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Pokemon GO prepares for the spooky season and a new Halloween event

Published: 13:57, 27 September 2021
Updated: 13:58, 27 September 2021
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Pokemon GO - Events in October 2021
Pokemon GO - Events in October 2021

It's the start of the spooky season and Pokemon GO is building up to the event of the month with a new movie tie-in event, an October Community Day and the continuation of the Season of Mischief.

October 2021 will be an eventful affair in Pokemon GO. On top of the Halloween event, we'll see the Secrets of the Jungle movie tie-in event, more Season of Mischief stories and more information about Hoopa.

Pokemon GO: October Research Breakthrough encounters

You'll have the chance to encounter Yamask in Research Breakthrough encounters from Friday, October 1, 2021, at 20:00 GMT until Monday, November 1, 2021, at 20:00 GMT.

Weekly PokeCoin bundles

The tradition continues! Each Monday in October will bring a one-time purchase bundle holding a Remote Raid Pass and other items to the in-game shop. Bundles are available in exchange for one PokeCoin. 

Pokemon in raids - October

Five-star raids

  • The Mythical Pokemon Genesect holding a Douse Drive: from Friday, October 1, 2021, at 10:00 a.m to Tuesday, October 12, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time. While this marks the particular Pokemon's debut in the game, its Shiny version will not make an appearance.
  • Altered Forme Giratina (and its Shiny version): will appear starting on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. until Friday, October 22, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time. 
  • Darkrai that knows Sludge Bomb: from Friday, October 22, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Friday, November 5, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time. This is the Trainers' first opportunity to catch a Darkrai that knows Sludge Bomb, and a great opportunity to score a Shiny Darkrai.

Mega Raids 

  • Mega Gengar: Friday, October 1, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Friday, October 22, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.
  • Mega Absol: Friday, October 22, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. until Friday, November 5, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.

Raid Hour events

Check back every Wednesday in October for a Raid Hour event, taking place from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time.

Featured Pokemon: 

  • Wednesday, October 6, 2021: Genesect holding a Douse Drive.
  • Wednesday, October 13, 2021: Altered Forme Giratina.
  • Wednesday, October 20, 2021: Altered Forme Giratina.
  • Wednesday, October 27, 2021: Darkrai that knows the attack Sludge Bomb.

Pokemon GO 2021

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Pokemon Spotlight Hours

Taking place every Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time, each hour will bring a new Pokemon along with a different bonus:

  • Tuesday, October 5, 2021: Drifloon; earn twice the XP for evolving Pokemon.
  • Tuesday, October 12, 2021: Gastly; twice the Stardust for catching Pokemon.
  • Tuesday, October 19, 2021: Gothita; earn twice the XP for catching Pokemon.
  • Tuesday, October 26, 2021: Murkrow; twice the XP for evolving Pokemon.
October Community Day

Duskull the Requiem Pokemon will be the centre of attention on Saturday, October 9, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. local time. The Community Day event featuring Duskull will trigger more frequent appearances from the Pokemon itself as well as some special features and bonuses.

Events in Pokemon GO to look forward to

Secrets of the Jungle movie tie-in event. The tie-in experience will feature a limited-time Special Research story wherein you can help Professor Willow learn more about Zarude and earn an encounter with the Rogue Monkey Pokemon.

Niantic's Birthday Bash: Everyone who logs in to Pokemon GO between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. local time on Wednesday, October 6, will receive a free box courtesy of Niantic. 

Pokemon GO Halloween event: From Friday, October 15, to Sunday, October 31.

Expect Pokemon in costumes and a brand new Halloween-themed Research story. We'll have more details as we get closer to the event. 

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