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 events during 2016, 1 of them was regional event.

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

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.png

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

Introduction of regional event

Thanksgiving
Nov 23rd - 30th
Thanksgiving 2016.png

XP and Stardust

Introduction of XP and Stardust bonuses

Holiday
Dec 25th - Jan 3rd
Holiday 2016.png

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 23 events during 2017, 11 of them were regional events.

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

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

Winter with Unibail-Rodamco
Feb 18th
Winter with Unibail-Rodamco.jpg

All day Lure Modules duration

Pokémon Day
Feb 26th - Mar 6th
Pokemon Day 2017.png

Pikachu wearing party hat release
Pikachu spawn increased

Snorlax Event
Mar 4th - 13th
Snorlax Japan Event.png

Japan-exclusive
Snorlax spawn increased

Water Festival
Mar 22nd - 29th
Water Festival.png

Water-type Pokémon spawn increased
Shiny Magikarp release

Introduction of Shiny Pokémon

Eggstravaganza
Apr 13th - 20th
Eggstravaganza.jpg

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

Golden Week
Apr 29th - May 7th
Golden Week.png

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

Grass Weekend
May 5th - 9th
Grass Weekend.png

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

Adventure Week
May 18th - 25th
Adventure Week.png

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

Solstice Week
Jun 13th - 22nd
Solstice 2017.png

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

Pikachu Meet & Greet
Jun 17th - 30th
Pikachu Meet & Greet.png

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

1st Anniversary
Jul 6th - Jul 27th
1st Anniversary.png

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

Pokémon GO Fest
Jul 22nd
Pokémon GO Fest Logo.png

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.png
Pikachu Outbreak
Aug 9th - 15th
Pikachu Outbreak.jpg
Series of events:
Pokémon GO Park
Pokémon GO Stadium
Pokémon GO Park
Aug 9th - 15th
Pokémon GO Park Logo.png
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 14th
Pokémon GO Park.jpg

Themed Pokémon Raid Battles
Mewtwo release

Pokémon World Championships
Aug 18th - 20th
Pokémon World Championships 2017.jpg

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 3rd
Equinox 2017.jpg

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

Halloween
Oct 20th - Nov 2nd
Halloween 2017.png

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 - 12th
Week in Korea 2017.png

Korea-exclusive
Themed-Pokémon spawn increased
E, L, O, S, and U Unown ("Seoul") spawn increased
Region-exclusive Pokémon Mr. Mime available
Shiny Magikarp and Pikachu spawn increased
Themed-Pokémon in Raid Battles

Global Catch Challenge
Nov 20th - 26th
Pokemon GO Travel Logo.png

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 4th
Holiday 2017.png

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 31 events during 2018, 4 of them were regional events.

Name and date Features
Hoenn Pokémon Eggs
Jan 23rd - Feb 1st
Only Hoenn-region Pokémon in eggs

Shop special offer

Hoenn Celebration
Feb 9th - 13thHoenn Celebration.jpg

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.png

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

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

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

Pokémon Day
Feb 26th - 28thPokemon Day 2018.png

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.png

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

Eggstravaganza
Mar 22nd - Apr 2ndEggstravaganza 2018.png

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.png

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

Slowpoke Prefecture
Mar 31st - Apr 1stSlowpoke Prefecture.jpg

Kagawwa, Japan-exclusive
Slowpoke spawns increase

Kanto Celebration
April 10th - 17thKanto Celebration.jpg

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.jpg

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.jpg

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.jpg

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.jpg

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.png

Series of events:

Dortmund Safari Zone
Pokémon GO Fest
Yokosuka Safari Zone
Ultra Bonus Event
2nd Anniversary
Jul 5th - 31st2nd Anniversary.png

Pikachu family wearing summer hat release
Shop special offer

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

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.png

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

Johto Festival
Aug 20th - 28thJohto Festival.png

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

Pokémon World Championships 2018
Aug 24th - 26th
Pokémon World Championships 2018.jpg

A, E, H, I, L, N, S and V Unown spelling "NASHVILLE" spawn increased
Event-exclusive Field Research task with Region-exclusive Pokémon Corsola

Ultra Bonus Event
Sep 13th - 30thUltra Bonus Event.png

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 - 26thWeek in Korea 2018.png
Korea-exclusive

Themed-Pokémon spawn increased
C, E, H, K, O, S and U Unown ("Chuseok") spawn increased
Region-exclusive Pokémon Tropius available

Fragment Hat Pikachu
Oct 5th - 7thFragment Hat Pikachu.jpg
Pikachu spawn increased

Pikachu family wearing Fragment Hat release
Shiny Pikachu family wearing Fragment Hat release
Shop special offer

Psychic Spectacular
Oct 5th - 14thPsychic Spectacular.png

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

Female Day
Oct 11th - 12thFemale Day.png

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

Halloween
Oct 23rd - Nov 1stHalloween 2018.jpg

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.png

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

Stardust Blast
Nov 6th - 13thStardust Blast.jpg

2× catch Stardust
2× hatch Stardust

Hatchathon
Nov 14th - 27thHatchathon.jpg
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.png
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.png
Sandshrew spawn increased

Shiny Sandshrew release

Holiday
Dec 18th - Jan 2ndHoliday 2018.png
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 41 events during 2019.

Name and date Features
Hatchathon
Jan 2nd - 15th
Hatchathon.jpg
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.png
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.jpg
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.png
2× friendship increase by day

2× trade Candy
50% trade discount

Valentine's Day
Feb 13th - 21st
Valentine's Day 2019.png
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.png
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.jpg
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.jpg
4-hours Lure Modules duration

Stardust
Teddiursa spawn increased

Equinox
Mar 19th - 26th
Equinox 2019.jpg
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.jpg
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.jpg
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.jpg
Porygon spawn increased

4-hours Lure Modules duration

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

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

Pokémon GO Week in Korea
May 3rd - 13th
Week in Korea 2019.jpg
Korea-exclusive

Themed-Pokémon spawn increased
E, L, O, S, and U Unown ("Seoul") spawn increased
Region-exclusive Pokémon Corsola available

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

Themed-Pokémon in Raid Battles
Pikachu in a detective hat release
2× catch XP
Shiny Aipom release
Themed Research tasks
Special Photobomb of 1 Detective Pikachu per day

Extraordinary Raid Week‎‎
May 21st - 28th
Extraordinary Raid Week.jpg
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.jpg
Sleeping Snorlax spawn increased

Yawn special attack

Adventure Week
Jun 4th - 11th
Adventure Week 2019.jpg
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.png
Exclusive medal

Region-exclusive Pokémon Pachirisu available
Themed Pokémon spawn increased
A, E, K, P, U, W, and ! Unown ("Wake Up!") spawn increased
Exclusive Special Research
Jirachi release
Shiny Horsea release
Shop special offer

Global Challenge
Jun 13th - Ago 20th
Global Challenge 2019 Logo.png
Series of events:
Dortmund Safari Zone
Pokémon GO Fest Chicago
Pokémon GO Fest Dortmund
Pokémon GO Fest Yokohama
Ultra Bonus Event
3rd Anniversary
Jun 28th - Sep 2nd
Anniversary Artwork 2019.png
Jump-Start Research release

Extra bonus Premier Balls in Raid Battles with friends
25% trade discount
Special Photobomb of 1 Party hat Pikachu per day
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.png
Exclusive medal

Region-exclusive Pokémon Carnivine available
Themed Pokémon spawn increased
Themed Research tasks
A, E, K, P, U, W, and ! Unown ("Wake Up!") spawn increased
Exclusive Special Research
Shiny Nidoran♂ release
Shop special offer

Straw Hat Pikachu
Jul 22nd - 29th
Straw Hat Pikachu 2019.jpg
Straw Hat Pikachu release

Shiny Straw Hat Pikachu release

Chansey Peach Festival
Jul 22nd - Aug 4th
Chansey Peach Festival.png
Chansey special Photobomb
Team GO Rocket Disruption
Jul 25th - Aug 1st
Team GO Rocket Disruption.jpg
Team GO Rocket related Pokémon spawn increased

Shiny release Ekans, Zubat, Koffing and Sneasel
Team GO Rocket related Pokémon in Eggs and Raid Battles
Shop special offer

Gift Event
Aug 5th - 19th
Gift Event 2019.jpg
2-km Eggs from Gifts

Open 1.5x Gifts
Hold 2x Gifts in Item Bag
Shiny Sudowoodo family release

Pokémon GO Fest Yokohama
Aug 6th - 12th
Pokémon GO Fest Yokohama Logo.png
Exclusive medal

Region-exclusive Pokémon Chatot available
Themed Pokémon spawn increased
Themed Research tasks
A, E, K, P, U, W, and ! Unown ("Wake Up!") spawn increased
Exclusive Special Research
Shiny Poliwag release
Shop special offer
Special Photobomb of Pikachu

Pokémon World Championships 2019
Aug 16th - 18th
Pokémon World Championships 2019.jpg

Fossil Pokémon spawn increased
Event-exclusive Field Research task with Aerodactly and Region-exclusive Pokémon Relicanth

Water Festival
Aug 23rd - 30th
Water Festival.png
Half buddy distance for Water-type Pokémon

2× hatch Candy
Water-type Pokémon spawn increased
Water-type Pokémon in Eggs, in Raid Battles and Research tasks
Shiny Carvanha and Barboach release
Raid hour with Lake Guardians
Shop special offer

Ultra Bonus Event
Sep 2nd - 23rd
Global Challenge Ultra Bonus Jirachi.jpg
Series of events:
Johto Journey
Global Challenge, Global Hatches
A Unova Unveiling
Johto Journey
Sep 2nd - 9th
Johto Journey.png
2× Incubator efficiency

Johto-region Pokémon spawn increased
Johto-region Pokémon in Eggs and Raid Battles
A, L, R, T and U Unown ("Ultra") in Eggs
Shiny Sentret and Gligar release
Shop special offer

Global Challenge, Global Hatches
Sep 9th - 16th
Global Challenge Global Hatches.png
2× Incubator efficiency

Themed Pokémon spawn increased
Themed Pokémon in Eggs and Raid Battles
Shiny Farfetch'd, Kangaskhan, Mr. Mime and Tauros release
Shop special offer

A Unova Unveiling
Sep 16th - 23rd
Unova promo banner.jpg
2× Incubator efficiency

Unova-region Pokémon release
Unova-region Pokémon spawn increased
Unova-region Pokémon in Eggs and Raid Battles
Shiny Mewtwo, Patrat, Lillipup and Klink release
Shop special offer

World Tourism Day
Sep 26th - Oct 1st
World Tourism Day.png
25% trade discount

Mime Jr. release
Themed Pokémon in Eggs, Raid Battles and Research tasks
Shiny Zangoose, Seviper and Mime Jr. release
2× new PokéStops XP
Shop special offer

Stardust Blast
Oct 3rd - 10th
Stardust Blast.jpg
2× catch Stardust

2× hatch Stardust
2× Stardust from Team GO Rocket battles
2000 Stardust from Raid Battles

Halloween
Oct 17th - Nov 1st
Halloween 2019.png
Kanto starters and Pikachu wearing Halloween costumes release

Shiny Kanto starters and Pikachu wearing Halloween costumes release
Halloween themed Pokémon spawn increased
Halloween themed Pokémon in Eggs, Raid Battles and Research tasks
Shop special offer

A Colossal Discovery
Nov 1st - 4th
A Colossal Discovery.png
Ice-, Rock-, and Steel-type Pokémon spawn increased

Ice-, Rock-, and Steel-type Pokémon in Eggs and Raid Battles
2× Incubator efficiency
Shop special offer

Ticket-exclusive event (Nov 2nd)
Themed Research tasks
Regigigas Special Research set release
A Colossal Discovery medal

Team GO Rocket Leaders Disruption
Nov 7th - 14th
Team GO Rocket Leaders Disruption.png
Pokémon related to Team GO Rocket spawn increased

Pokémon related to Team GO Rocket in Raid Battles
Shiny Meowth release

Supereffective Week
Nov 19th - 26th
Supereffective Week.png
Supereffective Pokémon against Team GO Rocket spawn increased

Supereffective Pokémon against Team GO Rocket in Eggs, Raid Battles and Research tasks
Stardust from Trainer Battles
More Potions and Revives from PokéStops
Guaranteed Charged TM from 3-star raids
Shiny Tentacool release
Shop special offer

Friend Fest
Nov 27th - Dec 2nd
Friend Fest.png
50% trade discount

2 special trades per day
Boosted attacks when raiding with friends
Themed Pokémon spawn increased
Themed Pokémon in Research tasks

Evolution Event
Dec 5th - 12th
Evolution Eleganza.png
1-hour Lure Module duration

2× evolving XP
Evolution items from Raid Battles
Themed Pokémon spawn increased
Shiny Burmy release
Themed Pokémon in 2-km Eggs, Raid Battles and Research tasks

Raid Day (Dec 7th)
Themed Pokémon in Raid Battles
Shop special offer

Holiday
Dec 24th - Jan 1st
Holiday 2019.png
1 free Egg Incubator from PokéStop per day

Ice-type Pokémon spawn increased
Pikachu family with winter hat and Stantler with bells release
Shiny Pikachu family with winter hat and Stantler with bells release
Shiny Snover release
Cryogonal attracted to the Glacial Lure Modules
Themed Pokémon in Eggs, Raid Battles and Research tasks
Open 2x Gifts
Hold 2x Gifts in Item Bag
Shop special offer
2× catch Candy (Dec 24 to 25)
2× transfer Candy (Dec 24 to 25)
2× catch Stardust (Dec 26 to 27)
2× catch XP (Dec 28 to 29)
1/2× Egg distance (Dec 30 to Jan 1)

Winter Weekend Event (Dec 28th):
2-hours Glacial Lure Modules duration
Themed Pokémon attracted to the Glacial Lure Modules
Regice in Raid Battles
Two additional Raid Passes
Last Resort could be learnt, when evolving Eevee into Glaceon
Shop special offer

2020

So far there were 37 events during 2020.

Name and date Features
Hatchathon
Jan 2nd - 16th
Hatchathon 2020.png

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.png

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

Taiwan Lantern Festival
Feb 6th - 9th
Taiwan Lantern Festival.jpg

Regional event in Taichung City, Taiwan
Themed Pokémon spawns

Sinnoh Celebration
Feb 7th - 10th
Sinnoh Celebration.png

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
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2x catch Candy
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
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Kanto Starters, Pikachu and Eevee wearing party hat release
Shiny Kanto Starters, Pikachu and Eevee wearing party hat release
Clone Pokémon release
Themed-Pokémon spawn increased
Themed-Pokémon in 7-km Eggs and Raid Battles
Special Photobomb of 1 Clone Pikachu per day
Two special trades per day

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
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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
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
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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 Raid Battles
Shiny Timburr release

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

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

Psychic Spectacular
Mar 27th - 30th
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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
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Tricky Pokémon spawn increased

Tricky Pokémon in 5-km Eggs, Raid Battles and Research tasks
Stunfisk release
Shiny Croagunk release
Special Photobomb of up to 5 Aipom or Croagunk per day

Spring Event
Apr 9th - 16th
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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
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Incense attracted more Sentret

Incense attracted several types
Shop special offer

Buddy Up
Apr 21st - 27th
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Incense attracted more Carvanha

Incense attracted Water- and Dark-types
Shop special offer

Throwback Challenge 2020: Sinnoh
May 22nd - 29th
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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
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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
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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 - July 1st
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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

4th Anniversary
Jun 3rd - 8th
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Timed Special Research

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
Themed Research tasks
Special Photobomb of up to 5 Flying Pikachu per day
Pokémon Spotlight Hour featuring Taillow

Team GO Rocket Event
Jul 10th - 15th
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Timed Special Research

Dark- and Poison-type Pokémon spawn increased
Dark- and Poison-type Pokémon in Eggs and Raid Battles
Team GO Rocket and Meowth balloons are appearing more often
Several Shadow Pokémon release including Suicune

Battle event (July 12th)
2× Stardust when defeat Team GO Rocket
Team GO Rocket balloons are appearing more often
Team GO Rocket music was playing
Shadow Pokémon's Frustration changeable via Charged TM

Summer Event
Jul 17th - 22nd
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Timed Special Research

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 of up to 5 Slowpoke, Krabby or Petilil per day
Pokémon Spotlight Hour featuring Oddish

Pokémon GO Fest 2020
Jul 25th - 26th
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Ticketed Special Research

Victini release
Open 200 gifts per day
Themed Pokémon spawn increased
Themed Pokémon in Eggs and Raid Battles
Shiny G and O Unown, Tangela, Qwilfish, Woobat, Heatmor and Durant release
Rotom wash release
Special Photobomb of Rotom
Global Challenge Arena and Ultra Unlock bonus event series

Ultra Unlock
Jul 31st - Aug 21st
Series of events:

Dragon Week
Enigma Week
Unova Week

Dragon Week
Jul 31st - Aug 7th
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Dragon-type Pokémon spawn increased

Dragon-type Pokémon in Eggs and Raid Battles
Timed Research available
Shiny Deino release

Enigma Week
Aug 7th - 14th
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Themed Pokémon spawn increased

Themed Pokémon in Research tasks and Raid Battles
Elgyem release
Themed Pokémon in Eggs and Raid Battles
Shiny Normal Forme Deoxys and Staryu release

Unova Week
Aug 14th - 21st
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Unova-region Pokémon in Eggs and Raid Battles

Emolga, Sewaddle, Cottonee and Bouffalant release
Shiny Roggenrola and Genesect release

Mega September
Sep1st - 28th
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Series of events:

Mega Raid Challenge
Mega Battle Challenge
Mega Buddy Challenge

Mega Raid Challenge
Sep 1st - 7th
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Increased number of Mega Raids

Increased attack bonus from friends in raids
Event-exclusive Research tasks
Mega Energy for Venusaur, Charizard, and Blastoise from research
Themed Pokémon spawn increased
Mega Pidgeot release (September 18th)
Shop special offer

Mega Battle Challenge
Sep 11th - 17th
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Event-exclusive Research tasks

Beedrill Mega Energy from Research tasks
Mega Energy for Venusaur, Charizard, and Blastoise from research
Mega Beedrill CP boost
Bug Pokémon spawn increased
Shiny Ledyba release
Mega Houndoom release (September 29th)
Different Shadow Pokemon on Team GO Rocket

Mega Buddy Challenge
Sep 22nd - 28th
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12-hours Mega-evolution duration

2x Poffin duration
Large Pokémon spawn increased
Shiny Doduo release
Large Pokémon in Raid Battles
Beedrill Mega Energy from Research tasks
Mega Energy for Venusaur, Charizard, and Blastoise from research
Special Photobomb

Fashion Week
Oct 2nd - 8th
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Special Pokémon spawn increased

Smoochum wearing a bow in 7-km Eggs
Kirlia wearing a top hat in Raid Battles (knowing the move Draining Kiss)
Shinx wearing a top hat in Raid Battles
Croagunk wearing a backwards cap in GO Snapshot and wild
Shiny Kricketot release
Themed Research tasks
Shop special offer

Niantic Birthday Event
Oct 4th
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2× Catch XP

2× Hatch XP
2× Lucky Egg duration
2× Star Piece duration
2× Incubator efficiency
Extra Team GO Rocket balloons at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Timed Research available
Shop special offer

The Seasons Change
Oct 9th - 19th
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Series of events:

The Seasons Change: Part 1
The Seasons Change: Part 2

The Seasons Change: Part 1
Oct 9th - 12th
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4× Incubator efficiency

2x Berry Treat Effectiveness
2x Candy from Pinap Berry
Increased Berries from PokéStops
Autumn-themed Pokémon spawn increased
Autumn-themed Pokémon in 7-km Eggs
Autumn Deerling release
Shiny Vulpix release
Themed Research tasks
Themed Timed Research

The Seasons Change: Part 2
Oct 12th - 19th
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4× Incubator efficiency

Team GO Rocket and balloons appearing more often
Sandile, Pawniard and Vullaby release
Dark- and Poison-type Pokémon spawn increased
Dark- and Poison-type Pokémon in 12-km Eggs
Dark- and Poison-type Pokémon in Raid Battles
Special Research available
Special Photobomb

Halloween 2020
Oct 23rd - Nov 3rd
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2× Catch Candy

2× Transfer Candy
Ghost-type Pokémon spawn increased
Ghost-type Pokémon in Eggs and Raid Battles
Mega Gengar release
Galarian Yamask release
Halloween-themed Research tasks
Timed Research release
Special Research - A Spooky Message Unmasked release
Special Photobomb
Shop special offer

Catch Mastery: Ghost (Oct 25th)
XP with Nice, Great, Excellent, and Curveball Throws
Drifloon spawn increased
Timed Research available

Alolan Marowak Raid Day (Oct 31st)

Day of the Dead mini event (Nov 1st - 2nd)

Day of the Dead
Nov 1st - 2nd
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Day of the Dead-themed Pokémon spawn increased

Day of the Dead-themed Research tasks
Poffins rewarded on GO Battle League
Special Photobomb
Shop special offer

Animation Week
Nov 6th - 12th
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Themed Pokémon spawn increased

Themed Pokémon in Eggs
Themed Pokémon in Raid Battles
Timed Research available
Special Photobomb
Lugia knowing Aeroblast

Pokémon HOME Event
Nov 17th - 23rd
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Shiny Slowpoke release

Shiny Meltan Available
Themed Pokémon spawn increased
Themed Pokémon in Eggs
Themed Pokémon in Raid Battles
Themed Research tasks
Mega Pidgeot CP boost
Timed Research available

12 Days of Friendship
Nov 18th - 30th
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2× friendship increase by day

Increased attack bonus from friends in raids
2× Raid XP
Open 45 Gifts daily

(until December 31, 2020 11:59 p.m. local time)
2× Catch XP

Lake Legends Event
Nov 24th - 30th
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Shiny Goldeen release

Themed Pokémon spawn increased
Themed Pokémon in Eggs
Themed Pokémon in Raid Battles
Themed Research tasks

Recurring events

There are plenty of events that happen to reoccur either regularly or not. They differ from seasonal events as they may occur more than once in the same year.

Name and date Features
Nest migrations
Regular
Since: Jul 29th, 2016
Nest Migrations are the technical changes to the game rather than ongoing events in which Pokémon Nests changes species which spawns in the specific locations.
Pokémon GO Safari Zone
Irregular
Since: Aug 12th, 2017
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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.
Community Day
Regular
Since: Jan 20th, 2018
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Community Day is the first regular event that mostly lasts 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 game play. During this event players have a significantly higher chance of obtaining shiny variant of featured Pokémon.
Special Raid Challenge
Irregular
Since: Jul 7th, 2018
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 receive up to five Raid Passes from Gyms at no cost.
Pokémon GO Special Weekend
Irregular
Since: Jul 26th, 2018
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Pokémon GO Special Weekend was an recurring regional event.
Special Raid Event
Irregular
Since: Dec 14th, 2018
Special Raid Event (also dubbed Week or Weekend) 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.
Limited Research
Irregular
Since: Jan 19th, 2019
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.
Legendary Raid Hour
Regular
Since: Mar 13th, 2019
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 Hour
Regular
Since: Feb 4th, 2020
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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
Discontinued
Since: Feb 6th, 2020
To: Apr 2nd, 2020
Mystery Bonus Hour was a regularly recurring event that solely featured bonuses for Candy, Stardust, or XP. It occurred on Thursday evenings in local time zones before being discontinued as a separate event and merged with Pokémon Spotlight Hour.

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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