Pokémon Go's Global Challenge allows players around the world to get involved in the game's many Go Fest events throughout the summer.

Each Go Fest event - in Chicago, Dortmund and Yokohama - will coincide with a Global Challenge date that all players can participate in. Doing so will result in bonuses being unlocked for everyone in the game - as well as the arrival of shiny beasts.

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Pokémon Go's Global Challenge dates, times and rewards at a glance

There are three unique events happening in 2019, all under the umbrella of 'Summer Events'. Even if you can't attend them yourself, there will be Global Challenges taking place across all three events, each with unique rewards that then unlock for all players at a later time.

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If players can unlock all challenges within an event, a Raid day for the legendary beasts - Raikou, Entei and Suicune - will unlock. Anad, if players can unlock every challenge across all three Go Fest events, there will be a bonus mystery Raid Day in the future.

Last year's bonus Raid Day was the arrival of Mewtwo in Level 5 Raids, and it's likely the current EX Raid occupant, Deoxys, will take its place.

First of all, here are the dates and Pokémon spawns for each event at a glance:

Global Challenge start timeGlobal Challenge end timeAssociated Event and TrainerRewards up for grabsGlobal Challenge reward dates
June 13th 9am PSTJune 15th 5pm PSTGo Fest Chicago / Spark's Candy Research• Raikou Raid Day
• 2x Catch Candy
• Guaranteed 1 Rare Candy per raid
• 1/2 Hatch Distance
• 2x Hatch Candy
June 18th to June 25th (both 9pm BST / 1pm PST)
July 4th, 1am PSTJuly 9th, 9am PSTGo Fest Dortmund / Candela's XP Research• Entei Raid Day
• 3x Catch XP
• 1 hour Lucky Eggs
• 3x Hatch XP
• 2x Raid XP
July 9th to July 16th (both 9pm BST / 1pm PST)
August 5th, 6pm PSTAugust 12th, 1am PSTGo Fest Yokohama / Blanche's Stardust Research• Suicune Raid Day
• 3x Catch Stardust
• Guaranteed 3000 Stardust per raid
• 3x Hatch Stardust
• 1 Hour Star Pieces
August 13th to August 20th (both 9pm BST / 1pm PST)

Go Fest Chicago Global Challenges and rewards

Between June 13th, 9am PST and June 15th, 5pm PST are Spark's Candy Research Global Challenges as part of Go Fest Chicago (which, though not announced before hand, will see the debut of Jirachi for event attendees):

ParticipantsGlobal ChallengeReward
Pokémon GO Fest Chicago event attendees Complete 1 million research tasks 2× Catch Candy
Team Instinct Complete 15 million research tasks globally Guaranteed 1 Rare Candy per raid
Team Valor Complete 15 million research tasks globally 1/2 Hatch Distance
Team Mystic Complete 15 million research tasks globally 2× Hatch Candy

Completing all the above will introduce a Raikou Raid Day at a later date, with the debut of a shiny version on the day.

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Go Fest Dortmund Global Challenges and rewards

Between July 4th, 1am PST and July 9th, 9am PST are Candela's XP Research Global Challenges as part of Go Fest Dortmund:

ParticipantsGlobal ChallengeReward
Pokémon GO Fest Dortmund event attendeesComplete 1 million research tasks3× Catch XP
Team InstinctComplete 15 million research tasks globally1-hour Lucky Eggs
Team ValorComplete 15 million research tasks globally3× Hatch XP
Team MysticComplete 15 million research tasks globally2× Raid XP

Completing all the above will introduce an Entei Raid Day at a later date, with the debut of a shiny version on the day.


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.


Go Fest Yokohama Global Challenges and rewards

Between August 5th, 6pm PST and August 12th, 1am PST are Blanche's Stardust Research Global Challenges as part of Go Fest Yokohama:

ParticipantsGlobal ChallengeReward
Pokémon GO Fest Yokohama event attendees Complete 2 million research tasks 3× Catch Stardust
Team Instinct Complete 25 million research tasks globally Guaranteed 3,000 Stardust per raid
Team Valor Complete 25 million research tasks globally 3× Hatch Stardust
Team Mystic Complete 25 million research tasks globally 1-hour Star Pieces

Completing all the above will introduce a Suicune Raid Day at a later date, with the debut of a shiny version on the day.

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