Pokémon Go Johto Celebration event guide: Field Research and rewards

Pokémon Go is having a Johto region event from Jan. 26 until Jan. 31, increasing the spawn rate for the Pokémon from that region.

During the event period, Johto region Pokémon like Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Totodile, Hoppip, Miltank, and more will be appearing more frequently. Miltank will also be available Shiny for the first time.

Shiny Miltank with its normal form. Shiny Miltank is blue instead of pink. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Image sources: Niantic/The Pokémon Company

Baby Pokémon from Johto, like Pichu, Cleffa, and Tyrogue, will also be hatching out of five kilometer eggs that are obtained during the event period.

Notably, evolving some Pokémon will teach it the rare Community Day move from past Community Days. Meganium will learn Frenzy Plant, Typhlosion will learn Blast Burn, Ampharos will learn Dragon Pulse, and Tyranitar will learn Smack Down. These moves are powerful and worth collecting if you don’t have them already.

Entei will also return to raids as the featured five-star boss.

As with the previous events, this one has a lot of tasks and challenges to complete, including Field Research, Timed Research, and a Collection Challenge.

Johto Celebration event Field Research and rewards

Catch 5 grass-type PokémonSudowoodo encounter
Take a snapshot of your buddyChinchou or Mareep encounter
Use 2 berries to help catch PokémonChikorita, Cyndaquil, or Totodile encounter
Use 5 berries to help catch PokémonMiltank encounter

Johto Celebration Timed Research

Step 1 of 2

  • Catch 15 dark-type Pokémon (5 Great Balls)
  • Catch 15 Shadow Pokémon (5 Revives)
  • Defeat a Team Go Rocket Leader (Larvitar encounter)

Reward: 15 Poké Balls, 1 Incense, 5,000 XP

Step 2 of 2

  • Defeat Team Go Rocket Leader Arlo (2 Max Revives)
  • Defeat Team Go Rocket Leader Cliff (3 Hyper Potions)
  • Defeat Team Go Rocket Leader Sierra (2 Max Potions)
  • Reward: Ho-oh encounter

Johto Celebration Collection Challenge

Collecting all of the Pokémon below during the event will net you rewards.

  • Chikorita
  • Cyndaquil
  • Totodile
  • Sudowoodo
  • Sunkern
  • Murkrow
  • Smeargle
  • Miltank
  • Larvitar
  • Reward: 15 Poké Balls, 10 Ultra Balls, 1 Incense