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Pokemon Go Fest 2021 dates, ticket prices, and theme revealed

Pokemon Go Fest 2021
(Image credit: Niantic)

Pokemon Go Fest 2021 is set for July 17 and 18, with special music-themed events for both ticketed and free attendees.

Speaking of tickets, the first big piece of Pokemon Go Fest news is that Niantic is slashing prices from previous years: in honor of Pokemon Go's fifth anniversary (and Pokemon's 25th) you'll only need to pay $5 instead of $14.99 to get your virtual ticket. The complete experience will include a Special Research story where you help Professor Willow put on a concert, including whether you want Pikachu Rock Star or Pikachu Pop Star to take the stage. Your choice will determine which special new track from Pokemon series music producer Junichi Masuda will play throughout the event, so choose wisely.

All players will be able to participate in both days of Pokemon Go Fest, with a special emphasis on catching new Pokemon on Saturday and on taking on challenging raids on Sunday. Pokemon related to music, including Chimecho, Kricketot, and Audino will appear throughout the event, with improved chances for catching shiny Pokemon whether you find them in the wild or attract them with incense.

The event will run from 10 am to 6 pm local time on both days, and if you're playing on Android on Saturday you'll also get a special gift from Google Play, the sponsors for this year's Pokemon Go Fest.

In other Pokemon news, we now know the Pokemon Legends Arceus release date and the Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl release date.

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