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May Events for Pokémon GO Announced

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Trainers! Pokémon GO has just released the May events schedule! Included are the debuts of Xerneas, Yveltal, Spritzee, Swirlix, Pancham, and Goomy, a new Research Breakthrough encounter, a new TGR Special Research, Community Day, Luminous Legends X & Y events, the New Pokémon Snap Celebration, a surprise Mega Raid Boss, Spotlight Hours, and Weekly FREE Bundles! Let’s dive in and take a deeper look at the announcement!

OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

MAY RESEARCH BREAKTHROUGH

Trainers! Galarian Ponyta, the Floating Pokémon, will be appearing as your May Research Breakthrough.
MAY RESEARCH BREAKTHROUGH ENCOUNTER
Sat., May 1, 2021 @ 1pm PST until Mon., May 31, 2021 @ 1pm PST
GALARIAN PONYTA
*Shiny Galarian Ponyta needs to be unlocked via the Global Catch Challenge during the Luminous Legends X event.

TGR SPECIAL RESEARCH

Giovanni and Team GO Rocket are back yet again during May and this month Giovanni will have Shadow Moltres with him! 

This month, Giovanni will have Shadow Moltres in his grasp! If you haven’t already, complete the latest Team GO Rocket Special Research, The Higher They Fly…, to earn a Super Rocket Radar. This will help you track down the Team GO Rocket Boss and save Shadow Moltres! You can also receive a Super Rocket Radar from Timed Research that’ll be available during the Luminous Legends X event.

5-STAR & MEGA RAIDS

Incarnate Forme Tornadus, Incarnate Forme Thundurus, and Incarnate Forme Landorus will start the month off, then Xerneas and Yveltal will make their debut! 

Alongside that lineup of legendaries, Mega Venusaur, Mega Charizard Y, Mega Lopunny, Mega Ampharos, Mega Houndoom, and a Surprise Mega Evolution will rotate through Mega Raids during the month (full schedule below).

5-STAR SCHEDULE:

UNTIL MAY. 4th @ 10:00AM (Local)
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MAY. 4th @ 10:00AM – MAY 18th @ 10:00AM (Local)
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MAY 18th @ 10:00am – JUNE 1st @ 10:00am (local)
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MEGA RAID SCHEDULE:

UNTIL May 4th @ 10:00am (local)
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MAY 4th @ 10:00am – MAY 15th @ 5:00PM (local)
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MAY 15th @ 10:00am – JUNE 1st @ 10:00AM (local)
SUPRISE MEGA
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RAID HOURS:

  • May 5th – Xerneas
  • May 12th – Xerneas
  • May 19th – Yveltal
  • May 26th – Yveltal

MAY EVENTS SPOTLIGHT HOURS

Date Featured Pokémon Bonus
May 4 Cottonee Official Artwork 2x Catch Candy
May 11 Dratini Official Artwork 2x Transfer Candy
May 18 Alolan Ratatta Official Artwork 2x Evolve XP
May 25 Marill Official Artwork 2x Catch Stardust

COMMUNITY DAY

Join us on Saturday, May 15, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. local time for a Community Day event! More details—including which Pokémon will be featured—will be revealed in an upcoming blog post.

NEW EVENTS

NEW POKÉMON SNAP CELEBRATION

From Thursday, April 29, 2021, to Sunday, May 2, 2021, celebrate the release of the much-anticipated New Pokémon Snap with us. For more information on this event, check out the blog.

LUMINOUS LEGENDS X

From Tuesday, May 4, 2021, to Monday, May 17, 2021, the Legendary Pokémon Xerneas will be making its Pokémon GO debut! With it, various Dragon- and Fairy-type Pokémon will be appearing more often in the wild, including some that will be appearing in Pokémon GO for the first time. Our research also shows that you can complete challenges to unlock rewards during the second week of this legendary event.

LUMINOUS LEGENDS Y

From Tuesday, May 18, 2021, to Monday, May 31, 2021, the Legendary Pokémon Yveltal will be making its Pokémon GO debut! We’ve also received word that Team GO Rocket could be planning on causing some trouble around then, and also that Dark-type Pokémon will be appearing more often in the wild. Sounds like the perfect opportunity to put your newly caught Dragon- and Fairy-type Pokémon to use! Like the Luminous Legends X event, you’ll be able to unlock rewards during the second week of the Luminous Legends Y event by completing select challenges.

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WEEKLY FREE BUNDLES

Every Monday in May, a free one-time bundle containing a Remote Raid Pass and other items will be available in the shop.

MAY EVENTS TL;DR

  • Research Breakthrough – Galarian Ponyta.
  • TGR Special Research – Giovanni returns with Shadow Moltres.
  • 5-Star Raids – Incarnate Forme Landorus, Thundurus, & Tornadus. Xerneas & Yveltal.
  • Mega Raids – Mega Venusaur, Mega Charizard Y, Mega Lopunny, Mega Ampharos, Mega Houndoom, and a Surprise Mega Evolution.
  • Spotlight Hours – 4th Cottonee/Catch Candy, 11th Dratini/Transfer Candy, 18th Alolan Ratatta/Evolve XP, 25th Marill/Catch Stardust.
  • May Community Day – Saturday, May 15, 2021
  • New Events – New Pokémon Snap (4/29 – 5/2), Luminous Legends X (5/4 – 5/17), Luminous Legends Y (5/17 – 5/31).
  • Free Bundles throughout the month.
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