Niantic dropped a sort of insane number of Pokémon GO announcements on us late this evening, long after the typical 4:00 PM Eastern when we usually see this sort of thing. Most of it takes place later in September when the ultra bonuses from the summer’s events go live, but at least one part of it is here now. Jirachi is now available through the special research task “A Thousand Year Slumber”.
I of course already have Jirachi, but that is only because I am both very special and went to Pokémon GO Fest.
Jirachi is a charming little wish Pokémon that sleeps for a thousand years and grants wishes written on notes attached to its head when it wakes. Like Mew and Celebi, it’s a sort of ethereal cute little thing that serves as a counter-balance to the more menacing Legendary Pokémon.
People are out completing the research tasks now, and we’ll have a full list for you as soon as they’re made available. But for right now, I’ll say this: start walking a Feebas. The second step requires you to evolve a Feebas, and you need to walk one of those suckers for 20 km before you can turn it into a Milotic. You also need the candy, but the upcoming water festival should help with that.
For me, Pokémon GO is always at its best when there’s special research to do. Maybe I’m just a goal-oriented gamer at heart, but it just makes it so much easier to organize your play when you’ve got a quest line to complete. I wish that we had special research for every event, but for now, I’ll take the one or two that we get a year. Here’s hoping that something comes up for Pokémon Sword and Shield when that comes out in the fall.
Stay tuned for more on Jirachi tomorrow as people start moving through the steps, as well as the rest of this massive dump of unlocks and ultra rewards. Niantic, it seems, really wants you to play Pokémon GO in September.