Pokémon Go's Jirachi is the game's third Mythical Pokémon, and once again, it's debuting as part of an event.

Much like Mew and Celebi before it, Jirachi will be available as part of a Special Research quest, where players must complete a series of objectives as part of a story-based questline.

And, like Celebi last year, it's appeared first as part of Go Fest in Chicago, but expect it appear in the game for all at some point in the future. Unlike Celebi last year, however, it might take a little longer for it to arrive...

What we know about Jirachi in Pokémon Go

Jirachi is the subject of another Special Research quest, which falls in line with how other Mythical Pokémon were released in the past.


Turns out the leaks by Chrales on Twitter were true - those attending Pokemon Go Fest in Chicago between June 13th to June 16th are the first to get their hands on Jirachi.

Here's some highlights of the quest steps for those attending the event:

  • Making three new Friends
  • Taking snapshots of various caught creatures in different habitats across Go Fest
  • Catch three Unown
  • Trading three creatures caught from over 100km away
  • Taking snapshots of Jirachi once caught

For those also curious as to what's happening at Go Fest in Chicago, there is the addition of new Horsea shinies (Abra and Clefairy were accidentally released on the first day, so don't go hunting for them!) - plus Unown spawns (with forms spelling WAKE UP), the return of crown Eevee and region exclusive Pachirisu up for grabs.

Meanwhile, the 'story' sees a Pokemon in deep slumber, with research featuring ancient text containing the story of a Mythical Pokemon "that grants wishes". Now those Unown characters start to make sense!

The quest should appear when players have signed into the event (players have to spin a PokéStop, provided they have a ticket). From there, it should start right away, and once the quest steps are done, Jirachi is yours.

Here's a look at Jirachi in action:

How to get Jirachi in Pokémon Go: Jirachi release date expectations

Jirachi is set to be a timed exclusive catch for attendees at Go Fest as a reward for attending, but the length of exclusivity is uncertain.

Last time this happened - with Celebi - it took around one month between its Go Fest debut and a wider release.

Things might take longer this time, however, if Jirachi is also given away in other Go Fest events around the globe. With other events such as Dortmund being ticketed this year and confirming there will be Special Research tasks for attendees, it's possible the same template could be rolled out throughout the summer.

Whenever it does release - we imagine in the autumn - expect a different set of quest steps than what those at Go Fest events had experienced.

This summer sees a series of Pokémon Go Global Challenges, which has resulted in an upcoming Raikou Day and the release of Jirachi in Pokémon Go for this year's Chicago Go Fest 2019 attendees. Elsewhere, June also sees weekly Raid Hour times, new Field Research, which can help with some of the harder-to-find Gen 4 Pokémon. Elsewhere, you can read up on the latest Legendary Pokémon counters and weaknesses.

Meanwhile - at last, the Harry Potter: Wizard Unite's release date has arrived! Once you start playing and join a House in Harry Potter Wizards Unite, the first things you need to do is learn how to perform Potion Master Notes and unlock Portkey Portmanteaus. After that, it's time to decide what's the best Professsion between Auror, Magizoologist and Professor.

Jirachi stats and what else you need to know about Jirachi in Pokémon Go

Jirachi is Pokémon Go's third Mythical Pokémon, and the pen-ultimate creature of Gen 3.

Here's the Pokemon.com Pokédex entry description:

"A legend states that Jirachi will make true any wish that is written on notes attached to its head when it awakens. If this Pokémon senses danger, it will fight without awakening."

While Legendary Pokémon are powerful beasts that are worth levelling up for battle, Mythical Pokémon tend to be for completionists - though Jirachi is a little different.

Jirachi is a Steel and Psychic type, which leads to a variety of weaknesses in raids, but it may actually be very useful in PvP, if that's your thing, according to RyanoftheDay on reddit.

And if it's not, Jirachi's rarity alone makes it well worth the time and effort in completing the Special Research questline. After all, there is no way to trade it.

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