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Pokémon Go Ultra Unlock Sword and Shield event guide: Timed Research and rewards

Say hello to several Galarian Pokémon making their Pokémon Go debut

Falinks jumps out of portals on to pavement Image: Niantic/The Pokémon Company via Polygon

A special Pokémon Go Ultra Unlock bonus event is taking place, since players completed goals during Pokémon Go Fest. The event features the usual event things, like increased spawns, new Shiny Pokémon, and research tasks. Specifically, the event centers around Galarian Pokémon from Pokémon Sword and Shield. Our Pokémon Go guide will list out the Timed Research and rewards, potential event Field Research you can get, and list out the spawns.

The event runs from Aug. 20 until Sept. 1, with different raid bosses cycling out halfway through the event.

Check out the Field Research, Timed Research, and special bonuses below.

Pokémon Go Ultra Unlock Sword and Shield Timed Research steps

Ultra Unlock Sword and Shield step 1 of 5

  • Send 5 gifts to friend (5 Great Balls)
  • Catch 8 Pokémon (5 Razz Berries)
  • Defeat 2 Team Go Rocket grunts (Pikachu encounter)

Reward: 10 Poké Balls, 888 XP, 5 Ultra Balls

Ultra Unlock Sword and Shield step 2 of 5

  • Power up Pokémon 5 times (10 Super Potion)
  • Catch 10 Pokémon (5 Revives)
  • Battle in Go Battle League (Meowth Encounter)

Reward: 10 Ultra Balls, 888 XP

Ultra Unlock Sword and Shield step 3 of 5

  • Evolve 2 Pokémon (5 Pinap Berry)
  • Catch 5 normal-type Pokémon (Galarian Meowth encounter)
  • Defeat 4 Team Go Rocket grunts (Butterfree encounter)

Reward: 15 Poké Balls, 888 XP, 5 Ultra Balls

Ultra Unlock Sword and Shield step 4 of 5

  • Use 10 berries to help catch Pokémon (Skwovet encounter)
  • Catch 8 different species of Pokémon (Galarian Farfetch’d encounter)
  • Win a raid (Gengar encounter)

Reward: 10 Great Balls, 888 XP, 5 Ultra Balls

Ultra Unlock Sword and Shield step 5 of 5

  • Earn 12 hearts with your buddy (Wooloo encounter)
  • Catch 8 different species of Pokémon (Galarian Stunfisk encounter)
  • Win a raid in under 60 seconds (Snorlax encounter)

Reward: 25 Poké Balls, 1 Rare Candy, 5 Ultra Balls

Pokémon Go Ultra Unlock Sword and Shield Field Research and rewards

Task Reward
Task Reward
Use 7 berries to help catch Pokémon Skwovet encounter
Earn 5 hearts with your buddy Wooloo encounter
Win 2 raids Falinks encounter
Defeat 3 Team Go Rocket grunts Galarian Farfetch'd encounter
Spin 10 PokéStops or gyms 5 Poké Balls

Increased Pokémon Spawns for Ultra Unlock Sword and Shield

  • Galarian Darumaka
  • Trubbish
  • Falinks
  • Skwovet
  • Wooloo
  • Snorlax
  • Kingler

Several Galarian Pokémon are making their Shiny debut during this event as well. For the first time, Galarian Stunfisk, Weezing, Meowth, and Farfetch’d will appear Shiny.

Shiny Galarian Farfetch’d and Sirfetch’d with its normal versions. Shiny Galarian Farfetch’d is a lighter brown and Shiny Sirfetch’d is gold instead of white. Image: Julia Lee/Polygon | Image sources: Niantic/The Pokémon Company
Shiny Galarian Stunfisk with its normal version. Shiny Galarian Stunfisk is brown and gold, like its Unovan version. Image: Julia Lee/Polygon | Image sources: Niantic/The Pokémon Company
Shiny Galarian Weezing with its normal version. Shiny Galarian Weezing is copper instead of a dark grey. Image: Julia Lee/Polygon | Image sources: Niantic/The Pokémon Company
Shiny Galarian Meowth and Perrserker with its normal forms. Shiny Galarian Meowth is a light yellow, like Kantonian Meowth. Shiny Perrserker has brown fur. Image: Julia Lee/Polygon | Image sources: Niantic/The Pokémon Company

7-kilometer egg Pokémon for Ultra Unlock Sword and Shield

  • Galarian Meowth
  • Galarian Ponyta
  • Galarian Slowpoke
  • Galarian Farfetch’d
  • Galarian Zigzagoon
  • Galarian Darumaka
  • Galarian Stunfisk

Raid Pokémon for Ultra Unlock Sword and Shield

  • Galarian Slowpoke (Aug. 20-26)
  • Galarian Farfetch’d (Aug. 20-26)
  • Unown U
  • Galarian Zigzagoon (Aug. 20-26)
  • Galarian Weezing (Aug. 20-26)
  • Lapras (Aug. 20-26)
  • Zacian (Aug. 20-26)
  • Galarian Meowth (Aug. 26-Sept. 1)
  • Galarian Ponyta (Aug. 26-Sept. 1)
  • Galarian Darumaka (Aug. 26-Sept. 1)
  • Snorlax (Aug. 26-Sept. 1)
  • Galarian Stunfisk (Aug. 26-Sept. 1)
  • Zamazenta (Aug. 26-Sept. 1)