The Pokémon Go Kanto Event, also known as Kanto Week, was announced a little lukewarm at first, with only a brief description in the Pokémon Go newsletter a minute before its launch.
In spite of everything, there is a lot you will want to know, so here’s a quick guide that gathers all the essential information, including the start date of the Pokémon Go Kanto Kanto event, as well as date among other information that we think is pertinent.
Pokémon Go Kanto event start date
The Kanto event begins April 10, 2018, and follows the same rules as the most recent Pokémon Go events regarding start dates.
In other words, it starts at:
- USA (PST): 1 pm
- United Kingdom (BST): 9:00 pm
The first official details come from the official Japanese website of Pokémon Go.
Pokémon Go Kanto Event End Date
The Kanto week ends April 17, 2018, presumably at the same times mentioned above, although there is still no official information in this field.
Pokémon Go Kanto event bonuses, rewards and details
The week Kanto brings a series of bonuses and changes to the game; therefore, as of April 10, you can count on:
- More appearances of Generation Pokémon 1 – Pokémon like Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle and Pikachu will appear more often, as well as other Pokémon in the Kanto region.
- The return of Raid bosses – Snorlax and Aerodactyl return as Raid bosses for tier 4 and 3 raids respectively, but other confirmed raid bosses include: Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle for tier 1; Lickitung, Muk, Venomoth and Weezing for step 2, Alakazam, Kabutops, Omastar, Onix and Scyther for step 3; and Golem, Lapras, and Rhydon for step 4.
- Double Candy Bonus – Specifically for “all actions”, according to the press release. Capturing and transferring Pokémon was explicitly mentioned in the Japanese statement, so there is a possibility that the translation may not be entirely correct, but it appears that you will receive twice as much as normal Candy for any action that rewards you with this item, regardless of the Pokémon in the game. So this week is a good opportunity to do a general cleaning of your boxes!
- Special Boxes in store – Predictably, some special bundles that include Premium Raid Passes will appear again in the store.
What is Kanto? Details about the first Pokémon region and the reason why this event is taking place:
Kanto was the scene of the first Pokémon seasons.
Kant was the first official region that we saw in the main series of Pokémon games – Red, Blue and Yellow – which appeared again in Pokémon Gold, Silver and Crystal – it is the place where it all started: in essence, returning home for the first Generation of Pokémon.
But why Kanto? Well, in addition to the fact that it is the most well-known and popular region – and therefore the most referenced in events and easter eggs in the different Pokémon games – this event’s main objective is to help you complete Gold and Silver Kanto badges for Special Research missions in search of the Mythic Pokémon Mew.
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Other information you should know about the Kanto event in Pokémon Go
There is a handful of information about the event that you should know other than that mentioned above:
- Candy will actually double in most sources – not just in catching and transferring Pokémon. There is a strange exclusion – we will detail it below.
- Now is the right time to purchase a Snorlax if you don’t already have it – super rare in the wild or in Eggs. You will need some friends to be able to defeat him in a Raid, which means that you will have to assemble a squad!
- This week will be the ideal opportunity to grow Magikarp for Special Research – evolving a Magikarp is the goal of many players in their quest for Mew. Fortunately, being a Generation 1 Pokémon, Magikarp will have sharp appearances this week but, even if you don’t notice that increase, the extra Candy you get will help you accelerate towards 400!
- Keep an eye out for Shinies – Shiny Bulbasaur and Pikachu are already active in the game, but Niantic added a patch that blocks a series of Shiny, and will only be available when the predator wants it. Kanto Week seems to be the ideal time to introduce the Shiny Charmander and Squirtle variants, at least! We will update this page if it does.
- Mew does not give double Candy – you get 20 Candy as a reward for capturing Mew, but also 3 Candy if you did. That 3 Candy is pleaded for 6, making it 12 with the Pinap berry, but the 20 are unaffected.
- Moltres, the Field Research reward, gives double Candy – that’s because it’s Candy capture, like the 3 Candy for Mew, instead of another special Candy reward.
- Double Candy affects the hatching of Eggs – but not exactly double (Hatching gives you a random amount within a limit, which means that you will have another random amount within that limit as long as the event is available).
- Your Buddy’s distances have been cut in half – effectively, double the Candy you earn for floors the same distance. Our Magikarp agira gives you 1 Candy for every half kilometer traveled, for example.