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Pokemon Unite Celebrates Its First Anniversary With New Pokemon, Bonuses and More

The in-game festivities begin July 21 and include a wealth of new content.

Pokemon characters celebrating around a cake
Pokemon Unite's anniversary event is scheduled to start July 21 and introduces new playable Pokemon, limited-time modes and much more.
Nintendo, The Pokemon Company

This month marks one year since the Pokemon battle arena spinoff Pokemon Unite first launched on Nintendo Switch, and the game is celebrating with a special anniversary event.

The festivities begin today, July 21, and include log-in bonuses, new playable Pokemon and other in-game rewards.

First, three new Pokemon will be added to the game over the next few weeks. Glaceon joins the fray on July 21, with Buzzwole and Tyranitar following on Aug. 3 and Aug. 15, respectively. Three more unannounced Pokemon will also be added starting in September.

The Pokemon Company

Additionally, the game will be giving away Unite Licenses and Holowear as log-in bonuses. Fire up the game during the event period and you'll receive up to five Pokemon (and an alternate skin for each) for free:

  • Day 1: Pikachu and Fashionable Style Pikachu.
  • Day 2: Lucario and Concert Style Lucario.
  • Day 3: Blastoise and Firefighter Style Blastoise.
  • Day 4: Snorlax and Bedtime Style Snorlax.
  • Day 5: Sylveon and Checkered Style Sylveon.

Players who already own any of the Pokemon or Holowear will instead receive 100 Aeos coins.

Beyond that, the game will also introduce a PvE Boss Rush mode, as well as an Anniversary Cake Challenge. By logging in and battling during the event, you'll earn frosting that'll go toward completing the anniversary cake and unlocking rewards. 

Players who haven't logged in for at least two weeks will also receive additional rewards for playing during the anniversary event. You can read more details on Nintendo's website.

Pokemon Unite isn't the only Pokemon game celebrating an anniversary in July. This month also marks Pokemon Go's sixth anniversary, and to celebrate, the game recently received its own stunning Pokemon TCG set.