The Pokémon Go rock event takes place over the third weekend of May, and increases the encounter rates of certain creatures.
Similar to the very recent grass event, trainers will encounter increased numbers of rock Pokémon, with the likes of Onix, Omanyte and Aerodactyl cited, as well as an decrease in buddy distances, a sale in Poké Balls and more.
What time does the Pokémon Go rock event Adventure Week end?
The Pokémon Go rock event began on Thursday, May 18 and is set to end on Thursday, May 25 at the following times:
- UK: 9pm (BST)
- Europe: 10pm (CEST)
- West Coast US: 1am (PDT)
- East Coast US: 4pm (EDT)
Onix, Aerodactyl, Kabuto, Omanyte and other rock Pokémon likely to appear in the event
According to Niantic, we can expect to see more "rock-type Pokémon" to appear in the wild throughout the event. Five have been confirmed so far, though as with previous events, we can suspect a few others to appear too.
Confirmed rock event Pokémon:
- Kabuto and evolution Kabutops
- Omanyte and evolution Omastar
All Gen 1 and Gen 2 rock Pokémon we also may see more of:
- Geodude and evolutions Graveler and Golem (all Rock / Ground types)
- Rhyhorn and evolution Rhydon (both Rock / Ground types)
- Shuckle (Bug / Rock type)
- Magcargo (Fire / Rock type)
- Larvitar and evolutions Pupitar (both Rock / Ground types) and Tyanitar (Rock / Dark type)
Note that while Corsola is a water / rock type, it is also a region exclusive, so unless you already live in the tropics don't expect to see any during the week.
Rock Pokémon tend to be one of the more uncommon types in the game, so this event looks to be most welcome. Aerodactyl is one of the most rare Pokémon from the first generation, while Onix, Kabuto and Omanyte are fairly uncommon for most players.
There was the possibility of Larvitar and its evolutions showing up, with Tyanitar in particular being one of the best Pokémon in the game. While it seemed this was teh case of the first hour of the event, their spawns were quickly downscaled, according to the Silph Road Reddit, probably to retain their rarity.
Other events such as the Water Festival and Grass Event saw increased appearance rates of themed creatures everywhere, not just in their natural biomes, and it's likely to the same here.
This means rarer creatures will appear outside of their usual spawn locations, meaning anyone could find an Aerodactyl before too long. This is compared to Chansey during the recent Valentine's Day event, which only increased its chances of appearing in its usual habitat, going from being incredibly elusive to super rare.
As well as these rarer creatures, the event is also a great chance to get Candy for some of the more uncommon creatures if you haven't evolved and added them to your Pokedex already; getting Onix candy to evolve into a Steelix with a Metal Coat is one such example.
Want more help with Pokémon Go? As well as our Pokémon Go tips, tricks and guides page, you can look up the Gen 2 Pokédex on how to catch the most recent creatures, using Special Items such as the Dragon Scale and other methods. The update also introduced changes to Eevee evolutions, Egg hatching distances, best Pokémon, moves and Buddy distances. Elsewhere, you can read about how Gyms, promo codes and the Pokémon Go Plus accessory works, and the many ways of earning experience with our XP chart.
What else you need to know about the Pokémon Go rock event Adventure Week
Alongside increased rock spawns, Pokémon Go is also introducing several other changes and additions for the duration of the event.
1) Poké Balls will be 50% off in the game's shop:
- 20 Poké Balls (50 Poké Coins, down from 100)
- 100 Poké Balls (230 Poké Coins, down from 430)
- 200 Poké Balls (400 Poké Coins, down from 800)
2) "More items" will be awarded from every PokéStop visit - so expect more Balls, Berries and curatives to trickle through into your inventory.
3) Buddy Pokemon will drop Candies four times as fast as usual, meaning you won't have to walk as far as usual:
- 1km is now 0.25km
- 3km is now 0.75km
- 5km is now 1.25km
4) A new Avatar item will be available - the 'Explorer's Hat'. It's unknown whether it will cost money, but the previous addition as part of the Water Festival, the Magikarp hat, was given away for free.
While the grass event was somewhat underwhelming, Adventure Week should give you plenty of excuses to get outside and walking over the week. It should be noted the recent Water Festival stealth introduced the concept of Shinies, including a Shiny Magikarp and Red Gyarados. It's unknown whether another such update will be introduced (or even more Shinies) but as usual, it doesn't hurt to keep your eyes peeled for anything suspect.