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Pokémon Go Tour: Johto event guide

Make the most of the 12-hour event

Many Johto region Pokémon fly and run around an open field Image: Niantic

Pokémon Go is hosting its huge Johto Tour event, adding tons of bonuses and special spawns to the game on Feb. 26 from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. in your local time. The event adds a ton to the game, but it adds even more if you pay $11.99 for a ticket. Our Pokémon Go Tour: Johto event guide details perks for both ticket holders and free-to-play players, lists out the Collection Challenge bonuses, and spawn rotation times.


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Should I buy a pass?

The Pokémon Go Tour: Johto pass includes bonuses like doubled Candy from hatching eggs, Remote Raid Passes, and a lessened hatch distance for Eggs. If you don’t care for the increased Shiny rate or the Masterwork Research Tasks that reward Apex Shadow Ho-oh and Apex Shadow Lugia, or those bonuses, then you should skip out on the pass.


Which pass do I pick, Gold or Silver?

No matter which version you pick, you will get both Ho-oh and Lugia through the Masterwork Research.

Some differences only extend to cosmetic rewards. As pass holders complete their Special Research, they’ll get a player avatar shirt that represents Ho-oh (Gold) or Lugia (Silver).

Different Pokémon will be attracted to Incense for each version as well:

  • Gold version: Spinarak, Gligar, Teddiursa, and Mantine
  • Silver version: Ledyba, Delibird, Skarmory, and Phanpy

In addition to this, each pass has a different pool of Pokémon with increased Shiny odds:

  • Gold version: Spinarak, Igglybuff, Natu, Sunkern, Misdreavus, Wobbuffet, Gligar, Shuckle, Teddiursa, Swinub, Mantine, and Ho-oh
  • Silver version: Ledyba, Cleffa, Sudowoodo, Yanma, Pineco, Delibird, Skarmory, Houndour, Phanpy, Miltank, Larvitar, and Lugia.
  • Both versions: Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Totodile, and Hoppip

You should pick the version that you want the Shiny Pokémon from or that you like the cosmetic shirt from.


Pokémon Go Tour: Johto Collection Challenge

Collection Challenges are only available for pass holders.

Pokémon Go Tour: Johto Collection Challenges and rewards

Challenge Required Pokémon Reward
Challenge Required Pokémon Reward
Go Tour: Johto - Incense (Gold) Catch a Spinarak, Gligar, Teddiursa, and Mantine 2,022 Stardust, 1 Incense, 15 Ultra Balls
Go Tour: Johto - Trade (Gold) Trade a Ledyba, Delibird, Skarmory, and Phanpy 2,022 Stardust, 1 Lucky Egg, 15 Golden Razz Berry
Go Tour: Johto - Incense (Silver) Catch a Ledyba, Delibird, Skarmory, and Phanpy 2,022 Stardust, 1 Incense, 15 Ultra Balls
Go Tour: Johto - Trade (Silver) Trade a Spinarak, Gligar, Teddiursa, and Mantine 2,022 Stardust, 1 Lucky Egg, 15 Golden Razz Berry
Go Tour: Johto - Evolve Evolve all evolvable Johto region Pokémon 25,100 XP, 3 Rare Candy, 1 Star Piece
Go Tour: Johto - Special Catch a Dunsparce, Qwilfish, Stantler, Smeargle, Hitmontop, Celebi, and Gyarados 2,510 XP, 1 Incense, 2,510 Stardust
Go Tour: Johto - Raid Catch an Unown, Heracross, Corsola, Raikou, Entei, Suicune, Lugia, and Ho-oh 1 Fast TM, Unown encounter, 1 Charged Tm
Go Tour: Johto - New Bark Town Catch a Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Totodile, Sentret, Hoothoot, Hoppip, Eevee, and Poliwhirl 1 Incense, Politoed encounter, 15 Great Balls
Go Tour: Johto - Violet City Catch a Togetic, Natu, Mareep, Yanma, Wooper, Murkrow, Golbat, and Slowpoke 1 Incense, Togetic encounter, 15 Great Balls
Go Tour: Johto - National Park Catch a Chnichou, Sudowoodo, Sunkern, Girafarig, Pineco, Shuckle, Scyther, and Gloom 1 Incense, Scizor encounter, 15 Great Balls
Go Tour: Johto - Goldenrod City Catch a Marill, Wooper, Wobbuffet, Snubbull, Remoraid, Miltank, Porygon, and Chansey 1 Incense, Miltank encounter, 15 Great Balls
Go Tour: Johto - Mt. Silver Catch a Misdreavus, Sneasel, Slugma, Swinub, Houndour, Larvitar, Onix, and Seadra 1 Incense, Steelix encounter, 15 Great Balls

Pokémon Go Tour: Johto Timed Research and rewards

Raikou, Entei, and Suicune Photo Safari Step 1 of 1

  • Take a snapshot of Raikou in the wild
  • Take a snapshot of Entei in the wild
  • Take a snapshot of Suicune in the wild

Reward: 50 Raikou Candy, 50 Suicune Candy, 50 Entei Candy

Go Tour: Johto Battle Challenge Step 1 of 11

  • Power up a Pokémon 3 times (1 Fast TM)
  • Evolve 3 Pokémon (1 Charged TM)
  • Use a Charged TM (5 Max Revives)

Reward: 500 XP, 1 Lucky Egg, 500 Stardust

Go Tour: Johto Battle Challenge Step 2 of 11

  • Defeat the Go Gym Trainer: Flying (1 Hyper Potion)

Reward: 1,000 XP, Gligar encounter, 1 Max Revive

Go Tour: Johto Battle Challenge Step 3 of 11

  • Defeat the Go Gym Trainer: Bug (1 Hyper Potion)

Reward: 1,000 XP, Heracross encounter, 1 Max Revive

Go Tour: Johto Battle Challenge Step 4 of 11

  • Defeat the Go Gym Trainer: Normal (1 Hyper Potion)

Reward: 1,000 XP, Jigglypuff encounter, 1 Max Revive

Go Tour: Johto Battle Challenge Step 5 of 11

  • Defeat the Go Gym Trainer: Ghost (1 Hyper Potion)

Reward: 1,000 XP, Misdreavus encounter, 1 Max Revive

Go Tour: Johto Battle Challenge Step 6 of 11

  • Defeat the Go Gym Trainer: Fighting (1 Hyper Potion)

Reward: 1,000 XP, Hitmontop encounter, 1 Max Revive

Go Tour: Johto Battle Challenge Step 7 of 11

  • Defeat the Go Gym Trainer: Steel (1 Hyper Potion)

Reward: 1,000 XP, Steelix encounter, 1 Max Revive

Go Tour: Johto Battle Challenge Step 8 of 11

  • Defeat the Go Gym Trainer: Ice (1 Hyper Potion)

Reward: 1,000 XP, Lapras encounter, 1 Max Revive

Go Tour: Johto Battle Challenge Step 9 of 11

  • Defeat the Go Gym Trainer: Dragon (1 Hyper Potion)

Reward: 1,000 XP, Dragonair encounter, 1 Max Revive

Go Tour: Johto Battle Challenge Step 10 of 11

  • Earn 2,000 Stardust (Battle)
  • Defeat the Johto Battle Challenge Leader (Raikou/Suicune/Entei encounter)

Reward: 3,000 XP, 3 Golden Razz Berry, 3,000 Stardust

The Legendary beast you encounter depends on your Pokémon Go team. Valor players will get Entei, Mystic players will get Suicune, and Instinct players will get Raikou. This information is courtesy of Serebii.net.

Go Tour: Johto Battle Challenge Step 11 of 11

  • Claim reward (2,000 XP)
  • Claim reward (2,000 XP)
  • Claim reward (2,000 XP)

Reward: 3,000 XP, 3 Max Revive, 3,000 Stardust


Pokémon Go Tour: Johto event Field Research and rewards

These Field Research Tasks are available to all players.

Pokémon Go Tour: Johto event Field Research and rewards

Task Reward
Task Reward
Battle in a raid 3 Max Revives
Catch 5 Pokémon 500 XP
Catch 10 Pokémon 500 Stardust
Hatch an egg 1 Lugia or Ho-oh Candy
Hatch 2 eggs 1 Rare Candy
Spin 5 PokéStops or gyms 100 Stardust
Spin 15 PokéStops or gyms 500 Stardust
Walk 1 KM 1 Rare Candy

Complete list of Pokémon Go Tour: Johto event bonuses

There are tons of active bonuses and perks during the event period, such as:

  • Special Pokémon attracted to Incense (pass only)
  • Doubled egg hatching candy (pass only)
  • 14 egg hatch distance (pass only)
  • Free bundle with 3 Remote Raid Passes (pass only)
  • Up to 9 free Raid Passes from spinning gym discs (pass only)
  • Extra catch candy from Johto-region Pokémon (pass only)
  • Unown G, J, O, R, T, and U appearing from Incense (pass only)
  • Ho-oh caught in raids knows Sacred Fire
  • Lugia caught in raids knows Aeroblast
  • Heracross and Corsola appear in raids
  • Baby Pokémon (Pichu, Cleffa, Togepi, etc.) hatching from 2 KM eggs
  • Complete up to six Special Trades
  • Johto-region Pokémon spawning in mass amounts
  • Eevee has no walking requirement to evolve into Espeon or Umbreon until 11 p.m. in your local time
  • Shiny Smeargle can appear from Photobombs
  • Raikou, Entei, and Suicune appear in the wild with a low catch rate

Several Johto-region Pokémon will also learn their Community Day moves when evolved during the event:

  • Eevee → Espeon or Umbreon: Last Resort
  • Bayleef → Meganium: Frenzy Plant
  • Quilava → Typhlosion: Blast Burn
  • Croconaw → Feraligatr: Hydro Cannon
  • Flaaffy → Ampharos: Dragon Pulse
  • Skiploom → Jumpluff: Acrobatics
  • Piloswine → Mamoswine: Ancient Power
  • Pupitar → Tyranitar: Smack Down

Increased spawns and habitat times for Pokémon Go Tour: Johto

Johto-region Pokémon will be spawning in abundance throughout the event, but different habitats will be rotating around. Each habitat will have two one-hour timeslots throughout the day, in your local time:

  • New Bark Town (9-10 a.m., 2-3 p.m.): Poliwhirl, Eevee, Chikorita, Meganium, Cyndaquil, Typhlosion, Totodile, Feraligatr, Sentret, Hoothoot, Hoppip, Espeon, Umbreon
  • Violet City (10-11 a.m., 3-4 p.m.): Golbat, Slowpoke, Crobat, Togetic, Natu, Xatu, Mareep, Ampharos, Yanma, Wooper, Murkrow, Slowking
  • National Park (11 a.m-12 p.m., 4-5 p.m.): Gloom, Scyther, Chinchou, Bellossom, Sudowoodo, Sunkern, Sunflora, Girafarig, Pineco, Forretress, Scizor, Shuckle
  • Goldenrod City (12-1 p.m., 5-6 p.m.): Chansey, Porygon, Marill, Azumarill, Aipom, Wobbuffet, Snubbull, Remoraid, Octillery, Porygon2, Miltank, Blissey
  • Mt. Silver (1-2 p.m., 6-7 p.m.): Onix, Seadra, Misdreavus, Steelix, Sneasel, Slugma, Swinub, Piloswine, Houndour, Kingdra, Larvitar, Tyranitar

From 7-9 p.m., Pokémon from all of the habitats will be spawning.

Poliwhirl, Golbat, Gloom, Slowpoke, Onix, Chansey, Seadra, Scyther, Porygon, and Eevee will be spawning from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. throughout the event.

Girafarig, Tyrogue, Corsola, Phanpy, Mantine, and Remoraid are also appearing Shiny for the first time.

Girafarig, Tyrogue, Hitmontop, Mantine, Corsola, Phanpy, Donphan, Remoraid, and Octillery with their Shiny forms Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Image sources: Niantic

Event raid targets for Pokémon Go Tour: Johto

  • Unown A
  • Heracross
  • Corsola
  • Raikou
  • Entei
  • Suicune
  • Lugia
  • Ho-oh

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