Pokemon GO's Kanto Tour Celebrates the Series' Roots in 2021

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Pokemon GO turns five in 2021 and Niantic is returning to the series' roots to celebrate with the virtual Pokemon GO Kanto Tour event.

The Kanto Tour takes place on February 20, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 21 p.m. local hour. During the tour, the original 150 Pokémon will appear in raids, eggs, encounters, and evolution, and there's a good chance one of them will be shiny.



But there is a twist. In true Pokémon style, the Kanto Tour comes in two varieties. Players can purchase either a Red Version Ticket or a Green Version Ticket from the in-app store for $11,99 each, featuring exclusive Pokémon in each version.

Here are the Red Version Kanto Tour exclusive Pokémon:

  • Ekans
  • Weird
  • mankey
  • growlithe
  • Sickle
  • Electabuzz

Red version players will be more likely to encounter Shiny versions of:

  • Bulbasaur
  • Charmander
  • Squirtle
  • Pidgey
  • Ekans
  • Pikachu
  • Nidoran (woman)
  • Weird
  • Diglett
  • mankey
  • growlithe
  • ponyta
  • shellder
  • Dear
  • Krabby
  • hitmonlee
  • Licensing
  • Sickle
  • Electabuzz
  • Evoli
  • Kabuto
  • Dratint

Here are the exclusive Green Version Kanto Tour Pokémon:

  • sandshrew
  • magmar
  • Meowth
  • vulpix
  • pinsir

Green version players will be more likely to encounter Shiny versions of:


  • Bulbasaur
  • Charmander
  • Squirtle
  • Pidgey
  • Pikachu
  • sandshrew
  • Nidoran (man)
  • vulpix
  • Meowth
  • Psyduck
  • Bellsprout
  • Geodude
  • Exeggcute
  • hitmonchan
  • Tangela
  • coffee
  • Horse
  • magmar
  • pinsir
  • Evoli
  • Omanyte
  • Dratint

Catching all 150 Pokémon before the tour ends nets players special rewards, though players have until 23:59 p.m. PST on February 27 to catch, evolve, or trade for Pokémon.


A few Pokémon caught or evolved during the event have special moves they won't normally learn.


  • Venusaur – Plant Frenzy
  • Charizard – Blast Burn
  • Blastoise – Hydraulic cannon
  • Articuno – Hurricane
  • Zapdos – Thunder Shock
  • Moltres – Sky Attack
  • Mewtwo – Psystrike

Pokemon GO's Kanto Tour includes two Special Research scenarios to follow. Completing the first unlocks an encounter with a Special Pokemon and also unlocks the second Special Research. The second Special Research takes longer, but the end goal is Shiny Mew.

Players who purchase a Kanto Tour ticket by January 13, 2021, 23:59 p.m. PST will earn a free January Pokemon GO Community Day ticket and a free February Community Day ticket. Those who purchase a Kanto Tour ticket before February 3, 2021, at the same time, earn a free February Community Day ticket.


Those who do not purchase a Kanto Tour ticket at all still enjoy some of the benefits of the event. The Legendary Bird Trio returns for Legendary Raids with their exclusive attacks, certain Kanto Pokémon will become more common, trade range will be increased to 40km, and everyone will have access to an event-exclusive Timed Research.

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