Niantic has released the first details regarding the upcoming Pokemon Go Ultra Beast Arrival event. Two in-person battles will be held in both London and Los Angeles, but if you can't make it to those, new five-star raids and legendaries are also being added as part of the event.
First up, you'll get the chance to fight the Ultra Beasts at the Riverside Terrace in London, UK or the Ovation Center in Los Angeles. These events take place on November 26th and begin at 6pm for London and 7pm for California (that's local time). You'll need a ticket, but they're free of charge and will be distributed outside the event venue.
Live events aside, five-star Ultra Beast raids are also being added to Pokemon Go. They'll be different based on where you are, so here's a list of what you can expect from the event. Guzzlord has already been added to the game, but you'll get another chance to catch it during this event, along with other eldritch Ultra Beasts.
- Americas: Nihilego, Buzzwole, Guzzlord
- Asia-Pacific: Nihilego, Xurkitree, Guzzlord
- Europe: Nihilego, Pheromosa, Guzzlord
- Northern hemisphere: Kartana
- Southern hemisphere: Celesteela
These raids will be available from 11am to 5pm local time on November 27th, so make sure you've fired up Pokemon Go ready to take them on. There are a host of other bonuses and challenges available during these raids, too, so take a look at the official Ultra Beast Arrival blog post to see what they are.
As if that wasn't enough, the Astral Eclipse event is also scheduled to begin this week. Starting from Wednesday, you'll be able to get Solgaleo and Lunala by evolving Cosmoem, using 100 Cosmog Candy either during the day or the night to get either legendary. New chapters of the Cosmic Companion research story will become available, too, and new raids, avatar items, and collection challenges will test your Pokemon Go acumen.
This event represents the culmination of the Ultra Beast "saga", which has been happening for some months now. Ultra Beasts were originally teased back in May, and the finale of this year's Pokemon Go Fest saw players taking on five-star raids to catch Ultra Beasts, so this "storyline", such as it is, has taken a good while to finish. Still, a couple of major live events and some big five-star raids seem like a good crescendo.
It's all go in the world of Pokemon Go right now, appropriately enough. Of course, you'd expect no less from a game that supposedly managed to help local economies rake in $300 million during this year's Pokemon Go Fest event. Still, it seems a little odd that with the launch of Scarlet and Violet (which, incidentally, is the second-biggest UK launch of all time for the franchise), these events are based around Pokemon from two generations ago. Then again, since the biggest Pokemon launch in the UK was Sun and Moon, maybe it does make some kind of sense.