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Rivals' Week event research and bonuses in Pokémon Go explained


Rivals' Week is a new themed event in Pokémon Go.

Aiming to celebrate the rivalries between Pokémon, the headline is the rollout of two new Gen 6 Pokémon - Skrelp and Clauncher.

As well as this, expect new Rivals' Week field research, as well as a change in creatures appearing in the wild, eggs, and raids.

There's also a Global Challenge to track and participate in - with a bonus awarded to all players upon its completion.

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See Clauncher and Skrelp in Pokémon Go.

Rivals' Week research tasks in Pokémon Go

There is no research quest for the Rivals' Week event - instead, there are field research tasks to pick up from spinning PokéStops.

Each of the following will be tagged with 'event' so you know it's part of Rivals' Week.

Here is the Rivals' Week field research tasks and their rewards:

  • Catch 3 Fighting-type Pokémon reward - 1x Revive, 3x Super Potion or 2x Hyper Potion
  • Catch 6 Fighting-type Pokémon reward - Hitmonlee or Hitmonchan encounter
  • Catch 15 Fighting-type Pokémon reward - Zangoose or Sepviper encounter
  • Battle in the Go Battle League reward - 20x Lopunny Mega Energy
  • Win a Raid reward - Skrelp or Clauncher encounter
Skrelp or Clauncher make their debut in the event.

Thank you to SilphScience from reddit for the help with the above information.

As always, these tasks can be saved and completed after the event ends, but you can only collect them while it's running.

Everything else we know about the Rivals' Week event, including the Global Challenge, in Pokémon Go

Aside from the above Rivals' Week field research, there are several other activities going on, including:

  • Rival-themed Pokémon spawning in the wild - including Hitmonchan and Hitmonlee (also available in research), Makhuita and Meditite, Magmar and Electrabuzz, Nidoran (M) and Nidoran (F) - as well as a rare chance of encountering Skrelp and Clauncher.
Hitmonchan and Hitmonlee, and Magmar and Electrabuzz, are among the many rivals appearing in the event.
  • Changes in 5km Eggs during the event, which follow a similar theme as the above spawns - with Zangoose and Seviper, Makhuita and Meditite, Elekid and Magby, Tyrogue and Machop featuring.
  • The arrival of legendary Therian Forme Landorus, many of the above spawns, and most importantly, new additions Skrelp and Clauncher, in Raids.
  • Beyond the game itself, there Global Challenge in the Event tab which tasks players collectively completing 40 million raids. The reward? 2x Catch Stardust until the event ends. You can track how many you have personally done in the event - and how you stack up against your friends, too.
  • Finally, we were originally meant to be see an uptick in Go Rocket encounters - but they have been disabled on the event's debut due to developer Niantic "investigating errors".

That's your lot. For those fleshing out their Pokédex, the likes of Therian Forme Landorus and new additions Skrelp and Clauncher are the ones to look out for - as well as the 'Win in the Go Battle League' research for those yet to gather enough Lopunny Mega Energy to evolve one.

The Season of Rising Heroes is here! The Let's Go event is currently running and it has brought the Let's GO! quest with it, along with a new list of Ditto disguises. A new Team Go Rocket quest - From The Shadows - has been released, along with a shake up of the Giovanni and Team Go Rocket Leaders lineups. As you continue your Pokémon Go adventure, make sure to battle in the new Go Battle League season. Don't forget to keep an eye out for Kecleon or, if you purchased it, work on the Masterwork Research: Wish Granted quest. Elsewhere, be sure to use Daily Adventure Incense for the chance of encountering Galarian Articuno, Galarian Zapdos and Galarian Moltres. This incense may also give you encounters with other rare Pokémon in Pokémon Go.

Rivals' Week event dates and times in Pokémon Go

The Rivals' Week event in Pokémon Go is available from Tuesday, April 13th at 10am local time to Sunday, April 18th at 8pm local time.

It's likely Skrelp and Clauncher will still be accessible in some form once it ends - but it's worth tracking them down now, and their associated evolutions, while they are more available.

Therian Forme Landorus, meanwhile, will return later as all Incarnate Formes enter raids from Tuesday, 27th April.

Enjoy the event!

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Matthew Reynolds edited guides and other helpful things at Eurogamer from 2010 - 2023. When he wasn't doing that, he was out and about playing Pokémon Go or continuing to amass his amiibo collection.

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