Pokemon Go developer Niantic is tweaking the game’s upcoming Friendship Day event. As the studio announced on Twitter, it is removing the event’s Global Challenge. In its place, Niantic is increasing the amount of XP you’ll receive from completing the Friendship Day Collection Challenge, from 100,000 to 175,000.
Friendship Day takes place this Saturday, April 24, from 11 AM to 2 PM local time. Various Grass-type Pokemon such as Chikorita, Cottonee, Foongus, and Sunkern will appear in the wild more frequently than usual throughout the event, and you’ll see green confetti raining down on the map screen.
Trainers, we’re making some adjustments to the upcoming Friendship Day event:
– The Collection Challenge reward will be increased from 100,000 to 175,000 XP.
– There’s no longer a Global Challenge for this event.
— Niantic Support (@NianticHelp) April 21, 2021
Niantic is also offering a few friendship-themed bonuses during the event. First, you’ll be more likely to receive a Lucky Pokemon in a trade. To make it easier to exchange monsters with other players, Niantic is temporarily increasing trading distance to 40 km.