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Pokémon Go ‘Crackling Voltage’ event guide

Nab a shiny Heliolisk and shiny Tapu Koko for the first time

Tapu Koko poses in front of a dusk sky, charging electricity above a city 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 having an electric-themed event, “Cracking Voltage” from Jan. 27 until Feb. 5.

The meat of this event is the Team Go Rocket takeover portion of it, which starts on Feb. 1 at 12 a.m. in your local time, which introduces new leader teams and Giovanni quest Shadowy Skirmishes, with the latter having a chance to get a Shadow Registeel.

During that time, Team Go Rocket members will appear more frequently, and you’ll be able to use a Charged TM to remove the attack Frustration from Shadow Pokémon.

The event also adds shiny Helioptile and shiny Tapu Koko to the game.

Regular and shiny Helioptile and Heliolisk, both which of turn orange with yellow and black accents. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Niantic
Shiny Tapu Koko with its normal version. Shiny Tapu Koko gets a black shell with light orange accents. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Niantic

You can see all the other bonuses available below.

Pokémon Go ‘Crackling Voltage’ event Field Research and rewards

Task Reward
Task Reward
Catch 5 Pokémon Plusle or Minun encounter
Power up a Pokémon 3 times Voltorb or Hisuian Voltorb encounter
Power up a Pokémon 5 times Helioptile encounter
Walk 3 km Emolga encounter

Pokémon Go Crackling Voltage boosted event spawns

  • Ekans
  • Magnemite
  • Grimer
  • Electrike
  • Beldum
  • Stunky
  • Blitzle
  • Ferroseed
  • Helioptile
  • Dedenne
  • Grubbin

Pokémon Go Crackling Voltage event 7 km egg hatches

  • Alolan Sandshrew
  • Skarmory
  • Blitzle
  • Stunfisk
  • Galarian Stunfisk
  • Helioptile
  • Dedenne

Pokémon Go Crackling Voltage event raid targets

  • Alolan Grimer
  • Shinx
  • Bronzor
  • Klink
  • Helioptile
  • Venomoth
  • Galarian Weezing
  • Jolteon
  • Mawile
  • Tapu Koko

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