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Shiny Zapdos.Credit: Niantic Labs

The big rewards for Pokémon GO's summer tour keep coming in. Right now we're in the middle of some very useful but ultimately expensive egg hatching bonuses, but tomorrow we're getting the grand prize from last weekend's Pokémon GO Fest-linked global research challenge. Zapdos is returning to in-game raids for three hours only on Saturday, July 21, giving everyone a chance to round out their Gen 1 Pokédex and build out their Legendary collection with a chance at getting a Shiny variant of the rare creature. Shiny Zapdos follows Shiny Articuno day from after the Safari Zone in Dortmund, and so we'll take a wild guess and assume that Shiny Moltres is coming after the Safari Zone in Yokosuka.

Like with Community Day, Shiny Zapdos day only lasts for three hours. Here's when you'll want to show up:

  • Asia/Pacific: 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. JST
  • Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. UTC
  • The Americas and Greenland: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. PT

Even free-to-play trainers will be able to get in on the action, at least to a higher degree than they would be able to otherwise. Spinning photodiscs on Zapdos day will net you up to five free raid passes, though whales like myself will probably be dipping into the store to do a whole lot more than that. The extra candy bonuses mean that you'll also be a getting 6 candy from every Zapdos you catch, meaning you won't have to use as much valuable rare candy to level them.

Any Zapdos caught during that window will come with Thunder Shock, a solid fast move that will make a levelled Zapdos caught tomorrow one of the most effective Electric-type attackers in the game. Zapdos was already one of the only genuinely useful Legendaries available, and so that should give a little more incentive for meta-oriented players to get out there and catch. But really it's the chance at a shiny variant that will have people the most excited: shinies have always been valuable, but ever since trading hit the game they've become a kind of top-level currency. If you can grab a Shiny Zapdos tomorrow, you can more or less name your price as far as a reciprocal trade goes. Visually, it's just sort of the same thing with more intense colors.

I'll be out, if I can make it. Pokémon GO has been absolutely killing it recently, and I've made major strides on my Gen 3 Pokédex in the last few weeks. We'll see if I can finish it before this egg event ends. 

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Shiny Zapdos.Credit: Niantic Labs

The big rewards for Pokémon GO's summer tour keep coming in. Right now we're in the middle of some very useful but ultimately expensive egg hatching bonuses, but tomorrow we're getting the grand prize from last weekend's Pokémon GO Fest-linked global research challenge. Zapdos is returning to in-game raids for three hours only on Saturday, July 21, giving everyone a chance to round out their Gen 1 Pokédex and build out their Legendary collection with a chance at getting a Shiny variant of the rare creature. Shiny Zapdos follows Shiny Articuno day from after the Safari Zone in Dortmund, and so we'll take a wild guess and assume that Shiny Moltres is coming after the Safari Zone in Yokosuka.

Like with Community Day, Shiny Zapdos day only lasts for three hours. Here's when you'll want to show up:

  • Asia/Pacific: 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. JST
  • Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. UTC
  • The Americas and Greenland: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. PT

Even free-to-play trainers will be able to get in on the action, at least to a higher degree than they would be able to otherwise. Spinning photodiscs on Zapdos day will net you up to five free raid passes, though whales like myself will probably be dipping into the store to do a whole lot more than that. The extra candy bonuses mean that you'll also be a getting 6 candy from every Zapdos you catch, meaning you won't have to use as much valuable rare candy to level them.

Any Zapdos caught during that window will come with Thunder Shock, a solid fast move that will make a levelled Zapdos caught tomorrow one of the most effective Electric-type attackers in the game. Zapdos was already one of the only genuinely useful Legendaries available, and so that should give a little more incentive for meta-oriented players to get out there and catch. But really it's the chance at a shiny variant that will have people the most excited: shinies have always been valuable, but ever since trading hit the game they've become a kind of top-level currency. If you can grab a Shiny Zapdos tomorrow, you can more or less name your price as far as a reciprocal trade goes. Visually, it's just sort of the same thing with more intense colors.

I'll be out, if I can make it. Pokémon GO has been absolutely killing it recently, and I've made major strides on my Gen 3 Pokédex in the last few weeks. We'll see if I can finish it before this egg event ends. 

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