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Ready for bugs? Because we're about to get bugs.
The Bug-Out event, is coming, and with it yet another set of new bonuses, a new Pokemon family, and even a brand new Mega Evolution! While bugs aren't necessarily the most important Pokemon in the game, a few of these insectoid monsters might just be valuable, so get ready to go on a bug-hunt!

Bug-Out Event

Event Start Event End
August 10, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. local time August 16, 2022, at 8:00 p.m. local time
Time Until Start
  • Bug Type Pokemon will spawn at a higher than normal rate
  • 2x XP for scoring Nice, Great, or Excellent Throws
  • Surprise encounters with Bug Type Pokemon when taking a snapshot
  • A new Pokemon family will be introduced to Pokemon Go
  • The Bug/Steel Type Mega Evolution, Mega Scizor, will make its debut in Pokemon Go
  • A Collection Challenge will be available that will reward 15,000 XP and the Bug Catcher Avatar Pose
  • When 3 or more people participate in a raid, Bug Type Pokemon will spawn in higher than normal numbers within 300 meters of the gym where the raid was held. The Pokemon featured via this bonus will change each day:
Date Featured Pokemon
August 10 Wurmple
August 11 Caterpie
August 12 Spinarak
August 13 Venipede
August 14 Kricketot
August 15 Weedle
August 16 Ledyba
  • A special selection of Pokemon will be available in the wild
  • A special selection of Pokemon will be available via raids
  • A special selection of Pokemon will be available via Field Research encounters

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Trainers,

It’s time to celebrate everything cute and creepy-crawly—that’s right, the Bug Out! event is back! Get ready to work on your throws, make progress toward your Bug Catcher medal, and challenge Mega Scizor in Mega Raids!

And, if you can’t get enough of Caterpie or totally love Ledyba, we’ve heard there’s even more to unlock during this event. Maybe Pokémon GO Fest: Sapporo is the key to making this event a little more ultra?

Bug Out!

Wednesday, August 10, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. to Tuesday, August 16, 2022, at 8:00 p.m. local time

Pokémon debuts

Grubbin, Charjabug, and Vikavolt will make their Pokémon GO debuts!

Grubbin

Grubbin

Charjabug*

Charjabug*

Vikavolt**

Vikavolt**

*You can use 25 Grubbin Candy to evolve Grubbin into Charjabug.

**While you’re near an active Magnetic Lure Module, you can use 100 Grubbin Candy to evolve Charjabug into Vikavolt.

Mega Scizor buzzes in!

Mega Scizor will make its Pokémon GO debut in Mega Raids!

Mega Scizor

If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

A bug-tastic Collection Challenge

Get ready for every Bug Catcher’s dream—a Collection Challenge featuring Bug-type Pokémon! Complete the challenge to receive the Bug Catcher Pose and 15,000 XP.

The pose will also be available for purchase in the in-game shop after the event.

Bonuses for groups

Work together with other Trainers to unlock additional bonuses! If three or more Trainers join an in-person Raid Battle, even more of a certain wild Bug-type Pokémon will appear for 15 minutes in a 300-meter radius around the Gym that hosted the raid! The Pokémon that will appear in greater numbers change each day.

Wurmple

August 10: Wurmple

Caterpie

August 11: Caterpie

Spinarak

August 12: Spinarak

Venipede

August 13: Venipede

Kricketot

August 14: Kricketot

Weedle

August 15: Weedle

Ledyba

August 16: Ledyba

If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny one!

Event bonuses

2× XP for successfully catching Pokémon with Nice Throws, Great Throws, and Excellent Throws.

Surprise encounters

Smile! You might have a surprise encounter with a Bug-type Pokémon when you take a photo during the Bug Out! event!

Wild encounters

The following Pokémon will appear more frequently in the wild. Also, for the first time in Pokémon GO, you’ll be able to encounter Shiny Venipede—if you’re lucky!

Caterpie

Caterpie

Weedle

Weedle

Ledyba

Ledyba

Spinarak

Spinarak

Yanma

Yanma

Wurmple

Wurmple

Surskit

Surskit

Kricketot

Kricketot

Venipede*

Venipede

Karrablast

Karrablast

Joltik

Joltik

Shelmet

Shelmet

Grubbin

Grubbin

Dewpider

Dewpider

If you’re lucky, you might encounter the following.

Pineco

Pineco

Skorupi

Skorupi

Dwebble

Dwebble

If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

Raids

The following Pokémon will be appearing in raids. Also, for the first time in Pokémon GO, Genesect with a Chill Drive will be appearing in five-star raids!

one-star eggOne-Star Raids

Paras

Paras

Pineco

Pineco

Joltik

Joltik

Three-Star Raids

Venomoth

Venomoth

Pinsir

Pinsir

Forretress

Shuckle

Shuckle

five-star eggsFive-Star Raids

Genesect (Chill Drive)

Genesect (Chill Drive)

Mega Raids

Mega Scizor

Mega Scizor

If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

Field Research task encounters

The following Pokémon will be available to encounter when you complete Field Research tasks.

Caterpie

Caterpie

Weedle*

Weedle

Paras

Paras

Venonat

Venonat

Ledyba

Ledyba

Spinarak

Spinarak

Yanma

Yanma

Silcoon

Silcoon

Cascoon

Cascoon

Nincada

Nincada

Volbeat

Volbeat

Illumise

Illumise

Kricketot

Kricketot

Plant Cloak Burmy

Plant Cloak Burmy

Sand Cloak Burmy

Sand Cloak Burmy

Trash Cloak Burmy

Trash Cloak Burmy

Combee

Combee

Sewaddle

Sewaddle

Venipede*

Venipede

Dwebble

Dwebble

Karrablast

Karrablast

Shelmet

Shelmet

Grubbin

Grubbin

Dewpider

Dewpider

Wimpod

Wimpod

If you’re lucky, you may encounter a Shiny one!

Please be aware of your surroundings and follow guidelines from local health authorities when playing Pokémon GO. Upcoming events are subject to change. Be sure to follow us on social media, opt in to receiving push notifications, and subscribe to our emails to stay updated.

—The Pokémon GO team

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