October 1, 2020

Celebrate Niantic’s fifth birthday with a special event!

Pokémon GO


Happy birthday, Niantic! In celebration of Niantic’s fifth birthday in just a few days, you’ll be able to enjoy limited-time bonuses and exclusive Timed Research.

Date + Time

Sunday, October 4, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. local time


  • Complete the Niantic Birthday Event Timed Research during the event period to receive an Incense, an Egg Incubator, a Lucky Egg, a Fast TM, a Charged TM, a Star Piece, and more!
  • Team GO Rocket Balloons will be appearing more often than usual!


  • 2× Lucky Egg duration
  • 2× Star Piece duration
  • 2× Catch XP
  • 2× Hatch XP
  • 1/2 Hatch Distance for Eggs placed into Incubators during the event

To kick off the celebrations, a 1 PokéCoin Niantic birthday event box featuring 30 Ultra Balls will be available in the shop from Saturday, October 3, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, October 5, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. Additionally, be on the lookout for a surprise “party favor” giveaway happening on Niantic’s official channels during the week following Niantic’s birthday!

Celebrate Niantic’s fifth birthday with us! Whether you’ve been playing Niantic games from the very beginning or started with Pokémon GO, there’s much to enjoy during the Niantic birthday event! Let’s GO!

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—The Pokémon GO team