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Pokemon Go: Content Update for September 2021

Intro

September 2021 Research Breakthrough

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

Ditto is... something? It's not particularly useful as of right now, but at least this will mark its grand Shiny debut outside of special research.

We also have a weekly set of 1 Pokecoin boxes containing a Remote Raid Pass to look forward to.

Five Star and Mega Raid Bosses

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

Raids End: September 14, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time


All Lugia caught during this event will know the Elite Move Aeroblast

Raids Start: September 14, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time

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


These Pokemon will only be available in their respective regions, though they will be globally accessible via Remote Raids.

Mega Raids

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

Raids End: September 14, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.

Raids Start: September 14, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time

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

Spotlight Hours

Spotlight Period Bonus
Tuesday, September 7, 2021, 6:00-7:00 p.m. local time 2x Catch Stardust
Spotlight Period Bonus
Tuesday, September 14, 2021, 6:00-7:00 p.m. local time 2x Catch XP
Spotlight Period Bonus
Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 6:00-7:00 p.m. local time 2x Catch Candy
Spotlight Period Bonus
Tuesday, September 28, 2021, 6:00-7:00 p.m. local time 2x Transfer Candy

September Events

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

Oshawott Community Day
Event Start Event End
September 19, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. local time. September 19, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. local time.

Our September Community day. We've already talked about this in a previous news post, so please take a look if you want more info.

The Season of Mischief
Event Start Event End
September 1, 2021 November 31, 2021

Our newest season will last for three months, but it has several events focused in September. Please take a look at our news post for more information.

Psychic Spectacular
Event Start Event End
September 8, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. local time September 13, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. local time

Ready for more fun with those weird and confusing Psychic Type Pokemon? This event will feature the grand debut of a new species to Pokemon Go, and the official news post gives us a subtle hint:

Be careful of revolving too much of your life around one thing—you might find that it could overturn at a moment’s notice!

Hmm... Revolving? Overturn? I wonder what the subject for this event could be...?

Fashion Week
Event Start Event End
September 21, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time September 28, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. local time

An event featuring new avatar items, probably new hat/outfit Pokemon, and "a fluffy and fashionable friend". Off-hand, I can only think of one Pokemon that might fit that bill!

Giovanni Missing

Apparently Giovanni won't be able to be encountered during a not-fully-disclosed time period that is probably all of September. An interesting turn of events that will hopefully lead to something exciting.

Other Updates

Have you ever looked at a Pokemon and thought to yourself; "I wonder if this thing will be Great League eligible if I evolve it"? And ignore all of the applications that have this covered, as well as the fact that Gamepress has our own Evolution calculator. Well, wonder no more; Niantic is adding a screen to actually show us Evolution CP!

This fun little addition will be very helpful to PvP players, as it makes Pokemon prep just a bit easier and more intuitive!

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Trainers,

The Season of Mischief begins in just a few days! There’ll also be plenty more to look forward to coming in the month of September.

September Research Breakthrough encounters

From Wednesday, September 1, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. to Friday, October 1, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7), you’ll encounter Ditto in Research Breakthrough encounters. For the first time ever outside of Special Research, you might encounter a Shiny Ditto, if you’re lucky! You might also find a Shiny Ditto in the wild during and after this period.

Weekly 1 PokéCoin bundles

Every Monday in September, 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 September.

  • Lugia with the attack Aeroblast will be appearing in five-star raids from Wednesday, September 1, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Tuesday, September 14, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.
  • Depending on your region, Uxie (Asia-Pacific), Mesprit (Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India), or Azelf (the Americas and Greenland) will be appearing in five-star raids from Tuesday, September 14, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Friday, October 1, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time. For the first time ever in Pokémon GO, you might find a Shiny one, if you’re lucky!

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

  • Mega Slowbro will be appearing in Mega Raids from Wednesday, September 1, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Tuesday, September 14, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.
  • Mega Houndoom will be appearing in Mega Raids from Tuesday, September 14, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Friday, October 1, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time.

Every Wednesday in September, 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, September 1, 2021: Lugia with the attack Aeroblast
  • Wednesday, September 8, 2021: Lugia with the attack Aeroblast
  • Wednesday, September 15, 2021: Uxie (Asia-Pacific), Mesprit (Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India), or Azelf (the Americas and Greenland)
  • Wednesday, September 22, 2021: Uxie (Asia-Pacific), Mesprit (Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India), or Azelf (the Americas and Greenland)
  • Wednesday, September 29, 2021: Uxie (Asia-Pacific), Mesprit (Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India), or Azelf (the Americas and Greenland)

Pokémon Spotlight Hours

In the month of September, 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, September 7, 2021: Spoink will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the Stardust for catching Pokémon.
  • Tuesday, September 14, 2021: Baltoy will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the XP for catching Pokémon.
  • Tuesday, September 21, 2021: Skitty will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the Candy for catching Pokémon.
  • Tuesday, September 28, 2021: Alolan Meowth will be in the spotlight, and you’ll earn twice the Candy for transferring Pokémon.

September Community Day

Join us on Sunday, September 19, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. local time for a Community Day event featuring Oshawott, the Sea Otter Pokémon! Oshawott will be appearing more frequently in the wild and near PokéStops with Rainy Lure Modules. Evolve Dewott (Oshawott’s Evolution) during the event or up to two hours afterward to get a Samurott that knows the Charged Attack Hydro Cannon. Samurott will also be able to learn its signature attack, Razor Shell, via Charged TM during and after this event. For more details, check out the September Community Day blog.

Upcoming events

Stay tuned for details about these upcoming events.

  • Season of Mischief: As the Season of Discovery ends, the story of Pokémon GO continues with mischief! Hoopa, the Mischief Pokémon, will be able to be caught for the first time ever in Pokémon GO!

    To celebrate Hoopa’s arrival, a one-day event will take place on Sunday, September 5, 2021, featuring various strange phenomena happening all around the world—maybe these events have something to do with Hoopa?

    There will also be a season-long Special Research story available, with parts of the story only being unlocked during certain events throughout the season. To learn more about what’s in store for this upcoming Season, check out the Season of Mischief blog!

  • Psychic Spectacular: This event featuring Psychic-type Pokémon returns from Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Monday, September 13, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. local time! Some familiar faces will be returning, and another Pokémon will be making its Pokémon GO debut. Which will it be? Here’s a hint: be careful of revolving too much of your life around one thing—you might find that it could overturn at a moment’s notice!

  • Fashion Week: Stylishly dressed Pokémon will be making their debuts, along with a fluffy and fashionable friend! Strut your stuff with these fashionable Pokémon, new avatar items, and more during Fashion Week, taking place from Tuesday, September 21, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Tuesday, September 28, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. local time.

  • Team GO Rocket’s Boss seems to be missing...: Where has Giovanni gone? We hope he’s not planning something in the shadows! Be sure to keep an eye out for updates throughout the season. Super Rocket Radars won’t be able to track down Giovanni during this time, so no need to keep them equipped.

New Evolution preview feature coming soon!

Battlers, rejoice—soon, you’ll be able to preview your Pokémon’s post-Evolution CP before you evolve it! This new Evolution preview screen will display the following.

  • The current Pokémon and its CP
  • The Pokémon’s Evolution and its new CP
  • The leagues the Evolved Pokémon would qualify for

This feature will go live sometime in September. We hope this will help you better determine which Pokémon to power up and evolve.

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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