Pokemon GO players are about to get one step closer to the ever elusive complete Pokedex with the return of the Regi trio and the first appearance of Regigigas. The new Pokemon is going to become an EX Raid Boss in November, but players can also get a hold of it through Special Research... If they're willing to pay a certain price.
For the first time ever (outside of geo-specific events), Pokemon GO is adding a Special Research storyline that requires the purchase of a ticket to begin. An interesting twist is that the Special Research ticket cannot be purchased with PokeCoins, which means players are forced to spend real money, rather than currency earned in-game.
Obviously this special research is optional, since players can just wait until November and try to get an EX Raid invite to catch Regigigas the old-fashion way, but the offer is still definitely going to stir up some controversy. Anytime a game introduces content that is completely hidden behind a paywall fans tend to lash out, so it will be very interesting to find out how the Pokemon GO community takes this news.
A Colossal Discovery—a Special Research story event
A Colossal Discovery introduces a Pokémon originally from the Sinnoh region that’s closely related to Regirock, Regice, and Registeel—Regigigas! You can purchase a ticket to gain access to a unique limited-time experience where you’ll be challenged with a variety of tasks to earn an encounter with the Colossal Pokémon before it debuts in EX Raids later in November. This event does not have a set location—if you have a ticket, you can take part wherever you can play Pokémon GO.
Date + Time
This Special Research story event will be available on Saturday, November 2, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in your local time zone with a ticket purchase.
A ticket to this Special Research story event will grant you access to a unique experience for you to play through during the specified time period! Access to this event comes with the following.
A new Special Research story event, featuring an early-access encounter with Regigigas, appearing in Pokémon GO for the very first time!!
A Colossal Discovery medal
Up to 10 additional Raid Passes at no cost during the Special Research story event time period when you spin a Photo Disc at a Gym. These Raid Passes will not be available after the event period is over. You cannot hold more than one Raid Pass at once.
A Unova Stone (to use on some of the best Unova Pokemon in the game), a Sinnoh Stone, and an exclusive avatar pose (see below!) from conducting the Special Research
To receive the Special Research titled A Colossal Discovery, you must open Pokemon GO during the event on Saturday, November 2, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in your local time zone. After you have collected it, you can complete the Special Research at any point.
The ticket is US$7.99 (or the equivalent in your local currency) and can be purchased directly from the shop. The ticket cannot be purchased with PokéCoins.
Tickets can be purchased from when they go live until Saturday, November 2, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. in your local time zone. Stay tuned for when they go live!
How to purchase a ticket and access the Special Research
Stay tuned to our channels for when tickets go live. Then, follow these steps to get a ticket for A Colossal Discovery.
Tap on the Learn More button in the shop.
Tap on the Purchase button.
You will then receive a pop-up indicating that you have received a ticket for A Colossal Discovery. Once you click OK, the ticket will appear in your Item Bag.
Before the event, you will receive a medal. When the event begins and you open the app during the event time, you’ll receive access to the Special Research titled A Colossal Discovery.
Once you receive the Special Research on November 2, you will be able to finish it at a later time if you don’t complete it by the end of the event. However, for an optimal gameplay experience, we recommend trying your best to complete the research on Saturday, November 2, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in your local time zone. Don’t worry, Trainers—if you’re unable to participate in this colossal event, you can look forward to Regigigas coming to EX Raids next month!
The ticket to this Special Research story event is nonrefundable. (Subject to applicable law and the exceptions set forth in the Terms of Service)
That’s everything we know at this point! Check back for more Pokemon GO updates closer to the event. Until then, good luck out there, trainers!
Pokemon GO is available now in select regions on Android and iOS devices.
Source: Pokemon GO Live