Rocket Straight to Victory is the Special Research questline released on Day Two, Sunday 26th July, of Go Fest 2020 for Pokémon Go, which, if completed, grants you the chance to catch the mythical Victini.
While the initial release of Victini is part of the Go Fest 2020 celebrations, which means that you must purchase a Go Fest 2020 ticket to unlock this Special Research, it will eventually be made available to every Pokémon Go trainer via a new Special Research quest.
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How Rocket Straight to Victory works during Day 2 of Pokémon Go Fest
If you want to complete this Special Research, however, you must first purchase a ticket for Go Fest 2020.
Once you've bought your ticket, you must ensure that you play Pokémon on Sunday, 26th July from between 10am to 8pm (local time). Doing so will automatically unlock Rocket Straight to Victory allowing you to begin tackling the challenges.
If you don't purchase a Go Fest 2020 ticket or, if you already have one, don't play Pokémon Go on Sunday, 26th July, then you won't be able to unlock Rocket Straight to Victory.
There is no time limit for completing Rocket Straight to Victory once you've unlocked it, so feel free to take your time completing the Special Research questline if you so wish.
The questline is broken down into several steps, with each one containing three individual challenges for you to complete. Every time you complete a challenge or a step in the quest, you'll find yourself being rewarded.
Rocket Straight to Victory quest steps in Pokémon Go
Below you'll find the six quest steps for Rocket Straight to Victory, along with all the rewards you receive for completing each and every task.
This section does, however, contain spoilers for both the challenges and the rewards, so go forward at your own caution.
Thank you to SilphScience from reddit for the help with this information.
Rocket Straight to Victory Step 1 of 6
- Take a Snapshot - x2 Incense
- Power Up a Pokémon 3 times - x100 PokéBalls
- Send 3 Gifts to Friends - 2020 Stardust
Rewards: x20 Max Revives, 2020 XP and a Machamp encounter
Rocket Straight to Victory Step 2 of 6
- Defeat 2 Team Go Rocket Grunts - Weavile encounter
- Rescue 2 Shadow Pokémon - x20 Max Potions
- Purify a Shadow Pokémon - x20 Max Revives
Rewards: 2020 Stardust, x20 Rare Candy and a Golem encounter
Rocket Straight to Victory Step 3 of 6
- Defeat Team Leader Cliff - Shadow Articuno
- Defeat Team Leader Arlo - Shadow Moltres
- Defeat Team Leader Sierra - Shadow Zapdos
Rewards: x20 Revive, x1 Super Rocket Radar and 5000 Stardust
Rocket Straight to Victory Step 4 of 6
- Defeat Team Go Rocket Boss Giovanni - Shadow Mewtwo
Rewards: x20 Ultra Balls, x2 Incense and a Victini encounter
Rocket Straight to Victory Step 5 of 6
- Claim reward - 2020 Stardust
- Claim reward - 2020 XP
- Claim reward - 2020 Stardust
Rewards: x20 Ultra Balls, x20 Victini Candy and x2 Incense
Rocket Straight to Victory Step 6 of 6
- Take a Snapshot of Victini - x20 Victini Candy
- Catch 20 different Pokémon - x10 Rare Candy
- Send 3 Gifts to Friends - x1 Super Incubator
Rewards: Victini Shirt, x2 Premium Battles Passes and x2 Star Pieces
It's Day Two of Pokémon Go Fest! Play the Rocket Straight to Victory quest, where you'll face Arlo, Cliff and Sierra, as well as Giovanni. You can also face Palkia and Dialga in raids, and get your hands on Rotom and Unown if you're a ticket holder. 2020 has otherwise seen several new features - such the arrival of Rocket Balloons, the Go Battle League, Remote Raids and the trade evolution feature. Pokemon Go also sees regular events - including weekly Spotlight Hour, monthly Field Research rewards and Pokémon Go Community Day. You can currently compete in the Season 3 Great League and complete the Dragon Week Timed Research.
Everything you need to know about Victini
Victini is a fire and psychic-type Pokémon, which made its first appearance in Pokémon Black and White. Like most mythical Pokémon, this appearance was done via a limited-time event, which, in Victini's case, required the player to own the Liberty Pass to unlock.
Victini is the Victory Pokémon and it's believed, according to its Pokédex entry from Pokémon Black, that 'Trainers with Victini always win, regardless of the type of encounter.'
This connection between Victini and the concept of victory is furthered when you notice not only how similar the two words are, but how Victini is similar to the name Victoria, which was the name given to the Roman goddess of victory.
Aside from its name Victini's design also has Roman connotations, as it's ears are shaped like a V, which, along with being the first letter in victory, is the Roman numeral for five. Since Vicitini is part of Gen 5, it's highly likely that this design decision was made to reflect that fact.
Victini also occupies a unique position in both the Unova and National Pokédex.
In the Unova Pokédex Victini is listed as 000; not only does this make Victini the only Pokémon ever listed above the starter Pokémon in a regional Pokédex, but it makes it the only Pokémon to hold this number in any Pokédex. Due to this positioning, it means that Victini is the mythical Pokémon to appear next to another mythical Pokémon from a past generation in the National Pokédex.