Pokémon Go's Global Challenge allows players around the world to get involved in the game's many Go Fest events throughout the summer.
Each Go Fest event - in Chicago, Dortmund and Yokohama - will coincide with a Global Challenge date that all players can participate in. Doing so will result in bonuses being unlocked for everyone in the game - as well as the arrival of shiny beasts.
After those, there will be Pokémon Go Ultra Bonus dates in September, with the tease of some powerful and never-before-seen rewards.
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Pokémon Go's Ultra Bonus rewards and unlocks explained
After three Go Fest events across the summer, the Jirachi quest has been unlocked and a series of Ultra Bonus rewards will roll out throughout September.
The Ultra Bonus rewards are as follows:
|Ultra Bonus week||Ultra Bonus start date, time||Ultra Bonus end date, time||Pokémon Go Ultra Bonus rewards|
|Week 1||September 2, 9pm UK / 1pm PDT||September 9, 9pm UK / 1pm PDT|
|Week 2||September 9, 9pm UK / 1pm PDT||September 16, 9pm UK / 1pm PDT|
|Week 3||September 16, 9pm UK / 1pm PDT||September 23, 9pm UK / 1pm PDT|
Pokémon Go's Global Challenge dates, times and rewards at a glance
There are three unique events happening in 2019, all under the umbrella of 'Summer Events'. Even if you can't attend them yourself, there will be Global Challenges taking place across all three events, each with unique rewards that then unlock for all players at a later time.
If players can unlock all challenges within an event, a Raid day for the legendary beasts - Raikou, Entei and Suicune - will unlock. Anad, if players can unlock every challenge across all three Go Fest events, there will be a bonus mystery Raid Day in the future.
Last year's bonus Raid Day was the arrival of Mewtwo in Level 5 Raids, and it's likely the current EX Raid occupant, Deoxys, will take its place.
First of all, here are the dates and Pokémon spawns for each event at a glance:
|Global Challenge start time||Global Challenge end time||Associated Event and Trainer||Rewards up for grabs||Global Challenge reward dates|
|June 13th 9am PST||June 15th 5pm PST||Go Fest Chicago / Spark's Candy Research||• Raikou Raid Day|
• 2x Catch Candy
• Guaranteed 1 Rare Candy per raid
• 1/2 Hatch Distance
• 2x Hatch Candy
|June 18th to June 25th (both 9pm BST / 1pm PST)|
|July 4th, 1am PST||July 9th, 9am PST||Go Fest Dortmund / Candela's XP Research||• Entei Raid Day|
• 3x Catch XP
• 1 hour Lucky Eggs
• 3x Hatch XP
• 2x Raid XP
|July 9th to July 16th (both 9pm BST / 1pm PST)|
|August 5th, 6pm PST||August 12th, 1am PST||Go Fest Yokohama / Blanche's Stardust Research||• Suicune Raid Day|
• 3x Catch Stardust
• Guaranteed 3000 Stardust per raid
• 3x Hatch Stardust
• 1 Hour Star Pieces
|August 13th to August 20th (both 9pm BST / 1pm PST)|
Go Fest Chicago Global Challenges and rewards
Between June 13th, 9am PST and June 15th, 5pm PST are Spark's Candy Research Global Challenges as part of Go Fest Chicago (which, though not announced before hand, will see the debut of Jirachi for event attendees):
|Pokémon GO Fest Chicago event attendees||Complete 1 million research tasks||2× Catch Candy|
|Team Instinct||Complete 15 million research tasks globally||Guaranteed 1 Rare Candy per raid|
|Team Valor||Complete 15 million research tasks globally||1/2 Hatch Distance|
|Team Mystic||Complete 15 million research tasks globally||2× Hatch Candy|
Completing all the above will introduce a Raikou Raid Day at a later date, with the debut of a shiny version on the day.
Go Fest Dortmund Global Challenges and rewards
Between July 4th, 1am PST and July 9th, 9am PST are Candela's XP Research Global Challenges as part of Go Fest Dortmund:
|Pokémon GO Fest Dortmund event attendees||Complete 1 million research tasks||3× Catch XP|
|Team Instinct||Complete 15 million research tasks globally||1-hour Lucky Eggs|
|Team Valor||Complete 15 million research tasks globally||3× Hatch XP|
|Team Mystic||Complete 15 million research tasks globally||2× Raid XP|
Completing all the above will introduce an Entei Raid Day at a later date, with the debut of a shiny version on the day.
After a summer teasing its arrival, the Jirachi quest is here! Coming soon is a variety of Ultra Bonus rewards too, including Unown and regional exclusives in Eggs, Deoxys and Mewtwo in raids, and the arrival of the first Gen 5 Pokémon! Until then, be sure to keep on top of Team Rocket Invasions and freeingShadow Pokémon, as well as catching monthly Field Research.
Go Fest Yokohama Global Challenges and rewards
Between August 5th, 6pm PST and August 12th, 1am PST are Blanche's Stardust Research Global Challenges as part of Go Fest Yokohama:
|Pokémon GO Fest Yokohama event attendees||Complete 2 million research tasks||3× Catch Stardust|
|Team Instinct||Complete 25 million research tasks globally||Guaranteed 3,000 Stardust per raid|
|Team Valor||Complete 25 million research tasks globally||3× Hatch Stardust|
|Team Mystic||Complete 25 million research tasks globally||1-hour Star Pieces|
Completing all the above will introduce a Suicune Raid Day at a later date, with the debut of a shiny version on the day.