Jirachi is the fourth Mythical Pokémon to arrive, or in Jirachi's case wake up, in Pokémon Go.
Like Mew, Celebi and Meltan before it, Jirachi is available through a Special Research quest line. This has players completing a series of objectives as they follow the story of Jirachi's reawakening.
Jirachi, much like Celebi in 2018, made its first debut at the 2019 Go Fest in Chicago. It was released worldwide alongside the Ultra Bonuses for 2019.
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How Jirachi quest 'A Thousand-Year Slumber' works in Pokémon Go
Research Quests, which allow you to complete objectives for rewards, were introduced into Pokémon Go in March 2018.
There are two types of Research Quests - Field Research and Special Research. Unlike Field Research tasks, which include a range of challenges and can be completed whenever a player likes, Special Research tasks are the same for every player and have a set, story driven, order.
Just how these previous quest lines brought you to a mythical Pokémon, A Thousand-Year Slumber sees you assisting Professor Willow in his investigation into one of the Mythical Pokémon from the Hoenn region - Jirachi.
The quest is broken down into seven steps, which each consist of three individual challenges. You'll be rewarded for every individual challenge and overall step you complete. Eventually, once you have completed all the steps, you'll be given the opportunity to catch Jirachi.
There is no restriction on when you can complete A Thousand-Year Slumber, so visit the Research tab to start waking Jirachi up.
How to complete each of the 'A Thousand-Year Slumber' Jirachi quest steps
Here are all seven steps and their rewards for A Thousand-Year Slumber. Be warned - there are spoilers below, so, if you don't want to learn what each objective entails, consider skipping this section.
'A Thousand-Year Slumber' Step 1 of 7
- Catch 25 Pokémon (1000XP)
- Spin 10 Pokéstops or Gyms (Jigglypuff encounter)
- Make 3 new friends (Feebas encounter)
Rewards: 1 Mossy Lure, 1 Magnetic Lure and 1 Glacial Lure
'A Thousand-Year Slumber' Step 2 of 7
- Catch 3 Whismur (10 Whismur Candy)
- Evolve a Feebas (1500 XP)
- Gold Hoenn Medal (1500 XP)
Rewards: 2000 Stardust, 10 Regular Pokéballs and 3 Lures
'A Thousand-Year Slumber' Step 3 of 7
- Take a snapshot of Loudred (Snorlax encounter)
- Make 3 Great Throws in a row (2000 XP)
- Earn 3 Candies walking with your buddy (2000 XP)
Rewards: 20 Silver Pinap Berries, 3 Star Pieces and 2000 Stardust
'A Thousand-Year Slumber' Step 4 of 7
- Catch 50 Psychic or Steel type Pokémon (2500 XP)
- Power up Pokémon 10 times (2500 XP)
- Send 10 Gifts to friends (2500 XP)
Rewards: 1 Fast TM, 1 Charged TM and 1 Premium Raid Pass
'A Thousand-Year Slumber' Step 5 of 7
- Battle a team leader 3 times (Kricketune encounter)
- Win against another Trainer 7 times (3000 XP)
- Win 5 raids (3000 XP)
Rewards: 3 Rare Candy, 20 Ultra Balls and 3000 Stardust
'A Thousand-Year Slumber' Step 6 of 7
- Take 5 photos of Steel or Psychic Pokémon (Chimecho encounter)
- Make 3 excellent curveball throws (Bronzong encounter)
- Spin a Pokéstop 7 days in a row
Rewards: 10 Silver Pinap Berries, 10 Star Pieces and 5000 Stardust
'A Thousand-Year Slumber' Step 7 of 7
The tasks for Step 7 will already be completed, allowing you to reap those sweet rewards!
Rewards: Jirachi encounter, 20 Jirachi Candy and Jirachi T-shirt from the Style Shop
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How Jirachi first debuted in Pokémon Go
Much like Celebi before it, Jirachi was originally only available at the 2019 Go Fests held around the world.
Jirachi made its first appearance at the 2019 Go Fest in Chicago, from June 13th 2019 to June 16th. Attendees were able to catch the Mythical Pokémon after completing a Go-Fest exclusive Special Research questline.
This involved completing a variety of different tasks, some of which were:
- Making three new friends
- Catch three Unown
- Taking snapshots of various caught creatures in different habitats across Go Fest
- Trading three creatures caught from over 100 km away
Once these tasks were completed, attendees were able to add Jirachi to their Pokédex.
Jirachi was released worldwide alongside the Ultra Bonuses for 2019.
Pokémon Go in 2020 begins with the new Buddy Adventure feature, which introduces a variety of perks - including finding Souvenirs - as well as a new trade evolution feature. 2019 saw the release of the first Gen 5 Pokémon, along with new regional exclusive Pokémon, Egg charts, and the introduction of the Unova Stone. Last year also introduced the Adventure Sync rewards, a Jirachi quest, Team Rocket Invasions and freeing Shadow Pokémon, as well as monthly Field Research rewards. Complete The Take-Over Continues special research quest line to fight against the invading Team Go Rocket Leaders and Giovanni! Finally, we have details on the next Pokémon Go Community Day.
Jirachi stats and everything else you need to know about Jirachi in Pokémon Go
Jirachi is the fourth Mythical Pokemon to appear in Pokémon Go through Special Research task questline. It's also the second Mythical Pokémon from the Hoenn region; the other being Deoxys, which is currently only available via EX Raids.
Like most Mythical Pokemon, Jirachi acquired in the main game series through real-world giveaways and online events.
Jirachi is a Steel and Psychic Type Pokémon. This makes it weak to Ground, Ghost, Fire and Dark Pokémon. Despite its rarity, Jarchi has underwhelming stats, meaning it's true worth comes from the satisfaction of seeing its Pokédex entry being filled. Especially since Mythical Pokémon can't be traded in Pokémon Go.
Jirachi's design was inspired by the superstition of 'wishing upon a star.' The turquoise paper tags that hang from its head are a reference to tanzaku, which are the paper slips people write wishes on during Tanabata. In 2016, 2017 and 2018, Jirachi could be downloaded during Tanabata.
There are more Mythical Pokémon to come, since every generation has its own Mythical Pokémon. Gen 4 has slowly been released into Pokémon Go through 2018 and 2019, so we wouldn't be surprised to see its Mythical Pokémon - Manaphy, Phione, Darkrai, Shaymin, Arceus - appearing on our mobile screens soon.