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Pokemon Go: Content Update for October 2021

September is here to usher out the Summer months in the northern hemisphere, but its time in the sun is almost over. In its place, October rises to usher in the autumn chill, and add a touch of fear and whimsy to our lives! Break out the jackets and get ready to Go, because we've got a bit in store for October in Pokemon Go!

October 2021 Research Breakthrough

Research Start Research End
October 1, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. Pacific October 1, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. Pacific

With the recent update to Cofagrigus making it a star in PvP, having Yamask as a research breakthrough is definitely pretty solid. It does, however, shed a bit of worry on the likelihood that it will be semi-common around the Halloween season.

Five Star and Mega Raid Bosses

Raids Start:  October 1, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time

Raids End: October 12, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time


This will mark the debut of Genesect - Douse Drive

Raids Start: October 12, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time

Raids End: October 22, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time

Raids Start: October 22, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time

Raids End: November 5, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time


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

Mega Raids

Raids Start: October 1, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time

Raids End: October 22, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.

Raids Start: October 22, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. local time

Raids End: November 5, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time


This marks the introduction of Mega Absol in Pokemon Go

Spotlight Hours

Spotlight Period Bonus
Tuesday, October 5, 2021, 6:00-7:00 p.m. local time 2x Evolution XP
Spotlight Period Bonus
Tuesday, October 12, 2021, 6:00-7:00 p.m. local time 2x Catch Stardust
Spotlight Period Bonus
Tuesday, October 9, 2021, 6:00-7:00 p.m. local time 2x Catch XP
Spotlight Period Bonus
Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 6:00-7:00 p.m. local time 2x Evolution XP

October Events

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

Movie Tie-In Event
Event Start Event End
October 1, 2021 October 10, 2021

We've already covered this event, so please take a look at what it will entail here:

Niantic's Birthday
Event Day
October 6, 2021

Happy Birthday Niantic! We'll be able to log in on this day to claim a gift box!

Halloween Event
Event Start Event End
October 15, 2021 October 31, 2021

It was the first real event in Pokemon Go, and it's back again for 2021! Expect ghosts, candy, and costumes galore!

Full Announcement

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Get ready for the spookiest month of the year! There’s much to look forward to this October, including Pokémon GO Halloween, Pokémon in costumes, and a tie-in event with Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle. The Season of Mischief Special Research story is still ongoing, so there will be more to learn about Hoopa this month, too!

October Research Breakthrough encounters

From Friday, October 1, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. to Monday, November 1, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7), you’ll encounter Yamask in Research Breakthrough encounters.

Weekly 1 PokéCoin bundles

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

Featured Pokémon in raids

The following Pokémon will be appearing in five-star raids throughout October.

  • The Mythical Pokémon Genesect holding a Douse Drive will be appearing in five-star raids from Friday, October 1, 2021, at 10:00 a.m to Tuesday, October 12, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time. This will be this particular Genesect’s Pokémon GO debut! It will not be appearing as a Shiny Pokémon at this time.
  • Altered Forme Giratina will be appearing in five-star raids from Tuesday, October 12, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Friday, October 22, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time. If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny one!
  • Darkrai that knows the attack Sludge Bomb will be appearing in five-star raids from Friday, October 22, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Friday, November 5, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time. This is the first time that Darkrai will be appearing in Pokémon GO with this attack! If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny one!

In addition, the following Mega-Evolved Pokémon will be appearing in Mega Raids.

  • Mega Gengar will be appearing in Mega Raids from Friday, October 1, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Friday, October 22, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.
  • Mega Absol will be appearing in Mega Raids from Friday, October 22, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Friday, November 5, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.

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

  • Wednesday, October 6, 2021: Genesect holding a Douse Drive
  • Wednesday, October 13, 2021: Altered Forme Giratina
  • Wednesday, October 20, 2021: Altered Forme Giratina
  • Wednesday, October 27, 2021: Darkrai that knows the attack Sludge Bomb

Pokémon Spotlight Hours

In the month of October, 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!

  • Tuesday, October 5, 2021: Drifloon will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the XP for evolving Pokémon.
  • Tuesday, October 12, 2021: Gastly will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the Stardust for catching Pokémon.
  • Tuesday, October 19, 2021: Gothita will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the XP for catching Pokémon.
  • Tuesday, October 26, 2021: Murkrow will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the XP for evolving Pokémon.

October Community Day

Join us on Saturday, October 9, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. local time for a Community Day event featuring Duskull, the Requiem Pokémon! Duskull will be appearing more frequently in the wild. Evolve Dusclops (Duskull’s Evolution) during the event or up to two hours afterward to get a Dusknoir that knows the Charged Attack Shadow Ball. For more details, check out the October Community Day blog.

Upcoming events

Stay tuned for details about these upcoming events.

  • Movie tie-in event: From ​​Friday, October 1, 2021 to Sunday, October 10, 2021, the latest Pokémon film, Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle, releasing globally on October 8 on Netflix! In celebration, the Mythical Pokémon Zarude will be making its Pokémon GO debut! You’ll be able to encounter it by completing a free Special Research story—just be sure you log in during the event to claim the research. You can also look forward to lots of other in-game content inspired by the movie, including the return of Team Rocket members Jessie and James in Pokémon GO.
  • Niantic’s Birthday: In celebration of Niantic’s birthday on Wednesday, October 6, 2021, log in to Pokémon GO to obtain a free box between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. local time on that day!
  • Pokémon GO Halloween returns: From Friday, October 15, 2021, to Sunday, October 31, 2021, costumed Pokémon will return for our annual spooky event! Look forward to costumed Pokémon appearing in the wild and a new Halloween-themed Special Research story. More details to come soon!

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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