Pokemon Go Tour Hoenn event guide: Dates, Primal Raids, shinies & more

Ezequiel Leis
Pokemon Go Tour logo surrounded by featured Hoenn Pokemon

Pokemon Go Tour: Hoenn will celebrate its Global event with many activities, special spawns, and Primal Raids. We’ve got everything you need to know about the event celebrating Gen 3 Pokemon.

After celebrating Kanto and Johto regions in previous events, 2023’s Pokemon Go Tour will finally put the spotlight on Gen 3 Pokemon from the Hoenn region. The two-day event is full of activities, quests, and Research Tasks for players from all around the world and it will also feature the worldwide debut of Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre.

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Following the ticketed in-person event held in Las Vegas last weekend, Pokemon Go Tour: Hoenn – Global will offer a free experience with some different activities and rewards for all players.

In this article, you’ll find everything you need to know about the Pokemon Go Tour: Hoenn Global event.

Pokemon Go Tour: Hoenn start date & time

The Pokemon Go Tour: Hoenn Global event will take place on Saturday, February 25, 2023, and Sunday, February 26, 2023, from 10 AM to 6 PM local time.

After some connectivity issues during the in-person event in Las Vegas, Niantic extended the duration to give players more chances at getting rewards. Make sure to check official social media accounts in case more issues arise during the Global event.

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Pokemon Go Tour: Hoenn Special Research – Chasing Legends

Pokemon Go players will be able to participate in a new Special Research featuring Rhi from the Go Ultra Recon Squad during the Go Tour: Hoenn event.

This Special Research will revolve around Hoenn folklore and the Red and Blue Orbs, items which are said to have some connection to Primal Kyogre and Primal Groudon.

Shiny Jirachi is the featured reward for the new premium Masterwork Research in Pokemon Go Tour: Hoenn.

Pokemon Go Tour: Hoenn Masterwork Research – Wish Granted

Pokemon Go Tour: Hoenn will also hold a Masterwork Research for trainers all around the world. Players that attended the in-person event in Las Vegas will be able to enjoy this Research with fewer steps to get the chance to catch a shiny Jirachi, the Wish Pokemon.

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The rest of the players can buy tickets for this Masterwork Research in the in-game shop for $4.99 from Monday, February 20, 2023, at 10 AM PST until Monday, March 20, 2023, at 10 AM PST. The official site notes that these tickets cannot be purchased with PokeCoins and they’re nonrefundable.

Pokemon Go Tour: Hoenn Ruby vs Sapphire Challenge

Pokemon Go is already offering players the chance to choose teams in the Ruby vs Sapphire Challenge ahead of the Go Tour: Hoenn Global event. If you’re wondering which team you should choose, you can check our guide with everything there is to know about this challenge.

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Each hour, depending on which team completes more Field Research, all Trainers will see increased Primal Raids for either Primal Kyogre (Sapphire) or Primal Groudon (Ruby). Players’ actions will also increase the chance of encountering additional wild Pokemon. These are the encounters tied to each team:

Ruby Wild Encounters

  • Plusle
  • Volbeat
  • Trapinch
  • Solrock
  • Castform (Sunny Form)

Sapphire Wild Encounters

  • Minun
  • Illumise
  • Wailmer
  • Lunatone
  • Castform (Rainy Form)
a Ruby and a Sapphire badge with the Pokemon Go Tour logo and a background with fire and waterThe Ruby vs Sapphire Challenge will shape the gameplay during Pokemon Go Tour: Hoenn.

Pokemon Go Tour: Hoenn wild encounters

Pokemon Go Tour: Hoenn will celebrate Gen 3 Pokemon increasing the chances of encountering them in the wild. The event will feature unique habitats listed below:

Blistering Sands habitat encounters:

  • Torchic
  • Poochyena
  • Lotad
  • Nincada
  • Makuhita
  • Nosepass
  • Aron
  • Cacnea
  • Numel
  • Baltoy
  • Bagon

Eerie Mists habitat encounters:

  • Ralts
  • Surskit
  • Whismure
  • Meditite
  • Spoink
  • Zangoose
  • Seviper
  • Chimecho
  • Absol
  • Snorunt
  • Luvdisc
  • Beldum

Verdant Earth habitat encounters:

  • Treecko
  • Zigzagoon
  • Wurmple
  • Seedot
  • Shroomish
  • Slakoth
  • Skitty
  • Mawile
  • Electrike
  • Roselia
  • Gulpin
  • Swablu

Ancient Shores habitat encounters:

  • Mudkip
  • Taillow
  • Wingull
  • Carvanha
  • Barboach
  • Corphish
  • Lileep
  • Anorith
  • Feebas
  • Spheal
  • Clamperl

Pokemon Go Tour: Hoenn shiny spawns

For the first time in Pokémon Go, players will be able to encounter Shiny Unown H, Shiny Surskit, Shiny Gulpin, Shiny Torkoal, Shiny Cacnea, Shiny Tropius, and Shiny Relicanth during the Go Tour: Hoenn Global event. If you need any tips on how to get them, we covered every shiny debut in our guide.

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All other Pokemon listed in the lists above can also show up in shiny form if you’re lucky enough.

Kyogre and Groudon with the Pokemon Go Tour: Hoenn logoPrimal Kyogre and Primal Groudon will debut globally during Pokemon Go Tour: Hoenn.

Pokemon Go Tour: Hoenn Raid Bosses

Pokemon Go Tour: Hoenn will feature special 1 and 5-Star Raids alongside the debut of Primal Raids. Here’s the full list:

1-Star Raids

  • Treecko
  • Torchic
  • Mudkip

5-Star Raids

  • Normal Forme Deoxys
  • Attack Forme Deoxys
  • Defense Forme Deoxys
  • Speed Forme Deoxys

Primal Raids

  • Primal Groudon
  • Primal Kyogre

All Pokemon featured in these limited-time Raids can be found in shiny form. If you’re looking for tips on beating these Raids, we got you covered.

Pokemon Go Tour: Hoenn Egg pool

Eggs will also hatch Hoenn creatures during this year’s Pokemon Go Tour event. Here’s the full list for 2, 5, 7.5, and 10 Km Eggs:

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2 Km Eggs

  • Pichu
  • Igglybuff
  • Treecko
  • Torchic
  • Mudkip
  • Azurill
  • Wynaut

5 Km Eggs

  • Surskit
  • Gulpin
  • Cacnea

7.5 Km Eggs

  • Trapinch
  • Feebas
  • Bagon
  • Beldum

10 Km Eggs

  • Torkoal
  • Tropius
  • Relicanth

Pokemon Go Tour: Hoenn new costumed Pikachu

Pokemon Go Tour: Hoenn will introduce two new costumed Pikachu based on the Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire games’ main characters.

Players can encounter Pikachu wearing Brendan’s hat and Pikachu wearing May’s bow in the wild during the Global event, and they can both be shiny.

The in-game store features cosmetics inspired by Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire’s main characters.

Pokemon Go Tour: Hoenn cosmetics

Players can already get avatar items for the Pokemon Go Tour: Hoenn Global event in the in-game store:

ItemPrice (in PokeCoins)
Pokemon Go Tour: Hoenn T-ShirtFree
Hoenn Set (shoes, T-shirt, pants, and headwear)Free
Groudon Tracksuit400
Kyogre Tracksuit400
Kecleon Bag200

Players can also buy sticker sets featuring Hoenn’s starters, Kyogre, Groudon, and Kecleon.

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Pokemon Go Tour: Hoenn bonuses

Pokemon Go Tour: Hoenn will feature different bonuses for players to take advantage of during the Global event weekend. However, those bonuses haven’t been confirmed yet. We’ll update this article once those bonuses are officially announced.


That’s all you need to know about the upcoming Pokemon Go Tour: Hoenn Global event.

For more Pokemon Go, be sure to check our other guides and articles:

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Image Credits: Niantic / The Pokemon Company

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Ezequiel is a Writer at CharlieIntel. With a great knowledge on gaming, movies and TV, he's focused on Pokemon and Games stories in general. With a journalism degree, Ezequiel has worked on La Cosa and Infobae, two of the most prestigious outlets in Argentina. He joined CharlieIntel in 2023. You can reach Ezequiel at [email protected], or via his Twitter @ExoPLeis.