m. PT. Trainers will see increased spawns of Pokémon from Generation I, capture and transfer bonuses, returning raid bosses, and maybe a few surprises.
According to Niantic’s latest blog post, the celebratory event will last until April 17th to give players a week to fill up their Pokédex with entries from the Kanto region. Increased spawns of the original 151 Pokémon will be the focus of the celebration, but it’s unclear if all or a select few will appear more often.
Niantic also revealed every catch and transfer of a Pokémon will award double candy. Plus, the in-game shop will be selling boxes for a limited time that include raid passes. Former raid bosses Snorlax and Aerodactyl will also be featured in Gyms during the event, giving trainers who might have missed out capturing them another chance to catch ’em all.
Despite the announcement post detailing most of what the event will include, there are some possible extra goodies trainers might experience. In the blog post, Niantic states: “You’ll have the perfect opportunity to earn a gold Kanto medal and even complete your Kanto Pokédex!” With Mew now available to encounter through the Pokémon Research quest system, the only other Kanto Pokémon that are unavailable globally are the region-exclusive creatures. Niantic is typically careful with its wording in announcements, meaning players could see Tauros, Mr. Mime, Farfetch’d, and Kangaskhan appear worldwide during the event.
Also, data miners recently uncovered over 100 new shiny Pokémon assets, most of which include creatures from the Kanto section of the Pokédex. In turn, trainers might see a few new Pokémon’s color-swapped variants in the wild.
Pokémon Go is available for iOS and Android.
Source: Pokémon Go Live