Trainers, Niantic has released a few facts about the forthcoming Pokémon GO Fest Dortmund event, including a new event website, official advertising picture, and a detailed scheduled ticketing FAQ article. Although tickets are not currently available, beginning May 13, you may enter a drawing to win them by clicking on the new “Events” link in the Main Menu (in-game purchase).
Pokémon GO Fest 2019 Dortmund details
From July 4 to 7, 2019, the Westfalenpark in Dortmund, Germany will host the Pokémon GO Fest Dortmund 2019. A single-day ticket may be purchased by participants. Tickets come in two varieties:
General (event access from 10am-6pm) – 25 €
Early Access (event access from 8am-6pm) – 35 €
Because the rates shown above do not include taxes and fees, your mileage may vary. Unlike the Safari Zone Dortmund event, GO Fest is a ticketed event, and you will not be allowed to access the Westfalenpark area; nevertheless, if you do not receive a ticket, you will still be able to participate in unique worldwide challenges. The worldwide challenges for Pokémon GO Fest Dortmund will be released ahead of time.
Niantic has also released the official event promotional picture, which depicts a select set of Pokemon, including W Unown:
Trainers attending Pokémon GO Fest Dortmund will be able to spend the whole day interacting with and capturing Pokémon alongside other people in four distinct Pokémon GO-themed habitats that are taking form in the real world as physical installations across the park. As is customary, there will be extra material available throughout the event:
- photo opportunities,
- group photos,
- a Pikachu costume character meet and greet
- unofficial meetups, Youtubers roaming the city and more
Anne Beuttenmüller, Head of EMEA Marketing at Niantic, stated the following in the official Press Release:
“The City of Dortmund has been an incredible partner in bringing a second Pokémon GO real-world community event to their city and Westfalenpark, one of Europe’s most beautiful parks. Pokémon GO Fest Dortmund will give thousands of Trainers around the world an opportunity to explore this unique city, get exercise in the real world, meet and befriend fellow Trainers and more importantly, catch Pokémon together.”
Despite the fact that the PR statement may seem a little boring, Dortmund is a very fantastic city for Pokemon GO gamers. If our previous experience is any indication, GO Fest Dortmund will be a mind-blowing spectacle throughout the whole weekend. Here’s some video from last year:
On June 25, 2019, Reddit user u/Agarillobob posted pictures of the cell towers deployed throughout Westfalenpark for GO Fest 2019 in Germany.
The Pokemon GO Fest 2019 in Dortmund has been in the works for quite some time. The Twitter account @PokemonGOdeu released an image of the park and the many habitats that will be accessible yesterday, June 24th.
The preceding Twitter has also stated that the event would include two rare Gen 4 Pokemon, Bronzong and Cranidos.
Pokemon GO Fest Dortmund 2019 will be held from July 4th through July 7th, and will include various uncommon Pokemon as well as Special Research that gives Jirachi. Because this GO Fest has many distinct ecosystems than the one in Chicago, players may anticipate somewhat different prizes and obstacles.
Pokemon GO Dataminer @Chrales revealed the challenges and the names of the habitats on June 13th.
My Pokemon GO Fest 2019 Dortmund Experience
During this event, I was going home on the dreary streets of Manchester when I saw a familiar sight: someone was acting strangely.
A guy in his fifties was rambling along the street, phone extended out in front of him in a stiff-armed mummy walk, muttering and getting under the feet of irritated pedestrians.
I could see the cause of his concern twenty meters down the road; he was attempting to capture a Bulbasaur.
Apart from Fortnite’s pinnacle in the summer of 2018, when everyone swore allegiance to Jonesy the default skin, I can’t think of a game that has been played so visibly by so many people as Pokemon Go – even three years after release.
Fast-forward to the weekend of Pokemon Go Fest 2019, and the streets of Dortmund were thick with shambling masses seized by the same glassy-eyed concentration and ravenous need to capture some ‘Mon.
The major site for the event is the Westfalenpark in the city’s southern outskirts. With around 70 acres of green space, it is one of Europe’s biggest inner-city parks. It boasts a broad mix of pedicured lawns, colorful flower beds, wabi sabi-style koi ponds, covered woods, and a fair sized lake at its bottom end – equipped with swan-shaped pedal boats. It is overlooked by the Florian TV Tower.
Over the four days of the event, about 85,000 of the most die-hard Pokemon Go enthusiasts were squeezed through the gates – which, even at the comparatively low price of €25, must’ve made a mint – with up to 200,000 players registered in the city’s surrounding regions.
People have traveled from all across the globe to take part. I chatted with folks from Germany, Belgium, France, the United Kingdom and the United States, Australia, Japan, Turkey, and just about any other nation you can think of.
The curating of the Pokemon catching experience in the park for the fortunate ones who caught a golden ticket was great, and reminded me of the dream that I believe a lot of people had when Pokemon Go initially came out. The Sinnoh starters, Chimchar, Turtwig, and Prinplup, as well as summery versions of Pikachu and Eevee wearing flower crowns, welcomed you as you walked past the rose beds at the park’s entrance.
However, only a few feet away, around the corner, you may sit by a pond and catch a slew of water Pokemon like Kabuto, Wooper, and Horsea. It’s never old to be able to so accurately correlate the sort of Pokemon you might capture to your real-world surroundings, particularly when there’s so much variation and so many uncommon Pokes on offer. And, although Niantic Games isn’t known for its reliability, the game mainly operated without a hitch the whole time I was there, despite a few whispers about server failures and connectivity troubles.
Aside from the actual sites, the park was divided into four sections: the Steel Factory, Rocky Terrain, Boat Lake, and Mysterious Woods. Niantic had developed large in-flavor constructions for each Pokemon, like as the boat lake, which included a tropical island that spurted water. Attendees were also given a unique mission, with the prospect of seeing the legendary singing Pokemon, Jirachi, at the conclusion.
Aside from the sought-after legendary, everyone is there to hunt for Pokemon Go’s rarest and most precious commodities: shiny Pokemon.
There’s a little possibility that you’ll come across an alternately colored Pokemon known as a shiny with each battle. Some are fairly subtle, like as a blue Nidoran male or a green Bronzor. It is not a golden Magikarp. Because so many Pokemon spawn in the same location all the time, you have a far better chance of capturing them during an event like this than anyplace else.
I soon learned that if a Pokemon isn’t shiny, it may as well dwell in a container with the trash. The only exceptions are Pokemon that are exclusively available in one location, such as Mr Mime in Europe or Tauros in the United States. Although most people have both of them by now, you actually want Torkoal, Pachirisu, Relicanth, and legendaries like Azelf.
You haven’t experienced embarrassment until an excited Israeli guy peruses your rather meager Pokemon collection in the cramped area of an elevator. So I set a goal of getting at least a couple excellent shinies to boost my credibility. At the very least, I could preserve face by using a Tropius, which is only found in Africa and sections of the Mediterranean (but conveniently also spawns on the Canary Islands).
Pokemon Masters Dortmund is a wonderfully cool city that is just about ideal for holding an event like this. On a summer evening, it seems like the entire adult population of the city is skating on every available surface, sharing crates of beer, or having ice cream outside one of the numerous wayside cafés.
Dortmund is the seventh largest city in Germany and the largest in the ancient region of Westphalia, with a population of approximately 600,000 people. It was easily large enough to comfortably handle the visiting Pokemon fanatics, yet not so enormous that you wouldn’t notice anything unusual was going on.
This is the first year that a Pokemon event in Dortmund has been ticketed, after a successful run in Chicago and other festivals. This meant that there were practically two centers to the action throughout the four days: the primary play zone in Westfalenpark, and three days worth of other players who had already played their day, or were waiting to, trekking around perpetually baited Pokestops and raiding the city center gyms.
Every other week, almost 80,000 people crowd into Borussia Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park, Germany’s biggest football stadium. Dortmund is accustomed to dealing with influxes of people, and municipal officials welcomed the Pokemon challenge.
“The agency that suggested traveling to Dortmund handed us an official invitation from the mayor,” explains Anne Beuttenmüller, Niantic’s director of marketing for EMEA.
“We were quite pleased with the first event. The park is fantastic; there are so many various sections – the rose garden, the playground, the little lake – that it is ideal for players.
“And we still see guys wanting to experience the vibe of having so many players in the city. Because it seems like a takeover, and they want to be in the spirit, they’re traveling to the city without a ticket, simply to perform in the city.”
A man wearing an OG ’90s Psyduck shirt in Brussels train station, a couple of families with kids in Pikachu onesies – but as soon as I rolled into Dortmund, it was almost like I’d gotten off in a real-life Ryme City from Detective Pikachu – a world full of people who love Pokemon, and are all too happy to wear that on their sleeve.
Literally. Everyone else is wearing obvious Pokemon apparel, usually Mystic, Instinct, or Valor team badge shirts, or is connected up to a stockpile of power banks hanging from their belts like Pokeballs. Being at an environment where everyone is openly interested in the same things is a pleasant feeling, as if you could start up a discussion with anybody and become friends, and that sense of camaraderie was making everyone excited.
Despite its popularity, you’re unlikely to run across a raiding party unless you’ve organized one with friends or via the game’s active online community. Pokemon Go is, at its core, a social game, and it was amazing to discover a setting where you could fully use all of the multiplayer capabilities.
Hunting for gleaming objects
However, greater odds are not always a cure for plain old poor luck. The Westfalenpark was open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., but by 12:30, I still hadn’t caught any shinies to add to my trading pile.
“Have you had a good day thus far?” A man in a green Pokemon Go staff shirt approached me at the Steel Factory’s Team Instinct lounge.
“A few interesting things,” I said. “However, I have yet to discover any shines.”
“No shinies?” he said, puzzled, as if I’d just informed him I clean my teeth with polyfiller, scrolling through the ones he’d grabbed while he’d been sitting there.
After that exchange, I went a little crazy – everyone I saw was collecting shinies.
“Hey! “This man has pink legs!” In the rocky zone, an elderly American guy with his family yelled.
“That’s Shiny Scyther,” replied his eldest child, rolling his eyes.
“And pop’s using a Pokeball,” piped in a younger youngster, “so use your Ultra ball!”
I overheard someone else mention they were pleased with the golden “Onixes” they’d captured around the corner. Another smack in the face was the pluralisation.
Then something occurred.
There was one that got away during the first summer of Pokemon Go. After pursuing an Aerodactyl across the little town where I was residing for half an hour, it despawned before I could capture it. I dashed after that Aerodactyl. Children mocked me and called me depressed. It was excruciating.
I hadn’t seen another until it appeared between the trees near the Mysterious Woods.
I knew right away that I’d struck the jackpot. When a shiny surfaces, a burst of stars flashes to let you know that things have taken a severe turn. I fed the glossy Aerodactyl with enough berries to knock out a Donphan and tossed hyper balls like they were out of style.
I soon had the enormous purple rock bat, and he’s great and I adore him.
By the end of the day, I’d collected 13 shinies, including a pair of Scythers and two Larvitars.
As I was leaving, I struck up a conversation with a Belgian guy wearing brilliant blue camouflage who I’d met earlier in the parking lot and wanted to view his haul.
“I received 20 shinies here,” he added, motioning with his left hand to the phone. “And 20 more here, and here,” he says, raising two more with his right hand.
He urged me to trade in order to satisfy one of the day’s mission goals, and gave me a Torkoal he’d caught in Kuala Lumpur (from a fourth Pokemon phone he found in his vehicle), but refused to accept anything special in exchange.
That, I believed, summed up the whole spirit of the event. Pokemon has always been about sharing the pleasure of collecting with others, and here were individuals from all around converging on a pleasant spot to share tales, show off their collectibles, and enjoy their favorite pastime with other enthusiasts.
Even though it was just for a weekend, Go Fest 2019 provided a true insight into a Pokemon-obsessed society.
Check out our review of the event on our GamePress site for additional information on what to anticipate at this year’s Pokemon GO Fests. Our Research Tasks List now includes the Special Research presented during the Chicago event.