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Pokémon GO Trainers everywhere invited to participate in global challenge

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On July 6, Niantic announced the underwhelming Pokémon GO first anniversary in-game event. It was a sad thing, and not even the ultra-cute surprise that followed could catch the hearts of Trainers worldwide. All that is about to change as Niantic finally woes us with the real first birthday celebrations. The best news, everyone's invited - even if you can't make it to Chicago or any of the other cities that will host live events.

"We’re looking forward for you to join us in celebrating Pokémon GO’s one-year anniversary by taking part in the festivities happening globally," announced Niantic on the Pokémon GO blog. For the purposes of this article, we'll summarise the Global Trainer participation events, but you can read all about the real-life events here.

Pokémon GO global Trainer participation

The event is genius - Trainers around the world will work together with those attending the Pokemon GO Fest to unlock special global rewards.

  • Date: 22 July 2017
  • Time: 10am - 7pm CTD
  • Participate to unlock special rewards worldwide.
  • 3 Challenge windows open to all trainers working alongside the Chicago event to unlock global rewards.
  • Trainers in Grant Park will attempt to unlock perks for Pokémon GO players around the world by catching certain types of Pokémon.
  • Each Pokémon- type will be tied to a different perk.
  • Example 1: Catching Electric-type Pokémon to reduce the distance required to hatch Eggs
  • Example 2: Grass-type Pokémon to increase Stardust bonuses.
  • Trainers outside of Chicago will attempt to catch as many Pokémon as possible during the Challenge Windows to extend the duration of the bonuses unlocked by those attending the event.
  • Catch enough Pokémon & a mystery challenge will be unveiled in Grant Park.
  • Once that challenge is completed, it will unlock an extra-special bonus across the globe.

In summary:

  • Phase 1 objective : Collectively catch Pokémon to unlock global bronze, silver & gold tier awards
  • Phase 1 times: 11:00am - 11.30am / 12pm - 12.30pm / 3pm - 3.30pm
  • Phase 2 objective: Mystery Challenge
  • Phase 2 time: 6pm - 7pm
  • Phase 3 objective: Complete the Mystery Challenge to unlock a major global reward
  • Phase 3 period: 23-24 July

If ever there was a time to get back into the game and try to catch'em all it's during the Pokémon GO Fest.

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