Pokemon Go‘s Summer Tour 2018 kicks off this weekend with the Safari Zone live event in Dortmund, Germany, but even if you aren’t able to attend in-person, you’ll still have a chance to participate. The Pokemon Company announced that special Global Challenges will be underway during each of this summer’s live events, with players all over the world contributing toward their success.
Each weekend that an event takes place, players will be divided up into four regions: the Americas; Europe, the Middle-East, and Africa; Asia-Pacific; and the “main research site,” which is the location of the live event. Each region will strive to complete their own challenges, which will contribute to the global progress and unlock bonus rewards in the game. If players manage to earn bonus rewards during all three events, then Niantic teases an Ultra Bonus will be unlocked–although what that will be remains a mystery.
The first live event in the Summer Tour 2018 is the aforementioned Safari Zone in Dortmund, which takes place on June 30 and July 1. During the event, the Grass- and Poison-type Pokemon Roselia will spawn much more frequently around the globe. Players will also have a chance to find a Shiny Roselia in the wild.
Following Safari Zone Dortmund, Niantic will host the second annual Pokemon Go Fest event in Chicago on July 14 and 15. During that weekend, players around the world will find increased spawns of Trapinch, Feebas, and other Pokemon. The Alolan forms of Geodude and Diglett will also begin appearing for the first time in Pokemon Go.
The final stop in the Pokemon Go Summer Tour 2018 is a special Safari Zone in Yokosuka, Japan. Specific details about that event will be announced at a later date, but it is slated to take place later this summer. You can read more about the Summer Tour 2018 on the official Pokemon website.
In addition to the aforementioned events, Niantic will also host the next Pokemon Go Community Day on July 8. During that event, the Red and Blue starter Pokemon Squirtle will appear much more frequently in the wild, and if previous Community Days are any indication, players will have a chance to find its Shiny variant as well. Participants will also hatch Eggs at a quarter of the distance they typically require.