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 temporary Eggs, Raid Battles and 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 cost.
- Multiplied Stardust, Candy and XP for several actions such as hatch, catch, transfer, evolving and battling.
- Release of specific Pokémon species, forms, shiny and shadow variants.
- Release of Special or Timed 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.
Sometimes events can be also ticketed for an access to all its features and bonuses.
- 1 Unique and seasonal events
- 2 Recurring events
- 3 Event Pokémon
- 4 External links
Unique and seasonal events
Some events happened only once. Seasonal events happened more than once, but normally, are related to holidays and they do not tend to happen more than once a year.
- Main article: List of 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.
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. It occurs regularly since Jul 29th, 2016.
- Main article: Nest migrations
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. It occurs irregularly since Aug 12th, 2017.
- Main article: Pokémon GO Safari Zone
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. It occurs regularly since Jan 20th, 2018.
- Main article: Community Day
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 receive up to five Raid Passes from Gyms at no cost. It occurs irregularly since Jul 7th, 2018.
- Main article: Special Raid Challenge
Pokémon GO Special Weekend
Pokémon GO Special Weekend was an recurring regional event. It occurs irregularly since Jul 26th, 2018.
- Main article: Pokémon GO Special Weekend
Special Raid Event
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. It occurs irregularly since Dec 14th, 2018.
- Main article: Special Raid Event
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. It occurs irregularly since Jan 19th, 2019.
- Main article: Limited Research
Incense Day is a reccurring event in Pokémon GO. Incense are the only methods to attract the featured Pokémon. Each event has a specific Pokémon with high spawn rate throughout the process, as well as other themed-Pokémon in divided hours. An Incense special offer is available in the shop during these events.
- Main article: Incense Day
Friendship Day is a recurring event. It occurs regularly since Apr 24th, 2021.
- Main article: Friendship Day
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. It occurs regularly since Mar 13th, 2019.
- Main article: Legendary Raid Hour
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. It occurs regularly since Feb 4th, 2020.
- Main article: Pokémon Spotlight Hour
Mystery Bonus Hour
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. It is discontinued and occurred from Feb 6th, 2020 to Apr 2nd, 2020.
- Main article: Mystery Bonus Hour
- 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.