‘Pokemon GO Fest’ announced by Niantic… plus the long-awaited gym revamp!


It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since Niantic’s Pokemon GO took over the world as a phenomenon unlike any other! To celebrate, the game’s developer has announced a series of events, including a real-world Pokemon Go Fest!

The one year anniversary comes at a great time: the game is also hitting its 750 million download mark. Incredible!

Solstice Event

Beginning June 13th, this event will have increased Pokemon spawns and XP bonuses:

  • Increased Fire-type and Ice-type Pokémon spawns
  • Huge XP bonuses for throwing Poké Balls accurately
  • Discounted Lucky Eggs in the in-game shop

Gym Revamp

They’ve also announced that the long-awaited gym revamp is finally on its way, coming some time after the Solstice Event:

Soon thereafter, you can look forward to a new update focused on collaborative group gameplay features that will get you playing Pokémon GO in fun new ways. In preparation for these exciting features, we’ll be temporarily disabling Gyms for a short period of time.

Pokemon GO Fest

For fans in the Chicago area, you’ll be thrilled: Niantic is holding its first official North American event, Pokemon GO Fest!

We’re also excited to announce our first ever real-world Pokémon GO event coming your way: Pokémon GO Fest Chicago! This event will take place in downtown Chicago, Illinois, USA at the beautiful Grant Park on July 22, 2017. Join us as we celebrate the Pokémon GO community with a ton of exciting festivities. Tickets and more information for Pokémon GO Fest Chicago will be available at PokemonGoLive.com/Fest on Monday, June 19 at 10:00 A.M. PDT.

Could this be the first event to debut a legendary Pokemon? We can only hope…


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Bryce Hilton is life-long gamer and avid anime enthusiast. When not playing Destiny, Heroes of the Storm, or Overwatch, he can be found catching up on the latest anime releases and geeking out to all things Zelda.

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