Good news, Pokemon GO players: a new event is almost here. Niantic Labs announced Thursday that a grass-themed event will kick off in the game soon, promising an influx of grass type Pokemon. Lure Modules will also be extended to six hours during the event.
While that doesn’t sound as exciting as the Easter event, a rare grass type is tipped to also pop out anytime in the game. It’s a great opportunity for those who are missing a few grass types or low on candy. If you happen to be one of them, you’ll want to head out this weekend and take advantage of the celebration.
The Pokemon GO grass event starts on Friday, May 5. The company did not provide any information about the exact starting time but in the past, events usually begun at about 1 p.m. PDT. The event will last through the weekend, ending on Monday, May 8. According to Niantic, the spawn rate of grass types will go back to normal by then, presumably at midnight PDT.
Fret not. Water Festival, the last elemental-themed event in the game, introduced a rare shiny Pokémon apart from increased water-type spawns. This suggests the Pokemon GO Grass event will likely have rare ones in store for us as well. So, which creature will it be?
Rare Grass-Type Pokemon Coming
The second generation of Pokémon was recently added to Pokémon GO. However, one grass-type Pokémon which plays a very prominent part in the lore of gen two is missing: Celebi. To the unfamiliar, Celebi is like the Mew of the Pokémon Gold and Silver games. It was generally made available for those who attended special events, so it’s possible that the Grass event will pave the way for the time-traveling Pokémon’s arrival to the mobile game.
Or, we could get another shiny Pokemon instead. Pokemon GO fans recently found evidence that suggested Niantic has been working on a new Shiny event.
“We’ve received a lot of reports via Twitter and e-mail that the mechanics of wild Pokemon encounters have changed dramatically, most likely in preparation of the release of Shiny Pokemon,” Pokemon GO Hub says. “Trainers have reported that wild Pokemon no longer have the same core stats for every player that encounters them. The following stats are now unique per player and determined for that player (and his level) on entering the encounter.”
This reportedly when happened too when Niantic introduced Shiny Pokemon (Magikarp) for the first time. If this is the case, one report predicts it would be Paras, Caterpie, or Eevee. Why? Because they are the only ones in the bunch of Grass types likely covered in the event that has only one evolution similar to Magikarp.
Increased Spawn Rate For Grass-Types
Then again, we can only verify these once the event starts but let’s keep fingers crossed! At this point, the only Grass types players can catch are the following:
If you’re not sure what Pokémon to really search for, we suggest Sunkern, Hoppip, Bulbasaur, Oddish, and Chikorita. You can also hunt for Tangela and Meganium, two of the ultra-rare Pokémon that are notoriously hard to catch.
The Pokemon GO Grass event marks the first since Niantic launched the Easter spectacular in mid-April.
So which Pokémon do you want to catch during the Grass-type weekend event in Pokémon Go? Would you rather catch Celebi or a Shiny Pokemon? Let us know in the comments section below!