Pokemon Go players have now traveled more than 15.8 billion kilometers since the popular mobile game launched last July. To celebrate, developer Niantic will launch an “Adventure Week” event in the game May 18.
The Adventure Week event will run from 1 p.m. PT May 18 to 1 p.m. PT May 25. During this time, Buddy Pokemon will earn candies four times faster than normal, and players will have an increased chance of encountering Rock-type Pokemon, such as Omanyte, Kabuto and their evolutions. This event also includes increased encounter rates for uncommon Rock-type Pokemon like Aerodactyl, Onix and Sudowoodo.
In addition, once this event begins, players will receive a free new avatar item called the Explorer’s Hat, and they’ll be able to purchase Poke Balls for 50 percent off in the game’s store.
Finally, for the duration of this event, players will receive more items from every PokeStop they visit. This may encourage players to visit more PokeStops than normal, including sponsored PokeStops such as Sprint stores and Starbucks restaurants. In February, Niantic CEO John Hanke said there were 35,000 sponsored locations within the game, and Pokemon Go had driven more than 500 million visits to sponsored locations so far.