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Pokemon Go Retrospective Of All Past Pokemon Go Anniversary Events Since 2016

Pokemon Go is one of the most popular games in the world. When it comes to celebrations, they are trying their best to satisfy the community day with a special in-game event, exciting bonuses and rewards, new costumed Pokemon, and much more.

The 7th Anniversary Party has ended, and we thought that it would be a good idea to go down memory lane and remind ourselves of the previous Pokemon Go Anniversary events. Maybe we can decide which Anniversary event was the best?

Starting with the Pokemon Go 1st Anniversary. An event that took place on July 6th, 2017, and ended on July 27th, 2017, Trainers back then, for the first time, saw Ash hat Pikachu, Ash hat Raichu, and Ash hat Pichu and the chances of Pikachu appearing in the wild increased. They were also hatching from 2km Eggs. As a special reward, we had a bundle with 20 Ultra Balls, six Max Revive, six Incubators, and two Premium Raid Passes. Overall, It was a great first-anniversary event.

Onto the second one. Pokemon Go 2nd Anniversary event began on July 5th, 2018, and ended on July 31st, 2018. Here, Trainers had a chance to see the whole Pikachu wearing a summer hat family and some avatar items that were available in the in-game shop. Last but not least, there was a bundle with 30 Ultra Balls, two Super Incubators, and two Premium Raid Passes.

The Pokemon Go 3rd Anniversary is when we saw some changes. The event began on June 28th, 2019, and ended on September 2nd, 2019, and it featured many bonuses, including these:

  • Trade Stardust cost decreased to 75%
  • Increased Friendship bonus damage in raids
  • Bonus Premier Balls with friends
  • Shiny Alolan Pokémon release
  • Special Research available
  • New avatar items
  • Shop special offer

On July 6th, we were photobombed by Pikachu wearing a party hat. Many Pokemon made their debut during this event, and they were Alolan Rattata, Alolan Sandshrew, Alolan Vulpix, Alolan Ninetales, Alolan Diglett, Alolan Dugtrio, Alolan Meowth, Alolan Persian, Alolan Geodude, Alolan Graveler, Alolan Golem, Alolan Grimer and others. There was a Special Research called Jump-Start Research, only available for level 10 and above. Last but not least, there was the Special Box, the Great Box, the Ultra Box, and the Adventure Box.

Moving onto the Pokemon Go 4th Anniversary event, which began on July 3rd, 2020, and ended on July 8th, 2020. While it was shorter than the previous Anniversary events, we all had a lot of fun, to be honest. It began with the Timed Special Research called GO Fest Weekly Challenge: Skill, and a Spotlight Hour featuring Taillow. The features during this event were the following:

  • Ducklett and Flying Pikachu release
  • Shiny Pidove and Flying Pikachu release
  • Flying-type Pokémon and Pokémon wearing party hats spawn increased
  • Flying-type Pokémon in Eggs
  • Flying-type Pokémon in Raid Battles
  • Themed Field Research
  • Return of Jump-Start Research
  • Timed Research release – GO Fest Weekly Challenge: Skill
  • Special Photobomb of up to 5 Flying Pikachu per day

We were introduced to several Shiny Pokemon, and they were:

  • Pidove
  • Tranquil
  • Unfezant

Next in line, is the Pokemon Go 5th Anniversary. Beginning on July 6th, 2021, and ending on July 15th, 2021, Spotlight Hour events featuring Bulbasaur and Charmander.

The features during the whole event were the following:

  • 1-hour Lure Modules
  • The global release of the enhanced sky mechanic and Extra Pokédexes
  • 5th anniversary Flying Pikachu release
  • Shiny Darumaka and 5th anniversary Flying Pikachu release
  • Shiny Meltan available
  • Starter Pokémon spawn increased
  • Starter Pokémon spawn increased around lured PokéStops
  • Themed Pokémon in Raid Battles
  • Themed Field Research
  • Return of Jump-Start Research
  • Collection Challenge available

The Shiny Pokemon that were released during the Pokemon Go 5th Anniversary were:

  • Flying Pikachu 5th Anniversary
  • Darumaka
  • Darmanitan

There also were special offer bundles, and they were Special Box (480 PokeCoins), Ultra Box (1480 PokeCoins), and Adventure Box (1480 PokeCoins).

Onto the last one before this year’s, the Pokemon Go 6th Anniversary. Happening from July 6th, 2022, to July 12th, 2022, Trainers were able to attend the Spotlight Hour event featuring Machop, and the bonuses that were active during the whole event were:

  • Cake Pikachu, Party Hat Charmeleon, and Charizard release
  • Shiny Cake Pikachu, Party Hat Charmeleon, and Charizard release
  • Themed Pokémon spawns increased
  • Themed Pokémon in Raid Battles
  • Themed Field Research
  • New avatar items
  • New stickers available
  • Shop special offer

Ultra Unlock bonus:

  • Pansear available globally
  • Unown E in Raid Battles
  • Timed Research available

The Pokemon that made their debut during the 6th Anniversary event were:

  • Charmander wearing a party hat
  • Charizard wearing a party hat
  • Pikachu wearing a cake hat

The Pokemon Go 6th Anniversary event featured an Anniversary-themed Timed Research with, many, many rewards, and bonuses.

As a gift, Trainers were offered an Anniversary Box. Next in the Special Offers section was the Catch Box (450 PokeCoins).

During the Pokemon Go 6th Anniversary, Trainers had the delight of attending Battle Weekend (July 9th and 10th), where they had these bonuses:

  • Trainers could complete 20 sets of GO Battle League matches each day
  • Team GO Rocket and balloons appearing more often
  • Shadow Pokémon’s Frustration is changeable via Charged TM
  • Several Shadow Pokémon releases including Latios
  • Shop special offer

Ultra Unlock bonus:

  • 1.5× Raid XP
  • 1.5× Stardust from defeating Team GO Rocket Grunts
  • 5× Stardust from GO Battle League rewards
  • One extra Raid Pass
  • 2× Mysterious Components drop
  • Encounter Legendary Pokémon in GO Battle League at Rank 16 and up
  • Exclusive move available

Last but not least, there was a Battle Weekend Timed Research, with many battle weekend-themed rewards.

Well, folks, that is all for now.

What do you think about the events? Which anniversary event is your favorite?

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Ivana Kachurova

Fresh out-of-uni writer, with a passion for gaming (a girl that likes games?!) and technology, as the newest addition to the FGR family, she will make sure to keep up with the latest news happening in the gaming community and report to you as fast as she can. Faster than The Flash. As an absolute fan of Shakespeare (the greatest human being, duh) you might find her where the gaming world and the literature world collide. The best of both worlds.

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