Pokemon Go Home event: when it starts and ends, how to activate a Mystery Box, and when to challenge Cobalion, Virizion and Terrakion

Pokémon Go’s latest in-game event celebrates the integration of Pokémon Home with the popular augmented reality game

Tuesday, 17th November 2020, 10:45 am

A new in-game event designed to celebrate the integration of Pokémon Home with Pokémon GO has launched, allowing players of the popular augmented reality game to activate a Mystery Box and encounter a Shiny Meltan.

Pokémon Home is a cloud-based subscription service that allows you to store and trade your favourite Pokémon across a number of games.

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Here is everything you need to know about it.

When does the event run?

The event kicked off at 8am local time on Tuesday 17 November, and runs until 10pm local time on Monday 23 November.

How do I find a Shiny Meltan?

The biggest selling point of the new event is the raised chances of encountering a Shiny Meltan, a Steel-type Mythical Pokémon introduced to the series in 2018’s Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!

Activate the Mystery Box (Pokémon Go’s legendary artefact used to spawn wild Meltan) during the event, you might encounter a rare Shiny version of the ‘Hex Nut Pokémon’. Shiny Meltan will go back into hiding after the event is over.

What else is happening during the event?

Also during the event, Alolan Sandshrew, Zubat, Alolan Diglett, Slowpoke, Magnemite, Ditto, Porygon, Hoothoot, Remoraid, Whismur, Lileep, Anorith, Cottonee, and Foongus will be appearing more often in the wild.

Nidoran male and female, Slowpoke, Omanyte, Kabuto, Lileep, and Anorith, will be hatching from 5km Eggs.

Pokémon such as Alolan Vulpix, Slowpoke, Magnemite, Shinx, Timburr, Klink, and more will be appearing in raids, and if you’re lucky, you might find a Shiny Slowpoke.

Event-exclusive Timed Research will reward you Pidgeot Mega Energy, Poké Balls, Berries, encounters with Slowpoke and Gible, and more, while event-exclusive Field Research tasks will reward encounters with Pokémon like Slowpoke and more.

Mega Pidgeot will receive a CP boost during the event period.

From 9pm UK time on 16 November to the same time on Tuesday 24 November, Cobalion, Terrakion, and Virizion will be available to challenge in five-star raids.

There will also be special avatar items available, including the Melmetal Jacket, the Melmetal Vest, Melmetal Shoes, and Grand Oak’s Glasses.

For more information on the event, head to the website

What is Pokémon Home?

Pokémon Home allows you to store and trade your favourite Pokémon across a number of games. It is available on the Nintendo Switch console, and as an app for mobile devices.

The app takes the form of a cloud-based National Pokédex, which grows as Pokémon from compatible games in the series are added.

The first games supported by Home were the recently released Pokémon Sword and Shield and both Let's Go games, all on the Nintendo Switch.

But support for Pokémon GO has just arrived, meaning users can use their Nintendo Accounts to move Pokémon they’ve caught between the compatible games. You can also trade Pokémon on the go with other users around the world, even when you’re not using the app.

Pokémon Home lets you specify which Pokémon you want to trade and which Pokémon you want to receive, before matching you with another player who meets that criteria.

For more information on Pokémon Home, head to the website

How much does Pokémon Home cost?

A free, ‘basic’ Pokémon Home plan is available, but limits the total number of Pokémon users can store in the app, as well as locking off some of its niftier features.

Pokémon Home's premium offers cost £2.69 for a 30-day plan, £4.49 for 90 days and £14.39 for a year.