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Pikachu festive

A Festive Pikachu is an event-exclusive; costumed Pokémon.

Events are either in-game or both in-game and real-world celebrations for special occasions. Events can last one day or several weeks and grant trainers a chance to complete their Pokédex by increasing the chance of acquiring rare or special Pokémon.

During them, there are various temporal changes to the game that can be applied (bonuses and perks for trainers) such as:

  • Specific Pokémon spawn increased.
  • Specific Pokémon in Eggs, Raid Battles and in temporary Research tasks.
  • Specific Pokémon wearing event-themed hats.
  • Extended duration of Star Piece, Lucky Egg, Lure Modules and Incense.
  • Increase of Incubator efficiency.
  • Reduced buddy distance and trading or evolving cost.
  • Multiplied Stardust, Candy and XP for several actions such as hatch, catch, transfer, evolving and battling.
  • Release of specific Pokémon species, forms and shiny forms.
  • Release of Special Research tasks.
  • Special shop offer.
  • Specific attacks.

There are three major kinds of events:

  • Unique events: events that happened only once.
  • Seasonal events: events that happened more than once. Normally, these events are related to holidays and they do not tend to happen more than once a year.
  • Recurring events: events that happened more than once but are neither seasonal? nor related to special occasions.

Moreover, some events are worldwide available, while others can happen in a specific region. For instance, some events happened only on Europe, while others happened only on Japan.

Sometimes events can be also ticketed for an access to all its features and bonuses.

Unique and Seasonal Events

Below there are all seasonal and unique events listed by each year.

2016

There were 5 in-game events in 2016. 4 of them were worldwide available and one was exclusive event for Japan.

Name and date Features
Halloween
Oct 26th - Nov 1st
Halloween 2016

2× Catch, Hatch and Transfer Candy
0.25× Buddy distance
Ghost-type and "spooky"-themed Pokémon spawn increased

Introduction of themed spawn, Candy bonus and Buddy distance bonus

Daily Bonus Celebration
Nov 7th - 11th

Spawns around PokéStops increased
Items from PokéStops increased

Lapras Event
Nov 11th - 23rd
Lapras Japan Event

Japan-exclusive event
Lapras spawn increased in parts of the coastal regions

Introduction of regional event

Thanksgiving
Nov 23rd - 30th
Thanksgiving 2016

XP and Stardust

Introduction of XP and Stardust bonuses

Holiday
Dec 25th - Jan 3rd
Holiday 2016

1 Egg Incubator from PokéStops per day
1-hour Lure Modules duration
Kanto-region Starter Pokémon family spawn increased
Pikachu wearing Holiday hat release

Introduction of Event Pokémon, Lure Module bonus and shop special offers

2017

There were 22 events that occurred in 2017. 10 of them were region-exclusive.

Name and date Features
Valentine's Day
Feb 8th - 15thValentine's Day 2017

2× Catch, Hatch and Transfer Candy
0.5× Buddy distance
6-hour Lure Modules duration
Pink Pokémon in Eggs
Pink Pokémon spawn increased

Introduction of themed Pokémon in Eggs

Pokémon Day
Feb 26th - Mar 6thPokemon Day 2017

Pikachu wearing party hat release
Pikachu spawn increased

Snorlax Event
Mar 4th - 13thSnorlax Japan Event

Japan-exclusive
Snorlax spawn increased

Water Festival
Mar 22nd - 29thWater Festival

Water-type Pokémon spawn increased
Shiny Magikarp release

Introduction of Shiny Pokémon

Eggstravaganza
Apr 13th - 20thEggstravaganza

XP
Increased Hatch Candy
More Pokémon in 2-km Eggs
Shop special offer

Golden Week
Apr 29th - May 7th
Golden Week

Japan-exclusive
PokéStops located at every McDonald's were lured from 6:00 AM until midnight

Grass Weekend
May 5th - 9thGrass Weekend

6-hour Lure Modules duration
Grass-type Pokémon spawn increased

Adventure Week
May 18th - 25thAdventure Week

0.25× Buddy distance
Rock-type Fossil Pokémon spawn increased
Shop special offer

Solstice Week
Jun 13th - 22ndSolstice 2017

3× catch and hatch XP
Fire- and Ice-type Pokémon spawn increased
Shop special offer

Pikachu Meet & Greet
Jun 17th - 30thPikachu Meet & Greet

Europe-exclusive
Pikachu spawn increased at Unibail-Rodamco shopping centers
All day Lure Modules duration

1st Anniversary
Jul 6th - Jul 27th1st Anniversary

Pikachu wearing Ash Ketchum cap release
Pikachu spawn increased
Shop special offer

Pokémon GO Fest
Jul 22nd
Pokémon GO Fest Logo

Stardust
Candy
XP
Pokémon spawn increased
Reduced hatching distance
Reduced buddy distance
A, C, G, H, I and O Unown ("Chicago") spawn increased
Region-exclusive Pokémon Heracross available
Articuno and Lugia release
Shop special offer

Introduction of Legendary Pokémon, Raid Battles, Region-exclusive Pokémon in other regions, and Unown spawn increase

Chester Heritage Festival
Jul 22nd - 23rd
Big Heritage Logo
Pikachu Outbreak
Aug 9th - 15thPikachu Outbreak
Series of events:


Pokémon GO Park
Pokémon GO Stadium

Pokémon GO Park
Aug 9th - 15thPokémon GO Park Logo
Exclusive medal

Shiny Pikachu family release
A, H, K, M, O and Y Unown ("Yokohama") spawn increased
Region-exclusive Pokémon Mr. Mime available

Pokémon GO Stadium
Aug 14thPokémon GO Park

Themed Pokémon Raid Battles
Mewtwo release

Pokémon World Championships
Aug 18th - 20thPokémon World Championships 2017

Tauros and Region-exclusive Pokémon Kangaskhan spawn increased around Anaheim Convention Center
D, L, O, R, S and W Unown ("worlds") spawn increased

Equinox
Sep 22nd - Oct 3rdEquinox 2017

2× Catch and Hatch Stardust
3× new Pokédex XP
Themed Pokémon in Eggs
Shop special offer

Halloween
Oct 20th - Nov 2ndHalloween 2017

2× catch, hatch and transfer Candy
0.5× Buddy distance
Ghost- and Dark-type Pokémon spawn increased
Hoenn-region Pokémon Halloween-themed release (See here)
Shiny Shuppet, Banette, Duskull, Dusclops and Sableye release
Pikachu in Witch Hat release
Pikachu spawn increased
Shop special offer

Pokémon GO Week in Korea
Nov 10th - 12thWeek in Korea 2017

Korea-exclusive
Themed Pokémon spawn increased
Mr. Mime available in the wild
Legendary Raid Battles featuring Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres and Lugia
E, L, O, S, and U Unown ("Seoul") spawn increased

Global Catch Challenge
Nov 20th - 26thPokemon GO Travel Logo

XP
Stardust
6-hour Lure Modules duration
Pokémon spawn increased
Farfetch'd available worldwide
Kangaskhan available in Farfetch'd region
Shop special offer

Holiday
Dec 21st - Jan 4thHoliday 2017

1 Egg Incubator from PokéStop per day
6-hour Lure Modules duration
Ice-type Pokémon spawn increased
Delibird and aquatic-themed Hoenn-region Pokémon release(See here)
Shiny Snorunt release
Pichu wearing Holiday hat release
Pikachu spawn increased
Shop special offer

2018

There were 30 events during 2018.

Name and date Features
Hoenn Pokémon Eggs
Jan 23rd - Feb 1st
Only Hoenn-region Pokémon on eggs
Hoenn Celebration
Feb 9th - 13thHoenn Celebration

6-hour Lure Modules duration
Only Hoenn-region Pokémon spawn
Sky-themed Hoenn-region Pokémon release(See here)
Shiny Swablu release
Shop special offer

Valentine's Day
Feb 13th - 15thValentine's Day 2018

3× catch Stardust for Chansey and Luvdisc
Chansey and Luvdisc spawn increased
Shiny Luvdisc release

Lunar New Year
Feb 15th - 17thLunar New Year 2018

3× catch Stardust
Canine-like Pokémon spawn increased
Shiny Poochyena release

Pokémon Day
Feb 26th - 28thPokemon Day 2018

3× catch Stardust for Pikachu
Pichu in Party Hat release
Shiny Pikachu family in Party Hat release
Pikachu spawn increased

Legendary Week
Feb 23rd - Mar 16thLegendary Week 2018

Weather Trio in Raids
Wind-themed Pokémon in Eggs
Shop special offer

Eggstravaganza
Mar 22nd - Apr 2ndEggstravaganza 2018

Stardust
Bonus hatch Candy
Only 2-km Eggs from PokéStops
Pokémon hatching from 5 and 10-km Eggs could be found in 2-km Eggs
Shiny Togepi, Magby and Wynaut
Shop special offer

April Fools' Day
Mar 31st - Apr 7thApril Fools Day 2018

Pokémon sprites changed to classic 8-bit sprites
Murkrow spawn increased
Shiny Murkrow released

Slowpoke Prefecture
Mar 31st - Apr 1st

Kagawwa, Japan-exclusive
"Udon Prefecture", was renamed to the "Slowpoke (Yadon) Prefecture"
Increased spawns of Slowpoke in wild

Kanto Celebration
April 10th - 17thKanto Celebration

Candy
0.5× Buddy distance
6-hour Lure Modules duration
Kanto-region Pokémon spawn increased
Kanto-region Pokémon in Raid Battles
Shop special offer

Earth Day
Apr 22nd - 30thEarth Day

3× catch Stardust for Grass-, Water- and Ground-type Pokémon
Grass-, Water- and Ground-type spawn increased
Shiny Wailmer release

Battle Showdown
May 1st - 14thBattle Showdown

XP for Gym and Raid Battle
3000 Stardust and at least 1 Rare Candy from each Raid Battle
Gym Badges multiplier
Fighting-type Pokémon spawn increased
Fighting-type Pokémon in Raid Battles
Shiny Makuhita and Meditite release
Shop special offer

Adventure Week
May 24th - Jun 5thAdventure Week 2018

0.25× Buddy distance
XP for spinning Photo Disc
10× XP for spinning Photo Disc in new PokéStop
Rock-type Pokémon spawn increased
Rock-type Pokémon in Raid Battles
Rock-type Pokémon on Research tasks
Shiny Omanyte, Kabuto and Aerodactyl release
Shop special offer

Water Festival
Jun 7th - 21stWater Festival 2018

3× catch Stardust for Water-type Pokémon
2× hatch Candy and Stardust
Water-type Pokémon spawn increased
Water-type Pokémon in eggs, in Raid Battles and Research tasks
Shiny Cloyster and Kyogre release
Shop special offer

Global Challenge
Jun 30th - Sep 10thGlobal Challenge Logo

Series of events:

Dortmund Safari Zone
Pokémon GO Fest 2018
Yokosuka Safari Zone
Special Raid Challenge of Legendary Birds
 

Shiny Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres release

2nd Anniversary
Jul 5th - 31st2nd Anniversary

Pikachu family wearing summer hat release
Shop special offer

Pokémon GO Fest
Jul 14th - 15thPokémon GO Fest 2018 Logo

Exclusive medal for 2018
Region-exclusive Pokémon Torkoal available
B, C, E, I, L and ? Unown ("Celebi?") spawn increased
Celebi and ? Unown release
Exclusive Special Research
Shiny Minun and Plusle release
Alolan Diglett and Geodude release
Shop special offer

Special Trading Event
Aug 2nd - 20thAugust-special-trades

Trading 25% discount
3× new Pokédex XP
3 extra Candies per trade
Shop special offer

Johto Festival
Aug 20th - 28thJohto Festival

Celebi Special Research — A Ripple in Time release
Johto-region Pokémon spawn increased
Johto-region Pokémon in Raid Battles and Research tasks
Shiny Natu, Sunkern and Pineco release
Shop special offer

Ultra Bonus Event
Sep 13th - 30thUltra Bonus Event

Kanto-region Pokémon in eggs
Kanto-region Pokémon in Raid Battles
Kanto-region Pokémon spawn increased
Shiny Geodude and Grimer release
Shop special offer

Pokémon GO Week in Korea
Sep 14th - 26th
Hiroshi Fujiwara outfits
Oct 5th - 7th

Release of Pikachu family wearing Fragment Hat (along with their shiny variants)
Increased spawns of costumed Pikachu in wild
Release of Fragment line caps and T-shirts, designed by Japanese streetwear designer Hiroshi Fujiwara

Psychic Spectacular
Oct 5th - 14thPsychic Spectacular

Psychic-type Pokémon spawn increased
Psychic-type Pokémon in Research tasks
Shiny Drowzee release

Female Day
Oct 11th - 12thFemale Day

Pink Pokémon spawn increased
Female Pokémon spawn increased
Shiny Nidoran♀ release

Halloween
Oct 23rd - Nov 1stHalloween 2018

2× catch Candy
Drifloon, Stunky, Spiritomb and Giratina release
Halloween-themed Pokémon in Raid Battles
Halloween-themed Pokémon spawn increased
Halloween-themed Pokémon in Research tasks
Shiny Drifloon and Pikachu family with witch hat release
Spiritomb Special Research release
Shop special offer

Ingress Prime Celebration
Nov 5th - 7thIngress Prime Celebration

Ponyta and Cubone spawn increased
Shiny Ponyta, Cubone and Alolan Marowak release
Shop special offer

Stardust Blast
Nov 6th - 13thStardust Blast

2× catch Stardust
2× hatch Stardust

Hatchathon
Nov 14th - 27thHatchathon
Sinnoh-region Pokémon in 2-km Eggs

Cross-generation Sinnoh-region Pokémon release
Shiny Elekid release
Shop special offer

Let's Go Celebration
Nov 16th - 27thLet's Go Celebration
Kanto-region Pokémon spawn increased

Themed Research tasks
Themed Raid Boss
Special Research featuring Meltan release
Meltan release
Shiny Magnemite and alolan Raichu release

Tottori Festival
Dec 18th - Jan 2ndSandshrew Japan Event
Sandshrew spawn increased

Shiny Sandshrew release

Holiday
Dec 18th - Jan 2ndHoliday 2018
1 free Egg Incubator from PokéStop per day

Ice-type Pokémon spawn increased
Greater chance of hatching Baby Pokémon from 7-km Eggs
2× catch Candy (Dec 18 to 22)
2× transfer Candy (Dec 18 to 22)
2× catch Stardust (Dec 23 to 26)
2× catch XP (Dec 27 to 30)
1/2× Egg distance (Dec 31 to Jan 2)
Shop special offer

2019

There were 34 events during 2019.

Name and date Features
Hatchathon
Jan 2nd - 15th
Hatchathon
More 5 and 10-km Eggs from PokéStops and Gyms

2× hatch Candy
2× hatch Stardust
Shop special offer

Hoenn Celebration
Jan 15th - 29th
Hoenn Celebration 2019
Hoenn-region Pokémon spawn increased

Hoenn-region Pokémon in 7-km Eggs and Raid Battles
Hoenn-region Pokémon in Research tasks
Shiny Zigzagoon, Taillow and Groudon release
Breloom would learn Grass Knot
Shop special offer

Lunar New Year
Jan 15th - 29th
Lunar New Year 2019
Chinese zodiac inspired Pokémon spawn increased

2× catch and evolving XP
Chimchar in Research tasks
Shiny Spoink release
Shop special offer

Friendship event[1]
Feb 8th - 11th
Friend Fest
2× friendship increase by day

2× trade Candy
50% trade discount

Valentine's Day
Feb 13th - 21st
Valentine's Day 2019
Pink Pokémon in 7-km Eggs and Raid Battles

Pink Pokémon spawn increased
6-hours Lure Modules duration
2× catch Candy
Themed Research tasks
Shiny Smoochum and Cleffa release
Shop special offer

Pokémon Day
Feb 26th - 28th
Pokemon Day 2019
Kanto-region Pokémon in Raid Battles

Kanto-region Pokémon spawn increased
Pikachu and Eevee wearing flower crowns release
Shiny Pidgey and Rattata release
Themed Research tasks
Shop special offer

Battle Showdown
Mar 5th - 12th
Battle Showdown 2019
Fighting-type Pokémon spawn increased

2× Catch, Battle, and Raid Stardust
XP for Gym Badges
Up to 5 rewards per day from Trainer Battles, including Rare Candy
Up to 3 rewards per day from challenging Team Leaders, including Rare Candy
Power-Up Punch release
Shiny Mankey and Machop release
Themed Research tasks

ITB Berlin
Mar 6th - 10th
Berlin Event 2019
4-hours Lure Modules duration

Stardust
Teddiursa spawn increased

Equinox
Mar 19th - 26th
Equinox 2019
Grass-type Pokémon spawn increased

Grass-type Pokémon in Raid Battles
Acid Spray and Leaf Tornado release
Shiny Lunatone and Solrock release
Themed Research tasks
Shop special offer

Bug Out
Apr 2nd - 9th
Bug Out
Bug-type Pokémon spawn increased

Bug-type Pokémon in Raid Battles
1-hour Incense duration
Incense efficiency increased
Shiny Scyther release
Themed Research tasks
Shop special offer

Eggstravaganza
Apr 16th - 23rd
Eggstravaganza 2019
Easter-themed Pokémon spawn increased

2× hatch Candy
2× Incubator efficiency
1-hour Lucky Egg duration
Increased chance to obtain 2-km Eggs
Additional Pokémon hatched from 2-km Eggs
Shiny Igglybuff and Buneary release
Themed Research tasks
Shop special offer

Heisei Era Celebration
Apr 16th - 23rd
Heisei Era Celebration
Porygon spawn increased

4-hours Lure Modules duration

Earth Day
Apr 29th - May 2nd
Earth Day 2019
Ground-type Pokémon spawn increased

Ground-type Pokémon in Raid Battles
2× catch Candy and Stardust
Shiny Diglett release

Detective Pikachu Celebration
May 7th - 17th
Detective Pikachu Celebration
Themed-Pokémon spawn increased

Themed-Pokémon in Raid Battles
Pikachu in a detective hat release
2× catch XP
Shiny Aipom release
Themed Research tasks
Themed Photobomb

Extraordinary Raid Week‎‎
May 21st - 28th
Extraordinary Raid Week
Themed-Pokémon in Raid Battles

2× raid XP and Stardust
Shiny Bronzor release
Themed Research tasks
Extra Raid Hour

Summer Snooze
May 28th - June 3rd
Summer Snooze
Sleeping Snorlax spawn increased

Yawn special attack

Adventure Week
Jun 4th - 11th
Adventure Week 2019
Rock-type Pokémon spawn increased

4× Buddy Candy
10× XP for new PokéStops
Adventure Sync Bonus
Rock-type Pokémon in Raid Battles and Eggs
Shiny Onix, Lileep and Anorith release
Themed Research tasks
Shop special offer

Pokémon GO Fest Chicago
Jun 13th - 16th
Pokémon GO Fest 2019 Chicago Logo
Global Challenge
Jun 13th - Ago 20th
Global Challenge 2019 Logo
3rd Anniversary
Jun 28th - Sep 2nd
Anniversary Artwork 2019
Jump-Start Research release

Extra bonus Premier Balls in Raid Battles with friends
25% trade discount
Themed Photobomb
Pikachu wearing a party hat in 7-km Eggs
Some Alolan Pokémon spawn increased
Shiny Alolan Pokémon release
Shop special offer

Pokémon GO Fest Dortmund
Jul 4th - 7th
Pokémon GO Fest Dortmund Logo
Straw Hat Pikachu
Jul 22nd - 29th
Straw Hat Pikachu 2019
Team GO Rocket Disruption
Jul 25th - Aug 1st
Team GO Rocket Disruption
Gift Event
Aug 5th - 19th
Gift Event 2019
Pokémon GO Fest Yokohama
Aug 6th - 12th
Pokémon GO Fest Yokohama Logo
Water Festival
Aug 23rd - 30th
Water Festival
Ultra Bonus Event
Sep 2nd - 23rd
Global Challenge Ultra Bonus Jirachi
Johto Journey
Sep 2nd - 9th
Johto Journey
Global Challenge, Global Hatches
Sep 9th - 16th
Global Challenge Global Hatches
A Unova Unveiling
Sep 16th - 23rd
Unova promo banner
World Tourism Day
Sep 26th - Oct 1st
World Tourism Day
Stardust Blast
Oct 3rd - 10th
Stardust Blast
Halloween
Oct 17th - Nov 1st
Halloween 2019
A Colossal Discovery
Nov 1st - 4th
A Colossal Discovery
Team GO Rocket Leaders Disruption
Nov 7th - 14th
Team GO Rocket Leaders Disruption
Supereffective Week
Nov 19th - 26th
Supereffective Week
Friend Fest
Nov 27th - Dec 2nd
Friend Fest
Evolution Event
Dec 5th - 12th
Evolution Eleganza
Holiday
Dec 24th - Jan 1st
Holiday 2019

2020

So far there were 26 events during 2020.

Name and date Features
Hatchathon
Jan 2nd - 16th
Hatchathon 2020
2× Hatch Candy

2× Hatch Stardust
Pikachu wearing party hat spawn increased
Raticate, Wobbuffet and Wurmple wearing party hat release
Shiny Raticate, Wobbuffet and Wurmple wearing party hat release
Pokémon wearing party hat in Eggs and Raid Battles
50-km Adventure Sync rewarded 50k Stardust, Unova Stones and 15 Rare Candies
Shop special offer

Lunar New Year
Jan 24th - Feb 3rd
Lunar New Year 2020
Rare Candy in Gifts

Increased chance of Lucky Pokémon in trades
Increased chance of Lucky Friend
Red Pokémon spawn increased
Red Pokémon in 7-km Eggs

Minccino Limited Research (Feb 2nd):
Minccino release
Shiny Minccino release
Rat Pokémon spawn increased
Raticate wearing party hat available in Raid Battles

Sinnoh Celebration
Feb 7th - 10th
Sinnoh Celebration
1-hour Lure Modules duration

Sinnoh-region Pokémon spawn increased
Sinnoh-region Pokémon in 7-km Eggs, Raid Battles and Research tasks
Shiny Riolu and Hippopotas release

Valentine's Day
Feb 14th - 17th
Valentine's Day 2020
6-hour Lure Modules duration

Pink Pokémon spawn increased
Pink Pokémon in 7-km Eggs, Raid Battles and Research tasks
Shiny Chansey family released
Chansey can be shiny on encounter
Shop special offer

Raid Day (Feb 15th):
Shiny Lickitung release
Shop special offer

Friendship event[2]
Feb 21st - 24th
2× friendship increase

2× Trade Candy
Half Trade Stardust
Hold 2x as many Gifts in Item Bag
Open 2x as many Gifts

Pokémon Day
Feb 25th - Mar 2nd
Pokemon Day 2020
Kanto Starters, Pikachu and Eevee wearing party hat release

Shiny Kanto Starters, Pikachu and Eevee wearing party hat release
Clone Pokémon release
Kanto-region Pokémon spawn increased
Themed-Pokémon in 7-km Eggs and Raid Battles
Special Photobomb

Raid Day (Mar 1st):
Nidorino and Gengar wearing party hat release
Shiny Nidorino and Gengar wearing party hat release
Shop special offer

Team GO Rocket Global Take-over
Mar 6th - 9th
Team GO Rocket Global Take-over
2× Mysterious Components drop

Poison- and Dark-type and Team GO Rocket-themed Pokémon spawn increased
Poison- and Dark-type and Team GO Rocket-themed Pokémon in Raid Battles
Shiny Skorupi release
Team GO Rocket music playing
Shop special offer

Global take-over (Mar 7th):
Stardust from battles with Team GO Rocket Grunts
Global PokéStops takeover by Team GO Rocket Grunt
Team GO Rocket Leaders more active
Team GO Rocket Leaders with different Pokémon
Shadow Pokémon's Frustration changeable via Charged TM
Shop special offer

GO Battle League Season 1 Launch Celebration
Mar 10th - 16th
Season 1
Raid Battles and Trainer Battles Stardust

Bonus GO Battle League Stardust
1 Premium Battle Pass for winning 5 battles in a premium track set
7 sets of GO Battle League battles per day
Fighting-type Pokémon spawn increased
GO Battle League-themed Pokémon in Eggs and Raid Battles
Shiny Timburr release

A Drive to Investigate
Mar 20th - 23rd
A Drive to Investigate
2× Catch and Hatch Stardust

Normal-, Fire-, Water-, Electric-, and Ice-type Pokémon spawn increased
Nincada spawn increased
Normal-, Fire-, Water-, Electric-, and Ice-type in Eggs, Raid Battles and Research tasks
Genesect Special Research set release
Shiny Nincada release
Shop special offer

Psychic Spectacular
Mar 27th - 30th
Psychic Spectacular 2020
Psychic-type Pokémon spawn increased

Psychic-type Pokémon in 2-km Eggs, Raid Battles and Research tasks
Gothita and Solosis release
Shiny Baltoy release

Tricky Pokémon
Apr 1st - 7th
Tricky Pokémon
Tricky Pokémon spawn increased

Tricky Pokémon in 5-km Eggs, Raid Battles and Research tasks
Stunfisk release
Shiny Croagunk release
Special Photobomb

Spring Event
Apr 9th - 16th
Spring Event
Only 2-km Eggs from Gifts

2× hatch Candy
1-hour Lucky Egg duration
Spring-themed Pokémon spawn increased
Spring-themed Pokémon in 2-km Eggs and Research tasks
Pikachu wearing spring hat release
Pichu, Buneary and Togepi wearing flower crown release
Shiny Pikachu wearing spring hat release
Shiny Pichu, Buneary and Togepi wearing flower crown release
Shiny Exeggcute release

Incense Day: Type Shuffle
Apr 19th
Incense Event
Incense attracted more Sentret

Incense attracted several types
Shop special offer

Buddy Up
Apr 21st - 27th
Buddy Up
2× Evolve XP

Buddy Pokémon surprises and gifts increased
Half buddy distance
Easier to get the buddy excited
2× buddy time on map
Volbeat and Illumise in different regions
Shiny Volbeat and Illumise release
Themed Pokémon spawn increased
Themed Pokémon in 5-km Eggs, Raid Battles and Research tasks
Shop special offer

Throwback Challenge 2020
May 1st - Jun 8th
Throwback Challenge 2020
Series of events:

Throwback Challenge 2020: Kanto
Throwback Challenge 2020: Johto
Throwback Challenge 2020: Hoenn
Throwback Challenge 2020: Sinnoh
Throwback Challenge Champion 2020

Throwback Challenge 2020: Kanto
May 1st - 8th
Throwback Challenge 2020 Kanto
2× Catch, Hatch and Raid XP

Kanto-region Pokémon spawn increased
Kanto-region Pokémon in 7-km Eggs, Raid Battles and Research tasks
Pikachu wearing Charizard hat release
Shiny Pikachu wearing Charizard hat release
Shiny Venonat release
Timed Special Research set release
Pokémon Spotlight Hour featuring Shellder

Throwback Challenge 2020: Johto
May 8th - 15th
Throwback Challenge 2020 Johto
2× Catch and Raid Stardust

Johto-region Pokémon spawn increased
Johto-region Pokémon in 7-km Eggs, Raid Battles and Research tasks
Pikachu wearing Umbreon hat release
Shiny Pikachu wearing Umbreon hat release
Shiny Dunsparce release
Timed Special Research set release
Pokémon Spotlight Hour featuring Sunkern
Snubbull Limited Research

Throwback Challenge 2020: Hoenn
May 15th - 22nd
Throwback Challenge 2020 Hoenn
Half buddy distance

Hoenn-region Pokémon spawn increased
Hoenn-region Pokémon in 7-km Eggs, Raid Battles and Research tasks
Pikachu wearing Rayquaza hat release
Shiny Pikachu wearing Rayquaza hat release
Shiny Skitty release
Timed Special Research set release
Pokémon Spotlight Hour featuring Poochyena

Incense Day: Water and Dark Type
May 17th
Incense Event Carvanha
Incense attracted more Carvanha

Incense attracted Water- and Dark-types
Shop special offer

Throwback Challenge 2020: Sinnoh
May 22nd - 29th
Throwback Challenge 2020 Sinnoh
1-hour Star Piece duration

1-hour Lucky Egg duration
Sinnoh-region Pokémon spawn increased
Sinnoh-region Pokémon in 7-km Eggs, Raid Battles and Research tasks
Pikachu wearing Lucario hat release
Shiny Pikachu wearing Lucario hat release
Shiny Glameow release
Timed Special Research set release
Pokémon Spotlight Hour featuring Bronzor

Throwback Challenge Champion 2020
Jun 3rd - 8th
Throwback Challenge Champion 2020
Unova-region Pokémon spawn increased

Throwback Challenge Celebration 2020 Special Research set release
Unova-region Pokémon in 7-km Eggs and Raid Battles
Several Galar-region forms release
Obstagoon and Perrserker release

Summer Solstice
Jun 19th - 24th
Solstice-themed Event
2× Catch Stardust

Solrock and Lunatone in different regions. After the event, Solrock and Lunatone swapped regions.
Sun and moon-themed Pokémon spawn increased
Sun and moon-themed Pokémon in 5-km Eggs, Raid Battles and Research tasks
Clefairy can be shiny on encounters
Pokémon Spotlight Hour featuring Clefairy

Bug Out
Jun 26th - July1st
Bug Out 2020
2× Catch XP

Bug-type Pokémon spawn increased
Bug-type Pokémon on 5-km Eggs, Raid Battles and Research tasks
Bug-type Pokémon attracted to Incense
Shiny Dwebble released
Pokémon Spotlight Hour featuring Kricketot

GO Fest Weekly Challenge: Skill
Jul 3rd - 8th
GO Fest Weekly Challenge Skill
Themed Research tasks

Flying-type Pokémon spawn increased
Flying-type Pokémon in Eggs and Raid Battles
Pokémon wearing party hats spawn increased
Shiny Pidove release
Flying Pikachu release
Shiny flying Pikachu release
Ducklett release
Special Photobomb
Pokémon Spotlight Hour featuring Taillow

GO Fest Weekly Challenge: Battle
Jul 10th - 15th
GO Fest Weekly Challenge Battle
Themed Research tasks
GO Fest Weekly Challenge: Friendship
Jul 17th - 22nd
GO Fest Weekly Challenge Friendship
Themed Research tasks

Summer-themed Pokémon spawn increased
Summer-themed Pokémon in Eggs and Raid Battles
Summer Style Pikachu spawn increased
Shiny Bellsprout release
Petilil release
Special Photobomb
Pokémon Spotlight Hour featuring Oddish

Recurring events

There are few events that happen to reoccur either regularly or not.

Nest Migrations

Main article: Pokémon Nests

Nest Migrations are the technical changes to the game in which Pokémon Nests changes species which spawns in the specific locations.

Community Day

Main article: Community Day

Community Day is the first in game, regular event introduced in January, 2018. This event lasts only few-hours on one, particular day of each month and during it players can catch a Pokémon with an exclusive move that cannot be obtain normally in gameplay.

Safari Zone

Main article: Pokémon GO Safari Zone

Pokémon GO Safari Zone is a recurrent regional event, that happens in different locations around the globe. The events give Trainers the ability to catch region-exclusive Pokémon that do not usually appear in these regions.

Limited Research

Main article: Limited Research

Limited Research is a recurrent event that is hosted for a few hours and features exclusive Research tasks that may reward a Trainer with a shiny Pokémon.

Special Raid Challenge

Main article: Special Raid Challenge

Special Raid Challenge is a recurrent event that is hosted during a three-hour window and features a Pokémon as Raid Boss. This Pokémon may know one or more limited or legacy attacks and may also have a chance to be shiny. All Trainers will also receive up to five Raid Passes from Gyms at no cost.

Special Raid Event

Main article: Special Raid Event

Special Raid Event is a recurrent event that is hosted during a short period of time and features a returning Legendary Raid Boss which may have a chance to be shiny.

Legendary Raid Hour

Main article: Legendary Raid Hour

Legendary Raid Hour is an occasional event that turns every available Gym to a specific Raid Boss during one hour. It usually occurs on Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in local time zone.

Pokémon Spotlight Hours

Main article: Pokémon Spotlight Hour

Pokémon Spotlight Hour is weekly event that took place for the first time in February, 2020. It occurs on Tuesdays and lasts one hour. During the event there is increased number of Pokémon to appear in wild. When particular Pokémon species is featured in this event and it has its Shiny form released prior to the specific Spotlight Hour, there is a higher probability of catching it due to the increased spawns. Mystery Bonus Hour was merged with this event after being discontinued as a separate event.

Event Pokémon

Main article: Event Pokémon

Event Pokémon are Pokémon that have unique accessories or clothing such at hats, glasses or scarves and can only be obtained during an special event. They cannot be mass-transferred, similar to Legendary, Mythical, or Shiny Pokémon. They usually do not appear in the Pokédex, because they are not handled as forms.

References

  1. Make new friends during this special weekend!!. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2019-02-15.
  2. February events to make your heart flutter!. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2020-02-01.

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