Pokémon Go crosses over with the Pokémon TCG later this month and features Wimpod, Golisopod’s debut & Shiny Meltan’s return

Posted at: 1:47pm on 6th June 2022(Updated at: 2:33 pm 6/6/2022)

Further details on the Pokémon Go crossover with the Trading Card Game have been announced today. As well as the details on a load of new cards featured in the upcoming TCG expansion set, a special celebratory event will run within Pokémon Go between the 16th June and 30th June (10am to 8pm local) that not only introduces Wimpod and Golisopod to the game, but features the return of Shiny Meltan.

New TCG Cards

The latest Pokémon TCG expansion set, based on Pokémon Go, launches next month and features Pokémon that have either already appeared in Pokémon Go, or like Wimpod and Golisopod, are making their debut. A special Pikachu wearing a TCG-themed hat will feature both within the card set and in Pokémon Go during the crossover event. A Mewtwo V card will also celebrate Pokémon Go’s first Legendary Raid boss, while Mewtwo itself will return to 5-star Raids during the event.

Special ‘Radiant’ forms of Pokémon – better known outside of the TCG as Shiny Pokémon – will also be available in the card set, with Radiant Venusaur, Radiant Charizard and Radiant Blastoise cards being available with special and powerful abilities. All three Shiny Pokémon will also be available within Pokémon Go as collection challenge rewards.

Shiny Meltan

Alongside the debut of Golisopod, Wimpod and the new Pikachu form, Shiny Meltan will be available or the first time in over a year when using the Mystery Box item obtained from sending Pokémon to Pokémon Home or Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee. The amount of time you will have to wait to use the Mystery Box again will also be reduced during the crossover event.

Collection Challenges

Six Collection Challenges of varying difficulty will be available between the 16th June and 30th June (10am – 8pm local). Rewards for these include XP, a Lure Module and an Incubator as well as encounters with Venusaur, Charizard, Blastoise and Meltan – all of whom may be Shiny.

A further three Collection Challenges will be available between the 23rd June and the 30th June (10am – 8pm local) which will grant an additional chance to encounter Shiny Venusaur, Charizard or Blastoise.

Wild Encounters

The following Pokémon, based on those that feature within cards in the new TCG expansion, will appear more frequently in the wild during the event weeks:

* May be Shiny | ** Wearing a Pokémon TCG Hat

Lunatone and Solrock

Both Lunatone and Solrock will also feature in the TCG Expansion, and will both be appearing globally in the wild during the event. After the event ends, Lunatone will appear only within the Western Hemisphere, while Solrock will appear only in the Eastern Hemisphere. Both may also potentially be shiny.

Field Research Task Encounters

Completing Field Research Tasks from Pokéstops during this event may reward the following encounters:

* May be Shiny | ** Wearing a Pokémon TCG Hat


The following Pokémon will be available in Raids during the event. Note that Mewtwo will be available with two different movesets.

Five-Star*16th June -> 23rd June: Shadow Ball
23rd June -> 1st July: Psystrike
* May be Shiny

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