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Pokemon Go: Content Update for August, 2022

August is here, and we're coming closer to the end of the Season of Go. We've got a lot to cover for this final strive, so let's get into it!

August 2022 Research Breakthrough

Research Start Research End
August 1, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. PST August 1, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. PST

Galarian Stunfisk is a rare Pokemon in PvP that has a lot of general value, but the minimum 10-point IV is a bit of a problem. Still, this is a chance to nab a few for trades!

Five Star and Mega Raid Bosses

Raids Start:  July 31

Raids End: August 10

Raids Start: August 10

Raids End: August 18


While it hasn't yet been announced, Chill Drive is the last remaining variant of Genesect to be released.

Raids Start: August 18

Raids End: August 31

Mega Raids

Raids Start: August 10

Raids End: August 18

Raids Start: August 10

Raids End: August 25


The subject for this time period has not been announced yet, but current rumor is that it will feature Mega Scizor.

Raids Start: August 18

Raids End: August 25

Raids Start: August 25

Raids End: August 31

Spotlight Hours

Spotlight Period Bonus
August 2, 6:00-7:00 p.m. local time 2x Catch Stardust
Spotlight Period Bonus
August 9, 6:00-7:00 p.m. local time 2x Catch XP
Spotlight Period Bonus
August 16, 6:00-7:00 p.m. local time 2x Catch Candy
Spotlight Period Bonus
August 23, 6:00-7:00 p.m. local time 2x Transfer Candy
Spotlight Period Bonus
August 30, 6:00-7:00 p.m. local time 2x Evolution XP

March Events

While it's likely that this is not a complete list, Niantic has given us information on at least a few upcoming events:

Searching for Legends
Event Start Event End
March 9, 2021 March 14, 2021

The last regional Go Fest Festival, focused in Nakajima Park in Sapporo, Japan.

Bug Out
Event Start Event End
August 10 August 16

A Bug-Type event to help close out the summer. Interesting that it coincides with the not-yet-announced Mega Evolution for this month.... 

Galarian Zigzagoon Community Day
Event Start Event End
August 13 at 11:00 a.m. local time August 13 at 2:00 p.m. local time

Our Community Day for August features the littlest Rockstar, Galarian Zigzagoon. Check out more info in our news post below.

Go Fest Finale
Event Date
August 27

The grand end to the Season of Go, and the final bit of Go Fest 2022. This should be a big one, so stay tuned!

Other updates

New Anti-Cheat Measures

While we don't have a whole lot of direct information, it appears that Niantic plans to enforce their Terms of Service with greater force. You can read more about this here.

New Language Items

Players will no longer be required to use their phone's innate settings for languages, and instead can choose from the following:

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Portuguese (Brazilian)
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Traditional Chinese

Full Announcement

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  • Pokémon GO Fest: Sapporo – From Friday, August 5, 2022, to Sunday, August 7, 2022, Pokémon GO Fest comes to Sapporo, Japan! Explore the city and Nakajima Park—tickets are on sale now!
  • Pokémon GO Fest 2022: Finale – Stay tuned for more details on the global finale event taking place on August 27.

August Community Day

Join us for August Community Day on Saturday, August 13, 2022! Galarian Zigzagoon, the Tiny Raccoon Pokémon, will appear in the wild!

For more details, check out the August Community Day blog.

Upcoming events

Stay tuned for details about these exciting events.

  • Bug Out!: Creepy and crawly? Or cute and cuddly? Decide for yourself when this event featuring Bug-type Pokémon returns from Wednesday, August 10, 2022, to Tuesday, August 16, 2022.

  • 2022 Pokémon World Championships event: The 2022 Pokémon World Championships will feature Pokémon GO for the very first time, and we’re holding an in-game celebration from Thursday, August 18, 2022, to Tuesday, August 23, 2022! Keep an eye out for more details.

Don’t forget—because there are multiple Pokémon GO Fest celebrations happening this year, Trainers all over the world will have multiple chances to earn Ultra Unlock bonuses. Learn more here.

To see what else is happening in August, head over to the Season of GO website.

New anti-cheat measures

New enforcement of our player guidelines and terms of service is coming to all Niantic games, including Pokémon GO. Learn more in this note.

Image of a Raid Icon - TealFeatured Pokémon in raids

The following Pokémon will be appearing in raids throughout August.

Image of a Five-Star EggFive-Star Raids

The Legendary Pokémon Palkia, Zacian, and Zamazenta and the Mythical Pokémon Genesect will return to five-star raids this August!

Please note: Raid rotations all start and end at 10:00 a.m. local time on the dates listed unless otherwise noted.

Sunday, July 31, 2022, to Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Palkia

Palkia

Wednesday, August 10, 2022, to Thursday, August 18, 2022

Genesect (???)

Genesect* (???)

Thursday, August 18, 2022, to Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Zacian

Zacian

Zamazenta

Zamazenta

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

*During this period, Genesect will have a different Drive than it had in its past Pokémon GO appearances. Stay tuned for more information!

Image of a Mega Raid EggMega Raids

Mega Slowbro, Mega Ampharos, and Mega Abomasnow will appear in Mega Raids! But more surprises are in store...

Please note: Raid rotations all start and end at 10:00 a.m. local time on the dates listed.

Sunday, July 31, 2022, to Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Mega Abomasnow

Mega Abomasnow

Wednesday, August 10, 2022, to Thursday, August 18, 2022

???

???

Thursday, August 18, 2022, to Thursday, August 25, 2022

Mega Slowbro

Mega Slowbro

Thursday, August 25, 2022, to Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Mega Ampharos

Mega Ampharos

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

Raid Hours

Every Wednesday in August, a Raid Hour event will occur from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time. The following Pokémon will be featured.

Articuno

Wednesday, August 3, 2022: Palkia

Zapdos

Wednesday, August 10, 2022: Genesect* (???)

Genesect - Shock Drive - Shiny Icon Off

Wednesday, August 17, 2022: Genesect* (???)

Zacian

Wednesday, August 24, 2022: Zacian

Zamazenta

Wednesday, August 31, 2022: Zamazenta

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

*During this period, Genesect will have a different Drive than it had in its past Pokémon GO appearances. Stay tuned for more information!

August Research Breakthrough encounters

Monday, August 1, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7) to Wednesday, August 31, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7).

Galarian Stunfisk

Galarian Stunfisk

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

Pokémon Spotlight Hours

In the month of August, Pokémon Spotlight Hour will take place every Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time, and each will spotlight a different Pokémon and a special bonus!

Ledyba

August 2: Hisuian Voltorb | 2× Stardust for catching Pokémon

Nidoran♀

August 9: Nidoran♀ | 2× XP for catching Pokémon

Joltik

August 16: Joltik | 2× Candy for catching Pokémon

Nidoran♂

August 23: Nidoran♂ | 2× Candy for transferring Pokémon

Axew - one star raid

August 30: Pidove | 2× XP for evolving Pokémon

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

Language selection will be rolling out this month!

Soon, Trainers will be able to change their language settings in Pokémon GO! Trainers will be able to play Pokémon GO in their language of choice, regardless of the language used on their device. The following languages will be available when this setting launches.

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Portuguese (Brazilian)
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Traditional Chinese

Trainers will need to close and reopen Pokémon GO for any language changes to take effect.

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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