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Niantic Announces the Season of Discovery

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The Season of Legends is at an end, and now it's time for our 3rd official season in Pokemon Go. While the announcement for this season is substantially less fleshed out than what we've seen in the past, we can at least get a decent idea as to what we can expect.

The Season of Discovery

Season Start Season End
June 1, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time September 1, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time

Seasonal Pokemon Spawns

As is customary, we've got a special set of spawns for the season. While the exact  set isn't fully known quite yet, we do know that the Pokemon in the Northern Hemisphere will be summer-based spawns, and the Pokemon in the Southern Hemisphere will be winter-based spawns. We are currently compiling a list of Pokemon spawns for the season on our Seasons hub page.

New Egg Pool

The egg pool has been updated for the season, and our egg list has already been updated to show what's new. Take a look to see what can be expected from each egg category!

New Legendary and Mega Raids

Apparently the Season of Legends isn't the only season to debut new Legendary Pokemon, as we have a confirmation that we will be seeing at least one new Legendary Pokemon. Looking at currently unreleased Legendary Pokemon and formes up to our current generation (Generation 6), these are the candidates:

Research Task Updates

Existing research tasks are being updated, and we may see some new research tasks as well. We've updated our research tasks page with the current monthly rotation, though we will be updating the permanent research tasks/rewards list in the coming days.

Full Announcement

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Trainers,

During the Season of Legends, the Therian Formes of Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus arrived in Pokémon GO, setting the stage for the Pokémon GO debuts of Xerneas and Yveltal! Trainers became legendary, and legends were told and made. Now, we’re excited to announce the next Season—the Season of Discovery—which will feature our fifth-anniversary celebrations and Pokémon GO Fest 2021!

From encountering Pokémon that have never appeared in Pokémon GO before, to discovering new things about the ones we’ve grown to know and love, this Season will be all about the spirit of discovery in Pokémon GO. The Season of Discovery will run from Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time to Wednesday, September 1, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time!

Read on for an overview of what you can expect during this Season, and look out for a detailed blog once the Season starts.

Some Pokémon will make their Pokémon GO debut in Legendary Raids and Mega Raids!

The Season of Discovery will have a colossal kickoff with Regirock, Regice, and Registeel returning to five-star raids! They will be appearing from Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time to Thursday, June 17, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time. After that, a surprise Pokémon will appear in five-star raids. Keep your eyes peeled for more details, Trainers!

Unexpected guests will be making an appearance in five-star raids, including exciting encounters during Pokémon GO Fest 2021! Look out for more raid updates in our monthly event blogs.

This Season, Mega Raids will feature only one Mega-Evolved Pokémon at a time. Stay tuned for further details each month. For what’s coming in June, see our June events blog here.

Different Pokémon will be appearing in the wild!

As the seasons change, different Pokémon will be appearing in different areas across the world! In cities, Pokémon such as Alolan Rattata, Magnemite, and Porygon will be appearing more frequently in the wild, while in far-off forests, Bellsprout, Doduo, Skorupi, and more will be appearing more frequently in the wild. The mountains are seeing shifts in Pokémon as well, with Rhyhorn, Nosepass, Dwebble, and more appearing more frequently, while Magikarp, Marill, Wailmer, and more will be appearing more frequently in the wild near bodies of water.

These and many more Pokémon will be appearing more often in the wild, so stay tuned for more details, Trainers!

Hemisphere-exclusive Pokémon

During this Season, Trainers can encounter different Pokémon in the northern and southern hemisphere!

In the northern hemisphere, Pokémon like Alolan Diglett, Staryu, Barboach, and Petilil will be appearing more frequently in the wild! The first partner Pokémon originally discovered in the Hoenn region—Treecko, Torchic, and Mudkip—will also be appearing in the wild. Keep an eye out for Summer Form Deerling, too! If you’re lucky, you might even encounter Pokémon such as Sableye, Scyther, and Combee in the wild!

In the southern hemisphere, Pokémon such as Alolan Sandshrew, Alolan Vulpix, Shellder, and more will be appearing more frequently in the wild! The first partner Pokémon originally discovered in the Sinnoh region—Turtwig, Chimchar and Piplup—are appearing as well! Keep an eye out for Winter Form Deerling, too! If you’re lucky, you might encounter Pokémon such as Lickitung, Chimecho, and Cubchoo in the wild.

Different Pokémon will be hatching from Eggs!

Some different Pokémon will be hatching from Eggs! Here’s a look at which Pokémon you might find.

  • Meditite, Buizel, Spritzee, Swirlix, and more will be hatching from 2 km Eggs.
  • Togepi, Gligar, Skarmory, Bonsly, and more will be hatching from 5 km Eggs.
  • Timburr, Rufflet, Goomy, Noibat, and more will be hatching from 10 km Eggs.
  • Cranidos, Shieldon, Skrelp, Clauncher, and more will be hatching from 5 km Eggs earned from Adventure Sync rewards.
  • Bagon, Beldum, Gible, Riolu, and more will be hatching from 10 km Eggs earned from Adventure Sync rewards.

During the Season, you can check each type of Egg to see a list of which Pokémon can hatch from it.

Different Field Research tasks can be found at PokéStops

This Season, you’ll receive different Field Research from PokéStops than before, including new tasks and new rewards! There’ll also be monthly changes to select Field Research tasks.

Be on the lookout for bonuses and items throughout the Season!

To kick off the Season of Discovery, you’ll receive a free Remote Raid Pass from Research Breakthrough rewards throughout June. Throughout the entire Season, you’ll also earn twice the XP from Research Breakthroughs as well!

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. For the latest on in-game events and feature updates, be sure to check this help center article.

—The Pokémon GO team

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