UPDATE: The event has been extended and will end at 5 pm PDT on July the 27th.
Trainers, the global rewards unlocked during #PokemonGOFest have been extended 72 hours. They will now end at 5:00 P.M. PDT on July 27.
— Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) July 25, 2017
The official Pokémon website also states that Articuno is only around “for a brief while”, but it is unclear if this means it will not appear in Raids later, or if it is just referring to the 2-hour window to battle it.
The official Pokémon GO website has posted an update after the somewhat disastrous Pokémon GO Fest event about Legendaries and bonuses.
As a result of all the hard work put in during Pokémon GO Fest, incredible in-game bonuses were unlocked for the entire Pokémon GO community. Also, thanks to the Trainers around the world who banded together to catch millions of Pokémon during the Challenge Windows, the following rewards will last until Monday, July 24, at 5:00 P.M. PDT:
- Double Stardust
- Double Candy
- Double XP
- Increased Pokémon encounters
- Reduced hatching distance
- Reduced buddy distance
These Trainers also played an integral role in revealing that Lugia would be the first Legendary Pokémon to enter the real world. In addition to Lugia, the number of Pokémon caught during Pokémon GO Fest by members of Team Instinct, Team Mystic, and Team Valor were tallied up, and, the winner was… Team Mystic! To celebrate this victory, Articuno will join Lugia in Raid Battles everywhere starting immediately. Don’t worry, Team Instinct and Team Valor, the Legendary Pokémon Zapdos and Moltres will also make their way into the real world soon, so stay tuned for more information.
It’s time to adventure together! Gather your friends and family and keep an eye out for Legendary Pokémon Eggs appearing at Gyms near you.
Are you excited about these bonuses and being able to catch Lugia and Articuno soon. Lugia and Articuno Raids do not require two days to hatch at the moment too – they are live right now! CP ranges are 37,603 CP for Articuno (when caught around 1,600 CP), and 42,753 CP for Lugia. You can use regular and premium raid passes to access these raids. These Raids last for two hours.
For advice on how to take on Lugia and Articuno, check out our guide article!