In preparation for the huge Kanot event coming next month, Pokemon Go has been holding exclusive commemoration festivities themed around the various generations of the franchise. It began with the newest addition, Pokemon X and Y’s Kalos region, and has been running backward, with the Sinnog region festivities scheduled to end this Sunday.
This means the next region to be featured in the game is the Hoenn region from Gen 3, particularly the Pokemon Emerald, Sapphire, and Ruby titles that were launched on the Gameboy Advance and later remade for the 3DS as Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
The festivities will start in Pokemon Go next Tuesday, January 19, at 10 AM local time and end on Sunday, January 24, at 8 PM, which provides players online five days or so to take advantage of its one of a kind offerings.
Of course, Pokemon native to the Hoenn region will show more often, which includes the three starters of the featured title: Mudkip, Torchic, and Treecko. Niantic also mentioned that lucky players will also have the chance to encounter the shiny form of Aron.
For raids, Bagon, Aron, Ralts, Mudkip, Torchic, and Treecko will appear in 1-star raids, while Absol, Spinda, Grumpig, Mawile, and Breloom will appear in 3-star raids. Anyone who engages in 5-star raids will have the chance to encounter one of the two Legendaries featured in the cover of the games – Sapphore’s Kyogre and Ruby’s Groudon.
Players are encouraged to capture both of the Legendaries as doing so will reward them with 10 Kyogre Candies and 10 Groudon Candies respectively. Niantic will also be offering a free bundle that contains three Remote Raid passes to aid players in challenging the two Legendary Pokemon. It will be available for download from the in-game store on Tuesday.
Emerald’s Legendary cover Pokemon, Rayquaza, will also be in the game, but to challenge it, players will have to finish all the Timed Research tasks during the event. A Rayquaza captured during the game will know the exclusive Charged Attack move, Hurricane, and will come with 3000 XP as well as a Silver Pinap Berry. There will also be a chance that a shiny Rayquaza will be encountered during the event.
Developer Niantic has massive plans in store for the Kanto event. For starters, it’s actually two different celebrations, as players will be given the option between Red and Blue versions, with each version offering exclusive Pokemon, similar to the main games. Players will be tasked to try and capture all 150 original Pokemon, with several of them having a chance to show up in their shiny forms for the first time ever.
2021 marks Pokemon’s 25th anniversary, so Nintendo is already preparing other major revelations for the rest of the year. Just a few days ago, it was revealed that Katy Perry will be joining the celebrations with a new original song.