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Pokémon Go 5th Anniversary event guide: Field Research and Collection Challenge

Happy Birthday to Pokémon Go!

Charmeleon celebrates in front of a birthday cake Image: Niantic/The Pokémon Company

Pokémon Go is celebrating its fifth anniversary with a huge in-game event, running from July 6-15, 2021.

During the 5th Anniversary event, assorted starter Pokémon have increased spawn rates, Lure Modules last for one hour, and a special Flying Pikachu with balloons will spawn. All of the event information is detailed below. There’s also Field Research Tasks and a Collection Challenge to complete. Meltan will also be available Shiny during the event period, if you use a Mystery Box.

Our Pokémon Go 5th Anniversary guide will list out the spawn increases, raid bosses, and more.

5th Anniversary event specific spawns

  • Bulbasaur
  • Charmander
  • Squirtle
  • 5th Anniversary Flying Pikachu
  • Treecko
  • Torchic
  • Mudkip
  • Snivy
  • Tepig
  • Oshawott
  • Darumaka

Notably, the Flying Pikachu that’s spawning is a new variant of the previous Flying Pikachu. This one has a five-shaped balloon. Darumaka is also available Shiny for the first time.

Shiny Darumaka and Darmanitan in Pokémon Go. Shiny Darumaka is a lighter pink and Shiny Darmanitan is a darker red. Zen Darmanitan is a darker blue. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Image source: Niantic/The Pokémon Company

5th Anniversary event Lure Module spawns

These Pokémon will be found more often around Lures specifically.

  • Bulbasaur
  • Charmander
  • Squirtle
  • Chikorita
  • Cyndaquil
  • Totodile
  • Treecko
  • Torchic
  • Mudkip
  • Turtwig
  • Chimchar
  • Piplup
  • Snivy
  • Tepig
  • Oshawott
  • Chespin
  • Fennekin
  • Froakie

5th Anniversary event raids

  • 5th Anniversary Flying Pikachu
  • Darumaka
  • Chespin
  • Fennekin
  • Froakie

5th Anniversary event Field Research

Pokémon Go 5th Anniversary event Field Research and rewards

Task Reward
Task Reward
Catch 5 Pokémon Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle encounter
Earn 2 candies walking with your buddy 8 Poké Balls or 5 Razz Berries
Make 5 great throws Turtwig, Chimchar, or Piplup encounter
Send 5 gifts Snivy, Tepig, or Oshawott encounter
Spin 5 PokéStops or gyms Chespin, Fennekin, or Froakie encounter
Take 5 snapshots of wild Pokémon Treecko, Torchic, or Mudkip encounter
Use 5 Berries to help catch Pokémon Chikorita, Cyndaquil, or Totodile encounter

5th Anniversary event Collection Challenge

Catching all of the following Pokémon will yield a reward.

  • Bulbasaur
  • Charmander
  • Squirtle
  • Chikorita
  • Cyndaquil
  • Totodile
  • Treecko
  • Torchic
  • Mudkip
  • Turtwig
  • Chimchar
  • Piplup
  • Snivy
  • Tepig
  • Oshawott
  • Chespin
  • Fennekin
  • Froakie
  • 5th Anniversary Flying Pikachu

Reward: 5th Anniversary Flying Pikachu encounter, 80 Poké Balls, 3 Rare Candy