Is the Pokemon GO Fest 2022 event ticket worth it?

Pokemon GO Fest 2022 is fast approaching and once again offers players an event ticket to gain full access to the festivities, but the question is whether or not this ticket is worth it.

Once just an in-person event, Pokemon GO Fest has grown into the biggest event of the year as it takes place all over the world no matter where you are.

Niantic has done a good job of ensuring that even those who don’t pay for the event can have a good time, but that also has some people wondering if it’s worth buying the Pokemon GO Fest 2022 ticket.

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How much is it?

Since Pokemon GO held GO Fest as a global event for everyone, they sold event tickets through the in-game shop. This started in 2020 with a price of $14.99, which some people considered a bit too expensive overall.

Niantic decided to make a change last year for the game’s fifth anniversary with GO Fest 2021, bringing the price down to $5 instead. Some were hoping that price would remain, although it was very unlikely considering other events like this year’s GO Tour Johto event would cost more.

Just like the event two years ago, Pokemon GO Fest 2022 has returned again at the price of $14.99, making the question of whether or not it’s worth the ticket all the more relevant.

What do you get with the event ticket?

Pokemon GO Fest is once again a two-day event this year, taking place on Saturday, June 4th and Sunday, June 5th, every day from 10:00am to 6:00pm local time.

As with most non-Community Day event tickets in Pokemon GO, there’s plenty of extra content for those who purchase the ticket in a variety of ways spread across the two days.

To start off, there are some ticket-exclusive features that will be available for both days of the event. The first of these is that you can earn up to nine free Raid Passes by spinning Photo Discs at Gyms. Spinning these gyms or PokeStops will also give you special event stickers. Last but not least, you can take up to five snaps during event times for what Niantic calls a surprise.

Starting Saturday, purchasing the ticket is the only way to gain access to a new special research that introduces a brand new Pokémon to the game, Land Forme Shaymin. The special research will also reward you with an event-exclusive avatar item and a special pose.

The majority of the Pokémon appearing during GO Fest will be available to everyone, but an event ticket offers two major benefits to players. The first of these is that the shiny rates will be greatly increased for those who play with the event ticket while using incense sticks, with Saturday having a higher shiny rate than Sunday. Second, using Incense will also have ticket-exclusive spawns for each of the habitats, including the regional exclusives Tropius and Torkoal.

Purchasing the Pokemon GO Fest 2022 event ticket will also grant you four separate collection challenges based on the four rotating habitats, each with their own medal and rewards to earn.

As we’ve seen in the past, there will also be a Global Challenge Arena where ticket holders work together to unlock special bonuses for the rest of the hour.

The Sunday portion of the event is much less ticket-focused as there are few exclusives. The first is a new Special Research story that will be available to all players that day after completing a story, but only to event ticket holders.

Just like Saturday, the ticket-exclusive incense spawns will be available at the same times as the day before, although the shiny rates won’t be as high.

Last but not least, Team GO Rocket Balloons will spawn more frequently and will give you twice as many Mystery Components as usual when you defeat the Team GO Rocket Grunts.

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Is it worth?

This really depends on the player themselves and how much of it they get, but we think the Pokemon GO Fest 2022 ticket is definitely worth the price of entry.

While it wasn’t the steal of last year’s event, $14.99 is still very affordable and gives players plenty to do for the event, especially on Saturday. Not only is there the exclusive Special Research and Collection Challenges, but this is also the only way for players to find and catch the regional exclusive Tropius and Torkoal outside of their respective regions.

Shinies are always one of the most coveted things in Pokemon GO and the ticket will help you get even more during the event. This is also a case where your mileage can vary as some players always seem to get more shinies than others due to the RNG factor in events like this. However, the huge increase in shinies is almost always worth it.

We didn’t even mention it above, but Pokemon GO Fest 2022 is a special case this year, not only being the two-day event on June 4th and 5th, but also a special one-day event at the end of August.

Purchasing this ticket will also give you access to this event on August 27th at no additional cost. Tickets for that event alone are $10.99 later, so you’re basically only paying $4 for that event if you plan on buying that later.

For all the reasons listed above, we think the Pokemon GO Fest 2022 event ticket is very worthwhile for players. Just make sure you take advantage of everything it offers while the event is happening this weekend. Is the Pokemon GO Fest 2022 event ticket worth it?

Lindsay Lowe

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