Pokemon Go Tour Kanto Red Vs. Green: Which Version Should You Choose?
There are a few things to think about before making your selection.
Trainers, the Pokemon Go Tour: Kanto event will take place on February 20 from 9 a.m to 9 p.m. local time. During this major event, all players will have access to a few features (like Pokemon from the Kanto region appearing in the wild), but those who choose to purchase an event ticket will have access to even more.
Specifically, ticket holders will be able to choose between the “Red Version” or “Green Version” of the event, which is a nod to the first two Pokemon video games released in Japan (Pokemon Red and Pokemon Green). Each version will have access to different content, so this is an important decision for players to make!
A Pokemon Go Tour Kanto: ticket costs $11.99, and they’re available to purchase right now. Check out our guide to see how you can purchase a Pokemon Go Tour: Kanto ticket.
Now that the event is just a couple of weeks away, Niantic, the developer of Pokemon Go, has added the ability for ticket holders to choose between the Red and Green versions of the event (check out our guide to see how this is done). Once you make your selection in the game, your choice can’t be changed.
So, which version should you choose? Let’s look at the differences.
Players who choose the Red Version of the event will be able to encounter a group of exclusive Pokemon when using Incense:
Ekans, Oddish, Mankey, Growlithe, Scyther, and Electabuzz
Red Version players will also have an increased chance of finding certain Shiny Pokemon:
Ekans, Nidoran♀, Oddish, Diglett, Mankey, Growlithe, Ponyta, Shellder, Drowzee, Krabby, Hitmonlee, Lickitung, Scyther, Electabuzz, and Kabuto
Trainers who choose the Green Version will be able to encounter the following exclusive Pokemon when using Incense:
Sandshrew, Vulpix, Meowth, Bellsprout, Magmar, and Pinsir
Green Version players will also have an increased chance of finding a selection of Shiny Pokemon:
Sandshrew, Nidoran♂, Vulpix, Meowth, Psyduck, Bellsprout, Geodude, Exeggcute, Hitmonchan, Koffing, Tangela, Horsea, Magmar, Pinsir, and Omanyte
Which version is better?
As with most version differences in Pokemon games (for instance, Let's Go, Pikachu vs. Let's Go, Eevee), there isn’t really a “best” version to choose, and you’ll have to make the decision based on your own preferences.
However, there are a few things you can think about before making your decision:
If you’re a Shiny Pokemon collector, you may want to look through your Pokemon collection to see which of these featured Pokemon you already have in their Shiny forms, and which ones you’re missing. If Red or Green features more Shiny Pokemon that you still need, you may want to choose that version.
Or, if there’s a single Pokemon you really like and you’ve yet to collect its Shiny form, that may be enough of a reason to choose that version (for instance, we would love to catch Shiny Vulpix and Shiny Psyduck, so we chose the Green Version of the ticket).
If you don’t really care about Shiny Pokemon (or you already have all of the Shiny Pokemon that will be featured), you can also make your decision based on your supplies of Pokemon Candy. That is, if you already have a really strong Pokemon that will be featured during this event (or its final evolution), you’ll need a lot of Pokemon Candy to power it up to its final level. Choosing its version of the event will give you the chance to stock up on that Pokemon Candy, which may be a good enough reason to choose Red or Green.
For instance, if you have a really strong Electivire, but you need more Candy to power it up, you may decide to choose Red since Electabuzz is one of the featured Pokemon for the Red Version of this event.
Finally, since the Pokemon Go Tour: Kanto event will challenge each player to collect the first 150 Pokemon from the Kanto region (everything except Mew), players will need to trade with one another to collect the other version’s exclusive Pokemon. That is, players who choose the Red Version will need to trade with one or more trainers who chose the Green Version to collect the Green Version’s exclusive Pokemon, and vice versa. You may want to make your ticket decision based on the selections your friends have made, to ensure everyone can collect all 150 Pokemon.
Ultimately, choosing between Red and Green is entirely up to you, and there may be other factors we didn’t mention that could play a role in your decision. Just make sure you take a moment to think about your choice before actually making it, since you can’t change your mind after the fact.
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