With Pokémon GO Fest Yokohama came the last stretch of Professor Willow’s Global Research Challenge. Trainers of all stripes were tasked to complete as many Field Research quests as possible; with each milestone cleared, a certain bonus would unlock in the coming weeks. Teams Valor, Mystic, Instinct, and Yokohama attendees managed to beat their respective challenges over the last week. Our reward for completing these tasks as a community is here at last, as Pokémon GO is now hosting a Stardust Bonus Week!

Everyone gets stardust!

From today until Tuesday, August 20 at 1pm Pacific, the following bonuses become active in-game:

  • 3x Catch Stardust
  • 3x Hatch Stardust
  • 3000 Stardust per raid
  • 1 hour Star Pieces

In other words, this event is the perfect opportunity to rack up as much Stardust as possible. If you’re the type of Trainer who invests heavily in powering up their Pokémon, or the type who saves Stardust for Special Trades, I would not recommend skipping out of the game this week. Plus, Stardust Bonus Week pairs up quite nicely with the ongoing Gift Event, which means even more Stardust with your Star Pieces active!

Additionally, Suicune returns to Pokémon GO for a three-hour long raid event this Saturday, August 17. The Aurora Pokémon will be available in raids from 4pm to 7pm locally, with its Shiny variant available to capture for the first time!

With the summer events over, I can only wonder what will come next in Pokémon GO. Following last year’s successful Global Challenges, for a limited time, the once EX-Raid exclusive Mewtwo became available in standard raids; Kanto’s regional exclusive Pokémon were also attainable regardless of region via 7km eggs. I hope something to that effect happens soon, because I’m still missing Corsola in my Johto Pokédex!

In related news, Pokémon GO‘s next Safari Zone event is scheduled to take place in Montreal, Canada next month.


Jeffrey McDonell
Rare import from Canada, lover of all things video game music and remixes, desk jockey by day, and Nintendo Enthusiast by night. I grew up on Nintendo consoles since the Game Boy Advance and GameCube, with standouts like Sonic, Mario, and Zelda defining my childhood.

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