Pokémon Go Adventure Week returns for a second year, and once again takes place in late May, increasing the encounter rates of certain creatures.

Trainers will encounter increased numbers of rock Pokémon, with the likes of Lileep, Omanyte and Aerodactyl cited, as well as an decrease in buddy distances, new Research quests and more.

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What time does the Pokémon Go rock event Adventure Week start and end?

The Pokémon Go rock event began on Thursday, May 24th and is set to end on Tuesday, June 5th at the following times:

  • UK: 9pm (BST)
  • Europe: 10pm (CEST)
  • West Coast US: 1am (PDT)
  • East Coast US: 4pm (EDT)
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Lileep, 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. A handful have been confirmed so far, though as with previous events, we can suspect a few others to appear too.

Confirmed rock event Pokémon in the wild:

  • Aerodactyl
  • Kabuto and evolution Kabutops
  • Omanyte and evolution Omastar
  • Lileep and evolution Cradily
  • Geodude and evolutions Graveler and Goldem
  • Nosepass

All other rock Pokémon we also may see more of:

  • 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)
  • Anorith and Armaldo (Rock / Bug type)

New Adventure Week Raid bosses:

  • Kabuto, Omanyte, Anorith, Lileep (Tier 1)
  • Magcargo, Nosepass, Sudowoodo, Mawile (Tier 2)
  • Shuckle, Solrock (regional), Lunatone (regional), Aerodactyl (Tier 3)
  • Rhydon, Golem (Tier 4)

Thanks to TheSorites on reddit for help filling in gaps with the above.

Note that while Corsola is a water / rock type, and Lunatone and Solrock are rock / psychic, it is also a region exclusive, so unless you already live in their specific regions don't expect to see them.

Rock Pokémon tend to be one of the more uncommon types in the game, so this event is most welcome. Aerodactyl is a fairly rare Pokémon from the first generation, while Kabuto, Omanyte and Lileep are fairly uncommon in most regions.

While Larvitar and its evolutions could show up, between them not showing up in numbers last year and a dedicated Community Day just round the corner, the chances of this are probably unlikely.

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Other events in the past, 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 the same with Adventure Week 2018.

This event is also a great chance to get Candy for any creatures you haven't evolved yet for your Pokedex. For example, assuming Onix turns up, getting Candy to evolve into a Steelix with a Metal Coat is a good idea.

What else you need to know about the Pokémon Go rock event Adventure Week

Alongside increased rock spawns, Pokémon Go is also introducing several bonuses for the duration of the event.

1) Buddy Pokémon will earn Candy 4x faster

This means Buddy Distances for all creatures will be reduced like so:

Buddy Distance before (km)Buddy Distance after (km)
10.25
30.75
51.25
205

2) Extra XP for spinning Photo Discs

Spinning Photo Discs will give you additional XP, with 10 times more up for grabs for any Discs you haven't visited before:

  • Visited Photo Disc - 100 XP (previously 50 XP)
  • Unvisited Photo Disc - 2100 XP (previously 250 XP)

This means that visiting new locations will give you huge gains. Couple that with a XP doubling Lucky Egg and it can be a surprisingly lucrative way of getting additional experience over the next few weeks.

3) New Shinies

As predicted, new Shiny Pokémon have been released to coincide with the event.

These are:

  • Aerodactyl
  • Kabuto (and evolution Kabutops)
  • Omanyte (and evolution Omastar)

Though they will remain shiny after the event ends, the increased spawns mean your chances of finding them is far more likely. Our Shiny Pokémon page gives you a lowdown of everything you need to know about these special forms.

4) New Research quests

Not unlike recent Community Day events, Adventure Week comes with its own themed Research quests with rewards to match.

These are:

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  • Hatch 2 Eggs (reward: 1x Rare Candy)
  • Spin 2 Pokéstops you haven't visited before (reward: Onix)
  • Hatch 3 Eggs (reward: Omanyte)
  • Earn 3 Candy walking your Buddy (reward: Kabuto)
  • Evolve Omanyte or Kabuto (reward: Aerodactyl)

When you consider most rewards are found easily in the wild, it's a pretty underwhelming list. Thankfully, existing Research quests are still available, so if none of them suit your tastes, feel free to bin them and collect another.

Thanks to Araaf on reddit for helping with the above.


The start of August introduced new Field Research, which saw the surprise release of Gen 3's Spinda and several new Shinies. Recently we've also seen the arrival of Lucky Pokémon, which comes hot off the heels of several Pokémon Go Friendship updates Gifts and Trading. Before that we've seen Legendary Pokémon Registeel, Alolan Pokémon Forms, 7km Eggs to investigate. Looking to the future, there's the final leg of the Pokémon Go Summer Tour 2018, the next Community Day (don't forget those Eevee evolution names!) and the eventual arrival of Pokémon Go Gen 4 Pokémon and Celebi.


What happened with Pokémon Go rock event Adventure Week last year?

If you're curious, here's what changed in the game while the 2017 Adventure Week was active:

1) Poké Balls was 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" were awarded from every PokéStop visit - so more Balls, Berries and curatives.

3) Buddy Pokemon dropped Candies four times as fast as usual:

  • 1km is now 0.25km
  • 3km is now 0.75km
  • 5km is now 1.25km

4) A new Avatar item was made available - the 'Explorer's Hat'.

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