Update: Team Rocket has taken over Pokémon Go Fest on the second day. They bring a new quest line that leads to surprises and encounters. You'll need to do a little battling to get through this quest line, but you should be able to finish it off in under an hour. Good luck out there, trainers! We hope you get your fill of shiny Pokémon today.
Niantic's annual Pokémon Go Fest isn't in Chicago this year. It's now worldwide, allowing anyone to play. The event is today and tomorrow, and kicks off at 10 a.m. (in your time zone) and runs until 8 p.m. each day. To participate in the fest, you'll need to purchase an in-game ticket for $14.99. You can play on both days once it is purchased.
In previous years, players would walk through a Chicago park to different habitats where Pokémon specific to that region would spawn. For this fest, you don't have to walk anywhere to reach a new habitat. They now rotate every hour. Here's the breakdown:
10 a.m. 11 a.m. – Battle zone 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Friendship zone 12. p.m. to 1 p.m. – Fire zone 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. – Water zone 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. – Grass zone 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Battle zone 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Friendship zone 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. – Fire zone 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Water zone 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Grass zone
What Pokémon and shiny variations can you expect to see? We don't want to spoil the surprise for you, but if you want to know early, Reddit user SilphScience has assembled a complete list. I will say Unown is back, and you can do five-star raids against Kyogre, Kyurem, and Groudon.
Special Research tasks are not as elaborate as in years past. You'll be asked to battle in two raids, catch 20 Fire, Water, and Grass-type Pokémon, and do various other little things. You should be able to complete the Research quickly. On the other hand, catching all of the Pokémon will take some time, giving you good reason to play on both days.