POKEMON GO trainers only have a few more hours to make the most of the Chicago event celebration bonuses such as double XP, Candy and stardust before it ends later tonight.
During Pokemon GO Fest, attendees and players from around the world were set a series of goals to help activate the ‘mystery’ Legendary Pokemon celebration at the end of the day.
The Pokemon Go players who took part around the world were successful in completing these challenges set by Niantic and as such have now activated a special set of in-game bonuses for all players to now take advantage of.
This includes double Stardust, double Candy, double XP, increased Pokemon encounters, reduced hatching distances, and reduced buddy distances.
However, these bonuses won’t be live for much longer and look set to end in the early hours of Tuesday morning for UK players.
Officially Niantic has said that these Pokemon Go rewards end at 5pm PDT on July 24, which for anyone in the UK is actually 1AM BST on July 25th.
That means players only have 5 hours remaining to take advantage of these bonuses before everything reverts to normal.
The one big bonus which won’t be leaving anytime soon though is the new Legendary Pokemon Lugia and Articuno, who were both unlocked at the weekend during Pokemon GO Fest.
Following a turbulent day at Pokemon GO Fest in Chicago which saw the event hit with ongoing connectivity and game issues, Legendary raids for Lugia and Articuno were released into the game.
No reason was given for why Lugia was unlocked over say Ho-Oh who also featured in the recent Pokemon GO Legendary trailer, but Niantic did explain why Articuno would be joining the game.
Apparently, the developers were tracking the contributions of teams throughout the day and unsurprisingly Team Mystic contributed most to the success of the Window Challenges.
Which shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise given Mystic globally has more players than anyone else.
Because Team Mystic ‘won’, it was their teams Gen 1 Legendary bird Pokemon, Articuno who was released alongside Lugia.
There was also a small update on Zapdos and Moltres too, with Niantic explaining they will make their way into the real world “soon,” but failed to address if this would be in the coming days, weeks or months.
“Today at Pokémon GO Fest in Chicago, technical issues created problems for a large number of players attending the event,” Niantic admitted.
“From everyone at Niantic, we apologise to all of the Trainers who came out to Pokémon GO Fest today. Although we were able to solve many of the technical issues, we were not able to offer every attendee a great experience.
Niantic is taking the following steps “immediately”:
• All registered attendees will soon receive an email with instructions on how to receive a full refund for the cost of their ticket. These instructions will be sent to the email addresses associated with your Pokémon GO account.
• All registered attendees will receive $100 in PokéCoins in their Pokémon GO account.
• Special Pokémon, Eggs, and check-in PokéStops appearing during Pokémon GO Fest have had their range increased to a two mile radius surrounding Grant Park through Monday morning, July 24. These Pokémon and Eggs will only be visible to Pokémon GO Fest attendees who validated the QR code they received when they entered Pokémon GO Fest. Attendees who were unable to validate their QR code during the event can do so through the special PokéStops through Monday morning.
• All registered attendees will have the Legendary Pokémon, Lugia, added to their account.
“We appreciate the patience of all the Trainers who joined us in Chicago this weekend. We will strive to make sure our experiences are of the highest quality going forward,” concluded the statement from Niantic