November 10, 2020

City Spotlight: Rediscover your city with your Buddy Pokémon!

City Spotlight: Rediscover your city with your Buddy Pokémon!


Experience your city in a whole new way! City Spotlight is a new initiative we’ll be launching in select cities that guides Trainers on an adventure through their hometown or a place nearby, highlighting special locations for Trainers to explore while making memories with their Buddy Pokémon—kind of like a treasure hunt! You’ll have the opportunity to discover exciting surprises by exploring the outdoors—all while remaining socially distanced—through individual research tasks, walking-based gameplay, and social-distancing bonuses. We have worked with each city to promote this initiative, and designed the gameplay to be in compliance with local health and safety guidelines.

On Sunday, November 22, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. local time, Trainers in the following cities will be able to take part in this City Spotlight initiative.

  • Tainan, Taiwan
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Busan, South Korea

The City Spotlight initiative will feature both free and ticketed content. The details of what’s included in each experience are as follows.

What’s included in the free citywide experience

  • The City Spotlight Timed Research will take you and your Buddy Pokémon all around your city.
  • Take snapshots to earn Pokémon encounters, a Poffin, Stardust, and a Lucky Egg.
  • Spin PokéStops for a chance to receive a special Gift sticker.
  • Take part in a PokéStop scanning competition against other participating cities! Check how your city is faring in the standings on an online leaderboard. The city with the most AR Mapping tasks completed at the end of the weekend will win an exclusive event featuring a 1/4 Hatch Distance bonus!
  • Receive a special reward when you complete an AR Mapping task.

What’s included in the City Spotlight ticketed experience

  • Everything in the free citywide experience.
  • The following Pokémon will be attracted to special event Incense: Onix, Lapras, Unown C, Nosepass, Rhyhorn, Doduo, Mantine, Pidgey, Pelipper, Pidgeot, and Stoutland. If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny Unown C! Shiny Unown C will be available only for the duration of this event to Trainers who have a City Spotlight ticket.
  • Explore the city with your Buddy Pokémon using exclusive City Spotlight Special Research as a guide! Complete the Special Research to receive a Poffin, an Incense, a Super Incubator, three Lucky Eggs, a Lure Module, an encounter with Lapras, XP, and Stardust.
  • Earn up to three extra hearts with your buddy in every category.
  • Your buddy will know that an exciting adventure is ahead! Give it treats during the event, and it’ll automatically become excited!
  • 1/4 Hatch Distance when an Egg is placed in an Incubator while the City Spotlight initiative is active.
  • Incense will be more effective while you’re walking and will last for two hours.

How to purchase a ticket

Tickets will be available in the Events tab in the Pokémon GO app starting Tuesday, November 10, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. PST until Sunday, November 22, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. local time subject to availability. Tickets will be US$4.99, or the event’s local currency equivalent, inclusive of any applicable taxes and fees. Tickets cannot be purchased with PokéCoins. Tickets will be sold as a first-come-first-served event.

To purchase a ticket, please follow these steps.

  • Open the Pokémon GO app.
  • On the map, tap the Poké Ball icon.
  • Tap Events.
  • On the following webpage, tap your city’s City Spotlight event.
  • You’ll see “Tickets Available!” next to a first-come-first-served event if it hasn’t yet sold out. Tap the event to select the date and time you wish to attend the event, purchase tickets for yourself and friends, and input your payment information to complete your purchase. On the payment-confirmation page, please take note of your order ID. You’ll also receive a confirmation email at the address you entered right before payment.
  • A few days before the event, you’ll receive a medal. When you open the app on the event day at the scheduled time, you’ll receive access to the City Spotlight experience, including the Special Research!
  • After you’ve obtained the Special Research, you can complete it at any time. Tickets to this event are nonrefundable (subject to applicable law and the exceptions set forth in the Terms of Service).

Tickets will also be available to purchase here.

We hope you enjoy this new way of exploring with Pokémon GO and hope to bring more City Spotlights to you in the future.

There’s always so much to discover around us! It’s easy to take the familiar for granted, so be sure to let us know on social media what cool things you discover about your local communities with #PokemonGOCitySpotlight. It’s time to have fun and play tourist with your buddy—let’s GO!

Please be aware of your surroundings and follow guidelines from local health authorities when playing Pokémon GO. Upcoming events are subject to change due to local travel restrictions. Be sure to follow us on social media, opt in to receiving push notifications, and subscribe to our emails to stay updated. For the latest on in-game events and feature updates, be sure to check this help center article.

—The Pokémon GO team