Spotlight Hour Pokémon details, as we get them

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The Pokémon GO Spotlight Hour and Mystery Bonus Hour events were first introduced to the game in February 2020. Every week for one hour only (6pm – 7pm local time) a specific surprise Pokémon will appear more frequently in the wild and a Mystery Bonus will activate. This gives you a chance to catch as many of the featured Pokémon as possible, evolve it with candy, and possibly encounter a Shiny version.

The Spotlight Hour and Mystery Bonus Hour events occur at the same local time across time zones. They originally took place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings respectively before being combined into a single event.

In this regularly updated guide we’ll let you know which Pokémon will be featured in Spotlight Hour on Tuesdays and what Bonus you can expect.

Latest Pokémon GO Spotlight Hour times: Tuesday 26th April 2022, 6pm – 7pm – Sunshine Form Cherrim

  • The next Pokémon GO Spotlight Hour will be on Tuesday 26th April 2022 at 6pm – 7pm in your local time-zone
  • The chosen Pokémon is Sunshine Form Cherrim
  • The chosen Pokémon will appear more frequently in the wild for the duration of the event
  • The featured bonus for the hour of the event is 2x Catch XP

Niantic has announced the upcoming Pokémon in the spotlight throughout February:

Pokémon Picture Pokémon Name Date Featured Bonus
Sunshine Form Cherrim April 26 2x Catch XP

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Pokémon GO Spotlight Hour and Mystery Bonus Hour FAQ

When do Pokémon GO Spotlight Hours usually take place?

Spotlight Hours are held on a Tuesday evening every week and last for 1 hour, from 6pm to 7pm in your local timezone.

When do Pokémon GO Bonus Hours usually take place?

Ssince April 2020, Niantic has combined the Pokémon GO Spotlight Hour and Pokémon GO Mystery Bonus Hour into a single weekly event that takes place on Tuesday evenings.

Mystery Bonus Hours were originally held on Thursday evenings every week and lasted for 1 hour, from 6pm to 7pm in your local timezone, although Niantic combined both events into one and began announcing the bonuses in advance.

Separate Bonus Hours were tested briefly in March 2021, although they were quickly discontinued. These events involved other aspects of the game rather than simply doubling standard bonuses — check the bottom of this page for a full list of past bonuses featured in this short-lived style of Bonus Hour.

What can I expect from Pokémon GO Spotlight Hours and (Mystery) Bonus Hours?

  • A significant increase in spawns of the featured Pokémon
  • Increased spawns mean increased odds of encountering a Shiny version of the featured Pokémon (Note: these are not indicated on the map – you must tap the Pokémon to see whether it’s a Shiny version)
  • A temporary modification from the Mystery Bonus, similar to the bonuses enjoyed during Community Day events (so double XP, reduced egg hatching times, Candy or Stardust increases, etc.)

How can I prepare for Pokémon GO Spotlight Hours and (Mystery) Bonus Hours?

Assuming the headlining monster is one you’re interested in, we would recommend that you start stockpiling useful items ready for Spotlight Hours. You should make sure you have:

  • Enough Pokéballs and Pinap Berries to catch and evolve Spotlight Hour Pokémon
  • Extra Ultra Balls and Razz Berries on hand to nab any hard-to-catch Pokémon that pop up
  • Lures to draw the featured Pokémon to you might be a good idea, although Spotlight Hour events don’t increase Lure time like their Community Day counterparts, so you’ll only get 30 minutes from a Lure
  • Sufficient space in your Pokémon Storage Box for all the Pokémon you’re going to catch – you only have an hour, remember, so don’t waste it doing admin you could have done beforehand
  • Lucky Eggs, Star Pieces and Super Incubators on standby (depending on the nature of the bonus)

Previous Pokémon GO Spotlight Hour featured Pokémon and Mystery Bonuses – List of Pokémon from past Spotlight Hours

Past Pokémon GO Spotlight Hours

2020

  • 4th Feb – Onix
  • 11th Feb – Spoink
  • 18th Feb – Generally increased spawn rates
  • 25th Feb – No event
  • 3rd Mar – Generally increased spawn rates
  • 10th Mar – Generally increased spawn rates
  • 17th Mar – Generally increased spawn rates
  • 24th Mar – Generally increased spawn rates
  • 31st Mar – Generally increased spawn rates
  • 7th Apr – Purrloin
  • 14th Apr – Magnemite
  • 21st Apr – Wobbuffet
  • 28th Apr – Pidgey
  • 5th May – Shellder
  • 12th May – Sunkern
  • 19th May – Poochyena
  • 26th May – Bronzor
  • 2nd Jun – No event
  • 9th Jun – Patrat
  • 16th Jun – Numel
  • 23rd Jun – Clefairy
  • 30th Jun – Kricketot
  • 7th Jul – Taillow
  • 14th Jul – Zubat
  • 21st Jul – Oddish
  • 28th Jul – Buizel
  • 4th Aug – Horsea
  • 11th Aug – Sableye
  • 18th Aug – Venipede
  • 25th Aug – Geodude
  • 1st Sep – Eevee
  • 8th Sep – Houndour
  • 15th Sep – Tentacool
  • 22nd Sep – Spearow
  • 29th Sep – Skitty
  • 6th Oct – World Cap Pikachu
  • 13th Oct – Original Cap Pikachu
  • 20th Oct – Shuppet
  • 27th Oct – Duskull
  • 3rd Nov Cubone
  • 10th Nov Jigglypuff
  • 17th Nov – Meowth
  • 24th Nov – Barboach
  • 1st Dec – Seel
  • 8th Dec – Swinub
  • 15th Dec – Explorer Pikachu
  • 22nd Dec – Snorunt
  • 29th Dec – Snover

2021

  • 5th Jan – Lillipup
  • 12th Jan – Drifloon
  • 19th Jan – Shroomish
  • 26th Jan – Phanpy
  • 2nd Feb – Ekans
  • 9th Feb – Miltank
  • 16th Feb – Luvdisc
  • 23rd Feb Pikachu
  • 2nd Mar – Krabby
  • 9th Mar – Drowzee
  • 16th Mar – Voltorb
  • 23rd Mar – Surskit
  • 30th Mar – Slugma
  • 6th Apr – Buneary
  • 13th Apr – Mankey
  • 20th Apr – Grimer
  • 27th Apr – Finneon
  • 4th May – Cottonee
  • 11th May – Dratini
  • 18th May – Alolan Rattata
  • 25th May – Marill
  • 1st Jun – Dwebble
  • 8th Jun – Abra
  • 15th Jun – Slowpoke
  • 22nd Jun – Swinub
  • 29th Jun – Aipom
  • 6th Jul – Bulbasaur
  • 13th Jul – Charmander
  • 20th Jul – Squirtle
  • 27th Jul – Natu
  • 3rd Aug – Magnemite
  • 10th Aug – East Sea Shellos
  • 17th Aug – West Sea Shellos
  • 24th Aug – Skwovet
  • 31st Aug – Wooloo
  • 7th Sep – Spoink
  • 14th Sep – Baltoy
  • 21st Sep – Skitty
  • 28th Sep – Alolan Meowth
  • 5th Oct – Drifloon
  • 12th Oct – Gastly
  • 19th Oct – Gothita
  • 26th Oct – Murkrow
  • 2nd Nov – Cacnea
  • 9th Nov – Chinchou
  • 16th Nov – Turtwig
  • 23rd Nov – Chimchar
  • 30th Nov – Piplup
  • 7th Dec – Electabuzz
  • 14th Dec – Magmar
  • 21st Dec – Snover
  • 28th Dec – Cubcho

2022

  • 4th Jan – Solosis
  • 11th Jan – Diglett
  • 18th Jan – Plusle
  • 25th Jan – Minun
  • 1st Feb – Litleo
  • 8th Feb – Spritzee
  • 15th Feb – Koffing
  • 22nd Feb – Voltorb
  • 1st Mar – Cubone
  • 8th Mar – Exeggcute
  • 15th Mar Growlithe
  • 22nd Mar – Sudowoodo
  • 29th Mar – Paras
  • 5th Apr – Stunky
  • 12th Apr – Bunnelby
  • 19th Apr – Oddish
  • 26th Apr – Sunshine Form Cherrim

Past Pokémon GO Mystery Bonus Hours

2020

  • 6th Feb – 2x Catch Stardust
  • 13th Feb – 2x Raid XP
  • 20th Feb – 2x Catch Stardust
  • 27th Feb – No event
  • 5th Mar – 2x Catch XP
  • 12th Mar – 2x Catch Candy
  • 19th Mar – 2x Transfer Candy
  • 26th Mar – 2x Evolution XP
  • 2nd Apr – 2x Catch Stardust
  • 7th Apr – 2x Catch XP (Mystery Bonus Hour combined with Spotlight Hour from here on)
  • 14th Apr – 2x Catch Candy
  • 21st Apr – 2x Transfer Candy
  • 28th Apr – 2x Evolution XP
  • 5th May – 2x Catch Stardust
  • 12th May – 2x Catch XP
  • 19th May – 2x Catch Candy
  • 26th May – 2x Transfer Candy
  • 2nd Jun – No event
  • 9th Jun – 2x Evolve XP
  • 16th Jun – 2x Catch XP
  • 23rd Jun – 2x Catch XP
  • 30th Jun – 2x Catch Candy
  • 7th Jul – 2x Transfer Candy
  • 14th Jul – 2x Evolution XP
  • 21st Jul – 2x Catch Stardust
  • 28th Jul – 2x Catch XP
  • 4th Aug – 2x Catch Candy
  • 11th Aug – 2x Transfer Candy
  • 18th Aug – 2x Evolve XP
  • 25th Aug – 2x Catch Stardust
  • 1st Sep – 2x Catch XP
  • 8th Sep – 2x Catch Candy
  • 15th Sep – 2x Transfer Candy
  • 22nd Sep – 2x Evolve XP
  • 29th Sep – 2x Catch Stardust
  • 6th Oct – 2x Catch XP
  • 13th Oct – 2x Catch Candy
  • 20th Oct – 2x Transfer Candy
  • 27th Oct – 2x Evolve XP
  • 3rd Nov – 2x Catch Stardust
  • 10th Nov – 2x Catch XP
  • 17th Nov – 2x Catch Candy
  • 24th Nov – 2x Transfer Candy
  • 1st Dec – 2x Evolve XP
  • 8th Dec- 2x Catch Stardust
  • 15th Dec – 2x Catch Candy
  • 22nd Dec – 2x Transfer
  • 29th Dec – 2x Evolve XP

2021

  • 5th Jan – 2x Catch Stardust
  • 12th Jan – 2x Catch XP
  • 19th Jan – 2x Catch Candy
  • 26th Jan – 2x Transfer Candy
  • 2nd Feb – 2x Evolve XP
  • 9th Feb – 2x Catch Stardust
  • 16th Feb – 2x Catch XP
  • 23rd Feb – 2x Catch Candy
  • 2nd Mar – 2x Transfer Candy
  • 9th Mar – 2x Evolve XP
  • 16th Mar – 2x Catch Stardust
  • 23rd Mar – 2x Catch XP
  • 30th Mar – 2x Catch Candy
  • 6th Apr – 2x Transfer Candy
  • 13th Apr – 2x Evolve XP
  • 20th Apr – 2x Catch Stardust
  • 27th Apr – 2x Catch XP
  • 4th May – 2x Catch Candy
  • 11th May – 2x Transfer Candy
  • 18th May – 2x Evolve XP
  • 25th May 2x Catch Stardust
  • 1st Jun – 2x Catch XP
  • 8th Jun – 2x Catch Candy
  • 15th Jun – 2x Transfer Candy
  • 22nd Jun – 2x Evolve XP
  • 29th Jun – 2x Catch Stardust
  • 6th Jul – 2x Catch XP
  • 13th Jul – 2x Catch Candy
  • 20th Jul – 2x Transfer Candy
  • 27th Jul – 2x Evolve XP
  • 3rd Aug – 2x Catch Stardust
  • 10th Aug – 2x Catch XP
  • 17th – Aug – 2x Catch Candy
  • 24th Aug – 2x Transfer Candy
  • 31st Aug – 2x Evolve XP
  • 7th Sep – 2x Catch Stardust
  • 14th Sep – 2x Catch XP
  • 21st Sep – 2x Catch Candy
  • 28th Sep – 2x Transfer Candy
  • 5th Oct – 2x Evolve XP
  • 12th Oct – 2x Catch Stardust
  • 19th Oct – 2x Catch XP
  • 26th Oct – 2x Evolve XP
  • 2nd Nov – 2x Catch Candy
  • 9th Nov – 2x Transfer Candy
  • 16th Nov – 2x Catch Stardust
  • 23rd Nov – 2x Catch XP
  • 30th Nov – 2x Catch Candy
  • 7th Dec – 2x Transfer Candy
  • 14th Dec – 2x Evolve XP
  • 21st Dec – 2x Catch XP
  • 28th Dec – 2x Catch Candy

2022

  • 4th Jan – 2x Transfer Candy
  • 11th Jan – 2x Catch Stardust
  • 18th Jan – 2x Catch Candy
  • 25th Jan – 2x Transfer Candy
  • 1st Feb – 2x Evolve XP
  • 8th Feb – 2x Catch Stardust
  • 15th Feb – 2x Catch XP
  • 22nd Feb – 2x Catch Candy
  • 1st Mar – 2x Transfer Candy
  • 8th Mar – 2x Evolve XP
  • 15th Mar – 2x Catch Stardust
  • 22nd Mar – 2x Catch XP
  • 29th Mar – 2x Catch Candy
  • 5th Apr – 2x Transfer Candy
  • 12th Apr – 2x Evolve XP
  • 19th Apr – 2x Catch Stardust
  • 26th Apr – 2x Catch XP

Past Pokémon GO Bonus Hours (March 2021 only)

  • 4th Mar – GO Rocket Hour
  • 11th Mar – Mega Bonus Hour: Candy
  • 18th Mar – Mega Raid Hour

We’ll update this page weekly, so be sure to check back if you want a heads-up for the featured Spotlight Hour Pokémon and Mystery Bonus.

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