Niantic has announced that over the next few weeks, certain cities in Europe will have “unusual Pokemon sightings.” So what exactly does Niantic mean by “unusual Pokemon sightings,” and what cities will this apply to?
These unusual Pokemon sightings will be a combination of rare Pokemon like Unown and regional Pokemon that are not usually available in a given location. For example, Niantic has confirmed that those in select European cities will be able to catch Kangaskhan, even though Kangaskhan is normally exclusive to Australasia. It’s unclear what other Pokemon will spawn, but presumably it will be more than these two, as Niantic says that “some Pokémon rarely seen in Europe, including Kangaskhan and Unown, may begin appearing in certain European cities.”
Here’s the list of cities where there will be unusual Pokemon spawns:
- Vienna, Austria
Prague, Czech Republic
San Sebastián, Spain
Almere, The Netherlands
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Leidschendam, The Netherlands
Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
Belfast, United Kingdom
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Glasgow, United Kingdom
London, United Kingdom
Manchester, United Kingdom
Players in these cities are encouraged to stop by Unibail-Rodamco shopping centers; Niantic says that Lure Modules will be activated at many of these locations on the weekends of August 12th and August 19th. Niantic had previously announced a partnership with Unibail-Rodamco back in February, which explains the focus on these shoppings centers.
Originally, the plan was to hold a series of events in Europe this month called Safari Zone events. The idea here was that players could visit select Unibail-Rodamco shopping centers and have the opportunity to catch all of the regional Pokemon not normally available in Europe. But following the disaster that was Pokemon Go Fest, Niantic decided to postpone the Safari Zone events until the fall. For now, these “unusual Pokemon sightings” will serve as something of a replacement.
Immediately after Niantic made the announcement of which cities would have unusual Pokemon sightings, players began to complain about particular locations being left off the list. In particular, there’s nothing for those in Belgium, Hungary, Romania, and Ireland.
The Pokemon Go Europe event begins this weekend and lasts all the way until Monday, August 21st.