Pokémon GO is holding its first global premium event – a paid, ticketed event you can play anywhere in the world that will give you exclusive early and easy access to the legendary Pokémon Regigas and a raft of other perks. Our guide covers everything you need to know to participate in the event, what’s on offer for paying and non-paying players, and a full walkthrough for the included ‘A Colossal Discovery’ special research quest.
When Will Tickets for ‘A Colossal Discovery’ Be Made Available?
Niantic are currently being tight-lipped on when tickets for the event will go live, possibly prioritising the start of the 2019 Halloween Event. We do however know that once the tickets go live, they will only be available until Saturday November 2 2019 at 17:00 in your local time zone.
Once the pass is purchased, to receive the ‘A Colossal Discovery’ Special Research quest, you must open Pokémon GO between Saturday, November 2 2019 from 11:00 to 19:00 local time. As with all Special Research quests, you can take as long as you want to complete the ’A Colossal Discovery’ story, though bear in mind that specific tasks may be more difficult as changes are made to the game through the year.
How Much Does the ‘A Colossal Discovery’ Pass Cost and How Do I Buy It?
The ticket will be priced at $7.99/£7.99 and for the first time, must be purchased with real world currency (not the in-game currency – Pokécoins – which are partly available for free).
The tickets are not currently live, but will appear in the in-game shop. In the main Poké-ball menu, hit ‘shop’ and scroll to find the ticket (once live).
What Does Your ‘A Colossal Discovery’ Ticket Get You?
Pass Exclusive Pokémon Release: Regigigas
The headline attraction of the ‘A Colossal Discovery’ pass is the release of Sinnoh legendary Regigigas through a special research quest. This quest will be similar to those for Mew, Celebi and Jirachi, aside from the fact that only those who purchase a pass will receive it.
Regigigas (#486) is a Normal-type Pokémon. Therefore its sole type-weakness are Fighting-type Pokémon. It is resistant to Ghost-type attacks.
Significantly, Niantic have confirmed that Regigigas will start appearing in the high-difficulty EX Raid series ‘in November’, meaning that there is still a free route to obtaining the Pokémon (though the premium pass gets your access sooner and far more easily considering the difficulty and selection criteria of EX Raids).
‘A Colossal Discovery’ special research rewards
As with all story quests you will accumulate items, XP, stardust and Pokémon encounters at each stage of the quest. See our ‘A Colossal Discovery’ Walkthrough’ section for more details.
Additional Raid Passes for Participants
‘A Colossal Discovery’ participants can receive up to 10 free Raid Passes when spinning Gym photo-discs for a limited period (normal rules apply in that you can only carry one at a time, but the daily limit of one free pass per spin will be relaxed).
Free Event Details – November 1 to November 4
To accompany the release of ‘A Colossal Discovery’, Niantic will be running a commemorative event for all players, focussed around the Regi-Trio that Regigigas is considered the ‘trio master’ of. This will run from Friday, November 1 2019 at 13:00 to Monday, November 4 2019 at 13:00 PDT
Regirock, Regice and Registeel in 5-Star Raids
The legendary titans, commonly called the Regi Trio or ‘Regis’ will appear for everyone to catch in 5-star raids. In the mainline games these three Pokémon are usually involved in the process of catching Regigigas, hence their involvement in this event. Their types and type weaknesses are as follows:
- Regirock (#377) is pure Rock-type, and weak to Fighting, Grass, Ground, Steel and Water moves
- Regice (#378) is pure Ice-type, and weak to Fighting, Fire, Rock and Steel moves
- Regice (#379) is pure Steel-type, and weak to Fighting, Fire and Ground moves
All three legendaries will also appear in shiny form for the first time.
Certain Pokémon Appearing More Frequently in Eggs and the Wild
Billed as Pokémon that are good counters to the Regi-trio, expect to see more Geodudes, Magnemites, Swinubs, Arons and Spheals in the wild. Aerodactyl, Shuckle, Sneasel, Skarmory, Snorunt and Beldum will be hatching more frequently in eggs.
- Release of Shiny Skarmory alongside the Shiny Regis mentioned above
- 2x incubator effectiveness
How to Get Regigigas in Pokémon GO – ‘A Colossal Discovery’ Walkthrough
The tasks and rewards for the special research have not yet been announced, and the exact structure is unknown. We will endeavour to update this guide when more information is available (either from Niantic’s updates or when the quest goes live).
The idea for the pass/event is inspired by the game’s own city-based events such as GO Fest (held this year in Chicago, Dortmund and Yokohama), simply extended to a global audience. Considering this, we suspect that the ‘A Colossal Discovery’ research quest will be five steps in imitation of quests at such events.
Though the structure of the research walkthrough is not yet known, Niantic’s press release mentioned the following rewards available from completing the research path:
- A Unova Stone
- A Sinnoh Stone
- An exclusive avatar pose (see image above)
- A Regigigas encounter (obviously!)
There will also be ‘A Colossal Discovery’ medal awarded in the game’s achievement system.
Please check back with us on November 2nd for a full walkthrough for the quest.