Pokemon Go fans, listen up! When diving into Special Research events like “A Paldean Adventure,” you’ll get a rare chance to do something pretty old-school: choose a path for your Starter Pokemon.
Pokemon Go’s Paldean Adventure event is started
From September 5 to 10, the Paldean Adventure event introduces newcomers from the Scarlet and Violet realms—Sprigatito, Fuecoco, Quaxly, and Lechonk. Each one plays a pivotal role in the research tasks you’ll tackle.
While all four critters are essential, it’s the Starter Pokemon—Sprigatito, Fuecoco, and Quaxly—that offer a unique dilemma. You’ll need to pick one, reminiscent of the choices you make at the start of a traditional Gen IX experience. So choose wisely!
The “A Paldean Adventure Special Research” isn’t a sprint; it’s more like a marathon. Taking at least a week to finish, your initial choice impacts the type of tasks and rewards that appear along your journey to complete the research. So, whatever path you choose, be ready for a tailored adventure.
New Pokemon releases
Hold on to your Poke Balls, because Pokemon Go is rolling out the red carpet for some ninth-generation stars in its Paldean Adventure event. Let’s dive into the newcomers you’ll be able to catch, evolve, and battle with!
Meet the ninth-gen starter Pokemon and their evolutionary families:
- Sprigatito evolves into Floragato and finally into Meowscarada.
- Fuecoco transitions into Crocalor, which then evolves into Skeledirge.
- Quaxly evolves into Quaxwell and then culminates as Quaquaval.
To evolve these starters, you’ll need 25 Candy for the first-stage evolution and another 100 Candy to reach their final form. Choose a path wisely, because these Pokemon will be powerhouses on your team.
But wait, there’s more! Lechonk is also making an entrance, evolving into Oinkologne. This porky Pokemon will require 50 Lechonk Candy for its transformation, and the evolved form will vary depending on the gender of your Lechonk.
Got a knack for finding rarities? Keep your eyes peeled for Shiny Lechonk. Plus, there are PokeStop Showcases centered around finding the biggest Lechonks out there, offering an opportunity for some sweet rewards.
Note: Once the Paldean Adventure wraps up, don’t fret. Sprigatito, Fuecoco, and Quaxly will move to 5 km Eggs. As for Lechonk, you’ll find it in the more accessible 2 km Eggs.
Paldean Adventure event bonuses
During the Paldean Adventure event in Pokemon Go, you won’t just be catching new Pokemon. Prepare to reap some sizable bonuses that’ll make even a casual player feel like a Pokemon Master. Let’s dig into the perks you can enjoy:
- Catching any Pokemon during this event will net you four times the usual XP. That’s right, 4x the XP to level up faster!
- Alongside the XP, you’ll also collect four times the Stardust. Perfect for powering up your Pokemon team!
- Keep an eye out for PokeStops transforming into Gold PokeStops—no Golden Lure Modules needed!
And for all you Shiny hunters, you’re in luck. Hoppip, Houndour, Buizel, and Fletchling will appear in their Shiny forms at higher rates. Shiny Pokemon are the unicorns of Pokemon Go, so don’t miss out on this chance to snag one, or maybe even a few!
Note: Spinning these Gold PokeStops will give you Gimmighoul Coins, but heads up—you won’t find any Roaming Form Gimmighouls here.
How to choose a path in Paldean Adventure?
When it comes to choosing a path in Pokemon Go’s A Paldean Adventure Special Research, it’s more about personal preference than anything else. Rest assured, this research isn’t confined to the Paldean Adventure event alone; it’s part of the larger Adventures Abound season that stretches until December 1. So, you can jump into this quest at your own pace.
After you ace the first set of tasks in the A Paldean Adventure research, you’ll face a fun decision: Adventure with Sprigatito, Adventure with Fuecoco, or Adventure with Quaxly. Each choice revolves around a different Starter Pokemon from the Scarlet and Violet regions, which, of course, influences the research tasks and rewards you’ll encounter.
In terms of research tasks, the differences are subtle but meaningful. You’ll need to catch and evolve your chosen Starter at least once, which shouldn’t be a tall order. Plus, you’ll get to meet your selected Starter more often in encounters—sort of like a personalized adventure with your new buddy.
The rewards across the three paths are pretty consistent, with slight variations that cater to your chosen Starter. So, don’t stress too much about the “right” choice. Pick your favorite Paldean Starter Pokemon and enjoy the journey!
Boosted wild Pokemon spawns
During the Paldean Adventure event, prepare to meet eight Pokemon with boosted spawn rates, many of which are making their debut. Keep your Pokéballs handy for these event-specific encounters:
Featured raid bosses
For all you Raid enthusiasts, assemble your teams! The Raid Boss lineup during this event aligns perfectly with the Paldean Adventure theme. So grab your pals and go tackle these Pokemon while you can:
- Unown P: One-Star
- Unown A: One-Star
- Unown L: One-Star
- Unown D: One-Star
- Unown E: One-Star
- Machamp: Three-Star
- Camerupt: Three-Star
- Metagross: Three-Star
- Turtonator: Three-Star
- Kartana: Five-Star
- Celesteela: Five-Star
- Mega Manectric: Mega Raid
Tip: From September 1 to 8, Kartana is a Northern Hemisphere exclusive, and Celesteela is for the Southern Hemisphere. But don’t worry, they’ll swap hemispheres from September 8 to 16. So everyone gets a chance!