Pokémon Go's Jirachi is the game's third Mythical Pokémon, and once again, it's debuting as part of an event.
And, like Celebi last year, it's appeared first as part of Go Fest in Chicago, but expect it appear in the game for all at some point in the future. Unlike Celebi last year, however, it might take a little longer for it to arrive...
What we know about Jirachi in Pokémon Go
Jirachi is the subject of another Special Research quest, which falls in line with how other Mythical Pokémon were released in the past.
Here's some highlights of the quest steps for those attending the event:
- Making three new Friends
- Taking snapshots of various caught creatures in different habitats across Go Fest
- Catch three Unown
- Trading three creatures caught from over 100km away
- Taking snapshots of Jirachi once caught
For those also curious as to what's happening at Go Fest in Chicago, there is the addition of new Horsea shinies (Abra and Clefairy were accidentally released on the first day, so don't go hunting for them!) - plus Unown spawns (with forms spelling WAKE UP), the return of crown Eevee and region exclusive Pachirisu up for grabs.
Meanwhile, the 'story' sees a Pokemon in deep slumber, with research featuring ancient text containing the story of a Mythical Pokemon "that grants wishes". Now those Unown characters start to make sense!
The quest should appear when players have signed into the event (players have to spin a PokéStop, provided they have a ticket). From there, it should start right away, and once the quest steps are done, Jirachi is yours.
Here's a look at Jirachi in action:
How to get Jirachi in Pokémon Go: Jirachi release date expectations
Jirachi is set to be a timed exclusive catch for attendees at Go Fest as a reward for attending, but the length of exclusivity is uncertain.
Last time this happened - with Celebi - it took around one month between its Go Fest debut and a wider release.
Things might take longer this time, however, if Jirachi is also given away in other Go Fest events around the globe. With other events such as Dortmund being ticketed this year and confirming there will be Special Research tasks for attendees, it's possible the same template could be rolled out throughout the summer.
Whenever it does release - we imagine in the autumn - expect a different set of quest steps than what those at Go Fest events had experienced.
This summer sees a series of Pokémon Go Global Challenges, the first of which will see the arrival of Jirachi in Pokémon Go for certain attendees. As well as this, June also sees new Field Research, which can help with some of the harder-to-find Gen 4 Pokémon. We've also recently seen new Mossy, Glacial and Magnetic Lures, Eevee evolutions Leafeon and Glaceon, as well as a new region exclusive Pokémon and others with different forms, such as the Burmy forms and evolutions Wormadam and Mothim and Cherubi, Sunshine Cherrim and Overcast Cherrim forms.
Jirachi stats and what else you need to know about Jirachi in Pokémon Go
Jirachi is Pokémon Go's third Mythical Pokémon, and the pen-ultimate creature of Gen 3.
Here's the Pokemon.com Pokédex entry description:
"A legend states that Jirachi will make true any wish that is written on notes attached to its head when it awakens. If this Pokémon senses danger, it will fight without awakening."
While Legendary Pokémon are powerful beasts that are worth levelling up for battle, Mythical Pokémon tend to be for completionists - though Jirachi is a little different.
Jirachi is a Steel and Psychic type, which leads to a variety of weaknesses in raids, but it may actually be very useful in PvP, if that's your thing, according to RyanoftheDay on reddit.
And if it's not, Jirachi's 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.