Pokémon GO Celebrates World Championship With Exclusive Events

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This year’s Pokémon World Championship is about to take place, and to mark the start of the tournaments, Pokémon GO will have an exclusive event that includes the debut of Passimian, a costumed Pikachu, and some new shiny Pokémon up for grabs!

Here we can see the announcement published by the official Pokémon GO account on Twitter: 

When Will The Event Start?

The Pokémon GO World Championship event will start on August 11, 2023, at 10:00 AM (PDT). It’ll start on the same day as the World Championship.

This event will end on August 15, 2023, at 8:00 PM (PDT). You’ll have a time span of four days to go through all the new features of this event!

Event Bonuses

This World Championship event includes two extra bonuses that will only occur during the event:

  • You’ll be able to play ten sets in the GO Battle League instead of the usual five
  • You’ll have more chances to find Pokémon with improved stats via GO Battle League

New Pokémon Coming to Pokemon GO


This Pokémon GO event will be marked with the debut of Passimian, categorized as the Teamwork Pokémon. It’s a pure Fighting-type Pokémon, and it was first included in the main games during Gen 7 when we were introduced to the Alola region.

Passimian is set to shake things up competitively as it boasts some pretty impressive stats.

It’ll have 3429 Max CP, 222 Attack, 160 Defense, and 225 Stamina. It’s weak to Fairy, Flying, and Psychic-type and resists Bug, Dark, and Rock-type.

It’ll also have Counter, Rock Smash, and Take Down as Quick Moves and Brick Break, Superpower, and Close Combat as Main Moves.

World Championship Pikachu

That’s not all, as we’ll have a new Pikachu variant. This Pikachu is named World Championship 2023 Pikachu, and it’s just a Pikachu with a cute costume. It can also appear as a shiny variant.


There will be a lot of interesting Pokémon up for grabs during this event. Let’s check them out:

Wild Encounters

During the World Championship Event, there are some Pokémon that will appear more frequently in the wild. These are:

  • Machop
  • Chinchou
  • Wooper
  • Sableye
  • Meditite
  • Spheal
  • Drilbur
  • Scraggy
  • Bunnelby
  • Wooloo
  • Onix
  • Lickytung

But that’s not all, as all of them (except for Wooloo) can be found as Shiny Pokémon. This is important, as it’ll be the first time you’ll have the chance to find a Shiny Scraggy!


You’ll be able to find the following Pokémon through One-Star Raids:

  • World Championship 2023 Pikachu
  • Alolan Sandshrew
  • Gligar
  • Scraggy

Then you’ll encounter these Pokémon through Three-Star Raids:

  • Skarmory
  • Galarian Stunfisk
  • Passimian (No Shiny Available)

Also, you’ll be able to find Cresselia on Five-Star Raids and Mega Gyarados on Mega Raids.

New Avatar Items

There are two new clothes available only during the event. These are the 2023 Worlds Jacket and the 2023 Worlds Jersey. Take a look at them:

The Pokémon Company is really trying to make the World Championship 2023 such a memorable event, which is highly appreciated.

All the new perks that will see the light during this event, such as Passimian, Pikachu, and the great Pokémon you’ll get via GO Battle League, mean that this event aims to be memorable.

If you want to know the latest news regarding Pokémon GO or want to keep yourself updated with what’s happening at the World Championship, stick with us here at Pok Universe!

Further Reading

The World Championship event is about to arrive, and we know you are anxious to play it, so to make your wait a bit more pleasant, here are some articles you can read in the meantime:

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