Trainers, Niantic has just released the Pokémon GO events schedule for March 2020! Let’s just say, we have another month filled to brim with events in store for us.
Breakthrough Encounters, Legendary Shadow Pokémon, Shiny Legendary Pokémon, and much, MUCH more. Here is a list of all the excitement headed our way, followed by a detailed breakdown of each one.
As a personal note, we understand how overwhelming it can be to receive all of this information at once and we are working on ways to minimize the overload. Please be sure to share your thoughts, ideas, or any constructive criticism with us via Twitter and/or our Discord Server! We are here for you!
Save Shadow Entei from Giovanni
March Research Breakthrough: Ferroseed w/ bonus Stardust
Thundurus bolts into five-star raids
A month of Legendary Special Raid Weekends
A mysterious weekend event is coming…
A Team GO Rocket global take-over is imminent!
The Psychic Spectacular returns with new faces
Pokémon Spotlight Hour and Mystery Bonus Hour
Also, a reminder that Great League will be coming back to GO Battle League after Master League play ends.
Great League is returning once again on Monday, March 9, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST. Stay tuned for more details on when the preseason will end and Season 1 will begin.
March will bring us second Shadow Johto! The Shadowy Threat Grows will reward you with Shadow Entei upon defeating Giovanni this month!
If you’ve completed your most recent set of Team GO Rocket Special Research, then you’ll have access to March’s Team GO Rocket Special Research, The Shadowy Threat Grows. This time, you’ll be tasked to defeat Team GO Rocket, its leaders, and Giovanni once more for a chance to rescue the Legendary Shadow Pokémon Entei! Be sure to finish this Special Research by the end of March. Team GO Rocket never rests, Trainers, and neither can we! Be on the lookout for new Team GO Rocket Special Research from Professor Willow every month. For more information, please see our help center article.
Feroseed and Bonus Stardust are headed our way our 7-Day Reward for Research Breakthrough during the month of March.
NOTE: This Research Breakthrough is stated to only last ONE MONTH, not 2 months as some previous ones have been.
It’s time to plant the seeds of success this spring! From Sunday, March 1, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8) to Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7), the Thorn Seed Pokémon, Ferroseed, will be available as a Research Breakthrough encounter, and it’ll come with bonus Stardust! Ferroseed’s evolved form, Ferrothorn, can be a powerful contender in Trainer Battles, including those in the GO Battle League!
|It takes 50 candy to evolve Ferroseed into Ferrothorn.|
|THUNDURUS IN 5-STAR RAIDS|
|Start: Mon., Mar. 2, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST|
|RAID GUIDE COMING SOON|
Starting Monday, March 2, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST, Thundurus, the Bolt Strike Pokémon, will be in five-star raids! This Pokémon, originally discovered in the Unova region, will be making its Pokémon GO debut. It’s said that Thundurus flies around the Unova region firing off lightning bolts from the spikes on its tail, so watch out for this Electric- and Flying-type Legendary Pokémon!
Get ready to take it on with Pokémon that know Ice- and Rock-type attacks!
|DARKRAI SPECIAL RAID WEEKEND|
|EVENT DATE/ TIME:||Fri., Mar. 6, 2020, @ 8:00am to Mon., Mar. 9, 2020, @ 10:00pm (local time)|
|FEATURES:||If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny Darkrai!|
|ALTERED FORME GIRATINA SPECIAL RAID WEEKEND|
|EVENT DATE/ TIME:||Fri., Mar. 13, 2020, @ 8:00am to Mon., Mar. 16, 2020, @ 10:00pm (local time)|
|FEATURES:||If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny Altered Forme Giratina!|
|COBALION SPECIAL RAID WEEKEND|
|EVENT DATE/ TIME:||Fri., Mar. 20, 2020, @ 8:00am to Mon., Mar. 23, 2020, @ 10:00pm (local time)|
|FEATURES:||These Cobalion will know the event-exclusive attack Sacred Sword.|
|If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny Cobalion!|
|LUGIA SPECIAL RAID WEEKEND|
|EVENT DATE/ TIME:||Fri., Mar. 27, 2020, @ 8:00am to Mon., Mar. 30, 2020, @ 10:00pm (local time)|
|FEATURES:||These Lugia will know the event-exclusive attack Aeroblast.|
|If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny Lugia!|
Every weekend this month will feature a different Legendary Pokémon in five-star raids! During these Special Raid Weekends, you’ll receive an attack boost when you raid with friends.
|MYSTERIOUS WEEKEND EVENT|
|Start: Fri., Mar. 20, 2020, @ 8:00am (local time)|
|End: Mon., Mar. 23, 2020, @ 10:00 pm (local time)|
|FEATURES:||Normal-, Fire-, Water-, Electric-, and Ice-type Pokémon will be appearing more often in the wild.|
|Nincada will also be available! It will be appearing in the wild and hatching more often from 5 km Eggs. If you’re lucky, you might encounter or hatch a Shiny one!|
|Karrablast and Shelmet will be hatching more often from 5 km Eggs.|
|One-star to four-star Raid Battles throughout the weekend will feature various Bug- or Steel-type Pokémon.|
|BONUSES:||2× Catch Stardust|
|2× Hatch Stardust|
|This weekend event will also be accompanied by a brand-new Special Research story event! More details to come.|
From Friday, March 20, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. to Monday, March 23, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. local time, you can look forward to the following features, Stardust bonuses, and more.
|SHINY NINCADA FAMILY|
|TEAM GO ROCKET|
|Start: Fri., Mar. 6, 2020, @ 8:00am (local time)|
|End: Mon., Mar. 9, 2020, @ 10:00pm (local time)|
|FEATURES:||Poison- and Dark-type Pokémon will be appearing more often in the wild, as well as other Pokémon that are related to Team GO Rocket.|
|We have reports that Absol is one of the Pokémon that will be appearing in the wild!|
|Regardless of how you come across it, any Skorupi you find could be Shiny—if you’re lucky!|
|GLOBAL TAKE-OVER DAY|
|Sat., Mar. 7, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm (local time)|
|FEATURES:||We have word that another Team GO Rocket global take-over will happen! Team GO Rocket Grunts will be making a push to seize even more PokéStops. Sierra, Cliff, Arlo, and even Giovanni himself will also be more active, so you might run into them more easily if you keep your Rocket Radar or Super Rocket Radar equipped.|
|We’ve noticed that Shadow Pokémon rescued from the Team GO Rocket Leaders have had a chance of being Shiny. While the Team GO Rocket Leaders have switched up their teams since they first appeared, during this take-over, you’ll be able to rescue all six of the Shadow Pokémon that Trainers have seen left behind by the Team GO Rocket Leaders.|
|During the take-over, you’ll be able to use a Charged TM to change a Shadow Pokémon’s exclusive attack, Frustration, to other Charged Attacks that that Pokémon can learn normally.|
**Please note that if you purify the Shadow Pokémon afterward, it will still learn Return, replacing the attack learned via the Charged TM.
|Defeating Team GO Rocket Grunts and Leaders will earn you twice the usual Stardust.|
|Turn on your in-game music—the Team GO Rocket music will be playing!|
Odd things are afoot, Trainers. The professor and team leaders have been following Team GO Rocket’s movements and noticed that they’re planning something big. We don’t know all Team GO Rocket’s plans yet, but we do have the following details to share.
|Start: Fri., Mar. 27, 2020, @ 8:00am (local time)|
|End: Mon., Mar. 30, 2020, @ 10:00 pm (local time)|
More Psychic-type Pokémon first discovered in Unova will make their Pokémon GO debut!
Solosis and Gothita will be available after the event in the wild and in 5 km Eggs.
|The following Psychic-type Pokémon will be hatching more often from 2 km Eggs: Abra, Drowzee, Ralts, Spoink, Baltoy, Wynaut, Beldum, Gothita, and Solosis.|
|If you’re lucky, you might find a Shiny Baltoy!|
|Psychic-type Pokémon will be featured in raids.|
|Enjoy Psychic Spectacular Field Research throughout the event period.|
We’ve used Future Sight, and one thing is for certain—the Psychic Spectacular is coming back! From Friday, March 27, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. to Monday, March 30, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. local time, you can look forward to the following.
|GOTHITA FAMILY SPRITES|
|SOLOSIS FAMILY SPRITES|
|SHINY BALTOY FAMILY|
Thank you, Trainers, for all your feedback on these experimental events! For the month of March, we are happy to report that we’ll continue testing these new ideas, but we wanted to provide some information in advance so you can prepare for these hour-long minievents that are meant to complement your gameplay.
Pokémon Spotlight Hour
You can expect a surprising amount of Pokémon appearing in the wild for one hour at 6:00 p.m. local time every Tuesday for the month of March.
Mystery Bonus Hour
This hour-long mini-event will return every Thursday at 6:00 p.m. local time during the month of March. You can expect bonuses for things like Candy, Stardust, or XP. Log in at 6:00 p.m. to see what the Mystery Bonus is!