Pokémon GO Ultra Beast Appearance Times – How To Catch Nihilego, Buzzwole, Pheromosa, And Xurkitree

Pokemon GOFest Finale
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The Pokémon GO Fest reaches its finale tomorrow (August 28th) with a number of one-day events ensuring that the celebrations go out with a bang. Perhaps the biggest of these events will be the arrival of four Ultra Beast Pokémon who will be making their way into five-star raid battles over the course of the day.

In order to spread the news of this upcoming event, the official Pokémon GO Twitter account has released a series of ‘found footage’-style trailers, showing Nihilego, Buzzwole, Pheromosa, and Xurkitree appearing in urban areas across the globe and causing havoc.

The videos all lead up to tomorrow’s Pokémon GO Fest finale, with the ‘Ultra Beast incursion’ becoming available to players all around the world.

Pokémon GO Fest 2024 Ultra Beasts Guide

Arriving over the course of the day, you will be able to take on each of the Ultra Beasts seen above in four individual five-star raid battles. You also don’t have to worry about time zone differences, as the beasts’ battles will be based on local time rather than global unison – so those playing with friends in different zones will benefit from an extra chance to catch the Ultra Beasts.

Pokémon GO Ultra Beasts Appearance Times

According to a post by The Pokémon Company, the beasts will be arriving at the following times:

  • Pheromosa – 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Buzzwole – 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Xurkitree – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Nihilego – 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Pokémon GO Ultra Beasts – How To Catch Them

The company has also published four helpful guides for how to take on Pheromosa, Buzzwole, Xurkitree and Nihilego which we recommend taking a look through if you want to go into battle prepared.

For those after a brief summary, however, check out our handy type comparison below:

Ultra Beast Type Weaknesses Example
Pheromosa Bug/Fighting Fire, Flying, Psychic, Fairy Shadow Charizard, Pidgeot, Gallade
Buzzwole Bug/Fighting Fire, Flying, Psychic, Fairy Lugia, Sylveon, Moltres
Xurkitree Electric Ground Groudon, Flygon, Garchomp
Nihlego Rock/Poison Water, Ground, Psychic, Steel Blastoise, Excadrill, Mewtwo

The Ultra Beast raid battles will be available to all players alongside the chance to take part in a short Special Research Story. There is the opportunity for you to unlock even more features on the day, however, which can be obtained with the purchase of a GO Fest 2024 Finale Ticket. Tickets will cost $10.99 (or your local equivalent) from the in-game shop, granting you access to the following extras:

  • Access to three additional Research stories with the chance to earn in-game items, unique avatar items, and an encounter with Sky Forme Shaymin.
  • Potential encounters with Shiny Unown N and Unown X for the first time in Pokémon GO.
  • Spin Photo Discs at Gyms for up to nine Daily Raid Passes that can be used for in-person raids.
  • Extra 5,000 XP for winning in-person raids.
  • Incense activated during the event will last two hours, and it may attract additional Pokémon, such as Unown, Torkoal, Tropius, and more.
  • 1/2 Hatch Distance for Eggs placed in Incubators during the event.
  • Starting at 10:00 a.m., Trainers that have caught Sky Forme Shaymin can change it to Land Forme Shaymin, and vice-versa.
  • An increased chance of encountering Shiny Pokémon.

For full details of what to expect during the day, how to take on the Ultra Beasts and where to redeem your event tickets, check out the news post on the official Pokémon site.

Will you be getting involved with the Pokémon GO Fest finale? Let us know in the comments!

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