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Pokemon Go: Content Update for May 2021

As Spring begins to wane in the northern hemisphere and Summer looms in the near distance, we're preparing to enter the final phase of the Season of Legends, and all that it entails. It's been a long two months, and the final month of this season is set to bring about the grand debut of two highly anticipated Legendary Pokemon, events held in their honor, and even another new Mega Evolution for us to battle and obtain energy for. Here's to May, and our last hoorah of the season!

Giovanni and Shadow Moltres

As Shadow Zapdos returns to the skies, Shadow Moltres descends to be utilized by Giovanni for the month of May. Players will be able to complete the special research line "The Higher They Fly" to gain a Super Rocket Radar, and another Super Rocket Radar will be available from the upcoming Luminous Legends X event.

May 2021 Research Breakthrough

Research Start Research End
May 1, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. PST June 1, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. PST

Galarian Ponyta is... cute. This is a rare Pokemon, yet not an extremely useful one. It's niche in PvP, and basically worthless in PvE. Unfortunately, this research breakthrough rotation is a bit of a letdown for many players.

Five Star and Mega Raid Bosses

Raids Start:  April 27, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time

Raids End: May 4, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time

Raids Start: May 4, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time

Raids End: May 18, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time

Raids Start: May 18, at 10:00 a.m. local time

Raids End: June 1, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time

Mega Raids

Raids Start: May 4, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time

Raids End: May 15, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. local time.

Raids Start: May 15 2021, at 5:00 p.m. local time.

Raids End: June1 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.


This time frame will also feature one not-yet released Mega Evolution

Spotlight Hours

Spotlight Period Bonus
Tuesday, May 4, 2021, 6:00-7:00 p.m. local time 2x Catch Candy
Spotlight Period Bonus
Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 6:00-7:00 p.m. local time 2x Transfer Candy
Spotlight Period Bonus
Tuesday, May 18, 2021, 6:00-7:00 p.m. local time 2x Evolution XP
Spotlight Period Bonus
Tuesday, May 25, 2021, 6:00-7:00 p.m. local time 2x Catch Stardust

May Events

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

Community Day, May 2021
Event Start Event End
May 15 at 11:00 a.m. May 15 at 5:00 p.m.

We don't know what it will feature yet, but we do know when Community Day will happen for May.

Luminous Legends X
Event Start Event End
May 4, 2021 May 17, 2021

The event in honor of the coming of Xerneas. Check our news post on the subject for more information.

Luminous Legends Y
Event Start Event End
May 18, 2021 May 31, 2021

The event in celebration of the coming of Yveltal. More information will be revealed in the coming days, but we do know that Team Rocket will be involved in this event somehow!

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