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Pokemon Go: Content Update for November 2021

Article by Brian Tien

Time to grab some coats, as October is coming to a close and November is on its way. Colder months in the Northern Hemisphere can make Pokemon Go a bit more difficult to play, but Niantic is making up for this with a few very interesting tidbits for the game.

November 2021 Research Breakthrough

Research Start Research End
November 1, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. PDT November 1, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. PST

Mandibuzz is one of the heavy-hitters in PvP, and one of the queens of Gym Defense (for whatever little bit that actually means nowadays), so the ability to get more of them is going to be a huge boon for many players. This is one of the better breakthroughs that we've had this year, so don't sleep on it!

Five Star and Mega Raid Bosses

Raids Start: October 22, 2021

Raids End: November 5, 2021


All Darkrai caught during this time frame will know the Elite Move Sludge Bomb

Raids Start: November 5, 2021

Raids End: November 16, 2021


All members of the Musketeers caught during this time period will know the Elite Move, Sacred Sword

Raids Start: November 16, 2021

Raids End: December 1, 2021


Mega Raids

Raids Start: October 22, 2021

Raids End: November 5, 2021

Raids Start: November 5, 2021

Raids End: November 16, 2021

Raids Start: November 16, 2021

Raids End: December 1, 2021

Spotlight Hours

Spotlight Period Bonus
Tuesday, November 2 2021, 6:00-7:00 p.m. local time 2x Catch Candy
Spotlight Period Bonus
Tuesday, November 9 2021, 6:00-7:00 p.m. local time 2x Transfer Candy
Spotlight Period Bonus
Tuesday, March 16, 2021, 6:00-7:00 p.m. local time 2x Catch Stardust
Spotlight Period Bonus
Tuesday, November 23, 2021, 6:00-7:00 p.m. local time 2x Catch XP
Spotlight Period Bonus
Tuesday, November 30, 2021, 6:00-7:00 p.m. local time 2x Catch Candy

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:

Shinx Community Day
Event Date
November 21, 2021

Luxray is getting its chance to learn an all new move: Psychic Fangs! More information is available on this event in our Community Day post!

Dia de Muertos
Event Start Event End
November 1, 2021 November 2, 2021
Festival of Lights
Event Start Event End
November 5, 2021 November 14, 2021
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Celebration
Event Start Event End
November 16, 2021 November 21, 2021

With the introduction of the latest main-series games, Go is celebrating with a special event!

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Event Start Event End
November 26, 2021 November 29, 2021

This will be the end of the Season of Mischief, and will bring us the final chapter of Hoopa's story.

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November Research Breakthrough encounters

Monday, November 1, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7) to Wednesday, December 1, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8).

Vullaby

Vullaby

Raid Pass IconWeekly 1 PokéCoin bundles

Every Monday in November, a one-time-purchase bundle containing a Remote Raid Pass and other items will be available in the shop for 1 PokéCoin.

Raid Icon - TealFeatured Pokémon in raids

The following Pokémon will be appearing in raids throughout November.

Five-Star EggFive-Star Raids

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

Until Friday, November 5, 2021

Darkrai

The Mythical Pokémon Darkrai*

Friday, November 5, 2021 to Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Cobalion

Cobalion**

Terrakion

Terrakion**

Virizion

Virizion**

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 to Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Cresselia

Cresselia

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

* Darkrai caught during this period will know the attack Sludge Bomb

** Cobalion, Terrakion, and Virizion caught during this period will know the Attack Sacred Sword.

Mega Raid EggMega Raids

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

Until Friday, November 5, 2021

Mega Absol

Mega Absol

Friday, November 5, 2021 to Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Mega Manectric

Mega Manectric

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 to Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Mega Lopunny

Mega Lopunny

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

Raid Hours

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

Darkrai

November 3: The Mythical Pokémon Darkrai

Cobalion, Terrakion, and Virizion

November 10: Cobalion, Terrakion, and Virizion

Cresselia

November 17 + November 24: Cresselia

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

Pokémon Spotlight Hours

In the month of November, 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!

Cacnea

November 2: Cacnea | 2× Catch Candy

Chinchou

November 9: Chinchou | 2× Transfer Candy

Turtwig

November 16: Turtwig | 2× Catch Stardust

Chimchar

November 23: Chimchar | 2× Catch XP

Piplup

November 30: Piplup | 2× Catch Candy

November Community Day

Join us on Sunday, November 21, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. local time for a Community Day event featuring Shinx, the Flash Pokémon! Shinx will be appearing more frequently in the wild.

Evolve Luxio (Shinx’s Evolution) during the event or up to two hours afterward to get a Luxray that knows the Charged Attack Psychic Fangs.

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

Upcoming events

Stay tuned for details about these upcoming events.

  • Festival of Lights: From ​​November 5, 2021, to November 14, 2021, it’s time to celebrate light overcoming darkness with an all-new event!
  • Día de Muertos: From November 1, 2021, to November 2, 2021, we will be celebrating the Día de Muertos with a special event for Trainers around the world.
  • Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Celebration Event: Celebrate the launch of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl with a special event from November 16, 2021, to November 21, 2021.
  • ???: The Season of Mischief will close out with an epic event! From November 26, 2021, to November 29, 2021, Trainers who completed the Misunderstood Mischief Special Research story will be able to unlock a Special Research story where Trainers will have an opportunity to learn more about Hoopa. Stay tuned!

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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