Niantic confirms Celebi coming to Pokémon GO

Complete a new Special Research assignment to unlock Celebi in Pokémon GO.

Back in July, a datamine by The Silph Road revealed information hinting at Celebi’s impending release in Pokémon GO. Now, Niantic has officially confirmed that Celebi will indeed be coming to Pokémon GO in the form of a Special Research reward starting August 20. Of course, to get Celebi, players will need to complete the previous Special Research assignment for Mew (A Mythical Discovery) which launched earlier this year.

The announcement details from Niantic regarding Celebi are as follows:

“Prepare yourself for August 20, when this Special Research becomes available worldwide! Along the way to discovering Celebi’s time-shifting nature, you’ll encounter tasks that will test your skills as a Trainer. Complete tasks to gain XP, receive useful items, and even encounter certain Pokémon on your journey! You can begin completing Special Research on Celebi at any time as long as you have done the third group of tasks related to the Special Research on Mew, and actively finish tasks related to both at your own pace!”

It’s exciting to hear that Celebi will finally be coming to Pokémon GO. Of course, players who attended the Pokémon GO Fest in Chicago this year likely already have a Celebi. Note that if you’re one of these players who attended GO Fest and earned a Celebi, you won’t be able to earn a second just yet. Although, you will be able to get some Candy which can be used in conjunction with Stardust to power up your Celebi’s CP.

“For those who have already completed the exclusive Pokémon GO Fest Special Research and have obtained the Time Travel Pokémon, completing this new Special Research will earn you a new bounty of Candy to power up your Celebi,” explains Niantic.

Stay tuned for more information on how to complete the new Special Research assignment and get Celebi in Pokémon GO. In the meantime, be sure to check out some of our other Pokémon GO guides including how to add friends in Pokémon GO, what Friendship Level is in Pokémon GO, and how to find Shiny Pokémon in Pokémon GO.

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