Pokemon Go Fest attendees have been treated to multiple surprises at this year’s event.
Niantic has been pulling out all the stops during this weekend’s celebration in Dortmund, releasing new quests, shiny Pokemon and lots more.
But one of the biggest and best surprises came at the end of the first day, when Niantic released a unique teaser.
As reported by Eurogamer, Niantic teased the imminent addition of Team Rocket to Pokemon Go with an actual hot air balloon.
Emblazoned with the Team Rocket logo, the hot air balloon – which is a nod to the animated series – could be seen floating in the distance.
This follows the original Team Rocket teaser from the Pokemon Go Fest in Chicago earlier this year.
Team Rocket members were spotted photobombing snaps taken with the AR camera.
Fans also discovered Team Rocket references in the update files, including special quests and mysterious shadow Pokemon.
The appearance of the Team Rocket hot air balloon wasn’t the only Niantic surprise during the Pokemon Go Fest.
Niantic has also released a brand new Legendary Pokemon available as part of new raids.
Hardcore Pokemon Go fans can now battle and capture an Armoured MewTwo by taking part in Level 5 Raids.
The Armoured MewTwo raids kick off on July 10 and run until July 31.
“Mewtwo returns…with a new look,” reads a Niantic post. “For a limited time, you can encounter this Psychic-type Pokemon in five-star raids.”
Fans can also pick up some Armoured MewTwo avatar items from the in-game store.
“Do you consider yourself a Mewtwo Trainer?” the post continues. “Show off your prowess for power and aesthetics with some stylish new items coming to the Style Shop!”
Fans can expect even more surprises and bonuses this weekend, especially if fans complete global tasks.
As part of the Pokemon Go Fest in Dortmund, players across the world are being tasked with performing research quests for new rewards.
Pokemon GO Fest Dortmund event attendees must complete 1 million research tasks to unlock triple Catch XP.
Team Instinct must complete 15 million research tasks globally to unlock 1-hour Lucky Eggs, Team Valor is tasked with completing 15 million research tasks globally to unlock triple Hatch XP, while Team Mystic can complete 15 million research tasks globally to unlock double Raid XP.