Pokémon GO Event Review: Ultra Unlock: Hisian Discoveries


New Pokemon Hisuian arrived last week in Pokemon GO as part of the Ultra Unlock: Hisuian Discoveries event. The first Ultra Unlock event following Pokemon GO Fest 2022 has been the memorable and exciting Adventure Week, so let’s see how this one measured up.

Chart of Hisian discoveries in Pokemon GO. 1 credit

What worked in this Pokemon GO an event

  • Hisuian Outputs: It was a nice surprise to see not only Hisuian Growlithe, Hisuian Sneasel and Hisuian Qwilfish but also their evolutions, including two new Dex entries with Sneasler and Overqwil. This was a pretty big drop from the first hint we got as Hisui when we saw Hisuian Voltorb released earlier this year without his evolution unlocked until a later event. I also liked how Niantic uses these exciting regional variants to introduce more task-based evolutions. Now Hisuian Sneasel and Hisuian Growlithe had to be hatched in 7 KM Gift Eggs to obtain, but it worked for me as I was excited to go out and play from the daily incense.
  • Ultra Unlock Bonus: Panpour (now compatible with Shiny), Unown S and a special Raid Day have been added to this event following Ultra Unlock. We’ll treat Hisuian Braviary Raid Day as an event in its own right, but it certainly helped enrich the gameplay during the end of Hisuian Discoveries.
  • Solid Appearances: With Ponyta, Buizel, and Panpour spawning in the wild, this was not an event to miss. This was by far the best chance to get a Shiny Buizel since and including his current version of Shiny.

What went wrong in this Pokemon GO an event

  • Special Research Collection Challenge: A wave of Pokémon from the past sounds a lot like a call for a narrative special research. Instead, we got a wordless collection challenge that resulted in very minor rewards. Was it a big deal? No. But Niantic could have easily filled in a narrative reason that we see ancient Pokémon in the wild in exactly the same way they gave a Hoopa-themed narrative reason for the early arrival of Galarian species.


Ultra Unlock continued strong with Hisuian Discoveries. Stay tuned for Bleeding Cool’s review on Hisuian Braviary Raid Day coming this week.

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Joseph K. Bennett