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Pokémon Go Anniversary 2022 event guide

Grab the regional Pokémon Pansear

Pokémon and Pokémon trainers celebrate Pokémon Go’s sixth Anniversary Image: Niantic
Julia Lee (she/her) is a guides producer, writing guides for games like The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and Genshin Impact. She helped launch the Rift Herald in 2016.

Pokémon Go is hosting its huge Anniversary event, adding more Pokémon with party hats and Timed Research that can only be completed during the event. Our Pokémon Go Anniversary event guide lists out the Timed Research steps, spawns, and other bonuses.

From July 6-12, tons of Pokémon will be spawning, but notably the regional Pokémon Pansear, which is usually only obtainable in Europe, will appear in Timed Research, in the wild, and in raids. If you don’t have a Pansear yet, this is your chance to grab one.

Pokémon Go Anniversary Timed Research

Anniversary Event Research step 1 of 6

  • Catch 15 Pokémon (15 Poké Ball)
  • Catch 5 different species of Pokémon (10 Great Balls)
  • Make 5 nice throws (5 Ultra Balls)
  • Make 3 great throws (500 XP)
  • Make 5 curveball throws (Foongus encounter)
  • Use 10 berries to help catch Pokémon (500 Stardust)

Rewards: Pikachu (birthday hat) encounter, 1 Poffin

Anniversary Event Research step 2 of 6

  • Play with your buddy (5 Razz Berries)
  • Give your buddy a treat (5 Nanab Berries)
  • Take a snapshot of your buddy (5 Pinap Berries)
  • Battle another trainer with your buddy Pokémon while it’s adventuring with you (500 XP)
  • Earn five hearts with your buddy (Eevee encounter)
  • Earn a candy exploring with your buddy (500 Stardust)

Rewards: Charmander (birthday hat) encounter, 1 Poffin

Anniversary Event Research step 3 of 6

  • Take five snapshots of wild Pokémon (5 Potions)
  • Take a snapshot of Charmander (5 Revives)
  • Take a snapshot of your buddy (15 Poké Balls)
  • Take a snapshot of five different Pokémon (500 XP)
  • Take a snapshot of a normal-type Pokémon (Meowth encounter)
  • Take snapshots of three different wild fire-, water-, or grass-type Pokémon (500 Stardust)

Rewards: Pansear encounter , 1 Unova Stone

Anniversary Event Research step 4 of 6

  • Spin 5 PokéStops or gyms (20 Poké Balls)
  • Hatch an egg (3 Golden Razz Berries)
  • Walk 2 km (3 Silver Pinap Berries)
  • Earn a candy exploring with your buddy (500 XP)
  • Complete five Field Research Tasks (3 Rare Candy)
  • Battle in a gym three times (500 Stardust)

Rewards: Gible encounter, 1 Premium Raid Pass

Anniversary Event Research step 5 of 6

  • Send five gifts to friends (20 Super Potions)
  • Send five gifts to friends and add a sticker to each (35 Revives)
  • Transfer 15 Pokémon (500 XP)
  • Battle in two raids (1 Fast TM)
  • Win a level 1 or higher raid (1 Charge TM)
  • Power up Pokémon 10 times (500 Stardust)

Rewards: Snorlax encounter, 1 Rocket Radar

Anniversary Event Research step 6 of 6

  • Claim reward (1,000 XP)
  • Claim reward (1,000 XP)
  • Claim reward (1,000 XP)
  • Claim reward (1,000 XP)
  • Claim reward (1,000 XP)
  • Claim reward (1,000 XP)

Rewards: Wash Rotom encounter, 2,500 XP

Pokémon Go Anniversary 2022 event Field Research and rewards

Task Reward
Task Reward
Catch 6 different species of Pokémon Treecko, Torchic, or Mudkip encounter
Catch 6 Pokémon 10 Poké Balls, 5 Great Balls, or 2 Ultra Balls
Earn 6 hearts with your buddy Turtwig, Chimchar, or Piplup encounter
Make 5 curveball throws Snivy, Tepig, or Oshawott encounter
Make 6 nice throws 25 Venusaur, Charizard, or Blastoise Mega Energy
Send 6 gifts and add a sticker to each Chespin, Fennekin, or Froakie encounter
Spin 6 PokéStops or gyms Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle encounter
Take 6 snapshots of wild Pokémon Rowlet, Litten, or Popplio encounter
Use 6 berries to help catch Pokémon Chikorita, Cyndaquil, or Totodile encounter

Pokémon Go Anniversary event spawns

  • Bulbasaur
  • Charmander (birthday hat)
  • Squirtle
  • Pikachu (birthday hat)
  • Machop
  • Ledyba
  • Ralts
  • Buneary
  • Gabite
  • Pansear
  • Venipede
  • Chespin
  • Fennekin
  • Froakie
  • Bunnelby
  • Clauncher
  • Helioptile
  • Pikipek

The birthday party hat variants of Charmeleon, Charizard, Charmander, and Pikachu, can all appear Shiny if you’re lucky as well.

Pokémon Go Anniversary raid targets

  • Pikachu (birthday hat)
  • Dratini
  • Unown (E)
  • Pansear
  • Venusaur
  • Charizard (birthday hat)
  • Blastoise
  • Tyranitar
  • Metagross