Pokémon Go's Celebi is the game's second Mythical Pokémon, and was first made available in a different way to any other creature we've seen so far.

Much like Mew before it, it'll be available as part of a Special Research quest, where players must complete a series of objectives as part of a story-based questline.

However, there's another key difference - the quest has debuted first for those attending this year's Go Fest in Chicago.

Celebi release date: When Celebi will be released for everyone in Pokémon Go?

With the announcement of birthday event Pikachu, Niantic confirmed Celebi will be coming to the game as part of a Special Research quest for everyone, not just those attending Go Fest 2018.

Developer Niantic has announced the Celebi release date as Monday, August 20. Though not confirmed, we suspect it will be available when the game usually updates in the evening in the UK, at the following times:

  • UK: 9pm (BST)
  • Europe: 10pm (CEST)
  • East Coast US: 4pm (EST)
  • West Coast US: 1pm (PDT)

To get started, you need to have completed the third group of tasks for Mew's'A Mythical Discovery'.

Catching Celebi works much like Mew did back in the first half of 2018, becoming available as part of a Special Research quest.

Where standard Field Research offers objectives that can be collected by players at any time, Special Research is a story-driven questline with specific steps.

By completing every step of the Special Research quest, the Mythical creature will be given to players as a reward.


What else do we know? There will be a focus on Gen 2 Johto Pokémon (in the same way Mew was focused on Gen 1) with a tease of Johto spawns from August 20th to help complete the quests, as well as the release of Field Research relating to that generation.

If you already caught Celebi by taking part in Chicago's Go Fest, then completing the many tasks will earn you Candy to help power Celebi up.

Additionally, what makes this interesting is Celebi is not the mysterious 'Ultra Bonus Unlock' that is rewarded if player successfully complete challenges across all three Summer Tour 2018 events. So what else could it be?

How Celebi debuted in Pokémon Go

Before August, only those attending this year's Pokemon Go Fest in Chicago were available to catch Celebi.

Ahead of the July event, datamining (via The Silph Road subreddit) had revealed a Special Research quest for attendees, which confirmed how the following went down:

  • A total of five steps to complete
  • Challenges to hatch an Egg, earn Buddy Candy and visit PokéStops
  • Catching Unown, Plusle and Minun
  • Story text hinting at Celebi's time travelling abilities

Once attendees registered for the event (players have to spin a PokéStop and scan a barcade to register their account as attending) they could get started.

Another hint Celebi was going to be at Go Fest is through a sponsored tweet from Mystic7, showing a silhouette of the Pokemon in an event invite:

The datamines turned out to be true, with Celebi able to be caught after a day's play:

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.

Celebi stats and what else you need to know about Celebi in Pokémon Go

Celebi is Pokémon Go's second Mythical Pokémon, and the last Pokédex entry in Gen 2. While Legendary Pokémon are powerful beasts that are caught in game through specific steps, Mythical Pokémon can only be added to the game by acquiring it from real-world giveaways, and later in the series, online events.

Celebi is both Psychic and Grass Type, leaving it open to attack from Fire, Bug, Dark and Ghost attacks. Between that and fairly underwhelming stats, Celebi continues the trend that Mythical creatures aren't great competitive Pokémon in Pokémon Go.

However, its rarity alone makes it well worth the time and effort in completing the Special Research questline. After all, there is no way to trade it.

There are more to come, too. Like Legendary Pokémon, each generation adds one or two of these creatures - such as Gen 3's Jirachi and Deoxys - and it's assumed these creatures will be added to the game as part of their own Special Research quests at some point in the future.

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